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Women & Guns: The Basics – An Online Course

This is Just the Beginning

Starting your journey as a new gun-owner is intimidating, overwhelming and can be downright scary.  I have been there and remember all of these feelings well. What I wanted and needed as a new gun-owner in an industry that was almost entirely focused on men, was a comprehensive resource that understood me as a woman. I needed to know “What do I need to know?” The struggle of bouncing from website to website, article to article, and video to video and not knowing if the information is trustworthy is OVER.  Women & Guns: The Basics is the only online course that brings you all the information you need from a resource you can trust and that is focused on teaching women.

Enroll in the online course HERE!

This is One Important Piece of Your Journey

I am not suggesting that you can learn how to be an ace shooter from this one online course, you can’t. You will need live training, practice, and dedication. However, with this course, you will gain the knowledge and confidence you need as you begin your journey as a safe and responsible gun-owner and self-protector. After you finish this course, I want you to be able to go to any gun store, shooting range or meet with any instructor with confidence!

What Will I Really Learn from Women & Guns: The Basics?

You will learn the safety rules, important laws, and how to be safe at the range. You will learn about the different types of guns and how they work. One section will cover in-depth the shooting skills you will need to develop as you continue to learn. I even break down what you need to know about ammunition and give you a complete breakdown of concealed carry is. I’ll talk about the holsters that work best for women and how to carry safely and with confidence. I present all lessons with the full understanding of who we are as women and of how we learn best.

  • Getting Started: What you need to know 
  • Gun Laws: Concealed carry laws, self-defense, traveling with a gun
  • The Gun: Guns, their parts and how they work
  • Ammunition:  Types and caliber
  • Shooting Your Gun: The fundamentals of grip, stance, aiming, pulling the trigger 
  • Concealed Carry: What is it and how do I start carrying?
  • Purchasing Your Gun: What gun, how and where do I buy? 
  • Building Confidence: Range etiquette, hazards, practice, and instruction.

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Why Should I Take Women & Guns: The Basics?

There is so much misinformation out there and some provide downright poor training. As a new gun-owner there is no way to know what is accurate and which are even safe. Trying to navigate the thousands of articles and videos is not only confusing, it’s frustrating.

Sadly, much of the industry still does not understand women nor does it understand our needs and our learning styles. I do… The Well Armed Woman is THE most trusted resource of women, and of the firearms industry.

I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to have the opportunity to teach you personally.  I will give you the building blocks for a solid and safe foundation. I’ll guide you to learn your abilities, to find the right equipment and to build your skills safely and confidently. As a student in the course, you will have the ability to contact me directly with any questions.  I also promise that all of us here at The Well Armed Woman are committed to being an ongoing partner on your journey.

Final Thoughts

I wish I could train each and every woman in person! Of course, that isn’t possible, but I believe this is the next best thing! After completing this course you will have a newly found confidence and your sense of confusion, intimidation and being overwhelmed will vanish. You will gain the knowledge you need to take the next steps. Women & Guns: The Basics is an online course designed by women (myself, my daughter, and my daughter-in-law), for women like you. The focus is on learning, that’s it. The course is simple and easy-to-follow with no fluff.  Having a good foundation is so important for a new gun-owner. Sign up for my course and let’s start this incredible and rewarding journey together.

Sign up HERE

Enroll in the online course HERE!

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45 thoughts on “Women & Guns: The Basics – An Online Course

  1. Dana Venosta says:

    Is it possible to give this course as a gift?

    1. Carrie Lightfoot says:

      Hi Dana,
      Yes! Please visit the following page to do so Online Course Gift Code

  2. Marlene says:

    Carrie, I would like to take the course but unable to have range time.
    Would it be beneficial? Is there a lot of printed mail or voice?

    1. Carrie Lightfoot says:

      Hi Marlene,
      This course has videos for each section however, there are also notes for each section you can print out as well to have a hard copy. You do not need range time to take the course, it is meant to give you a good foundation on gun ownership and handling basics. However, you will need to make time for range time and be able to practice what you have learned afterward. Preferably, take a few in-person training sessions with an instructor. I hope this helps!

  3. Kimberley McCarthy says:

    QUESTION: Are we able to watch it more than once – or just the one time. Thank you

    1. Carrie Lightfoot says:

      Hi Kimberley,
      Yes, you can watch each lesson as many times as you want for the year you are registered for. I hope this helps!

    2. Charlotte Jamison says:


      1. Carrie Lightfoot says:

        Hi Charlotte,
        No, you do not need to take this course to join The Well Armed Woman.

  4. Susan High says:

    I just completed “Women and Guns – The Basics” and I thought it was a really good course for someone like me, with little/no experience. I have more confidence now to schedule a class at a range. Also, I found your “Gun Finder” to be very helpful in narrowing down my choices. Thank you!!

    1. Carrie Lightfoot says:

      Hi Susan,
      We are so glad we could help, Thank you!

  5. Tracie Moore Finelli says:

    I have taken one concealed carry course, and purchased my gun and have had a bit of range practice. Do you cover how to clean a gun? The thought of taking one apart and putting it back together is daunting. Thanks!

    1. Carrie Lightfoot says:

      Hi Tracie,
      Thank you for your question. This course does not go over the cleaning of a gun. There are so many different guns and most have different takedowns so it is a very vast topic to cover. I would suggest to check out youtube and search your type of gun and takedown or cleaning. There are usually some good videos that show it being done. I would watch a few to make sure you are seeing the right way to do it. You should also compare with your gun manual to make sure the steps line up. Always make sure your gun is unloaded before cleaning.

      1. Dale Charmaine Blue-Singletary says:

        I learned that my local gun shop offers the service of gun cleaning. I prefer that, I’m uncomfortable with the possibility of not putting it back together properly. Or do you suggest that I learn how to clean it myself?

