While shooting sports are generally characterized as being "men only" territory, I have to say that this is a misconception. They are very enjoyable and a great family pastime. Would I rather be rocking a baby than out on the range? The obvious answer is "yes" of course. But it must be known that women are perfectly capable of engaging in such a sport, can still remain "ladies,"and have a fun time doing it.
Part of womanhood is being a responsible overseer of the birds in her nest, be they her children or younger siblings. If a woman doesn't understand a firearm or firearm safety, she'll be afraid to use it or over see the use of one. Knowledge brings much peace. Another part of womanhood is trusting a young marksman as her protector. Since we have no brothers and children at this point we find ourselves very blessed to have experienced what this is like.
One of my favorite times with Gator has been inventing our own target system (multi-colored cans hanging from a clothes hanger) and shooting them with B-B guns. It was a great time of creativity and practice of the range rules. It was also a great opportunity to "Ooo" and "Awe" over his dead-eye capabilities.
Knowing the mechanics of a gun is no different than knowing the mechanics of a sewing machine. Mechanics are mechanics.There is nothing scary and stressful about guns. They are loud, but so is a grain grinder. They require a higher state of alertness and education, but so does driving a car, using knives, sewing machines and mixers.