“It’s my favorite match of the year!”
CROSS TIMBERS, MO (AGirlandAGun.org) — More than 80 women traveled to Missouri from 19 different states to participate in shooting clinics, stage walkthroughs, social activities, and ultimately 2 fantastic matches. The Team Pistol Challenge and Multigun Challenge took place at the beautiful Lucas Cattle Co. range with 83 female competitors tackling 14 stages over 3 days. A Girl & A Gun (AG & AG) is proud to announce the results of the 2023 Fall Festival, which included the only all-ladies 3-gun match in the nation.
“We were honored to offer two great match experiences to our ladies,” said Robyn Sandoval, Executive Director of AG & AG. “In addition to the camaraderie of women coming together to enjoy a sport they love, the event had challenging stages, talented staff, and a wonderful prize table thanks to the generosity of our sponsors.” Vortex, Walther, GLOCK, USCCA, Magpul, Fiocchi, NightForce, Hunters HD Gold, Gun Goddess, Mossberg, and many other industry leaders contributed more than $114,000 worth of swag and prizes for the AG & AG competitors.
Competitor Eileen McIntee shared, “Being the only all-female multigun match in the country, Fall Fest allows new shooters to come out and compete with only ladies. In this environment, a veteran shooter can really help to guide and support a newbie. New friendships are forged, and plans are made to see one another at the next match. The beauty of Fall Fest is that it is about so much more than just shooting.”
Rangemaster Adam Willcox designed and built the stages with fun and technical maneuvers in mind. The Team Pistol Challenge featured six stages that competitors tackled in two-women teams. The Multigun Challenge was a true multigun experience with 3-gun, 2-gun, and 1-gun stages in square bays and natural terrain throughout the Lucas property. His exceptional team of 18 Range Officers ensured the event was fun and safe.
Cullen Cooke was a Range Officer at Fall Fest for the first time. He said, “I was blown away at how great of an event this was. This was absolutely the most fun match I have ever worked, and I want to thank everyone involved for all you do and letting me join the team this year. It was AMAZING!!!”
Jennifer Jackson drove 1,700 miles for the 6-day trip to compete in the AG & AG Fall Fest. She said, “Never could have dreamed that in my mid-40s I’d start shooting pistol, shotgun, and rifle competitively. This year I had my first ‘clean’ stage meaning I didn’t miss any targets, including a 150-yard rifle plate, I finally hit some of the aerial clays, I improved my handgun accuracy, and I conquered my fear of shooting slugs mixed in with bird shot on a stage. By far, the most amazing and surprising part for me is the community that is AG & AG. That says a lot about the amazing women that are a part of this organization.”
“From the pros to the first timers. Such great attitudes. Not giving up. Fighting through malfunctions. Attacking weird and new shooting positions (aka prone downhill on my stage) and embracing a new sport. It was amazing,” said Range Officer Daniel Wood. “Robyn, thank you for allowing me to come out and work. It was a blast and hopefully I’ll be there for more. To the ladies who shot the match, outstanding job. I hope you continue to shoot in this sport I’ve come to love so much.”
In the Team Pistol Challenge, each team fired more than 300 rounds throughout the day. In the Multigun Challenge, competitors fired over 175 rounds of rifle, over 175 rounds of pistol, over 150 rounds of birdshot, and 10 slugs. Carbine targets ranged from as close as 10 yards to as far as 700 yards. Both matches were preceded by 3 days of training to help competitors learn the sport of 3-gun under the guidance of Cindy Coker, with Janna Brown, Sydney Rockwell, Tennille Chidester, and Derrick Dumont.
Range Officer Jody Tippett said, “For 4 years I’ve worked the A Girl & A Gun Fall Fest. It’s my favorite match of the year and I don’t even shoot it. Seeing these ladies cheer each other on, the excitement and determination they show just makes my heart swell. Robyn Sandoval and Adam Willcox put on an incredible match! The ladies seemed to love every stage. It’s always nice to see the ladies return each year, but love seeing new ladies coming out to compete for the first time. I could go on, but I’ll just say that I’m already looking forward to next year.”
Congratulations to the Winners of the Team Pistol Challenge:
- Irons: “Shake & Bake” Janna Brown & Sydney Rockwell
- Open: “Michigan Mafia” Sheila Hoekstra & Shannan Chada
- Split: “Dirty Harrietts” Angela Berring & Chelsie Creps
Congratulations to the Winners of the Multigun Challenge:
- Tac Ops Winner: Janna Brown
- Modified Tac Ops Winner: Tennille Chidester
- Limited Winner: Stephanie Schafer
- Open Winner: Dianna Muller
- PCC Winner: Stefanie Crain
- High Junior: Alexandra Hirsch
- High Mil/LE: Ursula Williams
- High Senior: Eileen McIntee
- High Super Senior: Patricia Johnson
The 2024 Fall Fest will take place on October 4-6, 2024, at the Lucas Cattle Co. range. Registration and more information can be found at AGirlandAGun.org/fallfest.
Photo credit: Cindy Coker
About A Girl & A Gun
A Girl & A Gun (AG & AG) is a membership organization whose events are successful stepping stones for thousands of women entering the shooting community by fostering their love of shooting with caring and qualified instructors who coach them. AG & AG breaks barriers for women and girls in self-defense, and in pistol, rifle, and shotgun shooting sports by welcoming beginners to learn the basics of safe and accurate shooting and providing experienced shooters with advanced-level opportunities. The club has members in all 50 states and hosts recurring Girl’s Nights Out at hundreds of ranges throughout the United States.
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