Most new shooters are looking for guidance on how to start and I am commonly asked if you need to own a gun before taking lessons. Another common misconception is that the learning process ends with getting your permit. She Shoots training takes our responsibility to equip you with good information as seriously as we take equipping you with the physical tools to defend yourself.
WHERE TO START?
You don't build a house without a solid foundation and if you're serious about protecting yourself and your family, you need that formidable base upon which to build. While there can be flexibility in the later steps depending on each individual's situation, we recommend following these steps to go from new shooter to proficient armed citizen:
Take the New Shooter Intro Class (or private session)
Schedule 2-3 lessons.
Take the permit class.
Purchase a firearm with the help of a trainer.
Keep working with an instructor while incorporating independent practice.
Work with your trainer to select the right holster for you and learn to draw safely and effectively.
Learn defensive shooting techniques and tactics.
Make concealed carry a lifestyle - it's called "everyday carry" for a reason.
If you've bounced around in these steps and feel like you don't know where to pick up - that's ok! Reach out and we'll help you fill in any missing pieces and get you moving forward!
You can do this and we will help you every step of the way. To get started on the right foot, you'll want to know which lesson type is right for you. Carefully read the lesson descriptions below and reach out if you have any questions!
Lesson Location: On Target Shooting Sports / 4803 Old Hickory Boulevard, Hermitage, TN 37176
*Members of On Target Shooting Sports receive $20 off every lesson.
Lesson Prequisite(s): NEW SHOOTER INTRO TO HANDGUN SAFETY & OPERATION
This is a non-shooting seminar that all new shooters are required to take before signing up for lessons. We understand that you may not be able to attend at the times this class is offered, or there may not be one on the schedule when you're ready to start and that is ok. In lieu of this seminar, you can sign up for a "Special Private: Extended Handgun Lesson." Check Class Availability>
STANDARD HANDGUN LESSON
There is a lot of value in hearing something taught, then seeing it done before doing it yourself. A lot is learned by observing the learning process in action and that is why our Standard Handgun Lesson is for two ladies per session. You do not have to have a second person, but we don't want you to be caught off guard when you arrive and find another person is also shooting with you. This approach was tested diligently before implementing as the standard and it has been incredibly successful from an instructional aspect and we've seen an incredible added benefit of new friendships forming!
SPECIAL PRIVATE: HANDGUN LESSON (or EXTENDED)
If you have some very specific goals or skills you want to work on, or you simply do not want to share a lesson time with any other person, the "Special Private: Handgun Lesson" is the best choice for you. There will be no other shooter in your lesson. An extended session is simply twice the amount of time.
AR-15 and SHOTGUN
INTRO LESSON: AR-15 or SHOTGUN
Wanting to expand to the AR-15 or Shotgun platform? The Intro Lesson is the place to start. To ensure you get a good understanding of the chosen platform, its functions, as well as live fire practice, the Intro Lesson is a 1 hour and 50 minute session with just you, the instructor and your platform of choice.
STANDARD LESSON: AR-15 or SHOTGUN
If you already have familiarity or you've taken the Intro Lesson, you'll want to continue building your skills in the Standard Lesson.
She Shoots Training specializes in teaching beginners, especially women, who want to develop a well-rounded personal safety plan that includes proficiency in the defensive use of firearms, particularly concealed handguns.
WHAT TO BRING
- Cash or check for lesson payment.
- A firearm in good, safe condition if you have one, though it is not required for lessons. There are a variety available for rent at the range.
- Ammunition (see below), though ammunition is also available for purchase at the range.
- Eye and Ear protection if you have it, loaner sets are available at the range at no additional cost.
Round count will vary by platform and the below are estimates only. You may use more or less but these are safe numbers for a standard lesson. It is always better to err on the side of too much than too little. Ammunition is available for purchase at the range.
- Handgun: A minimum of 50 rounds
- AR-15: A minimum of 50 rounds
- Shotgun: A minimum of 20 rounds
WHAT TO WEAR
You've scheduled your lesson and it's time to head to the range. Suddenly, you realize you have no idea how to dress! Not to worry! Below are some pointers to set you up for success:
- Low cut tops are not recommended - particularly for new shooters! Brass casings are hot when ejected from the firearm and the worst place for those to go is down your shirt and especially down your bra! This may not make sense to you now, but trust us
- Wear layers.
The temperature in the range varies by season and day, so bring an outer layer in the summer, just in case, and a warmer coat or hoodie in the winter.
- We recommend pants, especially for new shooters.
- Closed to shoes.