A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League (AG & AG) is a shooting club established by women shooters for women shooters. AG & AG events are intended to be fun, social gatherings where women can come together for support, encouragement, ask questions in a safe and nonjudgmental environment, improve on their marksmanship, and bond together in the shooting community.
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A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League (AG & AG) is a shooting club established by women shooters for women shooters. AG & AG events are intended to be fun, social gatherings where women can come together for support, encouragement, ask questions in a safe and nonjudgmental environment, improve on their marksmanship, and bond together in the shooting community.
What makes us different? 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
Instructor Spotlight: Mia Anstine
Mia Anstine is an outfitter, guide, hunter, mentor, firearms, and archery instructor. She is a staff writer for and guest contributor at various publications. She was the first American woman, and of Latin descent, to be featured on the cover of Field & Stream magazine (the August 2016 issue). As a public speaker, she teaches and inspires others to get involved in outdoor activities. She teaches firearms safety and skills. She takes pride in guiding ladies and children for their first hunts. She’s hunted around the world and enjoys sharing her adventures with others.
Instructor Spotlight: Larry St. Clair
Larry St. Clair is the owner and lead instructor at Martial Way Legacy. He is a competitor and instructor on a number of skills, including American Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Savate, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do, and Filipino Martial Arts known as Kali, Eskrima, and Arnis. Guro Larry also serves as an accountability coach and helps people set and achieve personal and fitness goals. He facilitates the AG & AG Push-Up Challenge. https://www.martialwaylegacy.com https://www.facebook.com/MartialWayLegacy/ https://squareup.com/store/core-concept-coaching https://www.facebook.com/CoreConceptCoaching/ #AGirlandAGun #itsmorethanshooting #martialwaylegacy #coreconceptcoaching
Instructor Spotlight: Rachel Maloney
Rachel Maloney is a co-founder and instructor with OnSight Firearms Training. Through the years, she has been fortunate enough to train with top-tier firearms instructors, edged-weapon instructors, and martial arts instructors. Along with firearms, she is a dedicated martial artist and instructor, leading martial arts and self-defense courses since 2010. Taking to the range the skills learned from years of working with people of all ages, genders, and personalities to overcome in a physical confrontation, it’s her goal to see her students grow and learn the skills to be confident in their training with firearms.
Instructor Spotlight: Tiffany Johnson
Tiffany Johnson is a practicing attorney and teaches legal studies at the University of Memphis. After years of fearing guns, she started taking classes and changed her views. She now blogs about law, race, and modern (mis)perceptions on firearms through her website, Front Sight Press. Tiffany is an NRA Training Counselor and holds instructor certifications from the States of Tennessee and Mississippi, the NRA, the USCCA, and Rangemaster (Advanced Instructor Certification). She is also certified as a Deadly Force Instructor by the Massad Ayoob Group. She teaches firearm safety classes with Aqil Qadir of Citizens Safety Academy. https://www.CitizensSafety.com https://www.FrontSightPress.com https://www.Rangemaster.com https://www.onlinepermitclass.com #AGirlandAGun #itsmorethanshooting #frontsightpress #rangemaster #citizenssafetyacademy #onlinepermitclass
Instructor Spotlight: Tracy Barnes
Tracy Barnes is the co-founder and CEO of T.O.P. Shooting Institute, founder of Check Outside and is an Olympian in the sport of Biathlon (cross-country skiing & rifle marksmanship). Tracy has 25 years of competitive shooting experience in both precision long gun, shooting with an elevated heart rate and under stress, and 3 gun. She has over 15 years of experience as a civilian shooting instructor and has taught courses all over the country. Website: https://checkoutside.com/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/TOP-Shooting-Institute #AGirlandAGun #itsmorethanshooting #topshootinginstitute #checkoutside #biathlon
March 2020 Recap
March 2020 gave AG & AG the opportunity to shine! We utilized our digital platforms and mobile apps to continue training and outreach online. Here are some of the highlights: Digital Conference Originally slated to take place at the Cameo Shooting and Education Complex near Grand Junction, CO, the entire in-person Conference, ELEVATE 2020 Presented by SIG SAUER, will take place online. A new, state-of-the-art web platform has been created for this event that is beyond any other training system in the firearms industry today. Training Articles Widely Circulated Our phone has been ringing off the hook as first-time gun buyers look for training. We posted several articles that addressed frequently asked topics. They included making a Family Preparedness Plan, how to Keep Moving during the quarantine, Coronavirus and Violence at Home, How to Store Your Firearms, and How to Introduce Your Kids to Your First Gun. We have received a lot of positive feedback and gratitude for these pieces. Instructor Spotlights Throughout March we highlighted some of our Conference Instructors that are participating in ELEVATE Presented by SIG SAUER. Willie Parent from GLOCK, Alpha Landingham from MantisX, Craig Smith from Immersive Training Solutions, Lou Ann Hamblin from Louka Tactical, […]
Instructor Spotlight: Vicki Farnam
Vicki Farnam has been teaching firearms for over 25 years with her husband, John Farnam. She is an accomplished Instructor (for civilians and mil/leo) and author. Vicki has also taught for the U.S. Marine Corps; at numerous women’s defensive shooting training conferences; at local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and academies; and at both the ILEETA and ILEFAI conferences.
