More females at the LGS?


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freyasman
March 28, 2012, 01:30 PM
I have been noticing more females in the gun shops lately, NOT trailing behind their signifigant other looking bored, (like my wife,) but shopping either alone or in pairs. I have heard that women shooters are the fastest growing segment of gun owners but it is still surprising to me after a lifetime of the LGS being male dominated. Has anyone noticed else a difference?

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allaroundhunter
March 28, 2012, 01:38 PM
Definitely. I know that after I got my girlfriend shooting, her mother and sister accompanied us on the next few range trips before her dad ever showed interest and they loved it. I think women are naturally more curious, and when someone takes the time to teach them correctly they warm up to the shooting sports very quickly!

Ryanxia
March 28, 2012, 01:43 PM
I've noticed more females in my LGS as well, it's great!

M2 Carbine
March 28, 2012, 01:44 PM
The last 11 people I taught to shoot, or helped with their shooting were females.

I have a home range. I just teach new shooters now and then but if I wanted to I could stay right busy teaching females.

Naybor
March 28, 2012, 01:44 PM
Yep. A lot more gals.

Also, the wife is 67 years old and up until about two years ago had never shot a handgun. Today, she has a ccw license and owns a Ruger SS SP101 .357 and a SS Mark III .22. She says she loves them and they are NOT FOR SALE. (Go figure!)

oneounceload
March 28, 2012, 03:58 PM
52% of the US population is female
Females, especially of the soccer mom variety make up most of the Brady Bunch
EVERY one of them we convert to our side is a victory as they tend to do things in groups, so they'll draw even more friends into the the fray
Get your wife/GF shooting and have her get her friends shooting - we all win!

Teachu2
March 28, 2012, 04:02 PM
Our newest local indoor range/shop now has a Ladies Night once a month - free range time and gun rentals for the ladies...

Certaindeaf
March 28, 2012, 04:03 PM
Spring is here!

ForumSurfer
March 28, 2012, 04:11 PM
There seems to be more people in general when I go, so there naturally has to be more. Has the ratio increased? I'm not sure. But one of the other forums I visit had enough interest to warrant a ladies' only sub-forum.

The Lone Haranguer
March 28, 2012, 06:47 PM
Not only that, women - even those new, or previously ambivalent or even antagonistic to, guns - frequently outshoot men. :D The days of the stereotype crusty old SOBs sitting around a table drinking coffee, filling the room with tobacco smoke and growling, "What can I do ya out of?" are over. Any that are left need to adapt, or get out of the business.

flyskater
March 28, 2012, 07:26 PM
I saw a 50 something year old lady at Cabelas opening a box of ..40 S&W and chambering it in her 38 spl revolver. The sales guy said to put it away. She said, "I have a CHL class tomorrow and I wanted to buy ammo for it. Just wanted to see if this ammo will fit in my gun."

floydster
March 28, 2012, 07:56 PM
I have been a member at my range for over ten years, and shoot at least twice a week.
Well, last Sat. I was at the range on the pistol line when three young ladies came up to shoot, they each had several handguns and ammo you would not believe:)
Myself and the RO are very good friends and we could not believe the great gun handling and shooting these gals did, I was very impressed to say the least.
It was a great day:)

bearcreek
March 28, 2012, 09:04 PM
I've certainly noticed more ladies at the gun shows. It's a great thing. Whats really still lacking is minorities. I am seeing a few more black folks at the shows than I used too but not enough and I don't think I've ever seen a person of Hispanic or Asian descent. Thats something I'd like to see the NRA and other firearms organizations give some more attention to.

3KillerBs
March 28, 2012, 09:08 PM
When DH and I were first married and occasionally walked into a gun shop to browse (we didn't do much shooting then), I was inevitably the only woman.

8-10 years later when we took up pistol shooting because an indoor range had opened up in our town I never saw another woman there but the owner said there were some others.

Today there are quite a few female shooters in the club I belong to and on any given day at the gun shop there may or may not be other women there besides me and my daughter. The owner of the shop makes sure to have a clean, decent woman's bathroom, stocks gun purses and accessories sized for smaller hands, has his shop t-shirts done in pink, etc.

We ladies aren't going to be elbowing the guys away from the gun shop counter like it was a Black Friday sale in the cosmetics department but there are definitely more of us than there once were.

writerinmo
March 28, 2012, 10:21 PM
The LGS where I made my last two purchases have two ladies who WORK there, very easy on the eyes and knowledgeable as well. They were thrown a bit doing the paperwork for a two gun purchase but JW came out and gave them a couple pointers and they got it done without a hitch.

k-frame
March 28, 2012, 10:47 PM
At one of our local shops I believe a woman is one of the co-owners.

Around here the usual crowd is white and male and 30-to 40-ish. But the number of women at the range is growing and there are almost always women on the line at any given time in the ranges I visit.

A few stores offer Ladies Night with free range time. Ammo must be bought from the store but the shooters can bring whatever firearms they like within the rules of the range.

There's also a fairly large Korean community in my area and so we'll see occasional groups of Asian folks. Recently I saw a fellow taking a group of Indian teens shooting. Looked liike they were having a great time!

It was actually my wife who got me started in shooting (I came to it very late in life). She expressed an interest in learning how to shoot, so off we went for some basic handgun training. She still plinks from time to time and is showing more interest in getting her concealed carry permit. And THAT might be one of the main reasons why we're seeing a spike in the number of women shooters - they are exercising their right to remain safe in their homes and in their daily lives. So posessing and knowing how to use a firearm goes hand in hand with that right.

