my experience shows that there are plenty of new shooters too, and it's encouraging that many of them are women.
I must agree. I'm a part-time RSO and find myself assisting new gun owners every weekend. And many of them are women that are really interested in learning to shoot for self defense. They don't want to have to depend or wait on anyone else to "rescue" them.
No I'm not an instructor for SD. I simply make a point to give them basic safety knowledge and how to's.
There are instructors available to them at their request.
NRA Chief Range Safety Officer, Home Firearm Safety and Pistol Instructor
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