Women’s History Month: The Bad@ss Babes in the Shooting Sports Industry

Now this is what we call celebrating women’s history month!

Shooting isn’t a boys club and these ladies prove it!

Jason J. Brown reports for NRA Blog:

For nearly a decade, the number of females participating in shooting sports has increased in nearly every category, including hunting, target shooting and muzzleloading.

These aren’t a handful of extra women picking up guns and bows, but rather thousands of females learning new skills, taking up time-honored traditions, entering the competitive field, and investing in their self-defense through shooting.

From 2006 to 2015, the National Shooting Sports Foundation reported an increase of nearly 70 percent in the number of women participating in bowhunting. That same report details a more than 56 percent jump in women in target shooting, with a massive 75 percent increase in the number of women shooting pistols.

As of 2015 more than a quarter of American handgun users are women, with that number sure to increase coming off a record year for gun sales in 2016. Women also constitute about one-fifth of shotgun and rifle shooters nationwide.

Even muzzleloading, a bastion for hunting purists and traditionalists, experienced a nearly 49 percent boom in the number of females participating. With the exception of a minute 1.7 percent fall in firearm hunting and similar 1.6 percent drop in paintball participation, women are joining the shooting sports in record numbers.

So who are some of the bad@ss babes leading the way? Take a look!

Virginia teenager Ginny Thrasher stole the show in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, bringing home the Games’ first gold medal. Her sport: the Women’s 10-meter air rifle competition. She also swept the NCAA Rifle Championship’s individual smallbore and air rifle titles earlier that year. To say this girl is awesome is an understatement.

Two female freshmen from WVU’s rifle team (and Ginny Thrasher’s teammates), Morgan Phillips and Milica Babic, won individual in smallbore and air rifle at the 2017 NCAA Rifle Championships.

These ladies are amazing because they are inspirations for all young girls out there!

Double trap and skeet champion Kim Rhode earned her sixth Olympic medal in Rio, a bronze in skeet. Fellow shotgun shooter Corey Cogdell followed suit, earning a bronze in women’s trap.

Competitive shooting events like 3-Gun, IDPA, USPSA, steel matches and other disciplines are showcasing female stars that routinely bring home titles with their incredible skills. Competitors like Gabby Franco, Jessie Duff, Julie Golob, Maggie Reese, Janna Reeves and Lena Miculek have proven their mettle in competition and become the faces of the companies that sponsor them.

And we can’t leave out hunting! There are more woman hunters out there than ever before, with a gradual growth of 3.3 percent from 2006 to 2015.

Eva Shockey, Tiffany Lakosky, Nicole Jones, Shemane Nugent, and Junie Pack all host popular hunting programs that take views with them on their hunts and lifestyles.

Many others are creating a business out of hunting. Ladies like Jen and Norissa, who founded Girls With Guns Clothing to outfit women in the shooting sports.

And there inspirations like Peggy Farrell who, for two decades, has led Becoming an Outdoors Woman, a Wisconsin-based non-profit program that’s introduced thousands of women to hunting by teaching them beginner’s outdoor skills.

And we don’t want to forget about the activists for the Second Amendment.

Dana LoeschJenn JacquesKimberly CorbanAntonia Okafor, women who fight for what they believe in. They are truly an inspiration to all.

There are so, so many more that could be put on this list. These are just a small portion of women that enjoy and fight for the Second Amendment.

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