The Wall Street Journal has a great article up about the rise in popularity of shooting sports among women through the help of the Women On Target program.
Women Pulling the Trigger
GHENT, N.Y.—The vegan, the yoga instructor and the former Peace Corps member mingled with other women at a recent retreat in upstate New York, sharing advice: Keep both eyes open when firing a shotgun. Ear plugs are essential to mute the blasts. And when women shoot, the butt of the gun needs to sit between the shoulder and collar bone to cushion the recoil, an adjustment to the typical male shooting stance.
Even as New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has emerged as one of the most vigorous national voices for gun control in recent years, one group of local shooters is quietly thriving: The Women's Shooting Sports League, a Manhattan-based group that for nearly a decade has been gathering once a month to shoot at a range in Chelsea.
Earlier this month, the club organized an excursion to the Kinderhook Sportsmen's Club, drawing nearly 20 women, many of them first-time shooters.
Many said they signed up for the trip to satisfy their own curiosity on a controversial subject, about which few had first-hand knowledge. Others relished the chance to spend the day outdoors experimenting with an unusual new skill, while longtime members toiled on perfecting a sport that demands precision and Zen-like concentration.
Read the rest of the article on The Wall Street Journal's website here.