Any Ideas How To Get More Women Interested in Firearms?

Discussion in 'Curio & Relic Discussion' started by CarolynB, Nov 25, 2010.

  1. CarolynB

    CarolynB New Member

    I'm a disabled woman and got my concealed carry license a few years ago. I'm disappointed that more women aren't interested in protecting themselves. I'm curious about whether or not your wife, girlfriend, significant other shares your interest in firearms.

  2. Poink88

    Poink88 New Member

    My wife used to be against me owning a gun, what turned her into it is watching the TV series 24. After that, it was almost her begging me to buy a gun. Shortly after our first (a .40 XDm), she asked for her own :D (.22 LR Browning Buck Mark) which I gladly obliged. I am planning on buying a second .40 XDm for her as well so we can share mags, ammo, etc.

  3. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

    My wife shoots. She's not nearly as passionate about it as I am, but she could take out a zombie. ;)

    She wasn't very pro gun until the rise in crime in our city.
  4. lukeisme

    lukeisme New Member

    My wife hunts and shoots with me all the time. She is in fact my best range buddy!!!! I have to say that she has more expensive tastes in firemarms then I do, but I also like to tinker and improve. She just likes to shoot and shoot a lot. Her favorite to shoot is a Interarms 44mag in a 7" barell. Not a real expensive firearm, but the ammo is expensive!!! I have to get reloading for that one for sure.Her CC is a LCP. But we are getting new sights put on her new CC which is a Kimber. I like the fact that she is stepping up to a .45acp.
    Ladies the guys love to see you shoot not only is it hot but we love the fact that you are a responsible citizen willing to take control of your future, you know not the old fashioned he will do it for me attitude. Least thats my point of view!:D So kudos to you and every other citizen of the female gender and I would be happy to shoot with ya any day of the week!!!
  5. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

    Invite another woman to go shooting with you.
    The Women on Target program for the NRA helps but you need a range and they have to show enough interest to participate. The local indoor range does a CW class with a woman instructor and the ladies are more comfortable. If you have a range that does instruction, talk them into women only classes preferably taught by a woman. Check to see if there is an FNRA Commitee in your area and contact them. Their annual dinners are great events with raffles and auctions. At least 1 gun for every 10 people along with a bunch of other stuff.

    Some women have a problem with the slides on semi auto pistols. Some have been intimidated by heavy recoil. You need to choose weapons that work for them. Keep the recoil down when learning. My wife learned on a 4" S&W 19 and 38 specials. Now she has a Glock 19.

    One of the problems with rifle shooting is the lack of decent stocks sized for women. Most mfgs put out crappy looking kids stocks. Weatherby is an exception with the Vanguard. I had to customize a stock for my wifes 17M2 rifle. I have been bugging Savage about it and I got word they are bringing out a stock for the ladies.
  6. dunerunner

    dunerunner New Member

    My wife won't have anything to do with them. I've tried to get her interested so she could share the sport with me, but no joy!

    They go bang, they're dangerous and she is frightened by them. Some people are just that way.

    I refuse to be a victim!!
  7. Bello

    Bello New Member

    buy everything pink :D




  8. doctherock

    doctherock New Member

    My wife was never into shooting. I bought her a pistol to shoot and she loves it. It helps when a woman wants to truly be involved in everything her husband does. She likes shooting enough to let me get more rifles and pistols.
  9. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

    I think it's just like most anything else. Some people like to garden, some don't. Same with horse back riding, fishing, football, etc. It just might not be for everyone.

    I love Bello's post. I would love to own a pink gun.
  10. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Start them young, with an accurate firearm that does not hurt them. My daughters grew up shooting with me, and now my granddaughters.

    If you tell her you think it is cute that a little girl comes shooting, she will smile shyly, and ask if you have heard of Ludmila Pavlichenko. She is the one I call "the Anarchist-in-training".
  11. dteed4094

    dteed4094 Member

    My wife is not an avid shooter but does go shooting with me about once a month. She seems to enjoy shooting and has her own 30/30 and an AK that she has never shot. Her LTC should be arriving in the mail within the next couple of days. After several months of prodding and an abduction, rape a couple of blocks from home at a laundromat, her intrest has become more of an obcession. We have looked at a few CC weapons but are having a bit of trouble finding one she likes. She has a hard time pulling the slide on the SAs she has looked at. Her Dad thinks a SA is the only way to go but I think a nice light, little wheel gun would be more appropriate. She probably wont wear it at this point but will purse carry. I'm pushing for an LCR. Daddy is always right so I've got an idea a wheel gun is out. I could buy her one and hope she doesn't like it, then I could replace the derringer I carry. My passion is for rifles but I think everyone should have a pocket pal and know how to use it.
  12. mesinge2

