By Kristy Titus
Aim at the high mark and you will hit it. No, not the first time, not the second time and maybe not the third. But
keep on aiming and keep on shooting for only practice will make you perfect. Finally, you'll hit the bull's-eye of
Not every American woman has the sharp shooting prowess that led Annie Oakley to fame. In fact, many women are afraid to have a gun in the home, let alone shoot or train with one. Making the decision to own a firearm for personal protection, hunting or the shooting sports requires some homework.
But prior to gun ownership, let’s talk training.
Weather a new shooter has aspirations of becoming like Annie Oakley or they are fearful of firearms, a great first step is to get some training. The National Rifle Association has a plethora of training programs—from beginners to advanced. You can find me, training women with other NRA Certified Instructors, heavily active in the "Shoot Like A Girl" program.
"Shoot Like A Girl?" Yes, we are here to help new shooters, from the apprehensive to the Annie Oakley’s, with an opportunity to take part in programs with real firearms and real bows, designed specifically for women—by women.
We invite new shooters to come take part in our program in a controlled, safe and fun environment. This is as close as it gets to going to the range, without ever having to fire a projectile. For the apprehensive shooter, they get an opportunity to train with a real rifle or pistol, experience 85 percent of true recoil—but most importantly, gain the confidence they need and a foundation that empowers them to begin participating in shooting sports for their lifetime.
If you’ve got an interested female in your life who might enjoy going through the Shoot Like A Girl program but didn’t make it to the NRA Convention in Nashville, we will also be demonstrating at six Cabela’s Grand Openings in 2015 and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Hunter Christmas in Las Vegas during the National Finals Rodeo in December.
If she decides that she’s ready to start training with a firearm, contact the National Rifle Association at to find the right program. The NRA even offers non-firearm training with the Refuse To Be A Victim program that teaches both men and women how to minimize their chance of criminal attack.
There is a great network of women out there, with the support of the NRA, that is creating opportunities for women to take part in the joys of shooting sports.
I hope to see you all on the firing line!