A Girl & A Gun Conference Revolutionizes Training
A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League is once again breaking barriers for women and girls. For the past seven years, the organization’s National Conference has offered 34 simultaneous live-fire training sessions over 3.5 days for 450 women. This year the 8th National Conference Presented by SIG SAUER will achieve something even more incredible: it will offer training to participants around the country through a new digital platform.
How to Introduce Your Kids to Your First Gun
The COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic is making many families rethink their family safety plans. If you have made the choice to purchase a firearm for home or self defense, it may spur questions from your children or you may be looking for how to best introduce your children to a new gun in the home. This article helps you navigate these conversations.
How to Store Your Firearms
Part of being a responsible gun owner is properly securing your firearm at all times. When you purchase your first firearm, you should be researching the training classes that you want to take on how to safely and proficiently use it, and also consider the safe or storage options you are going to use to secure it.
Coronavirus and Violence at Home
Part of the culture of A Girl & A Gun is empowering women and families with the ability to take control of their person safety. The Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for resources in our community for those who may face violence during the shelter-in-place mandates.
Instructor Spotlight: Lou Ann Hamblin
A Girl & A Gun Instructor Spotlight: Lou Ann Hamblin, CEO of LouKa Tactical
ELEVATE Goes Digital
AG & AG National Conference is the highlight of our year, as we gather with nearly 600 of our sisters, mentors, and friends. Unfortunately, today the State of Colorado issued a directive restricting events in the state for the next 8 weeks, so we are required to transform ELEVATE 2020 to a digital event.
Your Family Preparedness Plan
Part of being a good first responder for your family is to anticipate situations that you may have to address and ensure that you have the tools and knowledge to prevail in an emergency. This article discusses how you can be prepared to hunker down with your family when you need to shelter in place.
Cold War Concealment’s Fayetteville Chapter Visit
This month, the Fayetteville, NC Chapter was pleased to welcome Clif Messick from Cold War Concealment to our Breakfast and Bullets event to demonstrate his holsters and magazine pouches. Each holster is individually hand crafted for your firearm. Cold War Concealment is an American made product from a veteran owned business, made from the highest quality of USA materials
We understand the growing concern surrounding coronavirus (COVID-19) across our communities. As gun owners, you may have specific questions about how to keep your families safe, and we are here to support you every step of the way. We love safety, and we’re passionate about providing training and information that gives you the resources you need to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.
Instructor Spotlight: Alpha Landingham
A Girl & A Gun National Conference Instructor Spotlight: Alpha Landingham, National Sales Director for Mantis
In Quest of the Rifleman’s Patch: Ladyseed Marksmanship Clinics
Last September I had another fabulous opportunity to take the Ladyseed Marksmanship Clinic offered by Project Appleseed in my hometown of San Antonio. Since I took my first class two years prior and missed the previous year due to a work commitment, I was ecstatic to make another attempt at earning the coveted rifleman’s patch. What I knew from the previous instruction was that, win or lose, I could take this class year after year and still learn, increase my rifle skills, and enjoy training with a wonderful group of people. Ladyseed is a ladies-only rifle class taught by a group of dedicated volunteers from across the country to impart rifle marksmanship knowledge intertwined with the story telling of the revolutionary war. In order to become an instructor, not only do these volunteers have to obtain their rifleman’s patch (more about this later), but they have to pass a series of written, oral, and hands on tests in addition to providing assistance with at least 5 other Appleseed events. This year we were blessed with female lead instructor from Dallas, a married couple from Florida as assistant instructors, and a cadre of other volunteers from all age groups and skill […]
Purse Carry Option: Crossbody Carry for a GTM Shoulder Clutch
Although there are a group of vocal concealed carriers who are absolutely against purse carry, I believe this is a perfectly viable option. Most women carry purses on a daily bases and are already used to monitoring their purse constantly. By adding a gun to your purse, you must heighten your awareness of where your purse is at all times making sure your gun is not accessible to unauthorized users. Just like any other carry method, you must practice your draw. Taking these steps into consideration and purchasing a quality conceal carry purse, makes purse carry just another opportunity to protect ourselves on a daily basis.
Lessons Learned: My First Pheasant Hunt
Dave Miller, Shotgun Manager of CZ-USA and frequent guest on Gun Dog TV, invited Julianna Crowder and me to be a part of a televised hunt. We joined the group in Greensburg, Kansas, on a cold and windy weekend. I wasn’t sure what to expect, and came away with a lot of wonderful memories and lessons learned.
