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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.

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Tony O. Lawson

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1,000 Black Gun Owners Plan Pro-Second Amendment Walk in Oklahoma

They will be arriving in peace and hoping to carry a message.

Omar Chatman, 41, is one of the organizers for 1,000 brothers and sisters in arms, a pro-Second Amendment walk planned for Saturday led primarily by Black gun owners in Oklahoma.

The demonstration, which will begin at 2 p.m. at Ralph Ellison Memorial Library, is intended to bring attention to the fact that Black Americans’ constitutional rights to carry firearms are not often respected, Chatman said.

All are welcome to march in solidarity with the group, which expects between 200 and 300 people to attend what they are saying will be a peaceful mile walk to the Governor’s Mansion.

“As an African American, it’s important to send a message to the governor and president that we aren’t going to allow people to come into our communities and brutalize us,” Chatman said. “That goes for corrupt police officers, white supremacists, and criminals. Criminals have no color. It doesn’t matter if you are a Black man, white man, Asian or Hispanic.

“If you come into our community, know we are armed.”

Many in attendance on Saturday are expected to be openly carrying firearms, which is legal. In Oklahoma, citizens age 21 or older can carry a firearm in public without a permit, and active-duty military personnel or veterans age 18 or older are allowed to carry a firearm in public without a permit.

Felons, persons adjudicated with mental illness or those with domestic violence convictions are prohibited from carrying a firearm, according to Oklahoma’s Constitutional Carry Law, which went into effect in November.

Overall, four in 10 Americans say there is a firearm in their household, according to a 2017 study by Pew Research Center. Broken down by race, 24% of African Americans say they personally own a gun, compared with 36% of whites and 15% of Hispanics.

“Black folks and guns usually get a negative stereotype reaction like: ‘What is that guy doing with a gun?’” says Philip Smith, the president and founder of the National African American Gun Association. “Does law enforcement, or more importantly larger society, view Black men with firearms in a certain way? Let’s have that discussion.”

Chatman himself said he will bring his AR-15 semi-automatic rifle which he has carried openly on the streets many times before.

“I have encountered the police and observed them while holding my gun from a safe distance,” Chatman said. “I’ve been displeased with every encounter. They treat Black men with guns with condescension and sarcasm. They should engage us as they would anyone else.”

In light of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis after a white officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes, protests and rallies against racial injustice and police brutality have been ongoing across the country.

As part of the walk, the group is also demanding action on four separate issues.

The group wants District Attorney David Prater to reopen the case in the death of C.J. Pettit Jr., who was killed by a Midwest City police officer in 2015.

The group is demanding the state legislature enact laws that would hold officers accountable when they are found to be at fault in any incident of police activity.

They want officers to be required to carry their own liability insurance and they are demanding the International World Court to investigate the United States for human rights violations of its Black population.

“This is for the betterment of mankind,” says Michael Washington, an organizer for the group. “We are saying that we should have the right to wear our weapon on our shoulder and the Second Amendment is the way to do that. We have a right to protect ourselves because we are tired of this crap and the United States promoting the killing of African Americans.”

Oklahoma City Police Capt. Larry Withrow said his office was unaware of a planned demonstration but reiterated that the group is within its rights to peacefully assemble with firearms present.

“Their rights to do that are perfectly legal,” Withrow said. “We would have people to respond in case something were to happen but would not try and stop it unless there was some illegal activity.”


Source: The Oklahoman

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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

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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

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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]

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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]

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3htactical Store

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

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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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This Black Woman Owned Firearm Training Business is Teaching Responsible Gun Ownership

The coronavirus pandemic has driven record-breaking numbers of gun sales in the United States. Many of the millions of guns sold have gone to first-time gun buyers.

In response, gun rights advocates are focusing on safety training to make sure new gun owners understand how to operate their firearms.

We reached out to My Sister’s Keeper Defense, a Black woman owned firearms training business owned by Marchelle “Tig” Washington to find out more about her business and her thoughts on gun ownership.

How did you become interested in becoming a gun owner?

I was in the Army National guard and got comfortable with the idea of carrying a handgun everyday while I was deployed. I didn’t take start consistently practicing on my own until 2015 when I started working at a gun range in Atlanta.

I’m a survivor of sexual assault and domestic violence. Carrying and shooting firearms is my therapy. I’m comforted knowing that I don’t have to be a victim anymore because I know I can defend myself.

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What inspired you to start a firearms training business?

While working at the gun range, women would come ask me to train them. I taught a ton of private lessons and group classes. I wanted the ability to create my own curriculum and market my own classes so I quit the range and started my business.

What is the question you get the most from your trainees?

Most of my students ask me what firearm they should buy. I explain to them that there’s no such thing as a “girl gun” or a gun that’s good for new shooters. Any person can learn how to operate any firearm.

I want us to get away from associating genders to firearms. Choosing a firearm is like choosing a car, it really just depends on your preferences. The only way to decide what you prefer in a firearm is to take a class and then shoot different firearms.

(AP Photo/Lisa Marie Pane)

What are some of the biggest myths about gun owners?

The biggest myth is that we’re all Republican, Christian, NRA supporters. I’m none of those things and neither are the majority of my students. That might have been true 20-30 years ago but in 2020 gun ownership and self defense is for everyone.

