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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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#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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Two Stories

Susan LaPierre shared these with us at The Well Armed Woman National Leadership Conference last month. All I can say is that none of us will be the same. Two women, two very different outcomes. Both will have you on the edge of your seat and both will give you…

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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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The DI-ADEM: First AR Designed For Women, By Women

Written by Barbara Baird for Range 365 The DI-ADEM is the first AR built for women, using input from at least 140 female shooters, and currently is for sale only to those who helped it come into being: members of The Well Armed Woman's 350 chapters across the country, with more…

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TWAW DI-ADEM – Built For Women, By Women

The first AR-15 built for women by women. 18 months in design with hundreds of The Well Armed Women across the country has created this truly unique rifle built by LWRCI. Read The Frequently Asked Questions Here    

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A Gun Owning Parents Pledge

Children and guns... For the educated and responsible gun owning parent, these are positive words. We think about the next generation we are raising who will fight to protect our Second Amendment rights. A generation that respects guns as the powerful tools they are. They know how to care for…

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Fork in the Road – An Open Letter

To say I am grateful, is such an understatement. The support you all give to The Well Armed Woman, The TWAW Shooting Chapters and to me personally overwhelms me. Because of this, not a day goes by that I am not touched by my position. By the story of a…

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The Beretta 1301 Tactical Shotgun – An Unusual Review

Usually a firearm review is written by, well the reviewer. Usually by a gun writer for a specific publication or by an individual or shooter who has some experience with a variety of firearms. Well, this review is going to be completely different. Yes, I will share my personal thoughts…

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Hillary’s Enemies List: Carrie Lightfoot

From NRA America's First Freedom In response to a Democratic presidential debate question on Oct. 13, 2015, Hillary Clinton put the 5 million members of the NRA at the top of the list of enemies she is most proud of. This is unprecedented: On national television, a candidate for president…

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Upside Down

When I was younger, I was a competitive gymnast. I am feeling like I used to feel when doing a floor exercise routine or an uneven parallel bar routine: upside down with everything spinning around me. I don't put myself upside down or flip through the air anymore, (Which would not only…

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An Independence Day Message

Sadly, more terror attacks fill the airwaves and have us greatly concerned and pained to witness yet more unnecessary slaughter of innocent life. Our collective heart breaks for those lives lost and for the families and friends that are left behind in agony. I can only speak for myself, but…

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The Well Armed Woman TODAY – It’s A Package Deal

Gun ownership is a package deal. There are a number of important things you take responsibility for when you are a gun owner. In this video, Carrie Lightfoot has a discussion about what it means to you. Subscribe to our YouTube channel for more videos Are you ready to become…

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The AR15 – The Facts – Infographic

AR Rife Facts: AR does not stand for "assault rifle" or "automatic rifle". AR stands for "ArmaLite Rifle" and is often called a Modern porting Rifle (MSR). AR's shoot one round with each trigger pull s it is not a fully automatic rifle as many believe.

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Friends, Fun and Firepower

Friends, Fun and Firepower is what happens when you get great friends together on a gorgeous spring day in the Arizona Southwest. Cheryl Todd of AZFirearms and Gun Freedom Radio, along with her husband Dan, made this day happen with their incredible variety of new and historic firearms!  In this video you will see…

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Fashion & Firearms Concealed Carry Extravaganza

Published with permission from Women's Outdoor News Hundreds of women interested in concealed carry attended the Second Annual Fashion and Firearms … A Concealed Carry Extravaganza on Sat., March 5, at the Biltwell Event Center in Indianapolis. The event included nationally acclaimed speakers, self-defense demonstrations and a fashion show. Melody…

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It’s Time To Join-Up Ladies

SoIt's Time To Join Up! Why is it important to you to carry a gun? My guess is that many of you answer this question with something like this: To protect me against violence I refuse to be a victim To protect my children and my family I am my…

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A New Year, A New You

Here we are, in the first days of the new year and while I take a few days to recuperate from the whopper of activity this past year has brought, the most outstanding thing that stands out to me isn't the huge numbers of women coming into the TWAW family…

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What to do

The atrocious terror attacks in Paris have me rattled. I must say that the cumulative effect current events is having on me is profound. Terrorism, the plague of political correctness, attacks on our Second Amendment rights, the US economy, the deterioration of our values as a country, lack of support for…

