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DIVA WOW Hosts First ‘How To Select A CHL Holster’ Clinic

Barbara Baird Contributor
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By Barbara Baird, Women’s Outdoor News

DIVA WOW hosted its first “How to Select a CHL Holster,” on Sat., June 21, at Quail Creek Shooting Range in Argyle, Texas. Forty-six women showed up with guns and ammo, and a few brought holsters that they wanted to learn to use.

Chris Rainey and crew, of ProActive Defense, worked for more than 4 hours with the women on ranges, including live fire practice after drawing from holsters. Back in the classroom portion, Carrie Lightfoot, from The Well Armed Woman, instructed on the topic of the wide range of holster options available.

“Our research has revealed 2 main obstacles for women concealed carriers,” said Judy Rhodes, founder of DIVA WOW. “Many holsters are not made to fit women’s varied body types and women’s clothing allows too much ‘printing’ from improperly selected holsters.”

Rhodes ranked this inaugural event as a major success. “After the clinic, we were inundated with inquiries as to when the next clinic will be held. Based on the success of this clinic, the first-ever to work with live fire on a shooting range, we will hold another holster clinic this fall and eventually, branch out to our members across the nation with the opportunity,” added Rhodes.

In a testimonial, one of the class participants, Jackie, wrote, “Just got in from the best and most necessary DIVA WOW clinic I’ve ever been to (if you are a woman and want to conceal carry).  … Good job, Judy Rhodes, Sylvia Hastedt, Marietta Johnson and Cheryl Long. Y’all hit this one out of the park. As soon as my new holster arrives, I’m going back to Quail Creek to take the Proactive Defense class to teach me how to draw from it.”

Femme Fatale, Sticky HolstersFlashbang HolstersThe Well Armed WomanBlackHawk!Pistol Wear and Uncle Mike’s donated holsters for the event.


Judy Rhodes (2nd from left) gets all in order for registration, as other team members work together, and 1 lady checks out a raffle prize item.


Since its inception in 1999, DIVA WOW has amassed a wonderful lineup of sponsors. Check out their shirts.


Carrie Lightfoot led lively discussions on how, when and where to wear concealed-carry holsters.


Femme Fatale’s Donna Bickert demonstrates the lacy thigh holster.


No holster clinic would be complete without ankle holsters.


Sylvia practices the fundamentals of the draw and combines them with live fire on the range.


Sandi finally learned how to draw and fire her gun of choice, a Smith & Wesson Bodyguard.


DIVA necklace
Marcy wore 1 of her fav necklaces to the event. And, she won a raffle prize of DIVA WOW leopard-print shooting glasses!


Success means that 46 women went home feeling more empowered and knowledgeable regarding how to use their concealed carry firearms.



The mission of DIVA WOW is to help, teach and support women worldwide in a women friendly, non-threatening, supportive environment by introducing them to shooting sports and a variety of outdoor activities.

Since 1999, DIVA WOW has dedicated its ideas to encouraging and mentoring women and youth in shooting sports.  With successful clinics throughout the USA, we have introduced more than 4,000 women and youth to the shooting sports!

Learn more about DIVA WOW. Follow on Facebook. To visit Women’s Outdoor Newsclick here.

Barbara Baird