How to Move Across the Country With Guns

You’re preparing to move to a new home and everything’s going well so far. You’ve found the right moving company and you know how you’re going to organize your boxes so that the move goes smoothly. There’s just one problem. You have a gun and a variety of related accessories.…

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How To Use Pepper Spray

Pepper spray is a very common self-defense tool among women, chances are you have it, are thinking about getting some or know someone who carries it. This article will go over the actual spraying of pepper spray and what to practice.

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Women and Long Guns – 2020 Survey Data

Have you ever thought about purchasing a long gun for home defense but you aren’t sure where to start? Thanks to all the amazing responses to The Well Armed Woman 2020 Survey, we have data that shows what long guns women purchased and which ones they used for home defense! This is a overview of the data gathered from the survey

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Most Popular Guns Women Carried in 2020

The Well Armed Woman conducts a survey every year to find out more information about women and the guns they own, for the first time ever we also gathered information about the most popular guns women carried in 2020! We know that it is important to know what guns have been purchased so we can best serve our customers. However, we also know that this is not the whole picture. Keep reading to see the top 10 guns women carried in 2020!

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Most Popular Guns Women Purchased in 2020

We have analyzed our survey data and found out the most popular guns women purchased in 2020! Before we get into the results, I want to thank the more than 5,000 women who answered our survey! This information is so important! Why? Because of your responses, we can not only show women looking for a new gun what other women have purchased and use, but this data is extremely helpful to the industry as they strive to understand and meet the needs of women gun owners.

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6 Tips to Making Your Own Shooting Targets

Making your own shooting targets is one the cheapest way to practice your shooting (and DIY) skills and it does not need to be difficult. Use these tips to make your own shooting targets without making a hole in your pocket. You can make different types of shooting targets by using recycled materials. You can also go a bit more for reusable ones. Regardless, you don’t need to spend a lot to make make them effective.

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The Well Armed Woman 2021 Survey!

This is an anonymous survey in which the data collected will help us to provide the very best products, content, and service we can for female gun owners. More importantly, it will help us guide and educate the firearms industry for women's needs and preferences. We will make them understand that women are here and not going anywhere!

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Storing Your Gun in Your Car

One of the challenges that comes with concealed carry is what to do with your gun when you are driving and when you find yourself at a location that does not permit the carrying of a firearm on their premises. Here are three great options.

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State Gun Law and Compliance Resources

Trying to understand state gun laws and compliance can be quite a hurdle. Not only do you have to be able to understand the legal jargon you have to be able to find the information! If you know where to look and have the resources you need, knowing the gun laws will be so much easier. Here are resources for some states that have more complicated gun laws that are likely to change.

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Twice in One Day

This is the story of the day I was ready to use my gun not just once, but twice. I live in California where the CCW process isn't a same-day process like some other states. The day I'm talking about happened in the middle of my going thru getting my…

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If I Wasn’t Carrying Concealed…

All at once from behind the truck bed came 2 Hispanic punks in black hoodies, one holding a gun.  He yelled," I want this truck! Give me the f...ing truck!" Strictly on instinct, I drew my puny 380 Ruger, turned and aimed my pistol at the brat aiming at me, and yelled, "I  don't think so!" This flattened the second guy up against the car beside me.  I yelled again saying GET OUT OF HERE!...NOW!"

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Following Me

I was coming home one night after dropping a friend off at her house, after I got out of town about 7 miles I noticed a car following me.

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Concealed Carry for Women of All Body Types

We all know that concealed carry can be difficult no matter what size or shape you may be. Because of all of your thoughtful responses, I was able to put together these common issues and tips for women of every shape and size.

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People Can Surprise You

We Went Hunting I was 18 years old and went deer hunting with my then-boyfriend. I had no idea he had taken acid. Well before the incident happened we stopped and rested so my rifle wasn't close to me. At that point in time, he was high. He then wanted…

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Introducing Friends and Family to Guns

Introducing your family and friends to guns is a dream many of us have! We want to share our passion for firearms and self-defense with anyone who will listen. With all of the turmoil and unrest in our country right now, this is the time many will become interested in gun ownership. So many new people are looking at guns and gun ownership in a new light due to current events. Even people who were previously against guns realize the importance of being able to protect themselves and naturally start thinking about their options.

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You Just Never Know

Going Fishing I was fishing in a couple of places by myself while my boyfriend was out to sea for a bit. He’s in the U.S. Navy. Ever since I got my CCP and my CCW I never thought I would really need it until this one day. I decided…

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Transitions Safety Tips

We are most vulnerable during transitions, which we experience hundreds of times a day. Find out how to protect yourself during these crucial moments.

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Situational Awareness and Masks – How to Stay Safe

There are some things occurring that are making our task of staying situationally aware more challenging. One of these is the heightened sensitivity of others in which the slightest "offenses", which today are almost impossible to define, can set someone off. In addition, wearing masks causes us to have less information available to read people. We can't see their faces to help us assess their intent or volatility. So how can you use situational awareness and wear a mask?

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Mistaken Identity

Parking lot attack Recently, I was pulling out of my apartment complex to pick up food for my roommate and me. As I was leaving this girl waved me down. She was about my age in her early twenties and seemed a little frazzled like she needed help .So, I…

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Situation in My Favor

Before I share my parking lot attack, some history. I have 5 kids and a disabled husband. My husband has always been a huge 2A advocate and carries everywhere he can. He had been mugged years ago after being out to eat with his friends at an establishment that didn't…

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The Mentality of a Gun Owner

I have always practiced situational awareness (something that family/friends always poked fun at me for doing) and at the age of 24, I was gifted my first gun from my then-boyfriend. I had practiced often with him and was always told never to pull your gun unless you intend to…

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Concealed Carry for Women: An Online Course

Concealed carry is just as easy as carrying your gun, right? Actually, it is so much more complicated! You have made the decision to move from being a gun owner to being a concealed carrier. This is a BIG DEAL. I can't tell you how excited I am about Concealed Carry for Women: An Online Course! There are so many things you need to know about concealed carry and I am here to help! This course will help you start your journey with a great base of knowledge and an idea of how to progress.

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Freedom

Freedom can mean so many things through the eyes of different people. I wanted to find out, what does freedom mean to you? Well, I got my answer!

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Concealed Carry Mindset

You have a gun and you know how to use it, so you're ready to carry concealed... right? Not unless you have a concealed carry mindset.

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Over 29 Minutes Later

I drew my gun and called 911. I did not want to shoot and begged 911 to get there quick so I wouldn’t have to, but I would do anything to protect my unborn daughter

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An Empowered Woman Is…

An empowered woman is a force to be reckoned with. You’ve heard this word “empowered” used a lot and you might wonder why it is such an important focus word for us here at The Well Armed Woman. So, let's take a deep dive into what it really means and what makes a woman empowered and what empowered women do.

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New Gun, Now What?

I know there is so much information out there that it can be very overwhelming. So, I have narrowed down what I believe are the next 7 steps you should take to become a knowledgeable, safe, and skilled Well Armed Woman. What is next for you on your journey toward your armed self-protection?

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The Options: Run, Hide, Fight

The first goal is to never find yourself in a situation where your life or that of someone you love is in danger. Preventing the need to utilize any of these responses should be part of our daily lifestyle. Perhaps we missed something, weren’t prepared properly, or made a wrong choice to find ourselves in a threatening situation. Being aware of our surroundings and taking the necessary preventative steps, such as keeping all lower level windows locked or choosing to take the well lit, more active street to our parked car, can prevent a self-defense situation from occurring.

