OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — A group of women empowering women through friendship and guns. The Well Armed Woman aims to equip and educate women interested in self-defense through the use of firearms.
The Linoma Chapter has trained over 300 women in self-defense firearms since they started three years ago. With a focus on safety.
"I was widowed at a young age and I decided after hearing a horrific noise in my kitchen one night and I had went to elbow my husband to wake up and realizing he wasn't there I decided that I was not enough to keep myself and my children safe,” said state leader of The Well Armed Woman, Patricia Harrold.
The Well Armed Woman is an organization that empowers, equips and educates women on self-defense firearms providing training and support. "We're a sisterhood of shooting if you will,” said Harrold.
She helps train over 70 women who make up the Linoma Chapter. And almost 200 members state wide. “There's just something unique about a group of ladies who come from all walks of life who share a passion for firearms whether it's competitive shooting, hunting or defensive use,” said Harrold.
While these shooters know their way around a firearm or two, Harrold notes they didn't all start out that way. “Multiple credentialed female instructors who will work with our members based on their skill set, so brand-new shooters will work with a group, the intermediates and the advanced so we go through and we create drills that meet their needs based on their skill set,” she said.
But the best part about this sisterhood is putting women in charge of their safety, with just a few minutes at the range. “It gives me a great sense of purpose and it fulfills my passion which is giving to others and we just really enjoy coming together and shooting,” said Harrold.
The Well Armed Woman Linoma Chapter meets twice a month. The first Monday of every month at Omaha Gun Club and the third Thursday of every month at 88 Tactical.