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The WON’s publisher’s, Barbara Baird’s blog.

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Outdoor Gear Review: Girls with Guns Clothing Rain Wear

I recently purchased the Girls with Guns Clothing rain wear jacket and pants. Designed by the team of Jen O’Hara and Norissa Harman (founders of GWG Clothing), the set comes in a new camo pattern called “Shade,” which is subtle and attractive. I decided to put it to the test when Winter Storm Petra arrived […]

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Feb 25, 2019
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Gabby Franco’s New Role: Brand Ambassador for Walther Arms

You may recall Gabby Franco from her first public appearance in the History Channel’s “Top Shot,” season 4 in 2012, where she made it to the final stage of the competition (the only woman ever to do so). Before her debut to the American stage, Gabby was the first female shooter to represent Venezuela in […]

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Jan 28, 2019
Arkansas duck hunt Mississippi teal
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Women’s Arkansas to Mississippi Duck Hunt

It seemed a fitting way to end 2018. Invited to tag along on an official Shoot Like A Girl, The Sisterhood Of The Outdoors’ annual duck hunt, I decided to pack up the car and head south for hunt with some women whom I knew would make the trip worth it. Sponsored by Remington Outdoor […]

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Jan 22, 2019
Vera Koo The Most Unlikely Champion is the story of a petite Chinese-American woman, wife, mother and grandmother and her run to the top as a world title holder in the sport of Action Pistol Shooting.
Girl Wash Your Waders
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Girl, Wash Your Waders!

As tempting as it might be to get your waders off after a fishing trip or duck hunt and forget about them in a closet, it’s necessary to wash your waders before storing them.  I hunted ducks in Arkansas and Mississippi right after Christmas. My waders, between hunts, got a wash with well water as […]

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Jan 16, 2019
CZ SCTP Shotguns made for females Landing Page
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Interview with Firearms Trainer Vicki Farnam

Vicki Farnam is a household name in the world of gun training. Having been in the firearms industry for more than 25 years, this vivacious grandmother teaches alongside her well-known husband, John Farnam. Together they own Defense Training International, a business that trains law enforcement as well as civilians in the skills of self-defense. Vicki […]

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Dec 28, 2018
Small in size but huge on home defense capability, the Model 870 Tac-14 delivers devastating, threat-stopping power to protect your home and family.
Remington Ultra Light Commander
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Review: Two Remington R1 1911 Commanders for Winter Concealed Carry

I don’t switch out guns like I change my shoes. However, I like to have a few guns to choose from for my concealed carry options, and have tended to choose smaller framed versions that I can easily conceal in inside-the-waistband holsters. With winter coming in strong, and with the purchase of 2 new longer-length […]

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Dec 27, 2018
Ruger Precision Rifles, Rugged Reliable Firearms. Ruger precision rifles are purpose-built to distance itself from the typical long range rifle.
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Outdoor Wildlife Organizations Worth a Dime and Your Time

It’s that most WONderful time of the year – which is one the line of my favorite holiday songs. Indeed, this is the time of year when we receive gifts from friends and family. Sometimes, that may come in the form of cold, hard cash. With the New Year coming, and with some extra money […]

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Barbara Baird
Dec 24, 2018
Springfield Armory XDE. The best elements of the world-renowned XD® Series condensed into an intuitive, comfortable and accurate pistol.
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Fairies and Firearms Part 3: Driven Shooting and the World of Beaters

In this final part of the series titled “Fairies and Firearms,” where we travel from then Isle of Skye in Scotland to Worcestershire in England and then, over to the west, to Yorkshire, you will see what it means to go on a proper British pheasant driven shooting experience. They don’t call them hunts. Hunts […]

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Dec 18, 2018
NSSF National Shooting Sports Foundation
Crimson Trace Tactical Light CWL-202
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Crimson Trace Tactical Light Indoor Drills

The AR platform is popular for personal/home defense. Crimson Trace recently introduced an aftermarket tactical light, the CWL-202, for rail-equipped long guns. We are going to kick off a series of how-to articles that feature one of the country’s top trainers giving us recommendations on how to use Crimson Trace products. We’ll begin with the […]

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Nov 30, 2018
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Retro WON: Adventure Galore with Rappelling and BASE Jumping

Babbs went up high to get the down low on BASE jumping off and on the New River Bridge in West Virginia.

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Nov 1, 2018
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Tisma Juett and the Road to Riding Motorcycles

Many people are used to seeing photos of Tisma Juett, manager of Inclusion & Outreach for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, in firearms industry publications. Look out, world! This firecracker of a woman recently realized her lifelong dream of owning and riding a motorcycle.   “When I was 18 years old, I signed up for the […]

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Oct 24, 2018
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Retro WON: Take Your Kids Junking This Weekend

Babbs details why junking is healthy for the whole family.

