Sisters of Shooting
This page is dedicated to all the Sisters of Shooting out there. Whether you shoot or hunt with your sister, mother, daughter, or friends, or are looking to start shooting or hunting, this page is for you. Please email me a photo, short story, webpage, and social media links and I'd be happy to put them up on this page so we can all share our fun "sister's of shooting" stories and experiences.
I will be posting stories of awesome women and groups of ladies who shoot as well as companies that are very supportive to women. Lets band together and give other women and girls the experience, education, friendship and bond that we all share and encourage other women to learn how to shoot. Whether its for personal protection, competition, to beat the guys ;), or to put healthy meat on the table, include your sisters out there.
I will also try to include information for women on how to find training courses taught by women and links for ladies clubs and ladies shooting nights and hunting trips. Please check back as I get more information up on this page!
Sisters of Shooting
Natalie and Meredith Gibson
Meredith Gibson is a 13-year-old Junior Competitive Shooter from New Virginia, Iowa. She enjoys shooting sports, politics, and educating others on gun safety.
Four years ago, when I was nine years old, I had a dream. I dreamed that competitive shooters would be treated the same as shooters in others states. Currently, Iowa state law prohibits anyone under the age of 14 from handling a handgun – even with our parent’s supervision. But competitive youth shooters in every other state can practice shooting with handguns. It has always been my dream to become a competitive 3-gun shooter. This sport requires you to shoot 3 types of firearms competitively: rifle, shotgun, and handgun. So, while my competition in other states becomes proficient with handguns, I am not allowed to even hold one, much less shoot it. My dad had been working with me and my younger sister Natalie on gun safety and technique. It was fun being able to spend a little extra one-on-one time with my dad. But that one law in Iowa threatened my dream and my chances of succeeding in the shooting sports.
I asked my dad what we could do to change this law. He told me we had to go to the capital and talk to state senators and representatives. I said, “Ok, let’s get it done!” My dad arranged for us to visit the capital and we even found support from our local Representative Jake Highfill.
We worked really hard talking to lawmakers – pretty much anybody who would listen! We made videos, appeared on local news programs, and we were really excited to have found a lot of people who supported our side.
That was until the bill died. I was crushed – I think I cried for 3 days. My dad said we could keep on fighting for it to change if we wanted to, and that’s exactly what we did. We went right on talking with as many different people as we could find.
After that first year in this battle, we connected with the Iowa Firearms Coalition (IFC) who stepped up to help the fight. They have really done a lot for us. We thought for sure with Rep. Highfill and the IFC behind us that second year, that it was bound to pass. We fought harder and continued to ask for the support of representatives and senators. However one lawmaker, Senator Steve Sodders killed the bill in his committee.
But sister and I were not going to give up. During the third year, we testified again in front of lawmakers. One representative actually claimed my sister and I were trying to create a “toddler militia.” Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton even repeated that line. It was picked up by newspapers all around the world. I had to laugh! I mean seriously a 12 and 10-year-old trying to create a toddler militia? If I can shoot an AR-15 and a 12 guage shot gun, I think we can agree I am definitely NOT a toddler.
We are now in our fourth year of trying to bring Iowa state firearms laws in-line with laws around the rest of the country. We have decided it is time to fight harder than ever. This past summer, my sister and I spent most of our time knocking on doors to help elect pro-Second Amendment candidates into office and educate voters about the law.
Our hard work paid off. Senator Sodderss, the lawmaker who kept killing our bill in committee, was defeated. For the first time in four years, we have a fighting chance of changing the law! This year we have thousands of supporters and IFC has set up a funding page to help us get this law changed.
The measure we are supporting, Youth Safe Shooting and Parents Rights Act is part of a larger bill, House Study Bill 133. This legislation would allow those under age 21 to possess a handgun in limited circumstances – only for “lawful purposes” and only while under the direct supervision of a parent or guardian or spouse who is 21 years old or older, or when receiving instruction on proper and safe use from an instructor 21 years old or older with the consent of a parent, guardian or spouse. The legislation also adds a provision that makes the parent, guardian or spouse “strictly liable to an injured party for all damages resulting from the possession” of the handgun.
I’m fighting because it’s my parents’ right to decide when I am ready to shoot, not the government’s. My parents are raising me, they know me better and what’s right for me. My parents stand by my side and fight with me. My only question is who will stand and fight with us?
Ladies Media Outlets
Ladies Training Courses and Clubs
A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League (AG & AG) is a shooting club established by women shooters for women shooters. AG & AG events are intended to be fun, social gatherings where women can come together for support, encouragement, ask questions in a safe and nonjudgmental environment, improve on their marksmanship, and bond together in the shooting community.
Personal Safety Alliance provides a non-threatening environment where women can get the education and training necessary to use firearms safely and effectively.
I (Susan Hansen) compete in USPSA, 3 Gun & dabble in trap! I am an NRA firearms instructor and Chief Range Officer. I own SheBang, LLC which is a firearms training and Custom Hearing Protection company!
Babes with Bullets™ is the only firearms academy traveling across the US offering training to women at a novice level, along with enhancing the shooting sports ability of women at the intermediate level. Based on a more informal “camp” atmosphere, each program is taught by women who are national and world shooting sports champions.
The single most important step toward ensuring your own safety is having a personal safety strategy in place before you need it. NRA’s Refuse To Be A Victim® program teaches the tips and techniques you need to be alerted to dangerous situations and to avoid becoming a victim. Seminars are held across the nation and are open to men and women of all ages. Today, hundreds of federal, state and local law enforcement officials from across the nation utilize this popular program in their crime prevention and community policing initiatives. Corporations, educational institutions and community centers have also adopted the program. All told, more than 100,000 people have benefited from these seminars.
Defensive Reality's approach to training is unique in that we offer personal safety training opportunities to people regardless of their chapter or walk of life.
One of our classes requires no physical interaction or weapons. We offer students strategies to use their brain to mitigate dangerous situations.
Next, we offer a physical self defense training opportunity, giving students easy ways to make their bodies work for them. There is no requirement for martial arts or pressure points to get away and make distance from possible predators.
Finally, is our firearms training spans from non-intimidating beginner classes to situational and decision making. Students may either progress through our training phases or with prior training documentation, may jump into any class as their skills allow.
Each training opportunity is designed to challenge skills and change the paradigm of the word victim. There are NO victims! Predators are looking for Targets, with training, everyone can become a harder Target. If someone has successfully avoided or survived an attack, they are now a HERO!
I do not specifically endorse any companies, clubs or programs listed on this page. This is supposed to be a resource for women to find programs, companies, products, and clubs that help and support women in shooting. Please do you own research from the links and programs I've provided on this page and if you need help please feel free to contact me or any of the other women shooters/hunters in the industry. I want you to have the best experience possible. Happy shooting to my Sisters!!!