Women Learning Handgun Shooting For Self-Defense
So, you’re looking into learning how to shoot a handgun? That’s an excellent plan! Shooting is a lot of fun, whether it is for recreation, competition shooting, or to learn self-defense. Shooting may even save your life one day. While handguns, and using one’s Concealed Weapons Permit, is not always the first line of defense, earning yours is a vital part of protecting yourself. Women should and need to learn to shoot – and shoot well because a restraining order is just a piece of paper, and criminals don’t follow the law.
As a proud carrier of a Concealed Carry Permit, learning to operate your firearm confidently in the event of an attack is critical. For this reason, it’s important to get professional training to learn and hone your firearm skills, including: Drawing your weapon, cleaning your weapon, maintaining situational awareness, gun safety, and how to shoot for your personal self-defense.
Women Self-Defense Shooting For Personal Safety
Learning to shoot for self-defense is one of the most common reasons why women start learning to shoot in the first place. While it may not turn into a lifelong hobby or passion – thought that most definitely happens! – it will certainly help you to protect yourself and your family in the event of an attack.
There is something incredibly empowering about being able to protect yourself, not having to wait for the police or rely on someone else to come to your rescue. While one should certainly not entertain delusions of invincibility when carrying or operating a gun, there is definitely a sense of power that is palpable. Someone wants to attack you? Well, they’re going to have to be able to get through a perfectly aimed bullet first!
Women Learning Basic Gun Safety
While there are some self-evident aspects to firearm use and firearm safety, it is always recommended that you seek expert instruction before purchasing your own firearm. This will ensure that you have an absolute and unwavering understanding of all of the rules of gun safety. Failure to do so can result in serious harm to yourself or someone you care about.
Sometimes the simplest logic needs to be highlighted and repeated during the early learning stages, building mind and muscle memory, here is an example of what an instructor will go over with you time and time again; Even if you know the gun is not loaded, you should treat every single gun as though it were. Assume that, if you pull the trigger, a hole is going to be put into something – or someone. Whenever you pick up a firearm, checking to see if it is loaded, it is the first thing you should do, Always.
If you’re pointing the gun at something, it better be with the intent to kill it. If you don’t want to kill your friend, why are you pointing your gun at him? What about your cat over there? Do you really want to buy a new television? Whenever you are handling a gun, always make sure that it is pointed in a safe direction at all times. However, if someone is trying to attack you, the safest place is the middle of their chest.
Never, ever have your finger on the trigger unless you are about to fire. When you pick up a gun, you should have your index finger point straight forward and resting on the frame of the gun, on the outside of the trigger guard. This is called “indexing”, and it’s one of the most critical factors to gun safety. Always wear proper eye and hearing protecting when shooting for fun and/or practice.
Women Seeking Expert Hand Gun Instruction
The aforementioned tips are just the very basic elements of gun safety and firearm handling. In order to get your Concealed Carry Permit, you must first seek expert instruction to ensure that you know how to properly handle and care for your firearm.
Work to improve your focus, and your accuracy. Learn to hit targets from different distances, as well as moving, swinging, and rotating targets. This will make shooting an attacker a slight bit less daunting, since you will be trained to shoot a moving target and all the while you will be taking cover. In a stress or panic situation and if you have trained properly your mind and body will react instinctively to the treat, and you will survive!
Once you have your training, and are confident in your abilities (this includes cleaning your gun!), do some research on the requirements that your state has regarding Concealed Carry Permits. Every state is different, remember. Have Fun, Be Safe, Be Trained, Be Confident, Know the Law, and Happy shooting!