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More American women are carrying guns


According to thedailybeast.com more women are packing heat these days—for personal defense as well as hunting. And apparently the market is responding by focusing on the female demographic in a way it never has before.

In addition to buying firearms, more and more women are purchasing accessories made specifically for them, including: weaponry accessories and hunting clothes tailored for women and get this – fashionable guns! Check out some of the firearms available on the market:

There are more pictures in this article from mailonline.com including a HelloKitty pistol that can fit in a small purse.

What do you guys think about this? Have you ever considered carrying a gun for protection? Would you want it to look cute like some of these?

Mar 24, 2011 @ 10:24 am

11 Replies

Ali de Bold

Fashionable guns

I don't know. This scares me a bit.
Mar 24, 2011 @ 10:51 am


No I would NOT consider carrying a gun for protection - fashionable or not!

I'd be too afraid of it accidentally firing in my bag and getting me in the leg or someone sitting next to me in the subway or something - not sure if this actually happens, but I'm not about to find out! The thought of me carrying a gun just seems completely ridiculous, but I might feel differently if I lived somewhere in the States where it was more acceptable.

I'd love to hear what one of our American members has to say about this one.
Mar 24, 2011 @ 11:03 am

definitely not for fashion reasons!

Like Cathy, I'm too nervous to carry a gun: not only because of the fear of misfires, but also my fear that a weapon like that could be used against me.

And I think the idea of choosing based on the look is ridiculous. If I was to carry one, I'd want it to look like the real thing, not a McDonald's Happy Meal toy. I want the bad guy to know what he's up against!

I have considered carrying mace though, and while in high school took part in a self defense course that I wouldn't mind to take a refresher in.

Hunting clothes for women? I'd like to see that for a giggle. I'm assuming that the camo pattern will be the same (otherwise you can't hide in the forest - duh!), but with a more flattering silhouette or more comfortable proportions? Too funny!
Mar 24, 2011 @ 11:13 am

I couldn't carry one either

@cathy and ali - it scares me too. I have a friend in the army, and when he was home a couple summers ago he showed me one the guns he has (he's a bit obsessed with them) and I was afraid to hold even though I knew it wasn't loaded. I couldn't imagine carrying one around with me; they're much heavier than they look!

@mumaluv- I love your reasoning! I'd want a scary look gun too. I've considered (and been advised) to carry mace/pepper spray. I'm thinking about buying a personal alarm (you pull the pin out and the device will scream for up to 10 minutes). I like the idea of feeling safe on my way home at night.

Mar 24, 2011 @ 11:25 am


In a way, carrying a gun can be more dangerous. When a bad guy sees a gun in your hand, he's probably that much more likely to hurting you, if for nothing else other than self defense. Him being the bad guy will probably have no qualms about hurting you fast while you might think twice about shooting that trigger. That thinking twice might cost you your life.

Carrying a gun would freak me out! I know I could never use it even if my life depended on it. By the time I debated with and convinced myself to shoot, I'd already be shot or stabbed :-P

I really like the idea of a personal alarm!! Where can you get these? And are they reusable? Can you stick the thingie back in and it'll screech again next time you pull it out?
Mar 24, 2011 @ 01:26 pm

I'm not sure

I saw the ones above at The Bay, I think they were around $20.00. I'm not sure it will work again after you use it once... I'll see what I can find
Mar 24, 2011 @ 02:10 pm

that would be really silly

Those alarms should be reloadable, either with a rechargeable battery or small batteries (AAAs or those little round ones) that you can reload. Making them a one-time use would be enough to convince me not to bother buying it. If you had batteries, at least you could periodically test it to see if it works.
Mar 24, 2011 @ 02:19 pm

Looks like...

It's a one time use thing. I agree with you mumaluv, I would want to be sure that it worked though. According to their website there is some sort of test for it, but I'm not sure how that works.

I just found this video talking about personal safety and they show you how the device works.
Mar 24, 2011 @ 04:46 pm

not nervous....

I have used weapons in the past and was trained to use both a handgun and a rifle while I was in the US Army. I also have used different types of knives.

I like the 'cute' stuff too....unfortunately (or not) these are smaller gage weapons and not that powerful.

I think it's okay as long as the person handling the weapon has taken safety courses and is familiar. I have carried mace and pepper spray (that was pink in color) but the canister was punctured and it spilled all over my purse (had to throw that bag out). The personal alarm is okay.
Mar 24, 2011 @ 07:09 pm


I had no idea you were in the army! I love that you have a passion for style and beauty and this whole other army girl side - so awesome!

I think most of us are scared to handle a weapon because we wouldn't know how to properly use it if we ever needed to.

Where did you find pink mace?!
Mar 29, 2011 @ 03:25 pm

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