Firearms Training For Women

Firearms Training FOR Women

Welcome To Gray Lady Self Defense, LLC! I’m Kandy Harrell, CEO and Instructor.

We offer Firearms Training for Women, by Women. Testosterone Free! Our classes are held in the greater Charleston, Summerville and Goose Creek areas. My sole mission is to empower you with the confidence and skill to safely and accurately shoot a handgun. Because I believe in YOU I want you to leave my class knowing that YOU ARE WORTHY OF DEFENDING!

I have successfully taught women shooters of all skill levels for several years. You can see a few of their testimonials below and several more here.

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The mission of Gray Lady Self Defense is simple: Passionately teach women, regardless of their age, diversity or adversity, in a caring, non-judgmental, FUN environment to safely and accurately shoot firearms. I have consciously chosen to focus my training efforts to benefit the many new or less experienced women gun owners, and that is where I excel!

When you train with Kandy you will:

  • Learn firearm safety, gun care and handling.
  • Develop your gun handling skills.
  • Build defensive gun skills and awareness.
  • Gain the confidence and skills necessary to defend yourself and loved ones!


First, I'm Qualified
  • NRA certified Basic Pistol Instructor
  • NRA certified Range Safety Officer
  • Chapter Co-Leader The Well Armed Woman (TWAW) Summerville/Charleston SC Shooting Chapter
  • Member, Competitor International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA)
  • Red Cross Certified First Aid, CPR and Stop the Bleed

I started my journey into the world of firearms ownership at the age of 52, having never held a pistol, let alone shot a firearm, except maybe that BB gun around age 9 or 10. I’ve worked an office job for 30+ years, 16+ years of that from home, and was often alone in the house all day long. I was never in the military or law enforcement, and didn’t grow up learning to shoot guns.


In 2014, my husband and I decided to get our concealed weapons permit, and my introduction to The Well Armed Woman Shooting Chapters began that same year at my husband’s encouragement. It soon became my passion to learn as much as I could about firearms safety, shooting, self-defense. Soon thereafter, I was encouraged by my instructors (Toni Rastello and the awesome professional instructors at Shoot Logic) to share what I was learning with other women, so they too could be empowered with the knowledge to protect themselves and their loved ones. 

Why Use A Certified Instructor?

By taking a class from a certified instructor, you are assured that the instruction is conducted in accordance with accepted standards, policies and procedures.

Nra Certified Range Safety Officer Since 2015
Nra Certified Instructor Since 2017

Gray Lady Self Defense Classes & Services


Whether you are a new gun owner, inexperienced or just feel that you need some help with the fundamentals this basic handgun class is for you. In this class I will take you step by step through learning gun safety and how to load and shoot. The hands on instruction begins with the shooting foundations and teaches the fundamentals to shoot confidently and accurately. I have honed this class after successfully teaching many new women shooters.


What’s a “Chunky Monkey”? I developed and delivered this class to many women over the last two years. It works, for WOMEN! This is not a basic pistol class. Plus a Concealed Weapons Permit is NOT required. There are NO live firearms for this class. We use laser training systems to measure your performance of each skill learned. This system is a very effective teaching and learning tool! If you are serious about improving your firearm skills, this firearms training class is for YOU!