A couple of weeks ago, Tara and I met up with Judy, a woman who had contacted me about wanting to refresh her shooting skills. It took a couple of months to come up with a good time for all of us to meet, but we managed.
While Judy had taken a basic pistol course and currently has a CCW, she felt like she needed more time to be comfortable with shooting. After reading how anal we are about gun handling, she felt comfortable enough to ask to shoot with us.
Our weather has been hit or miss, mostly miss, so we were extremely pleased to have a beautiful day to shoot - the first in a very long time. Even more surprising than the nice weather was that the range was pretty empty. Usually the nice weather brings people out in droves.
After a slight delay getting to the range, we finally got set up.
So, here's the thing...Judy didn't really need us. She had all of the basics down. A couple of minor adjustments and some lead downrange was all it took. Instead of buying targets, Tara and I use the small (6") paper plates and stick a 1" orange dot on them. Judy danced around the plate with her first round of five shots - had we been shooting at "real" targets she would have been on paper immediately.
The next five rounds were on paper and she never left it.
Judy's the kind of person who doesn't like to be a bother and was kind of hesitant to ask to shoot with us. I can understand that - I'm the same way. It's even harder to approach people you've only met online (and armed people to boot).
However, one of the main purposes of this blog is to help unite and support women shooters. To create a space that is comfortable for us; one where it's okay to ask the "dumb" questions and not worry about being ridiculed, where we don't have to watch our ps and qs - we don't have to worry about shocking each other when we "admit" we enjoy shooting - it's not taboo here.
Shooting with Judy was an honor and delight and I can't wait to do it again!
Welcome to the GunDivas, Judy.