I went to a local firing range this week where they offered a free refresher course. There were about twenty in the class, four men and perhaps 16 women. The women stated that they were there to learn to protect themselves. Most of them had never shot a gun before. After the class we went to do some supervised shooting. I took my Springfield XD 9mm and put several rounds through it. It is a great shooting gun. The women did well with personal supervision. One of the women said that some men broke into her house while she was home and she called 911 and they fled. She said she will be ready for them next time. She will be purchasing her first gun.