HOLD THE LET­TUCE, PASS THE 9MM!

IF YOU GIVE A MAN A SAMMICH…

Gun World - - Artemis Armed -

Once upon a time, God made the world, and in that cre­ation story, Eve was painted as the one hand­ing out food to the men­folk.

It all went to hell in a hand­bas­ket from there. First, women doled out the ap­ples; now, it’s sand­wiches. Well, I’m here to tell you that men can pick their own ap­ples and make their own sand­wiches!

Tra­di­tion­ally, go­ing to the shoot­ing range has been a guy thing. Guns are mas­cu­line; women are fem­i­nine. Ap­par­ently, so are sand­wiches ... but men like to eat them. I’m here to tell you ladies that you can let men make their own sand­wiches. Or, at least make one for your­self and tell them to pass the 9mm—be­cause you’re go­ing to the range, too. That’s right; in­vite your­self, even if you’ve never gone be­fore and don’t find it in­ter­est­ing. Go do it!

Hus­bands, fa­thers and boyfriends: Pay at­ten­tion, be­cause what I’m telling your gal to do is take in­ter­est in your hobby; and even if they don’t plan to do this all the time, it’s a good thing. How does their range time ben­e­fit you? Well, grab a sand­wich, and read on.

RE­LA­TION­SHIP GOALS

Fa­mil­iar­ity breeds con­fi­dence: Be­come con­fi­dent with firearms. I’m not say­ing you have to be An­nie Oak­ley, but you can learn how to prop­erly hold and shoot a gun, as well as load, un­load and check if the cham­ber is empty on ev­ery gun you or your hus­band/boyfriend/fam­ily owns.

Be­ing con­fi­dent with your home-de­fense guns is a wor­thy goal, so that if they are called upon, you know you can safely han­dle and use them. You also might need to clear your gun or your sig­nif­i­cant other’s gun, and know­ing ba­sic prin­ci­ples of firearms safety and han­dling them will give you con­fi­dence.

I’ve heard stories from women who were not raised around

firearms—how they didn’t know how to check if a gun was un­loaded and had to wait for their sig­nif­i­cant other to get home. No­body wants that sit­u­a­tion. We need to be teach­ing our daugh­ters firearms safety so they grow into women who are ca­pa­ble and in­formed.

If we equate it to driv­ing a car, it would be like not check­ing the oil be­cause you thought you might blow the car up. We fe­males op­er­ate life-threat­en­ing mo­tor ve­hi­cles on a daily ba­sis, and some­how, we sur­vive. Guns are ma­chines, too, and much less com­plex. It’s in­sult­ing to think that you can’t un­der­stand, mas­ter and have con­fi­dence in han­dling a firearm. (It’s also more fun to clean guns than make sand­wiches.)

CON­FI­DENCE IS KEY

Be­ing con­fi­dent is one of the pieces of the puzzle, but there are also lit­eral keys to the firearms puzzle. Most gun own­ers have a safe, and know­ing how to ac­cess the firearms in­side is an im­por­tant piece of the puzzle. So, know­ing the ba­sics of how to ac­cess the guns in your house­hold, how to load, un­load, shoot and han­dle them is go­ing to make you more con­fi­dent. In ad­di­tion, your home will be a safer place.

Ev­ery trip to the range gen­er­ally in­volves re­triev­ing guns from a safe, find­ing ammo, shoot­ing, clean­ing and putting away the firearms. It is a cy­cle of what, where and how that needs to be­come au­to­matic should you ever need to gain ac­cess to a firearm. So, rep­e­ti­tion is good. And go­ing to the range be­comes a small way of pre­par­ing your­self for what to do if you need to ac­cess a gun.

This is also an­other step in ed­u­cat­ing our daugh­ters about keep­ing them­selves and their fu­ture fam­i­lies safe. If we raise girls, with reg­u­lar trips to the range be­ing a fam­ily ac­tiv­ity, we’ll be help­ing to form more wives and moth­ers sup­port­ive of reg­u­lar trips to the range.

USE A RECIPE AND THE BEST INGREDIENTS

Just like lay­ing out your sand­wich ingredients and know­ing what’s in the fridge, you need to know what’s in the gun safe and how it’s used. Gath­er­ing the “ingredients” and pack­ing for the range is just the first step. Now, you need to add the pickle and hold the let­tuce: Be­sides re­view­ing the four car­di­nal rules of gun safety and be­fore you head to the range, check out a few YouTube tu­to­ri­als on shoot­ing ba­sics. Maybe you do ri­fle one week, pis­tol the next and shot­gun the third.

