Meet Bristlecone Instructor and Indoor Shooting Expert Samantha Kasven

Bristlecone, an indoor shooting range in Lakewood, Colorado, offers monthly classes, firearms training and shooting range options geared at shooters of all experience levels and backgrounds, including women shooters. This month we’re featuring a staff profile on firearms instructor and Range Safety Officer Samantha Kasven.

Samantha has been shooting for six years. Her recreational shooting gradually evolved into competitive shooting — she has been competing for three years. Samantha became a certified NRA basic pistol instructor in 2014 and a certified Range Safety Officer and Defensive Firearms Coach 2015. Samantha’s passion and personal love of shooting is underscored by her enthusiasm to bring new shooters into the sport, especially women and youth. She continues to expand her knowledge base and skill set while growing as a shooter, a competitor and a deeply enthusiastic instructor. Samantha teaches our Youth Firearms Safety Class, Women Only Intro to Pistol and Concealed Carry classes

The next Women’s Only Intro to Pistol, taught by Samantha will take place May 14, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The session cost is $100. This comprehensive safety course is designed to give you a solid foundation on which to build as you explore the practical side of handguns. Whether you have never held a gun before, or have done some shooting and want to refine your basic skills, this class will help you start strong and gain confidence in your ability to handle a firearm safely. You will learn: firearms safety rules, pistol actions, ammunition nomenclature, how to load and clear a pistol, how to select and store your pistol and more. Equipment requirements include handgun (Firearms can be rented from Bristlecone or students may bring their own.); 50 rounds of ammunition; and eye/ear protection.

To register for these events or to learn more about Bristlecone, visit or call 303-985-0989.