So, you’ve just bought your first gun and now it’s time to consider your training. The choices you make for your gun training is as important as the decision to own a gun. As with any important decision in life, it is important to do research on gun training for women ahead of time to arm yourself with the knowledge you will need to make the right choice for you. Below is a little advice to help you get started on your search and choices in women’s gun training options..
Utilize Local Resources
When looking for the right gun-training course near you, local gun shops, gun shows, and shooting ranges are a great place to start. Visit their websites to begin your research. When it comes to gun training for women, it can be a challenge to find instruction that understands the needs of women. You will likely find instruction “geared” toward women, but that doesn’t mean they are gifted to teach women.
Spend some time doing your research on each training company and its instructors. Some things to consider:
- How long have they been training women?
- What kind of credentials do they have?
- Do they have female instructors on staff? (This is not necessary as you don’t need to be trained by a woman, but it is a good indication that the training company is eager to meet the needs of its women clientele)
- Are there any reviews on the courses?
Once you have identified some options, I suggest you go and meet with them and talk with them directly. You will know quickly if they are genuinely committed to training women well and with respect. Intuitively, you will know!
What To Look For
Look for a training organization that offers a wide range of courses taught by highly experienced instructors. Find a course that offers gun training for women to develop the following basic skills:
- Firearm safety
- Basic handling/manipulation of a firearm
- One-handed shooting techniques
- Quick and safe reloading
- Drawing from a holster or concealed carry purse
- Shooting accuracy
- How to shoot at moving targets/moving while firing
- Defending yourself against multiple targets
- Shooting in low light conditions
The type of course you choose will depend on your skill level and what you want the training to accomplish. Whether you want to learn about gun handling basics, armed self defense, tactical training or competitive shooting, there is a gun training class for you. Thinking about getting a Concealed Carry (CCW) permit? In many states, you’ll have to take a CCW training course as part of the application process. Once you’ve determined which type of course you’ll need, the next step is finding the right provider in your area.
Continue Shooting With Other Women
Consider joining one of the hundreds of The Well Armed Woman Shooting Chapters across the nation. TWAW Shooting Chapters is a non-profit organization that organizes local groups of women around the country that meet monthly to practice, learn and grow as shooters. Creating opportunities for women to be introduced to issues important to women shooters, learn safe gun handling skills and train together.
Consider NRA & USCCA Training Courses
Another great resource is The National Rifle Association. The NRA certifies firearm instructors and one can be found almost anywhere!! The NRA offers a wide variety of courses including Women On Target®. This is series of Instructional Shooting Clinics designed specifically for women that teach the basics of safe gun handling, storing and shooting. You can choose from a variety of NRA training courses from the basic through more advanced shooting techniques and skills.
The USCCA also has a wonderful training program and certified instructors all across the country. They offer anumber of courses focused on your self defense with a firearm with an emphasis on the legal ramifications. You can find instructors and courses here
Practice Makes Perfect
I believe gun ownership and training go together as a package. You can’t have one without the other. As with any skill, the more you practice, the better you’ll be, and gun handling is one skill you must work to be the best you can be at.. Your training is an ongoing commitment. Find training centers and instructors who can guide you and help you grow as a shooter. Even though finding gun training for women may be tough – it is worth the effort to find the right partner for you.