Female Gun Owners: The AR-15 Is Our Weapon of Choice

We told you last week about a brave pregnant woman in Florida who used her family’s AR-15 to shoot and kill a home invader who was pistol whipping her husband.

After the woman’s story made headlines across the country, the Washington Free Beacon met with five well-known female gun owners to get their opinions on using an AR-15 for home and self-defense.

All five of the women agreed that the AR-15 offered features that they found uniquely helpful and reassuring when looking for a defense gun.

Robyn M. Sandoval, the executive director of A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League, said the rifle was ideally suited for women to use.

Sandoval said, “ARs are an excellent choice for women for home defense.

The platform is relatively lightweight and easy to hold and customize so that the firearm fits her body correctly.

Having a rifle that is the right size for the shooter makes it more comfortable to shoot and therefore more accurate and safer.”

Another well-known gun writer, Mary Chastain, agreed.

“AR-15s are perfect for women. Despite the size, they are lightweight and have hardly any kickback. This allows us to aim well and shoot the target where we want to.”

Aren’t These Weapons of War?

So much for AR-15’s only being useful as ‘weapons of war’ to idiotic politicians like Beto O’Rourke.

Dana Loesch, formerly of the NRA, was another woman interviewed, and she agreed with the women above.   “I was always taught in training that your pistol is what you use to get to your rifle, and the AR-15 is what I choose to use.”

It’s lightweight, it’s easy to control, and doesn’t have an intimidating amount of recoil for smaller framed women.

In short, the AR-15 levels the playing field for women who might be facing threats from taller, stronger, or faster men.

But in addition to these features, the AR-15 is also very customizable.

And if women like anything, it’s accessorizing.  Guns are no different.

Julie Golob, a competitive shooter, agreed. 

“The AR platform can be a useful and effective option for women when it comes to defending themselves and their property.  Starting with the fact that the length of pull can be adjusted easily, unlike rifles with fixed stocks, the AR can quickly become custom fit to its user. The pistol grip, combined with quick access to the safety and other controls, makes this platform one a woman can confidently control.” 

Dianna Muller, former cop and now head of the pro-gun organization DC Project, agreed.

“I can put a light, laser, etc. I call it the Mr. Potato Head for the gun connoisseur!”

As the savvy gun reader can tell, these weren’t five women chosen at random.

These women speak collectively for tens of thousands of women from all parts of the country.

What About a Shotgun?

Their collective opinion flies in the face of the left’s narrative about big, scary, inherently dangerous guns like the AR-15.

While Biden, Beto and others try to paint them as ‘weapons of war,’ these ladies call B.S. on that narrative.

In fact, Sleepy Joe has gone on record in the past saying that an AR-15 isn’t necessary for home defense.

Biden claims that a shotgun is much better suited for home defense.

In a 2013 interview, Biden said that he’s advised his wife to use a shotgun in their home if she ever faced any danger.

“I said, ‘Jill, if there’s ever a problem, just walk out on the balcony here, walk out and put that double-barrel shotgun and fire two blasts outside the house,'” Biden said in an interview with Parents Magazine.

“You don’t need an AR-15—it’s harder to aim. It’s harder to use, and in fact you don’t need 30 rounds to protect yourself. Buy a shotgun! Buy a shotgun!”

Um.  Let’s not tell people to shoot their guns off into the darkness outside their house, okay, Biden?  That’s really, really bad advice, both tactically and legally.

Dana Loesch countered Biden’s argument solidly:  collateral damage.  Most women don’t want to use a shotgun in their home for fear of hurting their spouses, children or pets who might be in range of the shotgun’s expansive blast.   An AR-15 doesn’t have that problem and you don’t need to buy special ammo to compensate for it.  Loesch said, “The 12 gauge is an excellent home defense gun, too, but the collateral consideration does affect my decision there (frangible ammo is an option).”

Ideally Suited for the Job

At the end of the day, an AR-15 is easier to shoulder with a shorter barrel than a shotgun.  It is lightweight, so even tiny women can handle them with ease.  They have a very low recoil compared to a shotgun, so the second shot is likely to go exactly where the shooter wants it to.  Thanks to high capacity magazines, you have more rounds at your disposal.

And finally, they’re just downright scary.  If somebody breaks into your house with the intent to harm you or your family, it’s a good thing that your gun is rugged and scary looking.  While teal and pink handguns have enjoyed unprecedented popularity in recent years, there’s something a lot more intimidating about staring down the barrel of an AR-15 when you’re a criminal looking for an easy target.