The majority of the time, the gun range is a firearm man cave where girl seem really out-of-place. It’s not abnormal to be the only girl at a shoot game or gun range. Fortunately, that’s getting less and less but when that’s true, it’s extremely possible that you won’t be taken seriously. Girls are not supposed to play with firearms. I’ve found a few things that help women gain a bit more respect behind the firing line.
1. Dress for the event. You don’t need to put on a long-sleeved button up top, with baggy jeans, combat boots and baseball cap but you do need to seem like your ready for the activity. You may save the mini skirt and stilettoes at night club. Nobody wants to find a shell casing burn their cleavage either. Having the correct attire insinuates that you’re seriously interested in what you came to do making people take you more seriously.
2. Have a handgun that suits your frame. It’s extremely important to have the correct fit. Your trigger finger has to be able to comfortably reach the trigger without affecting your grip, and you need to be able to easily access any other practical buttons or levers on the gun, like the magazine release and security. You also want the ideal caliber. If the handgun is throwing you back 10 feet when you fire it, then it’s too large.
3. Find out how to take care of your handgun. Understand how to load and unload your handgun and magazines, in addition to performing basic operations. Locking back slides and using the manual security shows everybody how self-sufficient you can be and gains a whole lot of respect even in case you could be struggling.
4. Inappropriate jokes and salty language is usually more than most people want it to be. Firing back with as great as you have got will probably make you more of “one of those men,” than rips or running to somebody to whine. That kind of drama does nothing but show that you’re truly a girl. Nobody is asking you to tolerate illegal or misbehavior but usually by calmly calling somebody out face to face profits a whole lot more respect from everybody. The majority of the time, people make fun of you to take the attention off themselves.
5. When you are able to shoot, people have a tendency to shut up. Being a “fantabulous” shot isn’t required but there are particular men and women that are best addressed by showing them that they simply got beat by a girl!
6. People will see that you’re there strictly on your own. They’ll see that you’re there to better yourself as a shooter and nothing else. You’re not there on a date because the helpless woman! You are there because you’re a competent gun handler that’s going to practice hitting the bulls-eye.