It’s that time of year again, the Top 10 time of year. So let’s talk guns, more specifically, the gun’s women are buying. Although I am a fierce advocate of each woman getting her hands on and shooting as many guns as possible to help find the “Right one” for her, I believe there is real value in knowing what fire..
Here is the first of 3 videos on the subject of tactical training and women with special guest Glen Stilson of Independence Training ..
Gun Scopes 101 - How To Use & Find The Best Scope If you've ever considered getting a gun scope but you're not sure where to start, whether you are a beginner or simply need more info on gun scopes, this crash course into gun scopes is designed for you. The decision to own a gun is a serious decision, one th..
Many studies and surveys over the years have shown that women do more Christmas shopping than men. In light of that, American Concealed spoke with Carrie Lightfoot, owner and founder of The Well Armed Woman, to learn some tips on how to protect yourself against holiday crime while out and about this holiday s..
To say I am grateful, is such an understatement. The support you all give to The Well Armed Woman, The TWAW Shooting Chapters and to me personally overwhelms me. Not a day goes by that I am not touched by the story of a woman whose life is literally transformed with the confidence of her ability to protect herself..
Susan LaPierre shared these with us at The Well Armed Woman National Leadership Conference last month. All I can say is that none of us will be the same. Two women, two very different outcomes. Both will have you on the edge of your seat and both will give you goosebumps. One will have you cheer at it's conclusion an..
Carrie Lightfoot: The Right Holster for You Carrie Lightfoot: Getting Started with Concealed Carry Carrie Lightfoot: Personal Concealed Carry System Carrie Lightfoot: Which Gun Do I Choose? Carrie Lightfoot: Drawing from Concealment ..
From NRA America's First Freedom In response to a Democratic presidential debate question on Oct. 13, 2015, Hillary Clinton put the 5 million members of the NRA at the top of the list of enemies she is most proud of. This is unprecedented: On national television, a candidate for president of the United States nam..
I am thrilled to announce a very special offer for all The Well Armed Woman members and followers! Liberty Safe is offering up to $250 in rebates using our special TWAW rebate, just for you from Sept. 1, 2016 - through Dec. 31, 2016. Click here to get started! Buy online and receive factory ..
The Well Armed Women Hosts 3rd Annual National Leadership Conference SCOTTSDALE, AZ – August 25 - The Well Armed Woman [TWAW] Shooting Chapters nonprofit organization will hold its 3rd Annual National Leadership Conference in Jacksonville, Fla., from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2. Susan LaPierre, ..
Win a #ThinBlueLine Bracelet Lisa Glassburn, the proprietor and chief designer at Camo Ammo Jewelry, works full time as a police dispatcher, a job she’s been doing for 15 years in northern California. With recent events in the news regarding harm to law enforcement, we decided to reach out to Lisa and to our friend ..
When I was younger, I was a competitive gymnast. I am feeling like I used to feel when doing a floor exercise routine or an uneven parallel bar routine: upside down with everything spinning around me. I don't put myself upside down or flip through the air anymore, (Which would not only be an awful sight but i..
Sadly, more terror attacks fill the airwaves and have us greatly concerned and pained to witness yet more unnecessary slaughter of innocent life. Our collective heart breaks for those lives lost and for the families and friends that are left behind in agony. I can only speak for myself, but managing ..
The AR15 is getting a bad rap. There is so much misinformation communicated through both ignorance and malice. It's time to set the record straight. Let's begin with some history. History of the AR-15 In 1954, Armalite was established as a division of Fairchild Engine and Airplane Corporation. All rifles were des..
The terror attack that killed 49 people and left another 53 injured at Pulse nightclub in Orlando has led to a new wave of calls for gun control. Gun rights activists are fighting back, and one of the most effective ways they’ve done it is by getting average Americans more informed about guns. Carrie Lightfoot is..
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There’s nothing secret about this giveaway. Everything Covert is giving away 3 package prizes, which includes several hidden storage shelves and a grand prize that includes a Ruger Lady Lilac. Everything Covert specializes in offering the industry’s most secure, yet unobtrusive and attractive, concealed storage for ..
(Scottsdale, Ariz.) – May 18, 2016 – Carrie Lightfoot, of The Well Armed Woman, and Barbara Baird, of Women’s Outdoor News, have partnered on a new project – “The Women’s Gun Show,” a weekly podcast that focuses on women and shooting. Sponsored by Ruger, this show will examine timely and trending topics,..
