Find Your Way To Firearms Confidence & Competence

Handgun Training
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That’s not a bad thing. It’s a fact that we learn new things better when broken down in a step-by-step manner. We just need to know the ‘why’ behind it. The ‘just do it this way’ and ‘because I said so’ type of handgun training methodologies are contrary to our style of learning.For more on this topic see “On The Range: Mars vs. Venus

For some women, learning a technical and potentially dangerous skill like gun handling from a man is a tense and uncomfortable experience. That is why many women prefer to receive pistol training from other women, that’s why you’re here right?

Meet Kandy, Your Instructor

Hi, I am Kandy Harrell. I am a NRA Certified Pistol Instructor, NRA Certified Range Safety Officer, former Co-leader of The Well Armed Woman Summerville-Charleston Chapter and member of the International Defensive Pistol Assoc. (IDPA).

I have taught women shooters of all skill levels for several years. I was privileged to serve for many years in a leadership position of local The Well Armed Woman chapter. TWAW is a prominent national organization supporting women gun owners of all levels. TWAW holds their leaders to high instructional standards. From experience I know that women learn differently than men. I’ve learned that one style of handgun training does not work for all students. I am adept at teaching women to safely shoot at their skill level with the equipment available to them.

Because I’ve been there, done that, I understand the emotions around shooting for the first time. It’s OK to be exhilarated, or even petrified, taking your first shot. I know how to provide you the confidence and safe environment you need to safely handle a gun, shoot it safely and accurately.

So, if you are female and feel more comfortable starting your pistol training with someone that can relate to your apprehensions first hand, let’s get together. I promise you that your experience WILL be different. ‘I am not a teacher, but an awakener.’ [Robert Frost]. My #1 goal is to awaken the hidden warrior within you and be the ‘tour guide’ on your journey to becoming independent and confident in your ability to defend yourself and your loved ones.

I believe in YOU and I want you to leave my class knowing in your heart-of-hearts that YOU ARE WORTHY OF DEFENDING!

NOTE: We do not advocate avoiding quality instruction from any male instructor. In fact, I owe much of my current knowledge and skills to the mentoring and training I received from some amazing local instructors. I wouldn’t be here today doing this without all that I learned from them. If you want to continue your journey to firearms competence, or obtain your CWP, after completing our classes there are many to choose from. I will gladly speak with you privately and recommend an instructor that meets your needs. Be sure to do your due diligence when choosing an instructor. Always look for reviews from other women. Our fundamentals training is excellent preparation for advancing your training.

Kandy with Julie Golob, holder of 155+ Major Championship Shooting Titles.
Kandy with Julie Golob, holder of 155+ Major Championship Shooting Titles.


  1. Learn safe firearms handling.
  2. Master the fundamentals of shooting.
  3. Build your confidence.
  4. Help you face your fears.
  5. Take control of your own safety and loved ones’ safety.
  6. Empower You!
  7. Replace misinformation with facts.
  8. Stimulate your mind and body by learning a new skill.
  9. Make you more independent.
  10. Inspire you to learn more.
  11. AND have FUN doing it!

get started by choosing the right training for you!

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Are you a new gun owner, inexperienced, or just know that you need some help with the fundamentals? If so this class is for YOU!
  • Firearms Safety
  • Range Rules and Etiquette
  • Common Firearms Terminology
  • Types of Pistols and How They Work
  • Firearms Handling
  • Fundamentals of Shooting
  • Firearm Cleaning & Maintenance Basics
  • Hands-on Laser Firearm Training
  • Interest-free Payment Plans Available

Beyond The Basics

Pistol training specifically designed to teach women gun handling skills, accuracy and defensive mindset to defend themselves and loved ones. It works, for WOMEN!
  • Effective Grip
  • Efficient Concealed Carry Draw and Presentation to Target
  • Learn Fast Sight Acquisition
  • Master Trigger Control
  • Malfunction Clearance and Reloads
  • Live Fire Day Using Your New Skills
  • Review Concealed Carry Gear (holsters, corsets, bellybands, purses).
  • Training Tools, Dry Fire Drills and Practice Tips
  • Interest-free Payment Plans Available

Personalized Private Training. While my class sizes are small, I recognize that a one-to-one learning experience is important for some. I often teach private lessons. See here for more info. 

Firearm and Gear Shopping Assistance. No doubt about it, choosing your first firearm and dealing with gun store clerks is very intimidating. It doesn’t have to be. I will patiently assist you through that experience. When it comes to deciding on various holsters and concealment options that work for WOMEN, I’ve been there. Let me help you make the right choices that work for YOU!  This page has more info.