‘Well Armed Woman’ named manager of Manatee Gun and Archery Club

Angie Weldon, of Myakka City, has been named manager of the Manatee Gun and Archery Club. All photos courtesy Angie Weldon

Angie Weldon, of Myakka City, has been named manager of the Manatee Gun and Archery Club. All photos courtesy Angie Weldon

By Lee Williams

MANATEE COUNTY — It’s hard to name a shooting discipline that Angie Weldon doesn’t enjoy.

She’s a shooter’s shooter and an accomplished instructor who’s well known and respected throughout the region.

Weldon, 55, is certified by the National Rifle Association as a pistol instructor, range safety officer and range twaw-cover-picture-of-raider-mag-2015management and operations specialist. She’s also certified to teach the NRA’s popular “Refuse To Be a Victim” and “Personal Protection in the Home” courses. Weldon is certified by the United States Concealed Carry Association to teach pistol and personal protection, and she attended the week-long pistol instructor course at the prestigious SIG SAUER Academy.

When she’s not teaching Weldon leads the Sarasota Chapter of the Well Armed — a national organization that seeks to “educate, equip and empower” female shooters. Her chapter has 48 members and is growing rapidly.

She was recently chosen over several other well-qualified candidates as the new manager of the Manatee Gun and Archery Club.

“From the field of applicants the board was presented with Angie’s superior qualifications and experience in the firearms and training field made her a great choice for the position,” said Chris Baden, a board member of the club.

I concur.

In my humble opinion, she was a great choice.

For Weldon, shooting is more than just a sport.

“I get the satisfaction of knowing I can defend myself when my husband’s not around,” she said. “I don’t need a knight in shining armor. I can take care of myself.”

Before she met her husband of 30 years, she’d never fired a gun.

Her father, a World War II combat veteran, forbade firearms in the home.

“My dad got a Purple Heart, and he vowed that no one would ever touch a gun in his home,” Weldon said. “And then I married my ‘gun nut.'”

Her husband, Richard, gave her a Benelli SuperNova 12-gauge shotgun — for Valentine’s Day.

“It’s guns and ammo at our house every Christmas,” she said. “When both of our daughters got married the same year, both hubbies got initiated at our family firing range, and they got guns and ammo.”

The couple owns their own firearms training firm: Armed and Responsible Personal Protection.

Weldon plans to offer more programs at the club, more new-shooter orientations and to increase the club’s hours. Now, it is only open Thursdays through Sundays.

“I want to see more families and more kids out there,” she said. “I see a few kids shooting with their fathers while their moms sit in the car. I go get them and encourage them to try shooting. Education is the key to safely handling firearms. That’s why I like being an instructor. I love new shooters and I love working with kids.”

— Senior investigative reporter Lee Williams, The Gun Writer, can be reached at (941) 284-8553, by email at lee.williams@heraldtribune.com or lee@TheGunWriter.com, or by regular mail, 1741 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You also can follow him on social media at facebook.com/TheGunWriter or Twitter.com/ht_gunwriter.





About Author

Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.


  1. Way to go Manatee Gun; you couldn’t have picked a better person or a better fit for the range! Angie has a passion for teaching, especially new shooters, and her knowledge and marketing make for a perfect coupling.

    • Common Sense Tyranny on

      Sometimes those goofballs that run the range actually get something right. Not sure who was behind it but maybe there’s hope for that club yet. Congratulations to Angie! Best of luck in your new position.

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