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Black Owned Firearm Instruction Business is on a Mission to Protect Black Women

My Sister’s Keeper Defense is a Black owned firearm instruction business owned by Marchelle “Tig” Davis. She is on a mission to teach a million women how to defend themselves with firearms.

We caught up with her to find out more about her business and the state of Black gun ownership.

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Marchelle “Tig” Davis

What inspired you to start a firearm instruction business?

In 2015 I started working at a gun range in Atlanta after leaving an abusive relationship. I realized how important self-defense was for my healing process to begin. I had to regain my sense of safety.

While working at the range I met hundreds of women; some were survivors, others just wanted to learn how to use a firearm. I decided to start a woman focused firearm instruction company to provide quality training for these women.

Why is it important to you to instruct Black women in particular?

I make a point to specifically encourage Black women to attend firearms classes because we’re statistically more likely to be attacked or abused. When you think of gun owners, you tend to envision non-black males. I wanted to make sure black women knew that gun ownership was for us too.

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What does it take to build a successful business in this industry? What strategies have you used?

It takes consistency and determination to build a successful business. You also can’t be afraid to fail or take calculated risks. I focus heavily on social media marketing to promote my brand. I also network and create opportunities to meet other like-minded instructors.

I often ask myself, “What’s missing in the gun industry and how can I create that”. Everything you need to know about running a business is on the internet. I constantly watch business related videos, read blogs and study other businesses. Think about the last great business experience you had and ask yourself what made it great. Replicate that.

How has interest in firearm training changed from the last few years to currently?

I’ve seen a steady increase in people seeking firearms training. Americans are more afraid for their safety and realize no one is obligated to help them. I think the beginning of the pandemic really showed people how vulnerable they are. When I started my company in 2016, gun ownership was more taboo and seen as an ‘extremist’ hobby. Now, I see men, women, and children of all ages embracing responsible gun ownership.

Even though there is more interest in gun ownership, there is still hesitancy to learn how to use a firearm. Why is that?

Yes, I definitely still see hesitancy and I think it’s ok. Everyone isn’t mentally, emotionally, or spiritually prepared for the responsibility of becoming a gun owner. There’s also a lot of misinformation and stereotypes out there about gun ownership. I work to replace myth with truth without being disrespectful about people’s beliefs.

Do you feel firearm education can play a role in the reduction of violence against Black women?

Yes, I think so and “education” would be the operative word. Simply owning a firearm does not make anyone safer. Being a gun owner is a lifestyle change that requires consistent firearm training, a mindset change, Stop The Bleed classes, situational awareness training, wardrobe changes, and budgeting.

I fear women are buying firearms because they make them “feel” safer but not seeking out the training necessary to be responsible. I tell my students they should practice at the range at least twice per month with a certified instructor. A partner or family member is not the same as a certified instructor.

Gun owners also need to become subject matter experts on their firearms. Do a self-assessment and ask yourself if you’re ready for this kind of commitment. If not, then gun ownership might not be for you but there are several other ways to defend yourself. You can save your own life if you are both armed and educated.

Related: Black owned Gun Stores and  Firearms Training Businesses

Tony O. Lawson

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Discussing Black Gun Ownership With The President Of The National African American Gun Association

We recently discussed Black gun ownership with Philip Smith, the national president and founder of the National African American Gun Association (NAAGA).

The National African American Gun Association is an organization that promotes gun ownership rights among African Americans in the United States.

It has over 34,000 members, more than 75 chapters in the United States and has grown significantly in reaction to black deaths.

In this interview, we discuss:

  1. The history and importance of gun ownership in the Black community.
  2. Advice for those interested in owning a firearm
  3. Disaster preparation and planning.

…and more.



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Tony O. Lawson

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Black Owned Gun Stores and Firearms Training Businesses

Based on the response to our last few articles about gun ownership and firearms training, it’s clear that there’s a large demand for information about Black-owned gun stores and firearms training businesses across the country.

Here’s a list of some of those businesses. We’ll keep updating it so let us know which other businesses should be added.

