6 Handgun Training Tips for Women

Posted by Team Springfield

Oct 17, 2014 9:00:00 AM

For many women, the prospect of enrolling in a firearm training class may be stressful--but it doesn’t have to be. There are a number of reasons why anyone might feel uncomfortable walking into a firearms course, which is why it’s especially important to find a training space that is right for each individual. If you are looking for a training course, make sure you ask the right questions, find credible reviews, are comfortable with the instructor, and actually want to go through the process.

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Professional Training Tips

When looking for professional training, it’s important to select a program or class that fits your personal taste and needs. Here are a few things to consider when looking for a training course:

    • Clear Course Description. When searching for a professional training course, start with the basics. Does the course description make sense? If you find it confusing, you’ll probably be equally as confused on the other side.

    • Talk to a Real Person. While it’s nice to be able to research and signup online, it helps to talk to an actual person. Don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and ask any questions you may have. It’s better to find the answers ahead of time then suffer through a class that does not suit your needs.

    • Ask Around. The best way to find out whether a course is right for you is to see what other people think. Look at online reviews, check out ratings, and ask people who have taken the course before.

    • Female Training. If you would prefer to learn from another woman, you can find classes with female instructors. You can also find classes geared specifically towards women. These allow many women the chance to relax in their surroundings.

    • Scenario Based. For the competent gun handler, a course that provides scenario-based training may teach you a lot about tactics or mindset. While these classes are not a replacement for marksmanship training, they could be beneficial after a student is both safe and competent with their pistol. “Can’t yet fight with a gun if you can’t yet shoot!” is a sensible view to take.. While firing at targets all day does help increase familiarity with the handgun, it doesn’t provide much in the way of actual self-defense.

    • Your Decision. Last, but not least, do you actually want to take a training course? Many women are pushed into it by husbands or friends, but really have no interest. Before signing up for a training course, make sure it’s something you want to do.


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Topics: Tips for Women

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®.