Pink Never Dies! Mommy and Me Girly Guns

Even though experts debate whether pink for girls and blue for boys is inherently biological or a cultured stereotype, there is no denying that many little girls gravitate toward and love the color pink. A love of pink continues, for many of us, into adulthood. Some psychologists claim we still love pink because looking at it reminds of us of our childhood; we get a warm feeling when we look at it. I’ll buy that. Pink makes me feel feminine, giddy and happily innocent.

Don’t get me wrong. I love black, as well—a color more associated with death and evil than its slimming properties in clothing. However, nothing makes me oh and ah over a gun more than when it has pink grips or a pink frame. Though I never recommend buying a gun just because you like how it looks—it must also function properly—there are plenty of us out there—men and women alike—who consider a gun’s aesthetics before purchasing. You may not like it, but pink guns are not going away. I don’t care if it is a marketing ploy or not, it says something about a manufacturer if it recognizes that women shoot too.

“ …women tend to prefer pinker shades. Some biologists say that this is because in Stone Age times a woman’s role was to pick out reddish-colored fruit, so they became more sensitive to reddish colors. Another scientist has suggested females may also prefer reddish colors because they need to be more able to spot when their children are ill with a fever…” -Dr. Stephen Briers

We all know the exhausted story about people recommending revolvers over semi-autos to women. Revolvers are a good choice; however, they are not the only choice.

I believe women gravitate toward revolvers for a few reasons. First, the action—racking the slide—of a semi-automatic handgun may intimidate some women. We’re told we do not have the body strength—it’s not that we aren’t equal; it’s just biology—to operate them properly. Ladies, this just isn’t true. With the correct technique and practice, you can successfully rack the slide of almost any handgun!

Second, I think we lean toward smaller guns. There are plenty of cute, lightweight revolvers that catch our eye, but the smaller the gun—chambered for a caliber suitable for self-defense—the more recoil (kick) the gun has. This makes target shooting pretty uncomfortable and before you know it, you have stopped practicing. Your gun starts collecting dust in the safe, and soon you lose proficiency when shooting. Not good.

There are many advantages to a semi-auto over a revolver for self-defense and concealed carry. First, it typically holds more rounds. Second, many of them are bigger, making shooting more enjoyable. Third and you may disagree with me; they are mechanically more complicated—meaning you learn more about how the gun operates. Cleaning and maintaining a semi-auto takes more time than a revolver. The more you know, the better you will be.

Note: For those with arthritis or serious hand injuries, the revolver may be your only choice. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Revolvers are reliable and easy to use.

If you think your baby girl is ready to start shooting, why not start her—or possibly yourself—on a semi-automatic handgun. One sure-fire way to get her interested in shooting is gifting her a girly gun similar looking to mommy’s. I am happy to have found two semi-autos decked out in pink. The popular .22 Long Rifle Walther P22 comes in the celebratory and aptly named “birthday cake pink” and the pink polymer-framed SAR B6 9mm.

Walther P22 in Birthday Cake Pink

The Walther P22 is a semi-automatic rimfire handgun that fires in double-action or single-action chambered for the soft firing and low-recoil .22 Long Rifle caliber. It has a 3.42-inch threaded barrel, so if your little one is sensitive to sound, you may add a suppressor.

The pink polymer frame keeps the weight down on the gun to a single pound. The short barrel and lightweight means your girl will feel some recoil. However, this preps her for when she is ready to move up in caliber. If the recoil is too much starting out, Walther makes the P22 barrels interchangeable. Switching it out to the 5-inch will help tame recoil.

Most impressive is Walther’s thoughtful choice in grip size. Made for smaller hands, women and youngsters alike feel comfortable holding the ergonomic, textured grip. If the grip that is on the gun is too small for mom, the P22 includes interchangeable backstraps that are quick and easy to swap.

To put mommy’s mind at ease, the P22 has an array of safety features. The gun has a manual thumb safety—easily read with a clearly labeled “F” for fire and “S” for safe—a loaded chamber indicator, magazine disconnect safety, and an automatic firing pin block. Unless the gun has the magazine inserted, the magazine safety prevents it from firing even when there is a round in the chamber. The firing pin block safety prevents the gun from accidentally discharging if dropped.

