Five female firearm owners and advocates said the AR-15 provides specific features that are ideal for women.
Their statements. Robyn M. Sandoval, executive director of A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League, said the rifle is more effective for female shooters. “ARs are an excellent choice for women for home defense,” Sandoval told the Washington Free Beacon. “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.”
“AR-15s are perfect for women,” Mary Chastain, a writer and gun owner, said. “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.”
Dana Loesch, a radio host and gun-rights activist said she picks an AR-15 when it comes to home defense. “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.”
Competitive shooter and trainer Julie Golob said the customizability of the rifle is a big selling point for women. “The AR platform can be a useful and effective option for women when it comes to defending themselves and their property,” she said. “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.”
“I can choose my trigger, hand guard, barrel length, grip,” Dianna Muller, a former police officer and head of the gun-rights group DC Project, added. “I can put a light, laser, etc. I call it the Mr. Potato Head for the gun connoisseur!”
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These statements contradict 2020 frontrunner Joe Biden, who has repeatedly claimed that AR-15s are hard to use compared with shotguns. In 2013, he said he had advised his wife to use a double-barrel shotgun instead of an AR-15. “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. “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!”
The women who spoke with the Free Beacon disagreed with Biden’s claims that AR-15s are not necessary. Loesch said: “AR-15s are easy to shoulder, lightweight, the low recoil makes it easier to maintain target acquisition, and the ergonomics are great. I can access everything without compromising a defensive stance. I also have more rounds with an AR-15.”
Chastain also said that she finds the AR-15 easier than many other firearms to use.”You can use it with one hand, which helps me,” she said. “My entire left side is handicapped, caused by brain trauma at birth. There are many guns I cannot use. The AR is perfect because I can use the functions with only my right hand. The lightness of the gun makes it easy for my handicapped left arm and hand to hold it.”
“There are pros and cons to any self-defense tool,” Golob said. “Practice on the range and training gun-handling skills, whether it’s a rifle, pistol, or shotgun, is key. I feel that the best home defense option for a woman is the one she is most comfortable with and that she can produce the best results.”
“I also like the fact that they’re scary looking,” Chastain said. “A man breaks into my house, I don’t mind using a scary looking weapon to defend myself.”
“Ultimately, I want the meanest, most manageable thing I can get,” Loesch said.
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