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The Correct Way to Introduce a Woman to the Ways of the Rifle

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The Correct Way to Introduce a Woman to the Ways of the Rifle

Many women learn faster than men and do at least as well—or better. Women concentrate better than men; they listen better; they’re more flexible, so they get into shooting positions more easily.
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A few years ago a friend and I gave a compressed instruction course to two women who were about to go on a mule deer hunt and had never fired a rifle before. We conducted the class separately, and after an hour or so my friend walked over to where I was and said, “I can’t show her anything. She hits the 10-ring every time she pulls the trigger.”

Some women, like some men, do not learn to shoot easily, and do not become good shots. But from what I’ve seen, many women learn faster than men and do at least as well—or better. Women concentrate better than men; they listen better; they’re more flexible, so they get into shooting positions more easily. And since they’re coming into the shooting sports faster than any other group, it behooves us to know how to get them started should we have the chance.

Recoil
If you start a woman shooting with anything but a .22 rimfire, you have taconite ore between your ears instead of brains. Nobody likes recoil, and women have sense enough to admit it. When you move to a big-game rifle, a cartridge such as a 7mm/08, a .260 Remington, or the old 6.5×55 or 7×57 Mauser will drop anything—and with minimum kick and muzzle blast. The wife of a friend of mine took a 7mm/08 to Africa last year and killed 12 critters with 12 shots.

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