Farewell Gun Nuts

20140730-104243-38563653.jpgDear Gun Nuts,
For over a year and a half, I have shared my journey through the gun world with you. I tried hard to give you my fresh perspective rather than “more of the same”. I offered up my personal life and mistakes, all the while knowing that you would bring a dose respectful honesty with a dash of thoughtful cynicism. I also shared an in depth look at the mind of a beginner. I hope that these posts helped those of you who are instructors and inspired those who were hesitant to try.
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A bit on Randi Rogers

When it comes to lady shooters Randi Rogers’ name can sometimes get lost, and frankly, I don’t know why. What amazes me and impresses me about Randi is that she is headed toward titles above and beyond “High Lady.” Continue reading “A bit on Randi Rogers”

Shooting a stock Glock 34 at Bianchi Cup

Normally that's my "shooting" face, this time I'm making that face because I'm missing so many plates.
Normally that’s my “shooting” face, this time I’m making that face because I’m missing so many plates.

This year, I shot Bianchi Cup with a Glock 34 – absolutely stock. Stock trigger, stock sights, everything fresh out of the box. I only put about 50 rounds through the gun before heading down to Missouri.  Continue reading “Shooting a stock Glock 34 at Bianchi Cup”

How to help your man buy his first gun

Nationally recognized competitors such as Dave Sevigny make great role models, and are a good reminder to us all that MEN SHOOT TOO!
Nationally-recognized competitors such as Dave Sevigny make great role models, and are a good reminder to us all that MEN SHOOT TOO!

It’s finally happened. Your husband/boyfriend/life partner finally agreed to come to the range with you and try their hand at shooting, and they loved it! Now they want to know what gun to buy. How can you help him through the process of selecting his first handgun, without all the information becoming too intimidating? Continue reading “How to help your man buy his first gun”

A Girl and A Gun Women’s Shooting League – Sioux Falls

agag_sitelogoWhile I’ve known Julianna Crowder for a while, my first real exposure to the A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League was at their National Conference this past March down in Waco, Texas. It was a wonderful experience; the classes and instructors they had were all top notch, and I couldn’t believe how many women were there enjoying themselves and learning a lot along the way.  Continue reading “A Girl and A Gun Women’s Shooting League – Sioux Falls”

Here’s what the hunting industry is missing.

I would like to express my frustration with the hunting industry. They are incredibly kind, and incredibly welcoming – but it’s just a difficult sport to get started in. My options are mostly regulated to “go out into the fields of South Dakota with my friends” or “buy a 2,000+ dollar safari.” Now, going out into the fields with my friends isn’t a horrible option, but I feel like there has to be something better – because not everyone has friends like mine.

Thanks to WWE, I have a bow hunting certification. Now what?
Thanks to WWE, I have a bow hunting certification. Now what?

So here is my suggestion, hunting industry: An “introductory hunt” program. You see, despite my professional success, there are some things I’m really not too bright about. I am in desperate want of a list of what permits I need and how to get them and when I can shoot stuff and how I can find when I can shoot stuff because I know its out there. I also want someone who, in exchange for money, will spend a few hours with me on a simple, low-pressure hunt. I don’t even care if I shoot anything; I just want to learn what it’s like.

I’ve been through some really basic hunting programs at the NRA Women’s Wilderness Escape, and once got up at 5 a.m. to follow the other ladies at the Girls Gun Getaway on a coyote hunt – but I still feel like I don’t know where to start. And I know, I know, if I am confused there are plenty of other people out there who are confused too.

If that information is available out there on the world wide web, where is it, and why are hunting companies not promoting it? To a certain extent, I feel like I must be missing something – I have the knowledge of the world at my finger tips, but I can’t for the life of me figure out how to get my own food. I know the information is out there, but it shouldn’t be so difficult to piece together.

We don’t all have to be strong, independent women.

What comes to mind when we talk about women and guns? Empowerment, strength, confidence. Well ladies, I’m here to tell you something: Just because you shoot, it doesn’t mean you always have to feel empowered, strong, and confident. In fact, it’s perfectly acceptable to be a little terrified the first time you go to the range. Even after that you might cry, and that’s okay. Continue reading “We don’t all have to be strong, independent women.”

Beretta asked me a question…

The other day I picked up a hot beverage bottle and a wine stopper with an elk on top of it over at BerettaUSA.com. I know no one cares about what frivolous things I decided to order, but it did give me pause for thought. During the transaction BerettaUSA.com asked, “How did you hear about us?” I had options such as “Other” and “Word of Mouth;” the normal culprits. Continue reading “Beretta asked me a question…”

Gun Shopping 101

So you have a friend who wants to get their first gun. Maybe they grew up around firearms, maybe they want to start hunting, maybe they want to get into competition shooting, maybe they want to get their concealed carry permit, but regardless they have turned to you. What do you do? Getting someone new to the shooting community properly introduced to the responsibility of being a safe and considerate gun owner is fairly straight forward, but it’s also important to ensure that your friend is getting the proper education so that they can help us set the example of responsible gun ownership. Continue reading “Gun Shopping 101”