The C.O.R.E. Firearm Principles for Women

Posted by Team Springfield

Nov 17, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Firearm ownership is increasing among women and with this trend showing no sign of stopping, the need for proper training and education for armed women is increasing. While there is no substitute for hands-on training, a simple understanding of the basic principles of firearm ownership and use can help. Many firearm education programs rely on the acronym C.O.R.E., which stands for choice, operation, responsibility and education. By remembering this acronym, you can promote safety for yourself and those around you.

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When choosing a firearm, it's important to consider your reasons for the purchase. Is it for home defense? Hunting? Concealed Carry? If you're choosing a firearm for concealed carry, for example, consider how you want to carry it. You may choose among a variety of holsters, including ankle, shoulder, inside the waistband, belt, bra and more.

There are also off-body carry options, like purses and briefcases. Choose a reliable firearm fitted properly for your hand, as ergonomics can play a major role in your ability to perform accurately and precisely.


Perhaps you're completely new to firearms, or maybe you've operated firearms in the past and consider yourself fairly knowledgeable. Whatever your experience level, the most important thing is to know how to operate your firearm safely. Know all of the parts and how they work. Understand your firearm’s safety features and practice how to load and unload the firearm in various situations.


Any firearm is dangerous and potentially lethal. As a rule, never point your firearm unless you are under a threat and are willing to deal with the consequences of using it! Keep your finger off the trigger until you have made the decision to fire. Understand there is risk involved whenever you yield a firearm. Always keep the safety on until you intent to use your firearm and safely store it away, either in a case or a safe, when it is not in use. Know the laws involved and that will affect you when you expose your weapon. 


The best way to understand and respect your firearm is to practice using it. In-person training and education are indispensable when it comes to firearms. In all areas, there are places to get formal training in safety and usage of your firearm for women of any level of experience. Partnering with a mentor can be an excellent way to improve skills and learn about proper safety.

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Springfield Armory® recommends you seek qualified and competent training from a certified instructor prior to handling any firearm and be sure to read your owner’s manual.  These articles are considered to be suggestions and not recommendations from Springfield Armory®.