January marked a great start to our 13th year! We set an all-time one-month record with 722 membership packets mailed from HQ! Memberships in January were up 20% over last year and we had a 7% increase in events! We were able to see some friends at SHOT Show and at a lot of meetings throughout the month. Our chapters hosted a variety of events to kick off the new year! Here are our highlights for January 2024:
2024 Training Schedule Published
In January, A Girl & A Gun published the 2024 Training Schedule. We are excited to offer a variety of training opportunities for our members:
- National Conference at Cameo Education and Shooting Complex in April 2024 in Grand Junction, CO. (Sold out!)
- DRIFT Academy vehicle defense and evasive driving courses in March and June 2024 at VIRginia International Raceway in Alton, VA.
- Sniper School long-range precision course in August 2024 at Cameo in Grand Junction CO.
- Fall Fest 3-Gun University, Multigun Challenge, and Team Pistol Challenge competitive matches in October 2024 at Lucas Cattle Co. range in Cross Timbers, MO.
- Clays Extravaganza NSCA-registered shoot at Defender Outdoors Clay Sports Ranch in July 2024 in Ft Worth, TX.
- Back the Women in Blue law enforcement training at the Round Rock Public Safety Training Center in October 2024 in Round Rock, TX.
- GLOCK Armorer and Operator courses in February and July 2024 at GLOCK Professional HQ in Smyrna, GA.
- Upland Adventure pheasant hunt in December 2024 at Upland Inn Hunts in Greensburg, KS.
- Virtual Girls Nights Out that take place every month, 2x/month online from any data or wifi device!
- Book Club Meetings that take place on the last Thursday of every month.
- Chapter Events that will take place every day at more than 300 ranges across the country!
A Girl & A Gun Shines at SHOT Show 2024
A Girl & A Gun was on site for the SHOT Show (Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show) in January. The team had more than 50 very productive meetings with industry partners. We learned that a new SKU came out of our 2023 National Conference! Mossberg’s team noticed that women were consistently struggling with the length of pull of a demo shotgun, so they launched a new model with a shorter length of pull! Thank you for supporting women shooters, Mossberg!
A Girl & A Gun Names Sandra Woodruff as Chief Operating Officer
A Girl & A Gun announced the appointment of Sandra Woodruff as Chief Operating Officer (COO), effective January 1, 2024. “This announcement aligns with A Girl & A Gun’s continued progress in building our leadership structure and vision for the future of the organization,” said Robyn Sandoval, President & CEO of A Girl & A Gun. “Sandra has been a key contributor on A Girl & A Gun’s leadership team, providing coaching and operational support. Her passion and dedication to our leaders and members will further strengthen our position as one of America’s leading training organizations.”
Ashley Krenek Wins 1st Place Overall in the 4Q 2023 AG & AG Quarterly Match
In January A Girl & A Gun announced the winners of the 2023 4th Quarter League Match. A total of 131 members from 35 chapters across the United States submitted scores. Congratulations to Ashley Krenek, from the South Houston, TX chapter, for earning 1st Place Overall!
By the Numbers
Here is our reach for January 2024:
- 744 membership packets were mailed from HQ in January 2024 (+20% over last Jan.) — this is an all-time one-month record!
- In January we trained 2,079 attendees at 381 events (+7% YoY)
- We hosted 1,439 attendees at 3 virtual events (and views still climbing!)
- We have 11,708 active users on our mobile app (+7.8% YoY)
Local Training and Media Highlights
Here are local news and media highlights for January 2024:
The Henderson NV Chapter hosted Austin Proulx & Walt Proulx who taught an introduction to competitive shooting. The day started with a review of fundamentals and the draw and ended with being able to shoot USPSA stages at a local range. Everyone had an amazing day!
The North Austin TX Chapter enjoyed some Target-Time before the next cold front hit. USCCA defensive shooting drills pushed ladies out of their comfort zone and so much learning occurred!
Four Florida-area Chapters participated in a Lady Appleseed event with .22 LR rifles. Project Appleseed is a great partner organization of AG & AG that promotes marksmanship and teaches history of the American Revolution era.
The Sherwood OR Chapter hosted a gun cleaning clinic. The ladies brought their favorite firearms, owner’s manuals, and cleaning supplies. For three ladies, it was their first time cleaning their own firearm! Smiles all around and lots of fun was had by all.
The Las Vegas NV Chapter assisted with the Meritorious veteran’s event. A-Team members Billie, Bernie, Geri, and Cameron were all on board to ensure a smooth and successful competition and event!
The South Houston TX Chapter had to sadly cancel their GNO due to weather (frozen in Houston), but the weather didn’t stop the Leadership Team from taking the opportunity to gather, plot, and plan!
The Alvin TX Chapter spent quality time on the range and loved shooting the AG & AG Snowman target!
The Sierra Foothills CA Chapter asked, “What is your training goal for supervised practice?” These ladies gathered together to work on their individual goals!
The Atlanta GA Chapter had 50 ladies at their Meet & Greet to officially launch the chapter! We are so excited about watching this chapter grow!
The Savannah GA Chapter participated in their first-ever night shoot at the Ring in the New Year Match!
The Otero County NM Chapter had fun with AG & AG Candyland targets!
The Gold Country CA Chapter hosted a Breakfast & Bullets. New friends were found and plans for the future were made! It was a great turn out!
The Las Vegas NV Chapter went all out, some working 3 days to set up, feed, run shooters and tear down for a GSSF match. They hosted about 383 shooters and everyone had a great time!
The Central WI Chapter ventured to an indoor range, Marc-On Shooting, in Eau Claire, WI. They practiced with their handguns and shot a full-auto MP5 and AR-15. They all had a great time and loved the experience!
