Women-only Basic Protection and Handgun Selection Class

Join us for a women-only basic protection and introduction to handguns course!

About the Women’s Basic Protection Course

If you’re looking for an opportunity to join other women in learning the basics about firearms, this Women’s Basic Protection and Handgun Selection course is for you.

This course is small and intimate—and just for women. When you join us in this course you’ll enjoy:

  • Increased self-confidence and self-awareness
  • Greater ability to ensure your loved ones are safe
  • Confidence in choosing pistols that fit you perfectly
  • Increased appreciation for a competitive sport

Our courses are small, so we can focus on your safety, provide personal attention, and help you learn to shoot in a safe, fun environment.

We’ve taught over 700 women during the last 3 years and we LOVE seeing them thrive after our course, developing huge confidence as a result of their dramatic increase in competence.

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What you’ll learn:

This course is a blend of classroom and practical on-the-range instruction in which you’ll learn:

  • Basic firearm safety rules and safe gun handling
  • The parts and operations of both semi-automatic pistols and revolvers
  • The fundamentals of shooting: grip, stance, aiming, sight alignment, trigger control, and follow-through
  • Ammunition types and selection
  • How to choose a firearm that fits you—you might be surprised at what you’re most comfortable with!
  • Numerous tips for situational awareness, avoiding conflict, and personal protection

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Course Specifics

The course runs from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. We would love to have you join us at 8 am for mochas and lattes to fuel our chit-chat so you can get to know your soon-to-be-best friends! You’ll begin with instruction in a well-lit and comfortable classroom, with very clean restrooms. In the afternoon, we’ll move outdoors to the covered pistol shooting bay. You’ll begin shooting with .22 caliber pistols. These are super easy to handle and fire—and they help boost your confidence. If you’re comfortable doing so, you can shoot larger defensive rounds such as .38, 380, 9mm, and .45 caliber pistols. If the weather is cold, we’ll warm up between shooting with a portable heater.

We will provide coffee, water, snacks, as well as a hot and hearty Dutch Oven lunch-this is not to be missed!  We’ll provide handguns and ammunition will be provided. You are welcome to bring your own, but please, do not feel you have to purchase one for this program. We’ll also have hearing and eye protection for you. Feel free to bring your own if you already have them.

At the end, you’ll receive a certificate of course completion. 

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Course requirements

This course is for women only, age 18 and above (we may make exceptions on a case-by-case basis-contact us to discuss).


Tuition for the course is $275* per person. We love it when you bring your friends with you—if you register at the same time, everyone gets a $15 discount.


*Ammunition prices have skyrocketed. To make sure we have the ability to replenish our ammunition for all our classes this year we’re forced to raise our prices slightly. We hate doing it but we have to purchase ammo for you to shoot with!

Why the shortage and price hikes? There are more than 7million new firearm owners last year. If each of them bought two boxes (100 rounds) of ammo, that equals a demand for a minimum of 700 million rounds of ammo. The manufacturers simply cannot keep up and prices are skyrocketing. Here’s hoping that things will return to normal soon.

2021 Schedule

Our next programs will resume the first weekend of March 2022.

As much as we’d LOVE to teach year-round, we’ve found over the past three years that women just didn’t want to be out in the freezing and sub-zero temperatures during the winter.

We have more than 125 women on the waiting list. We’ll first open up registration to those who’ve purchased a gift certificate.

Now is a GREAT time to fill your stocking! Or purchase for a loved one!

September 11, 2021 SOLD OUT!
Gift Certificate 12 certificates available Register Online

If the courses are all full or you aren’t able to attend one of the scheduled programs,  contact us and we’ll notify you the moment a new course is added.


Payment is due at the time of registration. Our facilities and instructors are pre-paid, so we cannot allow rescheduling or refunds. Upon registration, you will be asked to fill out a waiver and attest that you are eligible to handle firearms (i.e. no felonies).


All courses are taught at the Cascade Shooting Facilitiesoutdoor range in Ravensdale, Washington. The classroom instruction is at the range house nearby.

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Who are your instructors?

We are passionate about teaching women to protect themselves and their loved ones, enabling them to embark on their next adventure with confidence and security. All four of us are certified NRA instructors. We’ve been teaching classroom and practical programs for nearly two decades.

Curtis is the lead instructor, with nearly 20 years of training experience with people of all ages. He is an NRA-certified instructor for NRA Pistol, Home Defense, Personal Protection Inside the Home, and Black Powder programs. He is also an NRA certified Range Safety Officer.

Becky is the reason we started all of this. She was tired of being dismissed in firearms training courses, and having to prove that she was a better shot than the instructor before she was welcomed into the club. She is adamant that women just need the opportunity to learn new skills in order to perform comparably. She has a degree in psychology which she leverages heavily to help women understand how to defend themselves. Becky is an NRA-certified instructor for NRA Pistol and is assisting in this course.

Kelsey has been shattering stereotypes her whole life. She enjoys challenging assumptions of what women are capable of doing. When not in business dress, she does 50-mile hikes and enjoys shooting the largest production revolvers and semi-automatic handguns available in the US (truly ‘big-ass’ handguns!). She is an NRA-certified instructor for NRA Pistol and is assisting in this course.

Katon is our resident armorer and firearms expert. He has been actively shooting for nearly a decade and enjoys defensive and competitive shooting. He is an NRA-certified instructor for NRA Pistol and is assisting in this course.

We look forward to having you join us!

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