Triangle Shooting Academy is proud to offer a wide variety of classes and training options for North Carolina shooters. One of our fastest-growing programs is Women of Triangle Shooting Academy (WTSA), which is led by coordinator Nancy Wilson. This ladies-only program helps women of all experience levels develop their shooting skills and gain confidence handling and using firearms. We sat down with some recent WTSA participants and asked them to share in their own words why they attend the training sessions and what they’ve learned.
How long have you been shooting?
Taylor: Since I was probably about 19 or 20, so about 10 years.
Why are you interested in shooting handguns?
Taylor: I started out recreational, but it’s mostly for home defense, for self-defense. As a woman, you want to be confident that you can protect yourself if the need should arise. I want to improve my skills so that in a situation where somebody comes running at me, or if my adrenaline is heightened and I’m not as focused, I’ll be prepared.
When did you get involved with Women of Triangle Shooting Academy?
Taylor: I started coming out here in February 2019, before the actual program started. I did a couple of the classes that they had on Tuesday nights, just women getting together to practice. This is actually my first time with the program for the Fundamental Drills.
Why did you decide to participate in Women of Triangle Shooting Academy?
Taylor: It was something that was a little less intimidating, going to shoot with women rather than just showing up at a range and shooting with a bunch of men around you. The draw is really that I’m doing more than just standing in a line and shooting a static target. You can do that all that you want, but it’s not really preparing you for anything at all. And honestly, that gets boring after a while. I don’t know how to do different drills myself, so this is really great to get to not only shoot with other women and learn from other women like Nancy, but to get one-on-one attention from the instructors and see what I’m doing wrong or what I can do better.
What is it like to be part of this group of female shooters?
Taylor: I love it. Every time I come out here, there’s somebody new that I haven’t met yet. There might be some people that I’ve seen before like Terry. It’s really interesting to get to see women who don’t necessarily shoot all the time, come out and begin to feel more comfortable with firearms.
What are you and the other WTSA participants learning?
Taylor: The class that I’m a part of is the Fundamental Drills class. We’re learning the fundamentals of shooting—stance, sight picture and how to get faster doing drills where the target spins. You have a limited amount of time to shoot, so you’re practicing for a situation where you don’t have a lot of time to think. You learn how to react so you can see how you would do in that sort of situation.
I’ve learned that I’m really not great when I shoot a lot of rounds at once. If the target is static, I’m great at it, but if I were in a situation where somebody was running at me, I probably wouldn’t do very well. That’s what I’m here to practice.
What are some highlights of Women of Triangle Shooting Academy?
Taylor: One of the biggest reasons I’ll keep coming back is Nancy, honestly. She got me engaged from the very first time I came out and has kept me engaged because she talks to me. She remembers me. She’ll give me some tips on different forms of shooting and I’ve actually started going to some competitions with her. She just really made me feel at home here.
Do you have any advice that you would offer to a first-time shooter who might be hesitant to attend a WTSA training session?
Taylor: Just do it. I’m kind of a homebody. I love shooting, but I hadn’t been in so long because I was nervous to come out to a range and just shoot with a bunch of strangers. This is a great way to get out and meet people, but also to be in an environment where you feel completely comfortable. You don’t feel like anyone’s judging you.
I think it’s a great program and anybody, even those who don’t have any experience, I think it would be a great way to get started. The Fundamentals group is basic, but even for someone who has a little bit more experience, it was still very engaging. I learned that, yes, I know the fundamentals, but some of the drills that we were doing, I was still learning.
So you would recommend Women of Triangle Shooting Academy to other women?
Taylor: Absolutely! One hundred percent!
You can also sign up for the next WTSA session.