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NorCalMama
12-18-2009, 11:27 AM
Do you find that when you go to a range guys look at you like, "wtf is she doing here?!"? Have you ever had anything said or done to you by guys at the range just because you're a female shooter?

What sort of gender based treatment have you experienced?

sspen003
12-18-2009, 11:54 AM
From a male point of view, male shooters are enthusiastic about female shooters. I think the "wtf is she doing here?!", is more like "dude, thats hot that she shoots"


The point is female shooters are openly welcome. Us male AND female shooters need as many shooters as we can get. The change of scenery is nice too

NaughtyMonkey
12-18-2009, 12:06 PM
I'm a male shooter and I don't treat girls shooters any different then male shooters, Actually I've never treated a girl different then my guys friends. I'm there at the range to shoot my guns. Honestly don't really matter to me who's there. Girls or guys. Girls have been shooting guns for a long time so I don't see why some guys get all excited when a girl goes shooting. I mean I can't seem to get my g/f to go with me, but it doesn't bug me, but I bug her about it ;) haha. Just stating my opinion. I mean who ever is at the range is there to shoot there guns.

An example, I went to the shooting range here in Bako, and there was a girl shooting on the bench next to me, and I liked how her rifle looked, It was a Winchester model 70, just like the one I have, I went to talk to her about it, but I didn't realize until then it was a girl and she asked me if I was surprised or shocked that a girl was shooting and I said no, then she told me, "your a first". I told her "no offense but the rifle caught my attention, didn't even notice your were female" so we talked about how she got the rifle and mine then went back to shooting.

Steyrlp10
12-18-2009, 12:45 PM
I've had a mixture of both in the past. At a public range, I suppose the guys who don't know me see me as an oddity. I'm sure they wonder if I know what I'm doing and are waiting for something stupid to happen -- on my part. I get that while I'm out fishing too, so it's nothing new.

BUT, as soon as they see it's not plinking, the attitudes begin to change to a more positive note. Naturally, there will always be one ignorant person in the group who will choose to behave like a jerk, so I've also learned to grow a thick skin. Some men are insecure and are just crabby.

It's ok... I'm out there to practice and don't expect everyone to be my buddy. As long as they're civil, it's all good.

Now, at matches, I don't feel like a freak at the circus. The guys are supportive, good-humored, and very social. Besides, I supply all the donuts, so they have to be nice to me or I'll cut them off!

Gryff
12-18-2009, 3:19 PM
I know that I tend to see other shooters in terms of experience/skill rather than gender. I am happy to offer input or advice (be they male or female), but only if it is obvious that they would welcome it. If I'm not sure, I keep to myself because I find it rude to assert that "I know more you and must correct what you are doing wrong."

Safety is the only exception, though. If they're being unsafe, I'll stop them immediately.

I have heard from female shooters that many hate it when a male shooter not only feels the need to "correct" her technique, but also thinks it appropriate to touch her without permission while doing it.

joepamjohn
12-18-2009, 3:27 PM
I went to talk to her about it, but I didn't realize until then it was a girl and she asked me if I was surprised or shocked that a girl was shooting got the rifle and mine then went back to shooting.

You need your eyes checked. :eek: I'm sorry, I would never miss if a babe was shooting next to me. The first thing I do when I shoot is look at the caliber (no pun) of people around me. I don't want to spend my afternoon next to some soldier of fortune wacko, or gansta's doing a gun check for tonight's drive by entertainment. I also look at what guns they are shooting and how they handle them (male or female). There have be more than a few times where I have never fired a shot and left due to the type of people and the way they were handling guns.

For sure I would notice a woman, mainly since you just don't see it too often.

PonchoTA
12-18-2009, 3:36 PM
From a male point of view, male shooters are enthusiastic about female shooters. I think the "wtf is she doing here?!", is more like "dude, thats hot that she shoots"


The point is female shooters are openly welcome. Us male AND female shooters need as many shooters as we can get. The change of scenery is nice too
:iagree:

Werd! :thumbsup:

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NaughtyMonkey
12-18-2009, 9:36 PM
You need your eyes checked. :eek: I'm sorry, I would never miss if a babe was shooting next to me. The first thing I do when I shoot is look at the caliber (no pun) of people around me. I don't want to spend my afternoon next to some soldier of fortune wacko, or gansta's doing a gun check for tonight's drive by entertainment. I also look at what guns they are shooting and how they handle them (male or female). There have be more than a few times where I have never fired a shot and left due to the type of people and the way they were handling guns.

