I recently received a piece of unsolicited advice, my favorite kind, from a gun guy. He felt that to focus on colorful gear, watered down ArmedCandy’s message. He said, pink and turquoise weren’t very tactical, and my time could better spend elsewhere. I wasn’t thrilled to read this, but I wasn’t really offended either. His comment made me realize that I may be forever explaining this part of my philosophy to men.
I know my turquoise rifle doesn’t mean that it’s a better gun, but I do believe that it will be part of what makes me a better shooter, eventually. I realize this may be a shocking idea for men (and maybe for some women too). So if you’re one of the shocked people, let me ask you a question: have you ever seen a woman wear a pair of shoes out the door that she considers uncomfortable? If you asked her why, she might respond, “But they make my butt look so good.”or “They make me feel sexy.”
The point is, there’s a pay off, even if its completely personal and no one else notices it but her, it’s there. This can be the key when a hobby, like shooting goes from fun, to hard or slightly less rewarding. We all have a bad day at the range; When you’re shots aren’t land where they should. Personally, I go home, berate myself and put my range bag in a spot where I won’t have to look at it for a while. However, my turquoise gun and my colorful sling will never stay hidden for long. I guess like looking at them too much. And after seeing them on the mantle for a few days they begin to beg to be used, and before I know it I’m back at the range.
How can anything that gets me to practice more, be a distraction from my message? Are there any other women who use this kind of motivation? Or are any guys out there who are willing to admit that they are similarly moved?