Green Light Shooting

Category - Girls and Guns

Women shooters are always welcome at Green Light Shooting. Learn more about the lifestyle culture, suggested apparel, ways to carry, shooting tips and tricks, and more here.

Low Recoil 9mm Ammo


Recently, I’ve been testing out a bunch of different factory 9mm rounds to see if I could tell a difference between reliability, accuracy, and recoil. I found some interesting things, but above all, I found a specific 9mm round that I just had to share. It’s called the 9mm Chubbie and it’s manufactured by Stand 1 Armory.

Stand 1 Armory is an ammo manufacturer out of Texas. They specialize in really high quality, hand inspected ammunition. I saw on their website that they produced this unique -P 9mm ammunition and just had to give it a try. I was really curious to try it out for 2 reasons.

First, the ammunition is actually manufactured specifically for competition shooting and I shoot USPSA matches from time to time so I thought this could give me an excellent edge.

But second, and this is almost more important to me, I wanted a 9mm round that had low enough recoil (but was still reliable enough) that my fiance could shoot it with no problems. She is a great shooter but she has only been shooting a handful of times and anything bigger than her Ruger SR22 still make her a little uneasy. Beyond just the recoil, I wanted to ensure that this round would cycle my gun every single time because there is nothing worse for a new shooter than a gun consistently jamming up.

So, I took my fiance to the range the other day and we tested out this -P ammunition. She was extremely nervous starting out. Like, to the point of wanting to leave before even taking the first shot. But after her first magazine, she was seriously jumping up and down with joy. She was ecstatic to be back at the range and shooting a full size handgun. This ammo absolutely helped to calm her nerves and by the end, it was all I could do get her to leave the range.

We’re releasing the full video of our trip to the range in just a few days so make sure not to miss it. Tricia (my fiance) is going to go over how she felt about shooting the -P ammunition in comparison to shooting the regular 9mm. She’s also going to show you her groups on the targets with each style.

This will be a great video for you if you have someone who is still learning to shoot or if you yourself are still trying to work up the full recoil of certain guns. Once this video airs, I’ll also do a more in depth post on the video, the ammunition, and what I personally thought while shooting it.

Make sure to subscribe to the YouTube channel at so you don’t miss the video, then head back over here to see the full read up and review on Stand 1 Armory’s 9mm Chubbie ammunition.

For more information on Stand 1 Armory and their 9mm Chubbie ammunition, check out their website at If you have any specific questions, don’t hesitate to contact their customer support team. Every opportunity I’ve had to speak with them has been a super positive experience.

Top 4 Best Concealed Carry Guns for Women

When I worked at the gun shop, I would get in women everyday looking for a gun to keep in their purse. Or, even more common than that, we would get husbands coming in to buy a gun for their wife.

In Utah, you don’t have to shoot at all or have a gun in order to get your concealed carry permit. So once you receive your permit in the mail, of course you want to buy a gun to use it! The problem is, if you haven’t shot much, there are so many choices to choose from and so many different opinions.

I will say that one of the biggest mistakes I’ve seen ladies make is for their very first gun, they go out and buy a tiny little pink gun. While there is certainly nothing wrong with a pink gun, there is something wrong with getting a super small, super light gun if you’re not an experienced shooter. Generally speaking, the smaller and lighter the gun is, the more recoil it’s going to have. So these ladies get out on the range with their new gun and after just a few rounds, they hate it. They put it back in it’s box, store it in the closet, and forget about it.

If it’s your first gun and you’re not an overly experienced shooter, one of the most important things you can do is shoot the gun before you buy it. Get something that feels comfortable in your hand and is (relatively) comfortable to shoot. The most important thing I can say is to buy a gun that you will practice with.

Along those same lines, some new ladies just have a really bad experience with the slide on a semi-automatic handgun. Whether it’s just intimidating or it’s an actual physical limitation, there is no doubt that the slide adds another step to worry about in a critical situation. I would urge you to practice and see if that’s something you can work through but if not, the revolver is an absolutely solid way to go. Remember, get what you’re comfortable with. A concealed carry gun does you absolutely no good sitting at home in the closet.

With all that being said, we took 4 guns that would be great women’s beginner concealed guns. We tried to cover a broad range in terms of sizes, styles, and budget. Like I said in the video, my fiance actually shoots and carries the Sig Sauer P238. She loves that it’s got some girly charm to it but it still looks and functions like a high quality weapon. It’s something that she can comfortably shoot at the range every time we go. She has taught herself to be extremely accurate with it and most importantly, it’s small enough to carry with her everyday.

So let me know what you think about these choices. Would you agree with them? Would you change something? If we expanded it to Top 5 guns, what would be your choice for that fifth place?