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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

 

Self-Defense Against a Knife: Tips & Tactics from an Expert

This article appeared originally as "Blade Runner" in the January 2017 issue of Shooting Illustrated.

In recent years, curbside stabbings in Jerusalem, slashings in New York and an edged-weapon assault injuring eight at a shopping mall in Minnesota are clear examples of a disturbing trend of knife attacks against civilians. Although we may all be potential victims of physical violence, few of us are fully equipped to handle such assaults.

 

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.

 

Custom Handgun Grips: Finding the Right Fit & Feel

The basics of mastering a handgun never change. They have been in place since the first handgun was designed centuries ago. It really doesn’t matter whether you’re shooting a flintlock or a striker-fired semi-automatic pistol, the elementary standards of proper handling remain in place. Those standards are sight picture, trigger control and proper grip of the handgun.

 

Top 10 Drills to Improve Your Shooting

You’ve made the decision to enter the world of firearms and purchased your first handgun. After the first trip to the range though, many shooters look long and hard at their gun and wonder what is wrong with it. They look at their target and see they didn’t shoot the tiny groups at blazing speed like the folks on the internet did. The shocking news, my friend, is that it is rarely an actual firearm issue. The handgun is simply a difficult tool to master. It is relatively small, with a short sight radius, and those things make it difficult to be consistently accurate. Fear not, though! Here are 10 exercises to help your overall accuracy. Let’s look at them in detail.

 

 

Back to Basics: Get a Grip … On Your Handgun

Despite the ongoing attacks on our Second Amendment rights, we gunners are actually pretty blessed with an array of accessible firearms. Modern manufacturing capabilities and new lightweight and extremely strong materials can be made into guns that only existed as a dream a generation ago. But with so many guns on the market, it can be a daunting task to find the right one to get started. Take handguns, for instance.

Personal-Protection Practices: Does It Work for You?

“Well, it works for me” has become a popular internet meme, utilized by the cognoscenti of the tactical community to make fun of choices that they deem sub-optimal.

In fairness, the choices being discussed mostly are sub-optimal but if we stop to examine things, the underlying concept behind “Well it works for me” is sound.

 

Country Living: Security & Self-Defense in Rural Areas

For many Americans, one of the big goals in their lives is to reach the point when they can move out of the city and begin to enjoy country living.

One thing to keep in mind, however, is that personal defense is just as important in the country as it is in the city.

 

NRA Women’s Wilderness Escape: An Adventure of a Lifetime

Garrett, almost 70, said she was initially reluctant to attend the weeklong event, as she did not have prior experience with firearms. That changed as the week went on, and each day she gained more confidence with handling and firing each firearm.

“I felt so enlightened that it gave me a different feeling,” she said, later equating the entire event to a retreat.

Range Drills: Work Smarter, Not Harder

Today, we know how to get the most results with the least wasted work. We don’t have to burn truckloads of ammunition to get good. We practice various drills. But, there is a downside to drills in shooting, just as there was (and still is) a downside to practicing forms, and patterns, in the martial arts.

The downside? You do what you practice.

 

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