Fredericksburg-Rappahannock IKE Lady Shooters
Inspection and Cleaning Class (Posted February 22,
Lady Shooters have now reconvened for the first time in 2018. As
weather can be questionable this time of year, we've taken our February
meeting to an indoor activity. Brian Raines, Fred-Rapp IWLA
member and Beretta Gun Smith put in some time with the Lady
Shooters to work with us on cleaning and maintaining our
firearms. He shared personal experience and images from firearms
he has worked on that were not properly maintained and the damage that
can occur as well as the products he uses and recommends.
He then worked with us on our own pistols, Janet had received a
small Kimber for Christmas and needed assistance learning to take it
apart and assisted Nona as she is temporarily unable to dismantle her's
due to surgery
We want to thank Brian for his time and expertise!
we are planning to either return to the Chapter pistol range for March
17th @ 1PM but e are also discussing and working on a possible
field trip to an indoor range -- Shannon.
Lady Shooters Meet in September (Posted September 18,
to the Save Our Stream training on Saturday, the Lady Shooters met on
Sunday, September 17 at Range 2 to continue with our personal
pistols. Although we had 5 return members, Tammy and Melissa
joined us today for the first time. We began the meeting by concluding
some team business, and moved along to the safety given this month by
Nicole. She did a great job with the basics and a few other
additions for the newcomers.
Most of us had the same simple goal of becoming more comfortable with
our own pistols or improving our aim, however Sheryl came Sunday with a
mission, she arrived with 3 Glocks! Her goal for the day was to
try each of them, Glock 19, a 42 and a 43, to determine which she was
most comfortable with. Dennis assisted working through a few
misfires and Ted is always happy to share his universal magazine
loader. Most of the group headed out about 3, but a few hung back
to get some instruction from Ted with his .22 rifles, we shot his Rossi
and Ruger 10/22 with a scope.
We greatly appreciate the time Dennis, Sandy, Ted and Mike put in this weekend with us, your instruction has been priceless!
Next month we will be returning to Saturdays, the 3rd
Saturday will be October 18th
1PM. We’ve done a little forward planning, October will be
another month at Range 2 with pistols, November is still up in
the air, December as it will be getting quite busy the 3rd
it’s been suggested that we take an afternoon or evening to get
together to grab a bite probably earlier in the month.
January as the weather may not be as pleasant and if Jamie is available
we’d like to plan for a reloading class. I’ll be reaching
out to the archery instructors with the Manahoac Bowman that we will
circle back around with them in the spring to coordinate an archery
Please let us know if you have any ideas or suggestion that you like to learn more about or try.
FRILS Conduct Pistol Shoot (Posted August 27,
The ladies shot their pistols on Saturday afternoon, August 19, on Range 2:
Our August event was a great, but very hot, day on the range. We had five ladies shooting their own pistols, including a Springfield XDS 9mm, two Glock 9mm, a Bersa 380, and a Walther CCP. We also had the good fortune to practice shooting with Ted's Colt 45 Revolvers.
We will always be at different levels with both first time shooters and more experience shooters attending. That is one of the great things about this group... everyone is welcome and we all help each other. After the safety briefing led by Shannon, we reviewed our individual goals for the day. Some wanted to work on accuracy, others on weak-handed and one-handed shooting. And our beginners had
the opportunity to review the basics with Dennis, our NRA instructor. He also reinforced for all of us the three things that will improve our accuracy... Sight, Grip, and Trigger. As we shot, it became obvious which of the three was affecting our accuracy. For one person it was having her finger in the wrong position on the trigger pulling the gun to the right. For another, it was a sighting issue because her left eye is dominant and she was shooting right handed. For me, it was my grip. In all cases, once the issue was identified, we could make corrections as needed.
Our next shoot has been rescheduled to Sunday, September 17, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., because all ranges will be closed on Saturday the 16th for Save Our Streams training. We will be shooting pistols
and rifles, so bring both if you have them.
I am happy to announce that Shannon Christopher is going to be coordinating the Lady Shooters from now on. She has been a steadfast member with experience and knowledge to offer. Please look for her reminder email a week before our September event.
Thank you all who attended, and we look forward to seeing the rest of you in September.
IWLA Lady Shooter's Event July 15 (posted: August 14, 2017)
are not enough to describe the amazing time we had at the July 15 Lady
Shooters event. Susan was the star of the day for showing up with
stitches in her trigger finger, and then shooting left handed! By
the end of the afternoon we were all much more confident and
comfortable not only with our own firearms, but those brought by
others. Speaking for myself, I shot over 150 rounds, with my own
Springfield XDS 9mm and Jamie's revolver. We rocked the Range!
are very appreciative of Dennis, Jamie and Ted, the RSOs who come out
and work with us at each event. They kindly offer tips and
corrections, and challenge us to be better. I would not
have thought to practice shooting one handed until they asked me
to try. As we move forward, we will learn to take on more of the
range responsibilities, and in August, Shannon, will give the
Please plan to attend Lady Shooters on
Saturday, August 19, from 1 to 3 at Range 2. RSVPs are not
necessary, but are appreciated.
Thank you, and feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
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.
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:
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!"
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."
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. Then 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.
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)
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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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.