The Women of Dallas Are Armed and Dangerous, Thanks to Mama Jeanie

Her own shooting career derailed, Jeanie Almond has become Dallas' go-to teacher for shooting's fastest-growing market: women.

"Never," we answered, with a collective eye-roll and chuckle.

On the range, I stood toe-to-toe with her to learn the proper stance — left foot forward, right foot back. She and I held the gun at my hip to fire it once and feel the recoil. She positioned my hands and shoulders, making adjustments along the way like a yoga teacher.

"I got this, I promise I won't let go," she said, sensing my tense shoulders and vice grip on the gun. I expected it to feel like a sucker punch to the shoulder, but it didn't. It wasn't so bad.

Jeanie (left) and the Lipstick and Lead instruction team. Yes, that's her pink truck.
Danny Fulgencio
Jeanie (left) and the Lipstick and Lead instruction team. Yes, that's her pink truck.
Jeannie's granddaughter is a competitive shooter, too.
Danny Fulgencio
Jeannie's granddaughter is a competitive shooter, too.

"Now you're gonna bend your left knee only and stick your butt straight out behind you," she said. "Finger on the trigger, eyes in the sky, head down, eyes up, let's go!"

She kept her hands on the gun as I shot. It was guiding more than confining, a comfort, not a hindrance. She later described herself as a "pseudo-shooter," aiming the gun at the target with me, improving my chances at nailing a disk. "I'm creating a situation whereby you can be successful," she said.

I pulled the trigger and missed. But it was more effortless than I'd imagined.

I missed again with the second shot, probably no closer. Jeanie told me to relax. Now that I knew what to expect, I consciously lowered my shoulders, which had been up to my ears. I let myself go. And I nailed the next two.

"Yeah, all right, good job," Jeanie said, and high-fived me. I laughed loudly, feeling prouder than the occasion warranted. Later, I told her that my excitement seemed to outweigh my success.

"It was your moment," she said calmly. "You are so entitled to that moment."


Mama Jeanie is everything cable television-watchers think Texan women are, but she's not originally a Texan. She was born in North Carolina on a military base and moved often, depending where her father was stationed. She spent the most time in San Antonio, where she went to high school and met her first husband, Ken Robertson.

He was on the Air Force shotgun team at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio; Jeanie's father was a gunsmith for the pistol team. They met in church. He was from Southern California, so they began their life together there.

"Bless your heart, you did not expect this today, I'm sure," she says over lunch, pausing at the question of why she married her first husband. "Um, I had no place else to go. Mother was, at that time in her life, very powerless. I was an only child, no aunts, no uncles, no cousins, no extended family whatsoever, and I couldn't stay with my dad."

She'd been abused by her father.

"He ruined my childhood," she says.

So there she was, in California, starting her own family as part of a convenient and beautiful escape. Her husband made his name as a competitive shotgun shooter, technical adviser on Hollywood sets and instructor, filming instructional videos that remain popular today. Once, on the set of Dynasty, Joan Collins could not hold the gun properly, so there's a brief scene where it's her husband's hands latched around a gun that's peeking from behind a tree.

Jeanie was mostly a mother and wife in those days, but she kept shooting and kept racking up state and national titles. She'd often pack her four children into a motor home to travel wherever her husband was competing. Once, in Northern California, she decided to shoot too. She broke 94 of 100 targets in the first round of American trap shooting, beating out the other women.

Then it was time for the Calcutta, where people place bets on shooters, like horses at a race. Jeanie's friend bet on her. Her husband broke 91 of 100 clay targets. She broke 97. Her husband posed with her in every photo, she says, explaining to people how much he taught her.

"She always kind of took the backseat and let everybody else have the glory," her son, Scott, says. "She was a mom first, so she was very good about putting herself at the end of the line and everybody else at the front of the line."

In those days, Jeanie's expertise was in American trap, not the Olympic version her granddaughter prefers. Nevertheless, in 1982 she got a call from her friend Glenda Stark, an International trap World Champion silver medalist. There was a spot for her on the Olympic team — or maybe just a tryout. Neither woman remembers exactly. But there was an opportunity, and Jeanie wanted to pursue it.

Jeanie's husband had failed to qualify for an international training team that same month. When Jeanie broke the news, it was met with silence, followed by a devastating ultimatum.

"I didn't get to go, so you're sure as hell not gonna go," she remembers him saying. "And if you do try and go, by the time you come back, I'll have filed for divorce. I'll take the children ... so those are your choices. Go or stay."

