Babes with Bullets™ is a series of camps held across the US, offering a three day firearms training program for novice women who have little (or zero) handgun experience. We also offer camps for women who have some handgun experience along with “combo” camps to introduce women to the handling of an AR-15 rifle along with handgun training. Every camp is taught by women who are national and world firearms champions with Kay Miculek as the head instructor.
The Babes with Bullets ™ camps started in 2004 at the Louisiana home range of head instructor, Kay Clark Miculek, who is a several time World Champion in handgun competitions along with a 14 time National Champion in multi-gun events with handgun, rifle and shotgun. Deb Ferns, camp director, was one of Kay’s campers in the 2004 event and is also active in handgun and multi-gun competitions. While Kay started shooting at a very young age with a family that is still building custom firearms, the “gun bug” did not start with Deb till she shot a handgun for the first time on her 45th birthday.
Between Kay and Deb, with Lisa Munson as the senior instructor, who is yet another World and National Handgun Champion, the camps have continued to grow. There are now over 1,800 camper alumnae with an age span of 16 to 78 with over 12 countries represented, though dominantly the campers come from across the US. Many of them travel to camp alone, though by the end of camp it never fails that each woman has made a host of new friends! According to Deb the camps are “1/3 firearms training, 1/3 adventure camp, and 1/3 pajama party!”
All campers should anticipate arriving the afternoon/early evening before camp begins. This allows for the mandatory safety briefing and equipment allocation. We do not provide transportation to/from the camp however we will provide an email list to registered campers so that they can share arrival and departure information with other campers so carpooling is an option.
Beginner Handgun (known as PH101) takes place over two and a half days. Novice shooters will begin their instruction utilizing .22 caliber handguns and will advance to center-fire (usually 9mm) by the middle of the first day. On the last half day of camp all campers participate in a practical pistol “mini” match. No one is asked to do anything at the small match that they did not learn at camp; so do not worry…there is only safety as the number one issue and having fun as number two! All novice camps are anticipated to have a small camera crew taping for use on the Babes with Bullets webisodes located at www.OutdoorChannel.com/BabeswithBullets.
The Beginner camp (PH101) is right for you if:
- You have never fired a handgun before.
- You have taken a handgun safety class (such as an NRA or your state CCW class), but you have very little experience actually shooting handguns.
- You participate in Practical Pistol matches at a local club but usually finish toward the bottom of the pack.
- You have a “D” classification from the United States Practical Pistol Association. If you have a Novice or Marksman classification from the International Defensive Pistol Association.
- You are a fairly experienced handgun shooter but you have never been introduced to the speed draw, or the speed reload; you have never shot moving targets with a handgun and you have never shot while you are moving.
Intermediate Handgun (known as PH201) is usually offered at Kay’s range in April of each year. This camp takes place over two days. Camps can have twelve to twenty-four students. Regardless of the total number of participants, there is always at least one instructor for every six students. The training offered in these camps is based on techniques utilized by our World and National Champion instructors. Experienced shooters will begin their instruction with a center-fire handgun.
Intermediate Handgun (PH201) is right for you if:
- You have participated in previous Babes with Bullets ™ Camps and the instructors have indicated that you are ready for the Intermediate camp.
- You participate in Practical Pistol matches on a regular basis and have a USPSA classification of C or classification as a Sharpshooter in IDPA.
If a camp is noted as a combination of Beginner and Intermediate, students will be divided into groups according to skill level and experience. This is typical at a range where we have hosted camps in the past so the students in that area are ready to move on to intermediate and yet we have a number of novice campers also coming in; usually as a referral from a previous camper. If you are not sure which camp is right for you contact Kay Miculek online or at 318-949-1303. Give her your shooting experience and get her advice.
Your registration fee covers GROUP lodging unless otherwise noted in the individual camp description. We normally stay in a lodge or series of condos located near the range. Our group lodging is generally “bunkhouse” style with six to eight women sharing a cabin or condominium. Women on occasion share a bed or in some cases sleep on an air mattress. If you choose to make other lodging arrangements we should be able to recommend a nearby hotel. The cost of camp remains the same even if you don’t utilize the group lodging. We strongly encourage campers, even those who are local to the area, to spend the evenings with the group. This is an “immersion” style program where time spent both on the range and off the range is important!
Estimate 500 to 600 rounds of ammo needed for each camp. With ammunition in short supply right now, you should start purchasing yours as soon as you sign up for camp. We will have 9mm ammunition for purchase at the camps. The approximate cost will be $20 for 50 rounds. Deb Ferns will let campers know where to ship their ammo. Please do not go out and purchase a handgun for camp. We have S&W M&P 9mm pistols and all the necessary accessories to loan to campers at no additional charge. Prior to each camp an additional list of “what to bring” will also be sent out along with a camper email list so campers can possibly share a rental car from the airport.
Price per woman is $675.00. There is a $25.00 discount for campers that have their own personal USPSA or NRA membership. Price includes range fees, instructors and housing, along with most of the food. (At most camps we have our chef come along if her schedule allows.) There is a 50% discounted scholarship available to each camp through the generosity of HiViz Sights. For information on the HiViz scholarship, click the link below, or contact Kay Miculek online or by phone at 318-949-1303 for more scholarship information.
Babes with Bullets HiViz Scholarship Information – ALL HiViz SCHOLARSHIPS FOR 2013 HAVE BEEN AWARDED
Once a camp is full, no additional online reservations can be taken. To be on a stand-by list for a camp email Kay directly at Kay@Bang-Inc.com . Additional camp information, including concerns about ammo, etc. are coordinated by Deb Ferns starting about 60 days before each camp. Deb can be reached at Deb@BabeswithBullets.com .
· No Drugs
· No Alcohol (while at the range or handling a firearm)
· No Un-Sportsman Like Conduct
Our Babes with Bullets camps are designed to be a positive learning experience for all campers. Firearms safety is our first priority. Any campers exhibiting an ongoing inability to understand firearms safety could potentially be requested to leave the program. Any campers exhibiting an aggressive or toxic attitude towards other campers or instructors could also be requested to leave the program.
- Full refunds are granted with written requests, for camp cancellations received 60 or more days in advance of the camp. Contact Deb@BabeswithBullets.com with 60 days or more notice to arrange a full refund
- If a camp cancellation is received in writing between 30 to 59 days in advance, a camper has the choice of moving the full camp fee to a future camp within the next calendar year OR there is a $200 penalty assessed to the refund given.
- Campers who cancel their event with 15 to 29 days notice may move 50% of their current camp fee to a future camp within the next calendar year. No refunds are given.
- If a camp cancellation occurs less than 15 days prior to the start of camp, there is no refund and your camp fees will not be applied to a future camp.
PLEASE NOTE that once a camp is transferred to a future date within the next calendar year, that is a “one time” transfer and cannot be transferred again.
If special circumstances arise, for instance the death of an immediate family member, please contact Deb@BabeswithBullets.com.
We reserve the right to refuse camp registration to any person or company.