Handgun Shooting Basics For Women In Washington

Women And Handgun Shooting Washington WA

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 Washington, 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 Washington, 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 Washington?

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 Washington 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 Washington. 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 Washington

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

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Article 1, Section 24 of the Washington State Constitutional Provision States: “The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself, or the state, shall not be impaired, but nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing individuals or corporations to organize, maintain or employ an armed body of men.”

Concealed weapons licenses issued in 11 states will be recognized in Washington State so long as the handgun is carried in accordance with Washington law. In order for Washington to recognize other states’ concealed weapons permits, Washington state's reciprocity law “RCW 9.41.073” dictates that the other state must: Recognize Washington concealed pistol licenses; Not issue concealed pistol licenses to persons under age 21; AND Require a mandatory fingerprint-based background check for criminal and mental health history.

Washington is an "open carry" state for firearms; a person may carry a firearm in an exposed holster without any kind of permit unless there is something that makes it specifically illegal. Example, carrying a weapon onto primary or secondary school grounds or other prohibited places, or carrying a weapon by most felons or anyone convicted of a domestic violence crime.

Washington does not have a self-defense law based on the castle doctrine. However, statutes long on the books are very similar to the more modern castle laws. For example, deadly force is considered lawful in Washington to prevent serious injury or death to oneself or any other person at the hands of an attacker. Deadly force is also justified to prevent a felony from being committed. Washington State’s Supreme Court has held that citizens do not have a duty to retreat before using force in the face of an attacker.

Washington is one of the more liberal states in the country when it comes to regulating citizens who want to carry a concealed weapon, experts say. The law, often referred to as a "shall issue" law, requires law-enforcement agencies to issue a concealed-weapons permit to all citizens who meet a specific list of requirements.

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In Pierce County and throughout the state, people have been grabbing up concealed pistol licenses at unprecedented rates. In January, with Tacoma crowds so heavy at times that some applicants reported four-hour waits, LESA set a record for itself with 1,964 license applications, about twice the usual volume.

The number of concealed pistol licenses has been raising fast even before the latest push for gun control. Statewide, according to the Department of Licensing, the number of license holders went from 239,000 in 2006 to 392,784 at the end of 2012, a 64 percent increase. For perspective, that’s about 1 of every 12 adults in the state.

Washington State follows British legal tradition which entails that anything not proscribed as unlawful is lawful, also known as 'The Rule of Lenity.' This gives citizens of Washington State (as well as some of individuals with temporary living status in Washington State) the right to openly carry their firearm without a concealed weapons permit (CWP). Of course the individual openly carrying must abide by the current Washington State laws such as the open carrier must be an adult of a minimum of 21 years of age and must not have any prior felonies or warrants on their record.

From a sheriff in Washington state: As Sheriff, I took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution and laws of the State of Washington. I will continue to do so. As Sheriff of Wahkiakum County I will not enforce any laws that are held to be unconstitutional. The Supreme Court of the United States has interpreted the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution as protecting the rights of citizens to own and possess firearms.

Washington state currently has multiple firearms manufacture’s or related companies that include: Crossroads Arms,  Dave's Guns N Stuff, Dayton Traister Co Inc, Eagle View Research, Gators Custom Guns, Hensley's Firearms, High Mountain Hunting Supply, Mc Cann Industries, Mesa Rifle Works, One Shot Firearms & Acces, Wade's Eastside Guns, West Coast Armory, West Coast Armory Indoor Range, Windom & Company.

US Precision Defense has a members only section along with a section dedicated to women with all aspects of shooting and carrying concealed.