The White haired ShooterTHE WHITE HAIRED SHOOTER

HI!  My name is Peggy, and I am a sixty-something woman living in Northwest Montana.

Although I am a west coast “transplant,” like most of the Montana women I know here I grew up with shooting. I learned target shooting with a 22 rifle as a youngster right along with the boys, and have gone rifle and shotgun hunting for deer, ducks and grouse for years.

But handguns are a newer addition to my life. When I tried shooting a pistol about 30 years ago I found the experience unsatisfying and was extremely discouraged when my initial attempts didn’t even come close to hitting the target.

My best friend and husband of twelve years – Gary , on the other hand, was a competition hand gun shooter and rifle marksman with military as well as a hunting background. He reloads and has done a lot of his own gun smithing.

He is also a certified NRA Basic Pistol instructor.  I help him with class set up and paperwork, and when I have fully retired from my “day job” – also plan to get my NRA certification. Classes are taught in a fifth wheel set up at our home range, and the focus is on teaching couples – primarily retirees – who seek a general  working knowledge of safe handling and shooting of pistols mostly for self defense in the home and while traveling.

We started a leather making business a couple of years back as a “retirement” business – which has developed into a specialty – every day carry and concealed holsters for handguns. Gary custom makes each holster using the REAL gun.

This has given me the opportunity to study and handle a lot of different guns – revolvers and semi autos. Over time, with encouragement and training, I have come to understand pistols better and learned to shoot reasonably well.  And I admit I am now hooked on target shooting with a handgun.

My goal with this blog is to share my experience as a woman coming to know handguns later in life. There are many aspects of shooting that are unique to women, and to the older woman in particular. I want to create a space to share training, resources, encouragement and stories that help make firearms a safer and more enjoyable part of a mature woman’s life.

Safe and Happy Shooting!      – Peggy C

ps.  Please visit my other blog,of musings, prose, pictures of my Montana backyard, in “Silver Linings, Dust Bunnies… ” by clicking here:

Thanks!   ~Peggy


6 responses to “About

  1. Julie the Workaholic

    April 20, 2014 at 9:43 am

    I know we just recently crossed paths, but because I find your blog simply wonderful, I have put you up for one or two awards (you can accept one, both, or neither, LOL); The Sunshine Award and the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. All the information you need is over at I absolutely get it if you have so much going on that you don’t post, but wanted you to know that I really enjoy your posts, and wanted to share them with my readers, as well.

    • whitehairedshooter

      April 20, 2014 at 3:02 pm

      Hi Julie,
      Thank you so much for including me in your nominations. I am not sure exactly how all of this works, as this is a “firstie” for me!
      It will take me a little while to respond while I figure it out, but I do intend to!
      I’m discovering blogging is addictive! You have inspired me with your light hearted and humor filled writing in your “MUSINGS,” and I’ve just launched a second blog of a freer flowing nature. As a recovering workaholic, I am “working” (lol) at kicking it loose! New blog tentatively named “Silver Linings, Dust Bunnies… and other wonders.”
      Thank you for your encouragement and the nominations.
      I continue to enjoy and look forward to more of your work!

      • Julie the Workaholic

        April 20, 2014 at 6:19 pm

        I can’t wait to read the new one, Peggy! The current one is very informative, and as a woman who intends to get a conceal carry permit? Good info!

  2. Susan Gordon

    December 24, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    I have been hunting for a few days for just your sort of blog. A woman, over 60 that shoots has a functioning blog. Keep up the work. I will check back later.
    Sue G.

  3. new blog is

    February 23, 2016 at 6:13 am

    Hi Peggy! I just wanted to let you know that my old blog is shut down and I’m now here:




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