Last fall I attended the annual WOMA retreat in Gunnison, Colorado. It was a pleasure to meet some of my outstanding colleagues that made the WOMA happen. I was invited to sign up for a shooting camp at that retreat. The camp is called Babes with Bullets, and the director is the WOMA’s founder, Deb Ferns. I enjoy shooting very much and wanted to work on my pistol shooting, so I was interested immediately.
I signed up for the pistol camp in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. I anxiously awaited springtime and camp. It would be my chance to practice with my pistol as well as meet up with more WOMA members and also make new friends who may share the vision of the WOMA.
We received our camp updates from Kay Miculek who is the head instructor at Babes with Bullets, as well as multi-time National and World Champion. Our latest update informed us that May is springtime in many parts of the country, but in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, the snow was still coming. She contacted us with last-minute reminders, preparations, and housing information. We could not get to Bear Mountain Ranch, where we were supposed to be staying, so Kay sent info with a new location to be called home for three days. We made our trek to camp, and I joined with fellow WOMA members Marsha Petrie Sue, Chris Quam, Lanny Barnes, Tracy Barnes, Anne Draper and Deb Ferns.
Due to the weather, the Babes with Bullets crew had to improvise, and they didn’t miss a step. They made camp happen without a glitch and the 20 ladies, including our WOMA members, could relax, have fun, and most importantly, learn a lot in just a few days. We did quite a few dry fire drills with our pistols, learning to safely quick draw, raise, steady and shoot our pistols and then finally learning to shoot and reload while on the move. It was so amazing to see ladies who had never touched a pistol quickly maneuver and shoot the various stages at the camp.
Despite the snow, rain, sleet and hail, the camp was outstanding, and I would recommend it to any lady whether they are a long-time shooter or have never touched a firearm. The instructors are athletes who hold multiple National and World titles and, despite their grandiose achievements, are very professional and extremely friendly. The ladies at Babes with Bullets were fabulous. We learned a lot and met and made new friends. Thank you to the WOMA for allowing us to meet such outstanding women.
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