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Twas the day after Christmas….and Dave’s birthday

We are finally settled in Las Vegas, so it was time to go shoot. We have been looking for a range to take our students, but it is proving more difficult than I thought. The ranges are pretty protective of their time and their own students, so are not very willing to allow an ‘outsider’ with their own students onto the range. We will keep trying, and I am confident we can figure it out.

So anyway, it was the day after Christmas and my trigger finger was getting a little itchy. It had been about 6 weeks since I shot, and the withdrawals were getting pretty bad. I had recently had the trigger on my Glock worked on, and hadn’t had a chance to try it out, and my Kimber was getting lonely…so went to one of the local indoor ranges (American Shooters, I highly recommend them) for a little range time. I had also promised my friend Dave, that I would shoot 60 rounds, one for each birthday. It was time to git ‘er done!

We figured that being the day after Christmas the range would be slow. HA! It was packed! People were waiting up to an hour and a half to get to shoot! We almost left. But since my Christmas present was an annual membership to the range (Isn’t Santa great!), I had to get my new membership card. We found out that members get first dibs on the range, so we went to the front of the line…sweet!

But what blew me away was all the women who were at the range NOT shooting! They were watching from the waiting area, or were in the range with eyes & ears on watching. Hey ladies & gentlemen…women are great shooters! I think men are afraid of us! They are afraid that we will out shoot them (we do), will not need them to protect us (true), and may turn that gun on them (we just might!). Still, that is no reason for women not to learn to enjoy the sport.

So, back to the story…I don’t generally shoot at big targets…too easy to hit. So I had some quarter sized targets for the 7 & 10 yard line and practiced quick shooting with my new Glock trigger. It is great! The pull is really nice and it requires only minimal effort. I’m able to stay on target and get those shots off quickly. I even took the little targets out to the 15 yard line and did a pretty nice job. Then it was time to shoot for Dave. I did get a little bigger target because I had to shoot 60 rounds, put it at the 10 yard line, and had a great time with 60 rounds. Here is the result:

Hey Dave, thanks for letting me celebrate your birthday! Love that Kimber, Man!

So, the day after Christmas was great, and we will get to shoot often, AND go to the front of the line. I’m not sure why the day after Christmas is such a popular day to shoot. I didn’t see anyone trying out a new toy, they were mostly renting the guns from the range.  I hope everyone had as much fun as I did.

Oh, one other thing….check out the latest edition of Traditions, the quarterly magazine from The Friends of the NRA. I like the back cover! http://www.friendsofnra.org/national.aspx?cid=76

Happy New Year! Ladies, make it a new year’s resolution to learn how to shoot, and to shoot often. It is a great way to gain confidence, learn a new skill, and should the need ever arise, you have the power to protect yourself! Come shoot with me…anytime!

Why the surprise?

I just saw a news article that (again) talks about the high number of women who are owning guns. Listen to this news report:  

So tell me why there is surprise that women are buying guns, and such surprise that we want to know how to use them? I’ve been in a few gun stores this week that I have not been in before. They all talk about the number of women who are now coming into the store to purchase their first gun. Few think about getting trained, and none of the stores I was in promote women teaching women how to shoot.

So we are left with surprise around the country about the fact that we want to defend ourselves. We are also left with few men truly interested in teaching us how to use our new self defense tools. I wonder why that is? Women throughout our history have used guns when necessary. During the Revolutionary War women fired rifles, and certainly helped our founding fathers with ammunition storage, being the watchful eyes to warn when English soldiers were coming, etc. Women during the settling of the West clearly used guns to protect their homes and families against intruders. Why is it that now our society seems to think it is strange and unnatural for women to own and know how to use lethal weapons?

As women baby boomers loose their husbands, watch what is happening to our society, and live alone longer than previous generations, it is going to be even more important to own and use personal weapons. This should not come as a surprise to anyone! If you have ever been interested in learning how to protect yourself, I urge you to take an NRA class (preferably offered by a women). The classes include “Refuse To Be A Victim”, “Basic Pistol”, “Self protection in the home” and “Self protection outside of the home”. All these classes will help you be comfortable with your ability to defend yourself and you will learn the essential elements of gun handling and safety.

One more point, one of self discovery! I was in Bass Pro Shop a couple of days ago, strolling through their great women’s clothing department (and OF COURSE the shoe department). I found myself thinking that I would rather be in the gun department! Go figure….gotta ask Santa for another gun for Christmas!