We had so much fun last year when some women from Ruger Arms came to visit us here in the Ozarks, that we had to repeat again this year; thus, the “part deux.”. And this year, instead of blowing stuff up, we shot even more guns and tried out the new Ruger Precision Rifle at 200 yards. We also visited an antiques shop and the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum at Bass Pro Shops, in Springfield, Mo. We stopped in to visit with 5th graders at the WOLF school, too.
The ladies from Ruger spend their own dime and vakay time to head our way every year, and once again, Marti Davis joined us. This year, TeamWON’s Stacy Bright also appeared and worked with the shooters on the line. After all, both she and Marti are certified NRA instructors and Range Safety Officers. It’s always great to have extra eyes and ears at any range anytime. And that’s not all … Sarah, from Gray Loon Marketing, came over and so did TeamWON’s squirrel cook-off competitor, Jackie.
A trip to southwest Missouri is never complete without a stop at a junque (aka, antiques) store, and the good folks at ComeOnIn Antiques in Seymour, Mo., did not disappoint. I love this photo because the women had no idea what lay inside in store for them. All done up in creepy, this store highlighted Halloween to the tee — with doll parts in jars and a complete line of medical equipment that looked, well, torturous.
Read more about Wolf School in Marti Davis’s column, “Students learn about the outdoors at the Wonders of the Ozarks Learning Facility.”
RUGER Guns and why they work well for women
We shot several of Ruger’s handguns, which are ideal for women. Follow the links to get the complete specs on each model. Please know that we don’t recommend any firearms here at The WON, unless we’ve tried them and like them.
One of the most popular carry guns in the U.S., the LC9’s small grip and light weight appeal to women — especially for on-the-body carry, since it will not print easily. Because it is so popular (because it is reliable), it’s easy to find great holsters from several companies for it. This is a running gun, a hiking gun, a fishing gun. It needs to accompany its new owner everywhere it legally can go and be at the ready. A larger person would want this one as a back up gun, in an ankle holster. The photo above features the gun with a LaserMax centerfire laser in green.
Learn more about the Ruger LC9.
The perfect little plinker, the SR 22 fits comfortably in small- to medium-size hands. I like the balance of the gun, and will be using it to instruct in NRA courses in the future, for first-time shooters who don’t need to be scared by the noise or recoil of a gun.
Learn more about the Ruger SR 22.
MSRP: $415 to $449
I shot this gun hundreds of times while at a special Ruger-sponsored event in the desert, at the prestigious Gunsite Academy in Arizona. It never failed, never malfunctioned and has yet to do so — 2 years later. For women who want a target gun or carry gun in 9mm, check this one out today.
Learn more about the Ruger SR9.
Publisher/Editor Barbara Baird is a freelance writer in hunting, shooting and outdoor markets. She is a contributing editor at "SHOT Business," and her bylines are found at several top hunting and shooting publications. She also is a travel writer, and you can follow her at ozarkian.com. View all posts by Barbara Baird