The second Ladies 250 Pistol Class was held October 18-22. It was a huge success. Thirteen women, many who had never fired a pistol before came together and learned skills they will use in their toolbox for years to come. The instructors were Il Ling New, Sharon Wachter and Jane Anne Shimizu.
Gunsite arms women with the crystalline concept of the brain as the primary weapon. The thinking, the attitude and the resulting behavior come together to prepare the student with what is known at Gunsite as “mindset.” Pistol handling skills combined with the proper mindset make women equal to any adversary. That is why they train at Gunsite.
A comment from one of the students in the class: “A combination of pleasant, clever, downright fun coaches who were at the same time incredibly knowledgeable, professional, tough, demanding, and endlessly focused on safety.”
Below are a few pictures from the ladies shootoff on their 5th day of training.
After working on the range for 5 days and learning to draw quickly and shoot carefully the Gunsite Experience ends in a shootoff between all the members of the class.
The Gunsite shoot off is a three shot drill. You first shoot down the two falling lollipops, perform a speed reload and shoot down the split popper on your side of the range.
In this drill you utilize everything you have learned from trigger reset and control, to the draw (Grip, clear, rotate, smack,look and gently press the trigger.) Eyes, muzzle, target come into action.
At Gunsite, the presentation, culminating in a Weaver stance, is the foundation of one’s shooting platform and thus, one’s ultimate performance.
From there, students work to make classroom lessons a reality and understand (through often humbling exercises) what the front sight REALLY should look like, when it should look that way, and for how long.
This story ends with the winner of the shoot-off (blue shirt at left) and the second runner up…a great ending to a fantastic week. By the end of the 250 class the girls were asking “What else can I do? What else can I learn?” Many promptly signed up for the next installment: the 350 Intermediate Pistol Class.