A Girl & A Gun (AG & AG) is a club established by women shooters for women shooters. Our training program is hosted at hundreds of ranges nationwide and we have virtual and destination events, too! Whether you are a defender, competitor, or just want a casual, fun night out at the range with the girls, A Girl & A Gun is for YOU!
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Start Your Journey with Us
AG & AG events are fun, social gatherings where you get firearms training and encouragement, ask questions in a safe and nonjudgmental environment, improve your marksmanship, and make new friends. All AG & AG events are supervised by Certified Firearms Instructors. All facilitators are women who can “speak girl” and provide techniques and tips for female shooters. Our goal is to empower, educate, and have fun at the range. AG & AG events have been successful stepping stones for thousands of women. At our events and through articles and information, we provide:
- Basics of gun handling and safety
- Range etiquette
- Proper grip techniques
- Stance for accurate shooting
- Trigger control and follow through
- Sight picture and sight alignment
Loading to Capacity
Semiautomatic handguns come in a wide range of single and double-stack magazine capacities. Subcompact single-stack semiautomatics like the GLOCK 43 have a total of 6+1, while the compact double-stack Walther PDP-F Series has a capacity of 15+1. The magazines hold a maximum of either 6 or 15 rounds, leaving the new gun owner a bit perplexed about this magical +1 round. The total capacity of the handgun is equal to the maximum amount of rounds capable of being loaded into the firearm with the factory-provided mags. The capacity of the gun is the total magazine capacity plus the one additional round that can be in the chamber. Loading to capacity, also called “topping off the gun,” is used in competition and defensive techniques. The purpose is to begin the match or leave the house carrying concealed with the most loaded firearm possible. That additional round can be a game changer for those choosing a limited capacity gun! To load to capacity requires performing two consecutive tasks at your initial Load & Make Ready procedure; an administrative reload and a tactical reload, also referred to as a magazine exchange. Administrative load is the initial loading or final unloading of the handgun […]
Handgun Trigger and Action Types
When selecting a new handgun, much emphasis is placed on ergonomics, proportionality, and budget, but how often do we consider action type in making this important choice? For a new shooter standing at the gun counter, the technical terminology and gun-lingo associated with action options sound like a distinctly foreign language filled with a jumble of acronyms and technical jargon. Often the action type is glossed over and discussed in over-simplified terms to generalize the safety benefits the salesperson or other family member may feel best suits the shooter. However, even with the best intentions, the firearm’s action type, caliber, and scale can be grossly mismatched with the individual. For example, a 79-year-old woman with rheumatoid arthritis comes to a Girls Night Out event with her brand new snub nose, air weight, double action only, J-frame revolver. At the gun counter, she heard all about how this gun would be simple to shoot, the safety of double action triggers, how lightweight the gun is, and how a small grip will fit her hands. Sounds appealing? Thousands of women share a similar story only to discover this firearm requires grip and finger strength to manipulate the trigger, excellent vision to perfect […]
You’re Invited to Fall Fest 2022
If you’re not registered already, have you heard about AG & AG Fall Fest? Would you love jump in and compete in a variety of pistol, rifle, and shotgun stages? Are you wanting to try something new in a supportive girl-friendly environment? Are you wondering if you have experience to participate in competition? Let me personally invite you to join us at Fall Fest!
July 2022 Recap
This summer we beat the heat with indoor activities and training workshops, and when we were having fun in the sun, we had a blast! Our memberships are growing, and our chapters are having a lot of summer fun! Here are some of the highlights!
Understanding Double Feeds
A malfunction in a semi-automatic handgun can be any stoppage that interrupts the cycle of operation. Stoppages can be caused by operator error, the ammunition itself, a mechanical issue with the firearm itself or due to maintenance – how dirty or under lubricated the firearm may be. There are five malfunction types for semi-automatic handguns including: Failure to FireHang FireSquibStove PipeDouble Feed A Double Feed occurs when the casing of a spent round fails to fully extract before a live round is pushed from the magazine in an attempt to feed into the chamber. This new round can not chamber as the old casing is still partially inserted into the chamber. The dual forces of the slide pushing the new round forward, now wedged below the old casing, and the magazine pushing upwards on the new round create a “log jam” effect binding the bullets in place and preventing the gun from functioning. A double feed is the trifecta of malfunctions: failure to extract, failure to eject and failure to feed. HOW TO CLEAR A DOUBLE FEED A Girl & A Gun teaches a Safety First Technique for clearing malfunctions that is range safe and appropriate for all skill […]
2Q2022 Quarterly Match Winners
A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League (AG & AG) proudly announces the winners of the 2022 2nd Quarter League Match. Over 150 participants from 39 chapters across the United States submitted scores. Congratulations to Ashley Krenek of Alvin, TX for earning 4 1st place wins. She placed 1st Overall with her Centerfire Irons entry and 3rd Overall with her Centerfire Optics entry. She also placed 1st in both Centerfire divisions. Congratulations to Randall Miller and Sunshine Dennis of Troy, NC for earning 1st place division wins in the Rimfire divisions. Randall also placed 2nd Overall with her Rimfire Optics entry.
