Firearms for Women: 4 Tips for Competitive Shooting

Posted by Team Springfield

Dec 17, 2014 11:30:00 AM

Competitive shooting is becoming an increasingly popular sport among women. The sport offers a great way to get exercise, have fun, and gain and perfect the useful skill of marksmanship. Are you a woman looking to get started in competitive shooting? Are you trying to improve your competitive shooting skills to win your next competition? Check out these useful tips, and you'll be well on your way.

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1. Have the right gear. Competitive shooting has been considered a man's sport for a long time. The fact is anyone can shoot competitively, and you can excel with practice and dedication. Having the right gear can help you remember you belong in the sport as much as anyone else. Female competitive shooting enthusiasts find the following types of gear increase comfort during competitions:

  • Specialized clothing. Some women when competing in rifle and or shotgun shooting events find that purpose designed apparel like shooting vests or jackets are an aid. Competition vests are designed for maximum comfort and help keep you cool during an event. Choose a vest designed for competitive firearm events to reap the benefits of additional built-in storage for ammunition or supplies.
  • Removable recoil shield. Some women may experience shoulder and chest discomfort due to recoil when shooting rifles or shotguns. Padded and designed to attach to a bra, recoil shields provide women with enhanced protection and added comfort during competitions.
  • Some women (along with many men) find that standard holsters may sit on the waist awkwardly. Holsters designed specifically for competition are in many cases not only faster and more easily drawn from, but double as excellent daily handgun carrying devices. Also in many instances a concealed carry is neither suitable nor allowed in competition. Make sure you comply with all safety and competition rules and choose a model that is not only fast, but safe and secure. A competitive environment is best maneuvered when you’re comfortable and access to your firearm is not impaired by an ill-fitting holster

2. Find a mentor. You can only improve so much on your own. Especially if you're a beginner, learning to shoot for a competitive environment is difficult. A mentor can figure out what level of skill you're at and correct bad habits and replace them with strategies to excel. It can be particularly beneficial to find a female mentor since she understands what it’s like to be a woman in competitive shooting. A mentor will help you make the tiny adjustments needed to drastically improve precision and marksmanship.

3. Stay focused. Stay focused both on the range and off. You shoot more accurately if your entire mind is focused on the task at hand. If you're also thinking about shooting in your day-to-day life, you bring this enthusiasm and motivation to the range and to competitions. You have to stick with it and practice to improve. Competitive shooting requires commitment and focus, much like any sport or competition.

4. Remember why you love shooting. Revolving your life around competitive shooting can get tiring. It's important to constantly remember why you got involved in the sport in the first place. Focus on what makes the sport fun for you. Getting into a rut is normal. Remembering what first drew you to competitive shooting can help you improve and have more fun. While yielding firearms should be taken very seriously, it doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun while doing it.

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