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Conceal & carry

Firearms makers are tailoring pistols for women who pack heat

By WITW Staff on February 7, 2016

Gun makers are introducing new types of firearms specifically designed with women in mind, a new report from CNN Money reveals. And the flurry of new women-centric firearms is not some flight of whimsy. A record number of background checks for women purchasing guns last year has made them the fastest growing demographic in the gun industry. Gun makers like Glock and Smith & Wesson are taking notice and consulting women in the process of designing new products. What are women looking for in a gun, you might wonder (if you’re not one of the many who’s already purchased a pistol)? Something small that’s easy to conceal, research indicates, is the most basic requirement many women are looking for. Glock recently introduced a palm-sized G36 that is only 1.13 inches wide and holds about half the ammunition that a regular-sized Glock pistol — the type many police officers carry — can hold. The thinner design makes the gun much easier for tucking into clothing, CNN Money reports. If, however, you’re not considering shoving a gun down the crotch of your pants or tucking it somewhere in your bra (who’s really got room, even for a smaller gun, in those places?) fear not. The new gun designs and sizes have triggered a need for new gun accessories, a product line that gunmakers say, along with the the uptick in gun sales to women, is making their bottom lines go — boom!

Read the full story at CNN Money.