girls in shooting sports


March 21, 2008, 03:20 AM
every year a local club here has an anual sight in prior to the open of the hunting season. the club is private, but they open there gates to the public, members volunteer, to sightyour shots and tune your scope accordingly. all you have to do is pay 3 bucks per gun and squeeze the trigger. i brought my ruger m77mk2 in 260rem to this club last year to sight it in and after about twenty shots had it hitting an inch high at 100yds with grougs running about 1 1/4 to1 1/2 inch using remington corlokt factry ammo. i felt that this was sufficent and so i took my rifle to the 200yrd gong set my rifle down to cool and was tooling up and down the line watching the guy shoot blackpowder and another fire a one moa group from the shoulder with a 12ga slug gun. eventualy my gun cooled enogh to try my hand at the 200yd line. it hit dead on so i then headed to the opposite end of the line for the running buck simulator. on the way there i noticed another fellow had the same rifle as i did only in 7mm rem mag. i stopped to watch as did a couple others. he would fire a shot rub his shoulder feel the temp of his barrel and then do it all over again. this gentleman had brought his, she looked to be 13 or 14 years old, daughter with him and she was looking rather bored. in the middle of one of his rub shoulder feel barrel breaks, she asked him if she could fire his rifle. he said no that she could probly handle it standing, but from the bench it would be a little too much for her. so i offered her my rifle. i said its only a 260. he said a 243win was about as much as she could handle and i had to tell him the 260rem was the same cartridge anly.5mm bigger. he agreed and her face lit up in joy. it wasnt until after she shot a 5 shot .75 inch group that he told me she was the oregon state junior smallbore rifle champion. great. she halfed my group size with the same ammo. i thought i would share this little story and see if anybody else out there had any simular storries about the younger generation showing us that all hope is not lost.

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March 21, 2008, 07:31 AM
Washington State has a couple of Jr. girls that will smoke your shorts with a service rifle if your not real careful and a real good shot.

March 21, 2008, 07:49 AM
My daughter started shooting service rifle at 13. Shes 17 now and puts 8 out 0f 10 in the x ring at 600 yds. Mid 190s score for prone slow.I think its great when you see a girl shooting high power and beating older guys.

March 21, 2008, 08:38 AM
In my experience women tend to shoot very well and get good rather quickly. They have less ego issues and better concentration than most men.

March 21, 2008, 09:04 AM
I like teaching women to shoot - they have fewer bad habits to unlearn.

March 21, 2008, 10:43 AM
i agree with the teaching. i got certified as an NRA handgun instructor. women were excellent students. they listen and do what you suggest. no preconcieved notions.
my daughter, when she was in her late teens and in college, would shoot with me at bowling pin shoots...clear the table of 5 pins as fast as you could. ishe became quite good and enjoyed it. i would describe to her the ability to do this as a "life skill", like driving, cooking or reading.

i find that many women really like the idea of shooting and enjoy it when they have the chance, but are unlikely to walk onto a range alone or even with a female friend.
take a woman shooting!

March 21, 2008, 04:06 PM
Jakk, I may have met this girl. I tried competitive smallbore at the junior rifle club at that range about a year ago (didn't really get into it because of all the traveling required to go to some matches, and decided to stick with fencing), and there was a redhead who was by far one of their best.

March 21, 2008, 04:14 PM
Well, it's not rifle, but I've started my 11 year old on handguns. She seems to enjoy it for short periods of time. She started out on a .22 and I had her try a 9mm which she was ok with, but didn't want to try the .40... until she saw my stainless Sig P226. She liked the look of it so she wanted to learn how to shoot it.

I'm hoping, a bit later, she'll be interested in trying USPSA.

March 29, 2008, 08:32 PM
jguy, thats her. i remember now, she was a red head. man, she was patient and displayed some fine trigger control that day.

March 29, 2008, 08:34 PM
jguy101, have tried the golf ball shoots at 4 corners?

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