Handgun Shooting Basics For Women In Idaho

Women And Handgun Shooting Idaho ID

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 Idaho, 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 Idaho, 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 Idaho?

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 Idaho 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 Idaho. 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 Idaho

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

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The Idaho State Constitution States: “The people have the right to keep and bear arms, which right shall not be abridged; but this provision shall not prevent the passage of laws to govern the carrying of weapons concealed on the person, nor prevent passage of legislation providing minimum sentences for crimes committed while in possession of a firearm, nor prevent passage of legislation providing penalties for the possession of firearms by a convicted felon, nor prevent the passage of legislation punishing the use of a firearm.

No law shall impose licensure, registration or special taxation on the ownership or possession of firearms or ammunition. Nor shall any law permit the confiscation of firearms, except those actually used in the commission of a felony.”

Idaho is a "shall issue" state for concealed carry. The local county sheriff shall issue a concealed weapons permit to a qualified applicant within ninety days. Applicants may be required to demonstrate familiarity with a firearm, generally by having taken an approved training course or by having received training in the military. A permit is valid for five years; permits issued before July 1, 2006 are valid for four years. Idaho recognizes valid concealed carry permits from any state. A concealed weapon may not be carried at a school or at a school sponsored activity, in a courthouse, in a prison or detention facility, or in certain other governmentally designated locations. It is unlawful to carry a concealed weapon while intoxicated. Open carry is legal in Idaho. A concealed weapons permit is not required for open carry, nor for long guns.

March 25, 2013 in a unanimous vote, the Idaho House of Representatives approved an important pro-gun reform.  Introduced by the House State Affairs Committee and co-sponsored by state Representative Joe Palmer (R-20), House Bill 192 has created an enhanced concealed carry license option for those applicants who choose to undergo additional training for more carry benefits and more opportunities for reciprocity in other states. This enhanced concealed carry license helps increase recognition of Idaho’s permit in other states, increasing Idaho’s reciprocity agreement with almost 40 states.

Idaho is known as one of the great states that support the 2nd amendment and is very active in pro-gun rights for its citizens. Become a member of US Precision Defense and help support the rights of gun owners everywhere, also have access to our on-line store and database of Instructors, Shooting ranges, and gun smiths. 

Idaho is an “open carry” state. Carrying of unconcealed weapons, including loaded firearms, is not prohibited by Idaho Code. Persons who are not prohibited by law from owning firearms may openly carry firearms in plain sight, including in vehicles. Concealed Weapons License: Idaho is a “shall-issue” state. Under I.C. §18-3302, county sheriffs must issue a concealed weapons license to any citizen at least 21 years of age who applies for one, unless prohibited by I.C. §18-3302, as in the case of felons, the mentally ill, those dishonorably discharged from the military, those subject to a protective order for domestic violence, and drug addicts.

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter wants more guns and ammo produced in his state.

Otter, a Republican, has sent letters to 79 firearms makers and ammunition producers in 28 states promoting the benefits of relocating to Idaho. He also declared May “2nd Amendment Protection Month” statewide. “The National Rifle Association ranks Idaho as a gun-friendly state whose laws are among the least restrictive in the nation,” Otter said in his official proclamation. “The state of Idaho openly embraces companies in the arms and ammunition manufacturing sector to expand or relocate to the state.” The governor’s letters to industry leaders declared, “Here in Idaho, gun ownership is more than a constitutional right; it’s a way of life. That’s why I’m personally extending an invitation for you to grow your bottom line here in Idaho.”

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter  stated; “We cherish and defend freedom — those principles are the fiber of who we are as Idahoans and represent all aspects of the way we conduct our business, from removing undue government regulations and restrictions to supporting gun ownership as a constitutional right,”

U.S. Senator Jim Risch today joined a group of his Republican colleagues in signing a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), which states his opposition to legislation that would infringe upon Second Amendment rights.

 “Idahoans are strongly against any further erosion of their Second Amendment rights. Legislation that restricts the constitutional rights of law-abiding Americans is not the answer to the issues facing our nation,”  

Members of US Precision Defense help support the rights of gun owners everywhere, they also have access to our on-line store and database of Instructors, Shooting ranges, and gun smiths.