At a young age, Annie Oakley proved to America that women could be just as talented with firearms as men.
Women are better at shooting rifles than men. When I first heard this statement, I thought the speaker was being more than a bit overzealous. I mean, how often do you see a professional female shooter? Gun shows like Top Shot recognize one or two each year. When I first became interested in firearms, I didn’t know a single other woman who owned a gun. In fact, even now I can only count a few among my girl friends who have shot a gun more than once. However, just because few women participate in firearm sports, doesn’t mean that women aren’t talented shooters. Science proves that women hold a distinct advantage in long-distance shooting.
Why are women good long-distance shooters?
Our bodies are built differently than men. In sports like football this may be a disadvantage, but for sports like mountain climbing and long-distance shooting, our unique body structure actually works as a benefit. Wider hips and a lower distribution of weight provide women with more balance and control. According to expert marksman (or markswoman) Launi Mieli, head coach of the Air Force Academy rifle team and the only American woman to win an Olympic gold in small-bore rifle, “Women have a lower center of gravity and I think that gives them a distinct advantage in shooting from the standing position. I think they have better balance.”
Right side photo At a young age, Annie Oakley proved to America that women could be just as talented with firearms as men.
Margaret Thompson Murdock (1942-Present)
As an American competitor in the small-bore rifle event at the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games, Murdock competed in the same events as the men. When she tied her American teammate Lanny Bassham, the judges awarded the gold to Bassham and silver to Murdock. She is the first woman to win an Olympic medal in a shooting event. For the most part, Olympic shooting events have been segregated by gender ever since.
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Quotes About Women Shooting
Some among the staff at Impact Guns, where every employee has a
said women tend to outshoot men.
“Women tend to be better shots,” said Darin Kendall, store manager. “It’s their dexterity, patience, better hand-eye coordination.”
Justin Hall, one of Kendall’s salesmen, agreed. “My wife has shot more deer than I have.”
“Lots of gun enthusiasts have noticed women are naturally better shooters,” Kendall said. “Especially among new shooters, when a husband and wife come in together.”
“We’re good,” agreed Cindy Boccia, Box Elder Well Armed Woman member, from Huntsville.
“We focus more about the little things, about learning,” she said. “We want it to be perfect. Where a guy just wants to load and shoot. … I don’t like to put it this way, but there’s a certain level of ego with men.”