        1. Carrie Lightfoot says:

          It’s important to really know your gun inside and out and I think gun cleaning is the best way to really get to know your gun. It’s rather relaxing too

          For most gun models, Its more simple than you think – and only a few pieces. once you have done it a few times, it’s really easy. Do a google search for cleaning your model and there will be some very helpful youtube videos that will walk you through it. Watch a video a few times first

    2. Wendy Hall says:

      You can Youtube it, they show everything. If I can do it, you can do it! The hardest part for me was trying to get the slide to come forward in order to separate the gun, but I finally got it. I have a Glock 43.

  6. Carol Buckley says:

    Hello I came across your website and I need to verify this online course will be good here in Florida?

    I like the idea of online especially with COVID so let me know!

    1. Carrie Lightfoot says:

      Hi Carol,
      This course can be taken anywhere in the US. It is important to note that this course is for your personal education only. It will not certify you to carry your gun nor does it supply you with a concealed carry license. You must abide by all local and state laws. The certificate of completion awarded at the end of the course is for personal use only and cannot be used to obtain any type of license.

  7. Michelle Sullivan says:

    What is the difference between online course and dvd?

    1. Carrie Lightfoot says:

      Hi Michelle,
      The online course goes into much more depth than the DVD and covers additional topics.

  8. Della S Garner says:

    I do not yet own a firearm. Is this course appropriate for me? Will it give me information to help me decide what type of gun will be my best option?

    1. Carrie Lightfoot says:

      Hi Della,
      Yes, this course is designed for people who do not own a gun yet or just purchased a gun. There is a section that goes over how to find the right gun for you as well. There is a lot of good information on safety and learning how to use it as well.

  9. Mary K says:

    Is this course intended for those who already have firearm? If I enroll, will I need one as I go along in the instruction in the course? For example when learning the parts of the gun, or how to hold it ect… ?

    1. Carrie Lightfoot says:

      Hi Mary,

      Yes, this course goes over the basics for people who are new to shooting even if they already have a gun. It goes over safety, how a gun works, how to shoot a gun and more!

  10. JP says:

    I thought this was is an online course. When ordering, why does the cart indicate a shipment to an address? Thank you.

    1. Carrie Lightfoot says:

      Hi JP,
      The shipping address is there because it is our online store platform. We do sell physical products as well and all get checked out through the same cart. I believe you do not have to put in a shipping address for just the course. If you do order just the course – nothing is shipped to you. Please contact customerservice@thewellarmedwoman.com if you need any assistance!

  11. Stephanie says:

    Hi Carrie! This course sound right up my alley. However, I do not have wifi at home. Is this something that I will need wifi to access while doing the course, or can I download it to my computer and peruse it at my leisure?

    1. Carrie Lightfoot says:

      Hi Stephanie, this course is all online so you would some kind of internet connection. Unfortunately, it is not currently downloadable. Please let me know if you have any other questions!

      1. margot bissell says:

        Try taking the course at your nearest public library. They always have free wifi. You can use the headphones too.

  12. Evana says:

    How long is the entire course? Can you start, stop, and put on pause like a video? Thank you,

    1. Carrie Lightfoot says:

      Hi Evana,
      Yes, you can take as much time as you would like. It is broken down into sections to break it up and you can stop, pause, rewind, etc. the video. The full course is just under 2 hours and once purchased, you have access for a year!

      1. Roberta Great says:

        Can you start the class immediately after purchasing?

        1. Carrie Lightfoot says:

          Hi Roberta,
          Yes, once purchased you can begin right away. They are pre-recorded videos so you can do the course completely on your time.

  13. Liz says:

    Does this course teach you the in’s and out’s of a gun? I already have my conceal license. I just need to know A-Z of the gun. Please advise. thank you

    1. Carrie Lightfoot says:

      Hi Liz,
      This course does go over how a gun works for both revolvers and semi-automatics and points out the common parts of the two types of guns. It is not a deep technical explanation but it gives the student a good understanding of the gun and how it works. Even if you already have your license, it is a great refresher and in most cases points out something new you may not have learned. We have had multiple instructors take this course and say they took something new from it! I hope this helps!

  14. Beth Waldeck says:

    Can we continue to access the course once purchased for refresher/reminders?

    1. Carrie Lightfoot says:

      Hi Beth,
      Yes, you can 🙂 You have a full year of access from your purchase date!

  15. Will I get a license after taking this course?

    1. Carrie Lightfoot says:

      Hi Jaqueline,
      This course is not the same as getting your license nor will you be certified to conceal carry after taking it, that must be done through your state. This course will give you a great foundation in gun basics in many areas such as main laws, how a gun works, how to shoot a gun, training and some pointers on buying the right gun for you.
      Please email us at customerservice@thewellarmedwoman.com if you have any other questions!

  16. Mimi says:

    Is this the only online course you have? I am not new to concealed carry, basics are good, but do you have something more advanced on ccw, similar to a refresher course?

    1. Carrie Lightfoot says:

      Hi Mimi,
      We do have another course in the works, once completed we will be sure to announce it! Thank you for checking this one out and if you know anyone who would benefit from this course please pass this on.

      1. Mimi says:

        Thank you so much…

  17. When is your next hands on course?

    1. Carrie Lightfoot says:

      Hi Julia,
      we are in the early stages of another course, thanks for checking this one out! If you know anyone that would benefit from this course please pass it on!

  18. Alice Faye Toler says:

    How do we know when the class starts?

    1. Carrie Lightfoot says:

      Once you enroll, you will get an email with instructions on how to access the course. You then, can go at your own pace and go through the sections whenever you want to. I hope this helps to answer your question Alice 🙂

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