The gun totin’ gals of the Oklahoma City chapter of the A Girl & A Gun shooting club feel right at home on the gun range.
Every other Tuesday night at the H&H Shooting Sports Complex in Oklahoma City, the ladies get together for a social evening of fun, friendship and firing a few bullets.
The A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League was formed in Texas three years ago, and chapters are spreading across the country. The Oklahoma City chapter is the only one in the state and has more than 50 members.
Members of the Oklahoma City chapter come from all ages and all skill levels. Women join for different reasons. Some were already experienced shooters and even instructors. Others are new to the sport.
Some want to learn to use a gun primarily for self-defense reasons. Others just enjoy shooting recreationally. Some members of the club even compete in shooting contests, and others are hunters.
All of them, though, agree that being in a women’s only shooting club and learning from other female shooters is more comfortable for them than having the men around.
“Sometimes for a man to teach a woman to shoot, it’s a little intimidating,” said Stacy Card, 35, of Moore, who has been shooting for 21/2 years and is the chapter facilitator. “We just learn better from other women, I think.”
Card asked her father to take her to the gun range for the first time because she just wanted to give it try.
“I fell in love with it,” she said. “Before long, I was inviting a bunch of women from my church to come with me.”
Don and Vondilee McCurdy of Oklahoma City have been married 59 years. At age 77, Vondilee is the oldest member of the Oklahoma City chapter. Don heard about the women-only shooting club and persuaded his wife to join.
They have been shooting together about 10 years, and Vondilee owns a 9mm pistol. Don paid a police officer to teach her how to safely handle a gun and learn to shoot.
“Best $25 I ever spent,” Don said. “She liked to stay home and crochet, but I finally got her out (shooting) so we could do something together. It’s a sport we can enjoy together. Now, I have got her another gun ordered.”
Vondilee wasn’t gung ho about guns at first. She didn’t expect to like shooting a gun when she first pulled the trigger on one.
“I thought I would try it. I would give it a chance,” Vondilee said. “I didn’t know if I would last or not. But after I got started, I just kind of enjoyed it.”