Women are now the biggest demographic for both pistol training and concealed carry classes. Why is that? Probably because the family demographic has changed. There are now more women living alone than ever before, either as singles, or as single parents, and they know they need a "Plan B" in case of emergency. As population density grows, there are more home invasions, burglaries, and car-jackings than ever before. Women, of course, are also often victims of stalking, date rape, assault, and domestic abuse. It is true that the odds are against these happening to you, but they happen to someone every day. Most police officers go their whole career without using their gun, but a gun is like a parachute; if you ever need one and don't have one, you'll probably never need one again.
Increasingly, women are seeking to empower themselves, to take home safety measures, and learn how to protect themselves, to prevent rape and violent crime. Many are taking judo, or boxing, and gun ownership among women is up 77% since 2005. The drawback to judo and boxing is that they require more physical (or psychological) assertiveness than some women might want to muster. A handgun or shotgun levels the playing field, although it is sometimes intimidating in other ways.
We understand that dynamic, and welcome ladies into our classes. You will never be treated as less capable of learning handgun usage than anyone else. It is simply a new experience.
However, it is worth noting that women require some special attention. Because of differences in internal physiology, women will tend to balance differently. Some women have smaller hands and wrists than others, and may find that the grips of some guns do not fit right, or some slides are difficult to rack. Choosing the right gun can make all the difference, and an instructor can help with that.
I think women often have the wrong idea about what gun classes are like. They imagine an instructor who looks like Rambo, and a class consisting of one woman and 10 sweaty guys who look like Navy Seals, all of them experts. In reality, my classes are 75% women to start with, and the men in the class are more likely middle-aged accountants, IT consultants, or plumbers, or sometimes families with college-aged kids. These are not intimidating, high-pressure classes, and the 3-6 people in each class have fun, ask questions, and cheer when someone hits a bullseye. Come join us!
Pistol 101, for beginners or near beginners. You start with an emphasis on safety, learn how guns work, how to load them, action types, stance, grip, aiming, and trigger control,and progress to shooting several different handguns, typically .380, .38, and 9mm.
This is private instruction, for intermediate level shooters. This is nominally for one student, but can be a family/group of two (or three) (charge per person). We meet at my private range SE of Princeton, review the safety rules, an overview of guns and ammo, and the fundamentals of shooting, then practice shooting. Your experience is closely supervised with safety and success in mind.
Concealed/Open Handgun License class. No longer required by the state (but a very good idea), this class covers the law, safe storage, and other topics. There is a written test and a shooting proficiency test. This is a No Fail course.
At our private range SE of Princeton. Check the class schedule.