On a recent evening, a group of female shooters filled one of the bays at Triangle Shooting Academy’s indoor range. It wasn’t a coincidence. The women were taking part in a new program called Women of Triangle Shooting Academy (WTSA), which helps participants develop their shooting skills and gain confidence using firearms while in a safe and welcoming environment.
“Having this type of program teaches us that we can defend ourselves just as well as anybody else. I don’t have to rely on somebody else to come to my aid if I’m taking my training and doing what I’m supposed to do. I can defend myself,” said WTSA participant Terry Marsh. “This is an area of training that is sorely lacking for women.”
The WTSA program offers Fundamentals, Intermediate and Advanced-level drills that are led by experienced, certified instructors. Attendees learn a variety of proper shooting techniques, including safe firearm handling, grip, stance, sight alignment, trigger control, breath control and follow-through. WTSA sessions are open to the public and all skill levels are encouraged to participate.
“We’ve got women of all ages. It doesn’t matter,” said Marsh. “I’ve even tried to get my mother in here. I tell her there’s women here that are your age who are learning how to shoot—and she’s 82.”
You can also sign up for the next WTSA session.