A Girl & A Gun does more in one month than most organizations do in an entire year! We had a great December to close out our 11th year in the industry! More students, more events, and more excitement! Here are the highlights for December 2022:
38,653 Women Trained in 2022!
In 2022, AG & AG events welcomed 38,653 women! That is an 8.06% increase over 2021, showing that our outreach remains strong! We continued to open new chapters with positive and business-focused relationships with our host ranges. Our events have been diverse with top-quality training on various platforms and disciplines. And of course, we raised the bar for women’s training by providing instructor development opportunities for our Facilitators. Not only is our reach expanding, but our program once again proved to be the best in the nation.
95 Certified AG & AG RSOs in 2022
At the beginning of 2022, A Girl & A Gun launched a Range Safety Officer Certification program. The AG & AG RSO Certification course provides next-level training on the specific role of a Range Safety Officer at AG & AG events, how to fine-tune observation skills on the firing line and in the classroom, effective communication techniques in accordance with AG & AG professional guidelines, appropriate escalation of RSO intervention, and specific policies that will ensure the adherence of firearm safety rules, range safety rules, and AG & AG code of conduct at all AG & AG events. We are so proud that 95 women earned this credential and are serving their ranges and chapters ensuring better and safer experiences.
Hooked on Upland Hunting!
A Girl & A Gun hosted its 4th Upland Adventure pheasant hunt from November 30 to December 3, 2022, at Upland Inn Hunts in Greensburg, Kansas. The hunting group comprised 6 women from around the country, along with 3 of their husbands. The ladies had the honor of hunting with AG & AG Founder Julianna Crowder as well as Dave Miller of CZ-USA with his bird dogs, Guinness and Sailor. Read more >
More Rifle Instructors in Our Cadre
On Dec. 5-7, 2023, A Girl & A Gun Chapter Facilitators gathered in Killeen, TX, for the USCCA AR-15 Fundamentals Instructor Certification Course. AG & AG Facilitators represented 13 different chapters hailing from Texas, Oklahoma, Nevada, Michigan, and Virginia. This instructor credential allows these women to bring additional training opportunities home to their chapters across the nation. As more women fall in love with the AR-15, AG & AG leaders are able to teach them the fundamentals and grow their skills and confidence with the platform. Read more >
New AG & AG Targets Are Hot Off the Press
In December A Girl & A Gun launched a new line of targets that provide more training opportunities for AG & AG instructors and members. The line, produced by Axle Targets, includes colorful designs that correspond with defensive, competitive, and quantifiable drills. Four target designs went up for sale just days before Christmas, and we sold 2,350 targets by month end! More designs are in pre-production. Read more >
#GivingBack Program Shines on the Holidays
The motto of A Girl & A Gun is ‘It’s More Than Shooting.’ It’s not a catchy tagline or marketing slogan; it’s a way of life for our organization. As a community of women, we raise awareness for the causes that affect us and support a variety of charities that make a difference. In December, several chapters held food, toy, and clothing drives, as well as fundraisers for necessary agencies in their communities. Multiple chapters participated in the Wreaths Across America program to honor veterans. We are so proud that A Girl & A Gun lives our motto. Read more >
By the Numbers
Here is a look at our reach in December 2022:
- 1,487 attendees (+4.13% increase YoY)
- 1 new chapter opened: Southern NH
- 373 new member packets mailed from HQ
- 238 chapter events hosted nationwide
- 3 virtual events presented by HQ with 1,282 attendees
Look how many women we trained in 2022:
- 38,653 total attendees (+8.06 YoY)
- 5,724 new member packets mailed
- 21,473 attendees and 3,535 events
- 35 virtual events with 17,180 attendees
- 21 new chapters opened! #growing #grassroots
Local Training and Media Highlights
Here are local news and media highlights for December 2022:
The High Desert CA Chapter donated another $500 check to support abused children in crisis through the long-term residential care and treatment center available through services provided from the Happy Trails Children’s Foundation. #givingback
The Columbia MO Chapter participated in Wreaths Across America. Although it was a cold 21 degrees with a wind chill of 10 degrees, they helped place Christmas wreaths on all of the veteran’s graves. #givingback
The San Marcos CA Chapter raised an additional $410.00 for Women Warriors Foundation. Then they crafted Christmas wreaths AG & AG-style by shooting holiday paper plates with .22s and putting in the little twinkle lights! #givingback
The Littleton CO Chapter delivered Pizza and Christmas Treats to their wonderful Host Range, Triple J Armory! #givingback
The Richmond VA Chapter held their annual Christmas Party and included all of the employees of GreenTop Shooting Range. They also collected non-perishable food items for their local Food Bank! #givingback
The Northern CO Chapter had an awesome GNO with fun snowman targets and the Q4 match. They had prizes and gifts donated by Magpul (Thank you Keli and Amber)!
The AG & AG Central WI Chapter participated in hand-to-hand self-defense training course, the first in a series of three!
The Grand Junction CO Chapter’s Christmas Party not only focused on good food and sisterhood, but they also collected toys for Mesa County Toys for Tots located in Grand Junction. #givingback
The Northwest GA Chapter had a wonderful holiday get together!
The Montgomery County PA Chapter competed with a themed target with a 6-round course of fire. Amanda Wollick won — and her target compared to last year’s shows significant improvement! Well done!
The Tulsa OK Chapter celebrated the holidays together!
