“There is much to tell about Shooting for Women Alliance that is not included below. Most appreciation goes to the industry which has come to respect the mission of SFWA and to our many volunteers who have helped make our efforts a success. Thank you so very much!” -Susan Romanov

The Rest of the Story . . . 

Susan Held Hostage and Stalked

When SFWA's Founder was held hostage in her home for 5 1/2 hours in 1992 and then stalked for 2 years, she was not "self protection" savvy. Attempting to educate herself in what was typically a man's world, she discovered the reality of being a civilian in fear for her life thrown into a training environment that was meant for law enforcement and military. The difference was that civilians do not have the same legal responsibilities in self-defense situations as those who were offering instruction and training. Plus, being in constant fear for her life for 2 years and 5 hours 1/2 hours, it became clear that the techniques she was being taught did not meet the level of fast and precise reaction time necessary for her to prevail. So, necessity being the mother of invention, it was up to her to meet her need. Speed up to today, Susan Romanov has developed civilian curriculum that absolutely increases the odds you will prevail in a self defense encounter with a gun, she has taught more than 100,000 women and a few good men (as of 2018), has published magazines on the subject for women and children, and is a motivational speaker and trainer. CLICK to request a FREE link to Susan's horrifying experience told in Women of A Different Caliber, an Inspirational Story.

Having visited indoor and outdoor shooting ranges across the country and being an active part of the shooting industry since 1998, Susan has met many business professionals and discovered that although many ranges may cater to women and youth, but none are designed especially for women, their friends and family. So, to meet the need, Susan opened Family Fun Indoor Range in 2013. In 2019, Susan and her husband Vladimir moved the company to a new facility located in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in Sevierville, TN where millions of visitors who visit the area each year can enjoy the indoor range. There are multiple SFWA Master Instructors who are all volunteers that teach the TN Enhanced Handgun Carry Permit Class, Basic Safety Classes, Kids Classes, Advanced Classes and Speciality Classes at Family Fun Indoor Range. Check out the course options on the menu bar and sign up for one today! They fill up fast. SFWA is a non-profit and (for example) a confirmed seat in the TNEHCP class is only $28! Best of all you can shoot all day at the range for only $12 per person, including eye and ear protection and a FREE target! SFWA also mentors young people toward becoming responsible firearms owners and trains master instructors by invitation.

Our Founder Through The Years

Susan Held Hostage In Her Home in 1992 for 5 1/2 Hours at Knife-Point and Stalked for 2 Years 

Knoxville, TN 1992-1994

Before there were handgun carry permits for civilians or [according to the salesman at the time] guns for girls, Susan was living in fear for her life without a break for 2 years and 5 1/2 hours. Since that time, Susan has donated her time to helping other women increase the odds they will prevail if attacked. Necessity being the mother of invention has proven true from selection of the right gun and gear to awareness, handgun retention and training that provides the mindset to find the Wonder Woman in You when your life depends on it. Truth in Training® emerged in the process . . . 

Susan Hosts 1st Ever Women's Luncheon at SHOT Show . . . FREE!

Las Vegas, NV 2003

Fun Fact: There where so many women in attendance that at the last minute, the menu was changed to salad, bread and drinks only [minus the chicken] to accommodate the unexpected number of industry women who attended. No one cared, it was such a great time! Paul Pluff was awarded the 1st SFWA Eagle Award at the luncheon and the look on his face was priceless! He was truly "The Wind Beneath Our Wings" since 2001!

Susan Stops Publishing SFW Magazine and Focuses on Training

November 2005

Already in the works, SFWA's civilian training materials were completed and Susan turned her time toward empowering women to increase the odds they will prevail if attacked from a civilian-oriented perspective.

Susan Starts SFWA University

Tennessee 2009

Advanced courses that take women beyond the basics were complied to address the real-life scenarios civilians face in a self defense situation. The curriculum was written by Susan from the many aspects of training that are necessary for a civilian to go from hitting a paper target on a shooting range well using proper trigger pull and other marksmanship skills to training to recognize a threat, decide whether to run or fight and the perform when seconds count. 

