My wife is a better shot than me!!!


July 25, 2004, 10:18 PM
About 1 year ago my wife expressed interest in learning to shoot. We went to the range with my Marlin Model 60 semi-auto .22. Right out of the box she was very good.

Soon she had her own Mini-14 with open sights and she could outshoot me in no time with it.

For my birthday back in March she bought me one of the "new" Springfield M1's. After listening to me talk about how astoundingly accurate the rifle was she decided she wanted to try it.

Now keep in mind she is very petite so the M1 fits her poorly. I was also concerned that the recoil would be more than she cared for. Well long story short, she loved the M1. "What recoil?" is what I heard. And as far as accuracy, well, she embarrased me and wowed the one other shooter that was there at the range.

I have heard that women inherently shoot better than men. I think it may be true! Anyway it was very cool and very attractive to see my wife blazing away with my classic battle rifle!

What is going to happen when my select fire MAC 10 finally shows up? I may never get my hands on it!!!

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July 25, 2004, 10:34 PM
Women shoot better than men for one reason:

They dont have any bad habits because they listen when someone smart opens their mouth and they ask questions when they want to know something.

Example at the IDPA signup table

Woman: What division does my Glock shoot in?
Me: Load 10+1 at the start and 10 in all mags. SSP.
Man: Yeah, I dont know what divison I'm in either. What does SSP stand for?
Me: Stock Service
Man: Oh yeah, thats got to be me. No doubt.
Me: What are you shooting?
Man: Colt 1911 .45
Me: Heres a new sheet......

July 25, 2004, 10:48 PM

Don’t feel bad, you aren’t the only one.

When my wife asked “So what is this gun thing all about”, I sent her out with a friend of mine. I figured she would be more relaxed without me there.

Apparently all went fine that first trip to the range, as when she returned, her first comment was “I want a .44 special”. :D

I found a Rossi 720 identical to my buddy’s and it is hers now.

She can pretty well shoot rings around me with about anything she picks up. We were out a few weeks ago and I was breaking clay pigeons on the berm at 100 yards with a Marlin 1894 in 44 mag.
After watching for a while she asked for the rifle. I explained the lever action to her and she went 10 clays for 10 shots. She turned around and smiled. I just dropped my head and walked away.

July 25, 2004, 10:48 PM
LOL! C'mon dukeofurl, you're kidding about this story right?!?!?!?

July 25, 2004, 10:57 PM
I hear ya SpiderJohn. I figured with all my years of shooting I would look like the old pro so to speak. I am still a better shot with the pistols, although I don't know how long that will last. :(

Actually I don't really care. It is nice to have another hobby that we can share together and I take great pride in saying, "That's my wife!" :D

July 25, 2004, 11:00 PM
I agree that there is a certain amount of satisfaction in being able to share this fascination with her.

She recently began making her own reloads too. She's a keeper.

July 25, 2004, 11:02 PM
Remember, women's moods are controled by their hormones to some degree. Don't tick her off!:D

cracked butt
July 26, 2004, 12:41 AM
My wife is a better shot than me!!!

Join the club.:banghead:


July 26, 2004, 03:57 AM
My wife came once to the range with me and tried my S&W 617 couple of times. The first five shot group was so-so but the next one was magnificent. I couldn't duplicate it how hard I tried. I have asked her a few times to come again but she hasn't been interested. Too bad because I am sure she has talent.

We have been a couple of times on a medieval fair where we have been able to try some crossbow shooting. She shot very well and was even considering to make her own crossbow. I am sure she could shoot any gun given to her but, being a history buff, she thought crossbow was much more fun. Guns are OK to her but she just is not as enthusiastic as I am.

July 26, 2004, 04:24 AM
No bull. It happened.

Its a proven fact: When it comes to the fundamentals of shooting - between an uneducated man and woman and I have to put money down on who will hit the target with the least amount of coaching, I will bet the woman every time.

One guy had a 44 mag Ruger Redhawk out at the range. He wasnt hitting the wood with it - pretty bad. Friend of mine came by. Bet the guy $50 he could have his wife shooting NRA paper in the black in 30 minutes.

30 minutes, few dry fires later and the poor aiming husband was out the $50 he kept behind his drivers license.

July 26, 2004, 04:35 AM
They dont have any bad habits because they listen when someone smart opens their mouth and they ask questions when they want to know something.

This had been my experience as well.

Granted one cannot generalize an ENTIRE group but this does seem to be the rule rather than the exception.

I have found that when it comes to GUNS (weapons in general actually) many men feel that their masculinity gives them some kind natural skill. And its hard to correct them when they think they already know what they are doing. Women dont seem to have this problem so much.

Also i think a lot of this has to do with how the two sexes grew up. Boys, play with toy guns and soldiers and focus on the gun handling on TV and in movies. This of course ingrains a lot of bad habits. Girls seem to be less interested in firearms and don't get the chance to develop these habits.

Finally, i think some of also just comes down to basic psychology. As man when i try to teach another man something i have to be VERY careful not to make him feel like i am insulting him. Telling a guy that he is doing something wrong is tantamount to calling him an idiot. Women on the other hand can accept instruction (at least in THIS field) with a little more grace, and a little less pride standing in the way.

