Women Shooters Gun Resources
By Shari Spivack
New Jersey –-(Ammoland.com)- It is fantastic to see so many women interested in owning firearms today, for personal protection as well as for recreation.
Firearms can appear to be a male dominated arena, however, as more and more women become involved, the resources available to us are beginning to grow.
While we may not have reached the point where women are filling Advanced Carbine classes for example, many are interested but they don’t know where to turn for advice and information. The following is a list of some websites that may be of interest to women shooters.
When I first became interested in firearms, I found Kathy Jackson’s website Cornered Cat (www.corneredcat.com) to be a fantastic resource. The website is filled with information ranging from firearms safety, introduction to shooting, how to buy a gun, how to teach others, including children, to use firearms safely, how to conceal carry as a woman and the list goes on and on. Now all the valuable information that has been available on her website is compiled in a book. It has received wonderful reviews including from internationally known firearms and self defense instructor, Massad Ayoob.
My next stop was with the girls at Girls Guide to Guns (www.Girlsguidetoguns.com). GG2G has created an excellent community for women – with articles ranging from women’s first hand experiences shooting and buying guns to reviews on books, movies and television shows that feature women shooters and so much more. The website does not put forth any political agenda, this is the way they describe themselves
“Girl's Guide to Guns is a website dedicated to women who dig fashion and fire power.….Whether you're a champion shooter or have never picked up a gun in your life, we've got something for you.”
And they do mean it. One of the wonderful things about GG2G is that they also have a very active Facebook page: http://tiny.cc/3r1vw with great information for women and firearms enthusiasts in general. They really do their best to represent all types of women in the firearms community.
Another great group of ladies are the women of the Women’s Tactical Association based out of Chicago. These women are in law enforcement and just awesome. I wish I lived closer to them so I could participate in their open trainings. I still like to follow what they are doing, they have a Facebook page as well, but to receive emails and information about their trainings and activities you need to join their group via their website www.womenstactical.org (And in my humble opinion, they have the absolute best t-shirts around!)
Since everyone personalizes their shooting experience in their own way, I am including the website www.packinginpink.com as a good resource for women shooters. This is a website for women who are serious about their guns, but don’t want to “look like a man” when they shoot. Safety is the primary concern here of course, but fashion comes in a close second. All shooting gear sold here is designed by and for women only. A donation to Breast Cancer research is made with each purchase.
If you are serious about shooting you will want to go beyond what is available online. The best way to gather information and experience is to find other shooters and join them! There are many women’s shooting clubs across the country hosting regular events and classes with female instructors. If you live in the New Jersey area, check out www.gunforhire.com for information about Gun for Her, a new women’s shooting club and community with events and classes coming soon!
For more fantastic firearms related information for women check out the following websites. This list is by no means all inclusive and if you know of other great resources for women to add – please post them on the New Jersey Second Amendment Society Facebook page or email [email protected] .
- www.2asisters.org (for Second Amendment related information)
- www.thesurvivalmom.com (Check out the Firearms section under the “Preparedness” tab)
- www.womenshooters.com – Women and Guns Magazine
- www.gunnuts.net – Shelly Rae
New Jersey Second Amendment Society – Our mission is to promote the free exercise of Second Amendment rights within the community and Legislature of New Jersey, to educate the community regarding the enjoyable, safe, and responsible use of firearms, and to engender a sense of camaraderie and fellowship among the members and their families. Visit: www.nj2as.com