(a continuation of my "Chicks with Guns" project)
Connie and I are colleagues at the library and suspect that we are the only non-Democrats on staff. We try to keep it slightly hush-hush, keeping our outlandish viewpoints to ourselves so as not to scare the other ladies at work. When I started shooting I had mentioned it to Connie and she told me that it was something she'd always wanted to try. I was happy to oblige.
We met at the range yesterday and I brought all of our pistols. She seemed a little nervous at first but that all dissolved after she began to shoot. I started her on the .22 automatic then had her try the .22 revolver, explaining the difference between single action and double action, and how trigger pull affects your aim. I then brought out the .38s so she could feel what a bigger caliber was like. (she said, "Wow! that really is different!)I was amazed at how well she did with the .38 snubby. She really liked the laser sight.
We had the range to ourselves so we were able to talk a bit about guns, shooting and how they can be empowering for women. Connie has 2 daughters, one in her 20s and one still in high school. She'd like them both to know how to shoot and how to handle firearms safely. (I am predicting another trip to the range in the future!) While packing up to leave, Connie mentioned that she felt different now that she's shot a gun...more sure of herself, stronger somehow. I nodded in agreement because, yeah, I know the feeling.