Calamity Jane Ladies Night!

Come and Connect with other women in honing our skill in pistol shooting. There will be food, fun, education and of course shooting!  The evening begins with appetizers and training supplied by a USCCA trainer.  An hour of shooting will follow with prizes being handed out for Best Shot of the Night!  There will be time afterwards to shop for holsters, shirts, bling and more! This evening is geared towards women familiar with guns. Depending on participation we will be sharing lanes so there will be plenty of time for sharing and learning.  Tickets are available for both gun owners and gun renters as long as you have pistol experience.  A target, ears and eyes will be provided but ammo is additional if you are renting a gun.  If you are a new shooter, please attend one of our Intro to Shooting Classes before joining us on these evenings.

Intro to Gun Class

This class is designed to familiarize you with guns and gun ownership.  A Certified USCCA instructor will teach the class where we will cover basic gun fundamentals, gun safety and information on Minnesota Permit to Carry Law.  We will safely handle guns and you will gain the skills and confidence to safely operate a handgun.  You are provided with classroom materials, gun, ammo, target, eye and ear protection. Classroom and limited range time.  Class size is limited to provide one on one instruction.

Intro to Guns

This class is designed to familiarize you with guns and gun ownership.  A Certified USCCA instructor will teach the class where we will cover basic gun fundamentals, gun safety and information on Minnesota Permit to Carry Law.  We will safely handle guns and you will gain the skills and confidence to safely operate a handgun.  You are provided with classroom materials, gun, ammo, target, eye and ear protection. Classroom and limited range time.  Class size is limited to provide one on one instruction.

Minnesota Permit to Carry Class

Happy to offer a co-ed class in March. This is a USCCA Certified Class.


Minnesota statutes offer the non-restricted, law-abiding citizen the opportunity to obtain a permit to carry a firearm, concealed or openly. This US Conceal and Carry Association (USCCA)  class is designed to meet the requirements to allow you to apply for that permit with the Sheriff of the County in which you reside. Knowledge that will be covered includes:

  • Mental Preparation
  • Handgun Basic
  • Use of Deadly Force
  • Shooting Fundamentals
  • Conflict Avoidance
  • Basic Tactics
  • Proficiency Test

This program is comprehensive and interative.  This is NOT an entry level class. Basic handgun experience is required.  Bring your cased and unloaded handgun.  If you haven’t purchased a firearm yet, we will have a .22 caliber available but please be familiar with it prior to class.  Remember, you must be able to safely operate your firearm of choice and have a working knowledge of its safety features. The course is approximately 6 hours long. Class Fee includes:

Upon successful completion of the class you will be given a certificate. A copy of this certificate and your Government issued, picture, State I.D, (along with other forms the State will provide if needed) must be submitted with a County fee (up to $100.00) to the County office in charge of processing permits where you live. Once this process has taken place the average time to receive your permit is 30 days


Register at Target Sports MN

Intro To Guns

This class is designed to familiarize you with guns and gun ownership.  A Certified USCCA instructor will teach the class where we will cover basic gun fundamentals, gun safety and information on what to do next if you enjoy the sport.  We will safely handle guns and you will gain the skills and confidence to safely operate a handgun.  You are provided with classroom materials, gun and ammo target, eye and ear protection.   Both classroom and limited range time is included.  Class size is limited to provide one on one instruction.  Buy your ticket through Target Sports MN

Private Intro to Gun Class

Excited to welcome the Ladies of Harley for their very own exclusive class!  If you or a group you know would like to book your own class, email me directly for details!  We offer private permit to carry, intro to gun and basic handgun classes.

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Are you Ready for the Permit to Carry Class?

As a responsible and educated firearms trainer I felt I wanted to tackle this topic head on.  The reason why is the number of uneducated people that I find sitting in a Permit to Carry class.  I don’t mean that in a negative way so hear me out.  Most often people are taking someones advice on taking the Permit to Carry Class.  This person may or may not have the right info to make that recommendation, many times they don’t.
A Permit to Carry Class should NOT be taken by new shooters or individuals not familiar and comfortable with a firearm. Think about it. You are asking, in my case, a Certified Instructor to issue a certificate to a person not ready to have one.  Don’t get me wrong, I will deny someone their training certificate if I feel this way but it is such a negative position to be in and does not encourage and empower the person taking the class in the least little bit!

In my position, my biggest thrill is to educate someone in the safe and responsible handling of a firearm and watch them blossom and love it as much as I do.  By having someone sign up and take an advanced class, which is what I consider the Permit to Carry to be, when they are not ready for it is a recipe for failure.  Not only do they not feel confident and empowered but this situation takes me away from the class as a whole as I spend more time with this individual.  If only we had spent that time in advance of the class, both parties would have been more successful!

Remember that you can get a Permit to Purchase, that you don’t need a Permit to Carry to buy a firearm.  It’s only required to take the Permit to Carry class if you are considering carrying that firearm with you on a daily basis.  This is a huge decision and one you should weigh very carefully.  If you don’t think you could handle yourself well in a crisis situation or if you couldn’t pull the trigger and take a life, you should think long and hard before you decide to waste your money on a permit to carry class.