Friends, Fun and Firepower is what happens when you get great friends together on a gorgeous spring day in the Arizona Southwest. Cheryl Todd of AZFirearms and Gun Freedom Radio, along with her husband Dan, made this day happen with their incredible variety of new and historic firearms! In this..
Published with permission from Women's Outdoor News Hundreds of women interested in concealed carry attended the Second Annual Fashion and Firearms … A Concealed Carry Extravaganza on Sat., March 5, at the Biltwell Event Center in Indianapolis. The event included nationally acclaimed speakers, self defense demo..
Why is it important to you to carry a gun? My guess is that many of you answer this question with something like this: To protect myself against violence I refuse to be a victim To protect my children and my family I am my own first responder The police can’t be there in time Some of you may hav..
Scottsdale, AZ – January 30, 2016 – The Well Armed Woman has been selected to receive a uniquely hand engraved limited edition G17 Gen 4 pistol to celebrate GLOCK’s 30 years in the United States. Each of the thirty pistols has been uniquely engraved by one of five Master Engravers who have been certified b..
Here we are, in the first days of the new year and while I take a few days to recuperate from the whopper of activity this past year has brought, the most outstanding thing that stands out to me isn't the huge numbers of women coming into the TWAW family or the increases in sales we have seen, but rather, the growth I ..
I have to say, I just love digging into numbers and stats and seeing the picture they paint. I think it can be very helpful to “see” what solutions others with similar concealed carry challenges are finding effective for their concealed carry. Just as with a firearm, there is no “Best Holster For A Woman”, There are ju..
What guns are women buying? Well, we know that each woman can only know which is the right one for her, but here are the top 10 choices women are making when purchasing a handgun which can help to narrow the field of options for you. Remember, what is right for one woman may not be right for ano..
The text alert hit my phone a little after 11 am yesterday. Active shooter in San Bernardino, California. Calling my husband at work to find out what was going on (not even thinking to turn on the TV), he told me where the situation was. I breathed a little easier – a good 15-20 minutes away from both of us. The b..
The atrocious terror attacks in Paris have me rattled. I must say that the cumulative effect current events is having on me is profound. Terrorism, the plague of political correctness, attacks on our Second Amendment rights, the US economy, the deterioration of our values as a country, lack of support for our law ..
Usually a firearm review is written by, well the reviewer. Usually by a gun writer for a specific publication or by an individual or shooter who has some experience with a variety of firearms. Well, this review is going to be completely different. Yes, I will share my personal thoughts and opinions about the Beretta..
Phoenix, Ariz. - Oct 6, 2015 - Hundreds of The Well Armed Woman (TWAW) female shooting group leaders and instructors from across the United States gathered in Phoenix, Ariz. to network, train and learn how to better expand the world of firearms to women across the US. With the desire to be able to protect ..
THE WELL ARMED WOMAN LAUNCHES THE INDUSTRY’S FIRSTWOMEN’S ONLY ONLINE GUN FORUM AND COMMUNITY The Women’s Gun Zone Covers Every Topic Important to Women Shooters Scottsdale, AZ – August 20, 2015 – Finally, a women’s only online gun forum, sponsored by The Well Armed Woman (TWAW). With the numbers of..
From GLOCK: "Congratulations to The Well Armed Woman, LLC. TWAW has been chosen as the 2015 GLOCK Safety Ambassador of the Year award for their support of GLOCK’s annual #SafetyPledge drive. We appreciate TWAW’s ongoing support for GLOCK's safety initiatives." I am so darn proud of ..
July 22nd, 2015 by Danielle Breteau The American Shooting Journal, their readers, writers, graphics artists, sales rep’s — pretty much anyone under the AMSJ family umbrella — work diligently to pick the “who’s who” in the yearly TOP 10 awards. This month HOLSTERS Due the immens..
The 100 Most Influential Pro-Gun Rights Advocates By John Blosser | Monday, 13 Jul 2015 02:04 PM Newsmax is out with our list of 2015's 100 Most Influential Pro-Gun Rights Advocates. The Department of Justice is reportedly launching a ..
