Top Gun Picks From the Gals of

The Gun Gals at have rallied together in celebration of Women’s History Month to bring you our top gun picks from the arsenal. From rifles to competition handguns to BUGs, you’ll find just about everything on our round-up of favorite guns.

Jennifer Simunek

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Jen Simunek — Modern Materiel Modmat Ace

Modern Materiel serves up a New Jersey compliant AR-style rifle with Modmat Ace. Available with a 14-inch or 16-inch barrel, the Modmat Ace delivers an overall length varying between 31.5-inches and 36.5-inches, depending on the model. Weight tops out at 5-pounds and some change for both versions. The rifle comes stocked with features like a VZ Weapon Solutions 4-inch inter-lock G10 rail grip, Radian Raptor-LT Charging Handle, MFT stock, and AR15/M16 Pistol Grip and Velocity Triggers Classic AR trigger.

“I had the opportunity to shoot the ACE by Modern Materiel at Shot Show 2020, and it was love at first shot. This rifle is built with high-end components so you don’t have to do any upgrades to her,” Simunek commented. “Super smooth to shoot and very unique, I like supporting the smaller manufactures and having something different than everyone else!”

Modern Materiel

The Modern Materiel Ace is New Jersey compliant. (Photo:


Bridget Galinski

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Bridget Galinski — Ruger Mark IV 22/45

Chambered in .22 LR, the Mark IV brings a 10+1 capacity to the 25-ounce platform. With a 4.40-inch barrel and overall length measuring 8.40-inch, the Mark IV delivers a one-button takedown and easy field-stripping. The Ruger Mark IV 22/45 offers a threaded barrel, ported slide and 1911-style grip panels. As the Mark series is a well-loved one in Ruger’s inventory, the Mark IV 22/45 makes a welcomed addition to any gun arsenal.

“I like how lightweight it is. Also, it comes with a ported slide that helps with recoil and the rail on top makes it easy to add optics and accessories. Even better it comes in many colors,” Galinski said.

Ruger Mark IV

The Ruger Mark IV comes chambered in .22 LR. (Photo:


Leah Roberts

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Leah Roberts — Archon Type B

A newer pistol from a newer company, the Type B is the flagship product of Archon Firearms. Adopting a 9mm design, the Type B grants its pistol a lower bore axis — which, in turn, helps reduce felt recoil. The Type B boasts several interesting features to include a full metal, flat-faced trigger, oversized trigger guard to accommodate gloves and reversible magazine release for left-handed shooters. With a capacity of 15+1, the Type B is a good option for shooters who like to think a little outside the box.

“I’ve been carrying the Archon Type B for a few months now and have been really pleased with how smoothly it shoots, how cool it looks, as well as how unexpectedly concealable it is on my frame,” Roberts offered.

Type B

Archon’s Type B offers a low bore axis. (Photo:


Kristin Alberts

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Kristin Alberts — Savage Arms 110 High Country

Savage Arms 110 High Country brings hunting to our list with a bevy of calibers available to please anyone headed to the fields. With 11 calibers total to choose from, the 110 High Country also comes stocked with features like a threaded barrel, detachable magazine, AccuTrigger, AccuFit customizable stock, and AccuStock bedding system. The design is topped off with a 22-inch spiral fluted barrel and bolt, Coyote Brown PVD finish and True Timber Strata camo. An all-terrain style rifle, the High Country provides plenty of opportunities for those looking to put food on the table during hunting season.

“I chose the Savage 110 High Country rifle because it has all the features serious hunters desire in 11 calibers from .243 Win to .300 Win Mag,” Alberts explained. “Not only does the rifle shoot—and it easily shoots sub-MOA—but it looks good to boot. I mounted up a Bushnell Forge Terrain scope and with that combo, I’ve taken everything from Plains Game in Africa to Whitetails in the Midwest.”

110 High Country

The Savage 110 High Country is perfect for hunters. (Photo:


Melissa Kropelnicki

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Melissa Kropelnicki — Ruger LCP

The Ruger LCP has been a staple among .380 ACP concealed carry and BUG setups for years with its 6+1 capacity and slim build. Providing a barrel measuring 2.75-inches with an overall length of 5.16-inches, the LCP dishes out a lightweight frame at 9-ounces. The LCP offers fixed front and rear integral sights and familiar design that is often easy to find when holster shopping.

“I picked this Ruger LCP, not only for the stylish color but because it is a reliable handgun that is lightweight and comfortable to hold, shoot or concealed carry,” Kropelnicki commented. “I own two other Ruger handguns and they are, by far, one of my favorite manufacturers.”

Ruger LCP

The Ruger LCP comes in a variety of colors. (Photo:


Samantha Dom

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Samantha Dom — Sig Sauer P238

The .380 sibling to Sig Sauer’s popular P938 platform, the P238 may be small but it packs a punch. With a variety of colors to choose, the micro-compact brings a 2.7-inch barrel length and 6+1 capacity. The P238 offers a manual safety, SigLite Night Sights and G10 grips to round out its tiny design. A perfect backup gun or a sleek option for a night out on the town, the P238 is a great choice for concealed carriers in need of something small and concealable.

“Other than the Sig Sauer’s beautiful design and finish it is easily concealable for women on the go. It is lightweight and easy to handle which makes this .380 gun the perfect fit for me,” Dom said.

Sig Sauer P238

The Sig Sauer P238 is the .380 ACP sibling of the P938. (Photo:


Abbey Clary

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Abbey Clary — Heckler & Koch VP9SK

The 9mm VP9SK brings a 6.61-inch overall length to the table with a weight hovering around 23-ounces. Featuring a 3.39-inch barrel length, the VP9SK is the subcompact variant of the company’s VP9. The pistol comes outfitted with slide serrations up top and paddle controls on the trigger guard. Perfect for concealment, the VP9SK brings a capacity of 10+1 to HK fans.

