Accuracy, Power & Speed: Defensive Handgun Training At Its Best

This is an excerpt from an article by Sheriff Jim Wilson in the October 2007 issue of Shooting Times:

“In addition, attending a defensive handgun school may seem like a ‘guy thing’ to many women. Nothing could be further from the truth. Women should not allow such a false notion to keep them from seeking this valuable, life-saving training.

One of the Gunsite rangemasters is Ms. Il Ling New, and she had this to say, ‘I’m 5 feet, 4 inches tall and weigh 120 pounds, and I’m not particularly strong. If I can do it, you can. If you’ve ever cut through a watermelon or a turkey, you have the strength to operate a pistol.’

Il Ling went on to say that some women fear they will hold the class back. She quickly pointed out that women are rarely last in the class. Instead, they tend to listen more intently and have far less ego involved in their performance. ‘Because most women don’t pay attention to how their classmates are shooting–much less try to compete with them–they tend to focus on their own performance and, thus, improve faster,’ she said.

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