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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 I was gifted a .40cal handgun and 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. Thankfully, I stuck in there and immediately fell in love with pistol 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




  • Certified Pistol Instructor (NRA)

  • Certified Refuse to Be A Victim Instructor (NRA)

  • Certified Women on Target Instructor (NRA)

  • Certified Assistant Instructor (CSA)

  • OC/Pepper Spray Instructor (Agile Tactical)

  • Certified Handgun Instructor, State of Tennessee


  • Tac Con Defensive Training Conference, 2021

  • Critical Casualty Care, Dr. Sherman House, 2021

  • Defensive Pistol, Tatiana Whitlock, 2021

  • Basic Pistol (NRA)


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 has a B.S. in Criminal Justice and currently works as a Range Safety Officer at Royal Range in Nashville. Carlos is an Ambassador for the non-profit Hero Hunt. 


 Carlos is a strong teammate whose input is invaluable when it comes to situational training, product testing, technical recommendations, and equipment troubleshooting.



  • Defensive Pistol, Tatiana Whitlock, 2021

  • Urban Rifle I, II, III, Royal Range, 2021

  • Gunfighter Rifle/Pistol I, II, III, Royal Range, 2021

  • Speed and Precision Pistol, Royal Range, 2021

  • Critical Casualty Care, Dr. Sherman House, 2021

  • Certified Assistant Instructor (CSA)

  • Certified Pistol Instructor (NRA)



  • TN POST Certified Police Officer

  • MNPD Patrol Rifle Operator

  • MNPD SWAT Basic

  • MNPD SWAT Advanced Tech

  • MNPD SWAT Tactical Emergency Care

  • US Army Combat Lifesaver

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