The Broward County FL Chapter raised enough money to donate 189 wreaths to Wreaths Across America! The ceremony at the South Florida National Cemetery was emotional because some of the wreaths were laid on the gravesites of members’ family and friends. #givingback
The North Brevard FL Chapter had a blast at their Ugly Sweater party!
The Greater Black Hills SD Chapter hosted a co-ed class on revolvers and ammunition types, with a catered dinner, Christmas gift exchange game, and axe throwing!
The Lake Martin AL Chapter hosted some post-Christmas holiday cheer with some Dirty Santa and fun target time!
The Memphis TN Chapter enjoyed shooting Christmas ornaments and Christmas tree targets before going to dinner and playing Dirty Santa!
The Lakeland FL Chapter adopted a family for Christmas! They provided Janiece, Judah, Julianna, and James (not pictured) each with $300 gift cards to purchase shoes and clothing of their choice. #givingback
The Montrose CO Chapter hosted a Date Night at the range and couples competed at Darts with guns (3 rounds for 9 innings) at 7 yards. So fun!
The DeLand-Daytona FL Chapter had a fun holiday gathering with games and prizes!
The Cortland OH Chapter made range art! They used .22s to shoot at strategic little dot targets, then pushed battery-operated Christmas lights through the bullet holes!
The Southeast MI Chapter learned about Annie Oakley as a historical female mentor and firearms instructor, and held an Annie Oakley classic shooting event. Ladies enjoyed the thrill of practicing our marksmanship skills as Annie Oakley used to do.
The Broward County FL Chapter came together with their families to celebrate a wonderful 2022!
The Sherwood OR Chapter took an intro class with .22 rimfire rifles. The girls started on iron sights then moved to scoped rifles, and learned how to aim, take apart, clean, and reassemble their rifles.
The Yukon OK Chapter hosted a Murder Mystery at the Christmas Feast. Here’s Kandy and Chris DJ. So fun!
The Orlando FL Chapter’s 70s-themed holiday party was full of shenanigans!
The Otero County NM Chapter held a white elephant gift exchange and ran 2 USPSA stages!
The Fort Worth TX Chapter celebrated their Christmas party with the highlight being the food (of course), shooting (again, of course), and a hilarious Christmas murder mystery!
The Salt Lake UT Chapter held a Mock Quarterly Match. Those who attended learned about the rules, match criteria and scoring. They also worked on developing skills on target transitions, magazine changes, following a string of fire, and working under pressure.
In an annual tradition, the Broward County FL Chapter shot their Christmas Tree targets and they look amazing all lit up!
The Treasure Coast FL Chapter was too busy celebrating to take official photos! #sisterhood
The Hot Springs AR Chapter raised $800+ for the Hot Springs Sheriff’s Office. Member Trecia Willis worked with the Undersheriff and Deputy, and A-Teamer Vallee McColley coordinated a GNO, with HSSO representatives, a potluck, Ugly Sweater Contest, and range time! #givingback
The Gainesville FL Chapter collected 68lbs of food items and paper products for the Bread of The Mighty Food Bank during their Holiday event! #givingback
The Central NJ Chapter competed in a local USPSA match together.
The Salt Lake UT Chapter hosted a HO HO Homicide Murder Mystery Christmas Party. The members dressed in character, acted their character, and developed friendships with each other.
The Littleton CO Chapter had a fun holiday GNO and went out with a bang!
The Sheboygan County WI Chapter came together in the spirit of Christmas to shoot Grinch targets. They also brought cookies to eat and exchange! The extra cookies were delivered to the local fire departments. #givingback
The Flagler FL Chapter spent the month of December doing skills and drills, and also had a little fun with a Christmas Tree target to put those skills to the test. These 3 Ladies took the top prizes of gift cards for placing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd for the night.
The San Diego CA Chapter shot ornaments! They did some gun quizzes for prizes, had dinner/desserts, and played team jeopardy!
The Stephens County GA Chapter enjoyed some holiday range time together.
The Texoma TX Chapter celebrated with a luncheon, played with a photo booth, guessed how many bullets were in a jar (winner took home a box of 9mm), and had “gun” cookies.
The Central NJ Chapter hosted a fun Steel Knockdown Shoot with Santa and a special Holiday Raffle night.
The Sierra Foothills CA Chapter participated in the National Remembrance Ceremony by sponsoring wreaths and laying them on the headstones of veterans at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Grass Valley for Wreaths Across America. #givingback
The Tallahassee FL Chapter had a wonderful Christmas party, dinner, and gift exchange. Chapter Facilitator Eve Haney says, “I am so very blessed to call these women friends.”
The Foothills Chapter in NC partied it up at Olive Garden for their Christmas get together! Dinner, drinks, dirty Santa and new friends!
The Bucks County PA Chapter saved their hulls for arts and crafts! They made some great gifts, and then enjoyed some holiday stress relief shooting, and hung out with our buddy, Buckshot.
The Flagler FL Chapter had a great party celebrating The Season with a table full of door prizes, great food, and fun!
The Central NJ Chapter loves to shoot the Police Qual every month and improve their scores!
The Baton Rouge LA Chapter not only practice support-hand shooting at their holiday GNO, they got a picture with Santa, too!
Congratulations to Henderson NV Chapter Facilitator Eileen for earning 3 new instructor credentials recently: USCCA AR-15 Fundamentals Instructor, NRA Personal Protection in the Home, & NRA CCW Instructor!
AG & AG Executive Director Robyn Sandoval was interviewed by The Complete Combatant about A Girl & A Gun, The Mingle, and women in the firearms industry.
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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