Ladies at the range

Discussion in 'Range Report' started by readygirl, Apr 8, 2012.

  1. readygirl

    readygirl New Member

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    Spent some time on the indoor handgun range today, breaking in some new hardware. I noticed a lot more women there than usual, and not there with men, but on their own, and with their girlfriends.The place was xtra busy,had to wait over an hour to get a lane. During that time i seen the beginners shooter safety class let out. Consisted of 11- women, and 2-men, I think we are gaining on you guys.......
     
  2. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    That's good. More often than not, when I go to the range I am alone. I prefer shooting with an experienced shooter so I can have a chance to learn but I do my best shooting when I am alone. When I go to the range I can almost guarantee you I am the only single female there. There may be another woman or two with a man but I don't think I've ever seen a single female at the range other than myself.

    Readygirl, what are you doing up so late at night? I work midnight shift, that's why I'm up. :)

    Also curious, what were you shooting? I have a GP100, a Ruger Mark II and a Sig P238. I think my next purchase may be a rifle if I can find one that fits me well. I looked at a Henry Lever action Repeater and liked it. I've also looked at some youth model rifles.
     
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  3. fmj

    fmj New Member

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    IMHO this is a GREAT thing...always love to see the fairer sex at the range. Adds to the scenery!:D
     
  4. vincent

    vincent New Member

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    Recently, far more women than men are obtaining CCW permits here in NC.
     
  5. TacticalSenior

    TacticalSenior New Member

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    Yep I shoot at Reed's indoor in Santa Clara California regularly. Definitely women are a good percentage of the population the times I am there. I have brought my wife there and her girlfriend.

    Many of the women in our group of friends are no strangers to handguns. It wasn't until I started shooting again and brought up the subject that the other women started sharing their experience with guns. One shared she used to be a gun buyer for Cabela's. She lived in Minnesota at the time and had a indoor gun range in her house. She said her dad used to "pimp" her out by sending her to shooting contests when she was young where she would win him prizes like jackets, range bags and other manly prizes. She relates this story with great respect and affection for her father but did wish some of the prizes would have been jewelry and shoes. :)

    I brought my wife to the range hoping she would get excited about shooting and I could count on her to protect me when I was old, decrepit and could no longer hold a gun. :) She enjoys shooting and is very good too!
     
  6. fmj

    fmj New Member

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    I posted this pic on my spacebook page after we got home from the range this particular day with the status update.... "<-----this man thinks the only thing more sexy than a woman with a gun....is a woman with a gun that KNOWS how to use the gun!"

    I then posted as a description of the photo....
    ________(wifes name) bringing sexy back!!
    [​IMG]

    She then threatened to shoot me with my own gun(s) for posting that picture against her demands. Said her hair wasnt done and she was in my "hilljack" shirt :rolleyes::D;)
     
  7. BenLuby

    BenLuby New Member

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    Got lucky myself and have a wife that can shoot. I'd rather have a woman that can shoot than can cook. (Fortunately, mine can do both) because I can always order a pizza or take out. I can't afford an armed security guard in the house.
     
  8. fmj

    fmj New Member

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    LMAO!! Mine couldnt do either when we met....at least shes taken to the shooting....the cooking lesson havent took.:D

    She says my cooking skills are the only reason she keeps me around.;)

    Thats prolly why she hasnt shot me yet :eek:
     
  9. texaswoodworker

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    Henry's are good rifles. Were you looking into the .22, or one of the pistol calibers?

    Also, you should look into some of the milsurps. You can't really go wrong with them. A Mosin will set you back about $100 and a Mauser will set you back about $200-$250. They both make great rifles, and kick isn't too bad.

    A 30-06 is a good round to compare them too. A Mosin (7.62x54R) kicks less then a 30-06. A Mauser (8mm Mauser (AKA 7.92x57mm AKA 8x57mm) is the most common chambering) kicks pretty much the same as the 30-06.

    I'd see if someone at your range has a 30-06 to try out and see if you like it.
    A Ruger 10/22 is also a great rifle. Plus, it uses the same ammo as your Mark II :D

    LOL, just some friendly advice. Those milsurps really are fun rifles. They have a lot of history behind them, and many of them are cheap to feed. :D

    In then end, just pick what ever feels right to you, that's what's important. ;)
     
  10. winds-of-change

    winds-of-change The Balota's Staff Member

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    I'll have to read this post several times.......slowly....to try to understand it all. The range I mostly go to is an indoor range and you can only shoot handguns or rifles of handgun caliber. I think that rules out the 30-06, right? I was just looking for a .22 rifle but I'll consider anything. You're talking to me like I know something about rifles. ROFL I don't.