For sure I would notice a woman, mainly since you just don't see it too often.



Well I usually go to the benches off to the sides where nobody is at, and I don't go stare at who's shooting, I'm there to shoot my guns not check out the people using them. I don't care who's next to me usually, but thats just me. Also don't really care what there shooting, I just happened to notice the rifle she was using, and she had a hat on and short hair, so it was a bit difficult to tell it was a woman.

CSACANNONEER
12-18-2009, 9:42 PM
Hell, I'll be honest. I treat female shooters differently because, they usually know how to shoot better than most guys. If I'm at a match, chances are that most of the female shooters will outshoot me. I even had one do it using my rifle and ammo with only a few hours to get used to the gun! OK, I shot better groups but, she shot a better score. Yea, women shooters scare me because, they (as a whole) are capable of dominating all types of shooting venues.

stphnman20
12-18-2009, 9:44 PM
The "Wtf is she doing here" look is more like "damn" why cant my chick be in to guns like her, sigh" lol

IrishPirate
12-18-2009, 9:45 PM
the only girls i say "wtf is she doing here?" to are the ones sitting in the car complaining about the noise, or sitting on the bench doing their fingernails. Oh i've seen it plenty too!! they usually come with D-bag guys who cover just about everyone at the range with their muzzle at one point or another, and will shoot when you're down a "cleared" range.

Any other lady who happens to be engaged in shooting.....that's just hot! I'll admit i get a little..:devil2:..when my wife unloads a mag :tt1: ...women seem to grasp the technical aspect of shooting too since it's objective based. do this, then that, and this will be the result. That's something i found most women tend to like! (it also helps if you give them a pink gun or a shiny one ;) j/k)

bombadillo
12-18-2009, 10:03 PM
You'll only get discouragement by idiots who have something to prove. Just outshoot them and they'll shut their pie hole real quick. I hate it when guys put down any woman who is out there at the range for any reason be it not wanting to shoot a 300 win mag because it hurts or just not grouping well because its her first time out there. I have seen guys shut down pretty quick by women because they have nothing to prove a lot of the time and when they shoot well, the instigator just walks away with his tail between his legs.

nick
12-18-2009, 10:15 PM
Thank you ladies for answering :p

masameet
12-18-2009, 11:29 PM
Thank you ladies for answering :p

lol

One day at the range this past summer an off-duty cop gave me some of his departmental ammo (hollow points too!). He even let me fire one of his pistols. Didn't feel disrespected by his attention at all.

On another occasion another shooter (who I'd met late last year and hadn't seen since) found out I'd brought the right ammo but the wrong pistol to the range. So he handed me his 1911 and said, Here. Shoot this.

Two Sundays ago another shooter gave me a bunch of his .45 ammo. He'd reloaded them himself and the ammo was of two different grains. (Just moments before he'd disassembled my S&W 1911 to determine if something was amiss.) Then we went over to the action pistols range (my first time there!), where he gave me a free firearms lesson and then let me shoot some of his ammo (that he had in his bag). I felt real special that day, if you know what I mean.

This past year I shot a lot of pistols and rifles belonging to guys I didn't know. For sure, their friendliness, generosity and firearms knowledge just bowled me over. Men like these guys truly demonstrate the firearms enthusiast ideal and spirit. If only I could be as generous and sharing as they.

run8
12-19-2009, 10:08 AM
I think it's great to see the women folk at the range, you'd never get a negative remark from me.

skip
12-19-2009, 10:10 AM
From a male point of view, male shooters are enthusiastic about female shooters. I think the "wtf is she doing here?!", is more like "dude, thats hot that she shoots"


The point is female shooters are openly welcome. Us male AND female shooters need as many shooters as we can get. The change of scenery is nice too


ditto that, we are just checking you out!

CSACANNONEER
12-19-2009, 11:33 AM
This past year I shot a lot of pistols and rifles belonging to guys I didn't know. For sure, their friendliness, generosity and firearms knowledge just bowled me over. Men like these guys truly demonstrate the firearms enthusiast ideal and spirit. If only I could be as generous and sharing as they.

