Handgun Shooting Basics For Women In Missouri

Women And Handgun Shooting Missouri MO

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 Missouri, 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 Missouri, 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 Missouri?

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 Missouri 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 Missouri. 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 Missouri

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

For More Information Pick Your State

The State Constitutional Provision of Missouri states: “That the right of every citizen to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person and property, or when lawfully summoned in aid of the civil power, shall not be questioned; but this shall not justify the wearing of concealed weapons."

In a shocking turn of events it was discovered that not only has Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon now admitted that he lied about submitting the names of concealed carry license holders to the federal government, but there’s a paper trail to prove it. New evidence proves that Nixon, a Democrat, had not only ordered his administration to submit the lists, but that DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano personally thanked him for doing so in a letter. 

The Missouri state legislature has spoken out, and is taking action against the Governor; “This is a Senate Remonstrance against the Governor for the release by the Department of Revenue and the Department of Public Safety of personal protected information which has been publicly admitted by the departments.”

The Missouri governor had previously announced that the Show-Me state would “no longer scan or retain” concealed-carry weapon certificates, following a public outcry after it was discovered that the state had been submitting the names of concealed carry weapons to the federal government.

In a statement from the Missouri Sheriff’s association: “Missouri Sheriffs share in the concerns of the Senate Appropriations Committee about the release of carry conceal weapons permit holders personal information. Local Sheriffs are charged by statute with the duty of processing applications, gathering background information and ultimately issuing the conceal carry certificate. In doing so, we are entrusted with individual personal information. We have a duty, as Sheriffs, to hold that information to the strict standards of the law and the constitution in protecting the citizens we were elected to serve.”

At the next election it will be up to the voters if they want a new Governor, one that will not sell out their privacy to the Feds!

Missouri's concealed carry law provides recognition of concealed weapons endorsements from every state that issues them. A complete list of all reciprocity states and their accompanying laws can be found on our HOME page of US Precision Defense. 

Missouri moved with great strides towards becoming one of the friendlier states for gun rights in the country recently. The Missouri House voted 118-36 to pass a bill which would nullify federal gun laws, it also clarified existing law and now allows for open carry of legal firearms in the state and also allows for carry by school officials under certain circumstances.

In regards to the school officials carrying on school property, Fox News reported the following; It would allow appointed “protection officers” to carry concealed weapons as long as they have a valid permit and register with the state Department of Public Safety. The officers would also be required to complete a training course.

If only other states would adopt similar laws our schools would be so much safer!

February 2013, State lawmaker Mike Leara has introduced a bill that would make proposing any legislation that restricts or limits gun rights a Class D felony. He is defending the Second Amendment by trying to ban any new attempts at gun control in Missouri. Leara is honest about the proposed bill’s chances: He doesn’t believe it will pass. “I filed HB 633 as a matter of principle and as a statement in defense of the Second Amendment rights of all Missourians,”

At least he is standing up for his convictions and for the US Constitution. This is what a politician is SUPPOSED to do. Stand up for what is right….

April, 2013; the Missouri House of Representatives passed HB 436, the "Second Amendment Preservation Act," by an overwhelming (and veto-proof) bipartisan margin of 115-41. Representative Doug Funderburk (R-St. Peters), sponsor of HB 436, was not interested in half measures when he drafted the bill. The Second Amendment Preservation Act would invalidate any federal legislation that infringes on the Second Amendment's protection of the right to keep and bear arms.

Missouri is one of a growing number of states passing similar laws as they have felt they had no alternative as the Federal Government was NOT standing up for the second amendment and has been on the path of eroding states’ rights. 

US Precision Defense is a supporter of the Second Amendment, everything on our website is in support of gun rights and the shooting sports.