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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!”

To Reload or Not to Reload?

Steel Shoot - Rawlins, WY

I had never intended to be reloading when I first started shooting monthly revolver matches.  That turned into shooting the regional matches and eventually also shooting action pistol and some IPSC matches.   I quickly found it was very easy for me to go through 1,000 rounds every few weeks, depending upon the frequency of my shoots.

Steel Shoot - Rawlins, WY

For a novice shooter, I thought if I wanted to continue, I needed to learn how to reload to make this more economical.  I was fortunate enough to have several master class shooters and others at my local range who were all more than happy to assist in getting me started.  I knew nothing about reloading or how much I was about to learn!

While there are many modern and efficient reloading presses available, I started with an old Star Reloader found online that needed a little “TLC” to get up and running.   I was thrilled to start with anything.   I moved two old work benches to the basement and before long had a “reloading” work center.   With the Star mounted to the bench, I loaded up on .38 brass, small pistol primers and the powder recommended to me. 

9mm Brass Fresh From the Tumbler

Through this process, I discovered there are different bullet weights, powders, primers, etc., which all relate to one another for achieving proper power factor to function properly in the revolver you are loading for.  The amount of powder used, the overall length of the bullet seating, proper crimp and how to adjust all of these on your reloader are just a few of the minor, but very important, details not to be overlooked. 

Loading sounded complicated and you certainly wanted to be precise about it.  Don’t be afraid to ask for help from an experienced reloader, as I did many times.  That was how I learned and am still learning when presented with a “fussy” press issue.  Stop and ask.

Dillon 650XL Press

I later acquired another new press that I keep set up for 9mm loading.  Another little learning curve there, but it is so satisfying for me to know that I can do this … no running out of ammo before the next big shoot!