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Ladies-Only Pistol Match & Practice Session on Sunday, December 6, 2009

Just a quick reminder about our monthly Ladies-Only Match & Practice Session.
Sunday afternoon, December 6th, 2009

We have moved to the first Sunday of each month, in the afternoon, now that the weather has cooled down: 

Registration begins at 1:45 p.m.
Shooting begins at 2:00 p.m.
Rio Salado Sportman’s Club
Pistol Bays 1 & 2
80 – 100 rounds of ammunition required
$10 Members
$15 Guests

To shoot the match:
You must be “classified” or have “match clearance” from Debbie or Kippi. 

To particpate in the practice session for new women shooters:
You may attend the practice session if you have completed the Basic Firearms 101 Class or have prior approval. 

We hope you can attend this month … you’ll still have 17 days for Christmas shopping!

USPSA Area 2 Champions – Arizona women are big winners!

Eva Micklethwaite, of Arizona, wins the overall Area-2 Women’s Title!
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This is Eva’s first Area-2 win and we’re very proud of her.  She beat out Jenny Chu by less than a match point to take the overall win!  Both ladies shot incredible matches.  Congratulations, Eva on your win and your inspiring performance. 

Para USA’s Keehart Takes Ladies Limited Title at Area 2!

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Team Para USA shooter Debbie Keehart of Mesa, Arizona, won the Women’s Limited title at the U.S. Practical Shooting Association’s Area 2 Regional Handgun Championships. Keehart posted a final winning score of 935.1635, nearly 150 ahead of her nearest challenger.

Leathams Bring Home Two Area 2 Titles for Springfield Armory!

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Springfield Armory’s husband and wife team of Kippi and Robbie Leatham of Mesa, Arizona brought home two division titles from the U.S. Practical Shooting Association’s Area 2 Regional Handgun Championships. Kippi won the Women’s Production Division title while husband Robbie took top honors in the Limited Division. Robbie Leatham previously won the Limited title in 2005 and 2004.  This is Kippi’s first time shooting production at an Area Match and her first Production Division win.

Annette Aysen of Team Smith & Wesson takes the Revolver title! 
Annette is from Louisianna and it’s always a pleasure to have her attend one of our matches in Arizona.  Great shooting, Annette!

Shooting – It’s More Of A Blast Than You Think!

Hi, I’m Debbie and I’m a competitive pistol shooter.  Recently I was asked to write about a couple of events I participated in: 

One: A  “Ladies Only” shooting camp, Kay Miculek / Babes With Bullet’s Ladies Action Shooting Camp
Two: A 3-day pistol competition, the U.S. Practical Shooting Association’s Area-2 Championship

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As I sat down to think about what to write that would be of interest to our readers, I realized that in both cases it really wasn’t the part about shooting that made these events so special.  Here is what I really want to share with all of you.

I drove down to Tucson to meet up with my fellow instructors, camp coordinator, and 28 lady students who would be looking up to us for instruction for the next 2 and 1/2 days.  By the end of the camp, the ladies were comfortable with the pistols shooting safely and accurately: but most of all, they were forming friendships that will last the rest of their lives.  Women of all ages found an inner strength they didn’t know they had.  Some experienced the  emotion of empowerment and confidence!  And they thought they were just going to learn to throw bullets down range at some paper target….Surprise!

All of this came out of a “learn to shoot” camp (Kay Clark-Miculek / Babes With Bullets Ladies Action Shooting Camp).  Women were calling their husbands and boyfriends at night filled with excitement about their new found activity.  An activity they could now enjoy with their significant other (and children for that matter).  Single ladies had a whole new world opened to them – something they could do on their own, while at the same time having so many supportive people to enjoy it with!

What a joy to know that I was part of this fabulous experience!!  But that was just the beginning.  After the camp, myself and three of the other instructors, drove back up to Phoenix where we all stayed at my home while we participated in a 3 day pistol competition, the U. S. Practical Shooting Assoctiation’s Area-2 Championship. 

Wait, did I say competition?  Yeah, I guess  we did compete, but it felt more like a girls’ vacation trip.  We had so much fun going to the range, helping each other decide the best way to shoot a course of fire, that I never felt any match pressure at all!  After each day of shooting, we continued our fun over dinner and then conversation back at my house. 

At the end of the match, we gathered our prizes and all headed back down to Tucson to teach another 28 ladies to shoot.  All those wonderful things that happened at the first camp happened again!  How cool is that!!

When it was time for all of us to go back to our homes/families/lives, we hugged our new friends and our old friends, now dearer to our hearts; happy to know that we will all meet on the range again soon!

To all you ladies who decide to join us, I promise you great instruction on how to safely shoot and truly enjoy it.  We feel learning from other women is so much better and so much fun!  It’s really an experience you should give yourself.  That is why Kippi and I started HerHandgun!

We both look forward to seeing you on the range with us!  Until then, HerHandgun.com

A Good Read – Shooting Articles in Tennessee Women’s Journal

Check out some of the great articles in the Tennesse Women’s Journal Aug – Sept 2009 Edition:

  • Shooting – A Sport For People From All Walks of Life
  • Women With Weapons – Gun Safety For Women
  • Annie Get Your Gun – by Pepper Pratt

Click on the link below: 

http://www.tnwomensjournal.com/archives/aug09/Aug-Sep-09-pp17-21.pdf

New Shooter Follow-Up “Practice Session” scheduled for first Sunday of every month

We will be hosting this new event for our beginning women shooters on the first Sunday of every month.  Our hope is that you can get back out to the range to shoot!  You’ve all learned the basics, but it’s important that you continue to shoot on a somewhat regular basis. 

More good news … the Open Practice Session is only $15 per person!  We also understand that it’s very expensive to continue taking classes.  We are bringing you this “practice” opportunity in hopes of enabling you to shoot more often, more reasonably. 

Important Note:  You must have attended the Basic 101 class before participating in the Open Practice Session.

We will begin shooting at 2:00 p.m. in *Practical Bay 2* at Rio Salado Sportsman’s Club.  Sign-up begins at 1:45 p.m.

Please bring 50 – 100 rounds of ammunition, to ensure a decent practice session. 

Don’t forget your eye & ear protection, and if you have a belt, holster and magazine pouches, please bring them!  We’ll help you get everything set up and you will be able to practice your “drawing”.

Hope to see some of you new gunning gals out at the range again!