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Holsters for Exercise and an Active Lifestyle

Finding a great holster for your active lifestyle doesn't have to be a challenge! I have compiled a list of what you should look for in an exercise holster and suggestions for holsters that work for exercising and an active lifestyle. A safe, reliable, comfortable holster is important to have for every activity level.

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Women and Guns Infographic 2019

I created an infographic that provides a great snapshot of who WE are. If you want to know more about women gun-owners and their behaviors in 2019, you're in luck! All of this great information is used to help improve and shape the firearms industry. Women have long been ignored and I am here to foster change and increase the perceived importance of women in the industry. We are mothers, wives, friends, grandmothers, and so much more. Every year I share the results of this survey with manufacturers and industry leaders to get you what you need!

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Holster Cant Simplified

Understanding holster cant can be simple! Know what positive, negative, and neutral cant mean AND get tips about how to find your perfect cant.

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Guns and Hand Limitations

Any physical challenges we may have will directly impact our ability to handle and shoot a gun safely and effectively. Knowing and understanding how to work with them is essential to finding the right gun that can give us the confidence we need. 

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Walk with Confidence

Walk with Confidence Many years ago I was walking at our local high school track on my lunch break. The track wasn't near the school and had to be entered through only one gate. Chain link surrounded the track with all other gates locked. A local homeless man entered the…

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“We Just Finished Some Target Practice”

During my early 20’s I lived alone in a nice little one-bedroom apartment. My neighbors were 4 men in their 30’s and 40’s. They were brought in from out of state to build the new shopping center down the road. In their first month of living there, these men had…

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Pocket Carry: 7 Tips and Considerations

Pocket carry isn't talked about much, in fact, it's rather neglected. Pocket carry is a good option when you do so safely. If you take the time to understand the advantages and disadvantages, you may find that this is a viable way to carry for you. Everyone is different but with the right gun, the right holster and the right clothing, pocket carry could be your new favorite option! Here are some tips and suggestions that to help you understand pocket carry a little more.

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GWG Concealed Carry Apparel

Recently, they released a new Concealed Carry Fashion line. You bet, I jumped on the fan bandwagon. We are all constantly struggling to find comfortable and fashionable ways to successfully live our lives as concealed carriers.

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It’s Not a Good Idea to Approach Me!

ButI had just started pistol shooting and joined a chapter of TWAW. The class that Saturday was about being aware of my surroundings and we got a keychain with white, yellow, orange, and red beads to engine us of the stages of awareness. We also practiced yelling things like “…

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“She Has a Gun”

It was about 1974 and I had just moved back to my hometown. I had rented a small red sports car and was pulled into a parking spot at a 7-11. I didn’t have a concealed carry permit but was allowed to have my pistol laying on my car seat

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Women & Guns: 2019 Survey Data Tells a Story

The results are in! The Well Armed Woman Annual 2019 Survey data is in, and boy does it tell an exciting story! More than five thousand of you submitted entries, thank you! The information you have provided not only helps me to meet your needs at The Well Armed Woman, but it also gives me reliable data to use as I work with leaders in the firearms industry to better understand their female consumers.

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TWAW Comfort Shield – Total Comfort

I think the key to carrying concealed every day and everywhere is comfort. The truth is, if we aren't comfortable we may not carry all of the time. We all are on the constant quest to find true concealed carry comfort. The Well Armed Woman now has the answer! How about a soft cushion in between all of this hard and all of our soft? Let me introduce you to the solution for truly comfortable IWB concealed carry: The TWAW Comfort Shield!

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TWAW Holsters for Men

It is no secret, we KNOW women! But did you know TWAW has holsters for Men also?! Here are a few great products that work for men!

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Holiday Outfits and Concealed Carry

Getting dressed when you carry a gun every day can be daunting. You ask yourself, "What will cover my gun?" "How can I wear this dress and my holster?" "Can I even carry in this outfit?" Holiday outfits and concealed carry often do not go together. However, I am here for you! I understand the frustration and I understand the need to carry concealed successfully. Let's look at some great outfit and holster options that you can wear to any formal or informal holiday affair!

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Debunking Two (More) Myths Of The Female Customer

The industry has progressed significantly in recent years, with some of the most prevalent myths about female gun owners debunked — you know, things like “women need and should carry a revolver” and “all women want pink guns.” Now, by and large, everyone reading this is “walking in the light;” if not, however, a quick search on Google will supply a plethora of educational resources for you to read and cast these myths aside.

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Annual Holiday Sale 2019

All of your holiday shopping can be done in one place! From Tuesday 11/26 through Tuesday 12/3, get your favorite products for amazing prices! The sale will be sitewide* with just a few exceptions. All you have to do is find the products you love and add them to your cart, apply the promo code, and the savings are yours! Trust me, concealed carriers, new gun owners, seasoned shooters, and everyone who loves the second amendment will be overjoyed when they receive these gifts.

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The Most Comfortable Belly Band

Finding the right holster can be a daunting task. You are going to have so many important questions. "Will it fit my body?" "Is it comfortable?" "Will my gun fit?" "I'm a lefty, will this work for me?" "What about when I change clothing styles... will I be able to change my carry position?" The Well Armed Woman's new Comfort Carry Belly Band will make you answer "YES!" to all of these questions!

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Never Afraid Again

The next day’s review of security cameras showed 2 young men had been wandering the property, looking in windows and trying to open doors. It was horrifying to watch them approach my camper.

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Driving Alone

I very calmly took my .357 out of the place I had it (I have a CCW) and put it on the passenger seat of my car. That was the last I saw of the truck.

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Speaker and Media Inquiries

Please use the form below to contact Carrie for speaker and media inquiries. Carrie Lightfoot is purpose-driven with the ambition and passion to create positive change. She is a savvy entrepreneur, mentor, author, speaker, and influencer. An authority and ambassador for women gun owners in the industry and in the…

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Fall Sale Spectacular 2019

The Well Armed Woman Fall Sale Spectacular provides AMAZING deals on great products! Holsters, accessories, apparel and more on sale Oct. 20-Nov. 9!

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Situational Awareness: Why, When and How

Below is the situational awareness color code first developed by the late Col. Jeff Cooper, founder of Gunsite Academy in AZ. Each color represents a state of alertness as we live out our lives. The “state” or level of awareness you are in has and will have a direct impact…

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The Second Amendment

  Amendment II The Second Amendment reads: A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. Resources Below are some very good articles pertaining to The Second Amendment to better help to understand…

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The Second Amendment – A Resource For You

As our right to protect ourselves and be the best self-protectors we can rely on our rights protected by the Bill of Rights and the Second Amendment, I thought it would be helpful to build a resource for you. A place where you can learn all there is to know…

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The Bill of Rights

Below is a transcript of The Bill of Rights provided by The National Archives What does is say? You can read a summary here Eight basic facts about the Bill of Rights   See all of our Second Amendment resources HERE   On September 25, 1789, the First Congress of…

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The Constitution of The United States

Below is a transcription of Constitution of The United States provided by The National Archives What does The Constitution say? You can read a summary here The Federalist Papers Constitution 101 - Free online course - Hillsdale College We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more…

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The Declaration of Independence

Below is a transcript of The Declaration of Independence provided by the National Archives What does The Declaration of Independence say? You can read a summary here Fascinating Facts about the Declaration of Independence To Remain Free, We Need To Deepen Our Understanding Of The Declaration These are the 56…

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How to Contact Your Lawmakers