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The Well Armed Woman Awarded GLOCK’S Safety Ambassador Award 2015

. From GLOCK: "Congratulations to The Well Armed Woman, LLC. TWAW has been chosen as the 2015 GLOCK Safety Ambassador of the Year award for their support of GLOCK’s annual #SafetyPledge drive. We appreciate TWAW’s ongoing support for GLOCK's safety initiatives."   I am so darn proud of all of The Well Armed Woman…

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The Well Armed Woman OWB Holster Makes Industry Top 10 Holsters of 2015

July 22nd, 2015 by Danielle Breteau The American Shooting Journal, their readers, writers, graphics artists, sales rep’s — pretty much anyone under the AMSJ family umbrella — work diligently to pick the “who’s who” in the yearly TOP 10 awards. This month HOLSTERS Due the immensity of the shooting world, it was a very tough…

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The 100 Most Influential Pro-Gun Rights Advocates – Newsmax

The 100 Most Influential Pro-Gun Rights Advocates By John Blosser   |   Monday, 13 Jul 2015 02:04 PM Newsmax is out with our list of 2015's 100 Most Influential Pro-Gun Rights Advocates.  The Department of Justice is reportedly launching a "final assault" against gun owners with more than a dozen new gun-related regulations…

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Here We Go Again. Get Ready!

Sadly, we see another tragedy with a gun and the horrendous loss of life at the hands of a sick and hateful person in Charleston SC. Before the family and friends could even wipe the tears from their cheeks, people in positions of influence, such as the media and politicians,…

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NSSF Summit

I have recently returned from Savannah GA and the 2015 NSSF Summit. The NSSF is the trade association for the firearms industry. It is here that the captains of the industry gather to discuss important issues and trends in the industry and look toward the future to work to grow and protect all aspects of the shooting sports.

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Dana Loesch – Truly A Well Armed Woman

I had the chance to sit down and talk with Dana Loesch following her book signing at the NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Nashville TN. I watched her sign hundreds of books, each one with a smile and a pose for photos. She had been on her feet for…

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A Revelation

  I was very fortunate to be invited to participate in Beretta’s 1st Tactical Summit held at the elite Academi training facility in Moyock NC. Top gun industry writers from all over the country attended to get hands on training with the full line of Beretta tactical firearms. Just getting…

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Love Is In The Air

Yes, love is in the air this month. Valentines Day reminds us to demonstrate the love we have for the special people in our lives with a special card, the traditional heart shaped box of candy, perhaps even a piece of jewelry. I have seen images on the internet that speak…

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Top Facebook Posts on TWAW for 2014

Top Facebook Posts on TWAW We have had quite a year on Facebook together haven't we? I thought it would be fun and interesting to look at the top Facebook post from each month throughout the year. Here we go... You can click on each image to see the full…

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5 Tips for Shopping For Your Well Armed Woman

Okay, so you promised yourself that this year would be different, right? The day after Christmas or Channuka last year, you vowed that you would start your shopping early and carefully select the best gifts for the amazing well-armed woman in your life. Now, the year has flown by all…

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Conference Reflections

As I process our first National Shooting Chapter Leader Conference held this past weekend in St. Louis, MO, although my head is spinning, a few very profound things are clear. 1. Our leaders are truly something special. This group of leaders is not just hundreds of women doing the same…

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2014 National Chapter Leader Conference Press Release

THE WELL ARMED WOMAN HOSTS ITS NATIONAL SHOOTING CHAPTER LEADER CONFERENCE IN ST. LOUIS MO St. Louis, MO – The country’s largest women’s shooting organization will hold its National Chapter Leader Conference Oct. 3-5, 2014 in St. Louis MO. With the number of women who own firearms for personal protection…

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Companies Making a Difference with TWAW

The Well Armed Woman Chapter Program has become the largest national women’s shooting chapter program in the country with 190 chapters in 43 states in just less than two years. How is this possible? Honestly, the incredible growth this program has experienced has been a glorious, non-stop whirlwind but these…

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Sexualization of Women & Guns – TWAW Today

Video discussions on topics and issues important to women shooters. This episode discusses the sexualization of women and guns. Subscribe to our YouTube channel Read Next: Breaking the Bondage of Fear: One Woman at a Time

