My mom has two. My wife went with her the second time and got one as well.
From the archives: archive.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=1&f=13&t=216927
0900 hours, Saturday, 15 November. Location, The Halo Group. [:\]
My son, dvdtracker (he of the painted guns), has been bugging me to go shooting with him. Coming of age in the Vietnam era, I'm loathe to even touch a gun, but a promise is a promise and I caved in and told him "yes, I'll go shooting with you" figuring I could hold him off indefinitely. Not so. He sent me a link to The Halo Group's Free Introduction to Firearms for Women class so I jumped in with both hands and signed up.
I arrived at the course location a bit before 0900, zucchini bread in one hand to share with the class, oatmeal cookies in the other to share with the staff. I figured that no matter how badly I performed that day, staff wouldn't think I was a total failure (and yes, I'm a cook, not a rifleman). ;-)
I wasn't certain what to expect, but from the beginning we were put at ease about firearms; many of us had never even touched a gun prior to that day. The morning was a series of informal talks about various aspects of firearms, safety and Immediate Defense of Life Issues. We were introduced to several different handguns and learned the four cardinal rules of shooting.
After our lunch break the ten "students" were turned loose on the range, along with four instructors (whose names shall be omitted to protect the innocent). They must be the most patient men in the universe; they made everything seem like second nature (i.e., we felt like we had been shooting all our lives). This 54-year-old mother, wearing progressive bifocals that made it nearly impossible to focus on the front sights of the various handguns, actually hit my target nearly every time.
I'll never be a crack shot; I can't imagine asking my target to stand still while I attempt to focus through just the right spot on my bifocals, first on my target, and then on my front sight. I did come away from class knowing that if faced with a situation where I had to disable a handgun I could do so without shooting myself in the foot. This is one skill that should be taught to everyone, even if you never imagine that you'd be placed in a such a situation. Never say never.
This seminar (as opposed to an actual class) is held twice a year in the East Bay region of Northern California. Send a woman you care about to this seminar; deliver her personally if you must, but send her.
Special "thanks" go out to two people/groups: The Halo Group for putting on this FREE seminar, along with supplying everything needed (eyes, ears and weapons) and my son for sending me the information and urging me to attend. We're never to old to acquire new skills.
Hmmm, I wonder how much longer I can stall before I have to go shooting with Pete???
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