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  1. Longrangedeath

    Well parsed and articulated treatise! Brava!
    It’s high time a woman outed this fallacious belief, that the sole reason for her interest in firearms, lies in the world of pastels.

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  2. How are you going to go and say you have a purple AK and not post pictures of it?!? Fail! :P

    This pink gun business is as bad as: “what gun should I buy for my girl?” “A snub .38!”

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  3. Well…to be perfectly honest, a pink gun is what got my wife to shoot.

    Back in ’10, my brother and his fiance were home on leave (Army, he’s stationed in Italy at the moment trying to get the hostile sand out of …well…everything. She’s Italian.), and plans to go water skiing fell through (yay! I’m more mountain-goat than otter, I’ll leave standing on top of water to the good Lord), so we had nothing planned to do that day. So, my brother mentions going shooting. Our ladies looked at each other with “that look”, but they couldn’t really say anything, because both had opted out with the “well, I don’t want to be the only female there, so if someone else goes, I’ll go too” clause. Heh. So, we looked up a local range and drove over. We stopped in the shop first, and after wandering around looking at, to our inexperienced eyes (I’m more of a rifle guy, but have never owned one and haven’t shot since I graddy-ated high school back in *mumblemumble*), case upon case of Big Black Handguns. Until….there they were. Two (2!!!) pink Walther P22′s, one a neon pink, one a pastel pink-grey camo pattern. .22′s. So we worked out the kinks and my brother bought one for his lady (overcame the whole “shipping firearms to a foreign country” by just storing the darn thing at our house until they move back to the States). By now, both ladies are more interested, since its obvious this is a gun made for women. We rented several (yeah….starting my wife off with a .357 probably wasn’t the best idea, but she did well, and it really made her love the .22 and 9mm variety), had a blast (pun intended), and now own our own set of 9mm’s (Springfield XD’s) as well as several vintage rifles (newest was made back in ’49…I’m sorta a history dweeb as well). We’ve also had some nibbles when offering to go shooting with friends: they always assume we’re talking about the guys, while the girls go do something dainty. Until my wife shows them HER 9mm and some targets she’s shot.

    So, pink guns aren’t necessarily evil. Just evil looking.

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    • That’s awesome!!! I’m not against Pink guns though. I just don’t like when the choice is taken away & I am handed something (regardless of what) because I’m female and convention says to disguise it so as to trick me into liking it.

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      • Heh. Yeah, that’s a sign of a very bad salesman. I worked in retail (on the sales floor) for 10 years. I tried very hard not to do that. I actually had customers who would leave the store and come back when I was off lunch, just because I sold them a $150 printer instead of trying to push the $500 printer on them (or vice-versa, in some cases…the larger machines typically save you money in the long run, its just that most people wouldn’t use it enough to ever make it to the “long run”). They didn’t need it. One of the greatest lessons I ever learned was to LISTEN. Ask questions and actually find out what the customer NEEDS, not necessarily what they want. There’s usually at least one of these guys in every store, I’ve found (the better stores are stocked with these good salesguys, and will only have one or two token idiots….that usually don’t last long), so if some guy won’t listen to what you say, walk away and find someone else. Or a different store. I just hate hearing new shooter stories where some lady went in, was sold a girly wheelgun, fired it twice, hated it, and never went back.

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