I LOVE teaching women how to shoot, and jump at the opportunity whenever it presents itself. Conversely i really dread having to teach most men the same thing just because it is more of a headache. I suppose i also have more patience with women than men as well.

July 26, 2004, 08:32 AM
Well I can say that when I outshoot my husband, he is very proud of me and brags to his friends. He is confident of himself and does not feel embarssed when I do better than he. Of course we have had 47 years together, so that may be the difference.

I was always afraid of the .45 Colt until I tried my husband's - just for fun. Well that did it. I now have two . 45's and hun t with a 450 Marlin. The DNR guys always make of me with my "big" gun, but just smile when I bring in the deer and they hand me my successful hunter patch.:D

I have a daughter-in law who is just a teeny tiny woman. She started with a small S&W .38, then bought a Kahr K9 and now carries a Kimber .45.

All of the women I know who want to learn to shoot start small then end up liking the .45's. :D

July 26, 2004, 10:07 AM
My wife claims to be a better shot, but then again, she is using the tool of her profession, a needle! ( ER nurse):D

Now my 2 sons on the other hand, will sometimes outshoot me, which isn't all that bad:banghead: and I practice more!

July 26, 2004, 10:40 AM
Well, if you give her some advice about her grip and stance, you can probably get her to shoot as well (poorly) as you do.


July 26, 2004, 12:01 PM
My girlfriend is 19 and I am helping her learn everything. She started out with a Marlin bolt action 22. She is a very good shot with it. Now I am starting her out with a Smith and Wesson 22a pistol. It is very light and fairly accurate. She is starting to get good with that one also. A little time and I think she will be hard for me to out shoot. Here is a pic from yesterday with her shooting the 22a. Later that night I showed her how to clean it also. She was very picky at how clean it has to be. I am very proud of her in every way.

July 26, 2004, 01:08 PM
They dont have any bad habits because they listen when someone smart opens their mouth and they ask questions when they want to know something.

My NRA Trainer agreed with this statement and I believe it to be true from my experience. I also think their anatomy favors a more stable stance in rifle target shooting with their only limitation being upper body strength, which can be helped by weight training. I was amazed at my wife’s ability to spin a 25 yard silhouette target (the chicken) consistently offhand with our marlin 2000.

July 26, 2004, 03:45 PM
you broke the 180 because you needed to take a picture of your girl holding a gun?

I'm all for taking pictures of armed women, but theres no way in HELL I'm forward of the firing line while doing so.

July 26, 2004, 06:57 PM
I'm all for taking pictures of armed women, but theres no way in HELL I'm forward of the firing line while doing so.

This can be taken as postive proof that she was not ticked off at him at that time!:D

July 26, 2004, 08:00 PM
Most good shooters I know worked dang hard to get where they are -- male and female alike.

I don't think it does women-in-general any favors when we tell them, "Well, as a woman you're going to have an easy time learning to shoot." Shooting is not instinctual, even for humans with curves. It takes real effort to learn to shoot well.


I declare to you that woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand. -- Susan B. Anthony

July 26, 2004, 09:51 PM
Well Pax, if thats the case then I offer the following argument:

Women are by nature ahead of the learning curve because they have less mind-altering substance called testosterone than we do.

July 27, 2004, 06:18 AM
Thats nothing! My wife can YELL louder than me, more often too.:D

July 27, 2004, 06:02 PM
Is it not the duty of a diligent student to expand and exceed the skills of the teacher?:D

Double Naught Spy
July 27, 2004, 08:44 PM
Exposure, consider yourself lucky!

A few years back, my shooting buddies gave me grief because my wife could outshoot me. They shut up when I pointed out that it was a good thing to be backed up by a person who was better than I was and asked them just how comfortable they would be with their wives watching their sixes. All of a sudden, they didn't give me grief about my wife being a better shot, but they gave her grief about making sure that she was backing me up and not the other way around!

Oh well.

A wife that shoots well is a thing to be appreciated...and a little feared!

How does the saying go? "Teach your wife to shoot and expect that she will someday shoot you!" :D

July 28, 2004, 08:20 PM
I learned right after the wife and I got married what a good shot she was.

I had bought a new carbine and was showing the little lady how not to be afraid of it, and of course how to shoot it.

She put the next 25 rounds in a 2-1/2 in circle.

I just looked over at her and asked "Is there something you want to tell me?"

She just replied "Well, I did rank marksman in High Shcool ROTC."
All I could say to that was "No, sh*t."

Now when she shoots the range master just walks behind her muttering "Damn"

And I learned never, never underestimate a Southern Woman.

BTW, it is a known fact that women usually have better hand and eye coordination than men. That is why for years bench tech soldering was done by women.

July 28, 2004, 08:26 PM
Lower center of gravity in their bodies helps too.

The upper body strength advantage we hold puts our CG at about chest level. Add the weight of a gun up there and we're not as well balanced.

Women have their CG at about their hips. The weight of a gun doesnt affect it at all. This is why they could also do that chair lifting trick we all learned about in junior high.

July 28, 2004, 09:22 PM
Its simple physiology. Men are better at gross motor skills, women at fine motor skills. All things being equal (i.e. practice), shooting is a fine motor skill.

So when our wives smoke us at the range, we can hold our heads up high and blame evolution. :D

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