The choice between firing in double-action or single-action (where the hammer must be cocked before firing) will teach your little girl trigger control. The gun has a heavy 12-pound double-action pull, while the single-action pull is a light 4.8 pounds. She will learn how to aim with the basic 3-dot sight system with a sight plane long enough to get bullets on target accurately at 15 yards and less.

Very important is how easy it is to operate the slide on the Walther P22. With the light spring tension, the slide retracts with incredible smoothness. One 10-year-old girly girl I know operates the P22’s slide without a problem. Loading her own magazines is just as easy—not a sore thumb in sight! As you get to the last rounds into the magazine, the ammo starts to stagger. Don’t worry. Walther added this feature to prevent feeding issues occurring in earlier models.

The Walther P22 is an excellent training tool to teach your little one firearm safety and the fundamentals of pistol shooting.

The Walther P22 comes in three finishes: birthday cake pink and blued, birthday cake pink and nickel, pink Muddy Girl camo and hot pink and blued.

Specifications and Features

  • Caliber: .22 Long Rifle
  • Capacity: 10 rounds
  • Barrel: 3.42” threaded
  • Safety: Manual thumb safety
  • Sights: 3-dot
  • Frame: Birthday cake pink polymer
  • Overall length: 6.3”
  • Height: 4.5”
  • Width: 1.1”
  • Weight: 1.1 pounds unloaded

Now for the bigger girls…

SAR B6 Pavona 9mm Pink Polymer Frame

From a company that knows what a girl wants—they make a pistol with rubies in their sights—comes a pink polymer-framed 9mm pistol with a 3.8-inch barrel and 13-round capacity. Named the SAR B6 Pavona, EAA imports this pistol made by one of the largest firearms manufacturers in Europe—Sarsilmaz, a Turkish company with over 130 years experience building firearms which is also the manufacturer for the Turkish army’s sidearms.

The B6 is a clone of one of the most copied pistols in the world—the CZ-75. Internally it is mechanically identical to the CZ-75. The functionality can get confusing, but trust me on this; the action on the SAR B6 is reliable. It has a 3.8-inch barrel, is 1.1 inches wide, weighs 1.6 pounds, and fires in either single- or double-action.

You always want a gun to feel good in your hand. It should be comfortable to hold, but also feel secure. The circumference of the SAR B6’s grip is not as robust as the CZ-75, making it more comfortable for smaller hands. Texturing is aggressive without being rough and you know your hands will not slip. Without a magazine inserted, due to the lighter polymer frame and heavier forged steel barrel and stainless steel slide, the gun feels a bit top heavy. Once the flush-fit 13-round magazine is inserted, the gun balances out well. The ergonomic Beavertail gives you a naturally high-in-your palm grip—exactly where you need to be for controlled shots and for managing recoil.

Mounted on the left side of the gun is the slide stop and manual thumb safety. They are big enough to easily reach and manipulate, however do not snag on holsters or clothing when you carry it. Shooting in single-action, the trigger is lightening fast with a quick reset. For a self-defense gun, you will appreciate this 5.5-pound single-action pull, giving you fast and accurate follow-up shots.

It has basic 3-dot white sights, nothing new or complicated. The compact size and weight of the gun make it ideal to conceal carry on your hip or small of the back. If you’re a purse-carry type of gal, you can bring it along with you in the included pink and purple camo carrying bag. As one of Cheaper Than Dirt’s! most affordable 9mms, the SAR B6 goes from self-defense to cheap target shooter with ease. It reliably handles cheap target ammo, as well as expensive self-defense rounds without problems.

Not only does the SAR B6 Pavona shoot good and grips comfortably, it looks good doing it!

Specifications and Features

  • Caliber: 9mm
  • Capacity: 13 rounds
  • Barrel: 3.8”
  • Safety: Manual thumb safety
  • Sights: 3-dot
  • Frame: Pink polymer
  • Overall length: 6.3”
  • Height: 5.7”
  • Width: 2.5”
  • Weight: 25.2 ounces unloaded

What are your thoughts on pink guns? Share your opinion in the comment section.