SHOT Show 2020
This year SHOT Show officially commenced at the Sands Convention Center on Tuesday January 20th. But there already were events happening all over Clark County. Media day is huge and a much sought-after invite. It happens on Sunday before SHOT Show and is very exciting day. SIG SAUER held its range day at Clark County Shooting Center. Daniel Defense was out at Pro Gun LV for a VIP event. I want to tell you about some other smaller events that happen the weekend leading up to the Big Show.
Introducing a Firearm to a Woman in Crisis
A Girl & A Gun Director of Training, Tatiana Whitlock, and San Diego Chapter Facilitator, Judi Wells, hosted an informative and important conversation on Civilian Carry Radio, along with Baraka Ulrich James, Allen Sams, and Paul Sharp. The podcast addressed topics that are relevant to women and women’s self-defense, particularly women, who are facing a threat or impending harm and are seeking the skills and resources to protect themselves and their families.
Locking Your Rifle Bolt Back
When you are holding your AR-15 rifle, you will want to demonstrate to those around you that it is in a safe condition. The best way to do this is to ensure there is no magazine in the mag well, and then lock the bolt back showing that the action is clear. In this video, Tatiana Whitlock coaches you through a dry-fire session of the steps to locking your rifle bolt back.
First-Ever Women’s Clays Championship to Be Held August 2020
AUSTIN, TX — A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League (AG & AG) announced that it will host the first-ever Women’s Clays Championship at Powder Creek Shooting Park in Lenexa, KS, on August 14-15, 2020. AG & AG, which has hosted dozens of large-scale women’s events specializing in defensive training and pistol and multigun competition, is honored to host this historic clay target shoot. “For the past two years, we have been asked to do for shotgun sports what we have done for action shooting sports,” says Julianna Crowder, Founder of AG & AG. “We are excited about growing the shotgun community and bringing women together from across the country for a fun event.” The Women’s Clays Championship is a 2-day event comprising sporting clays, 5-stand, and trap, as well as a fun flurry game and warm-up practice. Competitors can opt into a Lewis Class payout for two different sporting clays courses. There will be prizes awarded for the top competitors in each sport, as well as other prizes given by random draw. For those new to the shotgun sports or looking to advance their skillsets, CZ-USA pro staff will be offering clinics prior to the competition. “We’re proud […]
4Q2019 Match Winners Announced
A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League (AG & AG) proudly announces the winners of the 2019 4th Quarter League Match. It was an exciting match for participants as they tested their dominant and non-dominant hand shooting skills along with changes in distance this quarter. Congratulations to all who participated!
Gun Safety Strap
By Eileen Kerlin All too often we hear about the story of a child getting a hold of a loaded gun and the results are all too often tragic. As responsible gun owners we cannot allow this to happen. Even though our lives are busy with work, school, activities; negligence cannot be excused. As a gun owner and a mother, I always want to keep my firearm out of the hands of unauthorized users; be it a child or a guest in my home. The producers of the GUN SAFETY STRAP are providing another tool that we can use to remind us to lock up our firearms. The bright yellow strap attaches to our gun while stored or locked. When you take your gun out to the range or put it on your person to conceal carry; place the strap in an obvious place in your home. On the fridge, the coat rack, anywhere where you’ll see it when you return home. When you get home the bright yellow strap will remind you to store you gun properly. Place the strap back on the gun and store it in a safe place. You can use it with a cable lock, […]
A New Decade: 2020
A Girl & A Gun entered the new decade on the heels of another fantastic year! In 2019, AG & AG membership grew to over 6,500 women in chapters at 190 ranges throughout the country that offer training and camaraderie. In 2019 the league opened 27 new chapters in 19 states. It continues to grow because of the organization’s proven firearms training and leadership programs. No other women’s organization has done more for the grassroots 2nd Amendment movement than AG & AG to bring women into shooting.
Crowding Cover means getting too close to an object and it can have major consequences for self-defense and competition. By crowding Cover (whether it’s a barricade, wall, barrel, etc.) you limit your options for target transition, reduce your speed, and in defensive situations increase the likelihood of your attacker being better able to cause you harm. First, for target transition you need to properly use Cover to “slice the pie.” This technique allows you to stay behind Cover and then shoot the first target that comes into view, then the next, and next starting as you see them. If you hug in tight to your Cover object you have to lean out around it, so your body is exposed more with each target transition as you slice the pie. Staying a few feet back from the object will allow you to keep more of your body behind Cover. Second, if you are crowding Cover you will have to take extra steps to move to either a new point of Cover, or to the opposite side of the object you are currently using. This typically requires one or two steps back then lateral movement. Crowding Cover can also affect reloads as […]
When shooting a rifle, it can be challenging to hold it steady. Pay close attention to your body and breathing patterns to help you make an accurate shot. Each shooter has a different body type, so use this as a guide to find what is right for you.
