Glossary of Terms
TWAW – The Well Armed Woman – a national organization formed by Carrie Lightfoot to educate, equip and empower the woman shooter. Carrie’s story is fascinating, in that she too is a late-comer to the world of shooting sports. When she found herself working in a shady part of town, she decided she needed to be able to protect herself. Off she went in search of training and education in firearms and found that the industry was inundated with “good ole boys” who felt that the “little women” didn’t need to protect themselves. She founded The Well Armed Woman, LLC and the shooting chapters so that women across the country would not have to endure what she went through to learn about personal defense and firearms.
Kick – the technical term is recoil, which is the sudden rearward push made against the shooter when a firearm is fired. This push is due to Newton’s Third Law of physics (for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction). The heavier the bullet and the faster it leaves the muzzle of the barrel the more recoil. In other words, you have two factors that play into the amount of recoil you might expect to experience — the caliber of the bullet and the length of the barrel of the firearm.