Silver and gold and blued steel…


During this wonderful holiday season, when everyone is whistling Christmas songs and thinking of others, we need to take a moment to really reflect on the magic of gift giving. Enter the wonderful world of guns — now more popular than ever with men and women for competition, stress relief and social gatherings. Women and guns are a wonderful combination, but what every potential gun buyer should understand is this: what is perfect for one person may be a disaster for another. If you’re considering getting your wife a gun instead of that necklace this Christmas, here are some simple and basic questions to ask yourself before doing so:

1) What level of training does she have? If she is a beginner, how about giving her a gift certificate for a ladies beginner class?

2) Does she want a gun? If so, the simple art of a gift certificate will give her the freedom to make the right purchase for herself. Don’t worry men, very few women purchase pink guns and if you are nice to her, she will most likely let you try out her new gun at the range.

3) What is her reason for wanting a gun? Is it for personal protection, target shooting, both? Does she travel alone? Get off work after dark? Another option here is to get her into a concealed carry class so she can carry her firearm safely and legally.

4) Do you have children in the home? This makes a tremendous difference on what kind of firearm may be right for your family.

5) Don’t frown on one brand or style (revolver vs. semiautomatic). Ask around and take advice from fellow gun owners, not glossy magazine photos of high-end weapons. Some of the most awkward and uncomfortable guns marketed toward women have the best advertisements. Consider taking her to the range and rent a variety of guns (it’s not the cheap route, but it also doesn’t have to be done in one day).

6) Most important of all: Do not get mad or upset if she puts her foot down and refuses to have a gun or have anything to do with one. Not every woman was raised around guns, and some have a deep-seated fear of them. Let her learn in a comfortable setting, and not with you hollering instructions in her ear.

As I have told many a customer, if my husband had taught me how to shoot, we wouldn’t have a gun shop!

Dorothy Royal is the owner of Surf City Guns and Ammo, mother of two wonderful children, ringmaster of a herd of miniature ponies, and an avid member of the Surf City Writers Group and Topsail Book Club.