League City Celebrates
The League City, TX, chapter had over 30 ladies attend their annual holiday party. The photos shows the expressions of fun and concentration as they were putting their strings of lights in their Christmas tree targets. They had their traditional “Ugly Sweater Contest” that the ladies voted on, and Facilitator Cindy Scott supplied a lot of prizes to give away! They had a volunteer gift exchange that was a big hit, and almost everyone in attendance gathered for dinner. They also celebrated their A-Team, who all recently became NRA Certified Instructors and NRA Chief Range Safety Officers!
Follow Up: Kat’s Story
Since sharing my home-invasion story in 2016, I’ve been wanting to write a follow up. Today just seems like a great day to start. As you may know our journey began (and almost ended) the morning of 1 March 2014, when we had a home invasion with assault at 0320 while we were both sleeping. At the time, neither my husband nor I owned a firearm, nor did we endorse those who did. I can tell you, a home invasion will change those beliefs — at least they did for us.
Good Girl With A Gun: 1, Bad Guy: 0
DeeAnn shares her story: I was able to firmly plant myself at the far side of the dining room. I met him with a loaded gun as he rounded the corner from the stairs and came towards me.
3Q2019 Match Winners
A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League (AG & AG) proudly announces the winners of the 2019 3rd Quarter League Match. It was an exciting match for participants this quarter Participants tested their dominant and non-dominant hand shooting skills along with target transitions this quarter.
Ladies Multigun and Multisport Match Winners
AUSTIN, TX — The 2019 A Girl & A Gun Fall Festival Presented by SIG SAUER took place on October 4-6, 209, at Rockcastle Shooting Center in Park Mammoth, KY. Shooters included 79 competitors for the Multigun Challenge and 52 competitors for the Multisport Challenge. “Although this was our 4th year to host Fall Fest, this was the first year that our match management was completely in-house,” says Match Director Julianna Crowder. “We applied our unique A Girl & A Gun programming to deliver a quality match experience for the competitors. Our sponsors again offered generous prizes and giveaways, and our staff was talented, kind, and hard-working. We couldn’t be more proud.” The Multigun Challenge featured new and exciting 3-gun, 2-gun, and 1-gun stages. Stage Designer and Range Master John Crowder created fun courses of fire in natural terrain throughout the Park Mammoth property. Assistant Range Master Mike Dell coordinated a staff of over 30 people to ensure the event was fun and safe. While several competitors were sponsored professionals, many participants were shooting their first major match. Congratulations to the top finishers of each division:Tac Ops: Dakota OverlandOpen: Dianna MullerLimited: Susan Richie Classification winners:High Junior: Dakota OverlandHigh LEO: Ursula […]
Robyn Sandoval Honored with SAF Defender of Liberty Award
On September 21, 2019, Robyn Sandoval was honored with the 2019 Defender of Liberty award from the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF). Sandoval was one of several award recipients recognized during the 34th Annual Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC) in Phoenix, Arizona. Sandoval later addressed the crowd, which included more than 1,000 attendees in person and more than 3,000 viewers participating in the live stream online.
Top 3 “Getting Off The ‘X’” Myths about Shooting On The Move
One of the most important rules in a gunfight is to avoid being in the path of incoming rounds. And one of the popular sayings is that you need to “Get Off The ‘x’.”But that’s where bumper-sticker answers do us a disservice and cause us to buy into training myths about shooting on the move. In this video, Mike Ox demonstrates how you can move at a high rate of speed and still make consistent hits with your carry gun.
Aware and Prepared
Being aware of your environment is the first step in personal protection. According to the NRA, there are three levels of environmental awareness – low, moderate and high. Other groups have different ways of conveying these levels, but the NRA’s levels are simple and easy to remember.
Book Review: Shooting Journal
When I think of writing journals, I picture a leather bound book with 50 or so blank pages and an inspirational quote scripted on the top of each page. For the life of me, I cannot force myself to sit down and pen my daily thoughts, dreams, mishaps, etc. The A Girl & A Gun (AG & AG) Shooting Journal, turns this old thinking upside down. I am utilizing the book at all my shooting events from goal setting to goalkeeping, from dry fire to live fire, and from measuring to analyzing.
2Q2019 Match Winners Announced
A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League (AG & AG) proudly announces the winners of the 2019 2nd Quarter League Match. It was an exciting match for participants this quarter. Competitors tested their dominant and non-dominant hand shooting skills this quarter. Congratulations to all who participated.
How to Clear & Make Safe Your Pistol
There are times when you must stop firing and clear the firearm. Clear & Make Safe is the action of unloading the firearm, confirming the magazine is out and there is no round in the chamber, and safely returning the firearm to the bench or the holster.
Setting Up Your Shooting Area
When you go to the range, it is important that you set up your shooting workspace to be safe and efficient. In these videos, Tatiana Whitlock walks you through the equipment so that you can be prepared for your practice session at the range.
