Recently, a group of women attended one of Ron Staggs’ “all female” Concealed Weapons Permit (CWP) classes, which, according to several students who attended, allows the women to take the class in a more comfortable environment.
According to Staggs, more and more women are becoming familiar with handguns for a variety of different reasons.
“Some ladies are taking our class because they want to be protected due to their jobs,” Staggs said. “Some take it to become familiar with handguns, but for most it boils down to personal safety, for themselves and family”.
GwdToday followed one such class to see what goes on and how women respond to such training. In total, we joined 16 women who ultimately obtained their CWP and now feel more comfortable and protected.
As class started, Staggs began covering required paperwork, SLED documents and the class contract. He also shared some statistics on how many people have acquired their CWP over the years. In 2008, 1,089 people received their CWP in Greenwood and statewide the total was 69,206. Now, numbers have reached over several thousand for Greenwood and nearly 150,000 permits in South Carolina.
Stagg’s class is basically divided into two sections, classroom instructions and outside demonstrations and shooting.
In the classroom, Stagg covered an array of topics including introduction to handguns, proper handling & safety and methods of concealment.
Each student received ample time to practice handling different types of handguns to become familiar with some different styles and sizes. This was very important, according to some students, to understand which type of handgun they are comfortable with and which are simple to use.
Most women in the class seemed to prefer a simple revolver due to the ease of handling and simplistic operations.
In the afternoon, students had to pass a written test and take to the shooting range where they all had to shoot rounds at several distances to successfully pass the course.
After they finished shooting, we took some time to speak with several students.
Carolyn Latham of Greenwood and her daughter-in-law Lori attended the class together. Carolyn said her main reason for taking the class was personal safety. It was the same for Lori, as she explained she is alone with her two kids sometimes and wants to be protected. When asked what the key point they took away from class, Lori said it was the visual explanation of how to align the sights when shooting. Carolyn was satisfied with her shooting results explaining that her target was “leaking from all over” as everyone laughed.
Another couple of friends, Christy Ward and Lori Price, attended the class. Price explained she had not shot a gun in over 25 years. She took the class as a request from her friend Christy, but was happy she did.
“Ron is great and very informative, not intimidating,” explained Price. “I would recommend his class to my friends”.
Ward said she comes from a family of hunters and always wanted to take the class. She said her best tip from the class was the importance of keeping handguns clean to keep them working properly and safely.
Finally, we spoke with 80-year-old Bobbie Crawford from Ware Shoals. Crawford said she had never touched a gun in her life until the class.
“The older I get and more violence in the world made me want to come to the class,” Crawford explained when asked why she was taking the class. “I was a nervous wreck about shooting for the first time at the start, but got more comfortable toward the end.”
If you are interested in obtaining your Concealed Weapon Permit from Staggs’ Defense, contact Ron Staggs at (864) 980-2924.