...but a victory none the less. I have helped convert a very left gun hater into a shooter, believe it or not. Some back ground info first. I have known this woman professionally for about three years, as she works for a women's advocacy group that my department deals with all the time. Recently she began dating a guy that I work with, which caused her ex to become insanely jealous and he began threatening, stalking and generally scaring the hell out of her. He has a significant history of domestic violence so she is rightfully concerned. Now my buddy, whom she is now seeing, is a very bad *** dude. About 5'10 220, can bench press a dump truck and is HEAVILY into MMA, just about every discipline you could imagine. However she decided since he is not always around, and her hands on skills are in their infancy, maybe she would look into getting a gun. She came to me as I am a state firearms instructor and we had a discussion about firearms, lethal force and the like for about two hours. She handled a few handguns and the next week I went to the range with her and my buddy. After an hour long safety lecture, she fired the first shot ever in her life and dropped a pepper popper at 21 feet. She looked at me and said "This is actually fun!" Imagine that. 100 rounds later, she was making good hits on the poppers and generally having a good time after settling in with my CZ75 40 S&W. She tried out a few Glocks and a Smith Airweight. She called me today and informed me she had decided to buy a CZ75 compact 9mm and wanted me to find her one, along with advice on a good holster. I gave her and my buddy free reign of my home range and they plan on going up tomorrow. She came to me because she thought she "needed" a gun to protect herself, and left wanting a gun for recreation. She said she talked to the director of her organization about having the other women in the office get some training on firearms, since they deal with a lot of angry, and usually whacko guys, in the course of their job duties. I have a meeting about the training with the director this week. Imagine that. Score one for us ladies and gentlemen.