"So I put the Olympics, in my mind and my heart, in a box," she says. "And put it away."

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A Ft. Worth-O-Plex Music Page
A Ft. Worth-O-Plex Music Page

hmmm, preparing to fight back in the war on women, like, "you can have my birth control pills when you pry them from my cold dead hands?"

loxas1
loxas1

myrna - so if guns kill people, then was it a spoon that made you a fat-ass??? maybe we should have an anti-spoon rally and ban all the spoons in the country to solve the obesity problem.... typical leftist libtarded hypocrite....

gdruzek
gdruzek

I hope that people realize that Jeanie Almond isn't the only lady instructor. The NRA's "Women On Target" teaches classes at various gunranges. The Second Amendment Sisters started right here in Texas. On the West coast are the Liberty Belles. All of these organizations teach responsible, safe gun ownership which is sadly lacking due to the media and hollywood.

kergo1spaceship
kergo1spaceship

Nothing sexier than a woman with a gun.  Unless "she BIG". Then you just have her load the rifle. 

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Another mass gun murder.  This time in New Jersey.  Guns kill people.

JM64
JM64

Leslie, I don't know if you selected the headline, or the editor who did so, but it is quite misleading. The women who are being taught to shoot by "Mama Jeanie" are NOT ARMED AND DANGEROUS in the classic, criminal sense. These women, and any others who learn to properly handle firearms are dangerous ONLY to those people they intend to shoot, if/when necessary.

 

The implication of the headline is that women with guns are a danger to anyone/everyone around them simply because they have guns. I respect the article's overall neutrality concerning guns, but the headline is poorly written.

JM64
JM64

Myrna, obviously you have never seen a gun that didn't terrify you, except for those in the hands of 'trustworthy, well-trained' LEOs, such as the NYPD, who wounded NINE innocent bystanders in shooting one armed criminal. Of course, such twits as you would call that 'collateral damage'...

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

This is clearly a paranoid man-wannabe with a gun fetish and an Annie Oakley complex.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Just what we need.  More guns killing more people.

Tim.Covington
Tim.Covington

Thank you for this article. I have taught several people to shoot pistol and rifle. I've been looking for professional instructors for those who I do not have the skill to teach. This has given me an instructor to recommend to them.

azlefty
azlefty

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz   So the gun fired itself you idiot?

You do realize  the  largest non-terrorist related mass-murder in the  US did not involve any guns? 

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

 @jmelton6414 I was on here bashing the cops for doing that after it happened, and I was invidiously excoriated for doing so by the gun fetishistas.

RTGolden
RTGolden

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Empower women, but only if they are women who behave in a proper, progressive-approved, liberal fashion?

 

How very Republican of you.

BANE
BANE

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz

 So a strong, independent, empowered woman is now a man-wannabe in the eyes of the tolerant left?

gdruzek
gdruzek

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz

 What we don't need is so-called liberals empowering more and more criminals to prey on law abiding citizens. Typical liberal "crime" control: 1. create gun laws that only effect law abiding citizens. 2. Do away with the death penalty and harsh penalties for criminals. 3. create victim disamament zones that only effect law abiding citizens. 4. Give guns and hand grenades to Mexican drug cartels. 5. Disband police forces due to "budget cuts". 6. Supply police forces with military hardware and at the same time reduce training hours to due "budget cuts". 7. Jail law abiding citizens without trial due to "national security". 8. Allow the media to hero worship any gunbanger who's stopped from robbing, murdering and raping. 9. Create no questions asked "gun buybacks" that allow gangbangers to dispose of their murder weapons witihout ballistic tests. 10. Encourage the media to publish statements from anti-gun organizations.[Asking the antigun brady bunch to comment on guns is like listening to Mothers Against Drunk Drivers comment on a NASCAR ruling.]

oboudet27
oboudet27

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Do we have to go there again? Is it not getting old already?

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

 @BANE An independent, empowered woman would not need to run around shooting guns in order to be independent and empowered.

dmd-123
dmd-123

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz  @BANEAnd why not? You are clearly threatened by this, as you put it man-wannbe. There is nothing wrong with sport shooting and certainly nothing wrong with personal defense.

 

oboudet27
oboudet27

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Its funny how "guns" kill people. But yet Chicago who has one of the most restrictive gun laws is on the edge of declaring marshal law due to so many killings.

 
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