Women's Handgun and Self Defense Fundamentals in Crystal Lake, IL
Training So You Never Become A Victim
USCCA’s “Women’s Handgun & Self-Defense Fundamentals” is a welcoming and engaging training guide created by a woman for women who are seeking to begin, improve upon, or add to their firearms skills. With three distinct modules (Women's Basic Pistol, Women's Intermediate Pistol, and Women's Defensive Pistol), this course is designed to reach students who are brand new to firearms and those who are ready to learn more about defensive shooting.
Basics and fundamentals will be introduced, reviewed, and then built upon, while also exploring situational awareness, common types of handguns, ammunition types, malfunctions, firearms handling skills, defensive pistol fundamentals, and the use of deadly force. Whether you’ve never touched a firearm, you’re looking for the next steps in your training, or you’ve chosen to learn about the skills, tools, and mindset needed to use firearms for self-defense, you can be prepared to carry confidently every day with tips and techniques from experienced women in the world of firearms.
What To Expect
This is a 4-hour class. We cover information in an engaging classroom environment using real life scenarios, demonstrations, and hands on learning. The class includes live fire range time during which our instructors assist with technique, form, and provide tips and pointers along the way.
What To Bring
We suggest our students bring any items they feel they may need however, here is a short list of items we recommend our students bring:
Notepad and pen
Ammunition (can be purchased in store)
Handgun (optional) If you do not have a handgun, gun rentals are available at the range for an additional fee.
Holster/guncase for your handgun
Hearing and eye protection
Closed toe shoes
If you have questions on gun rentals, ammunition purchasing, or anything else on this list, contact us here.
What Our Classes Look Like
Our Students Love Our Classes
Just completed my renewal for my CCL with Erin at LDA. Erin is a great instructor and one that works great with women who might not want to take a class in a male dominated environment. On the range for the live firing qualification, Erin was clear and ready for any issue that might have arisen, which in this case included one of our classmates having a issue with the firearm not working correctly. A top notch educational experience from a top notch facility. When my wife is looking to get back into shooting, I will be sending her to take one of Erin's classes at LDA.
Great place, excellent staff. Everyone is very knowledgeable and ready to help. Concealed carry class is great and awesome that the class times are flexible. Highly recommended! Would give 10 stars if I could.
Great class, very knowledgeable and experienced instructor.
This was a great class and I'm. looking forward to taking part 2. Our instructor [Erin] went above and beyond the class helping us online with the FOID application.
Great instructors and great classes! Made shooting for the first time easy and safe. A++
Not only was this class very informative, but it was literally a blast! Erin is an excellent teacher. I will definitely take more classes with her in the future.
MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR
With a Bachelor of Arts in Education, Masters in Public Administration, Masters in Literacy, and a doctorate in Curriculum Leadership, Erin has been a lifelong career teacher and school leader for 25 years. When given the chance to teach one of her favorite hobbies and passions, Erin began a firearms training and safety business out of her home and rental spaces, specializing in providing confidence and competence to female students. She is excited to join the LDA team! Erin teaches firearms safety, basic handgun/pistol, CCW/CCL, situational awareness, and many female only courses.
“I look forward to the opportunity to share all that I have learned and experienced with couples, families and other ladies, in a family and female friendly environment. I enjoy the process of helping women overcome potential firearm related fears, to watch them gain confidence in their daily lives, and to be as safe as possible with children in the home.”