Facilitator: Karen Cose
(530) 570-2746

My goal is simple: to train others to be safe, competent, and passionate shooters and self-protectors. Although I come from a hunting and shooting family, I didn’t fall in love with shooting sports until I began teaching Pistol and Rifle in the 4-H Sport Shooting Program in 1998.

Since that was so satisfying, I began earning instructor certifications: NRA Instructor, which includes NRA CCW, Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun, Personal Protection In The Home, Personal Protection Outside The Home, Refuse To Be A Victim, and Home Firearm Safety. I am a NRA Training Counselor, Chief Range Safety Officer, and Practical Pistol Coach. I have also earned my Instructor Certification from the USCCA; so far, I am certified to teach Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals, Countering the Mass Shooter Threat, and Emergency First Aid Fundamentals.

I also own my own business, Bellicose Family Safety Solutions. I teach Carry Concealed Weapon Permit courses for 13 counties in California, CCW courses for Nevada and Utah, and provide training for security guards with exposed firearms. Besides 4-H, where I was a leader for the Western Heritage Project (now you know where the “Wild Iris” comes from!), I also volunteer as a Hunter Education Instructor and was the Chairman for the local Friends of NRA Committee for 12 years. I am a Life Member in both the National Rifle Association and the California Rifle and Pistol Association.

One of my favorite classes to teach is a ladies only Basic Pistol class, so “A Girl and A Gun” is a perfect fit for me. And empowering a team to help me with this provides me with enormous gratification -- I love my A-Team!

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