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.
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.
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.