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The "one day" came when I was asked to write about
the need for more female NRA Pistol instructors. Indeed,
there is a growing demand for female-taught classes in
response to the surge in female gun ownership, which has
outpaced the supply of female instructors by light years.
Some evidence suggests that many women prefer to be
trained by women, so to merge the discussion of a trend
toward female-led instruction with this long-dormant pistol
project was an idea whose time had come.
"I don't believe there is such a thing as a 'femalefriendly' firearm," said NRA Pistol Instructor Karie Thomas,
who is also the NRA Publications' firearm inventory manager, and sees a considerable number of handguns cross
her desk every week. "I believe there are firearms that are
better suited for different skills, different activities and
different hand sizes." Thomas, an experienced competitive
shooter, also served as a tireless range officer/statistician in
facilitating the exhaustive shooting portion of the Ladies
Pistol Project, which would ultimately result in 35 women
firing 18 pistols. Was she right?
NRA Instructor and Ladies Pistol Project assistant
Martha Amitay said that through her experience training women, and especially since the Ladies Pistol Project,
she has observed that a female-friendly firearm is one
that "fits a woman's hand properly, one that she can get
a good grip on, one in which the trigger is easily functioned and one that does not have too heavy a recoil
spring." Granted, this is not unlike certain opinions
voiced by numerous male shooters. Comfortable, enjoyable
shooting begets more practice, higher proficiency, more
confidence and, therefore, more enjoyment, which is a
gender-neutral, universal truth. 
But the burning question remains: Which guns, specifically, do women prefer? 
Amitay said that it is not uncommon for women to

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arrive at her pistol class with the "wrong" gun. "If they've
been given a firearm by a friend or spouse who bought
them a firearm, it is not always the best choice for them."
I am the poster child for that claim. Most handguns I
fired in my younger days had been designed, understandably, with a man in mind-huge slab-steel revolvers and
M1911s-and, in my household, they were most definitely
purchased by a man. When I visited the range, it was always
someone else's handguns I fired. To be fair, materials,
manufacturing technology and bullet construction-as well
as the approach to design and even business decisions-are
far more advanced and diverse today, so handgun choices,
by comparison, were more limited back then. These days,
thanks to the thousands of models on the market, it usually
comes down to the gun's intended purpose. 
"The type of firearm that you end up purchasing is
going to be vastly different depending on how you're going
to use that gun," said Debbie Crews, NRA Range Manager
and Ladies Pistol Project assistant. "Are you going to
purchase a firearm to keep in your home for self-defense?
Do you eventually want to carry concealed? Are you
just getting a gun so you can go to the range and shoot
recreationally?" These are questions all gun buyers must
consider before making a decision to buy any firearm. 
Thankfully, there is greater diversity in this golden age
of choice that provides the buyer-female or male-with
more refined options. Personal preference is a right as well
as a responsibility, and one's opinion and comfort level
should neither be ignored nor the subject of negotiation-
an underpinning philosophy for the Ladies Pistol Project. 

The LPP Commences
For many years it had been my desire to assemble a
day at the range for friends and acquaintances who, once
they learned I worked in the firearm industry, had asked
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