The Attraction of Shooting Sports

Women in Shooting Sports

From Self-Defense to Shooting Sports, there is little doubt that more and more women are becoming involved with firearms, training and shooting sports. Most women today start their firearm education and training for Self-Defense reasons. As they expand their training, many of these new-comers discover Shooting Sports.

From 2009 through 2018, the number of new “Target Shooters” has risen from 34.4 million to 52.1 million! Of that number, nearly 49% are women whose average age is 34. More and more shooters today come from the cities and suburbs. This is a big change from the past where the majority of female shooters were older and came mostly from rural and suburban areas.

This increase in women in Shooting Sports is due in part to an industry that has focused more on women shooters. They are no longer afraid of firearms and realize that guns are safe (when you follow the firearm safety rules) and shooting can be a fun activity.

Some of the local Women’s Shooting League include Boondocks’ GDG Shooting League which offers IDPA (International Defensive Pistol Association) and Outlaw Steel (speed shooting at steel targets). Another popular group of ladies is G.R.I.T.S.(Girls Really Into Shooting) – Mississippi Magnolia Chapter. This is all about shotguns and Sporting Clays ( a form of clay pigeon shooting) often described as “golf with a shotgun.”

If you are interested in learning more about all the local shooting options for ladies, give us a call at 769-972-2382.

About Jan Allinder

BoondocksFTA™ is a World-Class Professional Firearms Training Academy located in Raymond, MS.