Sadly, we see another tragedy with a gun and the horrendous loss of life at the hands of a sick and hateful person in Charleston SC. Before the family and friends could even wipe the tears from their cheeks, people in positions of influence, such as the media and politicians, seized this inappropriate ..
Love it, love it, and love it! Ok, now that I have gotten that out of my system let’s talk about why I love the new Glock 43 9mm. Although frequently misunderstood, women want more than a pretty and small gun for their concealed carry handgun. They want a gun that is all business, one that will do what it is suppos..
I have recently returned from Savannah GA and the 2015 NSSF Summit. The NSSF is the trade association for the firearms industry. It is here that the captains of the industry gather to discuss important issues and trends in the industry and look toward the future to work to grow and protect all aspects of the shooting s..
2017 TEAM APPLICATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED Clck here to complete application I am so exited to announce the formation of The Well Armed Woman Shooting Team! You may be wondering: "I thought TWAW was about empowering women for their personal protection?" Well you are right and that's exactly why we have for..
View course information here 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 We..
I had the chance to sit down and talk with Dana Loesch following her book signing at the NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Nashville TN. I watched her sign hundreds of books, each one with a smile and a pose for photos. She had been on her feet for hours and I marveled at the enthusiasm she still had to sit down ..
I was very fortunate to be invited to participate in Beretta’s 1st Tactical Summit held at the elite Academi training facility in Moyock NC. Top gun industry writers from all over the country attended to get hands on training with the full line of Beretta tactical firearms. Just getting the chance to learn about th..
Yes, love is in the air this month. Valentines Day reminds us to demonstrate the love we have for the special people in our lives with a special card, the traditional heart shaped box of candy, perhaps even a piece of jewelry. I have seen images on the internet that speak of giving the tools to defend oneself as t..
We have had quite a year on Facebook together haven't we? I thought it would be fun and interesting to look at the top post from each month throughout the year. Here we go... You can click on each image to see the full post. Jan. 2014 February 2014 March 2014 April 2014 May 2014 ..
NBC NIGHTLY NEWS Authorities say store surveillance video should help answer how a toddler was able to grab a gun out of his mother's purse and fatally shoot her.Published December 31st 2014, 4:38 pm Carrie Lightfoot, founder of The Well Armed Woman shares her thoughts on concealed carry purses. Vi..
One of the most exciting things I can report this year is that many more women are carrying concealed and the way they carry their firearms is changing! With the commitment to education and training that I have seen you undertake this past year, you are carrying your firearms primarily on the body and on or ..
Okay, so you promised yourself that this year would be different, right? The day after Christmas last year, you vowed that you would start your shopping early and carefully select the best gifts for the amazing well armed woman in your life. Now, the year has flown by all too quickly, the Christmas countdown has begun,..
As I process our first National Shooting Chapter Leader Conference held this past weekend in St. Louis, MO, although my head is spinning, a few very profound things are clear. 1. Our leaders are truly something special. This group of leaders is not just hundreds of women doing the same thing. This is a “Sisterhoo..
These companies have donated firearms and product for chapter leaders attending the National Chapter Leader Conference in St. Louis, MO October 3-5, 2014 We are deeply grateful for the generous donations and support of these companies. ..
THE WELL ARMED WOMAN HOSTS ITS NATIONAL SHOOTING CHAPTER LEADER CONFERENCE IN ST. LOUIS MO St. Louis, MO – The country’s largest women’s shooting organization will hold its National Chapter Leader Conference Oct. 3-5, 2014 in St. Louis MO. With the number of women who own firearms for personal protection skyrocke..
Children and guns... For the educated and responsible gun owning parent, these are positive words. We think about the next generation we are raising who will fight to protect our Second Amendment rights, a generation that respects guns as the powerful tool they are and knows how to care for and ..
The Well Armed Woman Chapter Program has become the largest national women’s shooting chapter program in the country with 190 chapters in 43 states in just less than two years. How is this possible? Honestly, the incredible growth this program has experienced has been a glorious, non-stop whirlwind but these ..
The Well Armed Woman Shooting Chapter program is the premier women’s shooting chapter network in the country. With over 188 chapters in 43 states we are on the front lines, meeting, networking and empowering thousands of American women shooters. We would like to invite you to be a partner in this event which ..
