Female Gun Instructors In Demand

    NRA's Women on Target program

    CNN reports on the continued increase of woman taking up shooting for either self-defense, sport or both

    “When I started training women in 2007, there weren’t many female instructors,” she said. “Now you’re not the only name in town.”

    The National Rifle Association, noting the burgeoning market opportunity, is trying to boost its ranks of 8,000 NRA-certified female instructors, said spokesman Andrew Arulanandam.

    In 2009, the NRA organized 280 “Women On Target” training clinics nationwide, and 8,000 women signed up. In 2013, the group held 450 clinics for 12,000 women.

    While Arulanandam said self protection is still the primary reason women take up gun training, he said they’re increasingly realizing “that they’d like to pursue it for activities like target shooting or skeet shooting.”

    All the woman I have taken skeet shooting have loved it. In my experience, many males have a belief that the Y-Chromosome imparts some sort of innate sniper abilities. If they have never used a shotgun before, but have shot a torso sized target at 5 yards with a pistol at an indoor range, they assume they should be able to hit clays easily. When they miss time and time again their pride/ego/manhood gets hurt. Woman are far more patient and so easier to teach.

    Steve Johnson

    I founded TFB in 2007 and over 10 years worked tirelessly, with the help of my team, to build it up into the largest gun blog online. I retired as Editor in Chief in 2017. During my decade at TFB I was fortunate to work with the most amazing talented writers and genuinely good people!