Gunpowder and Lead

Just the facts, Ma'am...

Women are the next frontier for the firearms industry. Female gun ownership has nearly doubled between 2005-2013.  The number one reason women become gun owners is for self-defense, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

The most commonly owned firearm by women in the study is a semiautomatic pistol, with 56 percent of women reporting they owned at least one.

Shotguns ranked second, with 50 percent of women owning at least one. Women say their purchases are mainly influenced by Fit, Quality and Practicality.

Women purchasing a gun in the last 12 months spent on average $870 on firearms and more than $400 on accessories.

The majority of women report they are not driven to buy a gun on impulse but rather considered their purchase for months before deciding.

Nearly all women (95 percent) have tried target shooting, and more than half (58 percent) have hunted.

More than 42 percent of women have a concealed carry permit for their state of residence.

Nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of women reported having taken at least one training class.

43 percent of women shoot once per month or more

The shooting participation of females has gone from 5,350,000 in 2006 to 7,587,000 in 2013 and now make up 24 percent of the total shooting participation population