There was a time not so long ago that I thought, this is silly. That was before I taught one. I had always done mixed gender classes, and frankly was lucky enough to teach with some highly evolved guys. However, for new women shooters, there is an ease that you get in a women only class that you don’t get in a mixed gender class. It is more comfortable to ask the questions that might be embarrassing, like how to use a public restroom when you are armed or how the bra holster works.
Since more and more women are coming to shooting, and many are coming because of a fear, either because something happened, or because of the direction our society is taking, a women’s only beginner class can be more supportive. The more advanced you get, the less likely it is to make a big difference. If a women only class isn’t an option, interview your prospective instructor like you are interviewing a job applicant. Be comfortable with him or her so you can get the most out of your class.
Shooting with the girls can be surprisingly fun. I got to experience that recently and was shocked at how much fun I had. There is a different atmosphere in a women’s only group. There are several programs or groups that support women shooting. The two I can recommend without hesitation are the NRAs Women on Target program and A Girl and a Gun Shooting Leagues. You can do a web search and find a program in your area and then go have fun!
Guys, we love you, but sometimes we just need a girls day at the range.
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