About Me

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.

Safe Shooting!


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Monday, September 30, 2013

Can I be Feminine and Armed at the Same Time Part 2

I realized I posted a photo showing the model raising her top to access the corset holster in the previous post.  Well, I wore mine this weekend, all day, with a V-neck cashmere sweater  No print, and based on practice with my blue gun I knew that I could reach down into the opening and securely draw the gun if I needed it.  (Was carrying a Ruger LC9 and a Remora mag pouch in my waist band)

Not only was the gun fully secured but so was my middle jiggle.  Yep, the only 6 pack I have is my Diet Coke. 

Safe Shooting

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Can I be Armed and Feminine at the Same Time?


Oh YES!  Meet my new favorites, Femme Fatale Holsters.  These are a delightful cross between lingerie and holsters, and will keep make the most feminine among us very happy.  The lace is beautiful, the styling is ingenious.

I personally own the corset (so far only in one color, but as soon as the budget allows…RED!) and it comfortably held my Glock 26, Ruger LC9 and LCPs, while provided awesome concealment, easy access in an open neck blouse, and a little extra tightening of the middle.


At first, I wasn’t sure about the thigh band, but once I got used to it…I LOVED IT!  Since the firearm is carried on the inner thigh, I stuck to a single stack compact like a LC9 for comfort, but it was secure while walking, sitting, standing, climbing stairs. 
 

 

They also have an ankle holster, my calves are a little too big for a comfortable fit but Donna is working on a new design that I will be trying and I’ll let you know.
 
Ok, I admit, I felt a little sexy with my gun tucked into something lacey and secret.  Is that wrong?  How about wanting one in every color?  LOL  These are sexy, fun and functional.

One thing Donna mentioned on her site, these holsters also make great stash pockets for ID, cash, a slender wallet or even a cell phone.  If I’m using my carry for my larger firearm, or I’m somewhere I can’t be armed, I can use these for a secret stash.  Fun and secure!

Follow the directions on the website for measuring, I found them to be perfect fits when I followed the direction.  Check out Femme Fatale Holsters, you might just love them as much as I do!


Safe Shooting

Monday, September 23, 2013

Continuing Education


Most of us understand the need for continuing education in our professional lives, but we need to continue our education in our defensive lives as well.  I know I have written about the need to keep training before, and I try to live by it when I can.  Time and money are serious constraints for most of us, so we do what we can when we can. 


Friday evening I had the pleasure of training in an area that was new to me.  Handgun retention.  It was taught by Kathy (the Cornered Cat) Jackson and her associate Don.  The class was approximately four hours, and it was a “level 1” class, meaning it was introductory.  The presentation, demonstrations and content were excellent!  I learned so much, and it was presented in a minimally intimidating way.  I’ve read about retention classes where people get pretty banged up.  I can see, in a life and death struggle for the gun, that is could get rougher than what we did in practice, but I learn better when I’m not afraid of getting hurt.

I did have the honor of being the first, but not the only, one to land squarely on my butt.  Mats really help!  It is Monday morning, I’m still a little sore, but I’m also “of an age” where I don’t bounce back (no pun intended) like I used to at 20. 


The techniques were effective in practice, easy to remember and I hope I never need them, but I will practice with a buddy and work on making them reflexive.  Learning so much reminded me how much I enjoy training and that I wish I could do more.  I think everyone had a great time, and if you ever get the chance…do not let a chance to train with Kathy pass.  She is awesome!


Safe Shooting.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Concealed Carry Handguns Magazine reviewed Taking Your First Shot!!





Two Full Pages!!!!!  And, they LIKED it!  Great review, I'm so thrilled. 

If you haven't gotten your copy yet, it is now available on Kindle and Nook, if that is our preference.

I went to the store yesterday, read the review at the magazine stand then bought 5 copies!  LOL. 


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Moving on


Thank you for your patience, life gets crazy sometimes and you need to step back and reassess.  I’ve been doing that.  I’m making changes in my business, changes in my personal life and generally reorganizing my little world.  The last few weeks have been pretty stressful and I’m reminded of the Mary Chapin Carpenter song, Sometimes You’re The Windshield, Sometimes You’re The Bug.


 
Lots of changes.  New business model, focusing on gun training parties, keeps the costs down for the students and promotes a friendly environment.  Plus, it is a great way for the host to get specific questions answered about their home.

 
Still writing lots of articles.  Haven’t seen them published yet, but writing like crazy.
 

After a lot of soul searching and angst, I have had to change the model for National Take Your Daughter to the Range Day.  I couldn’t not continue to sponsor it out of pocket and financial donations were not adequate to keep it self supporting.  I have a website in the works, www.DaugthersontheRange.com (soon to be live) and will encourage and support events and shooting and safe instruction during the month of June, but the events will no longer be under that umbrella of the national organization.  Anyway that I can help, encourage or advise a local organizer…I’m in!  I will even list events as I can to help promote them, but the corporate entity will not be backing the events going forward.  It was, and is, a great idea, and I think it has potential to grow beyond what it is now, which is something, but it just god to be too expensive for me personally. 
 

I’m also going through some personal changes that I won’t share here, some of you know and I greatly appreciate your support.
 

As for exciting things coming up, Sep 20-22 Kathy Jackson, The Cornered Cat, will be in Culpepper, VA.  She is teaching a two day shooting course the 21 and 22.  But, on Friday night she is teaching a four hour weapon retention class.  I can’t wait!  I’m going, I’m excited.  I adore Kathy and can’t wait to take her class.
 

Taking Your First Shot is now available as an EBook (Kindle or Nook)!  How exciting for me!  I checked my ranking not long ago on Amazon and out of the 400,000 titles ranked it was around 38,000.  Not bad for a niche book!  Thank you all for reading it, buying it, telling your friends…now, leave a review?  J

 
My most recent purchase in the holster arena, and I’m still trying them out but am very optimistic, is from Femme Fatale.  They make the prettiest LACE holsters for ankle, thigh and a corset style.  These are a girly girls dream.  Sexy stuff, ladies.  I will be posting a full review soon. 

 
Be well, be safe and thank you for your support and kind words.