That is what I ac­tu­ally rec­om­mend for new shoot­ers, be­cause ri­fles are eas­ier to con­trol on a range, and there is less dan­ger of a ri­fle be­ing picked up and pointed in the wrong di­rec­tion. Shoot­ing a .22 ri­fle off a rest or bags is a very easy way to in­tro­duce some­one who’s not used to guns to the prin­ci­ples of shoot­ing, such as sight align­ment and trig­ger con­trol. Once those skills are mas­tered, bring­ing pis­tols and shot­guns into the mix is eas­ier.

Again, I’ll tie this back into the sand­wich metaphor: Ev­ery­one can make them­selves a sand­wich the way they like; there’s no one “right” recipe. And ladies, find your own ingredients. Maybe you want to get an ad­justable butt­stock on your AR15 so you can get a proper cheek weld and hold the ri­fle cor­rectly.

This leads us to the next big is­sue: size.

BIG­GER ISN’T BET­TER … EX­CEPT WHEN IT IS

While ev­ery­one likes a big sand­wich, we all know what it’s like to bite off more than we can chew. So, guys, don’t give your girl­friend a .357 and think it will be funny to watch her freak out over the re­coil. Be re­spon­si­ble, and get her set up right with a safe ex­pe­ri­ence shoot­ing.

If you want her to come to the range again, you need to make sure she en­joys it. If you have a 10/22 or some­thing to teach ba­sic skills with, start there. If you keep safety and a pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence as your pri­mary goals, the odds are that you’re go­ing to have some­one who en­joys spend­ing the af­ter­noon at

the range more than you an­tic­i­pated. This also rings true for teach­ing daugh­ters: Find a gun that’s not in­tim­i­dat­ing, and let them en­joy it!

Con­versely, don’t think you need a tiny gun to be able to shoot, ladies. Shoot­ing well is about un­der­stand­ing the plat­form (the firearm) and im­ple­ment­ing the ba­sic skills used to con­trol the firearm and shoot it.

Get­ting a “cute, lit­tle gun” or ac­ces­soriz­ing is not the goal. Get some­thing that runs no mat­ter what; a gun that is safe and easy to ma­nip­u­late and that can do its job. It should have a slide long enough to teach some­one with less hand strength proper ways to rack the slide (small pis­tols can ac­tu­ally be more dif­fi­cult to work with).

Try­ing to find the small­est gun, whether for con­cealed carry or home- de­fense, shouldn’t be your goal. Your goal should be a gun that’s easy to ma­nip­u­late and that is sim­ple in its func­tion.

Again, let’s go back to the sand­wich: Cu­cum­ber sand­wiches might be cute, but they’re not go­ing to hold up when you’re re­ally hun­gry. You need a full-sized grilled cheese or maybe even a sub sand­wich.

IF YOU GIVE A GUY A SAMMICH

If you give a guy a sand­wich, you just sat­isfy his hunger un­til you bring him the next sand­wich. But if you teach him to make his own sand­wich, he’s go­ing to be able to feed him­self and live longer. And guys, the same goes for women. If you help them shoot a gun while stand­ing be­hind them and load­ing it for them, they’re only go­ing to be able to do it with you there. How­ever, if you teach them how to load, un­load, han­dle and use the guns, they’re go­ing to be able to shoot, clean your guns—and maybe even make you a sand­wich. The Bi­ble tells us that guys will ba­si­cally take food from the devil, him­self, if a woman is hold­ing it, so a women armed with a gun—and bring­ing some sand­wiches—is prob­a­bly go­ing to be most guys’ vi­sion of par­adise. GW

YOUR GOAL SHOULD BE A GUN THAT’S EASY TO MA­NIP­U­LATE AND THAT IS SIM­PLE IN ITS FUNC­TION.

We feed our hunger with sand­wiches. Let’s feed women’s hunger for safety and in­de­pen­dence, with a solid foot­ing in the Sec­ond Amend­ment.

Women are the gate­keep­ers. Whether pro­tect­ing the Tree of Good and Evil or keep­ing out the devil, him­self, give a girl a gun, as well as the knowledge about how and when to use it. You will level the play­ing field a bit.

As Amer­ica sees in­creas­ing num­bers of women as heads of house­holds, em­pow­er­ing them with ba­sic firearms skills and knowledge of their Sec­ond Amend­ment rights is a small com­po­nent of en­sur­ing Amer­ica’s free­dom. Shown here is Rachel Zorn from STI, with her Costa Carry Comp.

Size mat­ters. While women can learn to shoot just about any gun out there, be­gin­ning shoot­ers should be equipped with rea­son­able choices that help them learn ba­sic prin­ci­ples of marks­man­ship and safety with gear that fits their hands, smaller stature and ex­pe­ri­ence level.

The sim­ple act of spend­ing time with,

and han­dling, a firearm—whether it’s load­ing mags, clean­ing or putting them back in the safe—will in­grain prin­ci­ples of safety, as well as help en­sure the

women of the house know where and how to

get their guns.

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