Ladies Night Out: Intro to Guns Edition

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One Mandan business, is starting a new kind of girls night that gives women more information on guns. Prairie Patriot Firearms held their monthly Ladies Night Intro to Handguns meeting.

The  store sold out of slots for the event in just 2 days, and they even told me they have sold out as quickly as 2 hours for the same event in previous months. They hope to make women and guns more of a regular trend here.

“I do own a hand gun but I never used it,” says first time student, Valerie McDowell. 
 
According to Pew Research, about 1 in 5 women in the nation own a gun. But not all have had the proper training. That’s why Prairie Patriot Firearms started their all Ladies Gun Night.
 
Owner of Prairie Patriot, Josette Severson, “Ladies learn differently than guys and we wanted to help them feel comfortable coming to the range and being apart of that comfortableness is being with other like minded women.”
 
 “Ladies say it’s like ripping off a Band-Aid then they start having fun and really learning how to get familiar with the things they can do with their handgun,” Manager at Prairie Patriot, Brandy Eckroth.
 
Valerie McDowell says that she’s always felt a little intimidated about handling a gun, and that’s why she and her husband thought it would be a good idea for her to take the class. 
 
“That’s one of the reasons I came here too because when he shows me the gun I get a little scared and nervous about it but he was like you should really take a class and then I seen this and I was like what a great opportunity to do it,” says McDowell. 
 
I asked manager, Brandy Eckroth, if she thinks Valerie’s feelings are typical among women.
 
I think intimidated is a little bit more of a thing of the past. We live in a different world,” says Eckroth. “There’s different ways you can protect yourself and handgun happen to be one of them and I think just trying to become more situationally aware and more aware of the different alternatives that they have to keep themselves safe.”
 
Both Severson and Eckroth say they have seen an increase in women customers but also want to make sure their store is a place for everyone to feel comfortable.
 
“The gun shop is welcoming to men and women and that’s one of the biggest comments we get is guys and ladies saying wow its fun to be in here and not, unfortunately to say, a man cave,” says Severson.
 
They told me they have women coming in on their lunch breaks to come shoot in their store regularly.
They have even gotten so much positive feedback that they are planning on starting an lady intro to guns class 2.0.
 
For more information and upcoming events click here

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