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What is your advice for someone who is interested in becoming a gun owner?

Don’t buy a firearm you’ve never shot and continue to practice shooting as often as you can. Owning a firearm is a big responsibility and a lifestyle change. It’s irresponsible to buy a firearm intended for self defense if you’re not going to continue practicing and taking classes.

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Going to the range, purchasing ammunition, and buying firearms accessories can get pretty expensive but how much is your life worth?

How has your business been affected in the past few months due to the coronavirus epidemic?

My business hasn’t been affected at all. I’m teaching classes ever few weeks.

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More Black Women in The U.S. Are Becoming Interested in Gun Ownership

Gun ownership amongst Black women is on the rise. An increase in firearm sales is largely tied to self-defense and appears to be a growing movement among Black women across the country.

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A study by the Pew Research Center found almost two-thirds of Black households now viewed gun ownership as a ‘necessity’, compared to less than a third in 2012.

Philip Smith, who founded the National African American Gun Association in 2012 during Black History Month, said he was stunned by his group’s rapid growth, to 20,000 members in 30 chapters across the country, today, the majority of whom are women.

‘I thought it would be the brothers joining,’ Smith said. But instead, he found something surprising – more Black women joining, most of them expressing concerns about living either alone or as single parents and wanting to protect themselves and their homes.

Alicia Kelley, a 36-year-old banker (AP Photo/Lisa Marie Pane)

The recent shootings of Black men and boys by cops around the country have left Smith and others concerned that racism can make a black person a perceived threat, even when carrying a firearm legally.

His organization takes pains to coach members on what to do when stopped by police, but not everyone is comforted.

Stayce Robinson with her AR-15. Robinson, 49, is an entrepreneur and tax analyst for a software company. (AP Photo/Lisa Marie Pane)

‘It’s disheartening to think that you have everything in order: Your license to carry. You comply. You’re not breaking the law. You’re not doing anything wrong.

And there’s a possibility you could be shot and killed,’ said Laura Manning, a 50-year-old payroll specialist for ADP from Atlanta. ‘I’m not going to lie. I’m just afraid of being stopped whether I have my gun or not.’

Laura Manning, a 50-year-old payroll specialist in Atlanta
(AP Photo/Lisa Marie Pane)

One new gun owner Jonava Johnson, says it took her a long time to decide to get a gun. For years she was afraid of them after an ex-boyfriend from high school threatened her and shot and killed her new boyfriend in front of her. She was just 17.

At first she just bought a guard dog, but in recent months, she turned to firearms for defense.

‘I think that’s the way it’s always been in the black community: It was never OK for us’ to own a gun, said Johnson, 50. But now? ‘I hope I never have to kill anybody, but if it comes down to me or my children, they’re out.’

Dr. Janella Thomas-Burse, a 53-year-old gynecologist, poses with her SCCY 9mm handgun. (AP Photo/Lisa Marie Pane)

And she is not alone. From church ministers and tax analysts, to glamorous flight attendants, Black women from all different walks of life are picking up firearms and learning how to shoot.

Dana R. Mitchell, a 47-year-old minister at Destiny World Church outside of Atlanta, said she had been in a household with firearms, but ‘always had that fear.’

Dana R. Mitchell, a 47-year-old minister – AP Photo/Lisa Marie Pane)

That changed after she was invited her to the range with some other women, she kept seeing news reports of violence and a friend had her purse stolen while pumping gas.

‘I woke up one day watching TV and I said, you have to get over this,’ she said. She’s now more aware of her surroundings and is learning how to prepare herself in case she becomes a potential victim. ‘I don’t want this sweet face to fool you.’

Markysha Carter, pictured with her Taurus PT111 handgun, is a 40-year-old marketing specialist for a bank. (AP Photo/Lisa Marie Pane)

Markysha Carter, a 40-year-old marketing specialist for a bank, wants to make sure she stays safe should she ever be stopped by a police officer.

‘As a Black person in America, this is a major problem,’ she says. ‘You hope and pray you’re following all the rules and that officer stopping you is following all the rules and doesn’t have an agenda.’

Corelle Owens, a 45-year-old resident of Mableton, and a flight attendant, decided to learn how to shoot after her car, phone, tablet and wallet were stolen in March. (AP Photo/Lisa Marie Pane)

Marchelle “Tig” Tigner is the founder of Trigger Happy Firearm Instruction LLC. ‘Tig,’ is on a mission: to train at least 1 million women how to shoot a firearm.

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Marchelle Washington Founder of My Sister’s Keeper Defense LLC(AP Photo/Lisa Marie Pane)

She had spent no time around guns before joining the National Guard. Now, as a survivor of domestic violence and sexual assault, she wants to give other women of color the training she hadn’t had.

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Marchelle Tigner

‘It’s important, especially for Black women, to learn how to shoot,’ Tigner said, noting that Black women are more likely to be victims of domestic violence. ‘We need to learn how to defend ourselves.’

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Tig, posing with some of her students.

She says self-defense is not about killing someone but is instead about eliminating a threat.

Tony O. Lawson 

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Sources: AP & The Guardian