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
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