It is vital that you contact and communicate with your lawmakers and elected officials.  They must hear from you to know how it is you expect them to govern as your elected officials. I encourage you to go visit them in person or personally give them a call. Emails are…

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My EDC – Always Ready

Ladies, I hear you. Without fail, during my days out on the range or leading an instructor course, women ask me "How often do I practice with, shoot, and clean my EDC?" Everyday Carry (EDC) firearms have a special task when it comes to our self-protection. You do not mount…

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To Post or Not to Post

I think it is safe to say that everyone is online! Many of us keep in touch with friends and family, track our finances, check the headlines, and even shop for clothing, food, and cars! The world is changing and so is the way we as people engage with others.…

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Follow Your Intuition

In July 2018 I terminated a maintenance tech for drinking on the job and abandoning the job. 2 months later he threatened to kill me via email. I filed a police report and was told to get an order of protection. That day I went to a local gun store…

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If I Were You I’d Get a Gun

Met my kids father when I was 18 and for 7 years I was beaten and abused (he almost killed me twice) finally got the chance to get away in September of 2011 but unfortunately he knew where I was and continually threatened me and anyone that would harbor me…

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Becoming Mentally Prepared

The Night My Alarm Went Off My story is not one of survival per se, but I feel it is definitely relevant to a woman’s right to protect herself. I grew up around guns and have always known how to shoot guns. I have, for years as an adult, owned…

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We Will Not Be Silenced – Instagram Takes TWAW Down

On Saturday, August 17th, Instagram removed our page. Without any warning or notice, our page was taken down. There was no communication with us, and it remained that way for 6 days. Just like that, in an instant, we were gone. Gone from the fastest growing social media platform, and gone from our over 32,000 followers.

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Gun Reviews By Women – Sig P365 by Nicole

Sig P365 Specifications Gun Manufacturer Sig Sauer Model P365 Nitron XRAY3 Day/Night Sights with Manual Safety Caliber 9mm Barrel Length 3.1 in. Ammunition Capacity 10+1 (standard), 12+1 (optional), 15+1 (optional) Price Around $500 Sig P365 Usage and Features Primary Use Target Shooting Are you right or left-handed? Right Handed What…

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Fearless and Free is a Lifestyle

This is your life and you have chosen to take control. You are not bound by fear, nor do you let it run your life. To maintain your lifestyle of fearlessness and freedom, it must be your mindset at all times.  You must continue your training both physically and mentally.

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Keeping Concealed Carry Private

In the world we live in today, disagreement, arguments, and judgment surround us. With so much angst along with a lack of understanding and tolerance for the concealed carry lifestyle you have chosen, many want to make you feel like you are  a paranoid gun nut if you are known to be carrying. I say "no more!" It is time we carry confidently and confidentially live our lives as armed self-protectors free from worry about what others think.

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Printing… What Can You Do?

I know that many of you think you’re printing and it can be especially nerve-racking when you start to carry, trust me, I know! I would look down at my waistband or look in the mirror and all I would see is "GUN". But... are you printing? If so, what can you do about it?

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They Stole My Car But Not My Will to Survive

I was 21 years old and shopping at the local supermarket. Being 21 I was purchasing beer and jellybeans for an Easter time party with all my close friends. I proceeded to walk out to my car in the parking lot when someone approached me from behind and stuck an…

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Keanu Reeves Best Gun Movies

Ok… so I think I can speak for many of us gun toting ladies who have a soft spot for Keanu Reeves. He is a cool, down-to-earth, attractive guy and he loves to shoot guns. What’s not to love?! When celebrities who are constantly in the public eye handle and…

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Prepare Yourself for Anything

You may go to Amazon and see the same things all the time because what you see is based on what you’ve searched for in the past and what products are sponsored. So how do you know you’re seeing everything you might need or want? Search for it! This list will guide you so you can search for great gadgets that will help you to always be prepared.

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Take Back Your Power

This is not my story. This is a story that I relay from a friend of mine who has since passed away. She and I became friends in 2002. She had escaped an abusive relationship. She was 49 years old at the time. When I met her she was scared.…

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Celebrating Independence Day

Summer is starting and soon it will be the Fourth of July, our beautiful nation’s day of independence. Everyone loves to celebrate the most important day in America’s history, but are we really celebrating Independence Day?

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Strong Women Require Strong Gun Belts

Has this happened to you? You found your ideal firearm and the perfect IWB/OWB to go with it, but when you clip it to your belt, it starts to sag - or worse- your firearm moves out of place? You need a gun belt. This is all too common when…

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Best Gun Belt For Women

Need a good gun belt? Find out which one is the absolute best for women and why you cannot live without this one. This will be the last belt you buy!

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Keeping Your Identity Safe

There are so many horror stories of people experiencing identity theft and all the personal hardship they endure trying to get back to normal. Unfortunately, in most cases, people don't know they have been a victim of identity theft until it is too late and their personal information has already been used in a fraudulent way.

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How To Dress For Concealed Carry – Photos & Tips

The Well Armed Woman collects photos showcasing real women who carry in real outfits. They share with you what gun and holster they use, where they got their outfit, how much it cost them and tips on why that outfit is great for concealed carry! This is your one-stop place to find ideas for great outfits for everyday concealed carry.

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6 Considerations For Earning A Woman’s Business

Ensure your marketing efforts reflect relatable imagery for women. If she can visualize herself partaking in an activity, chances are she’ll do her best to realize it. Yes, women are different. There are noticeable physical differences we all know and see as soon as they walk through your door. However, there are additional and profound differences that are important to understand to earn their business.

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What to Look for in Self-defense Tools

In most cases, the number one self-defense tool is your gun. However, what if you are not comfortable carrying a gun or you are going to places that you are not legally allowed to carry? In these instances, we still need to protect ourselves. We need the tools and the ability to take our safety into our own hands. When you can’t protect yourself with your gun or if you don’t have a gun, you can still protect your six if you know what to look for in self-defense tools.

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I Can’t Go Back Home

Intuition In the dark, I heard voices in the still of the night. Home alone I woke up startled. I peeked through my bedroom window but there was nobody there. Six weeks later I got an intuition-like feeling I can't explain at the San Francisco airport. Those voices I heard…

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In The Days of CB Radios

When I was a teenager, back in the days of pickup trucks, CB radios with PA systems in them, I was stalked. This was before any stalking laws were on the books. Law enforcement could do nothing about him coming by my house and telling me over the PA system…

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Personal Style and Concealed Carry

Concealed carry is not just about carrying a gun. Most of you already know this, but it still needs to be said. When you carry a gun every day, you need to really be aware of your surroundings and your Every Day Carry (EDC). How do you go from life…

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6 Considerations For Earning A Woman’s Business

Yes, women are different. There are noticeable physical differences we all know and see as soon as they walk through your door. However, there are additional and profound differences that are important to understand to earn their business. To effectively win the trust and business of the complicated creature that…

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Pepper Spray- Is It For Me?

Pepper Spray is one of the most readily available tools used in self-defense today, but does that mean it is for you? I will discuss what it is, the different forms of pepper spray, and how to choose the right strength. By the end of this, you will feel confident in finding the right spray that will pack the most punch!

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3 in 1 Self-Defense Survival Tool You Need

Think about these possible scenarios: Walking to your car after leaving a gun-free zone and a strange man leaps at you from between the cars. Driving on a slick road and you veer off into a ditch.  Your seat belt is locked stuck and you cannot get out of the car. Or, your child locks him or herself in the car and you cannot open the door to get him out. What if there was one tool that could help you in all of these scenarios?