Black Owned Gun Stores and Firearms Training Businesses


Gladiator Gunz Training Group | New Braunfels, TX 

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Gladiator Gunz Training Group

2 Swords Tactical & Defense | Lithonia, GA

2 Swords Tactical & Defense

Skips Defense Solutions | Louisville, KY 

Taurean Strategies |Hallandale, FL

Taurean Strategies

The EDC Guy Academy| Miami, FL

The EDC Guy Academy

Alpha 1 Tactical |Tulsa, OK 

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Alpha 1 Tactical

Angel Arms NOLA | New Orleans, LA

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Angel Arms Nola

Girls Get Tactical | Hollywood, FL

black owned gun stores and firearms training
Girls Get Tactical

Body By “O” Tactical | Grand Prairie, TX

Body By “O” Tactical

Provectus Group |Taylorsville, GA

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Provectus Group

My Sisters Keeper Defense Training |Atlanta, GA

Black Owned Gun Stores and Firearms Training Businesses
My Sisters Keeper Defense Training

The Don Firearms |Boston, MA

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The Don Firearms

Tutor for Shooters | Rosenberg, TX

Tutor For Shooters

GIRLZ on F.I.R.E. | High Point, NC


RideOrDie Gun Training | Cincinnati, OH

Rideordie Gun Training

JMD Defense | Chicago, IL

JMD Defense

Train 2 Fight | Philadelphia, PA

Train 2 Fight

M-W Tactical | Columbia, SC

M-W Tactical
Black Roots Training Academy
Apex Defense Solutions

E3 Personal Defense | Raleigh, NC

E3 Personal Defense

Voodoo Hound Firearm Services| Fort Washington, MD

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Voodoo Hound Firearm Services

Trinity Tactical Training Academy | Woodbridge, VA

Trinity Tactical Training Academy

Dauntless Tactical Training | Memphis, TN

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Dauntless Tactical Training

Fire4Effect Tactical | Columbia, SC

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Fire4Effect Tactical

JC Shegog | Nashville, TN

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JC Shegog

Reddick Firearms Training | Oakland Park, FL 

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Tight Eye Protection Services | Stafford, VA

Tight Eye Protection Services

Tight Grouping Firearms Training | Chantilly, VA

Tight Grouping Firearms Training

Splitz Second Shooting Firearm Training & Services | Oceanside, CA

Splitz Second Shooting Firearm Training Services and FFL dealer (Firearms Buyer and Seller)

Zeigler Defense Systems | Cincinnati, OH

Grid Iron Firearm Training |Jacksonville, FL

Starting Point Defense |Fredericksburg, VA

Starting Point Defense

Certified Protection Solutions | Phoenix, AZ

Certified Protection Solutions

Darden Defense and Protection | Washington D.C. Metro Area (DMV)

Darden Defense And Protection

3D Firearms & Training and Instruction | Carmel, IN

3D Firearms & Training and Instruction

Boom Boom Firearms Training | National Harbor, MD

Retired USAF Firearms Instructor; Laser Shot Training Simulator on-site

Gunns’ Training Academy and Services | Houston, TX

Gunns’ Training Academy and Services |

Hardline Training Solutions | Boston, MA

Hardline Training Solutions

Heavy Metal Lifestyle| Oak Park, MI 

Heavy Metal Lifestyle

Townsend Defense| Ferguson, MO

Townsend Defense

Self Safety Defense Solutions,LLC | Springfield, VA

Self Safety Defense Solutions,LLC

Unified Tactical| Lakewood, CA


Unified Tactical

Insight Investigations & Security Services | Richmond, VA



Wilson Brothers Armory |Fort Washington, MD [Firearms Sales & Training]

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Wilson Brothers Armory

Bear-2-Arm| Seymour, TN [Firearms Sales & Training]

black owned gun stores and firearms training

Redstone Firearms |Burbank, CA [Firearms Sales & Training]

Redstone Firearms

On Point Arms | Windsor, CO [Firearms Sales & Ammunition]

On Point Arms

MJ’s Firearms | Richton Park, IL [Firearms Sales & Ammunition]

black owned gun stores and firearms training
MJ’s Firearms

GNR Tactical | Frankfurt, OH [Firearms Sales & Ammunition]

GNR Tactical

True Aim Tactical | Hampton, VA [Firearms Sales & Ammunition]

DMV ArmsAustin, TX [Firearms, Archery and shooting supplies]

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DMV Arms

Black Diamond Firearms and Training | Charlotte, NC [Firearms Sales & Training]


Black Diamond



77 Solutions |St Louis, MO [Holsters]

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77 Solutions

Blacklist Industries |Mirmar, FL [Handgun and Rifle parts]

Blacklist Industries

3htactical Store |Burnham, IL [Accessories, Optics, Gear and more]

black owned gun stores and firearms training
3htactical Store

Watchdog Tactical | Charlotte, NC [ Holsters, Magazines and more]

black owned gun stores and firearms training
Watchdog Tactical

Black Rambo Ammo |Schriever, LA [Ammunition]

Black Rambo Ammo

Wardrobe Architect |Taylorsville, GA [EDC Belt]

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Wardrobe Architect

Tactical Society | Tampa, FL [Tactical Supply Sales & Training]

Erica’s Big DayFirearms Safety Book for Children


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