As I alluded to the other day in a previous post, many “grannies” are coming into the shooting arena these days – and hey, I’m not hating on grannies, cause I are one 🙂 I’ve heard from more ladies lately who are in their 50’s, 60’s, and even 70’s, than I have from the spring chickens, and I think there’s a good reason for that.
One lady told me the other day that her kids were into everything when they were growing up: football, baseball, cheerleading, etc., but that she had not been involved in any activities when she was young – most likely due to lack of funds. Finally, she said, it is her turn. This lady lives alone and one of her sons felt she needed to have a gun for self-defense; but, surprise, surprise, she found out she actually loves to shoot and enjoys it as a hobby as well as a protector of all that is hers.
Another lady told a horrifying story of her EX-husband holding a gun to her head for three hours. Although she didn’t go into a lot of details, she said she realized it was time for her to take control and learn to defend herself, after too many years of letting someone else control her life.
Others have said they just never had the time nor the money for a hobby of their own while their kids were young and involved in their worlds, so now that they don’t have to worry with a babysitter and they’re not having to taxi kiddos to and fro, they are free to explore various options of their own.
Again, whatever the reason and whatever the age of the lady involved, I think the shooting sports are a blast for many reasons (pun intended). One thing I do recommend for some of us ladies, though, especially those that haven’t been extremely physically fit in many years – or who maybe put their kids’ health and physical well-being above their own for too long – is to begin to eat right and get some exercise. Being fit can help you feel more empowered, regardless the activity you are doing, and shooting is no different.
I have found that being involved in shooting has helped motivate me to WANT to get back in shape. Improving your upper-body strength will make it much easier to hold your firearm steady for longer periods of time – and you know you don’t like to stop shooting just because your arms are tired.
When I first started shooting, I said, “Now, if I could just lose weight doing this!” Well, you might actually be able to do that if you join a practical shooting group that darts and dashes through a course of fire, rather than standing in one place on the line. I mean, getting exercise and being able to shoot at the same time? That’s a killer combo! (another pun intended)
So don’t let the fact that you have grandchildren, or are old enough to have them, keep you from taking up a new hobby and trying the shooting sports. I mean, technically, shooting is a pretty good equalizer in the fact that even if you are in a wheelchair, you can still shoot. Have back problems and can’t stand? Sit at the line and shoot benchrest. One way or the other, if you want to shoot, there is a way for you to do it.
So get your gun, get out there, and shoot something, Granny! Show those spring chickens how it’s done!