My girl friend is a fairly competent shot and likes to practice off hand shooting with her FN 7x57. Living in the city as she does, she practices when she comes out to my place. I provide her with a place to reload, a place to keep her rifle when she's on shift, and the place to practice. I admit, we like the activity together. Sometimes, however, it's not really convenient for me. Often I'm tired from my day's work (she is younger than I) and in need of attending to other matters, but she enjoys it so much that I usually acquiesce to her requests.
This weekend it paid dividends. Dear One has been recovering from foot surgery and can't hike around, per MD orders. A friend of hers asked us to come up to his ranch this weekend saying that she could set up in the hay yard a mile or so down the road from his house and never need to walk. And this we did. The weather was cold and there was a 10-30 mph wind quartering in over her shoulder, but she stood with 90% of her weight on her good leg, steadied herself on a nice, fat, whitetail doe at 80 yards -waiting for a yearling to clear the backdrop- and put a handloaded PPU 140 grain SP through her heart. The doe buckled, regained her feet, and traveled about 15 ft before collapsing. The look on her face was worth every grain of powder and bullet expended in practice and every gallon of fuel spent scouting and watching deer. I am very proud of her.
So spend the time and money to get (or keep) your lady shooting. It's worth it.~Muir