Review: Shooter Make Ready Dry-Fire Training Tool
Along with the neat visuals on the targets, Shooter Make Ready gives you the gratifying sound of the “clang” as you connect to the targets successfully, along with real-life shot timer sound effects.
The CoolFire Trainer system has gotten a lot of attention for its ability to simulate live-fire with your personal firearm. The system replaces the barrel and recoil spring of your pistol with the CoolFire system. The air barrel fills with CO2, so that when you press the trigger, air causes the slide to cycle to simulate live-fire. The CoolFire allows you to train inexpensively because the CO2 tank lasts for thousands of rounds and eliminates the need for ammunition or range fees. The biggest advantage to this product is that you are training with your actual firearm and not a training model. Corinne Mosher first gave it this introduction at SHOT Show: Corinne Mosher stopped by. #CorinneMosherShooting #DryFireJustGotReal #pewpew #MonsterRecoil #CoolFireTrainer #semiautomaticDryfire #CoolFire #USPSA #IDPA #Tanfoglio #Walther #WaltherPPQ #Glock #trainindoors #1911shooters #stiguns #WilsonCombat #czusa #SigSauer #Beretta #SmithandWesson #Taurus #2011 #STI *Edit: #HecklerAndKoch #Heckler&Koch #HecklerKoch #H&K #HK *Posted by CoolFire on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 Then Mike Seeklander gave CoolFire a rave review at NRAAM: Order CoolFire training system today! AG & AG members get a free 90 gram disposable CO2 canister with your order! CoolFire Trainer $299.00 Select options
STI Factory Tour
The North and South Austin chapters of A Girl & A Gun were fortunate to get to tour the STI handgun factory on a recent Friday in June. There were approximately 22 AG & AG members in attendance. Dustin Tackett, a regional sales manager for STI, led us on the tour.
Situational Awareness 2.0
Your smart phone is a great way to stay connected, but can harmful for your personal safety if you don’t diligently check your privacy settings. Not only can wireless technology be a huge distraction that keeps you from monitoring the world around you, it can leave you vulnerable to unknowingly publicizing information about yourself, your family, your finances, or other private information. Use your smart phone to your advantage and ensure that you’re in control of your surroundings, both physically and digitally. Here are 8 Smartphone Safety Tips to follow.
SIG SAUER is Title Sponsor of Fall Festival
AUSTIN, TX — A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League (AG & AG) announced that SIG SAUER will be the Title Sponsor of the 2019 Fall Festival, which includes the only all-ladies major multigun match in the nation, as well as a full-day multisport challenge. The Fall Festival takes place on Sept. 30 through Oct. 6, 2019, at Rockcastle Shooting Center in Kentucky. SIG SAUER was the Title Sponsor of last year’s first-ever women’s USPSA handgun match that was held at the Fall Festival. “We’re excited to welcome SIG back to Fall Fest in a bigger way,” said AG & AG Founder Julianna Crowder. “SIG SAUER’s leading presence in the competitive and defensive spaces make the brand uniquely suited to be a part of everything AG & AG does on a national level.” The Multigun Challenge will feature 8 stages that will challenge the competitor to engage a variety of targets over natural terrain. The Multisport Challenge comprises 8 stages that each showcase a unique sport, combining them all into one dynamic match. On the days prior to the matches, participants can register for 3-Gun University and take firearms-focused and experience-level specific clinics that are instructed by industry professionals. […]
1Q2019 Match Winners Posted
AUSTIN, TX — A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League (AG & AG) proudly announces the winners of the 2019 1st Quarter League Match. It was an exciting match for participants this quarter! Each string began with an empty pistol start along with other skills being challenged. Congratulations to all who participated! This quarter’s course of fire was inspired by string ideas submitted by Patty Emmerling, Stateline NM Facilitator and Members of the League City, TX Chapter. Each string required two magazines with 3 rounds each (18 rounds total) and used AG & AG’s newest match target (#3). This was a Limited Vickers match with no more than 6 rounds per string. Participants had a choice to register in up to four different divisions: Centerfire IronsNon-optic, Notch and post type (fixed or adjustable)Centerfire OpticsRed Dot Sights or Variable Power Scope capable of 1.0X setting (MUST be set at 1.0X for match)No laser sightsRimfire IronsNon-optic, Notch and post type (fixed or adjustable)Rimfire OpticsRed Dot Sights or Variable Power Scope capable of 1.0X setting (MUST be set at 1.0X for match)No laser sights Shots were fired in this order: String 1 (2 magazines/3 rounds each = 6 rounds total) – On the buzzer, […]
A Girl & A Gun Sets Sights on Colorado for 2020 Conference
A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League (AG & AG) announced that the 8th Annual National Conference Presented by SIG SAUER will take place April 30-May 3, 2020, at the Cameo Shooting and Education Complex in Grand Junction, Colorado. This marks the first time AG & AG will host its annual gathering outside of the State of Texas.
