Monday, November 28, 2011
Babes With Bullets Texas Camp
Late spring I sent an email to Babes with Bullets asking if they would consider adding another camp to the 2012 calendar. I was surprised to get a phone call back asking if I could pull together a camp for November…. of 2011! They had a Texas location that wasn’t going to work out but didn’t want to cancel the camp. I didn’t even waste a breath to tell Kay Miculek “YES I can make it happen”!
Deb Ferns, the camp director made quick work of updating the changes to the online camp registration, and I got to work spreading the word via my A Girl and A Gun facebook page. Within 6 weeks we were full and had women from all over Texas, 1 from Oklahoma, 1 from Florida and 1 from Virginia on the roster for the FIRST ANNUAL TEXAS Babes Camp!
One of the many things that is special about the Babes with Bullets camp is that is all inclusive: retreat style housing, healthy lunch, catered dinner, range fees and loaner guns and equipment is all INCLUDED in camp fee of $675. Patricia Cashion is a local member of A Girl and A Gun Women’s Shooting League’s Leander Chapter and is a student with La Cordon Blue Cooking School. She was hired on as our Chef for the weekend and made 3 delicious for us. Knowing at the end of the day that there was a healthy meal that tasted sinful made a huge difference. It allowed time for all the campers to share in community about all the events of the day, and I think the best part… listen to the funny stories of our instructor’s travels and life experiences in the wild, wacky world of competitive shooting. A special shout out to Patricia as she has been hired as the Chef for two camps on the 2012 schedule!
Thursday evening the campers arrived in Burnet at Lake Buchanan and settled in for our 3 day camp. Being the camp host, I met Kay, Maggie, Athena and Lena early around 7:00am Friday morning at Best of the West Shooting Sports to set up. It was kind of funny saying hello in the cold dark morning all huddled around trying to get the padlock off the equipment area. By 8:00am the campers had all arrived and the fun began! First order of business was passing out belts and holsters to those that needed to borrow or try something different. Then it was on to a 1 hour range safety class going over the basics and expectations of the camp. You could feel the excitement from the women in the room, they were ready to shoot!
This was a beginner camp so it was all about the set up a good foundation and getting the basics down. For some women it was their first experience shooting a gun, others it was their first formal instructional course. A few gals, this was their 2nd Babes Camp and were there for a refresher of the basics. Day one went by so fast, a lot of information was given out and you could feel that the women to want to learn more, but Patricia was at the condo cooking, so we were out of there right on time! Day two and three were full of excitement, especially when we moved in to the rifle portion of camp. There was so much to learn and the girls wanted to know more, and repeat the drill again… and again… but there wasn’t time or enough ammo for that! Ladies usually think that shooting rifles is hard or has strong recoil, they were very surprised how smooth it is, and I could see the spark of a new love flashing in their eyes. I have to say the most exciting part of the weekend was watching these women sight in the AR’s, learn to shoot and move and how to take long distance shots accurately. By Sunday afternoon they were running and gunning competition style with handguns and ARs, safe to say… they were hooked! MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!!
My favorite part was being able to ask questions about technique and strategy on how to improve my shooting game from National and World Champion Shooters! I totally get star struck when in the presence of “professional shooters”. I told Kay in an email prior to camp that every time I see her husband (Jerry Miculek) at an event all I can manage to say is “how is Kay?” Jerry was so cool, he sent along an autographed picture for me and Kay said next time I see him to run up and give him a hug. We will see how that works out at SHOT Show! LOL.
As Deb Ferns says “it is part adventure camp, part firearms training and part pajama party.” Texas can’t wait till next year when the Babes are back in town!
Special thanks to our instructors:
MVP: thank you to Texas Multigun for sponsoring the range facility fees for this camp.
This camp was made possible by the following sponsors:
Smith and Wesson
Pro Video 4U
HiViz Shooting Systems
Atlanta Arms and Ammo
JP Enterprises, Inc