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#NotMe Day Reflections

.WOW! Just WOW! I know that doesn’t sound very sophisticated, but it’s all that could come out of my mouth as I watched hundreds if not thousands of women all across this country participate in #NotMe Day on Saturday, June 1st. Photos and stories flooded social media. As women came…

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Dating and Your Gun

Dating and concealed carry, not typically talked about but definitely a vaild topic to discuss! Do you tell them you are carrying? Find out here!

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#NotMe Day – Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE #NotMe Day June 1st, 2019 Women across the country will unite to show they are “empowered self-protectors”  and refuse to be victims.   (SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) – May 13, 2019 –  The Well Armed Woman Shooting Chapters invites women all across the country to head to a local shooting range…

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Submit Your Gun Review

The Well Armed Woman Gun Review Submission Page   Do you have a gun you love? Don't love? Tell us about it!! Let's face it, we love reviews. We would love for you to submit your gun review. When you are purchasing anything, don't you go straight for the review…

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Concealed Carry Summer Fashion

Summer concealed carry fashion tends to be more difficult to deal with as the days get warmer and the clothes get smaller. You need to become strategic in the clothes that you wear. You don't have to sacrifice style for function, read these tips and I promise you will find it easier to carry this summer.

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Etiquette On The Range

Etiquette on the range is important to think about when you start going to a shooting range. Find out how to not "turn heads" at the range.

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Best Concealed Carry Purses This Season

Trying to find the best concealed carry purse can be difficult! You have so much to think about. Is the purse going to safely conceal your gun? Will you be able to use the purse every day? Are you going to be able to draw your gun from this purse…

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Knock It Off and Protect the Wall

I'm surprised and disappointed at how quickly and blindly so many grab on to the misinformation about the NRA that’s put forth and paid for by Bloomberg and those foaming at the mouth to take away our Second Amendment. If you didn’t know, they are the source of all the…

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Trigger Discipline for Woman

Trigger Discipline for Woman Contributed by Chase from outdoormethods.com   Whether you are a civilian, police officer, or in the military, if you plan on carrying a gun the first thing you must be taught is firearm safety. This includes being instructed on proper trigger discipline.  Trigger discipline eliminates a…

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How a Revolver Works

To best understand how a gun works,  let's take a look at the two types of handguns separately. They each work differently and each have advantages and disadvantages. In this article, we will look at the Revolver. Click here to learn how a Semi-Automatic pistol woks. The Revolver Revolvers have…

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Making The Decision: Part 1 – Do I Need a Gun?

Do I Need a Gun? So, where do you even start to answer the question, “do I need a gun?” You know you want to stay safe, protect your loved ones, and maybe, most of all, not let yourself become a victim. So, do you just go out and get…

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Making the Decision: Part 2 – What do I Need To Know?

What do I Need To Know About Owning A Gun? What do you need to know before totally jumping in and buying your first gun? Well, everything of course! But seriously, there are a few things to think about along with the previous questions of  “Do I need a gun”…

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Smith & Wesson 380 EZ – A 3 in 1 Women’s Gun Review

I’m so excited about this review of the Smith and Wesson M&P EZ Shield .380. Why? I have three reasons. First, I think this gun brings something to the women’s market that really serves the needs of American women gun owners. Second, this review contains feedback from a brand new shooter and intermediate shooter and a more experienced shooter.  Bringing each of these three different perspectives into one review to meet you, our follower's needs. That makes this a three in one review!

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Women, Protect Yourselves

My sister lives in Texas, states away from me. One night, while her husband was working graveyard at approximately 3:30 in the morning, two men kicked in her front door. Of course, it woke her. She jumped up and grabbed her handgun to protect herself and met them in the…

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Fun Gun Products You’ll Want Right Now

Let's have some (safe) fun with guns! I searched and searched for interesting, unique and fun gun products to share with other gun enthusiasts who are looking for exciting conversation starters that are practical! 1. This doormat that will tell anyone coming to your door that you are a 2A supporter…

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Am I Ever Really Safe?

My scary elevator ride Three years ago my husband and I were on our honeymoon. We were staying in a hotel and he had gone down to the car to load some of our stuff. A few minutes later I headed down. I stepped into the elevator and I noticed…

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Home Decor for Patriotic Gun Lovers

Home Decor for the Patriotic Gun-lover in You If you're anything like me, gun ownership is not just a part of your life, it's a lifestyle! Showing our patriotism and support for the Second Amendment is so important that sometimes we forget to have some fun with it. I was…

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The Handgun Caliber Comparison Chart and Guide

One of the least understood topics for pistols is what caliber really means. As a result, we made a handgun caliber comparison chart, and guide that faces this cartridge-related issue head-on. What Does Caliber Actually Mean? At its most basic definition for guns, caliber refers to the diameter of the…

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Top Concealed Carry Holsters For Women – 2018

The data is in! Here are the top concealed carry holsters for women - 2018.  Once again, you deserve a standing ovation! The Well Armed Woman 2018 annual survey and 2018 holster sales gave us a lot of interesting data, and it shows that the majority of women are carrying…

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Tips For Shooting In Cold Weather

Here are some tips for shooting in cold weather. When it comes to winter and heading out to the range in frigid temperatures, it’s important to understand how cold temperatures affect your body, and therefore your shooting ability. Our Brain Physiologically, when our body temperature starts to fall, our brain…

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Eye Protection That Makes the Cut

Eye Protection That Makes the Cut Eye protection is so important when you are on the range. Spent casings, debris, a ricochet or other environmental debris can fly at your eyes. For that reason, you MUST protect them! Over the years, I have tried a lot of styles but only a…

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Surprising New Data on the Female Gun Owner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Well Armed Woman Releases Surprising New Data on the Female Gun Owner Powerful insights into the female demographic (SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) – February 1, 2019–  The Well Armed Woman, the nation’s largest resource and social media community of women gun owners, releases new data on the mysterious…

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Do You Have A Dominant Eye – Does It Matter?

We all learn from an early age which one of our hands we prefer to use, our right or left. However, many people are unaware that they also have a preferred eye, a dominant eye, which is the one that works harder at sending the images to the brain. Although…

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Red Flag Laws – What Are They and What Do They Do?

Emergency Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs) also known as Red Flag Laws now exist in 13 states with more in the works.  By now I’m sure you have heard of them and perhaps are somewhat aware of what that phrase means. However, do you know how they can affect you and…

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Was My Phone Listening To Me?

A few weeks ago, my husband and I decided we needed a little time away from the office so we got in the car and headed north into the mountains. I safely packed my computer out of reach in the back and I placed my cell phone in the cup…

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Is Your Phone Listening To You?

