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First Person: Teaching Women How To Shoot Guns

Wendy Hauffen teaches a gun safety course in this undated photo.

Credit: Courtesy of Wendy Hauffen

Above: Wendy Hauffen teaches a gun safety course in this undated photo.

First Person: Instructor Aims To Be Resource For Women Who Want To Learn How To Shoot A Gun


Wendy Hauffen, firearms instructor, The Gun Range


Wendy Hauffen was 19 years old when she first fired a gun. She went target shooting with friends, but at the time she couldn’t name the guns she was firing.

She has come a long way since then. Now she is a firearms instructor at The Gun Range in Kearny Mesa. She has been teaching people how to safely shoot guns for the last six years. She specializes in teaching women and first-time shooters.

As part of our First Person series, Wendy describes the classes she teaches and her philosophy on guns.

Photo caption:

Photo credit: Courtesy of Wendy Hauffen

Wendy Hauffen teaches a group of Girl Scouts in this undated photo.

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