I have taught single gender classes, all men, but only because no women signed up for that class. I haven’t taught a Women Only class yet, but they are in the plan. However, why are women only classes becoming a trend?
More women are coming into shooting, and taking initial training toward Self-Defense. That is obvious, and a good thing; women should know how to defend themselves and their families. I think there is fear of coming to a “Gun Class” and being surrounded by a bunch of good ole boys who will look down on, or snicker at, a woman in the class. Having taught a lot of classes with both men and women, I have never seen that happen. Of course, having a woman instructor may make a difference, I’m not sure. But one thing I am sure of, for new shooters, the ladies will out shoot the men…at least 80% of the time, based on my experience. This evens out with practice but in the beginning, guys, check your egos at the door!
I think a Women Only class is fine, if that is what It takes to make you comfortable coming to a gun class. But don’t be afraid of mixed gender classes. It is up to the instructor to make you comfortable and help you learn. I see respect from the men, they genuinely appreciate the comments and questions the Ladies ask. I get respect from the men as soon as they realize I know more about the subject then they do, or when working with an advanced group if I can show them something and they see the immediate benefit (better shot placement) any attitude melts away.
Don’t be afraid to take whatever format is more comfortable for you. The key is to train! I believe women are reluctant to take training, and then keep training, because we are conditioned to spend the money on our families instead of ourselves. Learning to shoot and protect your family is spending the money on your family. Like any other skill, you need to practice and keep learning and taking classes. It is an investment, sure. To borrow from MasterCard…Basic Gun Class, approximately $150. Reasonable self defense firearm, $400-$800. Range time and ammo, $30-$50 for an hour. Advanced training, $200-$500. Being able to defend your family when someone breaks down your door? Priceless!
It is less important who you train with (in terms of classmates) than it is that you train.
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