LOL. I've got pictures to prove a small portion of it. Well, you did know the owner of the AR50 but, you hadn't met me before firing my 1919 and whatever else you ended up shooting that weekend. Gotta hand it to you, you showed up not knowing a sole at the range and spent the next three days there feeling like you were with family (at least, I hope that's how you felt). If you come down this June, you can shoot th AK pistol I built and the MAC I'm buying. After that, you'll ant to go back to a 1911 that you can actualy hit what you are aiming at. BTW, be careful accepting and/or shooting other's reloads. You are really trusting that person with your safety. Just keep that in mind.

nagorb
12-19-2009, 12:30 PM
My girlfriend says YES!

one of the more annoying things that happened at the range.

RSO: what are we going to about her shooting?

Me: what do you mean?

RSO: she doesn't have control of the gun

Me: how does she not have control of the gun?

RSO: The muzzle goes too high after recoil.

I'm starting to get pissed now

Me: you mean as high as the guy shooting the mag down the line?

RSO: Well no but...

Me: all her shots are in the 10 ring how does she not have control?

RSO: Well I... um... well

Then he walks away. No RSO has ever said anything about her shooting other than to make fun of me b/c shes a better shot.

CSACANNONEER
12-19-2009, 12:40 PM
My girlfriend says YES!

one of the more annoying things that happened at the range.

RSO: what are we going to about her shooting?

Me: what do you mean?

RSO: she doesn't have control of the gun

Me: how does she not have control of the gun?

RSO: The muzzle goes too high after recoil.

I'm starting to get pissed now

Me: you mean as high as the guy shooting the mag down the line?

RSO: Well no but...

Me: all her shots are in the 10 ring how does she not have control?

RSO: Well I... um... well

Then he walks away. No RSO has ever said anything about her shooting other than to make fun of me b/c shes a better shot.


What a *****. I bet he was just jealous of her ability! So, out the range and, if you can, the RO. We should know where not to go.

nagorb
12-19-2009, 12:47 PM
I don't want to say the range b/c all the other RSOs are really nice and helpful.

Stormfeather
12-19-2009, 12:55 PM
bleh, male, female, trans-g, who cares as long as they are into the sport?

ChrisO
12-19-2009, 1:01 PM
When I take my lady she usually doesn't get treated any different but shes usually with me. Although last time we went there were a bunch of inbred hillbillies being perverts, I was at the truck getting my staple gun and she said one of the guys made a comment to her about her a**. I came back she told me and I told the guy to get his eyes of my ladies A** and to keep em on his target. After we left she said they made her feel really uncomfortable and she doesn't want to return to that range. I told her "well you do have a nice A**" Haha but I explained to her that most the guys I shoot with or are serious about the sport are respectable men. I mean you can't help but stare at a beautiful woman sometimes but eyef****** her and making comments just ruined her range experience. I don't like that range anyways they run you're Drivers License everytime and put it in a damn computer and from the times I have been there It doesn't seem like that range attracts a good crowd.

yellowfin
12-19-2009, 2:49 PM
Do guys ever offer to buy ammo?

NaughtyMonkey
12-19-2009, 7:32 PM
bleh, male, female, trans-g, who cares as long as they are into the sport?


Feel the same way. Don't matter to me who's shooting, as long as there enjoying it and having fun and not complaining. lol.

PatriotnMore
12-19-2009, 7:39 PM
she said one of the guys made a comment to her about her a**.

This is why Clorox needs to be introduced into some gene pools.

Tweak338
12-20-2009, 12:11 AM
Do you find that when you go to a range guys look at you like, "wtf is she doing here?!"? Have you ever had anything said or done to you by guys at the range just because you're a female shooter?

What sort of gender based treatment have you experienced?

If anything, I'm glad to see female shooters at the range.
Most of the time, They have a huge grin too!
Its good to know that not all of them think guns are evil and such.


bleh, male, female, trans-g, who cares as long as they are into the sport?
We all know your into them, its ok.
We support your decisions :p

smird
12-20-2009, 6:19 AM
Never said that, when I see a woman at the range. But I do get that "wtf is he doing here?!" feeling when I go into Joanne's(a sewing/craft store). Feel's like I just invaded a country.

Brad

OneApart
12-20-2009, 7:57 AM
From a male point of view, male shooters are enthusiastic about female shooters. I think the "wtf is she doing here?!", is more like "dude, thats hot that she shoots"


The point is female shooters are openly welcome. Us male AND female shooters need as many shooters as we can get. The change of scenery is nice too

+10 for female shooters :thumbsup:

PatriotnMore
12-20-2009, 8:06 AM
Funny you mention that, I always feel very out of place in Victoria Secret, and can't wait to leave.

