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and Safety

Empowering our communities to live safe and fulfilling lives!

Chris and Joy Allen are parents, pastors, and community leaders who believe that passion leads to purpose! Married in 2002, they have overcome a number of life's obstacles and take every opportunity to share lessons learned with anyone who will listen.


Chris is a Marine Corps veteran, USCCA Certified Range Safety Officer (RSO), NRA Certified Pistol Instructor, and NC DOJ Certified Concealed Carry Handgun Instructor. Joy is a clinical research professional and certified firearm instructor (credentials below). Together they share a love for people. Through community outreach and ministry work, they have witnessed far too many victims of violence, crime, ignorance, and opportunity.


So in May of 2017, with her husband's support, Joy decided to match her passion for helping people with her ability to train others in personal defense strategies, thereby founding E3 Personal Defense and Safety, LLC


The concept is simple. Through seminars, classes, personal coaching sessions, consultations, and home parties, E3 will EMPOWER you to live life without fear or intimidation. You will receive the EDUCATION needed to live each day with confidence. And you will be ENTHUSED every step of the journey!



Chris and Joy Allen, Owners of E3 Personal Defense

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

- 2 Timothy 1:7


Self-defense is not just a set of techniques;

it's a state of mind, and it begins with the belief that you are worth defending.

Rorian Gracie



Let me introduce myself! I am Joy Allen, a wife, mother, pastor, counselor, corporate professional, entrepreneur, author, and community leader who is passionate about educating and equipping others to live safe, enjoyable, and empowered lives! For many years, I have dedicated my life to training and mentoring others to become effective leaders in business, the church, and society. However, I've found that even the most successful and faithful citizens are generally ill-informed about basic safety, crime prevention, and personal defense, especially in minority communities.


My journey with firearms began in 2015. Since that time, I've learned a great deal and met a number of phenomenal people within the gun community. As I continue building my own skills and knowledge, I am determined to share the same with others.


I specialize in providing world-class safety, personal defense, situational awareness, and foundational firearm training to communities where such resources are scarce by partnering with churches and community groups, women's associations, small businesses, government agencies, and non-profit organizations. When you enroll in an E3 Personal Defense training course, you are not only equipping yourself but also investing in someone else's opportunity to access information that may not otherwise be availed to them. You have my personal commitment that your experience will be a professional, safe, and enjoyable step toward your ability to self-protect. Together, we can transform potential victims into victors by instilling the proper knowledge, skills, and attitude for safe and enjoyable living!

Certifications and Qualifications:

  • Founder, President & CEO, InHER PIECE Ladies' Shooting Clubs

  • IFSA Certified Firearm Specialist

  • GLOCK Certified Armorer

  • ALERRT Certified Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) Instructor

  • Non-Lethal Defense and Security Consultant

  • USCCA Certified Training Counselor

  • USCCA Certified Instructor

    • Concealed Carry and Home Defense​

    • Women's Handgun and Self-Defense

    • Emergency First-Aid Fundamentals

    • Countering the Mass Shooter

  • USCCA Certified Range Safety Officer

  • NAAGA Certified Firearms Instructor

  • NC DOJ Certified Concealed Carry Handgun Course Instructor

  • NRA Certified Instructor

    • Pistol​ and Marksmanship Fundamentals

    • Rifle Shooting Fundamentals

    • Defensive Pistol I (Personal Protection Inside the Home) Certified Instructor

    • Defensive Pistol II (Personal Protection Outside the Home) Certified Instructor

    • Refuse to Be a Victim® Instructor

  • NRA Certified Range Safety Officer

  • NRA Women on Target® Clinic Staff Volunteer

  • Distinguished Expert in Pistol and Defensive Pistol (I & II), Winchester (NRA) Marksmanship Program

  • Official Partner, United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA)

  • Leadership Team, Triangle NC Gun Club, National African-American Gun Association (NAAGA)

  • Member, Glock Sports Shooting Foundation (GSSF)

  • Member, National Sports Shooting Foundation (NSSF)

  • Member/Level 1 Competitive Shooter, International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA)

  • Member/Level 1 Competitive Shooter, United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA)

  • Fuquay-Varina Chapter Co-Leader, The Well Armed Woman (TWAW)

  • eChapter Member, A Girl with a Gun Shooting League

  • Adult and Pediatric First Aid, CPR, and AED Certified, American Red Cross

  • NAAGA Female Leadership Award Recipient, 2021

  • Concerned Citizen with a Passion to Empower!

