The Appleseed-shoot-neglecting, can’t-afford-ammo, no-new-guns-for-me stretch of life in the GG household seems to be soon coming to an end. GB got a job!!! A good one too with a nice pay rate and health insurance. I’m proud of my honey. Final exams are tomorrow. Between being done with summer semester and having two stable incomes again, I’m going to head into this nice long Independence Day weekend with a smile on my face! Maybe I’ll even find a way to get to the shooting range this weekend!
I received an email from Jenny Teague of the League of Lethal Ladies letting me know that the league has died. The email included a lot of useful information, so I’m posting it here for you all to see. I only went to one LLL after work shooting event, but I had a lot of fun there. I got the opportunity to try things I wouldn’t have otherwise, such as shooting at a playing card, bowling pins, or clay pigeons. Anyway… on with the email:
This is just a note to everyone that the League of Lethal Ladies has been officially disbanded as an organization with the State of Nevada. That just means we no longer are recognized by the state as a non-profit organization. That doesn’t mean you can’t get together to shoot or meet monthly if you want. In fact, I highly encourage those of you who have got together for shoots to keep doing so. This is the most current email listing of everyone in the organization. Feel free to try and set up shooting dates still. Also, if you are interested in other organizations to join and shoot at, I highly recommend Stillwater Firearms Association in Fallon and Western Nevada Pistol League in Reno. If you join Stillwater, please tell Elynda Long, their president, I sent you. She’ll see to it you get the VIP treatment because they love having ladies join there. Thank you to everyone who helped out with the League, whether with paperwork and organization, hosting League nights, or just attending League Nights and shoots. It was a fun run while it lasted.
The website and facebook page will be removed soon, but here’s some links from there. If you enjoy posts on shooting and safety, you can always sign up to like the facebook pages of The Women’s Shooting Academy or Women’s Safety Academy to get Vicki’s up to date info on classes, tips, and newsletters, or The Gunslinging Housewife for my product reviews, tips, crafts and recipes.
Thank you to Vicki for originally collecting a list of students who wanted to get together and shoot more. Without her originally, there never would have been a League. Even though there is no more League, doesn’t mean to say you’re not all Leathal Ladies. You all shoot. You all won’t put up with garbage. You are all amazing!
Finally, here’s some shooting resources for you to continue your love of the sport:
GOOD PLACES TO SHOOT:
Washoe County Shooting Facility
21555 Pyramid Way, Reno, NV (775) 475-2991
City of Carson Rifle and Pistol Range
4000 Flint Dr, Carson City, NV (775) 887-2262
Capital City Gun Club – Carson City, NV
3590 Arrowhead Drive, Carson City, NV (775) 882-9904
Sage Hill Clay Sports – Reno, NV
7370 Desert Way, Reno, NV(775) 851-1123
Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
Hwy 80 off exit 36 Derby Dam
PLACES NOT TO SHOOT:
Congested Area Maps
Interactive Congested Area Map
Washoe County Sheriff’s Department Congested Area Map
SHOOTING CLUBS & ASSOCIATIONS:
Stillwater Firearms Association
A Nevada non profit organization dedicated to promoting public interest and skill in the use of small guns and firearms; providing proper training and education in the use of firearms; promoting public interest and skill in the sport of target shooting; and promoting healthy and social recreation for the members of the organization as well as for the public at large.
Western Nevada Pistol League
A practical pistol shooting club featuring USPSA, IDPA, and Steel Challenge matches.
Palomino Valley Gun Club
Supporting competitive rifle endeavors and promoting firearms marksmanship and safety.
SHOOTING RULES & REGULATIONS:
International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA)
United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA)
International Confederation of Revolver Enthusiasts (ICORE)
The 2011 Nevada 4-H Shooting Sports Leader Training & Certification Spring Class is coming up! It will be held April 8th and 9th in Gardnerville, Nevada. If you’re local to Nevada, love shooting sports, are a responsible gun enthusiast and want to share your enthusiam and good, safe example of gun useage with youth in your community, please consider attending this training and becoming a 4-H Shooting Sports Volunteer. To view the flyer and registration form, click here. Sorry for the short notice, but the registration deadline for this training is March 25th, 2011!
For more information on this training or University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s 4-H Shooting Sports program, please see the Nevada 4-H Facebook page or contact your local University of Nevada Cooperative Extension office.
Tonight, I’m stressing out about final exams, presentations and papers due. One of my economics papers is on ammunition supply, demand and the business cycle. Thinking of ammo, and wishing school wasn’t such a time-sucker in my life right now and that I could focus on more things ammo related, lead me down a reminiscent road tonight…
In May 2010, I attended my first Appleseed shoot in Gardnerville, Nevada. The most prominent thing I learned during those three days was trigger control.
In August 2010, I attended my second Appleseed shoot at the Sacramento Valley Shooting Facility, California. My breakthrough of the shoot was realizing that I finally could get my elbow under my rifle and that I achieved a natural point of aim in prone.