Never said that, when I see a woman at the range. But I do get that "wtf is he doing here?!" feeling when I go into Joanne's(a sewing/craft store). Feel's like I just invaded a country.

Brad

NorCalMama
12-21-2009, 1:17 AM
lol, Well, I guess I sort of got my answer. :) It's good to know that it seems that guys are willing to be open to females entering this arena. It's a little disheartening that there aren't more on Calguns, however!

Thanks to all who answered!

ChrisO
12-21-2009, 1:23 AM
I love the fact my lady enjoys shooting and hunting it just means more time we can spend together doing something WE BOTH like. It truly is a hard thing to find in a companion. While it is not her favorite hobby but every once and awhile shes glad to hit the range with me.

CSDGuy
12-21-2009, 9:36 AM
Well, of course there's going to be some typical "guy behavior" of checking out the female types... and I do not doubt for one minute that the reverse isn't also true... no matter where you go.

That being said, I'm going to be initially more concerned with the handling skills of someone I'm shooting with or next to than anything else. Why? Simple. I don't want to get shot...

When I do go to the range, I'm more than happy to "share my sport". I might have my Garand or my Higgins .22 or my 1911 or my Glock 23 or... whatever else with me. If someone wants to put a couple rounds downrange, I'll usually be more than happy to let them! The reason is that perhaps whatever they're shooting isn't right for them or whatever I'm shooting is different enough that it'll widen their experience base or perhaps remember what it was like to shoot that kind of gun, or whatever!

Male or Female... shooting is a fun sport! Now if I could only get my wife to agree...

Lyte-
12-21-2009, 10:33 AM
I have noticed that the older guys who typically go to the outdoor ranges are a bit friendlier then the younger guys I typically see in the indoor ranges. They will normally come over and offer assitance or pointers (I always allow them to do so and say thank you) they are also very excited for me to try their guns most of the time and love to get positive feedback.

They just stare at what I am shooting but don't really say anything and take up way more bench space then they should. They don't move there stuff over or anything for new shooters and force me to put my stuff on a bench far away. Thats more of a lack of home training then a male/ female thing.

Super Spy
12-21-2009, 10:42 AM
The "Wtf is she doing here" look is more like "damn" why cant my chick be in to guns like her, sigh" lol

You said it!

jarhead995
12-21-2009, 11:08 AM
I think ooh thats cool, but then again none of them are my age and I don't find any of them attractive.

Ezzie
12-21-2009, 12:32 PM
As a girl, and a new shooter. I always feel like a complete idiot. Any advice or encouragement from any more experienced shooter is welcome.

As long it's not blatantly obnoxious. ;-)

Steyrlp10
12-21-2009, 12:50 PM
As a girl, and a new shooter. I always feel like a complete idiot. Any advice or encouragement from any more experienced shooter is welcome.

As long it's not blatantly obnoxious. ;-)

Like the previous posts, the best thing to do is be safe. Don't feel like an idiot because we all had to start somewhere.

But yes, some people come on a little strong even when they're trying to be helpful. I draw the line when a guy demands that I shoot a particular gun just because he says so. Boy, does he have an education coming!

six10
12-21-2009, 12:56 PM
I'm in the moo-moo/beldame class of women shooters; range masters and male shooters see me coming and think, "Hey, I wish MY grandma was into shotguns!" (No one has ever been discourteous to me, and usually there are other -much younger- women shooting when I go to the range. They may hear/put up with all sorts of guff I haven't had to deal with for years.)

NorCalMama
12-21-2009, 1:01 PM
As a girl, and a new shooter. I always feel like a complete idiot. Any advice or encouragement from any more experienced shooter is welcome.

As long it's not blatantly obnoxious. ;-)

What part of Cali are you from? lol, I'm hoping to find someone near Sac who could go shooting with me! :) It seems there are no other women nearby.

And by the way, I know EXACTLY what you mean about feeling like an idiot. Over time it's gotten easier, but at first I felt like I had NO clue what I was doing! lol, mainly because I didn't! Thank goodness for good instructors! (9mmepiphany is a godsend!)

