Drills and Thrills at Patriot Protection

“Drills & Thrills” – Something Different & Fun in Plano – 4-Week Handgun Course of Fire

Thursdays October 22 – November 12, 2015 6:30 pm

Patriot Protection, Plano www.patriotprotection.net

Join us for 4 weeks of DIVA Drills & Thrills

Open to all DIVAs
Shoot moving targets and shoot while moving
Challenging & Fun
Each week will have a different course of fire
An awards banquet will follow
Everyone who participates will receive a Patriot Protection Patch
4 weeks of shooting
This is not a training course
$75 per DIVA
Registration closes October 15
No refunds
Limited to 20 DIVAs
All equipment provided
Eye Protection required – Ear protection not needed
After shooting social TBA each week

All the Details:

Open to DIVA Members Only
All ammo (non-lethal ammo) available at Patriot Protect (costs approximately $20 per week)
All handguns provided (9mm Glock or Beretta)
20 Rounds per evening
Wear high neck tops and closed toe shoes
Patriot Protection is an indoor range. The shooting areas do not have heat & air, so a jacket is a good idea!

What we will Shoot:

1st week – The Drill

Drill one – 7per drill– right – 2 rds – left 2rds – back 2rds – forward – 2rds
Drill Two – 7 per drill (timed optional) -Mag speed reload – 6rds – 2 – reload -2 reload -2
Drill Three-2 per drill– Concealment drill – run to concealment position 3rds right 3rds left

2nd week – The Thrill (It’s about Halloween)

Thrill one – 5 per drill– movement and monsters – 8 rds on target while moving forward
Thrill two – 2 per drill– 12 rds – 3 room drill balloon targets 12 rds, 4 target per room w 4 chances per room per person

You will have to sign up to learn the other targets and shooting planned!

Looking forward to seeing you for our first Drills & Thrills! You know this is going to be a blast. It’s Amanda’s first time to chair a DIVA event. She is planning fun targets, great shooting scenarios and has fun places for us to go after all the smoke has cleared. If you have any questions, please contact Amanda.

Amanda Dodd, Drills & Thrills Chair

Heather Eckert, Drills & Thrills Co-Chair

Grasslands Handgun League – Aug 11 – Sept 15

Join the Grasslands DIVAs at Lone Star Guns Gallery and Gear in Weatherford for 6 weeks of handgun league. We will be working on NRA Pistol Qualifications, learning better marksmanship and participate in friendly competitive marksmanship games. This league is ideal for new and inexperienced shooters, as well as those wanting to hone their marksmanship skills. The NRA Qualification Program is a self-paced, individual program designed to encourage you and increase your skills over a period of time.

Join us on Tuesdays at Lone Star, ladies nights, from 6:00 to 8:00 and get to know a great group of ladies who share a common interest, encourage one another, and like to shoot!

If you have a gun, bring it. If you have a target gun, even better.

No gun? No problem! The range does rent guns, and our ladies will allow you to use theirs. Don’t let not owning a gun prevent you from participating. We’ll help!

The range provides eye and ear protection if you do not have any.

  • You will shoot NRA Qualification targets at your own pace according to your level, with one fun target per evening.
  • $10 for DIVA members – This is a one time payment to the organization.
  • $15 for Non-DIVA members – This is a one time payment to the organization.
  • Lone Star will charge you $9 each night you shoot.
  • Online Registration Closes on Tuesday, Aug 4.
  • Please register ONLINE!  No checks please.
  • No Refunds
  • Beginners are welcome. All skill levels are welcome
  • No restriction on the caliber firearm you bring to shoot. We recommend .22 LR
  • Optics are permitted (scopes, red dots, etc)
  • Eye & Ear Protection Required

Instructor, Volunteer, Assistant Sign Ups for 3-Gun Clinic

DIVA WOW Premier Ladies 3-Gun Clinic. Set Up – Friday, September 18th    Time – TBA, Kick-Off Party – Friday Evening, September 18th

Place & Time – TBA

3-Gun Clinic – Saturday, September 19    Registration opens at 8:00 AM

Who needs to register here? 

  • Instructors
  • Instructor Assistants
  • Volunteers
  • Sponsors
  • Committee Members
When you register:
  • you will receive all DIVA 3-Gun Clinic updates.
  • You can  RSVP for the Friday Evening Kick-Off Party (Location and time TBA).
  • You can give your size for Special Event Shirt.
Have you made your hotel reservation?
Host Hotel is:
Hampton Inn & Suites Waxahachie

2010 Civic Center Lane
Waxahachie, TX 75165

$89.99 Breakfast included
All Rooms are w/two queens, limit 4 adults per room
Please Call for Hotel Directly for Group Rate
Ask for DIVA WOW
Book by Sept 1 for DIVA rate


If you have additional questions, please call or email me!

