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Handgun Safety for Women


WOMAN ACROSS AMERICA FROM ALL DIFFERENT ADULT
AGE GGROUPS INCREASINGLY ARE TURNING TO FIREARMS FOR SELF PROTECTION, THEY’RE ALSO TURNING
TO GUN SAFTEY COURSES AND EDUCATION. NOT ONLY TO ENSURE THEY’RE OWN SAFTEY BUT, THE SAFTEY
OF OTHERS. OUR NEXT TWO GUESTS KNOW ALL ABOUT GUN SAFTEY AND THE GREAT SPORT FIREARMS HAVE
BECOME. THEY ARE HERE TODAY TO SHARE INFORMATION ABOUT
THE GROWING FEMALE FIREARM TREND BOTH FOR SPORT AND PROTECTION.
DAWN WEHUNT AND KIPPY LAYTHAM FROM SPRINGFIELD ARMORY ARE HERE.
GOOD MORNING. GOOD MORNING.
THANK YOU. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.
GOOD MORNING, THANK YOU FOR HAVING US. THANK YOU.
YOU KNOW, I’M NOT SURPRISED, BUT WHEN I READ THESE STATISTICS I THOUGHT, WOW.
MAY I SHARE THEM WITH YOU? SURE.
LISTEN TO THIS AND THIS IS PRETTY AMAZING. ACCORDING TO A SURVEY, THERE WAS A 51% JUMP
IN THE NUMBER OF WOMAN TARGET SHOOTING OVER A TEN YEAR PERIOD. 51%, YOU’RE PROBABLY NOT
SURPRISED AT ALL. I WAS.
AND THE NUMBER OF WOMAN SPORT HUNTING INCREASED NEARLY 42% TO JUST OVER TWO AND A HALF MILLION.
WOW, I MEAN THE NUMBER CONTINUE TO JUST RISE, AMAZING?
THAT’S TRUE, SPRINGFIELD ARMORY HAS SEEN OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS A STEADY INCRESE IN THE
NUMBER OF WOMAN INTERESTED IN FIREARMS. SHOOTING HAS BECOME VERY SOCIALLY EXCEPTABLE FOR WOMAN.
UH HUH… AND THEY’RE LOOKING FOR FIREARMS FOR ANYWHERE
FROM SELF PROTECTION TO SPORT OR FUN. AND KIPPY, FOR YOU…YOU ARE A CHAMPION TARGET
SHOOTER, I’VE HEARD YOU’RE LIKE AMAZING TO WATCH.
OK. I DO ALRIGHT…
(LAUGHING). …I CAN HOLD MY OWN.
I’M SURE YOU CAN. TELL ME A LITTLE ABOUT YOU’RE BACKGROUND,
AND BASICALLY WHAT WEAPONS YOU USE? YOU BET. AS MOST PEOPLE I DIDN’T GROW UP WITH
FIREARMS, LIKE MOST WOMAN. MY DAD HUNTED, I REMEMBER HIM HUNING, BUT
HE NEVER TOOK ME TO THE RANGE WITH HIM OR ON A HUNT SO I WAS NEVER REALLY INTERESTED
IN FIREARMS OR AFRIAD OF THEM. I JUST WASN’T EXPOSED TO THEM.
AND ABOUT THE TIME I WAS GRADUATING COLLEGE I WENT TO A RANGE WITH A FRIEND TO SHOOT HIS
FIREARM AND I WAS INSTANTLY HOOKED, I WATCHED HIM SHOOT A MATCH AND THEN HE LET ME SHOOT
HIS GUN AND LONG STORY SHORT…I’VE BEEN TRAVELING THE NATION AND THE WORLD COMPETING WITH THEM
AND JUST HAVING THE TIME OF MY LIFE. WOW.