What to Wear to the Gun Range
The range is not the place to be very fashion conscious. While you can dress cute and there are more fashionable safety accessories on the market than ever before, dressing for safety is most important. In this video Tatiana Whitlock and Heather Eckert explain how to dress for success for a training class. Starting from the ground up: Shoes at the range should be close-toed boots or sneakers. A good, sturdy pair of pants will protect you from the elements and hot brass. They also should have good belt loops to support your holster if you are going to use one at the range. Shirts should have a high collar to prevent hot brass from going down your shirt. Eye and ear protection are critical parts of your personal protective equipment (PPE). Finally, a ballcap will also help prevent brass casings from making contact with your face. When you are in your shooting stance, your arms are forward, your pects are engaged, and the “girls” are smushed together. This cIeavage is a perfect target for hot brass if you are wearing a low-neck shirt. You could not only experience intense burns on your skin, but your reaction could cause you […]
Talking to Kids About Firearms
In my family, we are firearms instructors, competitive shooters, hunters, and have guns for self defense. There was a lot of talk about guns with our children because it was extremely important for us to model the “healthy respect and fear” one should have of a firearm. I say the word “fear” and cringe a bit because we don’t fear guns; however, it is a common phrase in the gun community as a reminder that one should never become complacent with a firearm. I respect my firearms for what they are capable of doing and I fear complacency, so we are diligent to always follow the Rules. We began talking to our kids about firearms safety at the tender age of four, following the excellent Eddie Eagle program. As our boys grew up, we stepped up our conversation with them on safety and proper etiquette — all of the stuff we, as instructors, teach our adult students. Firearms are not a mystery in our home. When a new gun came in the house we gathered the boys around the kitchen table and introduced them. After my husband or I demonstrated that it was unloaded and in a safe condition, they were […]
Home Defense: Brass Tacks
Guarding your Castle is a hot topic, often heatedly discussed with little to no real understanding of the issue at hand. In the past a high-visible and very powerful politician gave advice about blasting a couple rounds in the air with a shotgun to scare away a home invader. It’s important to turn to the experts for more appropriate advice.
Using the Slide Stop to Chamber a Pistol Round
In this video, Tatiana Whitlock demonstrates two different techniques to using the slide stop to chamber a pistol round.
Benefits of a Private Firearms Lesson
Here are six critical reasons why you should have a private session or two, or three, as well as the benefits that you are likely to achieve.
Beyond the Basics: Eye and Ear Protection
“Always wear eye and ear protection.” “Eyes and ears!” We hear it. We abide by it. But have you ever really thought about it? Will your gear meet the standards that you require when you need them most?
Taking the Time to Dry Fire
If you aren’t putting on your belt and holster (if you have one) and dry firing, you aren’t building the neuropathways you will need when you need them the most — in situations under stress or duress. It also trains your eye where to look (hint: focus on the front sight), helps train you to get your sight picture quickly and helps encourage your body to pull the firearm up to your line of sight. Your grip and your stance will be put under stress and you will know very quickly when you draw and drive the firearm forward if you loosen anywhere. This helps you know where to tighten up.
Peeking at the target between shots delays your ability to quickly recover your sights and get your next shot on target. It also shifts your mental focus away from the task at hand (your fundamentals of grip, stance, trigger press, etc.) to the target, which can be assessed later.
SIG SAUER Named Title Sponsor of Premier Women’s League
A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League (AG & AG) announced today an agreement with SIG SAUER that names the iconic firearms manufacturer as the organization’s Title Sponsor for 2019.
3 Gun Helped Me Survive
Although she is a deputy with the Boulder County (CO) Sheriff’s Office and a member of A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League (AG & AG), Teri Javes would not describe herself as a firearms enthusiast. She enjoys competition and began shooting 3-gun matches in 2014 with her husband and oldest daughter. She could not have predicted that the sport of 3-gun would one day help her survive an officer-involved shooting.
4Q2018 Match Winners Announced
A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League (AG & AG) proudly announces the winners of the 2018 4th Quarter League Match. It was an exciting match for the participants this quarter. This is especially true for three members from the Vista, CA chapter, facilitated by LeAnne Farmer. This chapter secured the top three spots in the Centerfire Irons division, only separated by 1.71 seconds: Vyrna Romek (25.19 secs.), Kathy Smith (25.30 secs.), Gina Roberts (26.90 secs.). Congratulations to all who participated.
New Shooting Journal for Women
A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League (AG & AG) is proud to launch the all-new 2019 Shooting Journal. Marksmen have long used shooting journals to analyze range performance and log their practice sessions. With this Shooting Journal, AG & AG offers a revolutionary program to help the female marksman organize her plans, goals, time, and training.
Tallahassee Chapter Shoots for Christmas Cheer
Over the holidays, Betsy and her husband provided cut-out Christmas tree targets for the AG & AG Tallahassee members to shoot. They poke lights through the holes and add additional decorations to add holiday cheer throughout the Big Bend Hospice facility.
