Have you seen the fantastic infographic OutdoorHub.com created with The National Rifle Association? Even if you’re not into factoids and infobubbles, we think you’ll find it really interesting – we’ll link at the end so you can peruse it when you’re done reading here.
Women, of course, are the fastest-growing group of gun owners. Some are interested only in handguns for protection and security; others with a taste for pheasant or venison are looking at shotguns and rifles that fit a woman’s form. Manufacturers are paying attention, too.
Shooting has long been a male-dominated sport, but for myriad reasons, women are picking up firearms now in record numbers. We see it here every day, and for you folks in open-carry states, you’re probably noticing it every day, too. Here’s a look at what the NRA/OutdoorHub project found out about women and guns.
- What percentage of women would you guess own guns? Try 23. That’s up from 13 percent in 2005, according to Gallup.
- Among women who own a firearm, almost half – 42 percent – own at least three.
- Pink is tops, right? Wrong. A National Shooting Sports Foundation survey of women gun owners found that 91.9 percent purchase a gun based on how it fits. “Feminine colors” won 9.1 percent of the pie.
- Where do most women carry a handgun? The top answer is inside a waistband, with 40 percent, but as more and more women purchase legal handguns, the market will bring innovations borne of demand. Just 8 percent reported carrying a gun in a purse; in five years, we bet that number’s a lot higher.
The graphic wraps up with the fact that there are 132 million women age 15 and up in the United States, and an estimated 5.8 million of them already practice target shooting. But here’s the best part:
“If each of those women takes one friend shooting each month, every woman in America will have gone shooting in just over 21 months.”
OK, we won’t keep you from it any longer. We’ll talk more about this and what it means for the shooting world and the market that serves us next time. See the infographic here.