My name is Kathy Jackson. I’m a professional firearms trainer, a small business owner, a former magazine editor, a former homeschool mom, and a freelance writer. I guess you could say I wear a lot of hats. My husband and I have been married more than 25 years, and we have five sons.
I got my start as a shooter more than 15 years ago by taking classes at the Firearms Academy of Seattle. FAS Director Marty Hayes and his talented wife, Gila, took me under their wings and helped me become the shooter and teacher I am today. In 2003, after I had taken almost every handgun class FAS offered, Marty offered to let me join the FAS instructor program, an apprenticeship-based opportunity to learn and grow. I became a lead instructor at FAS in 2005, working with hundreds of students at this professional firearms training facility over the past decade.
Because I was determined to absorb as much knowledge as I possibly could about this field, I’ve lost track of the number of hours I’ve spent in firearms classes from other excellent instructors. It’s well over 1500 hours now, and includes courses from Jim Cirillo, John and Vicki Farnam, Ken Hackathorn, Tom and Lynn Givens, Massad Ayoob, Gunsite Academy, and many others. I’ve also taken armed and unarmed self-defense classes from Rory Miller, Marc MacYoung, Tony Blauer, Leslie Buck, and many other personal safety instructors. I hold handgun instructor certificates from Marty Hayes at FAS (where I am a staff instructor), from John and Vicki Farnam of DTI, and from Tom Givens at Rangemaster in Tennessee. I’m also an adjunct instructor for Massad Ayoob of the Massad Ayoob Group, being qualified to Ayoob’s MAG-20 range class and holding a certificate as an instructor in Judicious Use of Deadly Force for the classroom portion.
From March 2008 through August 2012, I worked as editor at Concealed Carry Magazine, the flagship publication of the USCCA. Under my four years of leadership there, the magazine’s circulation more than tripled.
As a freelance writer, my work has appeared in several publications, both print and online, including Concealed Carry Magazine, Women & Guns Magazine, and SWAT Magazine. But I am most proud of the books I’ve written. In 2009, radio talk show host Mark Walters and I co-authored Lessons from Armed America, a book which presents several real-life accounts of people protecting themselves from criminals and the lessons we can learn from those situations. In December 2010, White Feather Press published The Cornered Cat: A Woman’s Guide to Concealed Carry. Although loosely based on this website, the book provides a lot of material you can’t find on the site, organized in an easy-to-read fashion.
In 2012, I began offering firearms instruction for both women and men through Cornered Cat LLC. Along with intermediate to advanced firearms instruction, my classes feature hands-on opportunities to try on holsters and alternate carry methods. In these classes, I provide accurate descriptions in plain language, compassionate instruction, and usable shooting techniques that work well with many different body types and lifestyle choices.
Students report that they have a lot of fun in my classes, and I especially love hearing genuine laughter from my students. Although the subject matter is serious and I work hard to help every student walk away with as much information as they can absorb, I work equally hard at helping everyone enjoy our time together because I believe that the things we learn with pleasure, we never forget.