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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


An Infographic from the NRA blog

Playing the Odds: Training for Real Gunfights

Training for real gunfights is a tricky business. The reality is that very little is known about law enforcement officers involved in dynamic critical incidents. Even less is known about civilians who are involved in such incidents.

Rob Pincus accurately points out that there are four factors that affect your ability to hit the target in a dynamic critical incident. In his book, Combat Focus Shooting: The Science of Intuitive Shooting Skill Development, he lists the four factors that affect what he calls the balance of speed and precision.

Will You 'Get Killed on the Streets?' Personal-Defense Myths Debunked

Here’s a thing that happens often enough that it’s become a meme, a trope, a truism. Walk into any gun store and listen to the conversation around the handgun counter (or, alternatively, belly up to your favorite online forum) and within a surprisingly short amount of time you will hear someone suggest something that gets belittled by the regulars. More importantly, it will be belittled in a rather specific way, like so…

The Weaver Stance: Combating the Misinformation

Shooter’s upper body with bent support-side arm and straight strong-side arm.

The Weaver stance is well-known, acknowledged as revolutionary, and quick to draw sidelong glances from more than a few people on the firing line lately. In fact, a surefire way to start a heated argument is to debate the merits of the Weaver versus the “Isosceles” or other shooting positions. Start such a discussion on an internet forum and you’ll spend the next three weeks listening to unsolicited vitriol from countless anonymous “operators.”

3 Great Drills for a Home-Defense Shotgun

Thinking you’ll come out on the winning end of a home invasion just because you keep a shotgun by your bed is wishful at best. When the adrenaline surges, you’ll revert back to your training, and if you haven’t had much training, you can easily revert back to the way it was before you were born. Point is, you should practice shooting, reloading and moving with your shotgun, all while under pressure, until those skills become routine. Here are three drills to help you survive an attack.

Michigan Gun Owner Thwarts Street Attack

Even something as simple as walking a dog can put a person in harm’s way, but a Michigan woman was able to withstand a recent threat because she was carrying. While the woman was taking her dog for his nightly walk, a stranger came up from behind and grabbed her. The armed citizen responded by pressing her handgun against the alleged assailant’s gut. The pet owner had been in a heightened state of awareness because she had, seconds earlier, noticed a black van with no windows idling on the side of the street ahead of her.

How to Clean a Handgun

Modern semi-autos and revolvers are amazing little machines. Quality handguns built by reputable manufacturers are designed to be rugged and reliable. In fact, they've become so dependable it's easy to forget what they really are: precision-built mechanical devices which are forced to operate under less-than-ideal circumstances. Just like any other machine, handguns need proper cleaning and lubrication to keep them running smoothly.

Choosing Freedom, Not Fear

Great news out of violence-plagued Chicago’s South Side: A growing number of black women are buying guns, getting trained in their proper use and receiving concealed-carry licenses. So far this year, 1,368 carry licenses have been issued to black women in Cook County, surpassing the total number of 1,358 issued for all of 2016—which was up substantially from the year before.

What is responsible for this rise? The crucial first step was a federal appeals court decision nullifying Illinois’ unconstitutional refusal to issue concealed-carry licenses. 

Using the Element of Surprise as a Personal-Defense Tool

As I have mentioned previously, personal defense does not allow for pre-emptive maneuvers. We cannot make the first aggressive strike against an attacker. We have to wait until they make some sort of overt act that places us in fear of losing our lives or suffering serious bodily injury. Unfortunately, this puts criminals at an advantage, and hopefully, our training and skill level will allow us to overcome this. The element of surprise can give us an edge that results in our winning the encounter.

Know the Facts about Self Defense Insurance and Upfront Attorney Fees
by Sean Maloney

We have been getting a lot of questions about the difference between Second Call Defense and the new NRA Carry Guard insurance.

As an Attorney who defends clients arrested for exercising their right to self-defense, and as founder of Second Call Defense, I know what it takes to take a case all the way through the courts. There is a difference between the two companies' policies surrounding the manner in which attorney's fees are paid.

Self-Defense Skills That Will Keep You Alive

Be it a terrorist attack, home invasion, active shooting or other undesired event, violent physical attacks on individuals who are unaware and unprepared for them are, sadly, becoming the new normal. Those who are aware and prepared are concerned about self-defense and protecting their family. What separates the prepared from the unprepared? Mindset, skills and confidence.

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