Handgun Shooting Basics For Women In Indiana

Women And Handgun Shooting Indiana IN

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 Indiana, 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 Indiana, 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 Indiana?

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 Indiana 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 Indiana. 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 Indiana

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

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The Indiana State Constitution States:  “The people shall have a right to bear arms, for the defense of themselves and the State.”

Indiana requires a license for most methods of carrying a handgun. Indiana laws are silent concerning the manner of carry therefore laws cover open carry, concealed carry, vehicle carry and locked case carry. There are exceptions for carrying a handgun unloaded, not readily accessible, and secured in a case in a vehicle, on your own property, from place of purchase and to a firearm range for the purpose of practice. Indiana is a "shall issue" state for the License To Carry a Handgun.                

A license to carry will be issued to individuals age 18 or older who meet a number of legal requirements. Currently both limited term and unlimited lifetime licenses are available.

The State of Indiana stands out on the topic of reciprocal carry in two ways. First, a statutory reciprocity scheme recognizes all other states’ licenses to carry a handgun. Second, Indiana was the first state to adopt a lifetime license to carry. Upon initial application or renewal, a person may pay additional fees and obtain a lifetime license to carry a handgun. So long has he or she remains a “proper person,” the license remains valid for life and no renewal is required.

Indiana offers a License To Carry a Handgun, (LTCH) Nothing in Indiana law mentions concealment. Therefore you may carry open, in plain sight, OR concealed. Much of the public and many police officers don't know this fact.  So, if you 'open carry' you may draw unwanted attention, but it is perfectly legal. Be courteous and professional with anyone (including police) who does not understand the law. To obtain a license to carry a handgun you must apply to the chief law enforcement officer of your county or city.

The state also has a firearm preemption law that prohibits local governments from passing gun laws more restrictive than state law. However, a few municipalities have laws that were grandfathered in before the preemption law was enacted in 1994. The most notable exceptions are East Chicago and Gary, which have bans on assault weapons. The City of Speedway also has a law on the books banning concealed carry even for permitted gun owners. However, the ordinance is not enforced.

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.   

From the Indiana Sheriff’s Association: “While the debate stirs strong feelings across our Nation, Indiana’s Sheriffs have taken an oath to uphold the Constitution of the Unites States and the Constitution of the State of Indiana. Furthermore, we have sworn to do this according to law and to the best of our ability. Millions of law abiding Americans lawfully possess and use firearms daily for recreation and protection. We must not forget those most vulnerable and their ability to protect themselves from the miscreants and those focused on harming us. Furthermore, our discourse should not cast a shadow of doubt on these millions of law abiding Americans. Firearms are inanimate objects that have no will of their own.

However, they can be exploited by malevolent souls as instruments of violence. We must work tirelessly to see that those who show no respect for the sanctity of life are punished to the fullest abilities of the law. We also believe that the energy of this debate would be better focused on the issues that we agree upon. It is critical that we continue to work to keep firearms out of the hands of those who would use them to commit acts of violence against our citizens.”

In a direct response to the federal government attempt to force gun control laws upon the states: Indiana, State Senator Dennis Kruse (R-Auburn) has introduced Senate Bill 127,  While not specifically limited to gun control, Kruse’s bill endows county sheriffs with the ultimate authority to enforce the laws:

“Provides that a federal employee who is not designated by state law to act as a state law enforcement officer may not make an arrest, a search, or a seizure in Indiana without the written permission of the sheriff or the designee of the sheriff who has jurisdiction in the county in which the arrest, search, or seizure will occur. Provides certain exceptions. Provides that if an arrest, a search, or a seizure is made without the sheriff’s written permission, the federal employee must be prosecuted under Indiana law and charged with an offense appropriate to the circumstances. Provides that under the Tenth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States and Indiana’s compact with the other states, the general assembly declares that any federal law that purports to provide federal employees with the authority of a sheriff in Indiana is not recognized by and is specifically rejected by the state of Indiana and is invalid in Indiana.”

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