Sending my wife away – To GUNSITE

Last year Drema and I attended Gunsite for a media event where she and several  other ladies got to try multiple handguns and receive some instruction from the very capable Il Ling New. ( See images here: 1  2  3 ) This year Drema is returning for the Ladies Pistol 1 class.

At Gunsite last year she really liked the Colt New Agent in 9mm with XS Sights. After experimenting with several 1911s (No, I did not suggest a 1911, that was her idea and was based on the guns she has been exposed to. Living with me, that means she has been exposed to a lot of different guns.) Drema has decided on a Kimber Ultra Ageis II.

The Ultra Aegis II is an Officer sized 1911 and while many might think it too small for a two day pistol class, she’ll be using DoubleTap’s light recoiling 80 gr. Barnes TAC-XP load. Not only is this load very comfortable to shoot from a compact handgun it delivers IMPRESSIVE TERMINAL PERFORMANCE.

Kimber Ultra Aegis II

If it arrives in time, she will also have with her a Kimber Pro Aegis II which is a Commander size version of the same pistol. This will give her a backup gun as well as larger gun to transition to if she finds the smaller 1911 too much for extended shooting.

Both of the Kimber Aegis pistols have aluminum frames and super thin grips. All the sharp edges have been removed with what Kimber calls the Carry Melt process and the front strap has been checkered.

Interestingly, Aegis is from a Greek word used to describe a large collar or cape worn in ancient times to display the protection provided by a high religious authority or the holder of a protective shield signifying the same.  A more modern version of the meaning is “under the protection of a powerful force” which is a perfect name for a defensive pistol.

Kimber Pro Aegis II

Regardless of your skill as a shooter or a firearms instructor, teaching a spouse to shoot is about as difficult as spending a weekend with your mother in law. If you can pull the funds together, send them off to reputable training academy like Gunsite. Their safety, the safety of your kids and maybe even you might one day depend on it.

Drema has agreed to provide some video an images each day about her experience in the class. So, check back in September to see how the guns, ammo and she perform. An article about the class will be forthcoming as well.


About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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One Response to Sending my wife away – To GUNSITE

  1. Beth Cowgill says:

    Now that’s the kind of gift I want from my significant other! If he tells me he is sending me to a shooting class, that would be awesome!

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