Determining the best handgun for women depends on a number of factors, just as it does for men. The first and most important factor in determining the best handgun for women: What do you plan to use it for?

At the range

If you are looking for something fun to shoot at the range, good choices for best handgun for women are a Ruger Mark IV or a Smith & Wesson M&P22 Compact. The Ruger Mark IV is more of a target gun with a longer barrel. It’s easy to work and easy to shoot, has low recoil and is easy to clean and maintain. The Smith & Wesson M&P22 Compact is lightweight with a comfortable grip and also has low recoil. Both are good choices for the range.

For self-defense

If you are looking for the best handgun for women for a self-defense gun to carry or to store at home, a Ruger LCP II is a small .380 that is easy to carry because it is so small. The LCP stands for Light, Compact Pistol, so it’s aptly named.

If you want something bigger to carry in a purse, the SIG Sauer P365 or a Smith & Wesson M&P380 Shield EZ are good selections. The SIG Sauer P365 is a slim 9mm micro-compact that was one of the best-selling pistols in the nation last year. It is designed for easy concealability, reliable performance and its extended ammunition capacity holds 10 rounds. The Smith & Wesson M&P380 Shield EZ has an easy-to-rack slide that makes it easier to use and mild recoil.  

If you want a revolver

If you are not comfortable with semiautomatic pistols and you want a revolver, either a Smith & Wesson M&P Bodyguard Revolver or a Ruger GP100 is a good choice. Revolvers are simpler to operate than semiautomatics and more reliable.

So the choice of what is the best handgun for women comes down to what do you intend to use it for? And, what are your personal preferences?

If you are thinking about buying a handgun, the experts at AimHi Family Firearms Center can advise you about the best weapon for you whether you are looking for a new firearm or a quality used gun. AimHi also has a state-of-the-art shooting range where you can practice to make sure you are prepared to defend your home.