Women's Survival Stories

Below are some women's stories of self defense with a gun. Women who found themselves in very scary life threatening situations. They lived to share their stories because they were Well Armed Women; Empowered, Smart & Strong



Michelle's Story - The Well Armed Woman

Michelle's Story - The Well Armed Woman

I had a scare recently. We live in the country and I’ve hardly ever felt frightened, but one night near 10pm our dogs started barking and I heard the roar of a loud engine. I went out on the porch to see who it could possibly be that time of night. A truck came barreling down our lengthy driveway, all the way to the ho..

A Pivotal Moment - A Mom's Story

A Pivotal Moment -  A Mom's Story

Three years ago, I was home alone with my five children piddling around in the kitchen. It was around 10:30pm. I had just brought the van in from the driveway as it was smoking so I gave it time to cool down before bringing it into the garage. Within minutes, I was stunned by a loud banging on the garage door that soun..

If We Can Save Just One, It’ll Be Worth It

If We Can Save Just One, It’ll Be Worth It

It was early one September morning, maybe 6:00 am, and I was walking my usual route to work. From door-to-door, it was less than a mile and a half and it was a great way to wake up and watch the sun rise. At 22 years old I was working as a prep-cook while I finished college and morning shifts were tough. My then-boy..

Late Night Fill-up - Anna's Story

Late Night Fill-up - Anna's Story

I had run around to the corner store in the evening to get gas versus doing it in a rush to work the next morning. As I was standing there filling up, a younger latino (maybe early twenties) dude starts walking up after coming out from seemingly behind the neighboring tire store (which was closed). This was probably ar..

Finding Healing and Empowerment Through Tactical Training

Finding Healing and Empowerment Through Tactical Training

By Autumn Parkin People often ask me why I feel the need to wear a gun every day. We live in a relatively safe community with a very low violent crime rate. I’m a mother to three small children. I’m married to a Marine. They don’t understand why I would feel so unsafe. My answer is long, but basically boils down to ..

Allie's Story

Allie's Story

It was a little after 10:30pm when I sat down to watch tv and do some writing. My husband (a police officer) had left for work about an hour or so before, and I had just put our two year daughter down for the night. It started with a rushed knock at the front door. I wasn't expecting anyone and I knew it wasn't ..

What If It's Someone You Know

What If It's Someone You Know

I found out the hard way that it's not always a bad guy or a stranger that you may need protection from.  A few years ago when I was in the process of a divorce, my now ex-husband broke into my house while I was asleep and attacked and tried to kill me. If I had had a gun beside my bed like I do now, I believe ..

Cleaning Day

Cleaning Day

On a beautiful sunny afternoon, three years ago, my life changed.   It was weekly cleaning day and I had three cleaning ladies polishing my home from top to bottom.  I, as was my usual habit, was in my home office working and trying to stay out of their way.  The head housekeeper, Glend..

Get Out of My Garage!

Get Out of My Garage!

On a hot May day here in AZ 2014 I arrived home to an empty house around 1:45pm to unload my groceries after doing my weekly shopping. I was unloading groceries from the trunk of my car and taking them inside to my kitchen. After about my second trip in and out, I came out of the door that leads into my garage. I was “..

A Change of Mindset

A Change of Mindset

Guns weren't part of my upbringing and crime wasn't something I had ever been particularly concerned with. The only self-defense I recall learning was "don't talk to strangers." The first time I was raped, I didn't tell anyone because I was ashamed. The anger at the injustice was devastating, and I ended up going down ..

A True Story About Home Invasion: Would You Be Ready?

A True Story About Home Invasion: Would You Be Ready?

By Susan M. Gonzalez         My husband occasionally hunted and had guns in our home. I was scared of guns because I had never been taught much about them. Through the years, anytime that my husband was going to be gone overnight he would pull out a handgun and show me what to do in c..

An Empowered Survivor

An Empowered Survivor

To share my story I have to go back and revisit a night of terror that lives only now in my nightmares. It was a night that took away my choices and left me hopeless, as I powerlessly fell into the blinding terror of what happened that cold, dark night, changing everything.. I was fresh out of Law Enforcement traini..

Be A Survivor, Not A Victim

Be A Survivor, Not A Victim

I was once told I was an extremist for carrying concealed; nothing was going to ever happen, and, what on earth could I possibly fear anyway? My answer to that person was "Absolutely nothing!" Have you ever been told you are over-dramatic for carrying a firearm, or looked at strangely as if you are paranoid for doing s..