The Dallas TX Chapter hosted their “After the Holidays” party. The 18 ladies in attendance received a holiday tin door prize filled with goodies and they reviewed their 2024 GNO/events calendar. They ended with the always-fun White Elephant Gift Exchange! Ladies outdid themselves again with their wonderfully thoughtful gifts. #itsmorethanshooting
The Gold Country CA Chapter worked on setting annual goals and then hit the indoor range to practice this month’s skills according to their color track.
The Treasure Coast and West Palm Beach FL Chapters hosted an Active Shooter training workshop that was presented by Right to Bear. 15 ladies attended the 2-hour clinic.
The League City TX Chapter hosted a “Fitness Kickoff” with a Yoga with Plastic Pistols workshop, and also started the AG & AG Push Up Challenge together.
The Little Rock AR Chapter took a weapons retention and drawing from concealment class from Ryan Stephens from Gray Beard Forge MMA and S7 Tactical. They learned multiple ways to draw from concealment, what to do if your firearm is tangled in clothing, managing distance, and the importance of a proper fighting stance.
The Nassau County FL Chapter hosted a GNO focused on gun handling and the members were introduced to “snap caps”, dry firing, and magazine changes. A second GNO was “plink night”. They used Project Appleseed Redcoat targets.
The Otero County NM Chapter hosted a guest instructor for a Basics of Rifle Class. Another great day spent with 13 AG & AG sisters!
The Northern CO Chapter celebrated their 4th year as a chapter. They practiced one-handed shooting, magazine changes, moving eyes and shooting around this fun and challenging AG & AG Candyland target. One lucky chapter gal won a brand new range bag!
The Kettle Moraine WI Chapter enjoyed complimentary paraffin treatments after shooting at their host range. Gotta love it!
The Lebanon OH Chapter ladies stretched out of their comfort zones and entered their host range’s monthly IDPA-style match. Check out Ashley, moving through the stage where bad guys entered the barbershop with guns a’blazing!
The Douglas County NV Chapter held its 2nd CPR, First Aid, AED, and Stop the Bleed Training within 4 months. The chapter is well on its way to getting all of its members certified in these life-saving skills.
The Flagler County FL Chapter hosted the DeLand-Daytona FL Chapters for a fun day of learning about GLOCK firearms. GLOCK rep Megan West brought different models and calibers for the ladies to shoot!
The Memphis TN Chapter spent an amazing day working on their IDPA pistol skills with friend Memphis Beech! Chapter Facilitator Ranae took home the High Lady award!
The Sierra Foothills CA Chapter held their first SHINE 2024 Conference Prep Clinic, which included dinner and an overview of essential gear. Shout out to the A-Team, who had first-hand information for the three first-timers!
The Lauderdale FL Chapter braved cold rainy weather and still had so much fun at their Girls Night Out!
The Memphis TN Chapter took their frustrations about weeks of snow and ice out on the AG & AG Snowman target! The ladies enjoyed different drills based on their skill level.
The Chattahoochee Valley AL Chapter hosted two GNOs and welcomed several new members! Chapter Facilitator Leigh says, “We’re privileged to have such exceptional ladies join our community ❤️.”
The San Antonio TX Chapter teamed up with the San Antonio Northwest TX Chapter to host a cool and windy Breakfast & Bullets. The ladies practiced their cadence while shooting drills, prepping them for the FBI Qual.
The Douglas County NV Chapter showed up in cold and windy weather to work on skills for the 1st quarter AG & AG Quarterly Match. As long as their target stands stayed standing, they stayed and practiced!
The Henderson NV Chapter had a Breakfast & Bullets with an amazing turnout! New members were welcomed to the group, and Amy Pong was introduced as the newest A-Team member!
The Bucks County PA Chapter hosted a self-defense class at Wicen’s Shooting Range. They learned combat skills like open palm strikes, knees, elbows, head butts, and got to beat up the dummy! The girls meant business!
The Space Coast FL Chapter hosted a Meet & Greet at their new host range, Brevard Armory. Chapter Facilitator Adriana says, “Thank you to all of our wonderful members and their family that ventured out to show their support and introduce our chapter to our local community!”
The San Antonio TX Chapter hosted a Home Defense Shotgun class with 12 eager ladies in attendance. This series will consist of 2 classroom and 2 range sessions. Students will earn NRA and USCCA Course Completion Certificates.
The McHenry County IL Chapter had 28 ladies brave the cold temps on a Friday evening to learn about the Women Empowered Gracie Jiu-Jitsu program and pink belt. #itsmorethanshooting
The North Austin TX Chapter had a terrific turnout for January’s Action Shooting International (ASI) Match!
The WyoBraska NE Chapter created a word cloud about why members enjoy A Girl & A Gun and what keeps them coming to events. They then set personal goals and resolutions for 2024.
The Douglas County NV Chapter held Breakfast & Bullets in the snow. The shooters worked on basic skills drills from the AG & AG Shooting Journal. The drills were both Dry fire and Live fire.
AG & AG COO Sandra Woodruff was interviewed by Amanda & Rob of Eye on the Target Radio.
Published Articles and Videos
The following content pieces were published in January 2024 (active membership may be required to view some pages):
- Play Like a Man, Win Like a Woman
- Gear for the Range with Tatiana Whitlock
- Ashley Krenek Wins 1st Place Overall in the 4Q 2023 AG & AG Quarterly Match
- A Girl & A Gun Names Sandra Woodruff as Chief Operating Officer
- Match Manners: Good Etiquette of a Competitor
- Accepting with Tess Branson
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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