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This Isn’t Your Ma’s Dinner Party!

Ok, this might not be the image you conjure in your mind when the word “camp” is mentioned….

Babes With Bullets Camp, Steamboat Springs, CO June 2012

What happened to dinner?!

  Steamboat Springs was host to another Babes With Bullets Camp, www.babeswithbullets.com, last month.  Smith & Wesson, www.smith-wesson.com, is the primary sponsor of the camps as you can see by the camp loaner guns, which are M&P 9mms, provided by S&W, equipped with our HIVIZ sights. 

 

  The camp had 30 women in attendance, anywhere from 20 years old to their mid- 60s.  We had beginners who had never touched a gun just wanting to get started, to a few competitors wanting to hone their skills, and some with personal life experiences that brought them to camp wanting to learn more about safe gun handling.   As always, the “dream-team” of instructors were there!   IPSC style shooting was the focus, first day is simple gun handling, safety, holster use, etc. before the ladies are moved on to “Bill Drills”, transitioning between targets, and movement and timing on regular IPSC stages.

           
“Back to the line for you!”

  And no, this wasn’t a camper trying to sneak off the line.  Camp Director, Deb Ferns was getting a little encouragement /pat on the back for a job well done from Instructor Judy Wooley.  

Our “Princess” bullseye shooter for the day!

  Deb makes sure the ladies have fun during their instruction and of course there is a “Princess” Bullseye shooter title to be had for the lady with the tightest shot group.

With a view like this, who cares what the accommodations look like!

  Of course our accommodations were over the top here also, but with views like this who would have cared? 

  The camps are a great avenue for women wanting to get some intensive training from the elite shooters like Kay Miculek and Lisa Munson, and a host of other top shooting instructors on their team, with some quality equipment and accessories to learn on.

“Ma would be impressed!”
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Life on the Corporate Side of the Outdoor World

2011 NRA Show, Paul Pluff and Tony Miele from S&W and myself

I truly can’t complain!  I’ve worked in the shooting industry for the past twelve years with HIVIZ Shooting Systems www.hivizsights.com and what a journey it’s been!   Where else can you come to work and over the course of time go from having limited contact with guns growing up to reuglarly competing in shotgun and handgun events….and most recently first of two big game hunts:   one with an industry media gal, Deb Ferns www.thewoma.com, and the other with TNT Outdoor Explosion TV Host www.tntoutdoorexplosion.com and ProStaffer Marty Fischer.

The best of all of this are the contacts and friendships cultivated over the years.  The industry is like an extended family…and the many of the trade shows and competition shoots attended every year are like a huge reunion.  I meet all kinds of truly amazing people in this industry.  Each contact and friendship grows and shapes your existence. 

Is it all fun and glitz?  No, not really, but I wouldn’t trade my experiences for any other!  There is a lot of hard work put in behind the scenes and I subscribe to the philosphy that you get out of life what you put into it.   Countless hours behind the desk, sifting through accounts and sales data, trying to make heads and tails out of advertising, coordinating the trade show exhibits and travel arrangements, packing and unpacking crates, waiting in airports when airline schedules don’t go as planned…. I could go on, but you get the idea.  Do I wish I had done something different, heck no!  Would I ever like to try something else?  I love trying new things…cycling, scuba diving, flyfishing, big game hunting…. ahhh, but stories for another time.