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Susan Consults for 50 Year Old Gun Store and Shooting Range 

Tennessee 1997-1999

A marketing and business consultant since 1979, Susan professionally entered the shooting industry in 1997 while taking a well established firearms business to the next level. Since that time, Susan has gained the respect of manufacturers and industry professionals as a publisher, writer, motivational speaker, firearms expert and innovative trainer. 

Susan MC's 1st Ever Ladies Fashion Show Presented on the SHOT Show Main Floor

Las Vegas, 2004

SFWA was asked to organize and present the 1st ever Fashion Showcase of Guns and Gear for Ladies which was featured on the big stage twice a day on the main floor of the SHOT Show . . . Susan MC'd in guys gear that was not made for women while ladies beautifully attired in newly designed gear for women were escorted on and off the stage by Ed Monk, gallantly dressed in his tux!

Susan Begins Teaching SFWA FREE Handgun Carry Permit Courses at BassPro

Tennessee 2007

These classes are still offered FREE and by a pre-class donation of only $28 to SFWA! All instructors who co-teach teach these classes volunteer their time and talents to support the mission of SFWA. 

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Susan's Inspirational Story Published In Women Of A Different Caliber Series Which Has Been Recently Updated 

2009 to present

There are many women who have suffered grave situations or whom have made significant accomplishments with determination and whose stories are worth telling. Through the years, SFWA has included the stories of such women both in print and on our WDC's  facebook page. Email us if you have a story you would like to share.

Susan Starts Shooting for Women Magazine

National Distribution 2000

As a publisher at the time of 14 other titles nationally, Susan saw the need for a publication for women that was not the norm in the industry . . . so, she took the project on and was extremely successful with 250,000 distribution nationally until she stopped publishing regularly due to having cancer in late 2005. SFW still publishes special editions related to specific topics of interest to women.

Susan Produces 1st Ever National Ladies Shooting Conference

Nashville, 2004

Ladies gathered from all parts of the country to learn about the shooting sports and personal protection . . . the conference made national news on the FOX Channel!

Susan Shoots and Teaches Shotgun


While continuing her passion for helping women with increasing their odds they will prevail if attacked, Susan worked in some time for shotgunning. In this photo, she is breaking the clay after it is missed by a veteran shooter and bird hunter . . . and just in case you were wondering, no lead was dropped in the water . . .  special thanks to Remington for providing SFWA with lead-free shells.

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Susan Acquires a 6,500 sq ft Building to House SFWA University

Tennessee, 2011

With the growth of SFWA's Master Instructor Certifications and SFWA University Advanced Course Curriculum increasing in numbers, Susan purchased this building in downtown Knoxville, TN. It was also the second handgun carry permit school in the state. The third was housed in Nashville, TN.  

Susan Serves 3 Years On Hollywood Celebrity Shoot Board of Directors

California 2002-2005

Susan starts Shooting for Women Alliance [a non-profit 501 (c)3] to handle events and training by donation to further the mission of empowering women toward the shooting sports and personal protection. Click to View a short video put together by a few volunteers in 2014.

Susan's Miracle Healing from Cancer

October 2005

If you look closely, you can see a lump of cancer in her neck which she never saw in this photo until after the cancer was gone. It was the kids who actually noticed it first while participating in Backyard Adventures in Christ with Wilson and the Praise Pals, a children's church interactive puppet ministry Susan authored in the 1980's which is being filmed today with more than 100 episodes to be shared with kids worldwide. Susan was fully healed . . .  

SFWA has booth at NSSF's SHOT Show since 2003

2003 to Present

With the exception of one year, SFWA has been provided a booth at SHOT Show by NSSF to support our non-profit efforts of empowering women toward all the shooting sports have to offer  . . . 

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