WOMEN'S CONCEALED CARRY FASHION SHOW Buy tickets or become a vendor here: "THE ULTIMATE FASHION ACCESSORY IS THE ONE THAT KEEPS YOU ALIVE!" Tricia's Story, Have you ever felt like a fish out of water? Well, if you are a woman with a gun who lives in New Yo..
I know you hear it all the time, everyone is saying it this time of year but this time it’s REALLY true. This year has flown by!! So much has happened and I need to take some time to process it all in my head. One good way for me to do that is to ask myself what did I learn this year? I think this a more positive wa..
Ammunition…To the new shooter trying to understand even the basics of ammunition can cause great confusion and anxiety. I remember going to the gun store as a new shooter and being completely lost in the sea of boxes, numbers, calibers, grains, letters and jargon. I had no idea what I was looking at or how to..
I've been seeing a number of pretty guns lately. Some of our Facebook fans and customers are sending in photos of their guns that they've adorned with a variety of new accessories, finishes, and coatings. Some are even dressed up with rhinestones! As I share them publicly on our Facebook page, it's obviou..
I was contacted by GunsAmerica to do a review on the Taurus 738 TCP, a very popular gun with many women. I hadn't shot one before doing this review and was surprised that such a small, light gun could shoot and feel as good as it did in my hand. As I shared in the review, I personally am not a "pink" kind of girl, but ..
Contributed by Cami Brasher (image: www.hobbygunsmith.com) I am a 51 year old grandmother who has been reloading my cartridge ammunition for the last 30 years. The fact that I am female seems to surprise most people as reloading seems to be the last bastion of male dominance in firearms. So, Ladies, we ne..
I know you know WHO she is, but now you get to KNOW who she is. Gabby Franco is an impressive young woman. She of course is a Top Shot on the History Channel reality show by the same name. She also was the first woman Top Shot contestant to make it to the individual stage of the competition and she was selected as..
What's in a Name: Common Mistakes in Gun Terminology by Garry James • March 7, 2012 • I'm constantly getting questions about what various gun terms mean. Even those individuals who have been in the sport for a good period of time occasionally slip up and out of ignorance or, sometimes expediency, slip in a wrong ..
Yes, another Jeff Foxworthy take off, but I just could’t resist. The responses to this “fill in the blank” astonished me. Most made me laugh out loud while others made me realize just how significant it is to be A Well Armed Woman. There were hundreds and hundreds of responses and the task of selecting just a few to ..
I wanted to speak to you, the American woman gun owner, face to face. The looming changes and restrictions to our rights to to be able to match the weaponry of the violent criminal who wants to do us harm are coming. As women - we already have the disadvantage, the application of the proposed legislation would..
By Guest Contributor Dawn Brown Recoil, also known as kick or kickback, is the backward momentum of a gun when it is fired. Many beginners are very concerned about how much recoil a gun is going to produce when it fires. That is completely understandable because if you’ve never shot a gun before, y..
I suppose I could be writing about the change of seasons as we all are invigorated by the crisp weather and the changing leaves. Or, I could even be writing about THE CHANGE. You know the change that involves hormones and hot flashes! No, I won’t go there, not today. The change I am talking about is the ..
Election season is deeply upon us. Sadly with that comes quite a bit of dirty politics, annoying ads and an endless onslaught of phone calls! It is quite easy to “tune out” and just go MIA from heated conversations and the stress of hearing all of the doom and gloom or worse, to be lulled into thinking that your vote d..
The ladies room, potty, doing your business, going to the bathroom, or even powdering your nose. Whatever you call it - we ALL have to do it! The problem is, what in the world do you do with your concealed firearm when you do? For some obvious reasons, men have it a little easier in this department, well....
It was a long day of travel - I kept wondering why did Thunder Ranch have to be so far away in the mountains? Once I arrived I quickly understood. The property was breathtaking. The facilities even more impressive. This was way more than a shooting range, this was a serious training facility - surrounded by G..
Written by Mary McDonald.. Guest Contributor Whatever men can do. . . This past weekend, my neighbors were having a little family barbeque and invited my son and I over. Kind of a welcome back home for a woman that was working out of town for a couple of months. Also, a welcome to the neighborhood..
General George Patton No, not the major German offensive, launched toward the end of World War II, but the daily battle of women all over the U.S. trying desperately to discreetly carry their firearm. The majority of women prefer on the body carry but find it so difficult at times, the concealed carry purse be..
