Women tend to be excellent shots

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Out of all the guns I've ever owned, my wife's absolute favorite to shoot is the Mosin. Go figure.

While not quite a Lyudmila Pavlichenko, she's a great shot and the recoil doesn't bother her one bit.
 

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DoggyMama is a pretty good shot with the proper gun. She'd shot some of mine before with mixed results, but when I let her try a little Beretta Model 81 (32 acp), she proceeded to clear a 6 plate rack at about 10 yards on her first try with that pistol. It was instantly her favorite.

Prior to that, she had a tendency to do things backwards. With rifles, she wanted to lean her head back away from the rifle (fear of recoil). When she shot my Ruger Blackhawk convertible 45 (using 45 acp), she wanted to get her face too close and wound up getting bonked in the forehead with the first shot from the recoil.

Took awhile to break those habits.
 

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Understanding there are always exceptions:

1) Women tend to not let ego get in the way of learning.
2) Women tend to listen and not just hear.
3) Women almost always have better vision when it comes to color, seeing contrast, etc.*
4) Women are honest about being afraid of recoil, etc and let you address the issue sooner. They do not have the cultural expectation of already being good at it, can't admit fear, etc.

Men have the advantage in terms of hand/grip strength, as well as weight behind the gun for recoil management. Bigger hands tend to be better for a wider variety of guns. Men tend to shy from muzzle blast less. Cultural or vision related, I don't know.


* Seriously. There are real biological differences between the sexes for eyesight and visual processing in the brain. Look at the percentage of men who are colorblind vs women and you'll see we are 16x more likely to have color deficiencies in our vision. They really do see eleventy-billion shades of green in the paint section where you couldn't tell the difference with a gun to your head. Men, however, see and recognize movement faster. Our reaction times to sudden movement is roughly 50% better on average then that of women. In shooting terms, women can see the front sight and the target slightly better but men will start processing reactive targets slightly quicker. Not huge differences on average, but measurable.


If I claimed to identify as a woman, would it improve my shooting?
 

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I've taught a number of females (kids to mature women) to shoot handgun and rifle. In terms of basic accuracy, they tend to be better shots initially than their male counterparts.

Has that been YOUR experience?
I'm asking men and women.

Many women have an aversion to firearms...at first. But in my experience, once they(you) understand the basics and the safety aspects, they(you) take to it naturally and do well.

The support and involvement of WOMEN shooters is so important to the future of our Second Amendment. Fellas, do what you can to gently encourage the women in your lives to get involved for sport and/or personal defense. And to our sisters in arms, we're counting on you to encourage your friends, siblings, parents and kids to be proactive in their own defense and in the defense of Liberty.

UGOGURL! :D

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Hands down, 100% accurate in my experience. Be it male-driven bravado, pre-conceived notions, ego's, pride, or whatever it may be...compared to most men, females just come out of the box shooting better. I too have trained so many first time shooters both male and female and the ladies take to it much quicker and hold truer to good form/habits/and technical specifics. Honestly, I have had some fun over the years watching big "tacti-cool" dudes, being outshot by 110 lb teenage girls. And equally enjoyed the joyful smiles and expressions from the females when they do!
 

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This is anecdotal, but the best shooter in my office is a girl. Once in a while a bunch of colleagues would take a long lunch break and go to an indoor range together. Then we hung the target paper with 9 small bulls eyes and back it to 25 ft and compete. This girl with her Ruger LC9 wins every time. And she hardly ever practice.
 

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I have taught my boy and girl how to shoot at a young age. By comparison on day 1 at the range (at the same age) my daughter was substantially better shot. Her vision is also much worse than my son's. Many of the reasons for the difference have already been listed. Males just think much more of our capabilities then women do. We (most) let the ego get way in the way of learning. Hindsight being 20/20, I was like this when I was younger. It didn't know s**t. I still to this day meet grown men, way into their adult years to claim to have a much higher skill then they do and refuse to listen and learn. Damn biology. :-)
 

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I've taught a number of females (kids to mature women) to shoot handgun and rifle. In terms of basic accuracy, they tend to be better shots initially than their male counterparts.

Has that been YOUR experience?
I'm asking men and women.

Many women have an aversion to firearms...at first. But in my experience, once they(you) understand the basics and the safety aspects, they(you) take to it naturally and do well.

The support and involvement of WOMEN shooters is so important to the future of our Second Amendment. Fellas, do what you can to gently encourage the women in your lives to get involved for sport and/or personal defense. And to our sisters in arms, we're counting on you to encourage your friends, siblings, parents and kids to be proactive in their own defense and in the defense of Liberty.

UGOGURL! :D

Long Live The Republic
Yes, this has been my experience too. They usually don't come with all the "baggage", and show up with a more open mind to the range.
 

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When it comes to teaching women with firearms, they do tend to have less pre-learned bad habits, and those that do are very open and responsive to instruction. Women learning anything regarding firearms tend to have way less of an ego than men, and aren't immediately offended when you correct their habits or actually try to teach.

Women also tend to be better shots inherently due to less twitchy muscle compared to men.
 

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Took my 16 year old daughter to the range with me recently to zero the new scope on my Henry X Model. After zeroing she wanted to know if she could shoot it. It's 45 colt, weighs ten pounds with the accessories, she is 5' tall and weighs 110. She has never fired a gun in her life. I had her put 5 rounds downrange and all but the first were on target. She managed a one and a half inch 3 shot grouping on her first try. At a Hundred yards! I was so proud I thought I would burst. I was surprised to hear her say how much she liked shooting. Surprised but also very happy. Came home and immediatly went to Sportsmans Warehouse to get her her own rifle.
God Bless America!
 
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Took my 16 year old daughter to the range with me recently to zero the new scope on my Henry X Model. After zeroing she wanted to know if she could shoot it. It's 45 colt, weighs ten pounds with the accessories, she is 5' tall and weighs 110. She has never fired a gun in her life. I had her put 5 rounds downrange and all but the first were on target. She managed a one and a half inch 3 shot grouping on her first try. At a Hundred yards! I was so proud I thought I would burst. I was surprised to hear her say how much she liked shooting. Surprised but also very happy. Came home and immediatly went to Sportsmans Warehouse to get her her own rifle.
God Bless America!
That's GREAT to hear, and I know you'll do what you can to encourage her along the way.

Think in terms of networking. Hopefully she'll tell her friends at school—girls and boys—and the enthusiasm for firearms and Second Amendment Liberty will spread. Women and our current school-age population are America's hope for the future.

Yes indeed! God bless America on this Thanksgiving weekend!
 

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That's GREAT to hear, and I know you'll do what you can to encourage her along the way.

Think in terms of networking. Hopefully she'll tell her friends at school—girls and boys—and the enthusiasm for firearms and Second Amendment Liberty will spread. Women and our current school-age population are America's hope for the future.

Yes indeed! God bless America on this Thanksgiving weekend!
I couldn't agree more. When we got home from the range my daughter posted pictures of herself with the Henry on all her social media platforms and texted all her friends about the experience. Hopefully some of them will become interested. I have a friend with his own You Tube channel who donates to a lot of charities. I don't know if you know of him, his channel is The Yankee Marshal. This year he has collected over 12,000.00 all to be spent on Toy Guns for Tots. Getting the younger kids interested is the key.
Gonna be one crazy shopping day for him!
 

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