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Friday, June 22, 2012

Women in the Gun Industry

I got an email update to Gun Nuts Media, I know, I know, I link to him a lot(refer to previous post), but in fairness, I just found his site 2 weeks ago and he does have a lot of great stuff, anyway got the update...

The email linked to Shelley Rae's blog Guns Cars Booze and an article she wrote about Women in the Gun Industry.

Very good article. 

I am not a competitive shooter or in the gun industry, so I do not know how hard or easy is it for a female to break into that world, but I thought her perspective was interesting. 

It probably isn't that much different than any other industry where women are new or the minority.  Finding the balance between being who you are as a woman and proving that you can do the work, I assume is a challenging one.


At June 22, 2012 at 9:57 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are "in the industry" now. You are an instructor!

At June 22, 2012 at 10:22 AM , Blogger 1911Jeeps said...

If you want to get into competitive shooting, contact Julie Golob of Team Smith & Wesson (she's on Facebook and responds to her messages when she has time). Since you're already shooting an M&P, that may help. :)

With your training and such, I suspect you'd be pretty good at it, but you'd definitely lose some anonymity.

At June 22, 2012 at 10:31 AM , Blogger kymber said...

agirl - i think you are right when you say that being a female in the "gun industry" is probably the same as in any other industry where women are new and in the minority. my trade in the military didn't even allow women in the trade until 1986!!! amazing eh? and i joined in 1989!!! it was tough but if you were as qualified at your job as the men - and sometimes you needed to be MORE qualified - you could earn respect and appreciation. it's probably that way in the gun industry too. and the construction industry. and the tech industry. you get what i am saying. which is actually just confirming what you assumed to be true. good links in this post. and i like it when you link to an interesting/good post.

your friend,

At June 22, 2012 at 12:53 PM , Blogger agirlandhergun said...

Lol, that is true.

At June 22, 2012 at 12:54 PM , Blogger agirlandhergun said...

I don't think I have the skill to compete:)

At June 22, 2012 at 12:54 PM , Blogger agirlandhergun said...

yeah, I like when we agree!!! thanks kymber!

At June 23, 2012 at 12:20 PM , Anonymous Caleb said...

Competing doesn't take any skill other than ability to safely draw from a holster and reload. Winning, on the other hand takes a considerable amount of skill.

What competing does require is guts. A lot of people are afraid of competition because they don't want to actually know how good or bad they are at shooting. You don't strike me as that kind of person.

At June 23, 2012 at 7:09 PM , Blogger Keads said...

Well as some have said, you ARE in the industry now. I think all of this is somewhat overblown, and yet some is not. Oh, congrats on the NRA Instructor Cert! Go ahead and get the on line RSO cert while you are at it if you have not already done so.

I think one of your strengths female or not is the story you can tell as to how you got here. I can blather all day about sight picture, trigger control, etc. YOU can bring an element to the classroom I cannot. That is a wonderful thing in my humble opinion.

Oh, I will say that I have found as a rule that the females in my class ask the most pointed questions and are "on point" all day. Seems they had less "Hollywooding" as I call it.

At June 24, 2012 at 3:25 PM , Blogger lotta joy said...

HA! Try working on the fire department with 82 men!

At June 25, 2012 at 3:42 AM , Blogger agirlandhergun said...

No, I am not that kind of person. I definitely want to know how good/bad/skilled/ unskilled I am and how to improve.

Good points...something to think about.

At June 25, 2012 at 3:53 AM , Blogger agirlandhergun said...

Keads, Your too awesome!

I like women, a lot and I am excited to see them come learn to shoot(obviously) but so far all the "difficult" students I have had, have been women:). The men take direction from me easily and apply it. I get a lot more questioning and arguing from the female side. Incidentally, those same women give John a challenge as well, so it's not a woman to woman thing.

At June 25, 2012 at 3:53 AM , Blogger agirlandhergun said...

Good point!


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