Handgun Shooting Basics For Women In Arizona

Women And Handgun Shooting Arizona AZ

Woman Shotgun ShooterShooting is most definitely a thrilling hobby, as well as a means of protecting oneself. There is an extraordinary adrenaline rush, and a sense of pride, and then you do it over again. It’s incredibly exciting. It’s important that women become comfortable using firearms in Arizona, since guns are some of the best means of protecting themselves against intruders and attackers. One of the best ways to go about turning shooting into a hobby, rather than something strictly for self-defense is to learn about recreational shooting activities in Arizona, There is Practical Shooting; IDPA shooting that simulates self-defense and real life style encounters.

There is Shotgun competitions, Then there is the extremely exciting sport of 3 – Gun Shooting where your shoot a sporting rifle usually built on an AR – platform, a Shotgun, and an semi-auto pistol. There are also; Action, Silhouette, and Precision shooting competitions. If this is not enough there are also several very specific types of shooting competitions where just Rifles and Shotguns are used. 

New Women Shooters; Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun: What’s the Difference In Arizona?

Julie, Top Woman CompetitorIt can be a bit confusing to keep these terms separate, especially when you’re in conversation with a gun expert in Arizona who just prattles on and on! When you’re trying to figure out which type of firearm would work best for your home and/or personal self-defense, it’s important to be able to make an informed decision. Here’s a quick run-down to help you out:

A handgun is a firearm designed to be handheld, in either one or both hands. This can be a Pistol (Semi-auto) or a revolver. Handguns are much more suited to home and especially for personal defense. This is what you would carry around during your daily activities if you get a concealed carry permit in Arizona. The barrel is much shorter than both a rifle and shotgun, as it’s designed to be held with one or both hands, rather than placed against your shoulder. Most pistol barrels are grooved in a similar manner to that of rifles.

Rifles and Shotguns for New Women Shooters In Arizona

A rifle is a firearm designed to be fired from the shoulder, A rifle barrel is long and has thick walls with spiral grooves cut into the bore. This grooved pattern is referred to as “rifling”. This is one of the best guns for shooting recreationally. With the proper training in Arizona and choice of a rifle such as one on an AR – Platform it can be used for both sport and home defense. Rifles are very versatile and it is highly recommended that any woman wanting to learn to shoot a handgun should seriously consider adding a rifle into her training program.

A shotgun (also known as a scattergun and pepper gun,) is a firearm that is usually designed to be fired from the shoulder, which uses the energy of a fixed shell to fire a number of small spherical pellets called shot, or a solid projectile called a slug. The shotgun barrel is long and made of thin steel that is smooth on the inside to allow the shot to glide down the barrel without friction since it doesn’t have to withstand quite as much pressure. It’s similar to that of a rifle barrel. This is good for home defense in Arizona, but be careful of your surroundings. Often, the sound alone of a shotgun “Racking” is formidable enough to make an intruder think twice.

This page outlines just the very basics of the types of firearms in Arizona that may be best suited for you. Happy shooting!

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The Arizona state constitution states: The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself or the State shall not be impaired, but nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing individuals or corporations to organize, maintain, or employ an armed body of men.

Arizona residents who are at least 21 years old can carry a concealed weapon without a permit as of July 29, 2010. Arizona is only the third state in recent U.S. history that allows the carrying of concealed firearm without a CCW permit, and it is the first state with a large urban population to make this move. (The other two states are Alaska and Vermont.)

Arizona is classified as a "shall issue" state, which means if an individual meets all the legal requirements the CCW issuing authority MUST issue the CCW Permit.  Even though Arizona law allows concealed carry by adults without a CCW permit, concealed carry permits are still available and issued by the Concealed Weapons Permit Unit of the Arizona Department of Public Safety for purposes of reciprocity with other states or for carrying firearms in certain regulated places.

Also, No state permit is required to possess a shotgun, rifle (Or handgun.) Arizona does have a list of restricted areas, building, and activities that do not allow the carrying of firearm. Although no CCW permit is required to carry concealed if you are stopped by any law enforcement officer and fail to notify them immediately upon initial contact that you are carrying a concealed weapon you can and will be arrested and charged with a felony.

In a very bold move Gov. Jan Brewer recently signed two gun laws. One would forbid cities and counties from destroying weapons they obtained through gun-buyback programs. Instead, they must resell them so that guns purchased by police departments to get them off the streets will then be put right back on the streets.

Governor Brewer and other supporters of this brilliant bit of lawmaking say they think local governments should be able to make money off the guns. The true reason was more honestly stated in a letter from the National Rifle Association on April 22 that said “this measure would ensure that taxpayer resources are not utilized to pursue a political agenda of destroying firearms.” To learn more about Arizona gun law go to our home page on US Precision Defense. 

Gun Control Facts: California is the Most Anti-Gun, Arizona the Most Pro-Gun! Recently in response to a gun law signed into law the governor’s office stated they received more than 1900 pleas for Governor Brewer to sign the new law, The effort was organized by the Arizona Citizens Defense League. On the other hand the Governor’s office reported that they only received twenty-five messages in favor of a veto.  

Arizona lawmakers are taking aim at President Obama's gun control policies with a new bill. "It's basically thanks but no thanks to the Federal Government for things that infringe on our 2nd Amendment rights" said co-sponsor of the bill Rep. Steve Smith. President Obama knows state laws can't override federal laws but thinks it might be enough to force any stricter gun laws to court. "When if so obviously goes against what our citizens want the states are compelled to take these steps and I think it's up for discussion." The bill would also make Arizona exempt from any new federal restrictions on semi-automatic firearms and magazines and new registration rules. If passed you can bet on this one is going all the way to the US Supreme Court for states’ rights!

The states that we considered to be the top of our list of pro-gun states were Arizona, Vermont, Alaska, Utah, and Kentucky. These days, it’s becoming more difficult for gun owners across the country to find safe haven, as the powers that be at both the federal and state levels begin introducing a quagmire of anti-gun legislation hindering the rights of law-abiding citizens, and yes even in Arizona there are those liberals that are determined to get Arizona’s laws changed, yet as long as the citizens stand up for their rights as they have, and they keep elected officials like Governor Brewer in office Arizona will remain the number 1 ranked state for gun owners’ rights.

There is one drawback to Arizona’s “Constitutional Carry” laws and that some states such as Nevada has cancelled their reciprocity agreements with Arizona as there is no qualification (shooting at the range and acquiring a score for marksmanship) to obtain a CCW permit. Nevada and some other states will only maintain reciprocity agreements with states that require a firearms proficiency test. To see where an Arizona CCW permit is accepted go to our “Home” page and view our on-line reciprocity maps for every state in the U.S.