Monday, January 01, 2007

Well, maybe there is some hope for positive press for responsible gun use. Vicki Nicholl, the author of Women Learning to Shoot, sent me an article from a Boulder newspaper about women getting together for target practice entitled Girlfriends, Get Your Gun. At least, maybe it is a start towards fair gun reporting.


Blogger Helen said...


I wish your sister-in-law luck in keeping her son away from guns--the more she makes them seem like a mystery, the more mysterious they will become to her son.

4:35 PM, January 01, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the lady's paranoia about being "around" guns has more to do with her ego than her beliefs about gun safety. Judge the motivation by the extremity of the reaction. Unless she's personally lost friends and relatives to gun violence, her vehemence strikes a false note. Probably more about her liberal credentials. That's cynical, but I've found it to be true of others.

10:25 PM, January 01, 2007  
Blogger tomcal said...

Is that a Glock 26 with a 10+2 magazine extension, I think it is!

I spent the afternoon Saturday learning how to completely disassemble those and put them back together again. There were three women in the class, all sat together.

Many people, including me, think that the Glock is the most reliable, strong, and safe (when handled after proper training) handgun in the world. Statistics, however, show that most women feel more comfortable with a revolver than an automatic like the Glock. I have no idea why. But I do know from experience that some of the trainers mentioned in this and other posts have become so beholden to this idea that if a woman is going to learn to shoot, she has to learn with an automatic, that they have frighted quite a number of formerly enthusiatic and sincerely interested women away from their classes.

I wish they would re-think this training strategy and the way they treat well intentioned women in teir classes. Most women do not want to be on a SWAT team, but there are many who would like to develop their self defence skills with a gun they feel comfortable with.

4:53 AM, January 02, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Statistics, however, show that most women feel more comfortable with a revolver than an automatic like the Glock. I have no idea why.

It's been my experience that gun novices often assume that revolvers are less powerful, and recoil less, than semi's. You'll see this misconception reinforced in films and television - e.g. 1 guy with a 45 semi has 6 cops w/ 38's pinned down. Their shots sound like caps, his sound like a cannon going off. But don't worry, the semi jams soon enough ;)

I think that people often over estimate the frequency of jamming as well.

8:43 PM, January 02, 2007  
Blogger tomcal said...

Paul: My point was not really about whether guns jam, but your point is valid. To clear a jammed auto takes about as much time as reloading a revolver.

What really concerns me is that there is a whole market out there or women who are very interested in learning self-defence with a handgun. I say let them learn on whatever they are comfortable with, and if they want to "step up" to an automatic, then fine.

Starting training with an auto is like taking your first flying lesson in a jet. 90% of students, regardless of their potential, will be overwhelmed and decide that its just too hard or too scary.

9:38 PM, January 02, 2007  
Blogger Simon Kenton said...

Our prospective daughter-in-law was hunting elk for 4 days before she and my son came down for Christmas. It was close to the perfect hunt - saw and pursued lots of animals through the rain forest, heard them all around her and had to stalk, had to pass some up in a clearcut owing to unknown landownership, saw one in range and had to decide not to shoot him. She was intensely excited (though elkless) when she arrived. Santa and the elves had been at work, and she received a Savage 16FSS in .308 when she got here - not to my mind as handsome as a traditional walnut-and-blued-steel rifle, but Santa thought it would be more serviceable in a rain forest.

I've rarely seen a happier recipient. Even though the sights were not in yet, she wanted to try it out, just shooting at the backstop. "Oh! It's really powerful!" And when we were getting ready to leave, "This is My rifle." I foresee much meat for their family.

11:09 AM, January 03, 2007  
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