Debbie Selvidge, Clinic Chair



Big D Handgun League – July 29 – Sept 2

BIG D HANDGUN LEAGUE IS BACK!!  New RANGE, New NIGHT, New LEAGUE!! Big D Handgun League & NRA Qualification Program

Wednesdays – July 29 thru September 2, 2015

DFW Gun Range
1607 W Mockingbird Ln
Dallas, TX 75235

5:30 – 7:30


This league will be 6 weeks of shooting on Wednesday, July 29 thru September 2. Our awards party is set for September 9th, place TBD.


  • You will shoot 3 targets per night, 40 rounds (1 practice target, 2 that count!)
  • Each week after shooting, we will have a social time, loaction TBD
  • $85 for DIVA members
  • $95 for Non-DIVA members
  • Online Registration Closes on Tuesday,July 28
  • Please register ONLINE!  No checks please.
  • No Refunds
  • Beginners are welcome. All skill levels are welcome
  • No restriction on the caliber firearm you bring to shoot
  • Optics are permitted (scopes, red dots, etc)
  • Eye & Ear Protection Required

Big D Handgun League will continue with the NRA Qualification Program during our upcoming league.

The NRA Qualification Program is an informal shooting activity that provides incentive awards for developing and improving marksmanship skills. Progress is self-paced and performance is measured against ‘par scores.’

The program is designed to take shooters from beginning skill levels through intermediate levels up to the pinnacle of the program – the Distinguished Expert, which is comparable to the Sharpshooter classification in competitive shooting.

Ladies who have participated in previous sessions will be able to pick up where they left off. Since the program is self-paced, new comers can jump right in and join in the fun.


For more info, please call or email me!!

BIG D and DIVA WOW are excited and delighted to have a new partnership with DFW Gun Range.  I know you will enjoy our league nights and beyond at this beautiful INDOOR range.  www.dfwgun.com

Looking forward to our first BIG D League at DFW!!!

Paula Truitt, Big D Handgun League Chair



DIVA…Women Outdoors Worldwide

DIVA WOW in New Mexico

NRA Basic Range Safety Officer Course – July 25

Melanie Sturgis, DIVA Life Member and NRA Training Counselor is offering the NRA Basic Range Safety Officer Course at The Youth Target Foundation classroom in Lewisville. Class size is limited to 12. BRING A SACK LUNCH.

You do NOT have to be a DIVA Member to attend this class.

Cost: $100
Date: July 25, 2015
Hours: 8am to 5pm
Location: YTF
650 E SH 121
Lewisville, TX 75057

This class develops NRA Certified Range Safety Officers with the knowledge, skills, and attitude essential to organizing, conducting, and supervising safe shooting activities and range operations.

This course is nine hours long and is conducted in a classroom and at a shooting facility. Range Safety Officer candidates will learn roles and responsibilities of an RSO; Range Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs); range inspection; range rules; range briefings; emergency procedures; and firearm stoppages and malfunctions. Each Range Safety Officer Candidate will receive an RSO Student Study Guide, a Basic Firearm Training Program brochure, an NRA Gun Safety Rules brochure and a Course Evaluation form.

About Melanie

Melanie Sturgis – Carrollton, TX

Melanie owns Texas On Target – a training company that specializes in firearms training, shooting sports, hunting and education.

Melanie has been a long time sportswoman, who enjoys all forms of shooting sports and hunting.  Currently Melanie spends a lot of her time teaching Texas Parks and Wildlife Hunters Education and Shotgun training at Elm Fork Range in Dallas, TX.

Melanie, a Texas native has been hunting and shooting most of her life.  She made a decision some time back that she wanted to give back to the general public and what a better way then instructing up and coming shooting sports enthusiasts and hunters.

The TTC got to see Melanie in action during her training to become a NRA Pistol Instructor and we immediately knew she was a perfect fit and had tremendous assets as an Instructor that we wanted as part of our team.

