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“Our family had a wonderful Christmas together!”, Haley tweeted. “I must have been good Santa gave me a Beretta PX4 Storm.”
She wasn’t the only woman using social media to show off her Christmas gift gun.
Haley’s firearm was basic black, but pink firearms appeared to be popular this year.
In shared photos, they clutched hot pink pistol grips with manicured hands.
“Santa got me my very own Smith and Wesson!!!!” they squealed.
Their firearms came from husbands, boyfriends, and parents.
“My new gun fromy baby!!” one swooned amidst hashtags. “I’m loved (:”
A smiling mom posed with a pink camo rifle that matched her pink shirt.
“My new baby that my lovely boyfriend got me,” one recipient cooed.
“Remind me to stay on your GOOD side!” a follower concluded.
“I’m looking at my store right now,” Larry Hyatt, owner of Hyatt Gun Shop in Charlotte, North Carolina, told me when I reached him a few days after Christmas. “There’s one, two, three, four … There’s six women in here right now. Two are looking at guns; they’ve got them in their hands. There’s a lot of women in the gun stores. That just didn’t happen 25 years ago. And it just keeps growing and growing.”
Hyatt’s father started the business, which bills itself as the country’s largest specialty gun store, in 1958, but Larry never expected that one day pink guns would be part of his product line.
“I’m old,” he laughed. “I’m 66. I’ve been doing this all my life. If you told me 25 years ago, we would be selling pink guns, I would’ve lost the farm on that bet.”
This holiday, girly firearms proved more popular than ever; an in-store gunsmithing service custom-coated guns any color customers wanted.
“Pink is really popular,” he said. They found themselves turning out custom pink guns through Christmas Eve for men who’d waited until the last minute to get gifts for wives, girlfriends, and daughters.
During the holidays, some women came in to pick out their gifts themselves. “In some ways, they’re easier to deal with than men,” Larry said. “They’re more knowledgeable.” But, he said, “We had to clean up the restrooms.”
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