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As con­sumers, we’ve done this a mil­lion times be­fore. When we need to find a good restau­rant, a de­cent gym, or even a bak­ery—we do our re­search. We can­not do less when look­ing for a hand­gun class. The in­ter­net can be a valu­able re­source for in­for­ma­tion. Make sure you pick the right class for your level of pro­fi­ciency. Read re­views and con­sider the in­ten­sity and pace of the class you wish to take. Most im­por­tantly, make cer­tain that the in­struc­tors you choose and the com­pa­nies they rep­re­sent are rep­utable.


For many women novice shoot­ers, their choices of firearms are limited to those al­ready avail­able to them. Most times, they are the guns that their hus­bands or boyfriends have. Fear not. Your class ex­pe­ri­ence and time on the range will ei­ther con­firm or in­val­i­date your choice. You will ei­ther like your firearm or hate it, and from there, you can make a more in­formed se­lec­tion, if nec­es­sary. To those ladies who have a broader range of op­tions, your se­lec­tion should de­pend on how the gun fits your hand, cal­iber and ease of use. Any in­struc­tor worth his salt should be more than will­ing to dis­cuss op­tions and pos­si­ble rec­om­men­da­tions as to the per­fect firearm for you. Do not be afraid to con­tact him/her ahead of time to ob­tain an­swers to any ques­tions or con­cerns you may have. This ad­vice also ap­plies to other as­so­ci­ated gear (e.g. hol­ster, belt, mag­a­zine pouches, etc.).


Quot­ing Shake­speare’s Henry V, “All things are ready if our minds be so…” Our men­tal state and readi­ness can never be un­der­es­ti­mated. We all have bi­ases and prej­u­dices. It is im­per­a­tive that we re­main im­par­tial and re­cep­tive to the con­tent of the class. Pre­con­ceived no­tions tend to ham­per a novice shooter’s ad­vance­ment. Park your fears and your in­hi­bi­tions and leave them at home. You have all that is nec­es­sary to suc­ceed within you. Soak up all you can of this new ex­pe­ri­ence … you might just find your­self want­ing more.


The com­mit­ment to achiev­ing pro­fi­ciency in the use of firearms does not end with one class. Just as with any newly ac­quired skill, if we wish to fur­ther im­prove, or at least pre­serve what we have learned, we need to spend the time to do so. We need not spend all our week­ends at the range, but even the pe­ri­odic ma­nip­u­la­tion and dry-fire at home can work won­ders. The path to self-im­prove­ment is never easy, but the ef­fort seems well worth the peace of mind know­ing that our fam­i­lies are well-pro­tected.

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