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Are women better shooters than men?

Started by steveoh, January 12, 2022, 04:22:09 PM

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steveoh

Are women better shooters than men?

https://www.espn.com/shooting/story/_/id/31828521/10m-air-rifle-sport-tokyo-olympics-where-women-outgun-men?platform=amp

QuoteMunich, August 2002. Anjali Bhagwat had just won the ISSF Champions Trophy, a standalone competition in the 10m air rifle event featuring the year's best women shooters. Just as she was leaving the firing range, she was informed of another competition about to start -- the Champion of Champions, featuring the five best women squaring off against the five best men's shooters. "It wasn't official or anything but quite competitive. Eventually, one by one, all the guys were eliminated. Then it was just the women and finally it was just me," she recalls. She won $1000 as prize money and even today, despite her many achievements -- reaching an Olympic final, winning a World Cup, being ranked World No.1 -- she places this one-off title right up there.
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LOL married 54 years today and there is no way I'm going to tell her or them otherwise.
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Better shooters ?

Certainly have the potential to be IF the men present are worse shots  ::)  and visa versa so not to offend any one. 

It is a real hard distinction to make being the shooting sports in general are HEAVILY skewed to the ratio of more male shooters than female.
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Alan

I think one aspect which needs to be mentioned, are the numbers. There are vastly more men in the sport, than women. This fact alone skews the numbers.

It is also interesting to note, the number of women who call themselves, varminters. I've hunted vermin, primarily prairie dogs, for about 50 years, using firearms. Here I am now, using airguns for the same reason. Save for a few wives of well-known YouTubers, I don't remember any women in the sport. And, I don't remember ever seeing a woman on the firing line of a bench-rest competition. The question remains, however, are women better shooters? I think women tend to be a bit more determined, but I wouldn't characterize them as better shooters—overall at least.
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It's an interesting question; one that shouldn't be sensitive but we all know it is. Men and women are physically and emotionally different. There, I said it. John McEnroe (the tennis Hall of Famer) recently was asked if Serena Williams could play against men professionally. He said that she would be ranked way down the hundreds vs. number one and wouldn't even be on the radar as anything resembling a contender. He was lambasted in the media, but he stood by what he said. It was strictly a matter of physics.

I think we would do a lot better as a society if we acknowledged things like this without taking it personally. Men are on average bigger, stronger, and more aggressive. Women's attributes aren't as obvious, but I would say nurturing, caring, empathetic, and patient. These factors are buried in our DNA and for better ort worse they make us who we are.

Women are crossing over into male-dominated sports, most notably auto racing. Raw physicality and power are not required (although being fit is a premium) and the last decade has saw a tremendous influx of female drivers in top series. The NHRA drag racing series right off of the top of my head has Brittany Force, Leah Pruett, Alexis DeJoria, Angelle Seeling, and Erin Enders just to name a few that are on TV every weekend in the finals (in top fuel, pro stock motorcycle, and pro stock respectively) I firmly believe that women and men compete on the same level when you take physical power and size out of the equation.

As far as shooting goes, I don't think that you can say that one sex is better than the other. Men will dominate shooting sports numbers-wise because it appeals to our ingrained nature of hunting, providing, killing (yes, I said the 'k' word), and a display of power and dominance.  Men like power, noise, and displays of such. Primitive, sure, but entirely accurate. However, that is just based on 'like to do' vs. 'are you any good at it'. I have found women to be equal to men in all shooting applications. I have also found that women are much faster learners at just about everything. They don't have the inferiority complex as much as men of being afraid to 'not know something' and therefore are more patient and willing to learn vs. 'gimme that, I know what I'm doing'. Their strength is their ingenuity and ability to overcome obstacles as opposed to just using a bigger hammer (or fists) to fix things. The time that I spent deckhanding on sportfishing boat out of San Francisco Bay displayed this in spades. The 'women' trips were ten times more fun, caught more fish, and overall, a more enjoyable experience because the boat wasn't filled with a testosterone and guys jousting to be the top dog and screwing up both tackle and the vibe in the process.

Are women 'better' shooters? Probably not. Are men better shooters? Probably not. Both genders have their strengths and weaknesses when it comes to solving tasks. The key is to tap into one's resources of strengths whatever those might be and to suppress the negative influences that could affect performance. Nothing more complicated than that. It's up to the individual to work through that. I think that with shooting there's a stigma being a male dominated sport. Because of some of the above-mentioned traits of the genders, women aren't as drawn to the undercurrent of violence that guns have. Just like men aren't drawn to figure skating nearly as much as women. For the foreseeable future shooting will continue to be male dominated by population, but I honestly believe that there is no real distinction is actual ability or skill level.
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One day at the Dojo my teacher said that short women with wide hips have an advantage in the Judo portion of the Traditional Jujutsu Martial Art.  Lower center of gravity, and using hips as a fulcrum, a woman in the dojo got to throw my teacher and the rest of us over and over again to prove the point. Did I mention that three of the guys in the Dojo were super strong and 6'4" and taller?

Different body types can excel in sports that normally a more athletic tall person might be perceived as being superior.

If women were more interested in shooting sports I think more of us men folk would be humbled. :)
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Alan

Oh! I got it!

Men have itchier trigger fingers!
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