Paxton Quigley

Coming from a liberal, mid-western, anti-gun background, Paxton Quigley made an about-face when her best friend was raped. She vowed not to let it happen to her. She bought a gun and became an expert on self-defense. Her first book Armed & Female was a best seller. She became a spokesperson for Smith & Wesson and a firearms instructor.

  • graduate of Northwestern University in Communications
  • Masters Degree in Anthropology from the University of Chicago
  • 1968 presidential-campaign staff of Senator Robert Kennedy
  • Helped create the National Committee for Handgun Control
  • wrote a political science text- book
  • wrote a cartoon book on pregnancy for non-English speakers
  • director of community relations for Playboy Enterprises
  • a close friend was raped at home 10 minutes before police answered her emergency call for help
  • 1989 author “Armed & Female.”
  • as a firearms instructor, has taught 7,000 women how to shoot a handgun for self-defense
  • April 27, 1995 author “Not an Easy Target: Paxton Quigley’s Self-Protection for Women
  • August 30, 2005 author “Stayin’ Alive: Armed and Female in an Unsafe World”
  • September 15, 2010 author “Armed &  Female: Taking Control
  • spokesperson for Smith & Wesson
  • was Yoko Ono’s  bodyguard
  • has appeared on more than 300 TV and radio shows
  • hosts a radio show called “Cannabis Healing With Paxton Quigley,”

She trained at

  • Executive Security International
  • Lethal Force Institute
  • Gunsite Academy




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