Columbus Women Pistol Shooting Group
Rosie Pistol provides an opportunity for ladies to learn, grow and practice in a safe and encouraging environment alongside other like-minded ladies.
No committment. Come to SOME or ALL of the meetings.
Our group is friendly. We welcome new ladies!
2020 marks our 7th year as a group.
Last Monday of the month
(except May & October it is bumped up a week because of holidays)
No meetings in November and December due to the busy holiday season.
Rosie Pistol is for
beginners and experienced shooters alike
Maybe you have taken a basic handgun course but still don’t feel comfortable going to the range by yourself. Rosie Pistol is a great middle ground. You have plenty of instructors standing by to support you.
Maybe you are an experienced shooter looking to further your knowledge and get to know other like minded ladies. As ladies share tips and stories from their own life, we all learn from each other.
April through October our meetings take place at Armed2Defend’s Private Range.
1st Hour: Discussion & Teaching
We start out with discussion time. We learn from each other as we share about experiences we have had. This is also a great place to ask questions to find out what other ladies have found works for them. Maybe you are looking for a new gun and want to get ideas? Maybe you have some holster questions. Or maybe you are wondering what type of safes people find useful. Our ladies are friendly and always eager to share their experiences and advice.
There is also organized teaching time on a specific topic that changes each month. We have covered topics like holster options, dry fire drills, home defense plans, shooting in low light, how to draw from a holster, use of force questions and scenarios, and so much more!
2nd Hour: Range Time
For the second hour we move to the lane. We do a mixture of activities during this time.
- guided drills as a group
- dry fire exercises
- shooting games with a partner
- free shooting
We aim to have one instructor for every 3 or 4 women. We want to be able to give you plenty of help and support.
January, February & March we hold indoor meetings.
We take November & December off to focus on the Holidays.
Jan, Feb & March Indoor Meetings
Our wintertime meetings are a different format. We have great sharing and discussion on relevant topics. Our group is very member-driven. We are here to help you! Whatever everyone is interested in is what we cover.
There is no live fire component at these indoor meetings. Even so there is so much to learn and discuss that doesn’t involve firing agun. For example, topics like gun cleaning and holster options.
We are looking at incorporating a laser shooting system for 2020! Stay tuned for details on that.
Location: Canal Winchester area (either Wagnalls Memorial Library meeting room or a private residence depending on number of ladies registered).
Rosie Pistol Meetings are only $20 each.
A season pass option is available for $120. ($200 value!)
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Rosie Pistol FAQs
Where are the meetings held?
Our April through October meetings are held at Armed2Defend’s private outdoor range in Canal Winchester, Ohio (in the central Ohio area, 15 minutes southeast of Columbus). Our large, covered range is on private property. The exact address is not published on our site. It will be communicated with participants after they have registered for a meeting.
Please understand that this is a private address and no visiting is allowed outside of the class time.
What should I wear?
To avoid a hot brass invasion, it’s always a good idea not to wear low cut shirts while shooting.
Some women like to wear a hat while shooting.
Plan to wear comfortable closed toe shoes (or bring a pair to change into if coming from work).
The range is outdoors so dressing for the weather is important. (Layers so you can adjust as needed as the temperature fluctuates in the evening are recommended.)
How old do you have to be?
Any lady 21+ can participate. (Ladies 18+ can attend as well if accompanied by a lady over 21.)
Do you take any measures to ensure safety on the range?
Safety is always the primary focus on our range. We have trained over 19,000 students on our range and have had no incidents other than minor cuts from the slide. We have strict policies and lots of Armed2Defend representatives watching the line at all times.
Only handguns are permitted on the range. All handguns must be transported in a closed bag or case. Guns are not to be removed until you are on the firing lane and the Range Safety Officer has given you permission to remove your handgun.
I don't have a gun yet. Do you offer handgun rentals?
If you have your own handgun, we encourage you to bring it of course. It makes sense to practice shooting what you own.
If you don’t own a gun yet we have some you could rent for $10 plus the cost of ammunition. (Ammunition prices vary from $10-$22 for 50 rounds depending on the caliber.)
We have 22lr, 380 auto, 9mm, 40 cal, 45 auto & 38 special options available to rent.
Do I have to have my Concealed Carry License?
Nope. Having a concealed carry license is not a prerequisite to participating in this group.
Some ladies like to use this group as a first step, a way of getting their toes wet, before going through the concealed carry training course. Other ladies use this group as a resource after getting a license. There is no proper order. This group exist to support you wherever you are in your journey as a gun owner.
For some of us, getting a concealed carry license is an intimidating step. Talking it over with the ladies in this group could be a valuable resource if it is something you want to talk more about with someone. You will find that everyone is there to share and learn from each other. If you come with questions, you will find many people willing to offer help.
Armed2Defend has trained over 19,000 people here in the Columbus area and hands down offers the best concealed carry training in Ohio. We are very easy to talk to so don’t hesitate to call Alisha at 614-503-5214 to talk more about what the training is like.
I have another question that isn't on here.
Please call or text us at 614-503-5214 and we will be happy to help you!
Guns scare me a little. Do I have to shoot?
Most of the ladies look forward to our meetings as a way to make sure they are getting to the range regularly for practice. However, we have had participants who aren’t fully comfortable shooting yet that have come to meetings to learn and spectate but not shoot.
We won’t force anyone to do anything. We will encourage you and support you, but never force.
Are you a Female NRA Certified Instructor or Range Safety Officer?
Rosie Pistol is looking for ladies who are NRA Certified Instructors and/or Range Safety Officers to assist in the meetings. In exchange for your help you can attend the meetings for free.
We offer training to become an NRA Certified Instructor and/or Range Safety Officer. Beyond assisting in the Rosie Pistol meetings, there are also paid opportunities for instructors to assist in Armed2Defend’s Award Winning Concealed Carry Training.