On Saturday, October 19, the Lady
Shooters met on the trap range for some shotgun instruction
and beginner trap shooting experience. Other members of
the chapter were welcomed as guests of the ladies in this
event to try out a new skill. Instruction was provided
by Dennis Dietz, along with assistance and ammunition provided
by Sandy Stanford and Jamie Branham. The participants
enjoyed lots of practice and one on one instruction.
Inspection and Cleaning Class (Posted
February 22, 2017)
The 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!
Currently 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, 2017)
Due 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.
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 pump action
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
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
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
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, 2017)
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
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
IWLA Lady Shooter's Event July 15 (posted:
August 14, 2017)
Words 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!
We 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 safety briefing.
Please plan to attend Lady Shooters on Saturday, August 19,
from 1 to 3 at Range 2. RSVPs are not necessary, but are
Thank you, and feel free to contact me if you have any
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
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
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
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."
FRILS Shooting Event, May 20, 2017 (posted:
May 21, 2017)
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
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
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
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 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
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.