Back the Blue

With the increasing violence towards law enforcement and lack of mandatory firearms training provided to them, A Girl & A Gun is stepping up to keep our law enforcement officers safe. We started a “Women in Blue” Scholarship Fund in July 2016 to provide firearms training to our incredible female LEOs.

In a recent survey to local female law enforcement officers not assigned to tactical units, 63% of the respondents’ agencies do not offer mandatory firearms training post-academy. Also, 66% of those agencies require officers to qualify on their duty guns annually. Eight-nine (89%) percent have not attended any outside firearms training within the last five (5) years.

Over the past 5 years, we have seen a rise in our event participation of female law enforcement. They are attending our competition events as supplemental training without their agency’s support. These women are providing their own firearms, gear, ammunition, travel, and sacrificing family time to becoming better shooters and better officers. It’s time for us to give back to them.


Next Training Event

September 25-28, 2018, in Dallas, TX
Lead Instructor: Heather Eckert

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Training Schedule

TimeDay 1Day 2Day 3
0800-0845IntroductionsFirearms TrainingRecap 
0900-1200 High-Risk Control Options TrainingFirearms TrainingFirearms and Scenario Training 
1300-1350High-Risk Control Options TrainingOfficer Observational Awareness 
1400-1450High-Risk Control Options TrainingStress Response Training 
1500-1645High-Risk Control Options TrainingPre-Contact Cue Training  


Heather Eckert is Lead Instructor of the AG & AG Back the Blue program. Heather is the owner of E4Defense, LLC, which provides firearms, DT, and mental preparedness training for law enforcement departments, private security companies, and civilians. She holds multiple certifications, including Master Firearms Instructor in Shotgun, Patrol Rifle, and Handgun; RBT/Force on Force; and Specialty Training Certifications. She is an active member of ILEETA, IALEFI® and IAWP, and is a Texas DPS PSB Level III Instructor.

Cliff Byerly is the owner of Hill Country Combatives, which specializes in firearms and tactics training. Cliff is a Marine veteran and officer with LAPD in patrol, gangs, and narcotics. He is Lead Instructor and S.P.E.A.R. Coach for Blauer Tactical, High Gear Scenario/BMF Instructor, Tactical Ground Combatives Instructor, Red Zone Weapons Defense Instructor, Firearms Insructor, Krav Maga Instructor, and Level 1 Crossfit Trainer. He also has a martial arts background in Tang Soo Do, Kung Fu San Soo, wrestling, and BJJ.

Detective Josh White is an Army Veteran, Texas Peace Officer, TCOLE Instructor, Firearms Instructor, Force on Force Instructor, and DT Instructor. He is Double Brown belt in Shuri Ryu Karate and Blue belt in Tae Kwon Do.

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