My friend Rick Ector has introduced an amazing number of people to safe firearms ownership and practice. He is looking at a record achievement this coming August 21-22. It’s all in the news release below from the group Legally Armed in Detroit.

For Immediate Release

Firearms Group Aims To Give 4,000 Women FREE Shooting Lessons

Detroit, MI, August 11, 2021 — Legally Armed In Detroit, a gun rights advocacy group, has announced that it will provide a free firearm shooting lesson at two southeast Michigan target ranges for 4,000 women interested in learning more about firearms and personal protection.

There will be no charge for the Firearm Instructor’s safety briefing, the usage of a firearm, ammunition, and range time. Participation is 100 percent free for all attendees. No prior firearms training or experience is required of the women who desire to take advantage of the lesson. Further, experienced women merely desiring to improve their marksmanship skills are also welcome to attend.

The free shooting lesson offer was the brainchild of Rick Ector, an NRA Approved Firearms Trainer, after seeing a local television newscast of a young woman’s body being discovered on an east-side Detroit street ten years ago.

This year’s event will be the tenth consecutive year it has been conducted. In the first year only 50 women were trained. However, last year the event grew sufficiently to teach over 1,938 how to safely operate a pistol.

This year’s goal is 4,000 trained women over the two-day event at two gun ranges in Taylor, Michigan: Top Gun Shooting Sports and Recoil Firearms. It is only with the cooperation of Ector’s fellow Firearm Instructor colleagues and supporters across social media that this event could even be attempted and safely conducted.

Ector believes that there are many women in the state of Michigan who are curious about firearms and their role in self-defense but are reluctant to investigate due to fears. He said, “If giving women a free lesson by a credentialed professional translates into women just trying it, it’ll be a productive use of my time.”

The ladies FREE shooting event will be held on Saturday, August 21, 2021 and Sunday, August 22, 2021 at both the Top Gun Shooting Sports (22050 Pennsylvania Road in Taylor, Michigan) and Recoil Firearms (22509 Ecorse Road in Taylor, Michigan). FREE Advance Pre-registration is required for participation. Interested ladies should visit the following event page on Facebook for more info.

Registration opens on Saturday, August 14th, 2021 at 8am EST

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Rick Ector is a National Rifle Association credentialed Firearms Trainer, who provides Michigan CCW/CPL Class training in metro-Detroit for students at his firearms school – Rick’s Firearm Academy of Detroit. 

Ector is a recognized expert in Firearm Safety and Personal Protection and has been featured extensively in the national and local media: Tucker Carlson Tonight, America’s 1st Freedom (NRA), Associated Press, National Public Radio, MSNBC, The Guardian, and Townhall Magazine.

For more info about the free shooting lesson and Detroit Michigan CCW Classes, please contact:

Rick Ector

Web: Legally Armed In Detroit.


Phone: 313.733.7404


  1. Don’t get me wrong. I think this program is great. The more people that we can introduce to the responsible use of firearms, the better.

    Nevertheless, with a goal of teaching 4,000 women in only two (2) days, the instruction cannot be very extensive. The statement, above, does not provide any information on the nature of the “training” itself, but I would guess that it is fairly brief. I understand that it involves (from following some of the links above) firing up to 21 rounds, of 9mm, at a stationary target. I would guess that the “training” covers little more than:

    1) Basic loading and operation of a 9mm semi-automatic pistol.
    2) Basic safety instruction.
    3) Basic information on grip, trigger control and stance.
    4) Plus sighting and some actual shooting. Perhaps with one magazine change in the process.

    Am I fairly correct with my assumptions above? If so, then this might be more accurately described as a basic introduction to the pistol rather than “training”.

    I assume that these women are also informed about the availability of regular training classes that cover more than just the bare-bones basics. Hopefully, at least some of the women will be interested enough to take further training and then purchase their own firearm for self-protection.

    My above comments should not be taken as critical. As the Chinese say: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” There is no reason why many of these women, from this introduction, cannot go on to become true experts with the handgun!

    • Good points and logic. Introducing 4000 women to shooting at two ranges over two days would mean 1000 women at each range each day. Assuming the instructors worked 10 hour days, that would be 100 women per hour which isn’t much time and unless there are a large number of range officers to supervise the students, they will not get much personal training.

      Anyway, a little training is better than none and just the safety portion would be worth teaching to prevent any accidents if any of the women decide to learn shooting by themselves in the woods at soda cans. I would recommend using .22 LR pistols for initial shooting as the guns have little recoil and noise, making them less intimidating to fire. Some 9mm pistols and .38 revolvers should be available if the women want to see what they feel like when fired. Besides the safety factor, the most important thing is to make shooting fun and enjoyable.

      • “It is only with the cooperation of Ector’s fellow Firearm Instructor colleagues”
        Your calculations presume one instructor. With two ranges, and a number of firing points per range, the limit is how many Instructor colleagues Ector has.

        If I was within reach, I’d certainly volunteer a weekend for an effort like this.

    • Yes it is simple basic brief.. but it is STILL “training”. Hw many of the six million or so first time gun buyers we’ve gained over the past couple of years even have THIS much? If 4000 women show up and take this “training” it WILL be a great start. Three LOUD Huzzahs to the entire crew on this project.

  2. ‘Bout ‘effin time! Absolute Genius. Programs like this will change the narrative, change the tactics and change the strategy for a successful outcome for an enduring Second Amendment.

  3. I saw this a few days ago, and was glad that my home state was doing something like this. Especially in the Southeast part of the state, which is the area that has the most liberal members of Michigan, who tend to vote against gun rights.

  4. Tom Gresham had a great interview with him on last Sunday’s podcast during the 3rd hour. The ammunition is being donated and he is asking for any help that people can give to make the women’s experience better.

  5. American women, being unhappy with the lack of respect they received while fulfilling their traditional roles, have for several decades been all about empowerment. The women’s movement has been led by feminists. I’m sure American feminists are all for empowering women by teaching them skill-at-arms, especially firearms.

    There is another opportunity for American feminists to empower women, opening up on the other side of the globe. The women of Afghanistan, having been recently liberated from their traditional roles by American fighting men and women, are now in danger of being dragged back into their traditional roles by the Taliban. I’m sure American feminists will pick up the banner, go over to Afghanistan, and teach the Taliban how women should be treated. Then Afghan women can be as happy and fulfilled as American women.

    • AOC and her squad should lead the way and go over to Afghanistan to kick some Taliban butt and show the world what strong American Communist females can do. I will give Ms. Cortez my Rohm .22 revolver or FIE Titan pistol to mow down the hordes of evil Taliban terrorists if she would get on her private jet and travel to Afghanistan, after buying carbon credits for the plane.

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