Assistant Online Editor Sarah Smith Barnum asked some of the industry’s most prominent female shooters, gun writers and firearms enthusiasts for their thoughts on shooting the heavy stuff. Here’s what they had to say on the subject.
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The first gun I ever shot was a .22 rifle, by far the simplest and easiest gun I’ve ever shot. The second time I went to the range some buddies had me shoot a 20-gauge slug gun in preparation for an upcoming hunt and they didn’t try to warn me about the huge difference in blast and recoil. I shot it and was shocked at the difference. The recoil and my poor grip had the scope hitting my face, I started to flinch before I even pulled the trigger and made other mistakes, but these were all crucial lessons that I’m thankful for.
I’m not saying that you shouldn’t warn new shooters of the power of a gun before they shoot it, but maybe take a different approach. Rather than say it’s probably too much to handle, show them a good grip or stance that may give them better control. I am glad that I started with some of the more tame firearms to ease me in, but now that I’m here, let’s do this!
In an effort to determine if I was alone in this line of thinking, I decided to ask some ladies who know a lot more about shooting than I what they have experienced.