Excitement & Fun!

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The excitement is spreading! Girlfriend Gun Party has been exactly what I hoped it would be. A great way to introduce firearms to more women, a way for friends to get together and have fun with a theme, and a very effective way to spread education about firearm safety. It is very rewarding to meet new people and share firearm safety and education with them and be a part of their inner circle for a little while.

When I started this, I hoped that other women would be just as excited as I am about it- and they are! You don’t have to have a large group of women to book a party, just you and three other friends, or even two. To ensure quality and individual attention, I limit the party to six women unless there are special circumstances. I love that instead of inviting women over to sell them a product, women can get together to learn & have fun without any intimidation or loud range.

When I started this, I hoped that other women would be just as excited as I am about it- and they are! You don’t have to have a large group of women to book a party, just you and three other friends, or even two. To ensure quality and individual attention, I limit the party to six women unless there are special circumstances. I love that instead of inviting women over to sell them a product, women can get together to learn & have fun without any intimidation or loud range.

Most women want to learn to shoot but never take the step to go to the range, that’s okay- I will bring the education and fun to you!

A Girlfriend Gun Party is perfect for:

  • Ladies Night
  • Baby Showers
  • Bridal Showers
  • Bachelorette Parties
  • Birthday parties
  • Family Reunions
  • Team-Building at the workplace
  • and more!

Anyplace you can have a small gathering, we can accommodate. For larger events we can give more of a portable laser range to entertain guests.

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Fear to Power

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I could tell she was nervous when I first met her. I could see that she wasn’t sure what she had gotten herself into but was willing to try. As we talked about our past experiences, she shared how scared she was to hear gun shots fired at her next door neighbors home just a few months ago. She became visibly upset as she shared.

I was there to facilitate a Girlfriend Gun Party and show her and her friends how to safely handle firearms, how they work, and hopefully demystify their fears. Truly, education is knowledge and knowledge is power. She participated with everyone, did all the activities, and then it happened. She relaxed and had fun. She laughed. She enjoyed herself. After all the activities we talked about next steps for after our Girlfriend Gun Party.

The next step after a Girlfriend Gun Party is to go through a full basic class, either Basic Handgun or the NRA Basic Pistol class. Both provide a comprehensive understanding of shooting fundamentals and other practical knowledge new shooters need. As the ladies discussed whether or not they would take another class, she joined in saying she wanted to take another class. We then talked about the South Carolina Concealed Weapons Permit, while others agreed they wanted theirs, she was apprehensive. No biggie, it is a personal choice I told her.

A few days after the Girlfriend Gun Party, I got a message that she was leading the other ladies to go to the range and buy a gun! Whether or not she ever decided to buy a gun was not the point. She moved from fear to education to knowledge to power! It is what I hoped the Girlfriend Gun Party would be! Talk about inspiring!

Inside a Girlfriend Gun Party

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I cannot tell you the excitement I felt as I put together the concept of a Girlfriend Gun Party- finally, a way to reach more women with fun and education. It is a way to expose women to firearms education without scaring them with live fire or loud ranges. When you gather with your friends, you are already in a comfortable, known situation- add the excitement of learning something new together, it is fun bonding time.

The idea stemmed from working at a local range, a group of five women came in to get private instruction as a group. The caveat was that they were only paying for an hour, and private instruction is $50 per person per hour. Let’s see that’s $50 x 5 =$250 plus additional range costs. As their instructor, I had to squeeze in as much information as I could and get them on the range to shoot within 60 minutes. I realized one hour was not sufficient, for the purpose of the individual women learning. I would rather provide personal quality instruction for more women than charge more per person.

As a woman who is trying to encourage other women to try firearms and learn to shoot, this experience felt impossible.

The alternative is another gun range that offers 40 minutes of a video, female instructor standing in front of a group demonstrating how to grip and load/unload with other general terms, then time on the range with a .22 revolver and .22 semi-automatic, shoot 50 rounds- here’s your t-shirt, thanks for coming for $30.  Again, not enough time, not enough instruction or one on one time. If all you want to do is show up to a range and shoot, just do that. If you want help, guidance, and someone to help you- that’s what I am here for.

We see the parties everywhere, ones for jewelry, clothing, make-up, skincare, etc. – why not one for private instruction? Why not have a little safe fun?

I arrived to meet Kim, she showed me the church building where we would be meeting and I started setting up. One by one, the other ladies arrived. We introduced ourselves and chatted while we waited for the remaining women to arrive. We put name tags on so I could get their names right, you’ll see why that is funny in a moment. We talked together about their firearm experience and fears. I explained that this ‘party’ is an introduction only, not intended to replace a formal firearms training class.

 

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We got started. First, we talked about the firearm safety rules and their meaning and reason. Next, I demonstrated how a firearm works and explained each components part and their proper name. Each woman held, cleared and manipulated a firearm as they learned.

Once everyone felt comfortable, we moved on to dominant eye practical exercises. Determining which dominant hand and dominant eye for each participant allows me to be able to tailor individual instruction in a small group setting. As I worked around with the ladies, I couldn’t see Julie’s name tag and I adopted the name Linda in my mind for her. Every time I went to say her name, it came out as Linda. There was not a Linda at the party. We laughed at this over and over again as I apologized over and over again.

Each woman got a chance to hold different firearms, to clear them, manipulate their controls and get familiar. We moved on to stance and then grip. Once the stance and grip were established we worked on sight alignment.

During these practical exercises, each woman received individual attention to check for consistency and to address any issues. Once they felt comfortable, we moved on to shooting one by one. This was a larger crowd, a group of seven, so the individual shots took longer. During each woman’s shot, they got instant feedback, what they are doing well and what to do improve on.

Once every one shot, it was time for the SHOOT-OUT! The ladies were fun, it was such a great time and it was amazing to see their confidence shine as they shot against each other. I asked for feedback about the party, we all hugged, thanked each other for a great time and left for home. I felt honored to be a part of their tribe for a moment in time, to be able to assist them in learning a new skill. I’m excited for the next Girlfriend Gun Party! Book yours today at http://liveloveload.com/training/girlfriend-gun-party/