2019 Gun Buy Program
A membership to A Girl & A Gun gives you access to exclusive benefits that can only be provided by an organization with the scale and reach of AG & AG. In addition to numerous other perks, AG & AG members now have access to an exclusive pricing program on firearms ranging from personal defense, to competition, to recreation in every style and budget.
Dry-Fire Practice: Essential Training
Dry-fire practice is an essential part of your training. Training and practice with your firearm should be priority number one as a firearms owner. We practice being safe, accurate, and knowledgeable with these tools we use as a means of self-defense and to enjoy recreationally. When done correctly, dry-fire practice reinforces safe gun handling habits as well as a convenient and inexpensive way to build your skills using repetition without having to be at the range.
Benefits of Private Instruction
There are many reasons why working with a Firearms Instructor in private training environment can be key to achieving your shooting goals. Whether they be self-defense based, competitive sports-driven or for just fun recreational time at the range, Here are six critical reasons why you should have a private session or two, or three, as well as the benefits that you are likely to achieve.
A Look Ahead: 2019
A Girl & A Gun is poised to make a major IMPACT on the women’s shooting community in 2019. Here is a sneak peek at some of our new programs and initiatives that will not only benefit our membership, but the community at large: We are excited that AG & AG is acquiring Women & Guns Magazine, the oldest firearms publication written for women. We will be bringing you the latest news, reviews, and features! Our Shooting Journal is getting a facelift in 2019 with new sections, content, and drills to keep you training year round! It will address multiple skill levels to meet you where you are with your personal development.A new web portal is in development to offer you a variety of online training courses on shooting fundamentals, competition, self-defense, and more.New instructors and participants are joining us at our 2019 National Conference! Check out the impressive instructor lineup! We are expanding from 350 attendees in 2018 to over 400 registered participants!We will be launching an exclusive purchase program for Chapter Facilitators that gives you deep discounts on guns from THREE of our favorite manufacturers! This is a great way for you to obtain demo guns to take […]
Space Coast Chapter Supports Local Holiday Food Drive
A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League (AG & AG) is proud to announce that the Space Coast, FL, Chapter supported The Sharing Center of Central Brevard’s Holiday Food Drive. This annual food drive is a joint effort for (and friendly competition between) the cities of Rockledge and Cocoa.
Women’s Shooting League Raises Awareness and Funds for Childhood Cancer Foundation
A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League (AG & AG) raised funds for childhood cancer by selling two t-shirt designs in 2019 that promoted awareness of the disease. The Unstoppable AF shirt and the Childhood Cancer Awareness shirt were sold through the AG & AG website. Five dollars from each shirt sale was earmarked for the Cooper Trooper Foundation.
Pittsburgh Murders Prompt Jews to Attend Firearms Information Session
More than 20 members of an Orthodox Synagogue attended a Firearms Information Session on November 27, 2018, in Dallas, TX. A Girl & A Gun (AG & AG) Executive Director Robyn Sandoval and AG & AG Dallas Chapter Facilitator Dawn Rodriguez led the question-and-answer presentationthat addressed a variety of topics, including armed self-defense in a place of worship, with children, and in the home.
Two Mothers Raise Awareness of Accidental Gun Deaths
Tis the season for family gatherings, hunting trips, show-and-tell of new guns from holiday gift-giving. This is also a painful time for several of our AG & AG sisters. Through her journey, Dawn is able to welcome mothers, who have experienced a firearms loss, back to the range where they can express their feelings freely without judgement and find their paths forward.
Family Safety Brief at the Range
Seconds before the IDPA match was about to go hot in surrounding bays, AG & AG Founder Julianna Crowder turned to see two little kids playing on the top of the long-range impact berm. Immediately, in a voice that she has never used in her life, she yelled, “GET OFF THE BERM, GET OFF THE BERM, GET OFF THE BERM!” The entire range came to a halt as people in every direction turned and looked at her, and in shock as they saw the kids slide down the dirt. When the RSO approached the two dads, they apologized and said, “We just turned our back for a minute.” Somewhere in between the safety briefs that occur at the range, parents can create your own family safety briefing.
AG & AG Supports 11th Annual HAVA Family Day
AG & AG participated in the 11th Annual Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA) National Family Day event held on October 20, 2018, at the at the San Antonio Police Academy in San Antonio, TX. AG & AG Executive Director Robyn Sandoval, along with members and facilitators of the AG & AG San Antonio chapters, hosted a bay dedicated to women attendees where they could shoot steel targets with a 9mm pistol and a .22 LR AR-15 style rifle.
AG & AG Director, Gun Rights Advocates on Cover of TIME Magazine
A Girl & A Gun Executive Director Robyn Sandoval is one of the gun rights advocates featured on this week’s TIME Magazine cover by the street artist JR. Sandoval is included with 244 other individuals that represent varied opinions and positions regarding firearms ownership and accessibility. Her interview took place during a five-month project by JR to document stories throughout the country.