As Well Armed Women we enjoy our own personal form of Independence Day each and every day! By taking responsibility of our personal self defense, we gain a sense of independence which is both physical as well as emotional. Physically, we are equipped and trained to carry and use a firearm to use effectively if he..
Have you ever wondered where all of these women shooters are coming from? They are everywhere; At the range, at gun stores and they are even going to gun shows! It’s like they are crawling out of the woodwork. Even the color and shape of gun gear is changing because of them all. They are EVERYWHERE. Did ..
A recent post on The Well Armed Woman Facebook page on “Why we carry a firearm” created quite a stir and evoked an awesome amount of passion. One word kept smacking me in the face. That word was TRUTH. What frustrates the law abiding, good American citizen is the avoidance and mistreatment of what is the truth in the t..
Here are some simple impressions and a few questions from a gun show virgin: There are not too many women at gun shows.... Yet! I didn’t get strange looks for walking around with a gun on my hip. I did get curious looks for being a woman cruising the aisles. It is oddly comfortable and comfo..
How far from reality is the characterization that all large companies are only about the money and that somehow, people of influence have only attained that position at the expense of others. I believe that, for many, it is the other way around. That a company’s commitment to “do good works” and labor to h..
At The Well Armed Woman, it's all about accomplishing the "Three Es:" To Educate, to Equip and to Empower women. Anything that falls into these Es is why it exists and what it's about. I started TheWellArmedWoman.com because there was nothing like it when I was considering a gun. ..
Women have issues. Yes we do. No... not those. Women have some challenges that make it uniquely difficult for them to simply buy a gun and jump in to gun ownership. Here are a few of them. Perhaps you can relate or better yet - perhaps you can help. ISSUE 1 The Fact: Women think a..
“I don't want any vegetables, thank you. I paid for the cow to eat them for me.” Doug Coupland "Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon." Doug Larson I have noticed something very interesting. I post a photo on Facebook of a cat wielding a machine g..
Ahh, a new relationship. The excitement, the long talks, spending as much time together as you possibly can. These things are all part of any new significant relationship. You explore each other, learn everything you can about the other and eventually know everything there is to know. People begin to say the two ..
You, my friend are an Ambassador. You may not realize it and you may not even wish to be, but you are. The dictionary lists the following definition of an ambassador: “A person who acts as a representative or promoter of a specified activity.” You have joined a very distingu..
Don't Mess With Mama Survival Stories Submitted by various customers Several years ago, my husband and I were camping at a non-regulated camp area along the Mississippi River. Our 3 young children and 2 other families were with us. There were a few other campers scattered along the banks..
Each of our hands consists of 27 bones, 29 major joints, 34 muscles, 123 ligaments, 30 arteries, and the zillions of nerve and blood vessel branches. These all work together in such amazing ways, you have to marvel at how they all collaborate to do the most intricate of tasks. Our ability to handle and shoot our fir..
I have a confession to make. Publicly before all of you. I name my guns... I KNOW I must be the only one who does this strange thing. To go through the process of naming my guns, similar to that of when naming my children is bazaar, and probably means I need to go see a mental heath c..
I was not prepared..... Not prepared to meet Ruth today. The day started like most others; busy and my head flooded with the "To Do's" of the day for The Well Armed Woman. Sipping my coffee and cruising Facebook to see what was happening and who was doing what, I stumbled on a link- something about a retired polic..
"Oh yes it's ladies night And the feeling's right Oh yes it's ladies night Oh what a night (oh what a night) This is your night, tonight, everything going to be all right" I k..
For some reason, these three can add up to equal "I could never have a gun". Why is that? Is it genetics? Is it upbringing or social training? I am not trying to change anyones mind, we each have the right and privilege of making choices and decisions for ourselves. I am simply attempting to perhaps open some minds tha..
Recently the news has been flooded with stories of the recent rise in women purchasing handguns. The catchy headlines of "Chicks with Guns" and the undertones hidden in "Babes and Bullet's" is totally missing the mark and minimizing this ever growing group of intelligent and empowered women. Photos of pink guns ..
There was a great comment posted on The Well Armed Woman's Facebook page which really identified one of the challenges we have as women as we enter the testosterone rich world of firearms. It also highlighted the potential we have as a "consumer group" to effect and influence the firearm industry. USA Today reported th..