    Mauser...mosin....AKA 7.92x57mm.........AKA 8x57mm........7.62x54R......milsuprs...........HUH????? :confused: :confused:
     
  11. BenLuby

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    The Mosins and such won't be allowed to be used at the indoor range. Milsurp is slang for military surplus, which means that they aren't now military rifles, but that is how they began their existence.
    If you're looking for a .22 caliber, which are great fun, Henry are beauties. Just remember, they aren't the cheapest out ther, and the reason being they are solid as a rock.
    It really comes down to what style you like. You can get a semi-automatic .22 which usually have 10 round magazines, you can get a bolt action, the lever action Henry, or, if you're into it, an AR-15 style .22 caliber rifle.
    While one can get larger calibers, you want yours for fun, and you can buy a box of 550 rounds for about $17.00, which should last you half an hour or so.
    I have four .22's in the house, just because they are so fun to shoot and so inexpensive.
     
  12. texaswoodworker

    texaswoodworker New Member

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    Sorry, what he said. :eek:

    Most Mausers are chambered in 8mm Mauser. That round goes by a few different names (7.92x57mm and 8x57mm are the same as 8mm Mauser) There are also several chambered in different calibers, but 8mm is the most common.

    Mosin Nagants are chambered in 7.62x54R

    30-06, 7.62x54R, and 8mm Mauser are ALL extremely powerful rounds, so they are not allowed in pistol ranges.

    If you don't have much experience with rifles, a .22 is the best caliber to start with. But later down the road, you should really consider looking into old military rifles. They can be a lot of fun.
     
  13. BenLuby

    BenLuby New Member

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    Most definitely. I'd just avoid one as a first rifle. They pack a bit of a punch to them.
     
  14. utf59

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    The 8mm Mauser is a bolt action rifle used by the German army (and others) from the late 1800s through WWII.

    The Mosin Nagant is a bolt action rifle used by the Russian/Soviet army (and others) during the same time period.
     
  15. Tackleberry1

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    I am very encouraged by the increased numbers of women joining the shooting sports. It serves to dispel the myth that "gun guys" are nuckle dragging neandrathals that like our women barefoot and pregnant, "though as a father of 4 I can't say I didnt like that phase, but more importantly, nothing opens voters eyes to 2A threats like possibility of loosing a cherished pass time.

    I've always advocated the sugar over vinegar approach and believe you create allies by introducing them to something fun rather than climbing on a soap box and berating them with your views.

    I would ask Ready Girl and Winds to pick up this torch and offer to take a non shooting lady friend to the range. Most of us had "someone" introduce us to a sport that from the outside can appear intimidating so pass it On.

    Perhaps we can flip the stat of 54% of voting females going Democrat.:)

    Tack
     
  16. shadamai

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    I am one of them :)

    I've noticed a lot more women at the range recently, too...some with guys, some with other women, and some by themselves.
     
  17. trip286

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    :'( I don't even want to THINK about purdy women...much less purdy women with guns...

    I'm glad my soon to be ex never even wanted to try...it's a damn good thing jstrong never got the chance to teach her anything..he's a better shot than I am, and I'm pretty damn good. I'd be screwed if she'd ever learned to shoot half as good as him.

    Thank God her idiot boyfriend had the courtesy of posting a video of him shooting at the range on Facebook...I have nothing to worry about from him either...limp wristed sissy boy....can't even keep his GLOCK from jamming, flapping his wrist around like a little girl in grade school...
     
  18. Tiny_MN

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    Have you looked into some of the bolt actions by Savage, Mossberg, Marlin, etc. You can pick many of these up for about $125-175. I picked up a Savage MK-IIF and then added a Nikon Pro-Staff scope to it which brought the total up to about $300. It's like a junior's rifle to me. But, then again, I'm a big guy. Depending upon your size, might be a good fit for you.
     
  19. levelcross

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    I like to take our group of girls (my part time girlfriends) to the range without their husbands/boyfriends as they seem to have more fun and take it a little more serious with out the pressure the guys bring.

    We have a good selection of guns to choose from, they buy their own ammo and we will head out, they always ask to learn how to work the gun before shooting. Some of the gals are getting scary good and two are out shooting me, one is a Cop and loves .357 Sigs.

    This for me is a win win situation, I get to go shooting with several nice looking gals, I get to shoot guns that are not mine if I want, my wife and daughter are with us most of the time, more gals are getting into shooting with us. The guys still get together to go shoot too and sometimes we have too many to go to the indoor range.
     
  20. wjnfirearms

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    My wife was no stranger to guns. She spent time in the armory during her stint in the Navy. She was never anti gun and since she now has her CCW, has three handguns of her own. Life is good, there.