It’s amazing how well some women’s names fit them. For example, Joan of Arc, “Lady Di,” and “Marilyn Monroe.” Then, there’s the Armed and Fabulous, Becky Bieker. For her, the perfect match is her business name.
She’s A Pistol.
This name fits Becky like a custom Kydex holster. It feels like destiny. No doubt, you will be inspired when you discover why.
“I was raised around firearms,” Becky Bieker says. “My dad was a U.S. Marine. He and my mom trained us well with guns from the time we were really little kids. Whether it was target shooting, recreation, or protection, everything was about safety. We were raised with that mindset.”
Years later her training became her career. In August 2012, Becky Bieker and her husband, Jon Bieker, opened their She’s A Pistol store in Shawnee, Kansas. It’s not a guy’s gun shop. It’s not a girl’s gun shop. It serves men, women, and children. The business offers self-defense and personal protection training services and supplies from pepper spray to guns. “I see us as specializing in helping people be safer,” says Becky.
The business opened to a mixed reaction. “Some in the community were truly excited,” Becky recalls. “Others were hesitant, and maybe even scared. Since then, pretty much all have come around. People know we’re here to be an asset, and make the community safer as whole.”
She’s A Pistol takes aim differently. “We often see some fear of gun element,” explains Becky. “So, we start people with training. Then they buy a gun. This gets them comfortable with a firearm before they take one home where children may be living, or others could get hurt. We give people safety first, teach them mechanics, and help them make better choices.”
The state of Kansas recently passed a Constitutional Carry law. It goes into effect July 1, 2015. Firearms are now on fire with all kinds of Kansas Jayhawks, who want to arm themselves, and be trained how to handle a gun properly. “I think regardless of gender the more law abiding citizens choosing to protect themselves is always a good thing,” says Becky. “Women with guns is especially valuable for society. It can empower women to feel safe, be safe, and take control of their destiny.”
That Day – When Safety Met Dangerous at She’s A Pistol
It was January 9, 2015, inside the She’s A Pistol shop. Shawnee Police say this is what took place with the botched armed robbery:
Becky Bieker was showing a gun to a man, De’Anthony Wiley. Three other men entered the shop. They pulled guns on Becky. She raised her hands. Nicquan Midgyett jumped over the counter and hit her. Jon emerged from a back room shooting a gun in defense of his wife. A shootout ensued. Three ran. Jon shot two of them. Tragically, Jon was killed by gunfire. All four suspects are charged with first-degree murder.
Becky says, “There is only so much I can say legally right now. Basically what we’ve been trying to get out is there are always going to be criminal elements no matter where you live. You have got to be able to defend yourself, and be trained to do it to increase your odds of survival. Our scenario did not end as we prefer, but ultimately four dangerous criminals are off the street today.”
A Truly Grand Re-Opening
Ask Regis Giles. Size doesn’t matter to her. You see, in Florida there are plenty of males and wild animals bigger than her who fear her. It’s not for good reason, but good reasons, plural.
The 23-year old is a sure shot with a rifle and a handgun. Plus, she is the first female black belt in the famed Valente Brothers Jiu-Jitsu program in Miami. Basically, she’s an serious accident waiting to happen for any uninformed predator.
“I feel sorry for the person who tries anything on me,” says Regis Giles. “I’m prepared if it does happen. I’m willing and able to use lethal force with multiple options. I could fight one attacker hand to hand. Or, I could pull out my firearm to stop multiple attackers. Options are always necessary.”
Regis Giles has been featured in Variety and ELLE Magazines. She’s also appeared on ABC, CNN, and Fox News. The lovely young woman has a charismatic and outgoing personality similar to Regis Philbin. However, she is more heavily armed, and far more dangerous than him. Through her website, www.GirlsJustWannaHaveGuns.com, she is passionate in her hopes to inspire and help more women to be the same way.
“My goal is to turn women from prey to formidable defender,” says Regis genuinely. “I see too many headlines of women being victims. It’s infuriating. The whole idea of being passive on your own security astounds me. I want women across the nation to wake up. This is serious.”
“You may be good enough to shoot the eyes off a fly. But what good will it do if that gun is not around you? I think it’s also very important making your body a deadly weapon, too.” – Regis Giles
Naturally, she carries her martial arts skills with her everywhere. Yet, Regis also carries a handgun for protection. “I carry my gun because I need an insurance policy right on my side in a matter of seconds instead of 5 minutes away,” she explains. “Police want to be there to help and save you. But you are the first responder of an attack. You are the only one who can do something about your safety right away.”