This content provided by EIC of Gun News Daily, Chris Browning 43 DEGREES NORTH You are not alone if you think your phone is listening to you. This is a feeling that many have, and it’s not without reason. Lots of smartphone users have reported that even when they are…

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The Obsession That Saved My Life

The Obsession That Saved My Life A survival story submitted by Wanda July 2016 something came over me and I decided I wanted a gun. I had been seeing too many home invasion stories on the news. That's what urged me to go buy one. I just couldn't imagine sitting in…

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TWAW Shooting Chapters Launch Instructional Standards & Development Program

U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- The Well Armed Woman Shooting Chapters leadership has completed the development of the TWAW Shooting Chapters Instructional Standards and Development (ISD) Program. The program supports the volunteer chapter leaders in their efforts to continually improve as instructors and educators for The Well Armed Woman Shooting Chapter membership. Implementing techniques and…

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15 Forgotten Benefits of Shooting – Infographic

There are some real benefits of shooting. As a Well Armed Woman, you know that the significant benefit of owning and training with a firearm is that it can save our lives, right? In fact, that is the driving reason most women buy a gun and learn to shoot. We…

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Kalbfus Rod & Gun welcomes the Warren Well Armed Woman

Kalbfus Rod & Gun welcomes the Warren Well Armed Woman by LORRI DRUMM Staff Reporter from the Times Observer   The Warren County Chapter of The Well-Armed Woman met Saturday at the Kalbfus Rod and Gun Club on Chapman Dam Road in Clarendon More than 30 women of all ages,…

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Carrie Lightfoot: A House Divided Cannot Stand – NRA TV

Carrie Lightfoot: A House Divided Cannot Stand An Interview on Cam & CO   Abraham Lincoln famously said, "A house divided against itself cannot stand." The Well Armed Woman founder Carrie Lightfoot says division in the Second Amendment community isn't something that's happening spontaneously. Specifically, it is a divide and conquer…

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Meet Trailblazer Carrie Lightfoot

Meet Trailblazer Carrie Lightfoot Published by Voyage Pheonix Oct 25, 2018   Today we’d like to introduce you to Carrie Lightfoot. Thanks for sharing your story with us Carrie. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there. I came to my life with firearms late…

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Advantages of a Stun Gun for Women

Stun guns are currently one of the most popular defensive tools around, especially among women. While stun guns don’t have all the same advantages as a true firearm, like range and the ability to completely incapacitate your attacker, guns aren’t always accessible and they can’t be carried in as many…

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Firearm Safety Rules

These basic rules codified by Jeff Cooper are universal. They apply to EVERYONE and they apply ALWAYS! No matter how experienced a shooter and no matter what the circumstances. ALWAYS. LEARN THEM, KNOW THEM AND SAY THEM EACH TIME YOU TOUCH A FIREARM. The Gun Safety Rules Are: All guns a..

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Women’s gun group grows in popularity

Women’s gun group grows in popularity By Natalie Schwartz Staff Writer from dailycomet.com When Adrianna Eschete was first learning about firearms, her husband did all but pull the trigger for her by buying, cleaning and maintenancing the weapon. But Eschete was hungry to learn more about firearms, so she began…

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Being Prepared Can Make the Difference

Being Prepared Can Make the Difference A survival story submitted by Karen T. My story isn't as dramatic as many I have read, but I am convinced my concealed carry gun kept me from being involved in a bad situation. My husband and I traveled to Memphis a couple of years…

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An Attack Can Happen Anywhere

An Attack Can Happen Anywhere A survival story submitted by Elizabeth A. My survival story isn’t very dramatic, but it’s very real to me and important for people to know that an attack can happen anywhere. My husband and I lived in Lima, Peru for three years, as my husband…

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The Well Armed Woman in the Land of Lincoln

The Well Armed Woman in the Land of Lincoln August 29, 2018 This entry was posted on August 29, 2018 at 2:54 pm and is filed under GunNews. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. by Lori Sanner Former TWAW Illinois State Co-coordinator The Well Armed Woman (TWAW) started…

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My NRA Board Committee Assignments

I have received my NRA Board Committee assignments and wanted to send you a quick note and share them with you. I am thrilled to have been asked to sit on four committees: Women's Policy, Training & Education, Grassroots, and Public Affairs. Looking forward to starting this journey and getting…

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Infographic: Women’s Favorite Holsters And Carry Locations

Infographic: Women’s Favorite Holsters And Carry Locations Posted by Brandon Curtis, August 15, 2018 from Concealed Nation In the world of concealed carry, women have been taking the plunge by the thousands (millions?) over the past few years. That number may be even higher, but the point is that more…

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Where Women Conceal Carry – Infographic

The top locations and conceal carry holsters women love One of the most important issues we work on daily with our customers is finding the right conceal carry holsters for them. Holsters that work with their bodies, their clothing and their favorite firearm (another issue we assist with daily is…

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Ammunition Demystifier – Overview

Using the wrong ammunition in your firearm is extremely dangerous. You must know the proper ammunition for your firearm. The owners manual that comes with your firearm will tell you exactly which ammunition is safe for your firearm to shoot and many manufacturers make the manuals available online as well.

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Ammunition Demystifier – Types Of Handgun Ammunition

Handgun ammunition comes in a variety of types and sizes. The one you need for your handgun depends on the caliber of your firearm along with the rounds recommended by the manufacturer. The calibers listed below certainly are not all of them but will give you an overview of each of the most popular and recommended calibers for personal self-defense.  Of the numerous calibers of handgun ammunition, the .22, .25 ACP and .32 calibers are generally not considered powerful for self-defense, so are not addressed here

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The Top 10 Guns Women Are Buying

What are the top 10 guns women are buying? There are two questions we receive here at The Well Armed Woman every single day, all day long. What guns should I buy and how should I conceal carry? This isn’t surprising as women are trying to solve a big problem,…

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Write A Gun Review

Reviews written by women for women can be extremely helpful. Knowing what guns women across the country are buying and what they like and dislike about them can be very helpful. At a minimum, it can help to narrow down the possibilities and help to create a great list of…

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Freedom Defined

I am not sure there is a more potent or significant word in the life of our country or its people than the word Freedom... It is the who and what the United States of America is. Our country was born in it, and we stand as a great nation…

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Ammunition Demystifier – Shotgun Ammo

Shotgun ammunition is measured in gauge rather than in caliber and because shotguns are very versatile firearms, ammunition manufactured for them comes in a very wide variety of types and varying sizes and power. The gauge number is on the shotgun ammunition box. Your shotgun ammunition much match the gauge of your shotgun.

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My First Meeting As A New NRA Board Director

Wow, what a week in Dallas! The 147th NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits was amazing and I attended as a new NRA Board Director. It was a record-breaking event. Attendance was the largest it has ever been with 87,154 NRA members! Being surrounded by so many like-minded and enthusiastic gun-owning Americans is incredibly…

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More Utah Women are Carrying Guns

More Utah Women are Carrying Guns By: Jen Jacobson from Good4Utah.com Chelsea Thurman never thought she'd need a gun to protect herself until she was sexually assaulted. "It's never one of those situations where it's going to be you until it is you and after that, I became very enthusiastic about…

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Female Gun Owners of the Wild West

Inspirational Female Gun Owners of the Wild West Contribution from freelance writer – Jess Walter Female gun ownership is on the increase, with estimates of female gun owners at around 15 million. However, the history of gun-wielding females goes back to the founding of our nation. Since the invention of the first rifle…

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Organization Empowers Women Through Firearm Training

Organization Empowers Women Through Firearm Training By Courtney Gilmore of NBCDFW News In North Texas, groups catering to women and firearm training are on the rise. North Texas chapters of “The Well Armed Woman” are growing. The organization is focused on educating, equipping, and empowering women through firearm training. The North Fort…

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Building Your Concealed Carry System

"Carrying a gun isn't supposed to be comfortable, it is supposed to be a comfort" Clint Smith Clint's quote is very revealing as it is important to understand that concealed carry for a women inevitably means making some physical adjustments and concessions. There may be times when it’s an inconvenience or a little uncomfortable, but this just comes with the territory.

