At PPM we believe in thorough and comprehensive training. While the government sets some parameters that can be loosely followed, one organization has stepped up to raise the bar.
The USCCA or United States Conceal & Carry Association.
As a certified USCCA Firearms Instructor I believe in what they believe; to educate, train, equip & insure you, the responsibly armed American. Having been trained directly by Michael Martin, Chief Instructor at USCCA, I am equipped to teach Permit To Carry Classes and Basic Handgun classes. I also teach an Intro to Guns Class. Need some further encouragement? Check out the testimonies at the bottom of this page for words from people just like you!
I utilize the tools the USCCA provides and updates throughout all of my training. I also continue my ongoing education by connecting with the top people in the industry and local organizations like Twin City Gun Owners to stay informed, educated and to help my sphere of influence do the same.
Wondering what to take first or if a Permit to Carry is for you? Check out several blog posts I have made here that may help determine where you should start.
You can join one of the ongoing public classes or book your own private class.
Email us for more info on private classes if you are interested.
Also check out our Events Page for upcoming public training classes and special events and shows.
We also will post great training info on our blog page.
Confidence looks good on a girl!
I would HIGHLY recommend Gretchen's class to anyone. She is a relaxed, fun/ny teacher on a subject that can be scary. I had had a few gun experiences before this class but they were scary and raw….where someone just handed me a gun and expected that I knew what to do. Looking forward to going to the gun range again armed with knowledge this time!! Thanks Gretchen!!
I would highly recommend this class. Was fun and relaxed. what a patient and wonderful teacher Gretchen is. I feel so much better about guns safety because of the class. Loved that is was all women. Thanks Gretchen
Gretchen's class was very well done. Loved the fact that it was small enough so we each got more personal attention. As someone who never shot before, I was a bit nervous, but Gretchen did a great job of making everyone feel comfortable. I highly recommend this to any woman as a way to be introduced to pistol shooting. A.F.
Learned a Lot!
I've never before shot a gun – at 52.I joined Gretchen's intro class & learned enough to be able to actually shoot in 2 hours or so. Class size small, ladies only & made it comfortable to ask questions. I'll be signing up for the next level with Gretchen!
Armed & Educated
I would strongly encourage any female who is interested in firearms in whatever capacity, to take this class (though, men will enjoy it too), as the instructor is very knowledgable and teaches in a serious yet non-intimidating manner that makes one feel at ease. You will walk away from the class with a heightened sense of confidence and desire to learn more and grow.
Confident & Empowered!
Thanks So Much for the fun AND informative class! It was the perfect mix of fun and safety! I was really nervous at first but with your kind encouragement and your knowledge of gun safety I felt confident and empowered! I would recommend your class to anyone! Thanks again-Lisa N.
You Got Me Over the Hurdle!
Thanks Gretchen for the Intro to Gun class. I was so apprehensive about handling a gun because I did not know the safety or know-how in handling a gun. You got me over that hurdle. Thank you so very much now I can go shooting and enjoy it. I will be looking forward to other classes. Thanks again!! Glo
Gretchen is a GEM
I met Gretchen recently at an event held at the Lakes Trading Gun Range in Forest Lake. Not only does she have great products, she's willing to customize her apparel to your needs! She made me a custom sweatshirt that will be worn a TON! Gretchen is also incredibly knowledgeable and I could sit and chat with her for hours (even if she's a Glock girl and I'm a Springfield girl). She gave me some hints and tips that have already improved my shooting.
As a woman who has been shooting for nearly 30 years, I wasn't sure I would get much out of Pistol Packin' Mamas Calamity Jane Ladies Night. Was I ever wrong! I came away with a lot of information that I never thought of before. Thank you Gretchen for a fantastic night! It was great to socialize with other women who shoot. I absolutely cannot wait until the next one!
She knows her stuff!
Gretchen is easy to understand, and informative. I had a great time and have recommended her to a few of my friends for training.
The facility is new and very comfortable. Gretchen's casual style was great-no attitude towards our hesitation or nervousness.