Women-only Home Defense Class

Join us for a Women-Only Home Defense Class!

If you’ve been looking for a women-only home defense course, this is it!  You may have seen more reports of armed home invasions in the news headlines where an armed woman shoots an escaped inmate after he breaks into her home. Or a mom shoots home intruder after he kicks in the door.

But that isn’t anywhere close by, right? How about the elderly Renton man killed to steal his house? Or even closer? Remember the Maple Valley man defending his family in his home from armed attackers?

So why not just call the police? Of course you call them. However, in Seattle, their target response time is 7 minutes; their average is 9 and is often > 14 minutes. And in the case of the Maple Valley man, police were more than 30 minutes away. Others report having to wait up to two hours. That is an eternity when someone is breaking in your door. And even when they do show up, they aren’t actually required by law to intervene and protect you.

So what do you do while you’re waiting for the police to arrive? How do you protect yourself and your loved ones in your home?

You begin by recognizing that you and you alone are responsible for your own safety. And then you attend this training class to help you learn how to keep yourselves safe until the police can arrive. And then you train, train, train to help ensure you can keep you and your loved ones safe in your home.

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What You’ll Gain

When you join us for this course you’ll enjoy:

  • Increased self-confidence and situational awareness
  • Greater ability to defend yourself and your family inside your home
  • Knowledge of when to legally use lethal force-and the steps you can take before this last resort
  • Understanding of and a plan for the legal aftermath of a home defense shooting

Course Prerequisites

This course is small and intimate-and for women-only. It is only open to graduates of our Women-Only Basic Protection Course as it adds many new skills to those learned in the previous course.

In very rare circumstances we may waive this prerequisite. If you have previously completed an NRA basic pistol or USCCA course, or have relevant military or law enforcement experience, contact us to discuss your qualifications.

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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:

  • Psychology of situational awareness and self-defense
  • Basic defensive shooting skills
  • Strategies for protecting yourself and your loved ones inside your home
  • Shooting from multiple positions
  • Using cover and concealment
  • Considerations for selecting a home defense handgun and ammunition
  • Numerous tips for situational awareness, avoiding conflict, and personal protection

We’re delighted to welcome Attorney Andrea Kim, a practicing defense attorney with Gause Law Offices. She will help us understand the laws regarding the use of deadly force in Washington State, your rights, and how to navigate the criminal and civil actions that may follow a defensive encounter. Andrea will share cases and anecdotes where self-defense was 100% justified and where the gray areas are.

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Course Logistics

The course runs from 8:30 am to 5 pm. Please join us at 8 am for espressos 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. 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!

Upon successful completion of the program, you’ll receive a certificate of course completion.

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What to Bring

Please bring the following:

  1. Your own semi-automatic pistol in .380, 9mm (or greater) or a revolver of .38 Special caliber (or greater). Ideally this will be the handgun you intend to use for home defense. (If you don’t yet have a pistol, we can provide you with a 9mm pistol and 150 rounds of ammo for an additional $55–let us know via email)
  2. At least two magazines (semi-auto) or a speedloader (revolver)
  3. 150 rounds of factory ammunition suitable for the pistol you’re bringing
  4. Ear and eye protection. We highly recommend amplified hearing protection so you can hear range commands in a noisy environment. (If you don’t have protection, we will have some you can borrow)
  5. Baseball hat (to shield your eyes from the sun and from brass generously shared by your neighbor)
  6. Pen/Pencil
  7. Kneepads are encouraged, as we’ll be kneeling on the range for a portion of our course of fire
  8. Sturdy shoes/boots suitable for dirt and gravel. Please, no sandals, flip flops, or open toed shoes


Tuition for the course is $250 per person. If you would like to register to attend this class together with another of our Basic Protection course graduates, you’ll each receive a $15 discount on tuition. If you’d like to rent a handgun (150 rounds of ammunition included), you may do so for an additional $55.


Payment is due at 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).

Course Schedule and Registration

We typically run courses quarterly. Our next programs are:

September 12, 2020 8 spaces available Register Online

If the courses are full or you aren’t able to attend one of the scheduled programs, contact us and we’ll add you to our waiting list to be notified the moment a new course is added.

We look forward to having you join us!


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

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. Becky 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.

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