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I hold multiple NRA Instructor credentials, as well as SabreRed Pepper Spray. I have my own training company in Northern Virginia, www.FemaleandArmed.com and am focusing primarily on teaching women, especially those who are new to shooting.

I am also the author of 4 books, available on Amazon, and at many major outlets. I am a contributing writer for Combat Handgun Magazine and Women and Guns Magazine.

Thank you for following along with me as this journey continues.

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

What brought you to shooting?

For so many of us, it was a violent, or threat of violent, act that brought us to gun training.  What keeps us here is the love of the sport, the joy of shooting, and the empowerment that comes from knowing you can defend yourself.

If you are one of the many who discovered firearms in this way, it is important to remember, you are valuable, you are worthwhile, you have the right to defend yourself and people would miss you if you were taken away. 
I’ve talked to several women who came to shooting in this way.  It seems to be a common thread that they felt foolish or alone for having been in a bad situation.  We all make mistakes, and bad guys are really good actors.  You are never to blame when someone chooses to target you.  That is their decision.  The only thing you can control is your response.  Counseling helps.  Talking to others who have been there, helps.  Knowing you are not alone, helps.  Learning that you are a strong, worthwhile person who is capable of defending yourself and your family helps…a lot!

If you have come to the community that way, I’m sorry, but Welcome.  If you are fortunate enough to come to this community from a positive experience, Welcome. 

4 comments:

  1. I married a guy with a shotgun. I found out that sporting clays is a great sport! I progressed to my own shotgun & found out about "fit"! Then came children. I shot a lot of BB's & pellets with the kids. I got hurt. I couldn't run, I couldn't defend myself in any way. Shooting as I knew it was gone. I still wanted to shoot & handguns became appealing, but simultaneously, I began traveling on the road. I obtained my CHP because I didn't want to do something wrong by accident & get caught in even a questionable predicament. I started carrying when traveling (back roads, cell dead spots)& having my gun with me made me feel "not scared." I found myself far more relaxed, less anxious & able to concentrate on life, not "what ifs". This eventually led to more education and now I carry on my person. I'm always looking for more education.

    I've had several occasions in the last 2 weeks to travel without it, & I was uneasy the entire time, back to playing "what if". . .

    I'm not foolhardy, I don't travel where I shouldn't, but I'm not scared anymore.

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  2. I've been shooting for as long as I can remember! When I was 11 years old, a riflery course was offered at Girl Scout camp. I took it, shot a scoped .22 bolt action rifle and I was hooked. Dad started taking me to block shoots when I was 13 and, despite bruising my shoulder a few times, I got pretty good with a 12 gauge. Then I joined the Marines...and, well, the rest is history :-) I pity the fool who tries to take advantage of me.

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    1. Semper fi Erica and that attitude is amazing (in a good way)

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  3. I decided I wanted to feed my family and I took up hunting and learned to shoot rifles, now that Im married, my husband has intoduced me to handguns. Although, I survived two different home invasions, the country I was from prevented me from protecting myself. Im now in the US and loving the gun freedom!

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