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“I really enjoyed the class, especially since there were only a few students. Not only did I learn how to be a better shooter, but I learned more about the actual gun, the ammunition and how to deal with real-life situations.”
- AT/Alpine

“This class was outstanding. Above & beyond my expectations. I feel I am able to speak more knowledgeable when engaging in conversation. I am highly recommending this class to any of my female friends that show an interest in learning to shoot or become better.”
- DS/Phoenix

“My fear of guns was alleviated, so the actual shooting was beneficial and knowing that the gun will not go off by itself was a relief.” - JY/Show Low

"Excellent course, great for basic knowledge on gun safety and usage."
IL/Show Low

“I want to thank you so much for the class we took. You don’t know how reassuring it was to hear that we were doing it right. We may not have been doing it their way but then again we aren’t built like the guys are. My husband does not understand why my attitude changed from not sure what I am doing to knowing damn well what I am doing. I like the change and he isn’t sure.”
LH/Camp Verde

“Linda’s instruction was a perfect balance of lecture, demonstration, practice, DVD, discussion. I appreciate that Linda offered additional practice sessions and I know I can call her for help in anything associated with the basics of pistol shooting.”
KA/Lakeside

“All of it was well prepared and presented. Linda did a good job individualizing the training according to needs and abilities. She has a very positive attitude!” ~ MR/Snowflake

“This was the best class I have ever taken on the basics.”
HW/Concho

“Every woman should have the pleasure of taking this class with someone like Linda. I feel so fortunate.”
SW/Pinetop

“I now feel safe with the gun out of the safe, handling, loading and understanding the operation of it. I’m empowered!! Thanks so much for your positive input, Linda.”
DC/Overgaard

“The instructor (Linda) was great. She was a great example of a strong woman.”
- AH/Show Low

“Wow! I now feel empowered and not as afraid of pistols. Think I will have my own now.”
- RF/Overgaard

"This was the best 8 hours I've spent in a long time! Thanks so much." ~ SR/Show Low, AZ

"Your course re-energized my enthusiasm about shooting. Now, I want to practice more, get a trigger-job on my .38 S&W, maybe even buy another handgun . . . a girl can never own too many guns!! Thanks Again!" ~ MC/Show Low, AZ

“Great one-on-one help. Linda & Seth were super instructors! I loved it!” RC/Vernon

“I knew I was going to learn something but I didn’t think I was going to learn so much and have so much fun doing it.” DM/Show Low

“Excellent even if you come in with some knowledge of guns, but a necessity if you have not used guns before.”
LK/Lakeside

 

 

The RISE of the Woman Gun Owner

One of my most-vivid memories as a rambunctious and curious little girl was the day I snuck into the dark closet in the back of my grandfather’s home.

Poised at the top of a mountain above sprawling sugar cane fields in the tropical oasis of north Queensland, Australia, the house was so far removed from any other human beings that being there felt like standing—teetering—on the edge of the earth. The wild soundtrack of the place, a sound we fell asleep to each night, was the evocative call of curlews and dingoes whining at the moon.

 

5 Things to Master for Weak-Side Shooting

Mastering our shooting skills comes in two distinct phases. The first is gaining the fundamentals that allow us to hit our target consistently and accurately. Once that becomes second nature, we need to turn to application training. This is especially true for defensive handgun work. In short, we need to learn how to fight with our handgun. This means training in low light, around obstructions and even with one hand at times. It is this last skill that can be most challenging. The reasons for doing this range from training to shoot with a potential injury or even if you are holding someone to protect them. 

 

Single-Handed Shooting - Why Practice It?

It all started with police dash-cam videos.

Then came increasingly ubiquitous security cameras, and now body cameras are becoming common for law enforcement. With this vast increase in available cameras, more and more legitimate defensive-shooting incidents are being captured on video. It’s common enough that there are entire YouTube channels dedicated to doing detailed “lessons learned”-type reviews of the footage found on the web.

 

Skills Check: Empty-Chamber Carry Drill

Do you carry a concealed handgun? Do you carry it fully loaded? While everyone I know in the defensive-firearms-training business advocates carrying pistols loaded with a round in the chamber, a surprising number of people think it’s safer to carry the pistol with an empty chamber. Where does this idea come from? In years past, military police and watch-standers were prohibited from carrying a pistol with a round chambered. As silly as it may sound, up until quite recently some security guards at military installations carried modern, double-action, six-shot revolvers loaded with only five rounds—a throwback to the days of the Colt single-action revolver. And then we have the Israelis, who are rumored to advocate carrying semi-automatic pistols with an empty chamber.

 

Concealed Carrying Presents Unique Challenges for Women Motorcyclists

Kathrine McGhghy was parking her vehicle outside her apartment in Dallas, Texas, in 1998 when she noticed a car passing by slowly. She thought little of it and stepped out to check whether she had parked close enough to the curb.

Then she heard footsteps running up behind her.

“I’m about to get robbed,” she thought. But that thought came too late.

 

How to Stop an Attack Before It Starts

A few years ago, I was coming out of a New Mexico restaurant after having lunch. As I stepped from the sidewalk into the parking lot, I saw a scruffy-looking guy, definitely out of place, with his hands in his coat pockets, headed straight for me. As he closed, he asked me the time.

Spotting this guy, I had immediately gone from Condition Yellow to Condition Orange, feeling that he was a potential threat. He didn’t look like the kind of guy who would really care what time it was and, as you might expect, there were clocks on the wall just inside the restaurant.

Sheriff's Tips: The Good Samaritan

When I have the time, and weather permits, I like to go for a walk and get a little exercise. In my little town, it is the rare day that two or three people don’t stop and ask if I need a ride. Quite a bit of America is still that way—taking the time to help others. However, a person needs to keep in mind that there is a darker element in our society and the helpful citizen can quickly become just another victim.

Recently, in a force-on-force scenario, a student, who happened to be an EMT, saw a young woman lying crumpled by the side of a path. He rushed to her side to render aid only to see her roll over and run a rubber knife across his throat. In the debriefing, he told the instructor that he was an EMT and just had to render aid. The instructor told him that he used to be an EMT—now he was just a dead man.

 

CCW Training: Are We Practicing the Wrong Skills?

Over the last couple years, I’ve started paying more attention to the skills we practice ostensibly in relation to using a handgun for self-defense and their actual frequency of use in reality. Conversely, there are skills that frequently show up in defensive encounters that are, unfortunately, almost never practiced.

Take the reload, specifically the out-of-battery (or slide-lock) reload. Thanks to the video camera-encrusted panopticon in which we live these days, there are literally thousands upon thousands of defensive-handgun uses available to review. These videos tell us that the need to speed reload an empty gun is a non-event, statistically speaking.

 

Women Need to Develop a Concealed-Carry Mindset

“How does concealed-carry training differ for women?” As a firearms trainer at Gunsite Academy, when I was asked this question, the usual topics sprang to mind: Should we adapt our clothing to firearms or is it the other way around? Should we choose handguns that are best suited for us smaller folk? Should we carry in a purse (on-body carry is always better, but there are times…)?

Top 3 Terrible Pieces of Advice Women Get in Gun Stores

Every now and again, you get a writing assignment that’s not even work. This is one of those. “Hey, Tamara, would you like to do a piece on some of the worst advice women get in gun stores?”

Oh, honey. Pull up a chair…

 

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