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By Publisher/Editor Barbara Baird  June 30, 2014


Sandi finally learned how to draw and fire her gun of choice, a Smith & Wesson Bodyguard.

DIVA-WOW Women Outdoors Worldwide

DIVA-WOW Women Outdoors Worldwide

Argyle, TX -( DIVA WOW hosted its first “How to Select a CHL Holster,” on Sat., June 21, at Quail Creek Shooting Range in Argyle, Texas. Forty-six women showed up with guns and ammo, and a few brought holsters that they wanted to learn to use.

Chris Rainey and crew, of ProActive Defense, worked for more than 4 hours with the women on ranges, including live fire practice after drawing from holsters. Back in the classroom portion, Carrie Lightfoot, from The Well Armed Woman, instructed on the topic of the wide range of holster options available.

“Our research has revealed 2 main obstacles for women concealed carriers,” said Judy Rhodes, founder of DIVA WOW. “Many holsters are not made to fit women’s varied body types and women’s clothing allows too much ‘printing’ from improperly selected holsters.”

Rhodes ranked this inaugural event as a major success. “After the clinic, we were inundated with inquiries as to when the next clinic will be held. Based on the success of this clinic, the first-ever to work with live fire on a shooting range, we will hold another holster clinic this fall and eventually, branch out to our members across the nation with the opportunity,” added Rhodes.

In a testimonial, one of the class participants, Jackie, wrote, “Just got in from the best and most necessary DIVA WOW clinic I’ve ever been to (if you are a woman and want to conceal carry). Good job, Judy Rhodes, Sylvia Hastedt, Marietta Johnson and Cheryl Long. Y’all hit this one out of the park. As soon as my new holster arrives, I’m going back to Quail Creek to take the Proactive Defense class to teach me how to draw from it.”


Success means that 46 women went home feeling more empowered and knowledgable regarding how to use their concealed carry firearms.

Femme Fatale, Sticky Holsters, Flashbang Holsters, The Well Armed Woman, BlackHawk!, Pistol Wear and Uncle Mike’s donated holsters for the event.


The mission of DIVA WOW is to help, teach and support women worldwide in a women friendly, non-threatening, supportive environment by introducing them to shooting sports and a variety of outdoor activities. Since 1999, DIVA WOW has dedicated its ideas to encouraging and mentoring women and youth in shooting sports. With successful clinics throughout the USA, we have introduced more than 4,000 women and youth to the shooting sports!

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