In October 2010, I attended my third Appleseed shoot again in Gardnerville, Nevada. This shoot was monumental for me because while my first two shoots were all about me, in this third shoot, I was able to help others: I correctly read a fellow shooter’s target, I learned how to be a Line Safety Officer and I was able to help a young female shooter with extractor problems get more shots downrange when I became her pseudo-extractor.
When’s my fourth shoot? I can’t wait.
The Rifleman posted over on his blog that Google offers several eBooks about guns for free. The books range from how-tos to military guides and NRA reports. They’re all older books; that’s why they’re free. To check out the list that The Rifleman compiled, go to his blog. I spend a delicious morning downloading all of the books suggested. Do I have an eReader? Nope. I plan to put these all on GB’s new Nook. Bwahahahaha.
It’s better late than never… right? I got a bit behind on the internet world, but I’m trying to catch up so here goes!
Sunday I got out the door to drive down to Gardnerville a little more smoothly. I felt more confident about the drive too and I arrived there before the 8:30 a.m. commencement of Appleseed. Chris_H and a few participants were there early as well, but Arashi wasn’t and that really worried Chris_H because it was hard enough for them on Saturday to teach us all and keep us all safe with only two of them, doing a one-man Sunday show would be super-difficult for Chris_H. Mrs. Featherblue went back to their house to call and only got the answering machine at Arashi’s house. We knew he was on call for his work that weekend, but also felt that he would call us and let us know if something happened. We were worried.
I told Chris_H that I’d step up and do whatever he needed me to do. The offer I made yesterday of not shooting and LSOing (Line Safety Officer-ing) or something else instead still stands. Show me how to do it and then I’ll do it. With Mr. and Mrs. Featherblue and several other returning Appleseeders, there would be enough experience to get us by safely. About 9 .m., we were ready to give up on Arashi and muddle through the Sunday course of fire without him, when a truck began down the dusty drive to the Gardnerville DAR (Dedicated Appleseed Range). Several calls of “What kind of truck does he drive?” were heard and we determined that Arashi wasn’t a no-show! His alarm clock had failed to awaken him and so he was running late and forgot the Coroplast to be used for long distance shooting, but he was here! And our day began.
Shooters on the firing line.
Chris_H gave me a run down on LSOing partway through the morning and I took on that responsibility. They’d tell us our preparation period has ended and to fire, I’d shoot my rounds and safe my rifle. Then, I’d hop up to work the line. It was fun. Everybody kinda giggled at me my first few times through checking the line because I was muttering to myself “bolt back, flag in, mag out, safety on” and I was poking the places on the rifles corresponding to my chant with my index finger. As the day progressed, I quit talking to myself and reduced my poking to pointing. Weeee!! At one point, an excellent shooter on the line with a great attitude forgot to put his rifle on safe and I called him over to correct that.
I felt embarrassed to be harping on such a professional shooter and I knew he knew better and had just forgot, but I didn’t want anyone to think that I’d go soft on them as far as safety rules go just because I know them, or like them, or because they’re a better shot than me. I’m a newbie, yes, but I don’t want any “accidental” (read: negligent) discharges. Then, another professional on the line who is a firearms instructor and a repeat Rifleman patch earner left his chamber flag out of his rifle. That’s when I noticed he had broken his chamber flag off so it was just a flag and no stem to go down in the barrel. He could be putting that flag in and it would look right, but the rifle could still be loaded. Yikes!
I called out to Chris_H about replacing the broken flag, but the gentleman whose rifle that was didn’t want it replaced. He gave me a hard time about it saying that a non-broken chamber flag won’t fit down his barrel. But I’m shooting a .22 and the flag fits in mine and so are a lot of other Appleseeders on the line. If we can do it, he can do it. I explained to him how to slightly bend the flag so it slides in more smoothly and he announced he couldn’t bend it and that I should do it. So I bent it and showed him how it went in more smoothly. To make things even easier on him, I gave him my old flag which is worn in juuuuusssst right and put the newer more stiff flag in my rifle. He told me thank you. I felt shaken up about this exchange because as a new shooter trying to follow basic safety rules, a professional shooter whom I thought would have my back about it made my job harder on me.
This gentleman had been instrumental in keeping the line safe over the lunch break that day when someone removing rifles from the line swept the lunch audience gathered to hear pre-American Revolutionary War history. I thought it odd that he’d be quick to enforce safety rules on behalf of the shooters that day when it’s someone else being unsafe, but act too good to be safe himself. I don’t know. I probably just embarrassed him and he was reacting to that uncomfortable feeling rather than the situation itself.
Later Chris_H and I examined the broken flag and discovered that it was from the faulty batch that had an unstable seam just after the flag connected to the stem. This probably made it too easy to break when bent, making the gentleman leery of trying to bend another one without breaking it again.
