Gun Training for Women

Gun Training for Women

So, you’ve just bought your first gun and now it’s time to consider your training.  The choices you make for your gun training is as important as the decision to own a gun.  As with any important decision in life, it is important to do research on the subject ahead of time to arm yourself with the knowledge you will need to make the right choice for you. Below is a little advice to help you get started on your search and choices in women’s gun training options..

Utilize Local Resources

When looking for the right gun-training course near you, local gun shops, gun shows, and shooting ranges are a great place to start. Just log on to their websites to begin your research. When it comes to gun training for women, it can be a challenge to find instruction geared toward women.  Let me take that back, you will likely find instruction “geared” toward women, but that doesn’t mean they are gifted to teach women. Once you have decided which type of training you will begin, spend some time doing your research on each training company and or its instructors. How long have they been training women? What kind of credentials do they have? Do they have female instructors on staff? (This is not necessary as you don’t need to be trained by a woman, but it is a good indication that the training company is eager to meet the needs of its women clientele) Are there any reviews on the courses? Once you have identified some options, I suggest you go and meet with them and talk with them directly. You will know quickly if they are genuinely committed to training women well and with respect. Intuitively, you will know! Here is a link to a national listing of female TWAW instructors

Look for a training organization that offers a wide range of courses taught by highly experienced instructors. Find a course that offers gun training for women to develop the following basic skills:

  • Basic handling/manipulation of a firearm
  • One-handed shooting techniques
  • Quick and safe reloading
  • Quick drawing from a holster or concealed carry purse
  • Shooting accuracy
  • Shooting at moving targets/moving while firing
  • Shooting at multiple targets
  • Shooting in low light conditions


The type of course you choose will depend on your skill level and what you want the training to accomplish. Whether you want to learn about gun handling basics, armed self defense, tactical training or competitive shooting, there is a gun training class for you. Thinking about getting a Concealed Carry (CCW) permit? In many states, you’ll have to take a CCW training course as part of the application process.  Once you’ve determined which type of course you’ll need, the next step is finding the right provider in your area.

Consider joining one of the hundreds of The Well Armed Woman Shooting Chapters across the nation. TWAW Shooting Chapters is a non-profit organization that organizes local groups of women around the country that meet monthly to practice, learn and grow as shooters. Creating opportunities for women to be introduced to issues important to women shooters, learn safe gun handling skills and train together.

Consider NRA Training Courses

Another great resource is The National Rifle Association. The NRA offers Women On Target®, a series of Instructional Shooting Clinics designed specifically for women that teach the basics of safe gun handling, storing and shooting. You can choose from a variety of NRA training courses that allow you to:

  • Learn how to safely handle your gun
  • Learn about the available options for safely storing your gun
  • Learn more about modern guns or historic firearms
  • Learn about the basics of hunting or competitive shooting


For more information about NRA gun training for women offered in your area, visit

Practice Makes Perfect

I believe gun ownership and training go together as a package. You can’t have one without the other. As with any skill, the more you practice, the better you’ll be, and gun handling is one skill you must work to be the best you can be at.. Your training is an ongoing commitment. Find training centers and instructors who can guide you and help you grow as a shooter.  Even though finding gun training for women may be tough – it is worth the effort to find the right partner for you.