RedFord150
12-21-2009, 4:11 PM
I take my wife shooting occasionally and now my 15 year-old daughter. I think they both get treated very well. Maybe the fact they're with me somehow changes things.
I love to ask the guys who bring daughters or even younger girlfriends what types of guns the younger ladies prefer. I like to let my daughter try different things, as long as she enjoys it.
I never offer advice to anyone unless they have first asked me a question. I than try to respond 'kindly', not with attitude or ego. I usually joke by telling them free advice is usually worth what you pay for it ;-).
I truly hope you ladies all feel very welcome at any range. I want to see as many of you as possible learning to shoot well.
Thanks for letting me interject.

mosinnagantm9130
12-21-2009, 4:32 PM
I truly hope you ladies all feel very welcome at any range. I want to see as many of you as possible learning to shoot well.


My feelings exactly.

9mmepiphany
12-21-2009, 4:34 PM
Thank goodness for good instructors! (9mmepiphany is a godsend!)

thank you, you're too kind.

you know, if we have several new lady shooters...or even not so new who are just interested...we could get together and i'd be happy to just go over the basics so that everyone is comfortable with their shooting...pro bono.

if there is interest in an actual class from that...who am i the oppose the will of the group ;)

NorCalMama
12-21-2009, 5:00 PM
thank you, you're too kind.

you know, if we have several new lady shooters...or even not so new who are just interested...we could get together and i'd be happy to just go over the basics so that everyone is comfortable with their shooting...pro bono.

if there is interest in an actual class from that...who am i the oppose the will of the group ;)

That would be awesome! Count me in. I went shooting last night and can see I need all the help I can get! lol
Anyone else in the Northern Cali area (near Sacramento, Rancho Cordova, Elk Grove, Citrus Heights, Orangevale, Wilton, etc) interested?? :)

And if no group type class ever happens, after the new year, I definitely want to take more lessons!

Genine
12-22-2009, 12:24 AM
I would be down for something like this but closer to southern cali :)

NorCalMama
12-22-2009, 11:16 AM
I would be down for something like this but closer to southern cali :)

lol, how much closer?

mtsul
12-22-2009, 2:31 PM
Im all for it it does not matter if its a man or woman standing next to me I have a good time I take any guy or girl I know if they want keep shooting ladies and gents

CSACANNONEER
12-22-2009, 3:05 PM
I would be down for something like this but closer to southern cali :)

If someone wants to set something up close enough for me to attend (assuming you girls will let a guy come) I'd be up for helping out by being a teacher's aid and volunteering whatever firearms I have along with ammo to help get this going. Maybe I could convince my wife to come too.

NorCalMama
12-22-2009, 3:28 PM
Ok, so first, should we redirect this meet up conversation to the range/meet up section? Second, where is everyone so we can get an idea how many meet ups we're looking at? 9mmepiphany and I are in Northern Cali (near Elk Grove/Rancho/Citrus Heights/Roseville area)... it sounds like there are more So Cal folks answering?

Gryff
12-22-2009, 3:52 PM
Ok, so first, should we redirect this meet up conversation to the range/meet up section? Second, where is everyone so we can get an idea how many meet ups we're looking at? 9mmepiphany and I are in Northern Cali (near Elk Grove/Rancho/Citrus Heights/Roseville area)... it sounds like there are more So Cal folks answering?

I would encourage you to start such a thread, but to disseminate the final details through PM, so that you can have a little control over who shows up.

Genine
12-22-2009, 5:05 PM
I live in Bakersfield and I'm willing to travel a reasonable distance...not like 200 miles though ;; i hate driving lol

but i'm always looking for new people to go out and shoot with!

thomashoward
12-22-2009, 8:37 PM
The "Wtf is she doing here" look is more like "damn" why cant my chick be in to guns like her, sigh" lol

yup, We need more female presence at the range. My wife won't go, but my daughter will.

NorCalMama
12-23-2009, 11:23 AM
yup, We need more female presence at the range. My wife won't go, but my daughter will.

Interesting... so does your wife mind your daughter shooting? Or is it just that she personally doesn't enjoy the sport?

Steyrlp10
12-23-2009, 12:39 PM
That's the best thing -- to have a supportive spouse!

NorCalMama
12-23-2009, 12:52 PM
I taught both my son and daughter to shoot at an early age, but my wife has no interest. On the plus side she doesn't try to keep me from engaging in the sport.
She did shoot the Mark II for the first time when we were hunting

My mom refuses to "let" my "dad" have a gun. lol, She gives him the look of death any time he mentions an interest in firearms. It's pretty pathetic to see a 300 pound "man" being controlled by a 100 pound woman's glare. :rolleyes:

thomashoward
12-23-2009, 3:58 PM
My mom refuses to "let" my "dad" have a gun. lol, She gives him the look of death any time he mentions an interest in firearms. It's pretty pathetic to see a 300 pound "man" being controlled by a 100 pound woman's glare. :rolleyes:

too bad. I got that discussed BEFORE I got married. My family hunts and we own firearms. In the fall we hunt. OK?