Melanie currently hold the following Credentials:

  • NRA Training Counselor
  • Texas Concealed Handgun Instructor
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife Hunter Education Instructor
  • NRA Certified Pistol Instructor
  • NRA Certified Rifle Instructor
  • NRA Certified Shotgun Instructor
  • NRA Range Safety Officer
  • NRA Refuse To Be A Victim Instructor
  • NRA Personal Protection Series Instructor
  • NRA Shotgun Coach
  • NRA Reloading Instructor
  • Lipstick & Lead Instructor
  • DIVA WOW Instructor, Life Member
  • NRA Life Member
  • TSRA Life Member
  • Elm Fork Shooting Sports Instructor
  • Member of Dallas Arms Collectors Association
  • Owner of Texas On Target

Women’s Outdoor News Interviews Judy Rhodes

Have a listen to Women’s Outdoor News sixth podcast where they interview Judy Rhodes on how and why she founded DIVA…Women Outdoors Worldwide.

Podcast Episode Six

The strange world of purchasing 22 ammo

The Strange World of .22 Ammo Purchasing

If you are a recreational shooter, you would have to be living under a rock during the last few years if you haven’t heard of the ammo shortage – especially in .22 caliber.  Rimfire ammo is the cheapest you can buy and it used to be the most plentiful – until the run on ammo started.  It is only now, after 3 years, that we are starting to see it back on the shelves, and it is still difficult to find in some places.

At the height of the .22 crisis, merchants were limiting purchases to a box (or a carton, if you were lucky), and there were people standing in line to buy it.  Gunbroker and some of the other online sites were flooded with sellers who marked up the 22’s to ridiculous prices.  And people were paying those prices because they couldn’t find it anywhere else.
Merchants started looking at their stock and trying to put anything on the shelf that they could sell, and that’s where some problems started.  Some of the ammo they found was not suitable for just any 22 caliber gun.

One of our league leaders called me up one day and said she had found some .22 ammo that wasn’t cheap and it wasn’t cycling through the semiauto pistols.  She was very disappointed and said that the ammo she bought was terrible.  When I asked her what she bought, I was expecting her to tell me that it was imported.  It turned out that it WAS imported ammo.  It was Eley, which is the premier quality ammo made for precision target and competition shooting.  I told her I would be happy to buy everything she had!  (I’m still waiting!)

Eley makes ammo for target pistols AND rifles, but you have to know what you are buying and for which gun.  The Eley ammo she had was for target rifles, which are single shot bolt action guns.  That ammo has more lubricant on each cartridge than a pistol round and it will not cycle properly through a semiauto pistol magazine.  My target rifle LOVES this stuff.  My wallet , on the other hand, does not.

Eley does make ammo for semiauto pistols but that wasn’t what the merchants were putting on the shelves.  They were putting out the ammo that didn’t sell to the average shooter because it catered to a very specialized type of shooting for competition target rifles, not pistols.  It wasn’t in high public demand because most competitive shooters order their ammo in large bulk shipments online .

Rimfire ammo can also be confusing to some buyers who are unfamiliar with some of the types of loads.  There are Standard Velocity (a target shooters favorite), High Velocity and Stingers ( a varmint hunter’s favorite), Shorts ( good for plinking cans), and a myriad of others.  If you don’t know what type of ammo to buy, first look at your owner’s book that came with your gun.  If you don’t have a book, you can find just about anything on the internet these days, including manufacturing recommendations for your guns.

Know what you are buying before you write that check!

What Makes a Successful Hunt?

We have all seen the Facebook sites, hunting outfit flyers and magazine advertisements promising the hunt of your lifetime. My question is, what really makes a hunt successful? Is it bringing home a bigger buck than your closest hunting buddy, just filling your freezer with enough wild game that will last a year, maybe shooting the ever elusive 400 lb. hog or just getting your limit on ducks before you freeze to death?Me Glassing for deer

I often think about this after I have been on a hunt and came home empty handed. In May 2014 fellow Diva, Trish Jorrey talked to me about joining her on a Coues Whitetail Buck hunt in Arizona. I thought about it for maybe sixty seconds and decided I would love to go! We applied for our tags and the wait   was on and then the email from the State of Arizona finally came, WE GOT OUR TAGS!! I did some research on which firearm would be better to shoot out to and beyond 500 yards, what gear to take and then on the hunt. I found out that this particular whitetail deer is one of the hardest deer in the US to hunt and is only legal to hunt to two of our 50 states, being New Mexico and Arizona. The deer have a very hard life because they live in the mountains at around 5,000 feet elevation and there are mountain lions that love to have deer for dinner. Many hunters go on exotic hunts around the world, but the one animal that they likely do not have is a Couse Deer Buck because they can be very difficult to hunt. So to prepare for this trip I needed to shoot at some long distances and I really needed to work on my mountain climbing legs.

