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

I offer Firearms Training for Women, By Women!

Unlike most other instructors in the area, my training is specifically designed for how women learn. More on this topic is here.

My sole mission is to educate and 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!

Whether you are a new gun owner, know you need professional firearms training, women’s gun safety training, or want to prepare for taking the SC Concealed Weapons Permit class, you will find it here. Join the many women who have become safe and confident gun-owners with my training. You can see one testimonial below and many more here from women just like you. 

From beginner to advanced you will enjoy my professional, supportive, caring and FUN learning environment. 

My classroom is located at Caromi Volunteer Fire Dept. in Ladson.  It is just off I-26 and very convenient to Charleston, North Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, Goose Creek, Summerville, Monck’s Corner and surrounding areas.

Click on any of the “Book Now” buttons to see a current schedule of classes. NOTE: If our class schedule does not meet yours please reach out anyway. We can definitely work together to arrange something that meets your needs. Call or use the Contact Page to send a message.

My personalized private instruction is a popular choice for those who may not be comfortable, for any reason, in a group class. Please read on and explore the website for more info. I am always here for you if you have a question.

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Firearms Training For Women
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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 and 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 in the greater Charleston, SC area, and that is where I excel!

When you train with Kandy you will:

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


First, I'm Qualified
    • NRA certified Basic Pistol Instructor
    • NRA certified Range Safety Officer
    • Member, Competitor International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA)
    • Red Cross Certified First Aid, CPR and Stop the Bleed

My journey into the world of firearms ownership started at the age of 52. I had never held a pistol, let alone shoot one, 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. I 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. It soon became my passion to learn as much as possible about firearms safety, shooting and self-defense. I was encouraged by my instructors to share what I was learning with other women. I knew 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
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