(Or for Men Buying a Gun for that Special Woman in their Life)
|Women are increasingly interested in shooting for safety, sport, hunting and competition but many guns are designed for men. So, how do you go about finding the perfect firearm for a woman? The Arizona Game and Fish Department's Ben Avery Shooting Facility has some tips.
"One of the things we stress to anyone buying a firearm is that they pick it up and handle it in the store," says Don Turner, Ben Avery Shooting
Another important factor when selecting a firearm is what you will be using it for. For instance, there are many different types of competition pistols and these pistols are different from the type of firearm used to hunt.
Turner also suggests that women attend the Annie Oakley Sure Shots program at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility. This unique program allows women to get comfortable with firearms and to try out several different types. The following checklist is compiled from expert information and is designed to provide helpful tips for first-time lady gun buyers who are interested in recreational shooting.
PISTOLS : SEMIAUTOMATIC
All Models: .22-caliber long rifle, blue or stainless steel finish (more expensive), adjustable sights, 5.5-inch barrel and three magazines.
When it comes to ammunition, there are a number of factors to consider. Turner says, "Ammunition is offered in as many varieties as there are firearms and different ammunition is designed for different purposes."
He says that what often makes this area even more confusing to new gun users is the technical terminology. "For recreational shooting, we advise that you purchase practice-type ammunition for general use."
He adds an additional word of warning to be careful because "target" ammunition is specially designed for maximum accuracy and thus it can be very expensive. "Generally, if you are shooting a .22-caliber rifle or pistol, we recommend you purchase .22 long rifle ammunition as standard velocity," he says.
If all you can find is "high" velocity ammunition, that is fine. However, you don't need super velocity, Stinger, Hornet, or other .22 long rifle ammunition marketed for higher velocities.
The Annie Oakley Sure Shots women's shooting program meets every Thursday night from 7 to 9 p.m. Women from all experience levels are welcome from those who have never touched a firearm to expert shooters. You are free to come-and-go as you please, so if you have to leave before 9 p.m. or if you cannot get there before 8 p.m., you are still welcome. For information on this program or on the Ben Avery Shooting Facility, call (623) 582-8313 or visit their Web site: basfaz.com.
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