As women, we talk about wanting a ladies’ night at the range. While some ranges do days that offer special pricing for women, my home range took this one step farther. They hosted a Ladies’ Night at the Range where it truly was Ladies’ night. The proceeds from this night were to go towards stocking stuffers, etc for children who will spend Christmas in domestic abuse shelters. They had only 2 men there during this event and that was only to help get women through the line and paid so they could shoot. They had women trainers/shooters and RSOs there to help that night. There were even snacks and water provided.
I had the privilege of being a part of this awesome event. I was asked by the wife of the owner if I would be willing to come and help out with keeping the range safe as well as offering advice and help to those women new to shooting. I happily accepted. I mean, who wouldn’t want to be part of an event that is catered to women learning to shoot or just enjoying a night with a group of ladies who are interested in the same thing. There were also some ladies who are part of a local The Well Armed Woman chapter that came and helped out as well.
The interest that this event generated on Facebook reached over 400 women! That was so awesome to see.
On the night of the event, women started showing up and the lines were long. The range was full and the lobby area was as well. It was an amazing sight to see. The women that came to shoot were from all different backgrounds, age ranges, experience levels, and were not just one race. It was truly a beautiful sight seeing all these women together for a common purpose.
I would say that about 75% maybe more, of the women in attendance were new to shooting. There were lots of opportunities for education and empowerment throughout the night. The 2.5 hours that this event went on flew by! Watching women learning to shoot and seeing the joy and pride when they improved their shots and gained confidence was wonderful.
This ladies’ night event was such a success. Not only in getting women comfortable with shooting, but in regards to others who benefited as a result. There were a total of 41 women who came. This totaled $300 to go towards stuffing those kids stockings this Christmas. Due to the success of the event, it was decided that we would do this bi-monthly. Our next one is in December and the proceeds will go to a local organization, Brittany’s Place. It is a safe harbor and shelter for girls and young ladies, ages 10-17, who have been sexually exploited or trafficked. In addition, they will be collecting items to go in baskets to meet the immediate needs of the girls entering the program as well as those transitioning out.
This event left my heart so very full. It was an honor to be part of such a wonderful event like this. Helping women in more ways than one.
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