From Our Members
Being a first timer, I was so impressed with the organizational skill of the coordinators for this conference – everything – and I mean everything for me went off without a hitch – it was all so purrfect in every way. I learned so much, I enjoyed myself, I got to meet new women who shoot, and shoot for a purpose… it was just FANTASTIC!
THANK YOU is not enough for the staff that puts this all together! My love and respect for AG & AG is so strong. Events like this are so needed for us to continue to learn and grow in this sport and the quality of instruction that is put together is amazing. Job well done HQ for another year of greatness.
I loved the hands on training that focused on what the group needed to work on and accomplish. This is the only training I have attended that asks the student what they want out of their training and tailors the courses to meet those needs. The environment is positive and empowering. It was an amazing experience and the ladies I met were awesome.
I loved meeting you absolutely amazing gals, and the phenomenal instructors. Omg & AERIAL GUNNERY!!! Just everything was really great – but you gals and the instructors were the icing on the cake.
For me, it’s the education, the building of confidence, and the appreciation of the AG&AG organization. I always return home with a greater appreciation of my facilitator and with a deeper pride of being part of the league.
Best organization there is for ladies in the country to learn about firearms for self defense and the shooting sports!
Great group of women. Support and comradery at every turn. Ladies are there to help and explain any questions and insecurities. As a new shooter I have met new friends and gained confidence since joining the group. Monthly meetings and training at neighbor ranges give plenty of practice and email tips and advice are great and very informative.
The best part of conference was getting to know so many great people and learning so much information that would most likely take years to learn, all in a 4 day time span at a great location with so many nice people. Thanks Julianna and Robyn for everything you do to give us the best experiences of our lives!
I was blown away at the quality of instruction-maybe not everyone was a perfect instructor but overall it was really good. You just can’t beat that for the price.
I love this group, everyone is so dedicated, so helpful, leadership is so knowledgeable, talented, pleasant and friendly! You’ll never find a more welcoming, friendly, talented group of women! The mere fact that it’s only women adds to the benefits and the bonding experience. I don’t usually give reviews, but this group deserves it!! Definitely TOP rating!
It was extremely gratifying to see a tremendous amount of support for the badge that I’m very proud to put on every day to protect and serve my community. Every day, in every city and town across the country, police officers are performing vital services that help make their communities safer. Being afforded stellar training like this aids us in carrying out our mission with honor and integrity.
There is nowhere else on Earth where someone could get the caliber of training that I received. My head is still boggled. I don’t know how you guys manage to make conference better and better every year, but God Bless both of you for all your hard work!
This was my first AG & AG Conference, so I didn’t know what to expect. My local chapter had dissolved several months before conference, but I had such a great experience. Such a welcoming group, top notch instructors. Already looking forward to next year!
I can’t think of one BEST part of conference… this was one of the highlights of my life! Everything in all was outstanding! I was so amazed at the sisterhood and instant friendships. There was not one rude person in this group.
“The friendship bonds and camaraderie I made this week will stay with me forever. The incredible generosity of the event sponsors and the gracious efforts by A Girl & A Gun was awe inspiring.”
No where will you get the training, exposure and trigger time for the money as you do at this conference. Just an outstanding job!!! Great selection of door prizes!! Can’t recommend this conference enough!! Being in Oklahoma, we have to figure out a way to get more of our gals committed to coming. Thank you both and your team for all you do. I heard so many positive comments about the whole experience. Gear Check!! Checking in!! Liked the meals & shirt included in the price!
This is a great organization! I joined last year and in addition to learning more about shooting, I’ve made some really great friends. This organization helps you learn, compete and stay abreast of gun laws in your own state. There are great training seminars and opportunities each month to enhance personal skills. The camaraderie in this organization is exceptional and their sponsors are the best place to shop for your shooting gear. Thank you, AG & AG, for all the great experiences I’ve had.
OH how can I even put it in words???? EVERYTHING WAS THE BEST! Truly not disappointed in anything. It was amazing, so much education. That old saying, “you don’t know what you don’t know until you know it” applied every step I took. Maybe in a couple of weeks I can come up with a BEST ~~~ I loved the demos, I love the camaraderie and meeting so, so many ladies, and I loved learning. Can we make it longer? LOL
The sisterhood…the compassion and understanding of everyone. The instruction is outstanding. This is an amazing event at an amazing price. Thank you!!
It’s More Than Shooting
While our mission is to educate women on safe and accurate shooting, our organization is about so much more than shooting! It’s about Confidence, Empowerment, Support, Friendships, Knowledge, Fun, Self-Reliance, and so much more. Everyday we witness the transformation of women who set out to learn how to shoot and in the process discover a confidence in themselves that improves all areas of their lives. Whether you’re interested in competition, concealed carry, home defense, the safe storage of guns in the home, or you just want to get out of the house and try something new, please join us at an upcoming event. Click “Find a Chapter” above to find a group of women in your community. If there is not a chapter near you, you can still join our National eChapter – or start a chapter! Help us break barriers for women and girls in shooting sports.