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How To Get Your Concealed Carry Permit

Each month, I seem to be getting more and more questions from women about how to obtain a permit to carry a concealed firearm. Whether it's for their own personal protection, their family's protection, or just for a little added peace of mind, an increasing number of women throughout the country are considering applying for a permit to carry a concealed gun. When it comes to how to get your concealed guns permit, the procedure is different for every state. Below is a little information to help you get started and apply for your CCW permit.

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About Concealed Carry Holsters For Women

Concealed carry for women is not as easy as it may seem. Finding concealed carry holsters for women, let alone any holster that will work on a woman's body can be a real challenge. Let's start with some wise words from a friend of mine. "Carrying a gun isn't supposed to be comfortable, it is supposed to be a comfort" - Clint Smith  Clint's quote above is very revealing and it is important to understand that concealed carry for a woman comes with some changes and some concessions.

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Concealed Carry For Women

Conceal and Carry, Concealed Carry, or CCW, is defined as the carrying of a handgun or other weapon in public in a concealed manner, either on one's person or in proximity. Concealed carry for women poses some important questions and challenges. Women have some unique challenges to effective and safe concealed carry such as: holster locations on our curvy bodies, a variety of clothing styles that can make concealed carry challenging and the way a woman lives out her life.

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The Concealed Carry Purse

The Concealed Carry Purse, people either love them or they hate them. To carry your firearm in a concealed carry purse is your decision to make and there is no right or wrong answer. What there is though, is what is recommended. You are an intelligent woman who can consider all of the information, the risks and the pro's and con's and make an intelligent decision for yourself if a concealed carry purse is right for you.

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Women and Holsters Infographic

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 in your waistbands (which is the best location for safe and easy access). This shows just how committed you are to finding the best and safest carry on the body positions and holsters! I am so proud of you! KUDOS!!

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Which Round For Self Defense

When we consider the choice of caliber for our concealed carry gun, we often stick to the well-known choices: .380, .38 Special, .357 Magnum, 9 mm, .40 S&W and .45 ACP. All of these rounds have their pros and cons, and you will find people who will swear by one or the other. The .380 gives you a wide choice of extremely concealable auto-loaders with all different systems of operation. The .38 Special is the round of choice in the ever-popular S&W J-frame snub nose revolver, which has proven itself time and time again as both a primary sidearm and a backup or deep concealment piece.

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NRA Women Tips and Tactics Video Series by Carrie Lightfoot

Carrie Lightfoot Concealed Carry Tips & Tactics Video Series NRA Women has a full series of Tips and Tactics videos with Carrie Lightfoot, Owner of The Well Armed Woman. In this series, Carrie teaches on the following topics: finding the right concealed carry holster, how to get started with concealed…

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Top Selling Women’s Holsters of 2015

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 just too many variables that can make one choice good for one woman, but not effective for another.

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3 Keys to Concealed Carry In The Summer

The hot weather of summer can make concealed carry quite a challenge, and for many women, this results in leaving the gun at home. Unfortunately, criminals don’t take the summer off, so we must find ways to carry in every season.

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Concealed Carry in Winter

Video discussions on topics and issues important to women shooters. This episode discusses the challenges of concealed carry for women in the winter.

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Concealed Carry For Larger Women

Women have multiple challenges carrying a firearm. Many of those challenges are due to the curves and shorter waists of the female body. Concealed carry for larger women has some additional issues that only exacerbate the already challenging problem of finding holsters that can be worn comfortably, discreetly, safely and allow for effective access to the gun should the need arise.

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When You’ve Got To Go…. You’ve Got To Go!

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?

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Carrying A Round In the Chamber

We know to best defend ourselves and our loved ones we must be ready, equipped and know what to do if necessary. Winning and surviving is about having the edge in the fight, whether that is in time, equipment, skill, and perhaps even in luck. What an interesting topic this is. Take a moment and view the video first...

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4 Self Defense Tools That You Can Carry All The Time

I was recently talking to a man who was telling me the story about his black eye. He had been walking down a street in the early afternoon when two men came up behind him quickly and began to harass him. Before he knew it, he was clocked in the face and his wallet and phone were stolen. He goes on to tell me “I just wasn’t prepared, and I should have been.”

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Learning To Carry; Same Gun, Same Place, Everyday

A large majority of the women who come through my classes have raised the concern about storage of their firearm when they’re not carrying it. It seems simple enough to answer at first. Certainly, it needs to be unloaded and locked in a safe, especially if children are in the…

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Tips For Concealed Carry While Riding A Motorcycle

Let’s break this down into two different sections: recommendations based upon carry style AND tips for carrying while traveling about on a motorcycle. Republished with permission from our friends at Concealed Nation Pocket Carrying?  Pocket Holster It. If you’re going to carry in your leather jacket or vest, make sure the…

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My Thoughts: Gun Laws and The 2A

  It’s been such a tough couple of weeks, with emotions running so high and the agony of what happened in FL weighing heavily on us all. The loss of these beautiful people is unbearable to fathom. It hurts all Americans so deeply, the intensity of the conversation is at…

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CPAC 2018 – The 2nd Amendment: 10 Years after Heller

The 2nd amendment at CPAC. I had the pleasure to speak on a panel at CPAC 2018 - The 2nd Amendment: 10 Years after Heller. The panel was led by Niger Innis and included myself, Willis Lee and Graham Hill. Check out more here: Guns & The Law – Overview

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TWAW DI-Adem AR-15 Rifle Wins Golden Bullseye Award

The Well Armed Woman/LWRCI DIADEM AR-15 Rifle has won the prestigious Golden Bullseye Women's Innovation Product of the Year Award! Each year, NRA Publications awards those who have created the industry’s best new products.  I can't tell you how proud I am. Proud of this outstanding rifle and proud to have been…

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Women in Shooting Sports on Rise in Ozarks

By Lexi Spivak, KY3/KSPR News SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3/KSPR)  Women in Shooting Sports on the Rise in the Ozarks and according to the organization Shoot Like A Girl, new research on women’s participation in shooting sports shows significant increase from previous years. The organization conducted a study on participation of women in…

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Gun industry takes aim as more and more women carry

By Stephanie Langston Published: January 18, 2018, 6:00 pm NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – More and more women are packing heat, and the gun industry is taking aim at their new target, from tactical clothing to female only gun clubs. What was once a man’s world is evolving. “Every time I step out of…

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The Well Armed Woman informational meeting this Saturday

by JACOB MANN Frontiersman.com PALMER — Women in the Mat-Su may feel like the statistics of crime against them is unsettling, so some may want to learn how to better protect themselves. Self-defense and firearm training seem like some of the more prevalent trends with women seen rising across the…

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Tishomingo Gun Club for Women Only

By Danielle Kernkamp, KTEN News TISHOMINGO, Okla. -- Firearms are used more than two million times a year for personal protection. Some lawmakers want stricter gun laws; others believe in our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. Whichever side you're on, gun sales are up, and it's men who are buying the…

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Women-only gun clubs are about ‘being prepared’

TACOMA, Wash. —  Every week, more and more women pick up a gun and learn how to shoot it for the first time. According to the Pew Research Foundation, one in five women report they own a gun. Veteran gun owners are helping rookies learn how to shoot and carry, through…

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Review: LWRCI Diadem AR-15

Article is from NRA Shooting Illustrated Guns come with stories. These stories create history, and history is being made with the first AR-15 built for women—per what women told engineers at LWRCI that they wanted in this type of popular rifle platform. The LWRCI Diadem is a limited-edition run of a direct-impingement…

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Organization brings women together, educating each other on firearms