    mesinge2 New Member

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  13. hcso617

    hcso617 New Member

    Lucky for me my wife is a retired Game Warden. She is a P.O.S.T. certified firearms instructor and taught the outdoor women class. She does a lot of work trying to bring women into the sport. We don't have any girls, blessed with two boy's aged 12 and 10, both avid shooters, the 12yo shoots scholastic sporting clays on the county team, the youngest will start when he turns 12.
  14. hogrider

    hogrider New Member

    My wife got her concealed carry the same time I did. She renewed hers the same time I did. But as the months go by, she is shooting less and less. I actually have my doubts if she will renew again. When I asked what the problem was, she said nothing, just not that interested anymore. So even with the best intentions, maybe it's just a woman thing not to be interested in the shooting sports. I will just have to sit back and wait to see what happens. I think the worst thing a person could do is try to coerce someone. They must want to. And that's the title of this thread. Obviously I don't have the answer.
  15. dteed4094

    dteed4094 Member

    I would say there is a large percentage of men that have no interest and most are adament nonshooters
  16. corrinavatan

    corrinavatan New Member

    You just made my wife vomit.

    My wife was open about my owning a gun, and purchased me a ruger 10/22 for my birthday this year, after doing research together on a good "beginner's gun" that would work well for both myself and for her. I intentionally chose a firearm that wouldn't have much recoil and wasn't high-maintenance, because I knew if she came home with bruises from her first day at the range, she'd be likely not to like it.

    So, when we came home from buying the gun at cabela's, we sat down and took it apart together, referencing youtube videos to make sure we were disassembling it properly (we couldn't get the pins out to get the trigger assembly, we thought we were doing something wrong when it was just stiff).

    Sitting down and learning about gun safety (which I was well versed in, my father and boy scouts having drilled that into me when I was very young) while also having the hands-on experience of working the gun made her feel confident about it.

    When we eventually got to the range, she knew how to clean the rifle and field-strip it, and now is at the point that she is avidly excited about the scope she bought for the rifle, and can't wait to get it sighted in. She's gets pretty unhappy if we can't go to the range on a given week.

    I think that, for the most part, women tend to be put off by guns due to the actions of men. I typically see the following behaviors that men do that pretty much get women off guns.

    1. Handing a woman a high-power rifle, giving her little to no knowledge or warning that it is going to have a massive kick, causing them to injure themselves when they fire.
    2. Insisting that it is a "man thing" and treating women with genuine interest with ridicule.
    3. Not involving the significant other in the purchase, maintenance, and care of a firearm. I mean, if you constantly say "don't touch that!" when she picks up the trigger assembly while you're cleaning the gun, you're turing guns into a point of animosity. Besides, as long as no actual danger can come from the action, it's best to learn by experience (like when my wife pulled the trigger on while it was disassembled from the receiver to see how the thing worked mechanically, and sent the hammer spring flying across the living room. That was a bonding experience, because we had to learn to fix that problem, which leads to more confidence.

    That's my experience, by the way. Now, my wife is looking at buying a M&P 15/22 (which, by the way, is that actually shorter than a 10/22? She's looking to buy a shorter/lighter gun than the ruger that also uses the .22 LR)
  17. chip102

    chip102 New Member

    My girlfriend of almost a year was dead against it. Wouldn't even try to me open minded against it. Listen to every word that any anti-gun advocate fed her. She thought that owning a gun meant driving around blowing kids heads off. This along with other large differences finally led to us parting ways recently.

    Oh well.
  18. mesinge2

    mesinge2 New Member

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  19. Jay

    Jay New Member

    Many ladies tend to like security in numbers.... they like to go to class, or shoot with other ladies. Ladies, like most folks, resent being talked down to. Especially when they've gone to a gun shop to learn, and look, only to be told that "ladies can't handle this or that", or "the controls on this gun are too complex for you". Many times, the guys unintentionally, or maybe intentionally, run the ladies off. One lady who brought her family to me for classes, told me that another instructor told her she couldn't shoot a 1911 because it was too complex, and too much gun for women. Now, she carries one daily, owns another, and is very proficient with both of 'em.

    Help 'em, guys. Don't run 'em off.
  20. Laufer

    Laufer New Member

    My wife is a bit petite and has really weak arms.
    She is bored by any gun talk, and if she had any strength in her arms, the lightweight Savage .22 might be fun for here, maybe even the SKS or Mini 30.

    It is a little ironic, because her elderly father was in Bastogne, Belgium with the Quartermasters (attached to the 101st) during the encirclement, and sometimes drove supplies in a jeep out to the frozen troops in the foxholes of both E and F Companies, right by the small road to Foy.
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