There’s a growing trend within the firearms industry: women posing with firearms tucked into their panties or a barrel strategically placed across their chest, barely covering their nipples.
Many gun guys and gals are bothered by this aesthetic atrocity (about the most awful sight you’ll ever see, don’t you dare Google it). They label these women “gun bunnies,” hoping to shame them into putting some clothes on. Or something . . .
These women don’t have to pose in bikinis (with guns) to earn critics’ ire. They just have to look sexy (with guns). I was called a gun bunny for posing with a gun wearing a tank top in the Texas summer heat. That’s ridiculous.
Maybe I’m over-reacting. Perhaps these keyboard commandos are concerned I’ll damage my assets with hot brass on the range. Which is complete crap, BTW. I don’t think I’ve ever flinched at hot brass, and if you do you’re a pussy.
Those who use the term gun bunny believe that a woman who flaunts her physical assets along with firearms can’t be a serious shooter. In other words, having boobs larger than an A-cup automatically classifies you as a bimbo with no idea how to handle a weapon.
The real question is, can these women shoot?
Yes. Yes they can. In fact, underestimating a beautiful woman with a gun can be a deadly mistake. My recent experience at the Bullets and Bombshells shoot-out in Las Vegas proves the point.
The event was hosted by Walkers GSM (protect it or lose it) Allegiant Rifleworks, Decisive Action (High Threat Protective Solutions) and Tactical Shit (Civilian Patriots and Shooting Enthusiasts). The course of fire included explosions, Ferraris and dirt bike stunts.
Beautiful, like-minded, hot-blooded American women — law enforcement officers, veterans, hunters, 3-Gun competitors, writers, TV show hosts and general XX chromosome bad asses — set the record straight. No matter what you look like you can KICK ASS and outshoot the haters. Male haters. Which we did.
I recently interviewed a group of gun bunny-haters at Just The Tip of the Spear. I set out to make peace with these trash-talking vets. To show them how “we can all just get along,” gun bunnies and haters alike.
Like so many haters, Tip Of The Spear’s hosts think “gun bunnies” get undeserved job opportunities that more serious shooters deserve. From what I gathered they think it’s okay to be a woman in the firearms industry — so long as you wear loose-fitting, unattractive clothing.
I tried to turn them from the hysterical to the historical. WW2 created gun bunnies. Women posed for photos in skimpy outfits holding the guns they were making back home, to encourage the troops deployed overseas. What’s wrong with that?
You could say women and guns are quintessentially American. And I’ll say I’d rather be known for holding guns in photos than for holding designer bags or shoes.
Yes, there are women who merely pose with guns to gain the attention of their male counterparts and, thus, earn money, travel and free product. But there are many of us who can both pose and shoot. I’m proud to be one of them, no matter what you call me.