Friendly and Certified Firearms Training for Women Since 2011
On Nov. 27, 2017, Jennifer Smith was tragically killed by her husband before he took his own life while their three daughters were at school. Jennifer was a founding member of the San Antonio chapter, had many friends in AG & AG, and participated in many training events. We do not know, and may never know, the details that led to this tragic event, but it remains a poignant reminder that a home is not always a safe place.
We honor Jennifer by preserving her legacy as a friend and loving mother, so that our sister’s last act upon this earth may be used for something good.
Information to Help Others
On April 9, 2015, AG & AG Executive Director Robyn Sandoval’s 5-year-old daughter, Kiara, was diagnosed with a massive brain tumor and rushed into emergency surgery. Robyn hopes to educate others about the symptoms of pediatric brain cancer, so that families can get help quickly. Through AG & AG she supports charities and foundations that are working to improve the lives of the fighters and fund research for a cure.
Know the signs of pediatric brain cancer: Ataxia, Nausea, Headaches, Fatigue, Blurred Vision
As a league we observe Brain Cancer awareness month in May and Childhood Cancer awareness month in September.
In 2016 we noticed an uptick in female law enforcement officers (LEOs) at our competitive matches and events. We discovered that most agencies do not offer mandatory firearms training post-academy and very few LEOs had attended any outside training in the last 5 years! With the increased violence towards LEOs and lack of training provided to them, A Girl & A Gun decided to #GiveBack with an annual event to provide officers with 3 days of exceptional training, confidence in their weapons and DT skills, the chance to network and mentor with other women, and appreciation for being role models, defenders, and guardians of their communities.
All costs are covered by sponsors and contributions from AG & AG HQ and chapters.
Kiara’s brain tumor was discovered just a week before the 3rd Annual AG & AG National Conference, with more than 300 women gathering in Austin, TX. Robyn says, “It was as though God gathered an army of His strongest warriors for us that week. Mothers, daughters, sisters, friends, and strangers prayed for Kiara with thunderous resolve. Women shooting on the range would cease fire and those in lecture classes would stop, and they would take selfies and text me to let me know their love was there with us in ICU. Throughout the day and night, I received constant prayers and encouragement. On the night of our Conference Bang-quet, the nurses assured me that Kiara was stable, so my mother-in-law stayed with her while my husband and mother took me to say hello to the women at Conference. I was there just a brief time to say hello, and a giant rainbow emerged over the tent! It was special and powerful for our AG & AG sisterhood. This moment was also the catalyst for our AG & AG motto ‘It’s More Than Shooting.’ It’s not a catchy tagline or marketing slogan; it’s so much more. I couldn’t have made it through those dark days without these strong women — and so many others around the world — standing with me.”
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. Every day 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. Thank you for supporting our community.