NOW MOST PEOPLE WOULD PROBABLY NOT REACH YOUR LEVEL OF PROFICIENCY BUT CAN YOU TELL ME WHAT
YOU THINK THE INTEREST IS FOR THIS PAST TIME? WELL IT’S JUST FUN, IT’S CHALLENGING, IT’S
INVIGORATING, IT’S EMPOWERING, IT’S SO HARD TO DISCRIBE AND UNTIL YOU TRY IT, YOU JUST
CAN’T UNDERSTAND, BUT IT IS JUST HIGHLY ADDICTIVE SO I’M WARNING YOU.
(LAUGHING). AND DAWN, WOULD YOU LIKE TO CHIME IN?
I THINK A LOT OF WOMAN ARE LOOKING TOWARDS THE FIREARMS LIKE I SAID FOR DIFFERENT REASONS,
BUT YEA, I AGREE WITH KIPPY. IT IS VERY FUN. IT SOUNDS LIKE AN ENDORPHIN RUSH.
(LAUGING). NOW KIPPY LET ME ASK YOU SOMETHING, FOR WOMEN
OUT THERE–AND I’M ONE OF THEM, OKAY? I HAVE GONE TO THE RANGE. I’VE DONE PRETTY WELL,
BUT I’VE NEVER REALLY FELT COMFORTABLE. I HAVE THAT INTEREST, BUT YET I’M NOT THERE.
I…I BET YOU THERE’S A LOT OF WOMEN OUT THERE. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE THEM?
LEARN THE BASIC FIREARM SAFETY RULES. THE UNIVERSAL FIREARM SAFETY RULES.
SURE. UH, TAKE A CLASS WHERE THEY INSTRUCT YOU HOW
TO PROPERLY HANDLE THE GUN, SHOOT THE GUN, LOAD THE GUN, UNLOAD THE GUN, AND IT’S ALSO
VERY IMPORTANT WHEN YOU GO TO BUY A GUN THAT YOU TRY IT BEFORE YOU BUY IT. NOT ALL GUNS
ARE CREATED EQUALLY. IT’S VERY IMPORTANT THAT IT FITS YOUR HAND. FOR EXAMPLE, I HAVE VERY
LONG FINGERS, VERY LARGE HANDS, SO–. SO YOU CAN HANDLE…
–MY GUN IS GONNA BE DIFFERENT THAN PROBABLY A GUN YOU MIGHT BUY WITH SMALLER HANDS AND
IT’S IMPORTANT THAT THE GRIP FITS, AND THAT’S ONE OF THE GREAT FEATURES OF THE XDM, ONE
OF THE GUNS WE OFFER AT SPRINGFIELD ARMORY. IT HAS A REPLACEABLE BACKSTRAP, WHICH ADJUSTS
THE SIZE OF THE GRIP FOR A PERFECT FIT, NO MATTER WHAT YOUR HAND SIZE.
HOW LONG DO YOU THINK IT TAKE A WOMAN TO FEEL COMFORTABLE?
I THINK THAT’S GONNA VARY ON EACH INDIVIDUAL’S EXPERIENCE, BUT WE DO NEED TO REMEMBER THAT,
UM, THE MORE YOU LEARN, AND THE MORE YOU PRACTICE WITH YOUR FIREARM THE EASIER THE HANDLING
AND THE SHOOTING IS GONNA BECOME. ANY LAST MINUTE ADVICE?
UH, I THINK IF YOU’RE GOING TO BUY A GUN, DO YOUR RESEARCH.
YES! STEP OUTSIDE OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE AND TRY
IT. GET SOME INSTRUCTION AND YOU JUST MIGHT IMPRESS YOURSELF.
THANK YOU SO MUCH, LADIES. LOOKING FORWARD TO IT.
THANK YOU. REALLY APPRECIATE IT.
(MUSIC) AND IF YOU’D LIKE TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT GUN SAFETY OR ABOUT THE SPORT OF TARGET
SHOOTING, VISIT US AT thebalancingact.com OR GET SOCIAL BY COMING ON OVER TO FACEBOOK
FORWARD SLASH THEBALANCINGACTFANS, WE’D LOVE TO HEAR WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT WOMEN TARGET
SHOOTING TODAY.

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