Important Tips for Encouraging Women in the Shooting Sports
Cpl J.P. Braker, USMC
1. Start small- Use a .22 caliber weapon, it's not too loud and has next to no recoil or kick. The other benefit is that the ammo is relatively cheap.
2. Make it fun- Paper targets are great when you are monitoring your grouping, not so much when you are just trying to hit something you point at. Pop cans, balloons, or coke bottles will generally fall over when they get hit, offering that special someone the self reward of knowing that they can hit the broad side of a the barn. Another good idea is to start closer to the targets while the aiming and techniques are refined. Start someone at a hundred yards and they will quit from frustration long before you get a chance to teach them how to aim properly.