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Comments (12)

  1. I found it odd that EAA didn’t even have a trigger break spec for this platform. I have always been under the impression that at the very least a factory trigger has a high/low spectrum. If the mass production of the components is fairly consistent as I presume they are this specification should be available from the manufacture. The fact that EAA’s gunsmith stated that they don’t give out this info “because its a factory trigger and it varies so much” is suspect . . . on a number of levels, from my point of view. You can get the H/L weight spec for just about any other factory stock trigger system , why not this one.
    The owner of the SAR trigger tested yesterday likes hers very much by all accounts and has not expieanced any issues since she got it.

    I’m glad that the Garage Gang’s bench test was helpful to Mike. We like these little challenges! The cost was a short trip to the gun store, 4 bottles of micro brew dark lager out of the fridge, and I had to open a bottle of Merlots for Karen who doesn’t
    like dark lager! Girls, go figure! We spent the rest of the evening tuning her SAR. It’s as crisp as new snow at 40 below and as smooth as polished steel can be made now.

  2. Pete in Alaska,
    Thank you so much for your extremely informative comment. It should help Mike out a lot.
    I know plenty of gun aficionados that believe Sarsilmaz guns are quite under rated and deserve more attention.

  3. Hey Suzanne, Mike,
    love to hear what Dr. Steven Baires has to say about “pink pistoles” and how that all fits togather in the framework of the world according to color! Just checked two different SAR’ s today for their DA trigger pull. Both were stock out of the box unmodified. One has seen about a years use and maybe has had about 600 rounds thru it. The DA weight. Was 8 pounds 6.45 ounces and fairly smooth. The other was new and unfired . It pulled 9 pounds 9.64 ounces and the pull was a little gritty. This is a fairly large spread but not I think unrepresenitive. Each was dry fired 10 times and pull weights averaged.
    I know this is only two guns and all, an It is hardly conclusive, However, I’ll make the presumption that this trigger seats in pretty quick and with relatively few rounds fired for “breaking in” given what I see here. This is actually a somewhat lighter trigger than I would have expected in this DA Auto that hasn’t been stoned and polished. I had expected something between 10.5 and 11.5 pounds. Anyway, for what its worth and for reference only that’s what we came up with. On a side note: we took the older one apart. I didn’t notice an excessive rounding, clipping, or uneven wear on any of the sliding, contacting or striking surfaces.
    There were a few burrs yet in the trigger assembly but not as would hinder operation. A small diamond lap removed them. There was no apparent change to the pull weight after being reassembled. As a control group I used my Baby Desert Eagle in .40cal. By IMI Ltd. / Magnum Research. This is an often used “backup” with around 1200 to 1300 cycled thru it. It has a two stage DA trigger pull. First stage to half cock is 11lbs 2.57oz , half cock to trigger release in 7 lbs 1.260z. Very crisp and very clean, smooth pull. A gal should have no control issues with this pull weight once they get used to it. Hope this is helpful. Please remember that this was just the two pistols, and just an off the wall bench test. We used a digital pull scale with memory recording for each pull. Pull weight was determined with the trigger at rest and against the slide to point of trigger break and release. This is just for reference and may not be representable across the SAR spectrum. However, it should be good enough to give you an idea of what your looking at here. Hope this was helpful. Pete sends . . .

  4. Mike,
    I just received a phone call from EAA, and they told me that their gunsmith says they do not give out that information because it is a “factory-issued” trigger and varies so much that they don’t know.

  5. Pink is cool. Your money, your choice. Walther is king in my book. I have a P-38 (P-1 version) that fits me to a “T”. It is my go to pistol.
    Santa Maria, California

  6. Hey Suzanne,
    So, I understand the hook that pink throws out there to catch and reel in some of you gals. It’s not my color but I look pretty good I’m told in a “salmon” colored dress shirt! I’d much rather see some of these manufactures put some of their cash into developing the technology to provide better firearms to the gals out there instead of just taking off the shelf and making its pink but not improving the ergonomics or it geometry to better suit the female hand. Just saying . . . Anyway. Pete sends . . .

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