By Lucretia Free
I showed these two pictures of myself on the range to various women who shoot. Invariably, the shooters with experience shook their heads and said something along the lines of “improper grip”. Newer, less experienced shooters said, “Looks good!” I submit this post to tease out the significant chasm between those who know … and those who don’t know.
But I’m getting ahead of myself.
Like many of you, I didn’t grow up around guns. My father gave strict orders that the rifle in his closet was not to be touched. Many years later as an adult, I went to the range and fell in love with shooting and with the fantastic women I have met in the industry and on ranges.
I founded The American Woman Shooter, and while I do not have the credentials today to teach women or start an instructor-led gun club, I do know how to pull a publication together with the best bonus of all – the privilege of working with women all across the country who do have those gifts and talents
I was fortunate enough to be included as a “gamechanger” in the Field and Stream August issue. A friend, not connected to the industry, took a photo of me at an outdoor range for the article. I chose a few I thought represented the spirit of the article.
Whenever you are the subject of a photograph for a publication, the most important aspects to consider are the fundamentals that you’re exhibiting and of course, safety. Your stance and grip must technically correct – just as in any other sport. In the gun industry, it is paramount to abide by the rules. Why?
First, you don’t want anyone imitating an incorrect style that you just modeled. It could literally be life threatening depending on the situation. Second, there are women on wh
ose shoulders I stand who worked hard to ensure that they, and future women, be taken seriously.
I wasn’t mindful enough of these issues as I made my selection of photos. As a result, a poor photo diminished a well-done article that is not just about me, but also about the meaningful strides made by women everywhere who care about guns.
So, to my experienced shooting sisters, I say to you that I get it. This was not an inconsequential oversight. Know I understand. Know that I hear you and have made the correction in both attitude and preparedness.
To fellow shooters with less experience like me, I expose my embarrassment and my invaluable lesson. Now you know, too.
Let’s move forward.