My Sister's Story

My Sister's Story

Sadly, this is not a story of survival, but one of tragedy. It was shared in the hopes that it will never happen again and that we can all work together to change "Gun Free Zones" into "Guns Save Lives Zones"   My sister divorced her husband because of his physical and drug abuse. She got a restraining o..

Never Leave Home Without It

Never Leave Home Without It

I have been trained and raised in handgun use since I was extremely young. My dad was special forces in the military, and now has been a police officer for over 20 years. It was very important to him that my sister and I were trained and protected from an early age. When I turned 16 my dad gave me my first handgun, a 9..

Orian's Momma

Orian's Momma

Let me begin by saying I was raised on a farm and in a family of firearm enthusiats. At a very early age I was taught gun safety, technique, and operation. My respect of a firearm and its ability to take a life with one pull of the trigger is absolute. I received my 9mm after I became a mother. I applied for my permit ..

Black Friday Scare

Black Friday Scare

  It the was morning of Black Friday and I finally had a day off from my new job. My dogs (shepherds) began barking like crazy about 4:30 AM. We have a lot of deer that use the dry creek bed behind me as a highway so I dismissed their barking. Then I heard a voice. I had left my exterior lights on and ..

Judy's Story

Judy's Story

After working in the ER for several months, the “frequent flyers” were becoming a problem for my husband. While the other providers were willing to feed these addicted individuals, my husband is a stickler when it comes to the law and after sending several of them to jail, (on more than one occasion),  they began ..

The Man I Might Have Killed

The Man I Might Have Killed

By Susan Callaway Certified NRA instructor for handguns, self defense, CRSO    The dedication page of my new book reads: To the man I had to shoot to save my life. Yes, you read it right. I've already had to shoot a man in self defense. Here's the story. In 1982 I was living alone at the ..

TR's Story

TR's Story

I lived just on the edge of downtown Fort Worth Texas. I was the manager of 3 apartment houses and lived in one of them.   One of my tenants from another house had a visitor that had been released on parole just  2 1/2 weeks earlier. He decided to get high, drunk or a combination of both and decide..

Peggy's Story

Peggy's Story

Peggy's Story      When Gary Miller was 11 years old he beat his step-father with a brick. He was committed to the California Youth Authority until he was released at the age of 16.  He then began a career of burglary and car theft, serving his first prison sentence before the year was ov..

Don’t Rely on a Candy Bar: Why Women Runners Should Carry a Weapon

Don’t Rely on a Candy Bar: Why Women Runners Should Carry a Weapon

Contributed by Kelly Curtis When I saw the white Suburban, I knew it was a mistake crossing the last road and continuing south on the railroad tracks. Still, the evening’s golden light across the alfalfa fields, the purple sky, and the fresh air beckoned me. I was in a new town, still learning the streets and ..

Protected by a gun, that I thought I didn't need

Protected by a gun, that I thought I didn't need

I was protected by a gun, that I thought I didn't need, but was made to carry by my husband.  I worked in the city and  traveled 37 miles each way from home. I was picking up one of my employees at his apartment complex while his vehicle was in the shop.  One morning around 6 a.m., it was still dark when..

Parking Lot Horror

Parking Lot Horror

I had gone alone to Target and I parked "out" a bit as I always do, and down the center aisle right in front of the door. I tried to make sure there were no vans or SUV's next to me. I scouted the parking lot for potential dangerous situations, made a mental note of two guys milling around between the door to Targ..

My Story

My Story

I was 24, my husband was deployed in Iraq. He comes from a well armed hunting family from Nebraska, so before he left he bought a high point 45 pistol for me, I was told to keep it under my bed.    My little sister and her 9 month old son were staying with me, and one night we woke up to my kitchen and ..

A Story of Survival

Earlier this year, I interviewed a reader of The Well-Armed Woman blog about a situation where she was required to use her gun in self-defense. The kind of situation in which any of us could find ourselves.   We have changed her name and some of the details to protect her identity.  Please share your thoughts..

Women's Stories of Survival

Women's Stories of Survival

Below are some women's stories of self defense with a gun. Women who found themselves in very scary life threatening situations. They lived to share their stories because they were Well Armed Women; Empowered, Smart & Strong. If you know of a story, or have one yourself please share it with us. Email..

Our New Home

Our New Home

Back in 1994 I had moved to our new home with our 2 daughters and hubby was to join us in a year after he retired from the Navy. I was never afraid without him as I had to go 6 months or more at times while he was on deployments, so I was used to it. One day, the girls and I went out shopping and I always locked our do..

Don't Mess With Mama - Survival Stories

Don't Mess With Mama - Survival Stories

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..