Giles Family Hunting
Speaking of right away, that explains how 9-year old Regis took to guns. She says, “The moment I pulled the trigger I was hooked.” She credits and thanks her father, Doug Giles, a popular columnist and author on hunting. Regis quickly went from a .22 caliber rifle to a .30/30 Marlin.
Like all hunters, she remembers her first kill.
“We were hunting wild boar in Central Florida. I believe I was 12 yrs old,” she recalls. “It was intimidating. But when hunting, you don’t feel the recoil. You feel the adrenalin. We had set the dogs on it. But suddenly what became terrifying was the wild boar charging our vehicle like he was trying to kill it. I got the best of him though. We’ve long since eaten and digested him,” she laughs.
Since then, Regis Giles has enjoyed more big-game hunting success. This includes antelope, bear, black buck, buffalo, and whitetail deer. Next month, she’s heading to Africa with her dad for a hunting safari. “I like to do most of my target shooting at live targets,” she says.
Outspoken Second Amendment Supporter
“It disgusts me when I see what President Obama tries to do with the Second Amendment,” admits Regis. “But it also makes me want to thank him for the greatest saleman of firearms and ammunition. He’s a big reason why women are purchasing firearms because he is threatening to take away our gun rights. It’s what you’d expect from someone who doesn’t care about our Consititution and acts more like a dictator. It makes no sense. It’s outrageous.”
Regis Giles Gives Advice on Guns for Women
- “To be proficient, I was exposing myself a lot to firearms, not just seeing a gun and knowing how to handle it. Spend time going to the shooting range, squeezing the trigger, and fully understanding what is expected including how to handle the recoil. Learn how to calm yourself and breathe through your shooting.”
- “Realize the reason most women don’t own a gun is because they have never shot one before. Learn how to operate a firearm because it never hurts. If you ever need to use a gun you want to make darn sure you know how to load and fire that gun, that tool. The ability to do this removes that fear of a gun. Find the right training instructor to help you.”
- “With any shooting you must be consistent with your shooting routine because you can easily get rusty and go back on old habits you had to break. Consistency is important.”
- “Know how to protect your firearm, and take one away if someone might point one at you.”
- “If you as a woman cannot get comfortable carrying a gun, try a taser, or pepper spray. Knowing hand to hand combat is also crucial.”
- “Every year some 200,000 women use a firearm in self defense. None of it guarantees survival of the attack, but it certainly gives you a fighting chance.”
Regis adds, “I hope to see that 200,000 number increase because more women are carrying guns, or watch it decrease because violent offenders know our ladies are armed and dangerous.”
Armed and dangerous, (and fabulous)…just like you Regis Giles.
About a month and a half after Jon was killed, Becky Bieker re-opened She’s A Pistol, because… She’s A Pistol.
“I didn’t see I had a choice,” she admits. I knew we would have changes and struggles, and we would do our best to overcome them. People told me they would have closed or just stayed in bed and fallen apart. That’s not who we were as a couple. That’s not who Jon was, and I remain the person he loved. I honor the sacrifice he made for me that day.”
(Shawnee Mayor Michelle Distler – left. Becky Bieker – right)
Now, the 7-person team at She’s A Pistol uses new sayings in everything they do:
- Stay safe.
- Stay strong.
- Be a pistol.
Becky explains, ”Jon would want this. He wouldn’t want any of us be to broken. He’d want us to have that fire inside to keep going, keep fighting, keep helping, somehow. I’ve been humbled by all the support in the community, and across the country from as far away as Alaska and Hawaii. This made it easier to get out of bed some days. Plus, customers have been coming in or calling to tell us what Jon or I did to make them safer, or even save their lives in some scenarios.”
“Becky has the biggest heart in the world,” says Chad Stevens, her friend since high school.“ Chad spent 17 years in private security, and came to work at She’s A Pistol with the re-opening. “She is courageous, strong, and inspirational. The business is growing. Becky is doing a helluva job.”
(Photo: Chad Stevens: She’s A Pistol)
On the She’s A Pistol website, it says the name is an attitude which means, “Mind yourself around this one. She can stand up for herself.” Like we said, for Becky Bieker, She’s A Pistol is proven perfect.