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LADIES PISTOL PROJECT
me to take them shooting. Today the notion of gathering
a group of women to shoot handguns is no longer a rarity,
nor uniquely mine; rather, it is now, happily, a more common occurrence.
In the summer of 2016, I invited five female friends and
colleagues, all of whom were inexperienced shooters and
who had expressed interest in learning to shoot (or shoot
better), to take the NRA Basic Pistol class and then try
out some purportedly female-friendly handguns. Obtaining
a certificate in NRA Basic Pistol required online study,
supplemented by a one-day classroom session in order that
NRA instructors could validate their knowledge, followed by
a practical range session to determine shooting proficiency.
Successful completion of the blended-learning course would
provide the necessary credentials to apply for a Virginia
concealed-handgun permit. 
For the range session, the five women chose their favorite from among the handguns I brought in for the project, a
selection they made during the classroom portion. They made
that determination based on the handguns' ergonomics: overall size, grip, trigger, ability to manipulate the slide or load/
unload chambers of a revolver, work the magazine release,
slide stop and other controls, and dry firing. There was ample
lively chatter among the ladies to indicate the revolvers were
early favorites, but it was yet to be revealed how those early
opinions would translate during live range fire.
In addition to the eight pistols recommended by the
internet community, we included a number of other guns
that I hadn't considered but were wisely suggested in order
to offer a broader perspective on frame sizes and actions,
with the hope of providing for a more balanced choice for
the three different hand sizes. All told, we settled on 18
guns, more than double the number I initially sought to
test. To keep the sample size manageable, we chose only
9 mm Luger or .380 ACP models for the semi-automatics,
and nothing larger than .38 Spl. for revolvers, as those
were the chamberings that were most recommended during
the  initial research for ideal pistols for women. 

Meanwhile, Back At The Range
The women returned to the range on another day for the
option of firing one, or all, of the remaining 17 guns they
hadn't fired during their Basic Pistol class. The purpose would
be to rate the guns on a variety of criteria detailed on a
survey, which they completed upon firing each handgun.
To ensure a better sample, the invitation was extended
to the entire female NRA Publications Division at large,
as well as to spouses of some male colleagues. As further
insurance for a good turnout, the invitation was extended
to other employees within the NRA Headquarters building,
and then to members of a local chapter of The Well Armed
Woman. The response was so positive we had to cut off the
number when it reached 35, actually turning away many
women who had heard rumors about the opportunity to
test different guns. I was gratified and humbled by the fact
that all 35 women chose to fire all 18 pistols, not because
they had to, but because they wanted to. 
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During the NRA Basic Pistol classroom instruction (opposite
page), as well as on the range, NRA Pistol Instructors Martha
Amitay and Karie Thomas demonstrate proper gun-handling
techniques to a Ladies Pistol Project participant. NRA Range
Manager Debbie Crews (top), Amitay (middle) and Thomas (bottom) facilitated the range portion of the Ladies Pistol Project,
offering guidance on proper technique and gun safety.
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