November was jam-packed! Attendance was up 122% over last year – we trained over 5,000 women this month! A Girl & A Gun was 30% bigger in November 2023 with new chapters, new host ranges, new training programs — and we expressed gratitude and #gaveback to our communities. We saw a lot of training, coaching, and camaraderie across the nation. Here are our highlights for November 2023:
AG & AG Leaders Continue to Raise the Bar
In November we hosted the year’s second Girls Getaway with The Complete Combatant’s Lead Instructor, Brian Hill. The participants spent 3 challenging days earning the Certified Deliberate Coaching Instructor credential. Brian Hill shared over 40 years of coaching and instructor development with the attendees. His journey has given him a unique insight and experience over a broad range of training philosophies that he shared to help our chapters’ leaders become better communicators, better instructors, and better leaders on the range.
AG & AG Gives Back to Veterans at HAVA Event
AG & AG was the host of Bay 5 at the 16th Annual Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA) National Family Day event held on November 5, 2023, at the at the San Antonio Police Academy in San Antonio, TX. AG & AG Instructors coached veterans and their families on pistol-caliber carbines (PCCs) that were provided by event sponsors. #givingback
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
By the Numbers
Here is our reach for November 2023:
- 3,762 attendees at 343 events (+122% over last Nov!)
- 1,494 attendees at 3 virtual events (+30% since last Nov)
- 539 new membership packets were mailed from HQ (+30% since last Nov)
- 11,420 active app users (+6.14% since last Nov)
- 3 new chapters opened: Blue Ridge NC, Gold Country CA, and Helena MT
Local Training and Media Highlights
Here are local news and media highlights for November 2023:
The Littleton & Lakewood CO Chapters had a discussion on the Shooting Journal Value for November, Unselfish, and then they shot their Turkey Targets! “We are so thankful for our A Girl & A Gun Sisterhood!”
The Centralia WA Chapter hosted a turkey shoot. Two members tied with a score of 194 and did the 5x5x5 tie breaker. The winner got four shots on the card before it fell off the target stand. All had fun scoring each other’s targets as well as watching the tie breakers shoot.
The Saukville Chapter had a *smashing* good time shooting pumpkins at a Breakfast & Bullets. Two local farms donated a total of 250 pumpkins and 20 girls brought their gear, ammo, and any boom amplifiers they wanted to use. Then they went inside for Girls Night Out and hunted colorful turkeys.
The High Desert CA Chapter celebrated their 1-year partnership with Magnum Range in Rancho Cucamonga, CA. The owners and all the staff were presented with a Thank You plaque, which AG & AG members signed in appreciation. It reads, “Thank you for your partnership. You are a valued partner in our journey and the ladies we serve.”
The McHenry County IL Chapter attended Range Safety Officer Training, Stop the Bleed, CPR/AED, and Gunshot Wound Trauma — and 4 more members became USCCA CCHDF Instructors!
The Dayton OH Chapter rocked 4 drill challenges and dished out some sweet prizes! Tammy snagged the Maglula, Becky scored handy stackable containers, Kathy glammed up with the Sabre bedazzled pepper spray, and Brandy hit the jackpot with that $25 Piada gift card!
The Las Vegas NV Chapter hosted their annual Thanksgiving feast. As always, it was great food and even better company. #itsmorethanshooting
The San Antonio TX Chapter’s Girls Night Out offered speed dating with 9mm pistols. Ladies got to learn about a variety of 9mm pistols and it was all themed to the 70’s show The Dating Game — with bell bottoms and all! So groovy!
The Sierra Foothills CA Chapter A-Team Team worked on the NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program for Pistol. They will all be Distinguished Experts in no time!
The League City TX Chapter had a booth at Texas Gun Club’s One Year Anniversary Celebration. While their Facilitator was teaching a class a few steps away, these chapter ladies came out to share our sisterhood and invited women to come out to our events and meet our wonderful community of ladies.
The Memphis TN Chapter enjoyed an afternoon of painting and friendship while making a difference! The event was a fundraiser for their local animal shelter and the chapter helped raise over $1,000! #givingback
The Douglas County NV Chapter practiced for the AG & AG Quarterly Match! With each practice the shooters improve in both their times and their accuracy. No doubt they will be ready to shoot for times to turn in soon.
The Waukesha WI Chapter launched with their first Meet & Greet to welcome new members! The door prize table supplied by the home range featured a huge array of Browning and Vortex items. It was truly a fantastic way to kick this off!
The Parkland MO Chapter having a blast! They’ve met for a couple of Breakfast & Bullets and GNOs and a pistol cleaning clinic. Facilitator Angela Ong says, “I just love spending time with these ladies!”
The Treasure Coast FL Chapter hosted a shoot-a-thon to raise funds for the Martin County Health Coalition to stock their boutique with diapers, clothes, small furniture, formula etc. for women in need. AG & AG girls shot 25 rounds at 5 yards, with friends and family sponsoring them at .50 cents/hit for a max donation of $12.50 per sponsor if shooter earned a perfect score. A fun time was had by all! #givingback
The Henderson NV Chapter competed in the PCSL 2 Gun Championships at PrairieFire Nevada. Dana & Christine shot their 2nd major match along with Henderson Facilitator Eileen McIntee.
The Central WI Chapter got together for Girls Night Out at Blades & Boards is Wausau, WI. They learned how to throw hatchets, knives, and even shovels. It was a great time!
