Handgun Shooting Basics For Women In Florida

Women And Handgun Shooting Florida FL

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 Florida, 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 Florida, 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 Florida?

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 Florida 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 Florida. 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 Florida

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 Florida 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 Florida, 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 Florida that may be best suited for you. Happy shooting!

For More Information Pick Your State

Florida, The Florida state constitution states: “The right of the people to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves and of the lawful authority of the state shall not be infringed, except that the manner of bearing arms may be regulated by law.”    

A recent report from ABC News that in Florida, where there are more concealed weapons permits than anywhere else in the country, violent crime has dropped to the lowest point in Florida’s history, One prominent Florida 2nd amendment supporter was quoted as saying; “We’re happy to have facts and statistics put into these debates, because every time they do, we win,”.

Firearm related violent crimes in Florida have dropped by one-third in just four years, 2007 to 2011, while concealed carry permits jumped by over 90% percent in that period. Further, violent crime of any kind dropped almost as much, 26% percent. There were naysayers, but their voices are becoming muted as more and more states have adopted “shall-issue” carry laws and have seen their own crime rates drop as well. This rings very true in a quote by Robert A. Heinlein who wrote: "An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life".

This fits very well with Florida’s state constitution that has provisions specific to firearms that state: Article 1, Section 8. The legislature of the State of Florida, in a declaration of policy incorporated in its “Weapons and Firearms” statute, recognizes that adult citizens of the state retain their constitutional right to keep and bear firearms for hunting and sporting activities and for defense of self, family, home, and business and as collectibles.

Florida’s state constitution in regards to firearms is one of the broadest in scope in protecting its citizen’s rights to possess and bear arms in the defense of ones person, home, and property.  Florida was in recent years criticized for its liberal concealed Carry Laws and as time went on has now become lauded as the one of the leaders for other states to follow.

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Florida,  When Florida passed the first “shall-issue” law requiring authorities to issue concealed weapons permits to qualified citizens upon request in 1987, almost every critic warned that the Sunshine State would soon become the “Gunshine” State, with predictions of differences being settled by gun fights in the streets, and it would send crime rates soaring. The exact opposite has happened. All violent crimes are down by more than 26%, and homicide rates in Florida have dropped faster than the national average. No other state has had such a dramatic decrease.

There are now more than ONE MILLION concealed carry permit holders in Florida, many of whom have had their permits for many years. Across the country, approximately 40 other states have joined Florida in its decision to allow “shall-issue” permits to its citizens; the number of permit holders has reached nearly eight million, and is still climbing.  Support for a once-controversial view by recent studies showing that there is a direct correlation in declines in violent crime vs. the number of concealed carry permit holders is growing, even by liberals as they can’t fight the facts or the math….The truth is in the numbers. (Wonder why this is not being reported by the liberal media?)

Florida has reciprocity agreements with 34 other states allowing each other’s citizens to carry their concealed weapons in each other’s state. Florida has on the books already some very good laws pertaining to guns, who can own them, and the procedure which is: “Upon visiting a firearms dealer to buy a gun, you will be subject to a background check with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. After the background check has been completed and you have been approved, you can then purchase a gun; however, there will be a 72-hour waiting period before you are allowed to take the gun home if you are purchasing a handgun.” This procedure is fair and makes good sense and it is the same as in several other states.

Yet there are those that try and do anything they can to change good laws into bad ideas, such as: one Florida Democrat who want it so that if anyone who tries to buy ammunition will have to first complete an anger management program.  Florida state Sen. Audrey Gibson (D-Jacksonville) introduced a bill which stipulates ammunition purchasers must go through a three-day waiting period to buy any ammo if they have not completed anger management courses. The bill would mandate that ammo buyers take the anger management course every 10 years. (She must be talking to her liberal friends in California.)

To keep up on the latest political news on gun rights and those that are trying to take your rights away see our reports on our website US Precision Defense.  

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