Guns Open Doors Of Opportunity
Gun World|September 2017

A Shooting Competition In Russia Emphasizes The Importance Of Freethinking And How It Opens The Door For Women Shooters.

Becky Yackley

Women the world over face many of the same challenges and want the same things: to be respected and to live free and safe.

Living free often means thinking free, and for women, that’s not always easy. I think Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy summed it up well with these words:

“Freethinkers are those who are willing to use their minds without prejudice and without fearing to understand things that clash with their own customs, privileges, or beliefs. This state of mind is not common, but it is essential for right thinking … ”

I just spent a couple weeks seeing the results of freethinking as I traveled to Russia to compete in the first-ever IPSC Rifle World Shoot. Some of the stories from women I met on this trip resonate with me because of the similarities to stories I see from women the world over. These are women who think freely and ignore what is commonly accepted and participate in a sport that is uncommon as a whole—but even more so for females.

These are women who are involved in a sport that is historically considered a man’s sport: shooting guns. But these women embody qualities that, above all else, make them strong. They use tools that are generally not considered “feminine” but have turned them into tools to open doors for themselves. Some of those doors are bigger than others; some are more important than others. But the overarching theme is that women who compete with firearms tend to embody qualities that we would like any adult to have, but especially women; qualities such as self-sufficiency, strength, tenacity and responsibility.

TEACH YOUR DAUGHTERS WELL

Just as with any tool, learning to use a gun is important. And who our teachers are impacts the way we use that tool. If we paint a picture but are only taught to paint with three colors, our picture is limited. If we have a palette with more options, we can paint something richer and deeper.

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

MORE STORIES FROM GUN WORLDView All

Lever Guns

AS AMERICAN AS APPLE PIE AND BASEBALL

4 mins read
Gun World
February 2018

MGM Targets: Banging Steel

Paper targets are great, but that can get boring after a while, even for the most dedicated shooter. Nothing is as fun as hitting steel targets, and few things are more satisfying as squeezing the trigger, the gun firing, then … wait for it …. wait for it … that sound of lead hitting steel. That’s music to the ears—like the sound of the Liberty Bell.

2 mins read
Gun World
February 2018

The Renaissance Rifle

THE HENRY BIG BOY ALL-WEATHER OFFERS UP TRUE VERSATILITY LIKE NO OTHER RIFLE.

8 mins read
Gun World
September 2017

Return Of The Snake

COLT HAS REINTRODUCED THE COBRA, AND THIS SNUBNOSE MIGHT BE THE COMPANY’S BEST ONE YET.

6 mins read
Gun World
September 2017

Ammo Of A Higher Caliber

CHOOSING THE BEST CALIBER AND BULLET TYPE FOR DEFENSIVE AMMO CAN BE A CONFUSING PROSPECT.

4 mins read
Gun World
September 2017

S&W's Superb 6.5

SMITH & WESSON’S M&P10 RIFLE GETS THE PERFORMANCE CENTER TREATMENT AND EMERGES, CHAMBERED IN 6.5 CREEDMOOR, READY TO GO THE DISTANCE.

6 mins read
Gun World
September 2017

The Ruger 10 Mil

Just as everyone is down-chambering 1911s to 9mm, the sr1911 goes 10mm ... For when follow-up shots aren’t an option. 

9 mins read
Gun World
September 2017

Guns Open Doors Of Opportunity

A Shooting Competition In Russia Emphasizes The Importance Of Freethinking And How It Opens The Door For Women Shooters.

5 mins read
Gun World
September 2017

30-Something

Why Your Search For The Perfect Big Rifle Can Start—and End—with The .30.

8 mins read
Gun World
September 2017

Breaking Products And Deadlines

Confessions of a product test junkie

4 mins read
Gun World
September 2017
RELATED STORIES

Pictographs of Hate

Moderating emojis is a technical challenge, but critics say Facebook and Twitter make it too hard

5 mins read
Bloomberg Businessweek
September 20, 2021

Don't be a ghost

Any of these alternatives are better than leaving them on read...

5 mins read
Girls' Life magazine
October/November 2021

RUSSIA URGES APPLE, GOOGLE TO REMOVE NAVALNY APP FROM STORES

Russia’s state communications watchdog warned Apple and Google on Thursday that they could face fines if they fail to remove an app created by allies of jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny from their stores.

3 mins read
Techlife News
Techlife News #514

Who Comes Next?

The race to succeed Germany’s Angela Merkel pits caution against boldness

10+ mins read
Bloomberg Businessweek
August 23, 2021

RUSSIA BLAMES SPACE STATION LAB INCIDENT ON SOFTWARE FAILURE

A Russian space official blamed a software problem on a newly docked science lab for briefly knocking the International Space Station out of position.

2 mins read
AppleMagazine
AppleMagazine #510

RUSSIA FINES GOOGLE FOR VIOLATING DATA STORAGE LAW

A Moscow court ordered Google on Thursday to pay a fine of 3 million rubles (roughly $41,000) for refusing to store the personal data of Russian users on servers in Russia, a move that is part of the government’s longstanding effort to tighten its grip on online activity.

1 min read
Techlife News
Techlife News #509

RUSSIAN LAB MODULE DOCKS WITH SPACE STATION AFTER 8-DAY TRIP

Russia’s long-delayed lab module successfully docked with the International Space Station on Thursday, eight days after it was launched from the Russian space launch facility in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

1 min read
Techlife News
Techlife News #509

Keeping It REAL

GOING STRAIGHT FROM THE PITCH TO THE TELEVISION STUDIO, TIM HOWARD IS SMOOTHLY MAKING THE TRANSITION FROM WORLD CLASS GOALKEEPER TO ASTUTE ANALYST

10 mins read
Inked
March 2021

LABRADORITE A Feldspar Mineral with a Rainbow Inside

Collectors often dig labradorite as a colorful rock, but it is actually a mineral, not a rock. It is one of a half dozen varieties of feldspar divided into two groups that make up the crust of the earth. One group is the potassium feldspars, including microcline. The other group is a plagioclase feldspar, including labradorite.

7 mins read
Rock&Gem Magazine
June 2021

PENTAGON TO STEALTH FOES: BRING IT ON!

Preps for cyberwar as rogue nations chisel away

3 mins read
National Enquirer
May 31, 2021