Hey ladies, are you new to firearms? Maybe you’ve been to the range a few times, taken a training course, and already own a gun or two. Or perhaps you’ve never even fired a gun before (but want to!). While more and more women are becoming gun owners for self-defense, many simply enjoy shooting recreationally. In fact, there are over 3.3 million female hunters in the U.S. and over 5.4 million female target shooters. However, only 43% of female gun owners go target shooting at least once and month and that number needs to increase!
The shooting sports are a great way to learn about firearms, different sports, and meet other like-minded people. However, getting started might be easier said than done. Don’t worry, these ladies are here to help! From hunters to competitive shooters to bloggers, these women are dedicated to closing the gender gap in the world of firearms. Here are their tips for all of you who are new to the shooting sports:
“If you’re new to shooting or wanting to start, find some girlfriends that are interested in trying it with you. Having female friends go to the range with you takes the pressure off and makes a typically male-dominant arena much less intimidating. There is such thing as Strength in Numbers!”
“The best piece of advice I would give is practice makes perfect, rather an overused quote but it really is the truth! In New Zealand, we barely get enough range time with our noise restrictions so muscle memory and technique are key. You want to make the most out of your shooting time and this is how you can maximize it. Not to mention, it gives the guys a run for their money!
Study up on shooting techniques, watch YouTube videos of other professional women shooters, and try out what you see. Not everything works for everyone, but you might take snippets from every little video you see and before you know it you’re on fire!
Don’t get intimidated thinking it’s a male’s sport and whatever you do, don’t give up!”
“To any shooter, selecting the right firearm is the beginning of a successful shooting journey. I’ve had experience at the range where new shooters are “told” what firearm is right for them. Giving a new shooter a .44magnum or a .500 S&W on their first visit to the range, always proves for an unpleasant first time. Do your research, look for a certified instructor who listens to your needs, and wants to teach you the fundamentals of shooting. Don’t be intimidated to ask questions. If your instructor makes you feel uncomfortable with answering your questions, find a new instructor. Team GLOCK would be happy to live stream to answer any questions you might have! Most important of all is to enjoy your experience and have fun. Here are some things new shooters should consider:
“The shooting sports are great for women to get involved in! It’s empowering for women to know how to use a firearm in a sporting atmosphere as well as for self-defense. So if you are new to firearms, check out your local gun club and take a lesson! There you’ll find instructors and other shooting sports enthusiast who will be more than willing to help you. You’ll feel much more confident knowing how to use a firearm safely and responsibly. It’s something you’ll enjoy for yourself, with your significant other, and a great tradition to pass down to your children.”
“I always recommend to new shooters to first concentrate on the basics of gun safety. That way they will be more comfortable when they next learn about the particular gun they will be shooting. Their confidence will grow as they familiarize themselves with their specific weapon. Then, it’s all about practice at the range. Most new shooters are concerned about all that they “don’t know” about guns. Keeping things simple, specific and repetitive, is the best way to grow and learn to enjoy shooting.”