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Aug 30, 2018
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Review: A Snappy RFID Option from Gun Tote’n Mamas CCW Bags

People want to take my purse. They don’t want it for its contents inside, they want it for the bag itself. The bag? It’s a Gun Tote’n Mamas distressed buffalo leather CCW, cross-body bag with a snap-open front flap.    Sponsored by Gun Tote’n Mamas The RFID thing Introduced into the “Cinnamon line” last year, […]

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Jul 30, 2018
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Adventure: Outdoors in the Ozark Mountains

Last May, several outdoor writers came to one of the most beautiful places in the Ozarks – Big Cedar Lodge, in Ridgedale, Missouri. Bass Pro Shops and Toyota hosted the event, “Outdoors in the Ozark Mountains,” that featured a wide range of outdoor activities, and kicked off with a day onsite at the new Johnny […]

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Jul 5, 2018
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BaseMap and Trail Cameras

I live on an old cattle ranch in the Ozarks that we manage for deer these days. That means, we work with several game cameras – at last count, 8 – to keep track of how the herd is doing. Currently, we’re watching fawns show up as singles or doubles with their moms. Because The […]

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Barbara Baird
Jun 25, 2018
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Gun Review: Remington Model 870 Tac-14

Last year, Remington Arms Company rolled out a line of pump-action firearms featuring 14-inch barrels, no stocks, no pistol grips and measuring slightly longer than 26 inches. The line included a model 870 in 12 gauge, followed by its little brother, the 20-gauge Tac-14. How does a firearms manufacturer design and build these sorts of […]

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Jun 14, 2018
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The Accidental Ozarkian: Portraits of Courage at Wonders of Wildlife

You know how sometimes you read about something and you want to see it? You hope that someday you’ll see it? That started for me when I was a girl, when I read about Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa,” housed at the Louvre Museum in Paris. Then, I saw it. I read about Lewis and Clark’s […]

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Jun 4, 2018
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Memorial Day remembrance … I love that boy, too

Memorial Day, when we look back at why we love other people’s kids who gave all.

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May 27, 2018
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On the Hunt in Colorado for Merriam’s Monsters

By the time we reached Colorado for the last piece in our Grand Slam attempt for wild turkeys last year, Jessica Kallam and I felt defeated. We’d suffered through sweat-lodge blinds in Florida for days on end, with her never seeing a bird, and me taking a shot (and missing) at a turkey that was […]

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May 14, 2018
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R.I.P., R. Lee Ermey

One of the perks of this gun writing gig is that I get to meet interesting icons. R. Lee Ermey was one. You may remember him from “Full Metal Jacket,” or as Dr. House’s dad, John, in “House,” or from a collection of other popular movies and TV shows. He hosted 2 shows on the […]

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Apr 16, 2018
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Gun Tote’n Mamas New Lineup for 2018

I remember when I met Claudia Chisholm, president of Gun Tote’n Mamas, at her first-ever SHOT Show many years ago. It’s a pleasure to have followed the journey of this woman-owned company as it has evolved from a luggage maker into one of the country’s prominent manufacturers of women’s (and men’s) concealed carry bags. Let’s […]

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Barbara Baird
Apr 6, 2018
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Crimson Trace and the Women’s Firearms Market

We are delighted to welcome Crimson Trace, maker of fine laser sights and tactical lighting accessories for firearms, to a new partnership. Crimson Trace is the #1 manufacturer of laser sights and lights in America, for several reasons.   Sponsored by Crimson Trace Throughout the years, we have noticed that Crimson Trace includes women in […]

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Apr 3, 2018
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On Fairies and Firearms

This is way overdue. I spent a fabulous 2 weeks in the United Kingdom last fall, and although I think about those experiences almost daily, I have yet to put them down in writing – except for the sea glass outing, where I met a local sea glass artist on the Isle of Skye, Rosie […]

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Barbara Baird
Apr 2, 2018
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It’s the Little Things from SENTRY Products Group

We are delighted to welcome SENTRY Products Group to our team here at Women’s Outdoor News. Here’s why. Sponsored by SENTRY Products Group I just slipped past another decade of life last weekend and the older I get, the more I realize it’s the little things that make a difference, and I’m talking tangible and […]

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Mar 27, 2018
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Meet the Family of Tac-14s from Remington

Barbara Baird reviews Remington’s new family of Tac-14s. The perfect firearms to add to your collection for personal defense purposes.

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Feb 27, 2018
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Gun Review: Volquartsen Firearms Scorpion

When Barbara Baird spends time shooting the Volquartsen Scorpion she knows it’s a keeper. Sponsored by Volquartsen Firearms.

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Feb 23, 2018
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A Muley to Remember

I’ve been hunting whitetail deer for several years now, and frankly, although I remember all the hunts, some of the details have faded over time. I don’t think the details of this hunt, my first mule deer hunt, will ever leave. It started strangely and as you’ll see, ended in a way I could never […]

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Feb 5, 2018
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PC M&P 40 with Ported Barrel Review: ‘Is .40 the new 9?’

Barbara Baird takes the Performance Center M&P 40 with Ported Barrel out to the range and poses the question, “Is .40 the new 9?” Sponsored by Liberty Safe.

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Jan 29, 2018
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RetroWON: How to Make a Shotgun-Shell, Lighted Wreath

We liked the shotgun shell lighted wreath so much over at Girls Guide to Guns that we decided to make a knock-off — with greenery and extra lights, a mini-schnauzer and a fine bottle of Chardonnay thrown into the mix.

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Nov 16, 2017
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The V3 and Me on a Dove Hunt, Texas Style

Find out what happened when Babbs spent a few days in Texas on a dove hunt with her Remington V-3 field sport.

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Oct 9, 2017
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