Joy Allen, Owner of E3 Personal Defense & Safety, LLC
Joy Allen
Lead Instructor/Training Counselor
NRA Certified Instructor
USCCA Certified Instructor
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E3 Personal Defense & Safety, LLC, is an official partner of the United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA).


Your life is on the line.

Practice well.

Masaaki Hatsumi



Click photos for detailed course descriptions


Introduction to Handguns

Skill Level: Beginner

In just two to three hours, this course will provide a thorough overview of firearm safety, handgun types, marksmanship fundamentals, firearm storage, and maintenance.


NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting

Skill Level: Beginner

The NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting course teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for owning and operating a pistol safely.

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Marksmanship Fundamentals

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Designed specifically for the casual shooter, this class will introduce and review pistol mechanics, marksmanship fundamentals, safety, and proficiency drills.


Basics of Rifle Shooting

Skill Level: Beginner

The NRA Basics of Rifle Shooting course teaches the basic knowledge, skills, and attitude for owning and operating a rifle safely.


USCCA Basic Handgun

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate

This Basic Handgun course includes three hours of combined classroom and range instruction designed to provide a comprehensive overview of defensive shooting.


USCCA Women's Handgun

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate

The USCCA Women's Handgun and Self-Defense Fundamentals course provides ladies an overview of how to safely operate a handgun and employ effective self-defense methods.


InHER Piece

Skill Level: All

"Peace of mind, one round at a time!"

InHer Piece is a Ladies Shooting Club celebrating diversity and 2A for all! It's a shooting club for women, by women.

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NAAGA Basic Handgun

Skill Level: Beginner

This unique course, designed by the National African-American Gun Association, introduces the basics of pistol shooting against the backdrop of the Black tradition of firearms.


Empowerment Parties

Skill Level: All

Everyone loves a party! Allow E3 to customize an empowering, educational, and enjoyable event just for you. This is a great option for birthdays, bridal showers, etc.


NC Concealed Carry Handgun

Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate

The Concealed Carry Handgun (CCH) training is the model course produced by the North Carolina Justice Academy. This is required to apply for a concealed carry permit in NC.


Defensive Pistol I

Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced

The Defensive Pistol I course is a practical, hands-on application of defensive shooting techniques. The course is ideal for concealed carry permit holders.


Defensive Pistol II

Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Building upon the Defensive Pistol I course, this session introduces additional pistol handling skills to ensure students are able to defend themselves and others.


Private Instruction

Skill Level: All

Book your personal session with Joy Allen. Improve accuracy. Prepare for a qualification or competition. Build fluidity and consistency. Whatever your goals, we can help!

As part of our Community Outreach Program, E3 Personal Defense offers a number of seminars for churches, civic groups, outreach clubs, and other non-profit organizations. These sessions are designed for community education and awareness and may be available, free of charge, to your group.

Refuse to Be a Victim®
Situational Awareness and Non-Lethal Self-Defense Options
Personal Safety and Defense for Real Estate Professionals

Countering the Mass Shooter
Church Security: Protecting the Congregation

Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CHASE)
Emergency and First Aid Fundamentals




Phenomenal class led by Joy and Chris! They were incredibly thorough, explaining each part of the process and making first timers feel comfortable along the way. Safety was their upmost priority and we left feeling educated, informed and ready to take the next steps. Would highly recommend this class, and more specifically, to take the class through

E3 Personal Defense!

Danaka W.

My experience was excellent! It was refreshing to have one on one time with someone who is extremely knowledgeable and very patient. I will certainly continue to recommend everyone I know to E3 for all of their personal defense needs.

Deatrice S.

Outstanding instructor! Very professional, knowledgeable and a great personality to boot! I will always take a class with Joy because she makes you feel comfortable and I know in getting top notch training which makes me a better person and gun owner. 

Ralph C.

My husband and I just took the Intro to Handgun class. We really enjoyed the teaching style and atmosphere. Joy (and her team) made everyone feel very comfortable during the instruction portion and the hands-on portion of the class. I recommend E3 to anyone who is looking to become more knowledgeable and comfortable with

owning a firearm.

Nichole B.


E3 Personal Defense & Safety, LLC

Phone: +1 984 833 E3PD (3373)


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