Bastrop County resident Crystal Duke, owner of Southern Charm Firearms Academy, recently traveled up to the United States Conceal Carry Association (USCCA) in West Bend, WI to become a Training Counselor for the organization. Training Counselors are active and experienced instructors who have been hand selected and trained by the USCCA to train future instructors and receive nearly 20 hours of training. The USCCA only runs 2 classes of Training Counselors per year and Duke was one of 54 training counselors and 1 of only 6 women selected from thousands of applicants across the United States.
Ms. Duke has already held her first class training 2 new instructors. In addition to owning and operating Southern Charm Firearms Academy, Duke is the facilitator for the Bastrop chapter of A Girl & A Gun, a nationwide Women’s Shooting League.