Kathy Maloney Richardson, a.k.a. Ricochet Red, grew up on the edge of Wichita Falls. She graduated from Iowa Park High School in 1975, went into nursing school in 1976 and became an LVN, and then achieved her RN in 1988. Kathy moved to Aubrey, Texas and worked at Denton Community Hospital and Baylor Home Care from 1988 to 2000.
I asked Kathy what brought her back to Wichita Falls and she told me, “My dad was the first Concealed Handgun License (CHL) instructor in Wichita County. He was getting on in years, and he asked me if I would take over his shooting range when he is gone. So I got my CHL license, then I got my instructor license, landed a job at the State Hospital and moved back to Wichita Falls in 2000 and taught classes with him for four years until he passed away in 2004. I took over the range and have been teaching CHL and License To Carry (LTC) classes for the past 18 years.”
Not only does she teach handgun classes, but she also gives private handgun lessons and lectures seminars on personal safety specializing in women’s self defense. “Some of the seminars I put on are Refuse To Be A Victim, Personal Protection Inside And Outside The Home, How To Treat A Gunshot Wound, and Situational Awareness as well as teaching basic handgun classes,” she says. Additionally, Kathy is a representative for Texas Law Shield, a group of attorneys who provide a legal defense program primarily for gun owners, but represent anyone who uses self defense in any form that may need legal representation.
This mother of two daughters and grandmother of four lives on her 8 acre spread at the end of the same rural road that she grew up on in a house that her twin brother Kelly built in 2011, and in 2014 Kathy hand constructed a 60’x 60’ Texas in her front yard that you can see on Google Maps. She has a flock of 52 chickens and sells the eggs, and has two dogs, Benelli and Kimber.
Kathy retired from the State Hospital August 31, and has recently been voted in as a Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce Gold Coat Ambassador. As a representative of the WFCC she attends ground breaking ceremonies, ribbon cuttings, and grand openings, welcoming new businesses to the community. She is also a substitute teacher for Iowa Park Jr. High and High Schools, and still being an RN she fills in for the nurses when needed.
You can follow Kathy’s Facebook page, Ricochet Red’s Pistol Range, or call her for LTC classes at 940-867-3028.