Handgun Shooting Basics For Women In Maine

Women And Handgun Shooting Maine ME

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 Maine, 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 Maine, 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 Maine?

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 Maine 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 Maine. 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 Maine

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

For More Information Pick Your State

Maine’s State Constitution states: “Every citizen has a right to keep and bear arms and this right shall never be questioned.”

Maine is a "shall issue" state for concealed carry. The issuing authority are the local police, or the state police. A permit to carry a concealed firearm shall be issued within 30 days to a qualified applicant, who has to show proficiency in the use of firearms, and who has resided in Maine for at least five years, or within 60 days to a nonresident or a resident for less than five years. The Concealed Carry permit (CCW) is valid for 4 years. A permit to carry a concealed firearm is required when transporting a loaded firearm, either concealed or plainly visible, in any vehicle.

In the capitol Augusta state lawmakers are prepping themselves for a round of hearings, debates and decisions on proposed changes to Maine’s gun laws. In an informational session, the Legislature’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee heard from several experts on the state’s gun laws, including Maine Attorney General Janet Mills. In the works are more than 20 bills that look to address issues revolving around the use and possession of firearms in Maine. At least a dozen of those measures go to public hearings. Many of the bills look to add restrictions, such as background checks at gun shows and private sales and capacity limits on ammunition magazines. Others would loosen gun control. For example, some bills would prohibit the state from enforcing federal gun laws. One proposal aims to completely eliminate the state’s permit requirement for carrying concealed handguns.

The primary difference between state and federal gun laws depends on which government makes the laws and prosecutes those suspected of violating them. Further, some weapons that do not count as firearms under federal law, such as black-powder or antique weapons are counted as firearms under Maine law.

Open carry is permissible in Maine. However, guns concealed in the glove box of a motor vehicle are considered concealed. Unless a person has a valid concealed carry permit, an individual cannot carry a weapon in a motor vehicle or trailer pulled by a vehicle that are ready to fire, meaning loaded usually meaning a round in the chamber.

To see the complete list of all of Maine’s gun laws visit the home page on US Precision Defense, our Reciprocity maps. 

Fact; Maine has the highest gun ownership per capita in the nation and among the lowest crime rates! Yet your Second Amendment rights are constantly under attack by those who ignore facts and the intent of both the United States Constitution as well as Maine’s Constitution.

Found an article in a Maine newspaper in regards to the 2nd amendment asking who do we turn to that can decide who can protect us, Consider this: When Americans think about their rights, do they look first to the police to discuss how they might be altered, amended, limited or restricted? Who goes to the police station to find out what speech is protected by the First Amendment? Who flags down a passing patrol car to receive definitions of our guarantees of freedom of religion, or the right to a trial by jury, or to be protected against self-incrimination, or to be allowed to confront one’s accusers, or to be granted a writ of habeas corpus? So why should we consult the police when it comes to exercising our God-given right to bear arms? You can’t, all these questions are simple, it is up to the voter and those the voters place in elected office, ultimately we the citizens have the power and the answers, all can be found at the ballot box….

In a quote from the Maine’s Sheriff’s Association; recently there have been several high profile incidents surrounding violence in schools and other public places throughout the United States. The sheriffs of the State of Maine are committed to ensuring that our children and communities are safe. As sheriffs, we have sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States and of the State of Maine. We are determined to ensure that all provisions within both Constitutions are upheld. This includes the second amendment; our citizens’ ‘Right to Bear Arms’.

This is a Law Enforcement association that stands in support of the Second Amendment and the rights of the citizens in the state of Maine and is a positive example that other associations in other states could follow.

Many of the staff of US Precision Defense have either Law Enforcement or Military experience, and know firsthand the value of our freedoms, and we think the citizens of Maine are very fortunate to live in a state that is not only a strong supporter of the second amendment, yet also have the support of the Elected Sheriff’s in the state.