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About Kristin

I grew up around guns- mostly for hunting and rodent control. While I haven't really been "afraid" of guns, handguns weren't common place in my house. So, when my husband gifted me a .40cal handgun and a carry permit class for my 30th birthday, I was excited. I also knew I had a lot to learn. The only problem was HOW do I learn?


I clearly remember the first time I walked into a gun range with my newly acquired handgun-- I. Was. Terrified. I felt stupid. I was surrounded by guys who knew all the things (or so I thought) and I felt like an outsider. I soon fell in love with shooting and have been learning ever since.

"I've married my decades of experience in training and coaching with my love and experience shooting handguns."

What started as a way to help women navigate a challenging world, has grown into a mission to educate, equip, and empower women.  I'm excited to continue learning - always learning - and keep leveling up the quality of instruction I offer. Let's Get Started!


Kristin Benton (McKinney)



  • NRA- Certified Pistol Instructor

  • NRA - Refuse to Be A Victim Instructor

  • NRA - Women on Target Instructor

  • CSA- Certified Assistant Instructor

  • Agile Tactical - OC/Pepper Spray Instructor

  • State of Tennessee Certified Handgun Instructor


  • Tac Con Defensive Training Conference, 2021

  • Dr. Sherman House - Critical Casualty Care


Carlos Angulo

Tactical Advisor / Instructor

Carlos is a retired Metro Nashville Police Officer of 14 years and former member of MNPD SWAT Team. Prior to his law enforcement career, Carlos served in the U.S. Army for 9 years as a Paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division and with Fifth Special Forces Group with whom he deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11 and later to Iraq.


He also has a B.S. in Criminal Justice. Carlos is currently a Range Safety Officer at Royal Range in Nashville. Angulo is a strong teammate whose input is invaluable when it comes to situational training, product testing, technical recommendations, and equipment troubleshooting.

In addition to an extensive Law Enforcement training resume, Carlos is an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor.


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