One Bluffton firearms instructor has worked to earn her credibility through extensive safety training and trying to be the best at what she teaches.

Janet Swahn, a South Carolina certified concealed weapons permit instructor, and her husband Rick emphasize safety and responsible gun ownership within their training.

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Janet finishes 1st in Class of 140 experienced shooters

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1″ Square shows Janet’s 5 shots from 7 yards

Swahn is also a certified instructor with the United States Concealed Carry Association and National Rifle Association. She says every firearm owner should know four key rules: Treat all firearms as if they are loaded, always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction, keep fingers off the trigger and outside of the trigger guard, and know your target and what is beyond.  “Those are the four firearm safety rules that all kinds of people who have firearms don’t know,” Swahn said.

A 2013 report by Mount St. Mary’s University and the National Gun Victims Action Council says that “safe and effective firearms usage requires mental preparation; legal knowledge; judgmental awareness; as well as firearm expertise, skill and familiarity.”

When it comes to responsible gun ownership, Swahn said she emphasizes to her students that there are no accidental shootings, only negligence.

These guidelines are honored by Swahn, as she takes pride in shooting as a recreational sport but also strives to be the best she can be. She began training and shooting for sport in her 20s and her passion and level of expertise has grown ever since.

At a recent pistol training event in Las Vegas, Nevada, Janet finished first in her class of 140 shooters.

“She did extremely well, and I’m very proud of her,” said Rick Swahn, who placed fourth. “I expected her to excel, but I didn’t expect her to excel to the extent that she did.”The advanced skill builder curriculum in Nevada included moving targets, concealment, speed, accuracy, malfunctions and time pressure shooting skills. There were 13 women and 127 men who qualified for the 40-hours’ worth of training in the desert, Swahn said. Swahn said she finds it important to keep her skills sharp and trains at least 20 hours every month.“She’s a wonderful teacher. Every one of her students is thrilled and they really enjoy the experience,” Rick said. Swahn and her husband agree it is fun and rewarding to see students go from being scared to pull a trigger to loving everything about shooting.“It’s an addictive sport,” Rick said. Swahn teaches accountability in her training as well, iterating to her students that they are responsible for every single round that leaves the muzzle of their firearm.“It’s a big responsibility, and that is why I train,” Swahn said. “I do it for sport, but I’m still responsible for every round.”Swahn teaches a class the second Saturday of every month for 12 to 24 students. She also provides private lessons for two to four people by appointment. For more information, go to www.cwp101.com or contact Swahn at janet@cwp101.com.