Shooting heroine


Playing with guns is not every girl’s passion, but it looks pretty cool and it’s one way to parlay PMS into a particularly impressive explosion.


Alva Senow said after “being scared of guns” when she was young growing up in the North End, she has a whole new respect for them now that she’s the one holding the gun.


When Senow met her husband and learned he was a “hunter, a survivalist and always practices safety,” she felt more comfortable getting to know guns.


“My husband felt I needed a release one day and took me to shoot his 30-06 rifle. He set up a target approximately 200 yards away and nailed an empty shot gun shell to a board. I took a few shots, it felt pretty good,” Senow said. “We walked to the target and the shot gun shell had a bullet hole dead centre. Then I was hooked!”


She’s been shooting ever since. She regularly goes for target practice. Currently, she shoots at Selkirk Game and Fish.


Senow said they incorporated a gun shop, Pineridge Gunsmithing, but she had to get her firearms licence before she could even enter their facility. She passed a two-day course with the Winnipeg Pistol and Revolver Association. With her restricted and non-restricted permits, she could then actually apply for her licence.


Shooting sports were introduced as one of the first nine events at the modern Olympics in Athens in 1896. Over the past several decades, women have been able to compete in mixed competitions and won medals in Rifle 3 positions and skeet shooting.


Marksmanship has been valued for its accuracy and speed.


“This is an extremely respectable sport,” Senow said.


She also owns quite the collection of guns, including a snake-charmer shotgun and a restricted Walther P22 handgun. Senow said her favourite is the Winchester 270-A bolt Medallion rifle with a BOSS.
Senow knows how much fun it is to take aim at her target. I wouldn’t argue with a girl with gunpowder.


“When a woman is on the range with her gun … all things are equal,” she said.


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