One of the great stereotypes those of us who are employed by gun ranges have developed is the guy with his girlfriend teaching her to shoot teacup hollywood weaver with his 40 caliber Glock. It happens all the time and it poses a great frustration to us as range staff because we want everyone to have a great time at the range and we all know this girl would often have more fun if she were learning on a .22LR from someone who actually knew how to shoot. The best we can usually do is give very small pointers (often taken as much less of an insult from me than my male counterparts) or hope that one of them asks if there’s anything they can do to make the experience more fun or help them to shoot better, which sometimes they do.
I saw something on the range yesterday that reminded me of this: a girl with her brother teaching him to shoot teacup hollywood weaver with her 40 caliber Beretta, and that just sucks for him. Everyone deserves to learn to shoot with a little .22, even if you progress to a 9mm more quickly because you have that extra upper body strength to muscle the gun around rather than having to learn to shoot in such a way that utilizes body mechanics. Beyond this, everyone deserves to learn to shoot correctly. As important as getting women into the industry is to me, and as much as I love seeing the women’s training classes and everything develop it’s just as important that we continue to increase overall participation in the shooting industry.
While these particular grievances are less common it pains me just as much to see the gender rolls reversed. I want everyone to enjoy shooting, everyone to have awesome guns, and everyone to take pride and care in their training.