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    Default NRA Women on Target handgun class, Colorado Springs

    When: Sunday September 15th, 2019 8:30am 'till 4:00pm.

    What: Basic introduction to handgun shooting for Women. Think of it as "NRA Basic Pistol Lite".

    Where: Classroom held at Core & Main (used to be HD Waterworks) in Colorado Springs near I25/Circle (I25, exit 138), range held at the Cheyenne Mountain Shooting Complex (I25 exit 132A).

    Cost: $25 includes ammo, targets, lunch and use of supplied handguns.

    More information: Registration and information and NRA page about WoT

    Flyer with more information.

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    Class not sufficient to meet Concealed Carry training requirements

    We don't have enough female instructors to make the staff 100% women, so there are some carefully-selected male instructors that assist. If you're uncomfortable with the male instructors, please let the staff know and they'll assure you have female instructors only. We understand.

    If you have your own gun, feel free to bring it. Please assure it's unloaded and you have absolutely no ammo on your person before you enter the classroom (in other words, all standard NRA classroom rules apply). During the classroom and the initial range portion of the class you will only be able to use the class guns, but afterwards during the "open range" session you can break out your own gun and use it.

    Open to all women, from those that have never handled a firearm to those with experience. No matter what your experience level we'll do our darnedest to make you a better shooter than when you walked in!

    Ps. If you have any questions you can call the number on the flyer or I might be able to answer them here. Keep in mind I'm not the organizer.
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    Bump. September 15th. First post has been updated to show the upcoming class.

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    When seconds count, the police are mere minutes away...
    They'll never take your "hunting rifle", they'll call it a "sniper rifle" first.
    Gun registration is gun confiscation in slow motion.
    Zero failures comes at infinite cost.
    You are the FIRST responder. Police, fire and medical are SECOND responders.

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    Bump. 8 spaces left.

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    When seconds count, the police are mere minutes away...
    They'll never take your "hunting rifle", they'll call it a "sniper rifle" first.
    Gun registration is gun confiscation in slow motion.
    Zero failures comes at infinite cost.
    You are the FIRST responder. Police, fire and medical are SECOND responders.

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    Do you know if anyone offers this in the Denver area ?
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    Tomorrow bump!

    Quote Originally Posted by SideShow Bob View Post
    Do you know if anyone offers this in the Denver area ?
    I'll ask the organizers tomorrow if they know of any.

    I went to NRA's WoT search page and this clinic isn't even listed, which is par for the course for NRA training...

    https://wot.nra.org/find-a-clinic/

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    They'll never take your "hunting rifle", they'll call it a "sniper rifle" first.
    Gun registration is gun confiscation in slow motion.
    Zero failures comes at infinite cost.
    You are the FIRST responder. Police, fire and medical are SECOND responders.

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    Am I mistaken in thinking this is similar to the NRA “First Shots” class ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SideShow Bob View Post
    Am I mistaken in thinking this is similar to the NRA ?First Shots? class ?
    Good question!

    Though it shares similarities with "First Steps" as any beginning class does when it comes to discussions of safety, fundamentals, ammo and different firearm actions, the "First Steps" curriculum covers only one, specific firearm whereas Women on Target (WoT) is completely the opposite, allowing the student to shoot literally dozens of different firearms! This allows the women to compare factors such as fit, recoil and ergonomics of different firearms to see what they like and don't like about each. WoT also doesn't teach firearm cleaning; it's a get-someone-shooting-safely introduction and nothing more.

    Also, unlike a class, the event is subsidized by the NRA, allowing the organizers to keep the cost low - $25 gets you lunch and [virtually] unlimited ammo, basic ear and eye protection and a goodie bag.

    We start the line with just .22s, both revolver and semi-autos. Then we stock the line with everything from 380s at the left to 1911s in .45 ACP at the right. This keeps things simple: Can you handle the recoil of this gun? Move to the right. Too much? Move left.

    We encourage the participants to take pictures of the guns they like, so they won't forget the model and caliber when they start thinking of purchasing a gun.

    I find it one of the most rewarding events to assist with. I've seen the most tentative of women during the .22 shooting at the start of the session dragging their friends to the far right of the line to shoot the .45 "Because it's so much fun!" by the end of the day.

    Some of my observations over the years:
    • Almost everyone likes the 1911 .45ACP
    • Almost everyone hates the .40
    • The most common caliber for a husband to buy his wife is a .40 (if I had a nickel for every time I heard "My husband bought me a .40")
    • I take my hand strength for granted; I'm always surprised by women who can't fire a revolver double action and some that can't even cock a double action revolver's hammer (single action, with it's longer hammer spur isn't a problem).

    My two warm-and-fuzzy moments from yesterday:
    • "My husband taught me how to shoot, and I've never been able to hit the paper before!"
    • [Left-handed woman who was taught by her right-handed husband]: "Is there a way to lock the slide back without transferring the gun to my right hand?" (I show her) "You're a genius!" (no, I just know how to run guns both left and right-handed, like any instructor should).

    Unfortunately, my ultimate job at WoT is to get enough women interested that go on to become shooting instructors that all us guys get "fired" and it becomes a 100% women event. I'll be both happy and disappointed when that day comes.

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    Ps. If you haven't figured it out, IMHO "Husbands" (and boyfriends) are the most damaging thing a woman can encounter when starting out on her firearm journey.
    Last edited by O2HeN2; 09-16-2019 at 10:42.
    When seconds count, the police are mere minutes away...
    They'll never take your "hunting rifle", they'll call it a "sniper rifle" first.
    Gun registration is gun confiscation in slow motion.
    Zero failures comes at infinite cost.
    You are the FIRST responder. Police, fire and medical are SECOND responders.

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