We’ve all heard the “What kind of gun should I get my wife?” question and the response “A pink one”. Seriously? Would you ask what kind of hammer to get your wife? What do you think she would say if she told you she wanted a hammer and you came home with a teensy little hammer? How is she supposed to pound that deck stair down that the kiddies keep tripping over with a teensy little hammer?
I’m not against pink guns. It’s just a color. PINK guns are just as accurate and deadly and as fun to shoot as the rest. What I don’t like is people assuming that in order to get a woman to be interested in shooting that it MUST be pink. It’s just not possible that she might actually be interested in firearms, is it? Mindblowing.
As if the only thing attracting her to a firearm is that it is PINK. What she wants is a gun. Probably one that she’s seen you shoot. Because you do INVITE her to the range, correct? INVITE your wife or girlfriend to the range and let her shoot what she wants in your arsenal. Before long, you’ll see that she favors one or two. Maybe she’s been secretly eyeing that AK or 12-gauge you have. That is the one SHE wants. It’s her choice to order it/paint it in pink. Just don’t get mad when she starts outshooting you. After all, YOU taught her how, correct? Take joy in your new protege.
To some women, shooting is a chore. After watching you gather up all the gear needed and listening to you complain on how much things cost: range fees, ammo, scopes, etc., then coming home and having to clean AND oil them why do you think she is not interested and finds something else to do while you go to the range? I know why. Because you have never invited her to go. And if you have and she refused maybe you didn’t approach the subject correctly or…maybe…maybe she is just.not.interested. And that is okay. Are you truly interested in some of her hobbies?
There will never be a pink gun in my collection. I’m just not into pink. I prefer purple. In fact, this pink Kel-Tec inspires me to paint my new Kel-Tec purple. I have a purple AK. Ahhh…AKs…so many accessories. Yes. I just chickified an AK. Because if I’m gonna outshoot the male shooter in my life, I may as well do it with style.
DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT go out and buy your wife or girlfriend a pink gun without checking with her first. It’s really not about the color. Knowing that a firearm truly is a personal weapon & a personal choice, would YOU really appreciate someone buying you a weapon that you CANNOT necessarily RETURN because you don’t like it? It’s not a belt. She can’t take this back to the store and exchange it. All Sales are Final in this category. It being pink is only the selling point if the firearm is the MODEL she wants.
(In fact…your best bet in buying ANYTHING for a woman is make sure it’s something she wants. If I tell my guy I want a FoodSaver for my birthday and he bought me a tennis bracelet, I’d be pretty pissed off because I really wanted that FoodSaver.)
Take her out shopping. Hopefully, the people on the the other side of the counter are helpful and listen to what she’s saying. She’ll make the best choice for herself. Then she can take her purchase home and order pink grips & accessories or paint it herself. Or purple. Or OD Green.