Every day more and more women have decided they are ready to purchase their first firearm.
Like many of us, they’ve seen the world spiral out of control. These mamas look at their little chicks and realize they’d do just about anything to keep them safe. This blog post is dedicated to the woman ready to learn to empower herself.
For some like myself about 5 years ago, the thought of owning a firearm is truly hysterical (and even more hysterical that I actually enjoy shooting it).
When I married my husband, I would’ve been one of those women outside the local gun store protesting. In fact, I once told my mother-in-law, that she wasn’t to buy so much as a marshmallow gun for our children. There was a no toy gun rule in the house! Not even finger guns!
I hated guns.
I was terrified of guns. As luck would have it, I married a hunter.
My change of heart didn’t come overnight. It happened in stages. At first, I told my husband he could hunt, but he had to keep the guns at another house. Out of sight, out of mind right? Eventually (and I don’t know how it happened) I wound up with a gun safe in my home (for hunting of course) Then “other types” of guns just “appeared.” My hubby loved to shoot. I didn’t want to ruin his fun. It was nice for him. Not for me.
When the threat of the Obama Administration taunted and threatened our 2nd amendment rights, it started to anger me. I realized I needed to get rid of my fear once and for all of these scary things. My husband took me out one day with our friends and said he’d help me shoot his gun. (First mistake… never let your husband train you) My knees were knocking. I literally cried at the thought of shooting the thing. As I stood there in front of the target, tears running down my face, hands shaking, his friend said one thing... “Imagine someone attacking your little girl.” That was it.
INSTANTLY, I fired the gun.
That was the first step to overcoming my fear of firearms. After that, I still wasn’t a fan. It wasn’t until I decided on my own that I was going to learn “how” to shoot, that I began to conquer my fear.
You see ladies, it is not enough for you to just “own” a firearm. Many of you are ready to go buy one today! (and that’s great) Can I save you a lot of grief (and money) by giving you some of the tips I’ve learned?
<<FULL DISCLOSURE: I am NOT a Firearm expert!!! This is simply my journey and tips I’ve learned along the way>>
Owning a firearm is great. I’m proud of you for taking that step. But a firearm you don’t like, that sits in your closet unloaded and wrapped nicely in the same package you purchased it in isn’t going to do you any good if someone breaks in your home. (Excuse me sir… could you hold on while I go to my closet and get my gun?)
You need to know how to use it!
Let me give you some steps that I’ve found helpful.
1. Lifetime License
Get your lifetime Indiana Handgun permit. (Note: you don’t have to have a license to purchase or own a gun… just if you take it off your property loaded) I did this even before I owned a firearm. If the government was telling me I shouldn’t then, it sounded like a great idea to me! That process was very simple. There’s a small expense right up front, but once you do it, you never have to do it again! Tactical Edge Training Services has posted the steps to obtaining your handgun license on their Facebook page. Visit their page to find the steps.
It’s really simple!
You might be thinking, GREAT, now it’s time to go purchase my first firearm! Right? (I did)
I have to tell you girls… I bought this TOTALLY CUTE Razzberry LCP Ruger gun. Oh was she ever cute! She was small and petite… AND I got a great deal on her! I was ready to go to class! Oh my was I wrong!
2. Take the Class!
Before you purchase your first firearm, I urge you to sign up for a Women’s Pistol class. Remember, your firearm does you NO good if you don’t know how to use it. Never carry a firearm if you don’t know how to use it. You may have a “Constitutional right” to carry, but without knowing how to use it, you are more dangerous with that gun, than without. TAKE A CLASS! They have them all over the nation.
I took mine from Tactical Edge Training Services taught by Steve Cooper in Warsaw Indiana. It’s not recommended that your spouse teach you. (I agree) Take it with a certified instructor.
The reason I carry a gun, is because when seconds count… the cops are still minutes away. – Steve Cooper
Owning a firearm is personal and different for every woman. If you take the right class, your instructor will guide you on how to purchase the “perfect gun.” He will typically let you try all different kinds! Remember my Razzberry gun? When I got her to the range she BIT me, and I hated her. It hurt my hand to shoot. Steve put a Glock 42 in my hands and I fell in love. That was the fit for me. For the first time, I enjoyed shooting. This class cost my hubby a lot of money however, because for the first time, I now ENJOY shooting and love to take an afternoon to go shoot with my hubby!
And Ladies… let me just say… It is OK to get a pink gun if you want one! Don’t let those boys mock you! If you want a purple camo gun… honey, you go get it!
Whatever you do… get the RIGHT size and fit. When you do, you will not hesitate to carry it.
3. How will you carry?
After I took the class, my final question to the instructor was… Am I ready to carry? He said yes ma’m you are! Some women only want a firearm to keep at home, and that is OK. Now that you’ve taken the class, you know how to safely use it… it is in a place that is easily accessible…. you have a plan…you have the safe room marked. Congratulations!
If you’re like me, you want to have your firearm with you everywhere that’s legal. Find the right holster. Don’t skimp on this part. Comfort is key. There are several ways to carry. Some of them include: on your person, in your purse, inside/outside your pants, bra clips, belly bands, ankle carry.. you name it, you can do it. Just don’t skimp on price. Your holster is a huge safety factor. I want a holster that is going to completely cover the trigger. I choose not to carry in my purse because I tend to get distracted and walk away. It’s more comfortable to carry inside my pants. Know what is safe for you. This is something your instructor will help you with in your class. I found this to be a great site for choosing a holster. http://www.crossbreedholsters.com/
Sister, above all… I congratulate you for empowering yourself and taking that step to do it safely.
For many of you, it’s a BIG step… but it doesn’t have to be scary. It really doesn’t. There are more and more women who’ve decided to take this step together. I gathered a group of girls when I decided to take the class and we’ve walked through it together! It’s easier to do things in packs isn’t it!
Here’s a review and some final thoughts:
- Obtain your Lifetime Handgun License
- Take a Women’s Pistol Class
- Find the RIGHT firearm for YOU
- Decide how you will carry it.
- Leave it at home
- On your person
- Inside your pants
- Outside your pants
- On your bra
- What kind of Holster? (Don’t skimp on the holster)
- Never forget safety.
- Where will you store your firearms?
- Finger touch safe
- Easy access
- You are ready… Just do it!
- PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE!