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Men vs Women in the shooting sports?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by sonny, Mar 9, 2003.

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  1. sonny

    sonny Member

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    In shooting competitions .....when the best of both sexes compete head to head ....who usually wins ...why?
    I'm not looking to start trouble but we don't get alot of female shooters here in NYC and the ones I do see don't impress me.
    Slow down!.......I am well aware that there are and always will be elite women shooters out there. .Once in a while on espn or one of the cable networks I'll see some impressive shooting by women,I just don't see it in person.
    Well head to head who wins? I suspect men ...am I wrong?
     
  2. T.Stahl

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    We have quite a few female shooters in our club and every year they collect an over proportional number of cups in discipline ranging from .22lr sports pistol to scaled down, muzzle loaded cannons. :)

    Unfortunately most of them are already married. :(
     
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    I've never been to a shooting competition, so this statement is based purely on my fencing experience:

    Women, in general, have better fine motor control. :neener:

    I would imagine that this would make them better shooters than men, in theory. Of course, there are many factors in the equation, and the average male's willingness to invest a significant amount of time perforating paper (and live) targets would cancel out any advantge.
     
  4. LawDog

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    In my experience, and this is only my experience (YMMV), given the same amount of training and practice time/ammunition, the distaff side of the species will outshoot us guys every time.

    LawDog
     
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    Just for fun, one name. Deena Wigger. Lots more, I think.
     
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    I know Lones Wigger, Leena's dad and Olympian himself. The women who have followed family traditions, such as Leena and Michelle Gallagher often perform the best in the women's classes, and as a whole often beat many or all of the men.
     
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    from my *very* limited experience (a couple blackpowder matches a friend took me to and one or two DCM shoots) the breakdown was like this --

    Highest scores: The old guys who'd had a rifle by their side for longer than most of the rest of us had been alive. Shortly followed by the *really* dedicated guys who regularly spent *lots* of time at the range.

    Then the low-mediocre experienced women (including YT :) )
    Then the low-mediocre experienced men

    My take from all that is that women have an advantage in being less excitable in that kinda envirnment. Less pressure to feel all masterful and natually born shooters (especially in front of other women), and so it's easier to just relax and focus.

    That said... years and years of hours and hours of practice beats "inborn" advantages anytime I'd say.

    -K
     
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    Best of the best? Probably comes down to case by case. For shooters having shot recreationally for 6 months to 20 years? Women almost every time.
     
  9. sonny

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    If anyone else want's to discuss this I would appreciate it,So far it seems about half the responses either flat out say that women shoot better than men or at least suggest it.

    I think what kaylee said
    is probably true......but that was not my question:confused:

    I said
    Anyone else?
     
  10. DeltaElite

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    I don't believe either sex has an advantage in shooting.
    Women do look alot better doing it though. ;)
     
  11. Navy joe

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    Depends on the sport. I've seen some junior women smallbore shooters that are just plain scary good, back to the fine motor skills and such. In a sport where you have to muscle a gun around they still beat me handily, but lose a bit to the top level men based on grip strength, upper body strength and such. Still, to see an Athena Lee type go after it with her amazing speed is something to watch. I don't know about highpower. Technically it should be bone support and not muscle, but I don't know if a smaller stature and other natural impediments interfere with getting as rigid of a position as the men.
     
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