Points of Impact: March 13, 2021

In Case You Missed It: Second Amendment Ambassadors, Riflewomen in History, Shotgun Dry Practice ...

by posted on March 13, 2021
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At the top of our lineup this week is the news that the NRA Women's Wilderness Escapes are back! The COVID-19 pandemic put the kibosh on our much-beloved WWEs for 2020, but we've just received word that they're coming back ... starting this July. Read more here.

Dry practice for shotguns? NRA Women columnist Becky Yackley says yes! If you have never fired a shotgun, there are a few things you can practice without setting foot on the range that will help you feel more confident and comfortable. Find out what she means here.

“Shoot me!” firearms instructor Melina Dury yelled at me as I pointed a training pistol loaded with Ultimate Training Munitions (UTMs) at her. In this scenario, I had broken free of her grip and drawn my training pistol as she was trying to kidnap me from a coffee shop. However, I hesitated before firing, and Melina taught me that scenario training doesn’t stop until you take definitive action. At West Orlando Firearms Training (W.O.F.T.) they teach you that drawing a gun won’t stop a determined attacker, but firing will ... 

As you've no doubt noticed, March is Women's History Month! Our friends at America's 1st Freedom have a salute to some of the many American women who made history ... one bullet at a time. From Harriet Tubman to Calamity Jane, here are some of the leading lights of women's history.

Of course, those aren't the only women who blazed (literal) trails on the frontier and (metaphorical) trails for the Second Amendment! Here on NRA Women, we're highlighting remarkable, inspirational, historical American women gun owners—even and especially the ones you've never heard of. Meet Stagecoach Mary, who loved guns, cigars and whiskey ... but not nonsense

That said, here at NRA Women, every month is women's history month! Naturally, that includes women who are making history right now. Suzie Brewster, a winner of the Diana Award, has helped introduce the shooting sports and hunting to countless women. Although she has faced unimaginable tragedy in her life, she remains the definition of resilience. Don't miss this episode of Armed and Fabulous!

You just can't talk about history-makers without mentioning Kim Rhode! This six-time Olympic medalist in the shotgun sports has broken every glass ceiling, every expectation, every record and uncounted millions of clay pigeons. She also happens to be the most down-to-earth woman you'll meet, and she wants to share her secrets of success. Check out Rhode's definitive guide to shotgun range etiquette here.

Shotgunner Olivia Krauss is a 14-year-old shooting dynamo from Olivet, Mich. Last year was a breakout one for Krauss, after walking away from the A Girl and A Gun Women’s Clays Championship with High Overall honors. The match was held at Powder Creek Shooting Club in Lenexa, Kan., in August 2020. Find out what Krauss keeps in her range bag.

You’ve heard of the Den Mother and the Soccer Mom, but the Shooting Team Mom is something entirely different. Yes, the idea is the same. Someone who is incredibly supportive and takes care of everyone else, but there is something different about the role. Shooting teams are typically comprised of both guys and girls, and it isn’t typically a school-sanctioned sport. You don't have to be a mother to be a Shooting Team Mom ... the toughest job you'll ever love

Seasoned turkey hunters know that Ben Franklin wasn’t just joshin’ when he said the wild turkey should have been America’s official bird. Turkeys may look goofy, but they’re the geniuses of North American game animals. Between their high intelligence and their sharp vision, they can be challenging to hunt indeed … and newbie hunters will love every second of it. Find out why here.

 

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