Handgun Shooting Basics For Women In South Dakota

Women And Handgun Shooting South Dakota SD

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 South Dakota, 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 South Dakota, 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 South Dakota?

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 South Dakota 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 South Dakota. 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 South Dakota

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

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Article VI, Section 24 of the South Dakota State Constitutional Provision States:  “The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the state shall not be denied.”

March 2013; South Dakota became the first state in the nation to enact a law explicitly authorizing school employees to carry guns on the job, under a measure signed into law by Governor Dennis Daugaard. Experts and supporters said the new law will help protect children and school staff in the state from potential mass-murderers. Gun rights activists, meanwhile, hope the measure signals a trend toward reasonable laws, as opposed to the wild assaults on the Second Amendment being sought by Obama and his allies.   

South Dakota is also the only state we know of where it’s possible to buy a shotgun and shotgun shells in the airport  right outside the metal detectors!

South Dakota is a "shall issue" state for concealed carry. The local county sheriff shall issue a permit to carry a concealed pistol to qualified applicants. A temporary permit shall be issued within five days of the application. Concealed carry is not permitted at an elementary or secondary school, in a courthouse, or in any establishment that derives over half of its income from the sale of alcoholic beverages. For non-residents, South Dakota recognizes valid concealed carry permits from any other state. South Dakota is known as a pro-gun state and strong supporter of the second amendment.

The bearer of a concealed pistol permit may carry a concealed pistol anywhere in South Dakota except where prohibited by law. Open carry is legal in South Dakota and does not require a concealed pistol permit. Firearms may be transported in vehicles if they are clearly visible.

US Precision Defense maintains a complete listing of all handgun related laws and both Concealed and Open Carry laws for every state along with a reciprocity map. We also have a women’s only section, a members only section and a free directory of firearms instructors, shooting ranges, and gun smith from around the country. We have our own on-line store, and open forum and blog page.

Open carry in South Dakota; one could argue that it is not possible to be a true supporter of the second amendment without supporting open carry because open carry is the right protected by the amendment. Open carry of a holstered handgun is a lawful activity in South Dakota, with certain exceptions.

The South Dakota Legislature convened its 2013 session by advocating for the rights of law-abiding gun owners and introduced several pro-gun bills that are now up for discussion and hopefully for vote soon.

 Currently, there are five (5) listed firearms manufacturers in the state of South Dakota, the list includes: H-S Precision Inc, Kenneth R Johnson (K&P Gun Company), Miller Arms Inc, Pumpkin Kutter CO (Wideview Scope Mount), and  Remington Arms Company LLC.

South Dakota became the first state in the country to authorize teachers to carry handguns in the classroom. South Dakota already had some of the most lax gun laws in the country. Back in 2009, the state passed a law repealing the waiting period to purchase handguns, meaning there is now no mandatory waiting period, none at all to purchase a handgun.

The "school sentinels" law signed by South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard, a Republican, allows the state's 152 school districts to decide whether they want to arm teachers, other employees, hired security guards or volunteers. School boards must get approval for their program from local law enforcement officials, and sentinels would have to pass a training program to carry weapons (handguns) in the schools.

The South Dakota Legislature recently passed SB 89 which declares “exempt from federal regulation any firearm, firearm accessory, or ammunition manufactured and retained in South Dakota.” Now, a little more than a week later, South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds has signed the bill into law. The bill is the latest of many crafted in states across the country in the last year which re-assert the Tenth Amendment rights of the states which have been carelessly trampled by the federal government for decades.

US Precision Defense has an on-line store, reciprocity maps, A members only section with how to reports, and videos, legal assistance, counseling assistance, free public forums, free blogs, and a directory of firearm instructors, shooting ranges and gun smiths. 

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