My Weekend With 450 Women Shooters…And Why They’re The Future Of Shooting

This last weekend, I was outside of Burnett TX at Reveille Peak Ranch for what might be the largest women’s shooting event in the world.  The A Girl And A Gun National Conference.  450+ women (100 more than last year) working with instructors  for 3-5 days.

The facility is amazing…during the conference, shooters were doing pistol, carbine, shotgun, long range precision rifle, aerial gunnery from a helicopter, and more on 30+ ranges.

The event was put on by Julianna Crowder, Robyn Sandoval, and several dozen volunteers.  We were a sponsor for the event and I flew down to teach 5 half day sessions.

3 of them were on Tactical Vision Training.

The other 2 were half-day classes on using Performance Neurology to make rapid improvements in shooting performance and accelerated learning techniques to improve more in less time than what’s possible with traditional training methods.

While I was there, I took the opportunity to get kimchi at what has become my favorite Korean BBQ joint…Korea House.

 

We used one of my new vision training tools that I’ll be releasing in the next week or so…

We donated training & private video coaching and I had the pleasure of getting to meet and teach several incredible women, including several instructors who shared stories about how life changing our training had been for themselves and their students.  It was truly humbling.

If you’re a woman, I want to strongly encourage you to get to an event like this (click HERE for more info).  It’s great for women to shoot with men, but it’s especially valuable for women to spend time shooting with other women.  The dynamic can be a huge help for many female shooters.  Not watered down…just different.

In fact, one of the biggest reasons why woman only shooting events are so valuable is because there are no men around to coddle them.  (The male instructors were all on board with this)  At a woman’s only event, the women load their own mags, rack their own slides, haul their own gear, etc.  When things don’t work, there are other women to share solutions that worked for them, but the goal is to help every woman be safe, competent, and capable with the guns they own or carry.

Why is this so important and why am I such a strong supporter of women’s shooting?

Because to a large extent, our future ability to own, shoot, and carry guns depends on getting women involved with shooting.

Women manage family schedules, family budgets, they vote, and they share their interests with others.

To be clear, we don’t just want more women  “involved”…we want women to be safe, responsible, and effective shooters.

Shooting is an activity where there are VERY few differences in the expectation between a man’s and woman’s ability to perform.

In one of the performance neurology classes, we were doing tempo drills at the end and there were a handful of ladies shooting nice, tight groups with .20-.30 splits.  To put that into perspective, that’s 2-4 TIMES faster than most guys shoot with the same level of accuracy.

Size and strength differences sometimes mean that techniques/equipment need to be adjusted, and there’s less leeway when using technique that’s not mechanically sound, but with the right gear and technique, the targets end up looking VERY similar and the differences have more to do with the quality & quantity of practice that they’ve done vs. whether the shooter is male or female.

Here’s the other reason why women shooters are so important…

People (women and men) who don’t know or understand guns tend to be intimidated by them and don’t understand why anyone would “need” to own a gun or be able to carry one.

This lack of knowledge and understanding makes people very susceptible to deceptive storylines spewed out by the media and lies told by politicians.

As an example, in a recent episode of the TV show, S.W.A.T. they spouted complete and total lies about bump stocks, “ghost” guns, and more that a gullible and uneducated public believes.

Without reality to counter this kind of crap, there’s no reason to expect that people won’t believe it.

You see, I know that the more women are educated about guns and shooting, the more likely they’ll be to vote for politicians who will support our right to own and carry firearms.

The more educated and experienced they are with shooting, the easier it will be for them to be good ambassadors for the firearms industry…especially in all-women conversations where men are not welcome.

The more educated women are about guns, the more they’ll support family activities that revolve around guns…including training and educating the next generation of shooters.

You know by now that our training works for and is used by tip-of-the-spear guys, but amazingly enough, the same training is incredibly effective for non-tactical women shooters too.  In fact, it’s probably even more valuable for women shooters.

Why?

Well, in addition to helping you maximize your skill level with the minimum time and money cost, at-home training takes care of one of the biggest thorns in the side of female shooters: “helpful” men at the range.

Yes, it was a shock to me to find out that one of the things that’s most frustrating to female shooters is men trying to help them.  Ironically, I tried to help women a lot more at the range when I didn’t know as much.  Unfortunately, that’s pretty normal.

Unsolicited advice, patronizing comments, and unnecessary attention can all create a bad environment for training…especially in the early stages of shooting when so much is new.

Women just want to be left alone to get familiar with the gun, have fun, and practice.

And they ARE left alone when they do dry fire practice at home.

One of the crazy things that came out this last weekend is the number of women who said that the 21 Day Alpha Shooter training had been life changing for them.

Not just in how it impacted them as a shooter, but lessons that they learned that they were immediately able to apply to other areas of their lives.

I was bad about not getting more pictures and I didn’t get any video this year, but here’s a video from Reba from last year:

So, if you’re a woman and want to supplement the live fire practice you’re already doing or you’re a man who wants to help the woman in your life become a more effective shooter, I want you to find a local woman’s shooting group and I want you to check out and sign up for the 21 Day Alpha Shooter Program by clicking >HERE<.  You’ll thank me for it.

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2 Comments

  • Pat

    Reply Reply April 20, 2019

    What program do I need on my HP laptop to play your dvd ?

    • Ox

      Reply Reply April 20, 2019

      Hi Pat, great question.

      Our DVDs are designed to work on all dedicated DVD and BluRay players. We go to extra expense on the coding and replicating of the DVDs so that they’ll work on as many multi-function PC players as possible, but there are too many variables with codecs and drivers to know how to answer your question for sure. That’s why, when you buy the DVD, you also get access to the online on-demand HD version of the training that you can watch from your computer…completely bypassing the problems that come along with laptop and desktop multi-function players.

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