Handguns and High Heels

As a woman who shoots, it is amazing to me how often I hear “you don’t look like the type”.  Those of us who shoot came to it for our own reasons, some from fear, some for fun.  We come from all different backgrounds, professions and age groups.  We are young, old, short, tall, skinny, full figured, …  What we share is a love of the sport and often a strong sense that we are valuable and empowered.  We are smart, we are strong, and we enjoy having fun.  Many of us are professional women, educated, productive, and caring.  We are sisters, wives, moms…

I have heard it so often that I developed a response.  “I’m strong, I’m smart and my life is worth defending.  I am exactly the type!”  Teach your daughters, encourage your friends, let them know you can be a tom boy or a girlie girl, at the same time you are a shooter.  Every now and then I think, “Drats, I chipped a nail”, while loading a mag, then I think “oh well”.  Shooting is empowering, helps to build confidence and self-esteem, teaches you to defend yourself, may help to feed your family and it’s FUN!

Plan a girls day out at the range with some friends, what could be better?  After you can all go for Mani/Pedi’s to take care of those chips.

Safe Shooting.

Lynne Finch-Charlesworth

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