Shalom All! I am 52 and have four kids from 30 down to 14. I am a proud veteran of 8 years and the wife of a 30 year vet. I am also Jewish and in Israel, women who are proficient with firearms are the norm. I have my CPL and am a proponent of women carrying for personal protection as well as shooting for leisure. Having said that I also know that if you do not practice and develop "muscle memory" with your firearm of choice, it may not give you the protection you need! Being a military family we've lived in many different places both here in the US as well as several other countries. I believe we are as great as the women we surround ourselves with and we should all strive to help the women around us. I am looking forward to "meeting" many of you through the forum and who knows.....we might actually be able to "meet" in person one day!!!