The greater my interest and passion for guns grew, the more I found that the women I knew and worked with responded with excited curiosity to my new enthusiasm. Women wanted to know more and couldn’t wait to try firing a gun!
I don’t talk about our instructor certification courses much, but after spending last weekend with 15 more amazing women who are determined to push through whatever it took to become the best firearms instructors they could be, I just can’t resist.
When I launched this division of The Well Armed Woman in February of 2012, all I knew was that the ‘institution‘ of firearms training had to change. Not that it was bad, no, but because the industry didn’t seem to understand just how different women truly are, and with so many women coming to gun ownership, naturally adaptation was necessary.
It didn’t seem to address the unique journey women are on toward self-protector and the needs this creates. It is my desire to train instructors to understand and teach to these differences, to teach them to filter and apply this understanding to all aspects of firearms training for women. Instructors need a new pair of glasses with a different prescription lens. Everything from the pre-course relationship, the training environment, how the training material is delivered and the relationship that follows is changed to meet the needs of women shooters.
The Well Armed Woman has now trained over 150 female instructors from every nook and cranny of this country who are literally, changing the way women are trained. I love cheering them on as they begin to teach classes and grow as instructors. There is a bit of a target on the backs of these women as they forge new ground under the pressure to prove themselves in a very competitive, male driven industry. They are under intense scrutiny and criticism from some that just have a hard time with change or with us whippersnappers coming in and stirring the pot!