TWAW Chapter meets in Three Forks
December 18, 2019
The Well Armed Woman Shooting Chapters (TWAW) were established to educate and empower women in a safe and non-threatening environment for their effective and responsible self-defense with a firearm. The organizations strong nationwide presence has grown to 335 chapters, including one in the Gallatin Valley who meets on a monthly basis for training at Montana Tactical Firearms Instruction located at 112 W. Farm Road in Three Forks.
According to Chapter Leader Trish Reiss, women continue to be the largest growing demographic in the firearms world.
"It is extremely important for women to train in self-defense whether it is with a firearm or other means of personal protection. Ongoing training is essential to maintain proficiency and knowledge of all dynamics involved. The Well Armed Woman is an invaluable resource to help Educated, Equip and Empower (The 3 E's of the TWAW) women", she said.
Established in September of 2017, Reiss has witnessed a slow and steady growth of the local chapter.
"Reaching out one-on-one in the community has been very positive. Over 30 women signed up for more information at the local Christmas Stroll. Now that we have been established and have a great team, we are looking forward to new growth," she said.
The local chapter meets the second Tuesday of each month from 5:45 p.m. to 8 p.m. and training begins at each particular individual's level.
"About ninety percent are beginners, or have experience with long guns, but not handguns. We mainly teach handgun, but not limited to that," Reis said.
Other classes include Shotgun, Rifle, Competitive Shooting, Home Defense, Situational Awareness, First Aid, Legal Responsibilities and Avoidance.
"After we have assessed the individual's level of training, we move along at their pace. Some ladies continue training and become Range Safety Officers and even Certified Firearms Instructors," she said.
For more information about joining (first class is free) email [email protected] or call Reiss at 518-755-1819.