Purchasing a Women’s Rifle and What to Consider

Whether you are buying a rifle as a gift or you are looking to get into shooting and hunting yourself, choosing the right rifle is a big decision.

At Legacy Sports we offer a complete line of Howa Ladies Rifles available in a variety of finishes, short and long-action calibers, unique 22” barreled options, two-stage trigger, and a three-position safety. The Howa Ladies Rifle line features the same precision 1500 barreled action and all our rifles feature and is complete with sling swivel studs. Additionally scoped packages are available to make choosing and installing optics a piece of cake.

How to choose the rifle best for you:


If you have the luxury of visiting a sporting goods or firearm shop and to hold and interact with various firearms, do it. There’s no substitute for holding a gun and interacting with it before purchasing it. If you have the opportunity to shoot a gun before you buy it, that’s even better. How you interact with a firearm and its ergonomics will feel different when comparing stock size, weight, and user controls.

Most rifles are designed for the average adult male, but many people, especially women, are not built like your average adult male. You will find that many rifles will not feel comfortable when you shoulder them. This is because the length-of-pull (the distance from the middle of the trigger to the end of the gun’s buttstock) is either too long or too short for you. You’ll know you’ve found the right sized rifle (with the correct length-of-pull for you) when you go to shoulder the gun; your sight picture is right on target, your finger can easily reach the trigger, and you don’t have to strain your neck too far to rest on the gun’s cheek piece.

There’s only one way to know for sure, and that’s to hold it! Find a Howa Dealer near you to visit and shoulder them for yourself; the experts at these Howa dealers will also help ensure you’re considering a rifle made for your body size. Pro-tip: for most firearm manufacturers, a “youth” sized rifle simply means it has a stock with a shorter length-of-pull. Try these rifles marked as “youth size” if you’re struggling finding a comfortable fitting rifle.

Legacy Sports International can easily help guide you through the process of finding the right women’s rifle for you, let us help you find a dealer.

Quick Tip: Eye dominance; which eye is dominant for you?

Here’s a quick test for those that may not know which of their eyes is the most dominant:

  1. Stand with your arms extended in front of you and form a small triangle your two hands ( your thumbs and index fingers crossing eachother)
  2. Look through the triangle at something (preferably a target) at a distance of about 10-15 feet away with both of your eyes open.
  3. Close one eye.
  4. Close the other eye.
  5. If the object remains stationary when you close one eye, that eye that is open is dominant. If the object moves, then that open eye is not the dominant eye.