January marked another great start to a great year! We were able to see some friends at SHOT Show and through a lot of virtual meetings throughout the month. Our chapters hosted a variety of events to kick off the new year! Here are our highlights for January 2022:
By the Numbers
- 296 local events with 1,595 attendees (45% increase since January 2021)
- 4 virtual events with 2,739 video views, and climbing!
- 547 new member packets were mailed from HQ
- 9,047 active users on our mobile app (+45%)
AG & AG Launches RSO Certification
In January, A Girl & A Gun was proud to launch a new Range Safety Officer Certification program. This credential is the 7th course offered by A Girl & A Gun as part of our mission to provide professional firearms training excellence and consistency across the national league. 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. Read more >
Diversity of Training in 2022
This month we announced our 2022 schedule on in-person events. We are excited to offer a variety of training opportunities for our members:
- Shooting/Defensive Training: Our National Conference will take place April 28-May 1, 2022, at Cameo Shooting and Education Complex near Grand Junction, CO.
- Multigun Training: Our 3-Gun University Retreat will take place May 4-8, 2022, at the NRA Whittington Center in Raton, NM.
- Armorer and Pistol Training: AG & AG classes will take place February 7-11 and August 1-5, 2022, at GLOCK Professional in Smyrna, GA.
- Instructor Training: AG & AG is hosting USCCA instructor-level courses on June 13-17 and November 7-11, 2022, in West Bend, WI.
- Sporting Clays Tournament: Our Clays Extravaganza will take place August 25-27, 2022, at Powder Creek Shooting Park in Lenexa, KS.
- Team Pistol & Multigun Competition: Our Fall Festival matches will take place September 30-October 1, 2022, at the Lucas Ranch in Cross Timbers, MO.
- Hunting: Our Upland Adventure Pheasant Hunt will take place November 20-December 1, 2022, in Greensburg, KS.
SHOT Show 2022 Success
A Girl & A Gun was on site for SHOT Show (Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show) in January. We had dozens of very productive meetings and we were invited to several podcasts. livestreams, and interviews, including the DoubleStar podcast, pictured here. Julianna and Robyn also attended several networking parties, including USCCA, Arms Room Radio, Sons of Liberty, U.S. Law Shield, Women of the Gun, Aero Precision, Women of the Industry, and of course our AG & AG Meet-Up Breakfast. We loved visiting with our members and friends who attended!
146 Competitors Compete in 4Q Postal Match
In January we proudly announced the winners of the 2021 4th Quarter League Match. This quarter’s match included 146 competitor entries representing 31 different chapters! Congratulations to Ashley Sullivan of Alvin, TX, for being the Overall Winner! The goal is to keep focus on bringing new shooters into the match and providing them incentive to improve while maintaining interest for experienced shooters to participate. See all winners >
San Diego Chapter Shows It’s More Than Shooting!
Our San Diego CA Chapter members gathered donations and supplies for a gift drive that they did for an impoverished local middle school. Some students were able to receive their gifts before Christmas, but since COVID had ramped up in San Diego, many of the students received their gifts in January when they returned from winter break.
The chapter collected thousands of dollars in cash donations and were able to wrap approximately 850 gifts, donate 500 pads and 500 tampons, and personal hygiene items including around 100 sticks of deodorant, 50 bottles of body wash and shampoos, and dozens of toothbrushes and toothpaste. They gave every student two pairs of socks, and at least two wrapped presents, and each girl received a cellophane package of bobby pins and hair ties, and a pair of earrings. They donated gifts including hair products, games, makeup, amazon fires, gaming headsets, basketballs, and much more. They provided presents for 150 students that are in the foster care system or borderline homeless.
They also wrote each student a card with a personal message about their value in this world, assurances that there are people in their community who care about them, and encouragement to do well in school and try their best.
Local Training and Media Highlights
Here are local news and media highlights for January 2022:
AG & AG Director Robyn Sandoval was quoted in an article in The Economist about the diversity of gun ownership.
AG & AG members were profiled in the 2022 GLOCK Annual.
Six members of the Memphis chapter earned their NRA RSO Certifications from Citizens Safety Academy.
Members of the Henderson NV chapter traveled to AZ to compete (and RO) in a GSSF match – Wendy Cole was top lady overall!
The San Diego CA Chapter did outreach at the 5.11 between several classes and matches that they had in January!
The Memphis TN chapter was recognized in the One by One Ministries’ Annual report for its fundraiser as well as $700 they raised for the tornado victims in Dresden, TN.
The Central UT chapter hosted a very successful New Shooter Day for new members and their daughters.
The Southeast MI chapter learned about one-handed pistol shooting this month.
The Davenport IA chapter shot clock targets in a race against the clock after their holster discussions.
The Elizabethtown PA chapter took time at their GNO to honor the memory of the two NYPD officers and the Harris County TX deputy recently killed in the line of duty.
Robyn Sandoval was a guest instructor on Episode #261 of the Self Defense Gun Stories Podcast.
Robyn Sandoval and her daughter Kiara filmed a video to promote gun rights.
Robyn Sandoval and AG & AG Founder Julianna Crowder traveled to Grand Junction CO to officially kick off Conference 2022 planning!
Robyn Sandoval was a co-host on the Polite Society podcast powered by the Second Amendment Foundation.
Robyn Sandoval was a guest on Eye on the Target Radio, a nationally syndicated show that also airs on Opslens.
The following articles were published in January 2022:
- What Do Women Want in a Gun Shop?
- Ashley Sullivan Speeds to 1st in 4th Quarter 2021 Match
- AG & AG Launches Range Safety Officer Certification
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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