“Dress suitably in short skirts and strong boots, leave your jewels in the bank, and buy a revolver.”
— Constance Markievicz, Irish Rebel, c. 1909
A whole lotta women are deciding to arm themselves. That trend, which has been accelerating for several years, blew up in the Great Gun Rush of 2020 spurred by the COVID-19 shutdown. While it’s given some in the media the vapors, it’s not unreasonable to assume that the massive dislocations associated with this event might just cause a bit of social unrest. And women should know:
I’ve always believed that women should develop skill at arms, just as men should do. The raw and ugly truth is that women are more susceptible to violent assault than most men are, and they have the greatest need to develop capability. And, since women are at a disadvantage in strength, size and aggression, they should be armed in order to mitigate that gap.
And many will find that they enjoy the martial arts, including the art of the gun.
Women on frontiers from North America to South Africa to the Near East have taken up arms in the defense of hearth and home — and some built legends.
We’ve explored the trail blazed by Mad Anne Bailey on the Ohio River frontier in the 18th Century. When her husband was killed by Shawnee warriors at the Battle of Point Pleasant,
…his widow adopted male dress, took up rifle and tomahawk, and became a frontier scout, messenger, spy, and Indian fighter. She was the subject of numerous adventures, both true and legendary, and became widely known as the “white squaw of the Kanawha” and more bluntly as “Mad Ann.” (Brittanica).
Clan Cornelius’ favorite fictional frontier heroine, Claire Fraser, has proven herself handy with a firearm when required…
Sarah Borginnis Bowman, a six-foot-tall, big-boned red-headed woman of exceptional entrepreneurial spirit — and extraordinary bawdy charm — was an archetype of the pistol-packin’ mama in the 19th Century American Southwest.
One of her admirers noted:
“She packed two six-shooters, and they all said she shore could use ’em….”
Samuel Chamberlain encountered her during his adventures which became a source for Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian. He later painted her in a cantina scene, the only depiction of Sarah Bowman from life.
The estimable Paul Andrew Hutton in True West Magazine served up an excellent article on this larger-than-life figure, who followed the U.S. Army into Mexico during the 1846-48 war.
This will give you a bit of the flavor:
When the war ended and the Army moved north from Saltillo, Sarah appeared on horseback followed by three large wagons, only to be informed by a blue-nosed, by-the-book officer (Daniel Rucker, later quartermaster general and father-in-law to Phil Sheridan) that without a husband, she could not join the column.
“All right Major, I’ll marry the whole Squadron and you thrown in but what I go along,” she declared. She gave the officer a smart salute and turned her horse to trot down the line of soldiers.
“Who wants a wife with $15,000, and the biggest leg in Mexico!” she cried out. “Come my beauties, don’t all speak at once—who is the lucky man?”
A dragoon named Davis volunteered for this hazardous duty, if a clergyman could be found “to tie the knot.” Sarah replied with a laugh: “Bring your blanket to my tent tonight and I will learn you to tie a knot that will satisfy you, I reckon.”
No less a luminary than the great Texas Rangers Captain Rip Ford, who met her in 1849, commented on The Great Western’s figure and her comportment:
“On our side an American woman known as the Great Western kept a hotel. She was very tall, large and well made. She had a reputation of being something of the roughest fighter on the Rio Grande. She was approached in a polite, if not humble, manner by all of us.”
That’s our gal.
When the Mexican Revolution broke out in 1910, it mobilized women as well as men — and they weren’t all about tortilla-flipping, clothes-mending and wound-dressing. Plenty of them were trigger pullers.
Boer women in Southern Africa became as proficient as their North American counterparts in the art of the rifle.
Indigenous women from the Chiricahua Apache Lozen to Kurdish Peshmerga fighters have taken up arms in defense of their people and their land…
Women have made a mark in the shooting sports — from the legendary Annie Oakley…
… to Italy’s magnificent biathlon champion Dorothea Wierer, who successfully defended her overall point title last month — an accomplishment that hasn’t been seen for 18 years.
It’s another thing that gives some folks the vapors, but it cannot be denied — an armed, capable woman can be breathtakingly sexy. Orin Julie knows this.
Julie has parlayed a three-plus year stint in the Israel Defense Force (IDF) in a mixed-gender search-and-rescue unit (a combat role), a love of guns, and her self-evident visual appeal into an entrepreneurial venture that The Great Western would doubtless appreciate. Hell, I think Countess Constance Markievicz would, too. After all, she recalled showing up at Irish Volunteers parades so well-armed
“…that the casual onlooker might be readily pardoned for mistaking her for the representative of an enterprising firm of small arms manufacturers.”
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So, let the words of the great Irish Rebel Countess Constance Markievicz sound out across this blighted land. Ladies, arm yourselves!