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Chapter Leader National Conference Sponsors & Opportunities

The Well Armed Woman Shooting Chapter program is the premier women’s shooting chapter network in the country. With over 188 chapters in 43 states we are on the front lines, meeting, networking and empowering thousands of American women shooters. We would like to invite you to be a partner in this event…

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Women’s Concealed Carry Fashion Show

WOMEN'S CONCEALED CARRY FASHION SHOW Buy tickets or become a vendor here: "THE ULTIMATE FASHION ACCESSORY IS THE ONE THAT KEEPS YOU ALIVE!" Tricia's Story, Have you ever felt like a fish out of water?  Well, if you are a woman with a gun who lives in New York State…

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What I learned this year

I know you hear it all the time, everyone is saying it this time of year but this time it’s REALLY true. This year has flown by!! So much has happened and I need to take some time to process it all in my head. One good way for me…

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Finally…Ammunition Demystified

Ammunition…To the new shooter trying to understand even the basics of ammunition can cause great confusion and anxiety. I remember going to the gun store as a new shooter and being completely lost in the sea of boxes, numbers, calibers, grains, letters and jargon. I had no idea what I…

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The Well Armed Woman TODAY – Holiday Gift Shopping

Holiday gift shopping for the gun loving woman in your world can be tough. In this video, we discuss the challenges of gift shopping for your Well Armed Woman and some tips for gifts for men too.  Subscribe to The Well Armed Woman Youtube channel Looking for gifts for The Well Armed…

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Pretty Guns

I've been seeing a number of pretty guns lately. Some of our Facebook fans and customers are sending in photos of their guns that they've adorned with a variety of new accessories, finishes, and coatings. Some are even dressed up with rhinestones! As I share them publicly on our Facebook page, it's…

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The Basics of Reloading for Women

Contributed by Cami Brasher (image: www.hobbygunsmith.com) I am a 51 year old grandmother who has been reloading my cartridge ammunition for the last 30 years.  The fact that I am female seems to surprise most people as reloading seems to be the last bastion of male dominance in firearms. So, Ladies,…

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You know you’re a Well Armed Woman When…

Yes, another Jeff Foxworthy takes off, but I just couldn't resist. The responses to this “fill in the blank” astonished me. Most made me laugh out loud while others made me realize just how significant it is to be A Well Armed Woman. There were hundreds and hundreds of responses…

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A Call To Women Gun Owners

I  wanted to speak to you, the American woman gun owner, face to face. The looming changes and restrictions to our rights to to be able to match the weaponry of the violent criminal who wants to do us harm are coming. As women - we already have the disadvantage,…

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Do You Get A Kick Out Of Shooting

By Guest Contributor Dawn Brown Recoil, also known as kick or kickback, is the backward momentum of a gun when it is fired.  Many beginners are very concerned about how much recoil a gun is going to produce when it fires.  That is completely understandable because if you’ve never shot…

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Going Through The Change

I suppose I could be writing about the change of seasons as we all are invigorated by the crisp weather and the changing leaves. Or, I could even be writing about THE CHANGE. You know the change that involves hormones and hot flashes!  No, I won’t go there, not today. …

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Are You Ready?

Election season is deeply upon us. Sadly with that comes quite a bit of dirty politics, annoying ads and an endless onslaught of phone calls! It is quite easy to “tune out” and just go MIA from heated conversations and the stress of hearing all of the doom and gloom…

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My Defensive Handgun Training at Thunder Ranch

It was a long day of travel - I kept wondering why did Thunder Ranch have to be so far away in the mountains? Once I arrived I quickly understood. The property was breathtaking. The facilities even more impressive. This was way more than a shooting range, this was a serious training…

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Whatever Men Can Do

Written by Mary McDonald.. Guest Contributor Whatever men can do. . . This past weekend, my neighbors were having a little family barbeque and invited my son and I over.  Kind of a welcome back home for a woman that was working out of town for a couple of months. …

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The Battle of the Bulge

General George Patton No, not the major German offensive, launched toward the end of World War II, but the daily battle of women all over the U.S. trying desperately to discreetly carry their firearm. The majority of women prefer on the body carry but find it so difficult at times,…

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A Well Armed Woman’s Independence Day

