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!
Join a Chapter Near You
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
The Power of the Owner’s Manual!
Few people get excited about buying a new firearm and immediately dive into the owner’s manual like it was a New York Times Best Seller. Simply put, owners manuals are perhaps the most under appreciated and neglected tool for a new device. They are admittedly a dry read, have zero sense of humor, and can be pretty intimidating for those not naturally technically inclined. The excitement of the new investment takes over, and people dive into tinkering with upgrades or utilizing the gear even with little or no prior experience or knowledge. Neglecting the owner’s manual for a product such as a cell phone may not be such a big deal. However, with a firearm, ignorance about the equipment can lead to mechanical problems or, worse, a physical injury. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! Resist the temptation to dive right in a start shooting that new gun. Many firearms manuals recommend a thorough field strip and lubrication before initial use. Even optics come with a preparation for use section in their manuals explaining how to prep your gear and gun for a correct install, cleaning, or battery replacement. Rather than risk damaging the equipment, slow […]
Shot Timers – An Essential Training Tool
Shot timers are excellent live fire and dry fire training aids and tools always used in competition shooting sports. Shot timers are electronic devices with speakers, microphones, and a screen to display the numeric information they record. The shot timer works by creating an audible beep allowing the shooter to begin and digitally measure and record the time from the beep to the first and at shot after that. This data is usually recorded to hundredths of a second (centisecond) to provide high accuracy and reliable, quantifiable data. Like in other professional sports, competitions are won or lost by fractions of seconds; in shooting sports, a shot timer is the tool used to generate that measurement. SHOT TIMERS MEASURE THE FOLLOWING PERFORMANCE DATA Time to First Shot: The time from a start signal to the first shot on target. Split times aka Splits: The time between shots on the same target. Transitions: The time between shots on different targets. Total Elapsed Time: The time from a start signal to the final shot. Par Times: Pre-determined time intervals for completing various skills and drills on the clock. The types of data that a shot timer can record are extremely helpful in enabling shooters to gauge their performance and improve their […]
We spend a lot of quality time working with newer shooters on the handling and manipulation skills necessary to load, make ready, and shoot safely. These skills are vital to building safe shooters and the foundational skills we continue to build upon. One vital element often overlooked that leads to bad habits is the physical action between compressed ready and moving the gun onto the target, pistol presentation. Pistol presentation can either facilitate a well-placed shot or deteriorate the shooter’s stance, grip, and clear vision. Left unchecked, shooters tend to develop one of five common bad habits that can radically impact their accuracy and sometimes safety at the range. Why is a correct presentation so important? SafetyTime on targetRecoil managementProtecting preexisting injuries Safety can become a severe problem if pistol presentation is not performed correctly. Beware of movement at the wrist as the gun is moved onto the target. Any upward “flicking” or downward “dipping” motion at the wrists will alter the angle of the muzzle and potentially compromise the safe direction. The shortest distance between two points is a straight line! For those looking to speed up their first-round hits, pistol presentation is one of the first areas we look […]
August 2022 Recap
August was a ton of fun! Our members came to the range between their family vacations and back-to-school activities: AG & AG chapters hosted 355 events, a 15% increase from last year. Our members celebrated National Shooting Sports Month with enthusiasm! Here are some of our highlights:.
3rd Annual AG & AG Clays Extravaganza Draws Women from 16 States
AUSTIN, TX (AGirlandAGun.org) — Smiles abounded as 62 competitors participated in the 3rd Annual Women’s Clays Extravaganza Presented by Magpul and Miller Shooting Sports and hosted by A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League (AG & AG). The NSCA-registered shoot included Trap, 5 Stand, and two different sporting courses. It took place August 25 – 27, 2022, at Powder Creek Shooting Park in Lenexa, KS. CZ-USA Pro Staff hosted half-day clinics on the two days prior to the shoot. “One of my favorite things about AG & AG is the organization’s focus on education,” says Dave Miller, Shotgun Product Manager for CZ-USA. “Unlike so many misguided programs, AG & AG provides opportunities for its members to learn and grow in the shooting sports.” He even agreed to be in a dunk tank for the day, while ladies broke “true pairs” for the privilege of dunking him (and signing their names and scores to the event banner)! Ranging from brand-new to sporting clays to Master-level shooters, the competitors varied in skills and experience. There were three Junior shooters in attendance. In addition, many shooters were pushed outside their comfort zones to try new shotgun sports that they had not competed […]
How to “Press Check”
Treat all guns as if they are loaded. But what if you’re not sure? “Press checks” can confirm or clarify the condition of the firearm – chambered round or unchambered round. However, a press check is not enough to confirm if the firearm is unloaded as it does not address the magazine or its contents. Press checks have risen and fallen in training popularity over the past few years. Performing a press check has been considered a vital part of the make-ready process and criticized as range theatrics. A press check is all about peace of mind, and safety is paramount in performing them. WHAT IS A PRESS CHECK? A press check confirms the presence or lack of round in the chamber without fully cycling the slide and extracting and ejecting a potentially chambered round. A press check can be performed with a pistol, rifle or shotgun. For this example, we will focus on pistols. A few methods of minimal slide manipulating allow you to sneak a peak and safely confirm the gun’s condition. However, how you manipulate the slide is primarily based on your firearm and grip strength. WHY PRESS CHECK? Simply put – When in doubt, check it […]
From Our Members
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!
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.
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.
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
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!
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!
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!
Best organization there is for ladies in the country to learn about firearms for self defense and the shooting sports!
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.
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.
The sisterhood…the compassion and understanding of everyone. The instruction is outstanding. This is an amazing event at an amazing price. Thank you!!
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.
“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.”
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.
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.