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Men you may comment but as I always say; "If a man speaks on a deserted island and no one is there to hear him, is he still wrong?"
Nobody told me there was going to be a quiz. :icon_neutral:
 

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Good article. I'm a man, but my wife has gotten into shooting in the past year or so, so I've got some experience with a new female shooter and her perspective on things.

I think the comments about women seeking female sales associates is accurate, but the shops near where I live don't even have female employees (that I've seen, at least), so sometimes that is a tall order to fill unless there are (qualified) women who actually want to work at those places. If women don't want to work there, it's tough to get one behind the counter. Part of that problem could be with the businesses, themselves, but shooting has been seen as a predominately male endeavor, so I can see why women would not be as drawn to work there.

What really needs to improve is the customer service. I've seen bad customer service towards other men, much less towards the "weaker sex", so the eye rolls and such really do happen and should stop. More women are getting into shooting, and I hope that spurs companies on towards better service overall, for all of their customers.
 
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Interesting article. I have to agree with Dawg (woof woof) about not seeing many women in LGSs and those businesses probably having a hard time hiring qualified women. But there is still no excuse for poor customer service toward NOOBs, women shooters or anyone else for that matter. That's a good way to find your store out of business.
 

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Nobody told me there was going to be a quiz. :icon_neutral:
Sorry but you can't answer it! Gender specific questions!
 

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I feel like there's such a variety of women, that if you try to generalize the entire gender you're going to piss a lot of women off either way.

A lot of people bash pink guns. My girlfriend told me if I got her a pink gun she'd... well... it's not forum appropriate but let's just say she isn't a fan. But I have heard several women at gun counters specifically ask to see a pink gun and they liked the color choices.
 

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I think the same principles apply to both men and women customers. For whatever reason, far too many men assume women don't know squat about guns. A knowledgeable woman behind the counter can ne worth her weight in gold as far as sales to women.
 

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One of my LGS used to have a woman working there. She was gorgeous, knew how to shoot well, and knew her stuff. She got along famously with my wife, too. :redface:
 

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I would like to see more products made with us in mind. I don't mean pink pistols or hello kitty ammo either. Just pistol grip sizes, better carry options for women's clothing, etc. The SW9c and the Shield were genius. I don't think it's just the gun shops that are behind the learning curve. The RO at the range needs to stop assuming every woman that pulls up needs a lesson on which end the bullets come out just because she's female. We joined a new club and the RO came straight to me and helped me to know how to hold my gun and point/aim it. After watching my husband and I shoot, he shook his head at my husband and said, "Son. You are in trouble" and walked away.

I also had a gun shop owner tell me that a 50 round box of 115gr FMJ is what I needed to shoot until I get use to it a little more. I wanted to hit him with the box lol. Instead I bought a case of 124gr hp from a competitor.
 

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Old Vet hit it on the head for me, get more women working at the counter. I learned a lot from a woman at a gun show just on how to hold the gun and not get hurt when purchasing my first gun with a mag. (at the time, I didn't know the top part came back at you). A lot of men at the counter seem to think a woman needs a man to buy the gun for her so he will cater to the man not realizing that the woman is buying the gun and the man just might be her tag along son or male friend.
 
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I have had a lot of women in my classes. It seems that each class has about a third of women in it. What I have found is that, they have no ego to contend with, they listen, and a more willing to learn. IMO if you treat them like everyone else, they are more than fine, and most of the time are more capable of putting rounds into the target. I for one am glad to see this segment of the firearms industry growing.
 

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They want whatever you can't give 'em.
 
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Old Vet hit it on the head for me, get more women working at the counter. I learned a lot from a woman at a gun show just on how to hold the gun and not get hurt when purchasing my first gun with a mag. (at the time, I didn't know the top part came back at you). A lot of men at the counter seem to think a woman needs a man to buy the gun for her so he will cater to the man not realizing that the woman is buying the gun and the man just might be her tag along son or male friend.
That's because I've been hit on the head too many times. Women need much better advice than to pee all over themselves if attacked.
 

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Shooting, like billiards, racing cars, archery, bowling, and I'm sure a plethora of others, do not favor either sex! Why does gender keep coming up on shooting forums? They're should be no mens, or womens categories for ANY shooting discipline! Guys sound ignorant, both at gun shops and on forums, when expounding the virtues of a firearm designed for a woman! Give it up man! LAME!
 

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Love my wife have been married longer than most of you have been alive, when I saw this post I jumped on it hoping to learn that mystery that has evaded men for eons what women want , needless to say I was crushed the mystery survives

Easy8, she wants an M&P Shield with 3 extra 8 round back up magazines and a new range bag lol
 

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Nope, not until his wife shows up anyway. :danceban:

As to knowledgeable women behind the counter, shouldn't be too hard with a little OJT - even a bit less knowledge is better than a bunch of misinformation and bias.
 

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Nedrgr21, she has one I bought her because I kept trying to pocket her 642 I had worked over for her no dice wont give up the 642 image.jpg
 

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Shooting, like billiards, racing cars, archery, bowling, and I'm sure a plethora of others, do not favor either sex! Why does gender keep coming up on shooting forums? They're should be no mens, or womens categories for ANY shooting discipline! Guys sound ignorant, both at gun shops and on forums, when expounding the virtues of a firearm designed for a woman! Give it up man! LAME!
I find your statement farcical! You have fail to understand the basics. We can't lump everyone into the same group. The women I help are not looking for the same grunting and grabbing their private parts that the men do to justify their 10mm!

You state auto racing was an equal sport and just look what Kyle Petty just said about Danica (Just started world war three)!
 
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