If you do decide that you want to enforce your 2A Amendment right then do it in a responsible and prepared way.  Take classes or one on one training with a certified trainer who can help you in all areas of gun ownership.  Get good at shooting and comfortable with your firearm.  Then and only then should you take the permit to carry class.

My last tidbit goes hand in hand with the last comment.  That is, shoot a gun you are comfortable shooting.  I have seen the biggest guy in the world shake and twitch during a qualifying shoot so the last thing you want to do is “borrow” someones gun or shoot a caliber you are not comfortable shooting.  A test is a test and most folks get nervous taking one so rest assured when you are standing in the range, unless you have done your homework, this could be your undoing.

Private Permit To Carry Class

You’ve seen the rest, now Attend the Best! The class curriculum is taught by USCCA Certified instructor based on the AWESOME book by Michael Martin, Permit to Carry! This will be a fun and interactive class addressing the specific concerns that ladies have with permit to carry. You must Preregister for the event at the link listed! Cost includes all class materials, training, range time and rental gun and ammo

Valentines at the Range

Very excited to be celebrating Valentines at Target Sports MN this year!  Looking forward to meeting new people and shooting some guns!  Join us for dessert and two for one shooting!  No pre registration is necessary!

Intro To Gun Class

Are you interested in getting into shooting? Are you scared of guns? This class is for you! We will spend an hour or so hands on with a pistol, getting to know the parts and pieces and all of the safety features. We will then spend some time in the shooting range, supervising your first shoot! Space is limited and you MUST pre-register!

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The Pro’s Biggest Weapon-Dry Firing

I am continually surprised at my ladies classes that women have not been let in on the secret of dry firing.  I guess not everybody walks around their office dry firing their gun  like me 🙂  Thought I would give you some specifics to try, I guarantee this is the single most important thing you can do to improve your shooting skills.

Dry fire is performing the same actions as you would at the range without live ammunition in your gun. Dry firing perfects your technique, helps you memorize muscle movement and can increase your speed and accuracy. As always we are going to follow our safety rules and keep treating our gun as if it is loaded so we never point it at anyone or anything we are not willing to destroy.  Here are the steps to practice safe dry firing:

Dry Firing Must be Done in Three Stages:

1.Before Dry Firing Begins:  Clear the room of ALL live ammunition.
2.During Dry Firing:  Treat the exercise as though it is a LIVE FIRE exercise, including maintaining muzzle control, and using a backstop that can effectively stop a live round!
3.After Dry Firing End: Perform a clearance procedure BEFORE returning your gun to its proper location.

Practicing dry firing helps your sight alignment and trigger control.  Beginners often have a hard time with the flinch response and managing the recoil.  By practicing dry firing you can concentrate on your trigger control which will help minimize the flinch and help you control the recoil at the range.  Start your practice by concentrating on your stance and sight picture without pulling the trigger, do this 10-15 times.  Then add in the trigger pull for another 10-15 times.  Concentrate on a smooth pull from start to finish, not squeezing the trigger but rather a fluid front to back motion.

If you have your permit and carry, this is also a fine time to practice drawing from your purse or holster when you are at home practicing.  Most ranges do NOT allow holster work for safety reasons.

As you improve, take the next step in dry firing by dry firing 2-3 times, changing out your mag or clearing a pretend jam.  If you are still shooting with one eye closed, practice dry firing with both eyes open.

Again as you are improving dry firing is a great time to add other elements like flashlights and moving and dry firing from alternate positions when you are in your home environment.

Some people may tell you that dry firing can harm a gun. I have talked to two gunsmiths who are armourers as well and they tell me all calibers on handguns EXCEPT the rimfire .22 are just fine to dry fire. However on an older gun you may want to use snap caps.  If you are unsure, contact your gun’s manufacturer or use snap caps in the appropriate caliber of your gun. Snap caps are dummy rounds. They do not fire out of the gun.

One of the tools I use in dry firing and really like is by Laserlyte and is shaped like ammo and goes right in your barrel.  When you pull the trigger, the laser “fires” and hits your target.  This has helped me with that flinch factor and also figuring out the sweet spot on my trigger fingers.  In my opinion this is a much better gauge of dry firing then the old penny on the barrel technique.

My routine at the range also includes dry firing. I start out with 15-18 dry fires with my laser, then I work through my live ammo and finish with dry firing.  It really has helped my marksmanship!

If this has helped you, please share on social media!


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Range Etiquette for Women

Every range has their own set of rules right?  There are of course our Universal Safety Rules which we teach at the USCCA that I have listed below. I put them to an acronym to help me remember them FLPS.  Finger, Loaded, Point and Sure.  See below.   What I have come to learn is that as women, there are subtle nuances that we need to be aware of when we are in the range.