Meplat
12-23-2009, 5:12 PM
Wow! This is complicated. Most men are not that complicated. Pretty much straight line thinkers, if we think at all.

I know that I tend to see other shooters in terms of experience/skill rather than gender. I am happy to offer input or advice (be they male or female), but only if it is obvious that they would welcome it. If I'm not sure, I keep to myself because I find it rude to assert that "I know more you and must correct what you are doing wrong."

Safety is the only exception, though. If they're being unsafe, I'll stop them immediately.

I have heard from female shooters that many hate it when a male shooter not only feels the need to "correct" her technique, but also thinks it appropriate to touch her without permission while doing it.

Meplat
12-23-2009, 5:22 PM
Have you considered hormone therapy? Just joking!;)

Well I usually go to the benches off to the sides where nobody is at, and I don't go stare at who's shooting, I'm there to shoot my guns not check out the people using them. I don't care who's next to me usually, but thats just me. Also don't really care what there shooting, I just happened to notice the rifle she was using, and she had a hat on and short hair, so it was a bit difficult to tell it was a woman.

Meplat
12-23-2009, 5:25 PM
As a junior small bore coach I agree.

Hell, I'll be honest. I treat female shooters differently because, they usually know how to shoot better than most guys. If I'm at a match, chances are that most of the female shooters will outshoot me. I even had one do it using my rifle and ammo with only a few hours to get used to the gun! OK, I shot better groups but, she shot a better score. Yea, women shooters scare me because, they (as a whole) are capable of dominating all types of shooting venues.

Meplat
12-23-2009, 6:41 PM
Are you just now discovering that the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world? I have been cultivating my grand daughters for a decade to understand that they set the parameters of society. In western society, we (men) will push the envelope only as far as they permit.

My mom refuses to "let" my "dad" have a gun. lol, She gives him the look of death any time he mentions an interest in firearms. It's pretty pathetic to see a 300 pound "man" being controlled by a 100 pound woman's glare. :rolleyes:

Rob454
12-23-2009, 10:27 PM
I would notice a woman shooting next to me but as for being surprised no not really. Women are allowed to be as gun crazy as guys are. I have a niece that can damn near outshoot me. And before anyone laughs im not a crappy shot. She can outshoot my buddy who is a MP.

Dr. Peter Venkman
12-24-2009, 2:43 AM
Not a gal here, but it seems to me when a female shows up to the range, suddenly everyone becomes a target shooting instructor.

ChrisO
12-24-2009, 11:19 AM
Not a gal here, but it seems to me when a female shows up to the range, suddenly everyone becomes a target shooting instructor.


I agree 100 % haha.

PatriotnMore
12-24-2009, 11:48 AM
Not a gal here, but it seems to me when a female shows up to the range, suddenly everyone becomes a target Sixth Degree, NRA, Blackwater shooting instructor, who has studied the deadly ballistic arts at the highest DoJo in Japan, at the personal request of the Master Teacher.

Fixed that.

NorCalMama
12-24-2009, 12:26 PM
LOL!!! ^^^ I've noticed that! :D

9mmepiphany
12-24-2009, 12:46 PM
LOL!!! ^^^ I've noticed that!

Oh No...did i let my studies with Pai Mei show through :D

NorCalMama
12-24-2009, 12:53 PM
Oh No...did i let my studies with Pai Mei show through :D

haha, NO! :p

diginit
12-24-2009, 5:09 PM
Not a gal here, but it seems to me when a female shows up to the range, suddenly everyone becomes a target shooting instructor.

That's only because I was hitting on her. And her, And her too. :D
Someday, I'll hit upon the right one and we will waste countless ammo together. ;)

But seriuosly, I usually look at a female shooter as a credit to the gender. More women should learn to shoot, Then the bad guys may think twice when a, pardon the expression, defenceless female.... puts a gun to their vitals during an assualt.

NorCalMama
12-24-2009, 6:04 PM
But seriuosly, I usually look at a female shooter as a credit to the gender. More women should learn to shoot, Then the bad guys may think twice when a, pardon the expression, defenceless female.... puts a gun to their vitals during an assualt.


