League Ladies Brave the Elements and Keep on Shooting

Although we, along the Texas Gulf Coast, don’t have to worry about cold weather and snow very often, we do get the occasional severe thunderstorm that blows through, and yesterday at the range was no exception.  The storm blew in during our regular ladies league shooting session, but it did little to dampen the enthusiasm of the women, who just kept right on shooting.

I gave everyone the option of packing it in when the rain started, but no one took me up on the offer!  For two and a half hours, whether the rain was light or heavy, these ladies stood their ground and continued to work toward their goals.

We’ve been working on the NRA Marksmanship Pistol Qualifications, and almost everyone advanced at least one level yesterday, regardless of weather conditions that would have driven most people inside.

Comments I heard were, “It’s really fun to shoot in the rain!” and “I want to get this level finished.  I don’t care about the rain!”  I told them all that they can add that to their bucket list and then check it off 🙂

And while we did look like a motley crew (or maybe drowned rats), I am very proud of the ladies; they definitely earned their shooting stripes yesterday!

Also, many thanks to our “shooting dudes,” the men who always stand by us and support us, come rain or shine.  We appreciate you.

Now, back to the range; and to borrow (and mangle) the postal creed:  Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night [will] stay [us] from the swift completion of [our] appointed [mission]…to punch holes in paper – and become the best darn shooters we can be 🙂

You can read my previous post on the importance of ladies shooting leagues by clicking on:  Why Should Women Join A Local Shooting League.

Date Night at the Range

Fun with guys, gals, and guns!

Once a month for the past few months, five or six couples have been meeting together for Date Night at the Range – and we’re having a blast! (pun intended)

Each couple puts $5 in the hat when we arrive at the range, we shoot in a fun, light competition – or as “light” as the competition can be among avid shooters – then the winning couple gets the money to go toward their dinner and movie, which we all enjoy together afterward.

The first month’s target was a splatter Battleship game, which was fun, but much harder than it looked.  My husband and I won that one, but since we were a bit vague on which round determined the winner, we split the booty with another shooter and her daughter that won another round.

At the most recent date night, several couples thought they had won, but found out later that they didn’t; and the rub was that they didn’t lose because they couldn’t shoot, but because they couldn’t add – LOL.  My husband and I were in that group, unfortunately.

We were shooting at a dart board and had to get as close as possible to a certain total without going over.  A few of us stopped at or very near the total, only to find out as we double checked the numbers that we were actually over.

Fortunately, movies that shooters would enjoy have recently been available at the theater, such as Act of Valor and The Hunger Games; but future date nights may include bowling, playing Laser Shot, cooking outside on a fire, board games in the archery building, and more – after the requisite shooting, of course.

So why not try a date night at your range?  It’s a great opportunity for people who enjoy shooting to get to know each other better, and we have found that a few non-shooting wives have begun to come out and enjoy the other activities with their husbands, and with us.  Hopefully, we will convince them to shoot with us soon.

Gun range campout – doesn’t get much better than that!

This weekend was a great time of outdoor fun, when some of us attending a Project Appleseed event camped out at the range for the weekend.

We were in heaven with campfire cooking, rifle shooting, beautiful weather, and good friends – when the only thing missing for me was a shower :/

I’ve mentioned Project Appleseed many times in my posts – such as in:  “No Guns in My House – Well, Maybe,” “Ladies, You Are in Good Company!,” and “Generation HC Member:  Leslie Cernik aka Western Rose,” as well as about five others; so you can tell that I think very highly of the organization.

For those who haven’t checked them out yet, you can go to the Project Appleseed website, or find the Appleseed facebook page for your region of the country for more info.

This is a great entry-level event in which to learn firearm safety, three-position rifle shooting, and to hear some American history that you may never have heard before.

It’s also an opportunity for the experienced rifle shooter to possibly earn their Rifleman patch on the Army Qualification Test, and it is an intensive weekend of training and education that you won’t soon forget.  I encourage you to investigate and find an event in your area to attend.

Although it will soon be too warm in my area to tent camp (in my opinion), I’ve got my iron skillets and dutch ovens oiled up and will be ready for the first hint of cooler weather in the fall.

Now to practice my rifle skills for the next Appleseed.

Gotta get that Rifleman patch!