Sunday was exciting because the weather was better and our fingers weren’t so frozen as to make magazine loading painful like they were yesterday, because I was learning something new and because we were shooting AQTs. This is the point where we’d see just how much we all had learned and we’d be able to gather up together and celebrate our progress. It was Mr. Featherblue’s eighth Appleseed and he was knocking at the door of Rifleman scores. He shot a 210 and we were all so excited. Chris_H and Arashi signed his target. We pondered about dumping water on Mr. Featherblue at the Riflemen ceremony later that day as is tradition when someone scores exactly 210, but he raised his score up to the 220s, so he didn’t get wet. A couple other Riflemen were made and remade that day. We also honored our youth among us who shot through our Appleseed with good attitudes.
Mr. Featherblue hardly working on the firing line.
He earned his patch twice over this Appleseed.
Mrs. Featherblue working hard on the firing line.
Appleseed youth patch.
A highlight of the day was a young son who didn’t shoot, but who managed to entertain himself and keep himself out of trouble the whole day. Which is a lot to expect of someone of his age. My favorite scenes that day included watching him figure out how to use binoculars, especially when he used them backwards and hearing him shout out that he was going to wear his hearing protection all weekend, even to bed. It was sweet to see his dad and older brother walking with him downrange to check dad and brother’s targets. I love seeing families on the line like this.
Binoculars are great! You can see stuff.
It’s a family tradition: Dad, big and little brother checking targets.
All in all, this was a great Appleseed weekend. We moved more slowly and were more disorganized and short-staffed than other Appleseed shoots we’ve had, but we had great people there who learned new skills, tried on new leadership roles, fostered their family’s involvement in our country, etc. All of the makings for a beautiful shoot, especially when you add in that this was a Nevada Day shoot and that it was also our first simultaneous shoot with Las Vegas.
More pictures of the shoot, all 200 of them, are available on the Northern Nevada Appleseed Facebook fan page! Click here to see them.
Dan Hall, founder of GunUp.com emailed me and asked me a question that’s got my head spinning. He asked how do female shooters feel about being called Marksmen. I don’t know. I’ve never thought of it before. (Maybe that’s my answer?) I’ve been so busy learning how to use a sling on my rifle, how to clean my guns properly, thinking though concealed carry issues, that I hadn’t had time yet to wonder about the inclusiveness level of gun world terminology.
Other industries with similar terminology obstacles have adapted. For example, firemen are now more commonly called fire fighters. But it isn’t uncommon to call females serving as our congressional representatives Congressmen. I’ve been asking my fellow gun-toters how they felt about the issue and my favorite response so far is that the gun world has never been politically correct, so why start now!
What do you think guys and gals; should we start being politically correct when it comes to titles? Is it okay to call an excellent female shooter a Marksman (or a Rifleman), or should she get her own feminized title such as Markswoman or Riflewoman? Will having gender exclusive awards and titles prevent or slow down females entering the gun community?
From sitting at the Appleseed table at the Big Reno Gun Show Saturday, I can say that the majority of the show was old, white and male. Will continuing to use old white male vocabulary hamper the influx of young and female shooters to the pro-2nd amendment, shooting sports, hunting, concealed and open carry world?
On Twitter today, I noticed someone Tweeting about her new article: Hairstyles for the Gun Range. It’s similar to my Shooting Range Hairstyles article that I published as a page and as a blog entry back in October and about which NRA News interviewed me. The article is even signed with my initials: GG! It seems I have an alter-ego out there. Which begs the question, am I the good GG or the bad GG?
UPDATE: She sent me this on Twitter:
What should I guest blog about?
Saturday night after Appleseed, I flew into my driveway, ran to the house and got cracking! I showered, costumed and gathered up shooting booth supplies. GB drove us to the church building while I brushed my hair– haha. We arrived just in time. I began setting up my booth in earnest while everyone mingled (See planning the booth posts here and here). It ended up being a smart idea I had to purchase two “just-in-case” Nerf guns for the booth because the lady who was going to bring her kids’ Nerf guns from home forgot to do so.
We participated in the chili cook-off judging and voting and then the carnival games begun. From that point, I ran around like a mad-woman. GB ran around too. Without him, I wouldn’t have been able to get every kid who wanted a chance to shoot zombie clowns and zombie Nazis through the shooting booth. No one got shot, everyone had fun, I ran completely out of prizes and my booth was the most popular booth of the night. Whoo-hooo!
Pictures of what happens when you hand Nerf guns loaded with chocolate pudding covered darts to children 3-12 years old:
Targets with chocolate pudding “bullet holes”
The darts would hit the target and then drop to the floor creating a delicious mess.
Working with the young kids was fun as they discovered that they could “kill” zombies and save us all. The older kids were also a treat to teach because they grasped better how their aim impacted where they hit and which hits were more effective. Two female shooters competed against each other and the bought was close: 2-1. Hopefully this opportunity to fake shoot will inspire these two competitive and fun-loving girls to attend the more noisy kind of shooting range.