The Sheboygan County WI Chapter gathered at Bemis Floral for a wreath, swag, porch pot, or hanging basket making educational workshop. They nipped the green branches, bunched, and clamped them into beautiful Christmas creations. They also added shotgun shells, brass casings, bows, berries, glittery ornaments, and pinecones too!
The Grand Junction CO Chapter held a ‘Try A 9MM’ event for their November ‘T’ Time with 15 different makes and models available to test fire. The event was held at the beautiful but chilly Cameo Shooting and Education Complex.
The Lubbock TX Chapter attended a Breakfast & Bullets. They enjoyed breakfast at a local restaurant and continued on to their outdoor range “41 Lead Farm” where they tackled 2 different USPSA-style stages. They reviewed safely moving with a firearm, range commands, and the ladies learned the instant gratification of hitting steel!
The Memphis TN Chapter collected donations for Tunica Humane Society. Chris F., an AG & AG member and a shelter volunteer, delivered the items to this no-kill shelter. They provided approximately $450 worth of cleaning supplies, food, toys, treats, towels, blankets, and monetary donations. #givingback
The Bucks County PA Chapter worked on flashlight skills and practiced holding the flashlight in many different ways while shooting pistols. They worked first in full light and then in no light!
The Greater Black Hills SD Chapter was chosen by a lottery to decorate a Christmas tree at the South Dakota State Capitol, and their tree is first in line when people come around the corner of the Governor’s wing, right next to her conference room! They chapter created a “Rustic South Dakota” theme with a “pop” of AG & AG colors. 💜💚💙 They painted and glittered burlap poinsettias, painted picture frames with “Sister”, “Family”, and Friends”, sewed a beautiful tree skirt, and made the paper stars with the star points being from printed quotes and excerpts: The South Dakota state motto (South Dakota: Under God the people rule) the Preamble to the Constitution, and the 2nd Amendment.
The Cedaredge CO Chapter was excited to welcome nearly a dozen new ladies at their Bullets and Breakfast orientation. They have another orientation scheduled for the ladies that cannot do mornings at their upcoming Girls Night Out. So far, 15 newbies are signed up for that one already!
The Douglas County NV Chapter had a freezing but fun Girls Night Out! Even with freezing temps and with it getting dark so early, they worked on taking a tiny bit more time on their shots to improve accuracy.
The Caldwell TX Chapter hosted AG & AG Director of Training Tatiana Whitlock for Defensive Handgun and Handgun Accuracy courses.
The Henderson & Las Vegas NV Chapters braved the cold weather and shot a USSL Steel Match. Everyone had a blast!
The Montgomery County PA Chapter shot the AG & AG Quarterly Match. Everyone shot well, and it was a close call, but Amanda Wollick came out on top for the chapter. We can’t wait to see how she ranks on the national leaderboard!
The Douglas County NV Chapter collected blankets for their local memory care facility. All 23 residents will receive a nice warm through blanket from us this Christmas season. #givingback
The Central WI Chapter had a blast at their “T” Time Demo Day. They had the opportunity to shoot a variety of guns — from handguns to rifles to shotguns the options were almost endless! Members can’t wait for the next Demo Day!
San Antonio and San Antonio Northwest TX Chapters hosted a Breakfast and Bullets at Lonestar Handgun. They shot steel targets and practicing tourniquet applications. Afterwards, they enjoyed an amazing brunch at the Block House, Adkins TX.
The Central NJ Chapter worked a Steel Knockdown Match to raise money for their veteran group, Horses for Forces. This was their largest donation to date for the organization! #givingback
The Colorado Springs CO Chapter hosted Girls Night Out, a sold-out Concealment Clinic, a Basic class (requirement to come to GNO), and a sold-out AG & AG Babes and Bullets event that included stilettos and karaoke! Who says that we can’t have fun while building skills?!
The Bucks County PA Chapter had a Craft Day and made holiday lights out of Shotgun Shells, Christmas Trees, and ornaments using spent brass, and enjoyed the safe use of their glue guns! They also had a potluck and everyone brought food to share.
The Dallas TX Chapter hosted a Girls Night Out that was the always-popular Try-It Night at Targetmaster Indoor Shooting Center. 11 ladies shared guns from their personal collections, which allowed others to try 30 different firearms. A custom notecard with all of the guns listed was provided for notetaking. It’s always amazing to see the variety within the chapter!
The Richmond VA Chapter had a great night out on the range with a great group of ladies working on speed and accuracy drills.
The Treasure Coast & West Palm Beach FL Chapters delivered a whopping 322lbs of food to House of Hope!! They filled 2 large bins and a shopping cart for this organization that provides food and support to local families in need. So proud to make a difference! #givingback
Congratulations to Teresa Sykora of the North Austin, TX Chapter for scoring a perfect 300 score in the MAG 20 live-fire course! To top it off, she beat the instructor and was presented with a $5! Way to go, Teresa!
Congratulations to Stephanie Esposito of the Flagler County FL Chapter who completed her NRA Distinguished Expert Marksmanship!
AG & AG Executive Director was a guest on The Loaded Mic with Dan Wos to talk about the growing number of women gun owners and Second Amendment Advocates.
Robyn Sandoval was a guest instructor on Episode 359 of the Self Defense Gun Stories podcast. In this episode, she and host Rob Morse took a look at 4 recent stories in the news, what defenders did right and what listeners might want to keep in mind as they train for their own family’s safety.
Published Articles and Videos
The following content pieces were published in November 2023 (active membership may be required to view some pages):
- Unselfish with Staci Claunch
- Drawing from a Holster with Tatiana Whitlock
- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*uck
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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