Arizona Women's Shooting Associates

Arizona Women's Shooting Associates

The Arizona Women's Shooting Associates was formed with the purpose of introducing women, family and friends to this wonderful sport.

We strive to encourage, educate and mentor women from the beginner to the advanced in the many different disciplines of the shooting sports.

Above all, we stress safety, variety and fun.
2016 Rifle Match

Having fun at the Washington's Birthday Match 2016 at Ben Avery

The women of AWSA share a moment to remember those who lost their lives on 9-11.
In recognition, Caroline Deegan LCDR MC USNR (RET) and Carol Ruh hold up our flag.

Gun Wife and Gun Husband

My name is Pete also known as Mr. Carol. That’s right, I’m Carol’s husband. Most of you know me as the guy who totally supports his wife in the gun world. I would like you to know a little bit of behind the scenes that none of you know about.

First let me tell you that I am the luckiest guy in the world. What man would not like to go to a gun show and have his wife by his side and be just as excited as he is when he is looking at all the guns? And what man would not love it when he says to his wife ‘ what do you think about this gun?” She answers with “I think you should buy it!”

The one thing that I hate is when we go to the range and she out shoots me with that new gun. The worst part is the ride home and she says to me “would you like me to tell you what you did wrong?”

My most rewarding part of having Carol as my wife is seeing the difference my wife has made teaching so many women to shoot. Her way of teaching is so much different than anything I have ever seen. I know that this comes from really caring for the ladies she teaches. She can put herself in their position and can make them feel comfortable with that gun in their hand. I have never seen her get frustrated with anyone, well maybe me one in a while.

Ladies if you are looking for a unique teacher, come out and meet Carol. As far as I’m concerned she is the best.

Pete Ruh


Now that you have read my husband’s report card on me, it’s my turn. Having been married to Pete for almost 37 years in October, I think I know him now. We also think that the marriage will work out too.

Several years ago while on the way to a gun show in Phoenix, we discussed the fact that we were NOT going to buy any guns. Everything was fine when we got there, and for some reason we got separated.

While I was looking at one table I discovered a Winchester 1897 pump shotgun that I needed for my Cowboy Action Shooting. Pete had his, but I wanted one for myself. I asked how much, and the price could not be beat for the condition was mighty fine. Normally we discuss everything but I couldn’t find him, so I had to make a decision. Well I figured if I said we couldn’t buy anything, then I guess I could break my own rule.

When he finally found me I had the shotgun over my shoulder. The look on his face was priceless. “I thought you said we were not buying anything today”? The laugher started and we continued to enjoy the show together. I think he was afraid to leave me alone again.

My husband has been by my side for all the exciting times putting AWSA together, helped out when needed, even if it was “go for” this and that. He is my rock and support, and encourages me all the way. His sense of humor is uplifting when I need it most, and to all the ladies at AWSA.

The stories are endless with my husband, but know this,


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