Our Trip is finally upon us, it seemed like it took forever for November to finally roll around. We made out trip from Texas to Arizona and met up with another female huntress from California, and continued our trip from the Phoenix airport to the Buenos Aries National Wildlife Refuge. The car ride was fun, we talked about the hunt and how excited we were to have the opportunity. We made a couple stops to see some sites, took pictures to commemorate our trip and then we had to drive through a couple Boarder check points. We were getting really close to Mexico and the excitement was building because our first hunt was just a couple hours away.mildred

We made it to camp, introductions were made, the tent was set up for four days of camping with no electricity or running water, our backpacks were packed, our rifles were ready and we had plenty of water, it sure was hot for November! We take off on our first hunt, we walk and walk and then we climb and climb up a mountain named Mildred. The climb was rough, the mountain is very steep and rocky. We climbed to around 3,000 feet the first afternoon and then night fall was getting close and we headed back to camp. I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of women who were at camp when we returned, I felt like I fit right in. Dinner and stories around the camp fire were fun, but early to bed for me, 3:00 AM comes really early. Over the next few days we would get up at 3:00 AM to be on the mountain before the sun came up and deer started moving. The climbs were now to 5,500 feet and it was very challenging for us but, we did it twice a day each day were there. Exhausted and freezing by night and up with a smile on our face to do it again each morning at 3:00 AM.

While out on each hunt we could see the Coues deer and would hike down a mountain and up another to get closer for a better shot. We would spend time sitting in the shade glassing from one mountain to another trying to find a buck that was in range for us to take a shot on. The closest we came to bringing a deer home was a nice Coues deer that I have in my rifle sites at 600 yards and just could not get the shot off in time. It was a particularly long hike down off of Mildred that afternoon for me… the last afternoon of our hunt. I would be going home without my Coues Whitetail Deer.Trish, Kim, Edie and Becca

I was upset with myself because I didn’t take that 600 yard shot. I started thinking on my way off of Mildred, What really makes a successful hunt? I honestly don’t think it is what most people think it is. The biggest Buck or hog, the banded Teal or full freezer are all nice but, I am sure of one thing, my Coues Whitetail hunt was very successful. I have gained knowledge about hunting in the mountains, learned more about how my rifle shoots, I have watched Coues deer from one mountain to another, I now know how far I can push myself physically, climbing that mountain was brutal, I made amazing new friends and memories to last a lifetime and I was able to go to go sleep and wake up with nature which is one of my favorite things in the world to do. If you have never been able to see the sunset and sunrise in the Arizona Mountains you should add it to your bucket list! They are stunningly beautiful.

As I reflect back on this hunting trip it goes down as one my most successful hunts and I am hoping that I will have the luck of the draw again this year so I can return to Arizona to chase Couse Whitetail deer again.

Article by Kimberly Manuel

DIVA WOW Annual Conference

A Path to Greatness

It wasn’t long ago that I sent out a challenge to all DIVAs at the annual meeting in March of 2014.  The last words of my acceptance speech as President, were this:

“I present to you a new opportunity to be greater.  It is to learn, to teach… to follow, to lead… to serve and to be served.  This is DIVA…WOW.  You see, some people spend their entire lives looking for one moment, to be their personal victory.  I challenge you to spend the next two years with me, looking for every opportunity to go from greater to greatness. This organization is going to be the greatest and we already have an opportunity to experience this very moment of its journey.  Take the opportunity, seek it out and enjoy its successes.”

If you weren’t able to make the annual meeting, you missed a great time!  We conducted business as is required by our by-laws, we met new sisters, we rekindled friendships, and we set our sights on new goals.  Our past leadership has set us on a path to greatness, just look at those who have served our organization from day one.  They continue to have a heart and a passion for introducing generations to the outdoors.  They are teaching, they are serving, but the best part: they are being served and they continue to learn!

The heart of this organization is just that – learn, teach, follow, lead, serve and be served.  My challenge to you is to look inside of yourself and understand that your life experiences will make us a greater organization.  We need you to step up and be an integral part of this community of outdoor sisters!

Don’t think you have it in you to be a leader?   I challenge you to test your skills.  We are no stronger than the weakest and we are here to make sure you get to greatness.  Look for your opportunity as a DIVA to achieve what you thought you never could achieve.  And when you need help, you will find it.  We will never leave a sister behind!  What you put into this organization, so shall you receive.  Go ahead…stretch you arms wide and take it all in to be greater- greatness is on the horizon!

Article by Penni Nelson