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Magnolia Defense Enterprises launches new website

CONYERS, GA – Certified NRA instructor Melita Ellington, founder of Magnolia Defense Enterprises, LLC, launched the company’s new website recently and sets her sights on developing additional class locations in the metro-Atlanta area.

“In today’s cyber-marketplace, it’s the way we search for information when we need it.  It was an obvious step for my company as we try to provide firearms training services for women,” remarked Ellington.

Ellington founded Magnolia Defense in 2009 after seeing a need for more women’s firearms training programs in metro-Atlanta.  She is NRA-certified to teach basic pistol, Refuse To Be a Victim™ personal safety, and will soon receive certification to teach the NRA shotgun course, as well.  While class sizes are kept small to maintain a level of safety, Ellington believes that as a woman, she has much to offer other women who want to learn firearm safety and basic skills. Her husband, Brian, also an NRA-certified instructor, assists at each class.

“For a woman, picking up a handgun for the first time can be a very daunting experience.  I’ve been there, so I know.  I want women to know that there’s someone to help them overcome whatever obstacles may stand between them and learning to use a firearm,” said Ellington.  “I believe that knowledge is power, and personally, I’d much rather take a course to learn something than have to learn it in an emergency situation.  That’s one of the reasons I’m teaching.”

For further information on taking a ladies’ NRA First Steps class, or Magnolia Defense Enterprises, contact Ms. Ellington at magnoliadefense@gmail.com or  go to www.magnoliadefense.com.

Melita also contributes gear reviews at The WON’s Gear Court.

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The Conversation

  • Robbin Mosdossy says: August 27, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Dear Melita,

    I feel privileged to have met you at the camp in Louisiana. You can be very, very proud of all you have accomplished in such a short period of time. I know the work it takes just to get to know one handgun, which I feel is an overwhelming goal considering my life at this time. I can’t imagine doing all you have done. Congratulations! You make womankind everywhere proud.

    Your husband and son and parents must be very proud of you as well.

    Hope to see you next year!


  • Deb Ferns says: August 27, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    Very cool Melita and we are so proud of you!