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Survey Reveals Women’s Choices for Firearms, Carry Options and More

With the explosion of interest in owning firearms for self-defense, we turned to A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League (AG&AG) for help with a survey, to ask their membership – which is one of the largest women’s shooting organizations in the country – to tell us particulars about their personal defense lifestyles, especially the brand of firearm a woman carries and how she carries for self-protection. 

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Some members of AG&AG at the NRA Annual Meetings fashion show. You’ll no doubt recognize some famous faces! (AG&AG photo)

Robyn Sandoval, executive director of AG&AG, sent a survey embedded into email to the membership shortly after their annual conference. She reports the email received 3,033 opens, and overall, 284 women answered the survey questions, which is 9 percent. 

This was the verbiage for the survey: Past membership polling has shown that 61% of A Girl & A Gun members have their licenses/permits to carry, and only 12% have no intention to carry a handgun for self-defense. “Women’s Outdoor News” has asked us to expand on these numbers in greater detail. Please share your feedback so that WON can find out what women are carrying for self-defense.

There was no prize promised for answering the questions, or monetary reimbursement.

The questions included the following, with the answers:

Do you carry a handgun for self-defense?

Yes – 230 (81%)

No –  54 (19%)

Do you have a carry license or permit?

Yes – 270 (95%)

No – 12 (4%)

No, because permit-less carry is allowed – 2 (1%) 

How often do you carry?

Always – 77 (27%)

Never – 36 (13%)

Rarely – 31(11%)

Sometimes – 52 (18%)

Usually – 88 (31%)

How do you carry?

Ankle – 5 (1.1%)

Belly band or corset – 65 (14.2%)

Bra or shoulder holster – 9 (2.0%)

Concealment shorts or leggings – 19 (4.2%)

Off-body purse or bag – 125 (27.4%)

Thigh – 2 (.04%)

Car – 1 (.2%)

Center console car – 1 (.02%)

Holster – 5 (1.1%)

Holster with clip for hip – 1 (.2%)

IWB appendix – 106 (23.2%)

Pocket – 5 (1.1%)

Enigma holster – 4 (.9%)

IWB/strong side – 70 (15.3%)

Dropped thigh concealed pouch/bag – 1 (.2%)

IWB Enigma/PHLster, appendix in various positions, depending – 1 (.2%)

None – 32 (7.4%)

Fanny pack – 1 (.2%)

Sticky holster in waistband – 1 (.2%)

What is your preferred caliber to carry?

.38 special – 45

.40 – 2

.45 – 2

.22LR – 2

.22LR, .380 – 3

.40, 9mm – 3

.45, 9mm – 1

9mm – 183

9mm, .380 – 17 

9mm, .22LR – 6

9mm, .380, .22LR – 1

9mm, .380, .38 special – 1

9mm, .38 special – 3

.32 S&W – 1

What is your go-to concealed carry handgun brand?

Charter Arms – 1

Cobra Enterprises – 1

CZ-USA – 4

GLOCK – 46

Heckler & Koch – 4

Kahr – 1

Kimber – 3

Remington – 1

Ruger – 15

SAR Arms – 1

SCCY Industries – 1

Sig Sauer – 69

Smith & Wesson – 77

Springfield Armory – 16

Staccato – 1

Taurus – 1

Walther – 12

Wilson Combat – 1

What is your go-to concealed carry holster brand?

1791 – 2

Alien Gear – 11

Bianchi – 1

Black Rhino – 1

Blackhawk – 1

Blacksmith – 1

 Blade Tech – 2

Comp-Tac – 6

Concealment Solutions – 1

Crossbreed – 16

Dara – 1

Dene Adams – 2

DeSantis – 1

Double Alpha – 1

Eclipse – 4

Flashbang Ava – 3

Fobus – 1

G Code – 1

GTM Carry Purse – 5

Keepers Concealment – 2

LAG – 1

Legacy – 1

On Your 6 – 2

Other – 56

PHLster – 18

Rx Kydex – 1

Safariland – 1

Sig Sauer – 5

Springfield – 1

Tenicor – 1

Tier1 – 2

T-Rex – 2

TripleT – 3

Unknown – 74

Vedder – 4

Viper – 1

We the People – 8

Weber Tactical – 1 

Have you ever used a firearm to defend yourself or someone you loved? 

No – 276 (97%)

Yes – 8 (3%)

If yes, would you like to share your story?

One story included this account: “Shortly after I turned 21. I had an intruder while I was sleeping. I was lucky and he left when he came in view of me prepared to defend.”

What is your gender?

Female – 284 

Learn more about A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League.

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