Tie-Breaker Needed for 3Q 2018 Match
A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League (AG & AG) proudly announces the winners of the 2018 3rd Quarter League Match. Two incredible competitors TIED for 1st place in the Adult Centerfire Irons division. Cheryl Fordyce (FL – Tallahassee) and Cynthia Blankenship (AZ – Prescott Valley) both had the same total time of 12.47 seconds with zero penalties. The tie breaker was determined by who was the winner of each individual string. Cheryl had the fastest time in two of the three strings and took the 1st Place win. Congratulations to both ladies for their outstanding performance!
Shooting Community Rallies for Domestic Violence Awareness Month
AG & AG met its fundraising goal of $10,000 for the Jennifer Smith Memorial Fund as a part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Only 500 tickets were sold and three names were randomly drawn for three rifles donated by Stag Arms.
Competitors Unite for A Girl & A Gun’s Fall Festival
A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League (AG & AG) hosted its 2018 AG & AG Fall Festival on Oct 2-7, 2018. Fall Fest comprised three shooting events: one 2-day training course, a 2-day 3-gun match, and a 1-day pistol match at Rockcastle Shooting Center in Park City, Kentucky.
Officers Attend 2nd Annual ‘Back the Women in Blue’ Presented by GLOCK
A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League (AG & AG) hosted eleven law enforcement officers for the 2nd Annual ‘Back the Women in Blue’ Presented by GLOCK. The event took place Sept 25-28 in North Texas at the Texas Handgun Academy in Dallas and Mission 160 Range in Whitewright. Participants included female officers, deputies, constables, and troopers representing large municipalities, rural counties, and state agencies from five different states.
A Girl & A Gun Director: I’m Taking the Word ‘Mom’ Back from Moms Demand Action
Speaking to the 2018 Gun Rights Policy Conference, A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League (AG & AG) Executive Director Robyn Sandoval declared that she is “taking the word ‘Mom’ back” from Moms Demand Action. Sandoval, whose youngest child is battling brain cancer, described the qualities of a mother as a fighter and protector. In her speech, Sandoval emphasized the need to initiate conversations with others in order to advocate for gun rights. She explained four archetypes of people and how to tailor advocacy messages to them in order to optimize their engagement and understanding. According to Sandoval, “Even the strongest most-fervent antigunner fits into one these categories, and by listening, you can usually craft a no into a yes.”
Dakota Overland: Wise Beyond Her Years
Talking to Dakota was a delight. The 15-year-old is very thoughtful in her responses, taking a few moments to compose what she wanted to say. Dakota has done interviews across the globe and has even met with members of Congress with The DC Project. She started shooting in July of 2015 when she was just 12 years old. Twelve! In this article, she shares wise advice for junior shooters and their parents.
Porta-Potties And Other Shooting Match Necessities
By Christi Conner Tate. If your match isn’t friendly to senior gals such as me, or girls who just won’t poo in the woods at any age, you should recognize that just because we are past our “pooing in woods prime,” or just “no”, most of us have an ammo and gun budgets that resembles the mortgage on a second house. You need us on your range. The presence of porta-potties is just a start.
A “Girly Girl’s” Take on the Gen II IWB/Pocket Remora Holster
By Barb Miller. This review of the new generation Remora low-profile, no-clip, IWB holster is coming strictly from a female perspective, and I’ve been as open and honest as possible in giving these holsters a fair shake. They are pretty amazing, well made, easy to use, offer comfort, and safety. The magazine holder did its job well and was small enough for me to put in my pocket. There are certainly times when these holsters will absolutely fit the bill!
2nd Quarter Match Winners Announced
A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League (AG & AG) proudly announces the winners of the 2nd Quarter 2018 League Match. This quarter’s course of fire included 18 rounds total at an AG & AG Match Target #2. This was a Limited Vickers match with no more than 6 rounds per string.
Unique-ARs’ Unique Grip is Fun and Functional
Rifle grips can be functional, comfortable, pretty… But have you ever found a grip described as fun? Unique-ARs’ Unique Grip is fun and functional.
Trigger control is the act of manipulating the trigger to fire the gun without disturbing your sight alignment. A pistol shooter may become frustrated if her shots are always slightly off center, so one place to troubleshoot is your trigger press. The shooter should press the trigger smoothly so that the sights remain on the target. If your finger is not pulling straight back, you may be slightly pulling or pushing your muzzle. With the pad of the index finger on the center of the trigger, press the trigger to the rear to fire the first shοt. If your finger is not pressing the trigger straight back, you may be slightly pulling or pushing your muzzle.
From Our Members
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 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!!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
Best organization there is for ladies in the country to learn about firearms for self defense and the shooting sports!
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
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!
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 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.
“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.”
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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 empowerment, support, friendships, 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.