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It’s no surprise to those who keep up with community news that the shooting sports are catching on with more and more women. Whether it’s as a means of self-defense and empowerment, a way to get out of the “comfort zone” and challenge themselves, an interesting, rewarding and exhilarating hobby, or just a matter of learning a new skill, women are an integral, important and growing segment of the shooting community.
The ground still wet from the Nor’Easter formerly known as Ida, having ended a scant day before, 21 women of all ages, backgrounds, statures and experience levels, some from as far away as Washington State, braved the soggy, chilly weather to get a taste of the basic shooting disciplines: rifle, pistol and shotgun.
After a long morning of learning and shooting, the group adjourned to the Airfield 4H center’s dining hall for a wonderful buffet of salad, fried chicken, ham, and all the trimmings. The facilities available at the 4H center that hosts the Airfield Shooting club are impressive and very well managed.
Senior Instructor and all-around good guy Dale, handed out certificates of completion and smiles were the uniform of the day.
After a wonderful lunch and good fellowship, back to the range we went. This time, the new shooters were able to choose their favorite discipline(s) for further instruction, practice and fine tuning of their newly acquired skills.
Even though Ida did her best to waylay us, we persevered, and the clinic was a great success. The ladies seemed very satisfied with the experience and many expressed an interest in further training at future clinics and classes. It was a long day at the range, it was chilly, damp and a bit muddy. But a bad day at the range is better than a good day almost anywhere else, and this was no exception.
And, finally, I actually thought to take my video camera with me this time, so, for your entertainment and edification…Women on Target at the Airfield Shooting Club: