By Lisa Parsons-Wraith
Spring is the prime time of year for gun store owners and consumers alike, as it marks the time when all the new products introduced at SHOT Show become available to stock on shelves. Continuing the trend of supporting more women in the shooting sports, manufacturers brought out several new products designed specifically for the ladies of this growing market. Here’s a look at some of the new items women will want to see in your store.
Blaser Shotguns added to its line with the F16 Intuition designed for a woman’s typically smaller build. The engineers at Blaser outfitted the shotgun to have less drop at the comb and additional cast. The 12-gauge F16 Intuition’s specially-shaped, compact Monte Carlo stock (with a length of 350mm) provides female hunters with optimum target acquisition and a perfect fit. The pistol grip has finer features to easily accommodate a smaller hand, reducing the risk of flinching. Blaser also addressed recoil management by making the recoil pad even softer for better absorption and steady placement in the shoulder.
The Taurus Spectrum, chambered in .380, is designed, engineered and manufactured in the U.S. It’s the first semi-auto pistol equipped with soft-touch panels seamlessly integrated into the grip and slide. These soft panels come in a multitude of colors, giving your customers a way to express their personal style. But these soft panels have a function beyond aesthetics — Taurus engineers studied ergonomics and came up with a grip featuring unique contours to help make this small pistol fit a variety of hands.
Taurus also took an innovative approach in addressing the challenges of slide racking by replacing traditional slide serrations. Taurus developed a design that allows the fingers to engage indentations on the slide, providing positive contact points for enhanced traction, minimizing short strokes while racking and boosting safety. Additionally, the same concept of soft touch material used on the grip is also incorporated into the slide.
These elements, when combined, create a comfortable manipulation when chambering a round. This 6-round capacity, single-stack pistol features a 7- to 9-lb. trigger pull and 5.40-inch overall length.
5.11 Wyldcat Pant
Sitka Gear Women’s Fanatic Jacket
Innovations In Clothing
5.11 Tactical is a leader in women’s concealed-carry wear and the company’s offerings for 2017 continue to combine function and fashion. 5.11’s Flex-Tac fabrics have stretch, giving wearers extra mobility and ease of movement. When designing women’s tactical wear, 5.11 tries to reverse engineer the most popular silhouettes from the fashion runway and build in tactical elements.
There are six new items in the women’s line this year. The Wyldcat pant is truly innovative in that it’s a boot cut and straight leg pant all in one. A zippered leg gusset let’s women instantly flex between the two styles and the microsand finish is soft and comfortable. The Wyldcat pant is CCW-ready with back yoke pockets sized for magazines, thigh utility pockets and double knee construction for enhanced durability. It’s available in black, khaki, blush and grenade.
5.11’s Defender-Flex Pant is made with a sturdy Cavalry Twill/cotton polyester blend with just enough stretch for freedom of movement. The Defender-Flex Pant keeps its shape no matter how women move. Device-ready front pockets and back mag pockets provide ample room for accessories. The Defender-Flex Pant is available in stone, volcanic, thyme and code red.
Women searching for an easy spring look will appreciate the 5.11 Tactical Calypso, a lightweight top with a perforated back panel for ventilation. The chest pocket gives quick access to documents, and the CCW silhouette is pulled directly from fashion runways. The Calypso top is available in berry and black.
If a lightweight, textured fleece is all that’s needed, 5.11 has women covered with the Glacier Half-Zip. Gusseted underarms and flatlock stitching allow for full range of motion with maximum comfort. The Glacier Half-Zip is available in black, berry and skyfall.
The last two new items for women from 5.11 Tactical are the Alice Saddle bag and the Mira 2-In-1 Pack. Both the bag and the pack sport compartments for a concealed carry firearm and many other tactical accessories.
Sitka Gear has introduced a new line of clothing to give female hunters a comprehensive system tailored to their form. Sitka dedicated countless hours with accomplished designers, product engineers and hunters to perfect its new women’s line.
The Sitka Women’s Collection is a 16-piece system designed to be layered one on top of the other and includes pants, shirts, hoodies and jackets. Some key features of the collection include technical styling and fit, new integrated female-specific technologies and a permanent Polygiene odor-control treatment. They’re available in the same science-based GORE OPTIFADE concealment patterns as the men’s lines, including Elevated II for the tree-dwelling whitetail hunter and the new Subalpine pattern for vegetated environments.
Blaser F16 Intuition
Carry Options From CrossBreed
CrossBreed holsters introduced the Ladies Reversible Carry Belt, designed by the ladies of CrossBreed to specifically meet the needs of females. This belt is both high-fashion and high-function, showcasing a combination of features found exclusively at CrossBreed. The top-grade finished leather is black/brown reversible with a black finished edge, 1.25 inches wide, 0.125 inches thick and is fully lined to prevent stretching. The secure locking buckle is available in three finishes to compliment any wardrobe. Specialized women’s sizing puts 5 holes at 0.75-inches apart for a fully personalized fit. The slimmer leather and sleek shape make this reversible belt a must-have for women in a male-focused market.
Another great option from CrossBreed is the Mini Appendix Carry Holster engineered specifically with the female body in mind. This holster is intended for popular small firearms and has no cant so it can be worn on the front side of the body. Featuring a CrossBreed hand-molded pocket for a perfect fit, the Mini Appendix is the answer for any woman who wants to carry a small firearm in a front position. This versatile holster can be worn in the standard appendix or crossdraw fashion. As with all of the company’s holsters, the IWB Mini Appendix Carry Holster comes with CrossBreed’s “Two Week, Try it Free Guarantee” and a Lifetime Warranty.
Any of these products on your shelves are sure to be a hit with women gun owners; and it sends the message your store is female friendly.