Wendy grew up in a household that had firearms, but not encouraged to shoot. In 1993, she joined the military where she spent 10 years as a Hospital Corpsman.
In 2003, she experienced a traumatic event with a firearm. At that time, she didn’t know anything about guns, aside from the basic classes taught in the military. After that, any gunshots would trigger a very negative emotional response. It wasn’t until her dad asked her to help with a Dynamite Shoot at the Montrose Rod and Gun Club that she was able to work through her fear of gunshots.
In 2009, she went to work at a pawn shop where she began handling firearms. After handling firearms daily, she set about to understand their functionality and her curiosity grew. In 2012, she became certified as a NRA Basic Pistol instructor. She had a lot of support from the members of the Montrose Rod and Gun Club, who would loan her various firearms to shoot.
In 2018, Wendy bought the pawnshop that she worked at and renamed it Charlie Golf One Pawn and Gun.
Her desire to help ladies who are curious about firearms, but afraid to ask, has led her to pursue becoming a facilitator for A Girl & A Gun.