I feel the exact same way. I wish more women would realize that ultimately, their personal well being and safety is in their hands and their hands alone! What's more, as I've found, shooting is EMPOWERING! And I don't mean empowering like the feminazis preach about, I mean actual empowerment! :)

Steyrlp10
12-26-2009, 9:51 PM
I have to agree with all of you... it's like learning how to drive. Why wouldn't you want to learn something that can help you in a pinch?

Besides, I was never much good with a needle and thread - lol

masameet
12-27-2009, 2:25 PM
I feel the exact same way. I wish more women would realize that ultimately, their personal well being and safety is in their hands and their hands alone! What's more, as I've found, shooting is EMPOWERING! And I don't mean empowering like the feminazis preach about, I mean actual empowerment! :)

Hmmm. I don't feel empowered when I shoot.

I feel mighty accurate though. :p

WildWildWest
12-27-2009, 2:46 PM
Do you find that when you go to a range guys look at you like, "wtf is she doing here?!"? Have you ever had anything said or done to you by guys at the range just because you're a female shooter?

What sort of gender based treatment have you experienced?

Took a whole bunch of friends to an Indoor range 2 weeks ago and one of them was a girl...Besides me, it was their first time shooting a handgun at the range and well...she outshot all of the other guys and even asked to shoot several rental guns to see how they recoil :D

thomashoward
12-28-2009, 3:23 PM
As a girl, and a new shooter. I always feel like a complete idiot. Any advice or encouragement from any more experienced shooter is welcome.

As long it's not blatantly obnoxious. ;-)

Ask questions. Unwanted input from a guy seems like kibitzing. I watched a girl shooting prone at our range. Never thought to give advise. Good thing, she was practicing for the Olympics.:D

SnipeShot
12-28-2009, 7:50 PM
I have gone to the range a few times with some girls I know and have noticed that either people will just look and see a girl shooting. There have been times were I have been explaining something to them and a guy will come and start flirting / hitting on them. I guess it goes both ways.

bruceflinch
12-28-2009, 9:05 PM
Always glad to see safe Lady shooters @ the range. When I teach the Action Pistol class @ USI, I always remind the Men, we are participating in a Gentlemen's game & inappropriate language/behavior will not be tolerated.

Dr. Peter Venkman
12-29-2009, 2:47 PM
Fixed that.

Haha. I don't even remember posting that.

FreedomMom
12-29-2009, 10:00 PM
at the IDPA matches all the guys have been very friendly and willing to give advice, I don't mind at all. In fact I really like the free 'lessons'! Everyone I've run into welcomes the ladies and doesn't seem put off by us at all.

BTW-I'm in SD if any ladies get together around my neck of the woods.

Steyrlp10
12-30-2009, 12:09 PM
Always glad to see safe Lady shooters @ the range. When I teach the Action Pistol class @ USI, I always remind the Men, we are participating in a Gentlemen's game & inappropriate language/behavior will not be tolerated.


That's much appreciated -- my local clubs are run by like-minded people, so I've been very lucky.

FloridaEllie
01-04-2010, 5:52 PM
Yeah, they all looked at me like WTF. But that was because I wasn't always pointing my gun down range, so I think I deserved it. It was my first time and I didn't know!!! Then a shell went down the front of my shirt and I started jumping up and down because it was hot, and I got that look all over again. What I've learned: guns only point at targets and leave the exposed cleavage at home when going to the range- Targets aren't impressed by perky boobs!! HAHA

NorCalMama
01-04-2010, 5:59 PM
Yeah, they all looked at me like WTF. But that was because I wasn't always pointing my gun down range, so I think I deserved it. It was my first time and I didn't know!!! Then a shell went down the front of my shirt and I started jumping up and down because it was hot, and I got that look all over again. What I've learned: guns only point at targets and leave the exposed cleavage at home when going to the range- Targets aren't impressed by perky boobs!! HAHA

So true! :p I feel semi frumpy when I go to the range, but overall having it all hanging out isn't sexy when it could end up hurting me! lol

9mmepiphany
01-04-2010, 6:19 PM
Targets aren't impressed by perky boobs!! HAHA...

...but overall having it all hanging out isn't sexy when it could end up hurting me! lol

light bulb going on

so that's why we had class restrictions on halter tops and tube tops :whistling:

NorCalMama
01-04-2010, 6:41 PM
light bulb going on

so that's why we had class restrictions on halter tops and tube tops :whistling:

:rolleyes: Men are all alike!

artherd
01-04-2010, 9:33 PM
I think it's great. Shooting will not survive as a male-only sport, and women tend to be better shooters for several genetic and social reasons.