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- An organization aimed at educating, empowering, and equipping women with knowledge about firearms is coming to South Central Kentucky. The Well Armed Woman is a national organization, now placing roots in Bowling Green. Local chapter leader, Renee McCarty, says it doesn't matter how much experience…

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This Pro-Gun Woman Group is Doing Incredible Things in America

This Pro-Gun Woman Group is Doing Incredible Things in America Semi-automatic or revolver? Ankle or hip holster? A purse you can use to concealed carry vs. a concealed carry purse? These are not your typically overheard female conversations – unless you’re attending a TWAW chapter meeting or event. The Well…

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More Women Empowering Themselves with Gun Ownership- WLVT TV

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (WVLT) - Women are one of the fastest growing groups of gun owners, according to the National Rifle Association. Pew Research Center says women are more likely than men to own a gun simply for the purpose of protecting themselves. In East Tennessee, gun groups are helping women learn…

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Cam’s Corner | Well-Armed Women

by Cam Edwards, Host, NRATV’s “Cam & Co.” - Wednesday, November 22, 2017 An organization of pro-gun women is doing incredible things in communities across the nation. This feature appears in the December '17 issue of NRA America’s 1st Freedom, one of the official journals of the National Rifle Association.   I recently…

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I received the call… Nomination to NRA Board

A few months ago, I received a call that Susan LaPierre would be nominating me as a candidate for the NRA Board of Directors.  After the initial surprise, I knew I needed time to consider this monumental opportunity carefully.  Subsequently, I spent weeks on thorough, prayerful, and critical thought and…

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Carrie Lightfoot For NRA Board Endorsements

I am very grateful to the amazing companies and outstanding individuals that have come forward in support of my campaign for election to the NRA Board of Directors. Their belief and faith in me is humbling.       Liberty Safe   Gunsite Academy          Crossbreed Holsters…

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Women’s Holster Talk – Lace Belly Band

Subscribe to our Youtube Channel! Purchase or learn more: Lace Belly Band Carrie Lightfoot discusses and demonstrates the Lace Belly Band concealed carry holster. Transcription: Hi, I'm Carrie Lightfoot owner of The Well Armed Woman and founder and chairman of the board of the nonprofit The Well Armed Woman Shooting…

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Female Firepower: Women Take A New Role in Gun Sales

By E.J. Schultz. Published on September 26, 2017. Credit: Illustration by Zigor Samaniego For most of her life, Carrie Lightfoot had no use for firearms. "Guns were just not a part of our world at all," says the mother of four, who was born in New York and raised her family in Arizona.…

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Do You Need A Gun? My Story

Only you can answer the question if you need a gun and it's not an easy question to answer. As women, this is a tough question for us to ask ourselves because it means facing our vulnerabilities. For our own peace of mind we tend to assure ourselves that; "people are good" or "my neighborhood is safe" or "I am always aware, I can prevent something from happening

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Could You Use It?

Your choice to carry and own a gun for self-protection says that you are willing to take the life of someone if necessary in order to save your life or the lives of those you love. This is a very significant statement that has very serious ramifications. We of course don't own a gun to "kill", we own a gun to "defend". Should that awful moment ever arise, could you use your gun on an attacker? You will have to answer this question for yourself.

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Do You Need A Gun For Self Defense?

There is no need for discussion. The fact is, we must protect ourselves from violent crime and our homes from invasion. Do you need a gun for self defense? I believe this is a question that every woman needs to ask herself and answer.

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Do You Need A Gun For Home Defense?

The decision to purchase a gun to defend your home, yourself and your loved ones is an important and serious one. Does a woman need a gun for home defense? Only you can make that decision. I can help with my 5 part series starting with Making The Decision Part…

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Do You Need A Shotgun for Home Defense?

Let's start with the shotgun. The shotgun has always been a favorite gun for home defense. A shotgun shoots multiple pellets from casings (shells) at a very high velocity. These pellets have excellent stopping power as they "spray" from the barrel, making it easier to hit your attacker. The shotgun…

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How Would You Handle These Two Scenarios?

From time to time, I am going to have some articles that throw out hypothetical situations that could happen while you’re carrying, and ask what you would do based on the information given. It’s always important to play through an entire scenario all the way to the end. If you want, walk through different steps that you may take, depending on what happens next. It’s all up to you. Many times, we stop at “I’d shoot the bad guy” and don’t go beyond that. Let’s change that each time a new scenario comes up. Play them out.

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Personal Protection In Your Home – Part 1

This is the first of a series of articles which will focus on protecting yourself in your home. Many of you either own a firearm for self-protection or are seriously considering it as an option. If, perhaps armed self-protection is not for you, these articles will also provide information that is important for all women.

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Personal Protection in Your Home – Part 2 – The Safe Room

Just hearing the words “Safe Room” elicits all sorts of images of war rooms with steel walls, men in military garb sweating and shouting panicked commands into a red telephone or even some multi-headed alien trying to slip his tentacle under the window jam! OK, went a little far with the alien, but the truth is, a Safe Room really is just a room in your home; yes, fully decorated and lived in, but where you can position yourself to best defend yourself and your family in the event of a home invasion

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Personal Protection In Your Home – Part 3

OK, ladies - your home is like a fortress and you have a safe room stocked and ready. Are you ready? I mean really ready to handle a home invasion? This is Part 3 in a series on protecting yourself in your home and today the discussion will be on being mentally prepared.

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Why Gun Rights Are Important to Amanda

I was always the woman who was afraid of guns, and couldn’t see why people felt the need to carry one. My husband carries, and has always wanted me to, but I was so terrified of the whole thing. But then I was out walking with my dog last fall, and we went to a nature trail area that I had never been to before..

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Discover Which States Stun Guns Are Legal In

Can You Use a Stun Gun in Your Area? Contribution from freelance writer - Jess Walter  With reason to fear for their personal safety, or just wishing to learn how to defend themselves, women all over the country have begun learning how to use weaponry. Being well-versed in gun safety is…

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Top Tips To Improve Your Cybersecurity As A Gun Owner

As a gun owner, you’re probably very focused on security and keeping yourself safe from threats, at least from a physical point of view but keeping yourself physically safe from threats with a gun is only part of personal security as a whole. Another aspect of your personal security that…

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My Endorsers Share

  Lt. Col. Dave Grossman Gabby Franco Carol Craighead - Crossbreed Holsters Mike Christoff - Sticky Holsters Claudia Chisholm - Gun Toten Mama's Morgan Mills - NRA TV's "On Location" Host Liz Lazarus - Author "Free of Malace"  

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Do You Need A Handgun for Home Defense?