“The VP9SK was my first handgun and first purchase from It makes accuracy and consistency look easy,” Clary said. “The quality is unbeatable — just as you’d expect from HK!”


The HK VP9SK is the subcompact variant of the standard VP9. (Photo:


April Robinson

Snag gear for the range. (Photo: April Robinson/

April Robinson — Barrett Rec10

Barrett brings the Rec10 to rifle shooters who can’t get enough of the big bore .308 Win cartridge. With a 16-inch chrome-Moly-vanadium barrel and overall length of 37.5-inches, the Rec 10 weighs in at 8-pounds. Complete with an ambidextrous safety, bolt release, and magazine catch, the rifle is set up to be lefty friendly. The Rec 10 comes loaded with other features as well to include a Magpul MOE SL Buttstock and MOE Pistol Grip, Radian Charging Handle and ALG Defense QMS Trigger. If you’re on the hunt for a feature-rich rifle in .308 Win, then the Barrett Rec10 is right up your alley.

“It’s easy to shoot, and you can’t help but smile – also you look and feel like a total badass,” Robinson said about the Rec10.

Barrett Rec 10

The Barrett Rec10 brings .308 Win to our list. (Photo:


Emily Nelson

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Emily Nelson — Smith & Wesson 686

The Smith & Wesson 686 Pro Series bridges the gap between the company’s Performance Center products and the main production lineup. While sticking to some of the basics, the Smith & Wesson 686 offers just enough upgrades to feel more high-end than your standard wheelgun. With a seven-round capacity, the .38 Special/.357 Mag revolver serves up a 5-inch barrel and 10.6-overall length. The 686 weighs in at 38.2-ounce and boasts a stainless steel barrel and frame with a nice matte silver finish. Topping off its steel design, the 686 features an interchangeable front sight and an adjustable rear sight. If you’re looking for a SA/DA revolver that packs enough punch for carry or as a bedside gun, the 686 shouldn’t be overlooked.

“The reason I chose this gun is it’s perfect for home defense, plinking, and hunting. You can shoot milder .38 special ammo to save money and practice more, but then load it up with some serious .357 cartridges such as Buffalo Bore’s Tactical ammo for protection,” Nelson elaborated.

Smith & Wesson 686

The Smith & Wesson 686 offers a stainless steel revolver design. (Photo:


Jennifer Cruz

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Jennifer Cruz — Ruger LC9

Chambered in 9mm, the Ruger LC9 presents a concealed carry pistol perfect for those that prefer the slim lines of single stack pistols. With a 7+1 capacity, the LC9 is a no muss-no fuss handgun, bringing a 3.1-inch barrel to a 6-inch overall length. The pistol features adjustable three-dot sights and a textured polymer grip area. The LC9 is great for the handgunnner who wants to pack a 9mm but doesn’t want the bulk or added weight a midsize or full-size handgun brings.

“While I do own other firearms that I consider to be more fun to shoot and others that hold more sentimental value to me, my LC9 is, by far, my favorite gun,” Cruz said. “For me personally, it’s the perfect pistol. It feels rugged, yet lightweight and not bulky. It nicely fits my small Hobbit-sized hands, and I have no difficulty at all racking the slide.

Ruger LC9

The Ruger LC9 offers a subcompact 9mm design. (Photo:


Taylor Thorne

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Taylor Thorne — Sig Sauer P320 X-Five

Bringing a design built for competition, the P320 X-Five takes Sig Sauer’s P320 design and ups the ante with a bevy of features ready for the range. Chambered in 9mm, the P320 X-Five sports a 5-inch Carbon Steel barrel with an 8.5-inch overall length. Tipping scales at 43.5-ounces, the full-size striker-fired handgun offers a skeletonized flat trigger, TXG Full-Size XGrip Module, Dawson Precision Adjustable Sights, and M1913 accessory rail. Offering a capacity of 17+1, the Sig Sauer P320 X-Five may be a bit pricier than the standard P320, but well worth the investment.

“The Sig P320X5 is what I am currently using for USPSA competition and I love it! It shoots so flat and has been extremely reliable,” Thorne said. “This is a great gun for both USPSA and 3-Gun.”

P320 X-Five

The Sig Sauer P320 X-Five brings elevated features to the standard P320. (Photo:


Jacki Billings

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Jacki Billings — Smith & Wesson M&P9 M2.0 Subcompact

The Smith & Wesson M&P M2.0 Subcompact represents the newest addition to the M2.0 family. This subcompact comes equipped with 12+1 rounds of 9mm. With a 3.6-inch barrel, the Smith & Wesson M2.0 Subcompact measures a total length of 6.6-inches. Weighing in at 25-ounces, it offers a lightweight feel without the added recoil notorious among subcompacts. The striker-fired handgun delivers steel white dot sights and a textured frame that offers some grip while shooting without destroying palms.

“As much as I love a good midsize like the Glock G19 or Shadow Systems MR918, I have to give props to Smith & Wesson for creating a solid subcompact. The M&P M2.0 Subcompact is perfect for days when you want to ditch the midsize and go small. The recoil is manageable, even on this small platform, and it offers a smooth shooting experience overall.”

Smith & Wesson M&P9 M2.0 Subcompact

The Smith & Wesson M&P9 M2.0 Subcompact is the latest entry into the Smith & Wesson M2.0 lineup. (Photo:


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