USCCA Women's INTERMEDIATE Handgun & Self Defense

Intermediate - Taking the next steps to proficiency

Duration: 5 hours of classroom, range & simulator



Tara Engel

Instructor Bio

Date Location Class Size Class Time Instructor Available Spaces
Register Now June 20 Sunday
Titusville, FL
7 - 20 Students 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tara Engel 18 Spaces Left
Register Now September 4 Saturday
Titusville, FL
7 - 20 Students 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tara Engel 19 Spaces Left target icon


Developed and taught BY women FOR women!! Whether you are new to firearms or have some experience and are ready to take the next step, this intermediate defensive class will further help to develop both your firearm skills and your defensive mindset.

The Level 2 class is the SECOND of three and will act as a building block to progress to the Level III Women’s Advanced Defensive class.

This class is part of a trio of WOMEN ONLY classes that will be taught regularly at The American Police Hall of Fame. With three distinct modules (Women's Basic Handgun, Women's Intermediate Handgun, and Women's Advanced (Defensive) Handgun), the Intermediate course is designed to build on what students learned in the basic class, introducing more details on gun-handling and helping students understand the concept of situational awareness and the important distinctions between training on a range and training for a defensive encounter.

This class provides more details on holsters, gun safes and how to keep your gun secure, whether its on you or tucked away. This class introduces single-handed shooting, basic moving and shooting, clearing malfunctions and rapid reloading. The class is designed to build you confidence and give you the tools to truly push beyond your comfort zone.

Upon Completion of all 3 Level Classes , you can purchase a copy of the book, Women`s Handgun and Self Defense Fundamentals, written by Beth Alcazar ($29.99 value).


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Topics Covered



Revolvers Versus Semi-Automatics

Universal safety Rules Review

Form & Function

Advantages and Disadvantages

Size and Weight Comparisons

Choosing The Right Gun

Bullets and Ballistics

Cycles of Operation

Common Malfunctions

Holsters And Conceal Carry

Inside the Hip or Waist

Concealed Carry Bag

Outside the Waistband

Bra or Underarm

Leg (Thigh or Ankle)

Just the Facts, Ma’am

Establishing Boundaries

White: Unaware

Yellow: Relaxed State of Awareness

Orange: Heightened Awareness

Red: Action

Survivor Mindset

Shooting Fundamentals Review

Putting it into Practice

Loading and Unloading


Multiple Shots

Multiple Targets

One-Handed Shooting

Clearing Malfunctions


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Expectations and Outcomes

You will be more at ease with the concept of defensive shooting; you will understand the importance of situational awareness; you will begin to develop relationships within the women's shooting community; you will understand the need for on-going training in order to maintain tactical proficiency.

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Intermediate, USCCA Courses, Virtual Simulation, Women's Only Courses

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Documentation Requirements

Please bring your driver's license to the class.

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Minimum of TWO magazines. Please dress in comfortable clothing -- no shorts or flip-flops. Loose pants, closed-toe shoes with rubber soles, no deepV-neck shirts. You must have your own gun and minimum of TWO magazines. Please bring eye and ear protection; or, you can rent it for $1 each. You must bring 50 rounds of ammo (recommend that you buy in advance, as ammo can be hard to get due to the shortage).