Fredericksburg-Rappahannock IKE Lady Shooters (FRILS)

IWLA Lady Shooter's Event June 16 (posted: June 23, 2017)

The IWLA Lady Shooters met on June 16 for a New Shooter Seminar. Dennis Dietz, an NRA certified instructor, conducted the seminar for the group that included beginning and experienced shooters. There were good discussions, and many questions were asked and answered.

Lady Shooters will continue to meet on the 3rd Saturday of every month from 1pm to 3pm. Please mark your calendars for July 15, August 19, September 16, October 21, and November 18.

The next three meetings (July, August, and September) will be at Range 2. Dennis and another RSO will be on hand to provide additional instruction and guidance. As requested by the group, we will learn how to clean our pistols, manage malfunctions that may arise when shooting, and do some target practice.

Some comments from participants:

"I truly enjoyed the class we had on gun safety. The fact that it was only open to women increased my comfort to ask questions.  The fact that the class was led by a NRA instructor and range safety officer was an added bonus.  I even bought a new gun after taking the course and I am looking forward to our next get togeher."

"I really enjoyed the new shooter seminar.  It was sooo informative. 
Looking forward to our next meeting!"  

"Wonderful and informative seminar/class on safety.  Thank you to our RSO, Dennis. I met a lovely bunch of ladies that I look forward to sharing time with on and off the range.  Thank you for putting together this group.  See you on the range!!"

"Appreciated the warm hospitality exhibited by our hostess Nicole. Enjoyed Dennis's gift of time and sharing his expertise patiently and graciously.  Encouraged to see other ladies interested in firearms training."

Pistol instruction

Lon gun instruction

FRILS Shooting Event, May 20, 2017 (posted: May 21, 2017)

We had a great Shotgun Event on Saturday, May 20, 2017.  As expected, we had a good mix of experience, from those who never shot a shotgun to those who shoot at an expert level.  What we shared in common was a desire to learn and to improve our skills.  After the mandatory safety briefing, we discussed the very basics of shotguns, and skills for success.  Shotgun groupThen we proceeded to do some shooting.  There was a lot of support as each of us improved our shots... with one lady hitting 5 out of 5 shots! We learned from each other as well as the RSOs who came out to provide instruction and operate the trap. Many thanks to them for their assistance.  Overall, it was a good time together.Trap shotShooter 1
Ready areafrom the right side

As one of the members said after the event, "Thanks to all who helped with the FRILS event today.  I’d not shot a shotgun since my teens, and you were all SO patient with us.  It was great to have instruction with the shotguns that I inherited from my Dad.  Can’t wait for the next event!!"

Basic Handgun Safety and Shooting will be the topic of our next meeting on Friday, June 16 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. (1730 to 1930 for some of us) at the Chapter.  A fellow IKE and handgun instructor will lead our meeting.  We will provide more information about the content and what to expect at a later time.

FRILS Shooting Event Announced (posted: May 9, 2017)

The Chapter is “Jump-Starting” the Fredericksburg-Rappahannock Ike Ladies Shooters (FRILS).  The purpose is for the lady member shooters of the chapter to get together to learn new firearms skills and improve the ones they have. 

FRILS has participants with all levels of experience—from new to expert competitors.  The FRILS strive to lift each other up and encourage each other in their endeavors.  They are also looking at expanding their horizons in other areas, such as fly fishing and archery
We are sponsoring a FRILS shotgun shooting event at the Izaak Walton Shotgun Range from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM on Saturday, May 20, 2017.  Ladies should bring a shotgun and ammo, though there will be shotguns and ammo available to try out.  Lady members need also to possess/wear a Shooter's All-in-One badge issued by the Chapter.

Eyes (protective eye-wear) and Ears (hearing protection) are required, and will not be provided.  Please make sure you have your own or can borrow some.  They can be purchased at any sports or outdoors type store, Wal-Mart, Harbor Freight or Northern Tools.

The Chapter will also provide the clay pigeons for this event.  And please make sure you bring and wear your All-in-One shooter's identification card.
If you are interested in attending, please let Nicole Pappas know by sending her an email at  give her your phone number and let her know what type of shotgun and ammo you will be bringing. 

Remember, you need to bring eye and ear protection, but do not need to have a firearm to attend. There is always someone willing to share, so you can enjoy the experience.

We look forward to our first FRILS event of the year.

Note to new members

In each get-together we try to learn new skills or improve the ones we have. We have people with all levels of experience: some are new to firearms and others are expert target shooting competitors. As FRILS, we strive to lift each other up, encourage each other, and hit our targets. Where one member might be weak in a technique, another member might  have a strength to share and vice versa. Please join us when you are available.

Remember, you do not have to have the specific firearm we are working with for each meeting. There's always someone willing to share, so you can experience. (To be nice, you may want to assist with ammo cost.)  But please make sure you have your "ears" and your "eyes" if you plan to shoot.