As Well Armed Women we enjoy our own personal form of Independence Day each and every day! By taking responsibility of our personal self defense, we gain a sense of independence which is both physical as well as emotional. Physically, we are equipped and trained to carry and use a…

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Daddy’s Little Girl

Have you ever wondered where all of these women shooters are coming from? They are everywhere; At the range, at gun stores and they are even going to gun shows! It’s like they are crawling out of the woodwork. Even the color and shape of gun gear is  changing because…

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The Truth

A recent post on The Well Armed Woman Facebook page on “Why we carry a firearm” created quite a stir and evoked an awesome amount of passion. One word kept smacking me in the face. That word was TRUTH. What frustrates the law abiding, good American citizen is the avoidance…

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Impressions of a Gun Show Virgin

Here are some simple impressions and a few questions from a gun show virgin: There are not too many women at gun shows.... Yet! I didn’t get strange looks for walking around with a gun on my hip. I did get curious looks for being a woman cruising the aisles.…

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Cars and Compassion

How far from reality is the characterization that all large companies are only about the money and  that somehow, people of influence have only attained that position at the expense of others. I believe that, for many, it is the other way around. That a company’s commitment to “do good…

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What is a Well Armed Woman

At The Well Armed Woman, it's all about accomplishing the "Three Es:" To Educate, to Equip and to Empower women. Anything that falls into these Es is why it exists and what it's about. I started TheWellArmedWoman.com because there was nothing like it when I was considering a gun. No single resource that had everything…

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The Problem With Women

Women have issues. Yes we do. No... not those. Women have some challenges that make it uniquely difficult for them to simply buy a gun and jump in to gun ownership. Here are a few of them. Perhaps you can relate or better yet - perhaps you can help. ISSUE…

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Eat Your Vegetables

“I don't want any vegetables, thank you. I paid for the cow to eat them for me.” Doug Coupland "Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon." Doug Larson I have noticed something very interesting. I post a photo on Facebook of a…

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Love Is A Many Splendored Thing

Ahh, a new relationship. The excitement, the long talks, spending as much time together as you possibly can. These things are all part of any new significant relationship. You explore each other, learn everything you can about the other and eventually know everything there is to know.  People begin to…

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Ambassador

You, my friend are an Ambassador. You may not realize it and you may not even wish to be, but you are. The dictionary lists the following definition of an ambassador: “A person who acts as a representative or promoter of a specified activity.”  You have joined a very distinguished group of…

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Hands

Each of our hands consists of 27 bones, 29 major joints, 34 muscles, 123 ligaments, 30 arteries, and the zillions of nerve and blood vessel branches. These all work together in such amazing ways, you have to marvel at how they all collaborate to do the most intricate of tasks.…

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What’s In A Name

I have a confession to make. Publicly before all of you.    I name my guns... I KNOW I must be the only one who does this strange thing. To go through the process of naming my guns, similar to that of when naming my children is bazaar, and probably…

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Never Forget Ruth

I was not prepared..... Not prepared to meet Ruth today. The day started like most others; busy and my head flooded with the "To Do's" of the day for The Well Armed Woman. Sipping my coffee and cruising Facebook to see what was happening and who was doing what, I…

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Ladies Night

  "Oh yes it's ladies night And the feeling's right   Oh yes it's ladies night Oh what a night (oh what a night) This is your night, tonight, everything going to be all right"   I know this Kool & The Gang song is now stuck in your head…

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The Three F’s – The Feminine, Fear and Firearms

For some reason, these three can add up to equal "I could never have a gun". Why is that? Is it genetics? Is it upbringing or social training? I am not trying to change anyone's mind. We each have the right and privilege of making choices and decisions for ourselves.…

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The Phenomenon of Women Purchasing Firearms is Much More…

Recently the news has been flooded with stories of the recent rise in the number of women purchasing handguns. The catchy headlines of "Chicks with Guns" and the undertones hidden in "Babes and Bullets" is totally missing the mark and minimizing this ever growing group of intelligent and empowered women.…

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Women, A Neglected Consumer Group In A Man’s World?

There was a great comment posted on The Well Armed Woman's Facebook page which really identified one of the challenges we have as women as we enter the testosterone rich world of firearms. It also highlighted the potential we have as a "consumer group" to affect and influence the firearm…

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