A handgun for home defense is generally less effective than a shotgun as their projectiles have less energy. Aim and accuracy become critical to successfully defending yourself because you can no rely on shotgun spray. however, they do have the benefit of being easier to maneuver with their smaller size.…

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Women’s Holster Talk – Compression Concealment Shorts

Purchase here: Concealment Compression Undershorts Sunscribe to our YouTube Channel  Carrie Lightfoot discusses and demonstrates the compression shorts concealed carry holster. Video Transcription: Hi, I'm Carrie Lightfoot, owner of The Well Armed Woman and founder and chairman of the board of The Well Armed Woman Shooting Chapters. Today we're going…

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Women’s Holster Talk – Compression Tank Top Holster

Subscribe to our YouTube Channel Carrie Lightfoot of The Well Armed Woman discusses and demonstrates the Compression Tank Top Holster. Purchase here: Concealment Undershirt Tank Tank top Holster Video Transcription: Hi, I'm Carrie Lightfoot the owner of the well-armed woman and the founder and chairman of the board of the…

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The Truth About The TWAW Instructor Courses

  What are We Doing? I don't talk about our instructor certification courses much. However, I spent the last weekend with 15 more amazing women. These women show determination to push through whatever it takes to become the best firearms instructors they can be; I just can't resist. When I…

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2017 National Chapter Leader Conference

2017 TWAW Shooting Chapters National Leadership Conference Get ready, the 2017 TWAW Shooting Chapters National Leadership Conference is coming to gorgeous Provo, Utah  Sept. 29-Oct. 1st, 2017! The fun and opportunities start Sept. 27th with 5 pre-conference instructor level certification courses. Thursday our leaders spend the day being spoiled with training provided by…

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Women’s Holster Talk – The Sticky Holster

Carrie Lightfoot demonstrates the Sticky Holster, an innovative in the waistband and pocket holster that is very popular with women gun owners. No belt required! Visit The Well Armed Woman Store to see and purchase this and all of our holsters for women. Purchase or learn more: The Sticky Holster…

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The Gun I Didn’t Have To Use

I'm Glad It Was There My dad taught me how to shoot his .357 magnum when I was 9 years old. I knew it wasn't a toy and never touched it. He kept it loaded in his nightstand. We lived out in the country and one night when I was…

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THE WELL ARMED WOMAN … GUNS AREN’T JUST FOR BOYS

Special to Copper Area News By Jamie Ramsey You may have heard of something called “The Well Armed Woman” and wondered exactly what it was all about. They have been holding local meetings in Kearny for the past several months and have 22 members. There are 94 active chapters across…

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Shopping With My Mom

Typical of most days with my mother, I drove.  She's getting up there in her years and for me to take her places is just a little bit safer for everyone.  She's aware that have earned my concealed carry permit, that I carry a full-size XD .40 in a purse holster…

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Protect Yourself Against Holiday Crime

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…

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I feel unstoppable – Mehgan’s Story

Not every survival story involves surviving a violent attack, sometimes they are stories of overcoming other types of life threatening adversities. Here is such a story. In June of 2016 Richard and I were on our way to do some target practice. As we were turning left, an older gentleman was…

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Gun Scopes 101 – How To Use & Find The Best Scope

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…

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Defending Our Young

It's Primal Mothers are never more fierce than when protecting their young. This primal instinct is in all living creatures. The violent fight to the death response is fully acceptable and is the expected response in the animal kingdom when a mother's young are threatened. In the wild, predators lurk…

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Guns & Your Children

If you choose to keep a gun in your home, the safety of your children and the children that visit your home is your responsibility and only yours. Guns and your children is a subject you cannot avoid or postpone. If dealing with the issues of guns and children is not one you can take seriously and take the steps ne..

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Guns & Babies – Part 1 – Pre Pregnancy

Are you considering starting a family, already pregnant, or have you just had a new baby? The topic of guns & babies can raise some important concerns. If you have questions about shooting while pregnant, or other issues associated with firearms prior, during or after pregnancy, keep reading! In this…

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Choosing The Right Gun For You- Part 1

Sifting through the endless firearm options to choose the right gun for you can be confusing. In this four part series,  Carrie Lightfoot and guest Ashley Suris answer your questions to help walk you through making the right decision. This episode will dive into the differences between revolvers and semi-automatics.…

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Guns & Babies – Part 2 – The Pregnancy

Mothers are always looking out for the best interest of their children, and that starts early. The choices that a mom-to-be makes while pregnant affect her baby. In my last article I discussed the topic of lead and the risks of exposure, as well as other chemical hazards while handling…

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Choosing the Right Gun For You – Part 2

Sifting through the endless firearm options can be confusing. In this four part series,  Carrie Lightfoot and guest Ashley Suris answer your questions to help walk you through making the right decision. In this video we discuss hand size and hand strength.   Subscribe to The Well Armed Woman Youtube channel Also…

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Guns & Babies – Part 3 – After The Pregnancy

Part 3 of the series, “Guns and Babies.” Congratulations on the arrival of your new baby! At this point your days and nights are probably all running together, sleep is minimal, and life revolves around this new little person. Feeding schedules and diaper changes are part of your new routine,…

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Choosing The Right Gun For You – Part 3

Sifting through the endless firearm options can be confusing. In this four part series,  Carrie Lightfoot and guest Ashley Suris answer your questions to help walk you through making the right decision. In this video we discuss different types of safeties.   Subscribe to The Well Armed Woman Youtube channel Also Watch…

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Choosing The Right Gun For You – Part 4

Sifting through the endless firearm options can be confusing. In this four part series,  Carrie Lightfoot and guest Ashley Suris answer your questions to help walk you through making the right decision. In this video we discuss the purchasing of your gun, where to go and what to ask.  …

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What Kind Of Handgun For Women

Sadly, the myth that women are somehow less able or too weak to shoot a powerful handgun exists; it exists in gun stores, on the web or anywhere a woman might go to purchase a firearm or perhaps even within her family or social circles. I was at a gun show and approached one of the vendors to look at the guns he had for sale.

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The Best Guns for Women

What is the best handgun for a woman to carry? Everyone wants to know. There has to be an answer to this question, doesn’t there? It seems like such a simple thing to ask.

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How A Semi-Automatic Gun Works

A semi-automatic pistol is a handgun where the magazine that holds the ammunition which slides into the grip of the gun. A semi-automatic pistol uses some of the energy created from firing of the gun to eject the spent cartridge and load a fresh one. Semi-automatic pistols have the benefit of magazines that can hold a larger number of rounds. They also typically have an easier trigger pull, have the ability to shoot multiple rounds very quickly and are slimmer and more compact in shape.

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The Top 10 Guns Women Purchased in 2016

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,…

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The Top 10 Guns Women Buy

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.

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6 Best Guns For Women With Arthritis

Shooting with arthritis is challenging. This article identifies the 6 best handguns for women with arthritis. If you’ve been living with arthritis, you understand better than most people how painful and difficult it can be to shoot and operate a firearm. This could put you at a significant disadvantage for…

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What Do You Need To Get As A New Shooter

What Do You Need? Well, that depends. It depends on what your primary purpose of owning a firearm is. EVERY gun owner needs the following: INSTRUCTION - quality instruction is necessary under all circumstances. Ideally this is not a loved one. Although well meaning, only a trained and experienced professio..

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Where To Go Buy Your Gun

There are a number of options on where to purchase your firearm. The Well Armed Woman does not currently sell firearms or ammunition. In our products section, you will find wonderful options for everything you will need, but your gun.

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Benefits of the AR-15 For Female Shooters

Are there benefits of the AR-15 For Female Shooters? The AR-15 is a firearm that, largely due to the fact that it has been repeatedly vilified by numerous major media outlets, has attracted a significant amount of controversy. As a result of this, many women who are new to the…

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Safe Storage Of Guns

Firearms don't hurt people sitting on a table, tucked in a drawer or in a glove compartment. Accidents happen when we are negligent in our care and storage of firearms and they are left loaded, unlocked and available to be mishandled. How we store our firearms is key. Where and how you store your firearm(s) should be a..

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The TWAW/LWRCI DI-ADEM AR-15 For Women: Frequently Asked Questions

Why would a woman want an AR-15? An AR-15 or MSR (Modern Sporting Rifle) is the most modular and popular rifle system for many reasons. Because the military has adopted this platform: the ammunition used is easily sourced, cost efficient, and performs well. Therefore, the parts availability is endless. This…

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