Tim the student
March 28, 2012, 11:20 PM
I've noticed it.

I actually saw a woman I know at Scheels today. She was buying herself (well, ordering really) a new shotgun. Browning Maxus, IIRC.

Ohio Gun Guy
March 28, 2012, 11:29 PM
I've noticed too.... and yes like the op, not looking like a cat being drug though water...;)

Mine still hisses at the thought....... SSSSSSSSS :(

wrench
March 29, 2012, 12:41 AM
I've been doing my part to get more women to the range!:evil:

Seanpcola
March 29, 2012, 08:17 AM
I pushed and pushed my wife over learning to shoot. She finally, reluctantly, went to the range with me. Within an hour it was obvious that I had created a monster. :D From her the fever spread to most of the other women in our family, their friends and on and on. Now it's the better half that mentions going to the LGS.

Obviously self defense is in the forefront. However, really watching all the ladies I think the challenge appeals to them. My wife for instance has always been very competitive. She plays tennis, used to barrel race, bowls, pretty much anything like that. As she's getting older her physical prowess is of course slowing a little so target shooting (I believe) is filling in the gap.

Works for me!:)

4v50 Gary
March 29, 2012, 10:34 AM
Good to see that more women are taking the responsibility to protect themselves (my assumption).

Seanpcola
March 29, 2012, 11:17 AM
Wife and oldest daughter have scheduled their CCW appointments. Takes about two months to get in here in FL. Other women I know are gearing up to carry.

hso
March 29, 2012, 11:26 AM
More and more I'm seeing more women at the range, in the shops and signed up for safety courses. This a great thing to see happening.

Pilot
March 29, 2012, 11:30 AM
I think women getting into the shooting sports, and also having personal firearms for self defense is fantastic. I believe it has helped to save our gun rights, and I hope the trend continues, and helps to expand our rights down the road.

I take my wife to the range with me. She will only shoot .22's, but that's fine. It is great to see women at the range, and at gun shops. The more the better!

The_Armed_Therapist
March 29, 2012, 11:56 AM
Yes, I've noticed a LOT more women... Not just at the stores, but at the gun shows and ranges as well. VERY cool!

Bowfishrp
March 29, 2012, 12:06 PM
Been married for 17 years and just in the past couple years she had gotten into shooting. She bought her first pistol last year and has since got a few more...even a 1911! She finally got her CHL earlier this year. She is always asking when we are going shooting next!

I still dont know what started it all but I love the fact that she likes to shoot too. She came from a family where her father hunted but didnt own a pistol and she never owned a bb gun....I told her there is something wrong with a country family that didnt own a bb gun or a .22! At least our kids are growing up around them and shooting a lot. My 13 year old daughter loves shooting the ruger 10/22. She can tear up a target! My wife played saleswoman at the last gun show when a lady was looking at the same Kimber 1911 that she already owns. She talked about how great it was and how much she loved it. The lady turns to the salesman and says "I'll take it". I told her she needs to work at a gun shop!

I agree I am seeing more women at shows than 5 years ago. I think part of it is that more and more women do not want to be victims and with a firearm they can easily defend themselves. Personally I love it.

crracer_712
March 29, 2012, 12:12 PM
When at the LGS last weekend, there was an older black couple (guessing mid to late 50's) in the store looking at pistols. It was the woman that was looking at them and ended up buying a SR9c. Told her I really liked mine.

Seanpcola
March 29, 2012, 01:55 PM
Pilot:

My wife was .22 only for a time. I slowly moved her up to 9MM so far. She is small framed and was really shy of recoil. I think it helped when we tried a golf glove since it seemed to help soften the kick a little. Probably not the best way to do it but we did that a couple of weeks then the glove came off. If your wife is reluctant to shoot larger calibers maybe you can try this.

I wanted her fairly proficient in any firearm we have so that's why I'm moving her up. I'd much prefer her carrying a larger caliber. She does shoot .22 the most but that's more of a tightwad thing on her part.:D

Pilot
March 29, 2012, 07:24 PM
^^^^^^ Thanks. My wife will shoot 9MM, and .380, but not much, and lately not at all, just the .22. I don't want to push her, but I think the ideas of a shooting glove is good, and maybe I will get her electronic hearing protection also. It is the noise, and recoil that bothers her.

JohnM
March 29, 2012, 07:29 PM
One of the best gun shops around here is owned and run by a woman.
I know several who are regular shooters and can out shoot a lot of men.

Voltia
March 29, 2012, 09:14 PM
The most important thing we can do is bust the stereotypes. My aunt is as hippy as they come, and I'm working on her realizing that a gun is a tool, and doesn't make you a killer of animals, a redneck, a criminal, or a militia dude.

If we can separate the guns from the vast right wing conspiracy, we might be able to save the second amendment.

bushmaster1313
March 29, 2012, 10:12 PM
You would think that womens' groups would be all over teaching their membership how to pack and handle a concealed pistol.

hAkron
March 29, 2012, 10:40 PM
I bought my wife a Beretta Cheetah that she loves, but she doesn't 'love it' the way I love my guns. She is way less disinterested in it than the other guns I have in the safe. She did ask me to take her shooting tomorrow, so I guess that's pretty cool.

ErikO
March 30, 2012, 12:57 PM
The range/LGS I go to has a lot of women and minorities there. Guess it helps that the staff there are all very friendly and helpful. Some folks mind having to wait for a lane at an 18 lane indoor range but I don't mind, there's always someone to talk to or guns to take a look at. :)

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