Many women (and some men I have observed) lack the strength or knowledge perhaps of clearing their firearm in a safe fashion.  Imagine yourself in a lane at the range with a shooter on your right and a shooter on your left.  Your semi-auto jams and when you go to clear it, your muzzle ends up pointing to the left or right as you are not strong enough to clear it with the barrel facing downrange.  I have also seen the muzzle go left or right when dropping or loading a magazine.  A very simple fix to this is to turn your body at a 90 degree angle (or sideways for the math challenged) whenever you are working with your firearm.  This allows you to keep the muzzle pointed downrange.  Very simple and oh so much safer.

As women, I sometimes think we are intimidated at the range as we are the only one or the only one of a few.  Don’t be!  I am not advising being agressive or bossy but rather open and yet knowledgeable.  Be confident in the firearm you are practicing with and be sure you know and follow universal safety rules along with any that particular range has.  Furthermore, be confident to say something (nicely! :)) to anyone male or female who might be practicing an unsafe procedure.  It is not always the most comfortable thing to do but it is better then being shot I am thinking!  If you are too uncomfortable to do it, seek out the Range Master and share your concern.

As Always Keep Shooting!



1. .Keep your finger OFF the trigger and outside the trigger guard until you are on target and have made the decision to shoot! Until these criteria are met, your trigger finger should be straight and placed firmly on the frame of the firearm.  In a defensive situation, do NOT put your finger in the trigger guard unless all requirements have been met for the use of deadly force.  Training consistently with this method will avoid a negligent discharge in a stress situation, when your body’s natural adrenaline dump will cause the strength of your grip to increase.
2. Treat all guns as though they are always loaded, and always perform a clearance check every time you pick it up! Most firearm “accidents” occur with firearms that the users had sworn were unloaded.  Never, never, never grow careless with a firearm.  Every single time you pick it up, perform the proper clearance procedure and educate those in your household how to do the same.  Treat a firearm that you’ve just unloaded with the exact same respect as one that you’ve just loaded.
3. Never point your gun at anything that you are not willing to destroy! While your firearm has to point somewhere, you should always ensure that it’s pointed in a direction that can serve as a backstop if the firearm were to discharge.  A good method to practice this rule is to pretend that a laser extends out from the end of the barrel.  You should NEVER let that imaginary beam touch anything that won’t stop a bullet (that includes any wall, ceiling, or floor that could not stop a bullet) or ANYONE (that includes your own hands, legs, or body) unless you are in a defensive situation and all criteria is present for the use of deadly force.
4.Always be sure of your target and beyond! Said another way, you must POSITIVELY identify your target before you shoot and you MUST be convinced that anything that you shoot at (a target on the range, or an attacker in a parking garage) must have an effective backstop to stop your bullet, otherwise you MUST NOT SHOOT!
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Ladies and Self Defense Guns

I think alot of women are getting a raw deal on their guns.  Let me explain, I see many women shooting guns that overpower them.  They have bought into what they think is wisdom from the industry (mainly male perspective..sorry guys) that you have to shoot the largest caliber you can for self defense.  Shooting Illustrated published that more bad guys were stopped by .22 LR ammo than any other round.  Begs the question, why not a .22LR gun?

Don’t get me wrong, love shooting hubbys .45 Kimber.  Need to have a smoke after I shoot that bad boy and love it! However, is it practical for weekly shooting either from endurance or ammo cost?  Not for me!  My Retired Army Sniper brother gave me the best advice.  Shoot something you are comfortable shooting, that you will practice with and therefore become good at shooting.  That means something different for every person, man or woman.

At a recent event I watched several ladies struggle with their firearms. Not because they didn’t understand the mechanics of them but rather they were not strong enough to handle them.  While in a gunfight the rule is better to have a gun than not, you also have to be able to load it and shoot it to be effective.  I also don’t think in a defensive situation if you have a gun and the bad guy doesn’t will he look at your .22 and say “oh it’s just a .22, no big deal!”

At this same event I watched a gal with a nice little .22 LR drill multiple rounds through the center x.  I would rather have a student have confidence not only in her marksmanship but in the handling of the gun.  If she is having fun shooting it and shooting it well, the more comfortable and the more muscle memory she will develop because she will shoot it regularly!

There are many .22 LR to choose from and finding one that is right for you is key.  More mature women might like a revolver, easier to load (as you don’t have to have the strength to rack it) and simple mechanics for cleaning etc. I had the opportunity this past weekend to ask Rob Pincus From Personal Defense Network what he recommends. His pick was the Beretta 86 Tip up where the barrel actual tips up rather than racks.  Michael Martin from USCCA recommends the Walther P22 which i had a chance to shoot as well.  Easy to use slide and nice size. Whichever gun you choose, you have to be able to handle it well.  Some stats you might not know on a .22LR that I found fascinating.  A .22 leaving the barrel travels at 1060 Feet Per Second.  That equates to 722 MPH versus a .9 which is 787 MPH. The differences are in the muzzle energy and the impact energy or knockdown power.

No doubt a .9 or .45 is going to do more damage but only if you hit the target.  I am not advocating women only shoot a .22. I am just giving some practical reasons why, if you are struggling with a larger caliber, you should consider staying with a .22!

As Always Keep on Shooting!