In November 2021, A Girl & A Gun added new chapters, new host ranges, new training programs — and engaged a lot of paper turkey targets! We continued our steady growth in 2021, despite the holiday breaks and seasonal travel. Here are our highlights for November 2021:
By the Numbers
- 426 new members (19% increase over last November!)
- 262 local events with 1,594 attendees
- 4 virtual events with 1,969 video views, and climbing!
- 1 Girls Getaway (instructor training) with 14 attendees
- 2 new chapters opened: Gwinnett-Barrow GA and Hartford CT
- 8,097 active users on our mobile app
A Girl & A Gun Cadre Grows with USCCA
“For the past several years, we have encouraged our Chapter Facilitators to earn their USCCA instructor credentials. We have many instructors in our organization who have seized the opportunity — and now we have 14 more,” said Robyn Sandoval, referencing 14 AG & AG instructors from 9 different states who recently traveled to West Bend, WI, to become certified to present the USCCA Concealed Carry & Home Defense Fundamentals coursework. Now the instructors may use the materials to educate the growing numbers of enthusiastic gun owners in their home communities. AG & AG has scheduled three additional USCCA instructor-level courses, as well as dozens of student-level courses, throughout 2022. Read More About the Partnership >
New! Sniper School on the 2022 Calendar
Due to the demand for training in precision rifle skills, AG & AG has scheduled Sniper School, which will take place in September 2022 at Cameo Training and Education Complex near Grand Junction, CO. The event comprises two sessions: Riflecraft, focusing on marksmanship skills, and Fieldcraft, focusing on movement and alternate shooting positions. Students can attend one or both sessions, if they meet the pre-requisites. Registration is open at https://www.agirlandagun.org/sniper/.
Keeping Families Safe: Suicide Prevention
In November, AG & AG teamed up with Sarah Albrecht from Hold My Guns to host a community forum on suicide prevention. Key discussions centered on recognizing baseline behaviors and encouraging the development of personal safety plans to reduce the statistics for suicide by firearm. More than 200 people watched the presentation; one instructor commented, “What an impact this could have! I never knew all this. Thanks for presenting and sharing this information.”
November Fun at the Range!
Many of our holiday gatherings kicked off in November. As ladies traveled to visit family, many AG & AG members took time to visit chapters in other cities! We had so much fun watching the interaction. One member said, “Everyone was welcoming, none of the awkward getting to know each other. I received the same encouragement and I felt as welcome as I do walking into my own chapter.” #sisterhood
Local Training and Media Highlights
Here are local news and media highlights for November 2021:
Our Central CT Chapter had 28 girls attend their Intro to Trap and Skeet event. They braved the chilly 35° windy day to shoot and and every girl broke a clay!
More girls in our Central New Jersey chapter are jumping into competition. They even roadtrip to PA, where they can use their holstering skills and enjoy outdoor stages!
Our Sierra Foothills CA chapter hosted our Sherwood OR chapter for a mini-competition Turkey Shoot! Facilitator Karen Cose says, “I am so blessed to have this amazing team who are committed to the sisterhood.”
Our Columbia MO chapter raised $2,720 for the philanthropy, Juste Desserts, to help combat human trafficking. $2,460 was from raffle ticket sales and $260 was from the turkey shoot we held. These ladies are awesome!
Our Southeast MI chapter also hosted a turkey shoot competition! Deb and Clare were the champions!
Turkeys didn’t stand a chance in Davenport IA either! Here are are the Davenport IA turkey shooters! So much fun!
Robyn Sandoval was a guest instructor on Episode #255 of Self-Defense Gun Stories. The podcast explores recent news stories of responsible gun owners defended themselves and the people they love.
Robyn Sandoval was a guest on the Active Self Protection podcast. She was one of three high-profile female panelists discussing women’s training and participation in the firearms industry.
Robyn Sandoval was a a co-host for episode #600 of the Polite Society Podcast hosted by the Second Amendment Foundation. The team discussed current events.
The following articles were published in November 2021:
- What Is Your Ideal Gun Shop?
- The Right to Keep Arms Beyond Firearms
- Your Feedback Matters: Simulators
- Review: Mantis Laser Academy
- Are You Being Profiled?
- A Girl & A Gun Cadre Grows with USCCA
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 more than 200 ranges throughout the United States.
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