Owner/Lead Instructor - Midwest Training Group
Co-owner - Armory 219
I did not grow up familiar with guns. In fact, the things I saw about them made me fear them. Later in life when I had children is when the idea of having a firearm for protection came into my mind. I knew if I was going to have a firearm to protect myself and my children, I would need to learn how to use it. That is what started my “journey” into firearms training. I have been shooting for about 15 years and became a firearms instructor in 2016.
I am a certified NRA and USCCA Instructor. I understood early on that to be good at what I was doing, I would have to advance my skills. Each year I continue my training to learn and grow as a shooter and as an instructor. I have trained mainly with law enforcement instructors and in a defensive minded context. I strongly believe in always being a student because it allows me to bring the best to my students.
NRA Basic Pistol
NRA Personal Protection in the Home
NRA Refuse to be a Victim
USCCA Concealed Carry and Home Defense
USCCA Women's Self Defense Fundamentals
Aprill Risk Consulting – Dr. William Aprill
Vogel Dynamics – Robert Vogel
Lt. Col Dave Grossman
Active Response Training – Greg Ellifritz
Born and raised in Northwest Indiana, Rachel believes that knowledge truly is power. She is passionate about equipping women with the appropriate skills and knowledge necessary to handle firearms safely and effectively. What initially started as an activity she enjoyed with her husband quickly developed into her own hobby. She began seeking out additional training, specifically from female instructors, and discovered Midwest Training Group (Lady’s View). What she found with MWTraining female only classes was a comfortable atmosphere, female specific techniques, and a supportive environment.
I was raised in a house where “guns are bad”. It wasn’t until I met my husband, who was an avid hunter and gun guy, that I began to view firearms very differently. I first began shooting in 2013, mostly recreational, but still had that fear. Already having my cc permit for 3 years, I knew I needed to be training seriously for my protection and the protection of my kids. In January 2018, I began training with Midwest Training Group/Lady’s View. I joined Lady’s View Elite shooting group in January 2019 and shortly after was brought on as assistant instructor. I am a USCCA Certified Instructor, Lady’s View Pistol Basics Instructor, and Lady’s View Elite Instructor. I love teaching women in an environment with NO intimidation and NO judgement and seeing them thrive…as I remember how important that environment was for me.