I do think its hot :)

FloridaEllie
01-04-2010, 10:17 PM
light bulb going on

so that's why we had class restrictions on halter tops and tube tops :whistling:

I don't think it would be easy to explain to a date about having bullet shaped burn marks in between my boobs.

Steyrlp10
01-05-2010, 12:10 PM
Then, there are the guys who dig those cool-looking scars on chicks. My standard comment is, "I was in a knife fight -- and you should see the other guy!"

bigfrank
01-05-2010, 12:50 PM
I agree that most of the woman I have shot with are great shooters. And it's a joy to teach an all woman class. Mostly because they listen better, and actually do what you teach them. And there is no testosterone to deal with.

My wife loves to shoot trap, and is pretty good at it. She regularly out shoots me at the trap field.

TJCamro
01-06-2010, 7:51 AM
It's funny because when I take my wife to the range she feels like she is being watched even though there may not be anyone around. Honestly though she is a heck of a lot better shot than I am, no sarcasam there. She likes to shoot my .32acp 1903 that was my grandfathers, and is coming to like shooting my .40 Sig P226.

Overall though I think it is awesome seeing women out at the range, like many of the other guys have said its a good thing for women to know how to shoot.

FloridaEllie
01-06-2010, 3:24 PM
So true! :p I feel semi frumpy when I go to the range, but overall having it all hanging out isn't sexy when it could end up hurting me! lol

So I guess the range isn't like the bar? I can't wear my skimpiest outfit and get some poor guy to buy me a drink a box of bullets? Haha

TJCamro
01-06-2010, 3:29 PM
So I guess the range isn't like the bar? I can't wear my skimpiest outfit and get some poor guy to buy me a drink a box of bullets? Haha

Who knows it might work.

aplinker
01-06-2010, 6:07 PM
light bulb going on

so that's why we had class restrictions on halter tops and tube tops :whistling:

:rolleyes: Men are all alike!

Not all... He was frustrated by the restrictions as it put a crimp in his style of dress.

NorCalMama
01-06-2010, 9:49 PM
Not all... He was frustrated by the restrictions as it put a crimp in his style of dress.

:rofl2: OMG!!!

Steyrlp10
01-07-2010, 12:11 PM
So I guess the range isn't like the bar? I can't wear my skimpiest outfit and get some poor guy to buy me a drink a box of bullets? Haha

With the price of ammo and the restrictions they're slapping on us, hey, you may have something there!

In my case, I accepted the proposal when the offer was made to clean my guns all the time :)

FloridaEllie
01-07-2010, 5:39 PM
Who knows it might work.

TJ, you should give it a try!!! Next time you see a girl at the shooting range, you should go to the gun guy at the counter and say "I'd like to buy her a box of whatever she's shooting". LOL!!!

I think, at least for the ladies, that would be a GREAT trend to start! Maybe they could do ladies night at shooting ranges. This is too funny!

RedFord150
01-07-2010, 8:02 PM
... Maybe they could do ladies night at shooting ranges...

They used to have a range in Brea, CA called The Firing Line (TFL). It is now OC Indoor Range. I still go there.
I think TFL still has locations in Burbank and Huntington Beach.
Many years ago, TFL in Brea would have 'Ladies Night' on Tuesdays. I believe a female could shoot for free if she had a male companion paying for his time. I cannot remember if they discounted ammo or anything else for this.
Maybe the range owners and managers can revive 'Ladies Night' ;-)...

Richie Caketown
01-07-2010, 9:04 PM
TJ, you should give it a try!!! Next time you see a girl at the shooting range, you should go to the gun guy at the counter and say "I'd like to buy her a box of whatever she's shooting". LOL!!!

I think, at least for the ladies, that would be a GREAT trend to start! Maybe they could do ladies night at shooting ranges. This is too funny!

:laugh: im going to have to try this one of these days , as long as shes not shooting a bigger round than i am

TJCamro
01-08-2010, 6:42 AM
TJ, you should give it a try!!! Next time you see a girl at the shooting range, you should go to the gun guy at the counter and say "I'd like to buy her a box of whatever she's shooting". LOL!!!

I think, at least for the ladies, that would be a GREAT trend to start! Maybe they could do ladies night at shooting ranges. This is too funny!

I already do that for my wife so I guess in a way it does work lol.