Family Safety Brief at the Range

Seconds before the IDPA match was about to go hot in surrounding bays, AG & AG Founder Julianna Crowder turned to see two little kids playing on the top of the long-range impact berm. Immediately, in a voice that she has never used in her life, she yelled, “GET OFF THE BERM, GET OFF THE BERM, GET OFF THE BERM!” The entire range came to a halt as people in every direction turned and looked at her, and in shock as they saw the kids slide down the dirt. When the RSO approached the two dads, they apologized and said, “We just turned our back for a minute.” Somewhere in between the safety briefs that occur at the range, parents can create your own family safety briefing.

Tie-Breaker Needed for 3Q 2018 Match

A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League (AG & AG) proudly announces the winners of the 2018 3rd Quarter League Match. Two incredible competitors TIED for 1st place in the Adult Centerfire Irons division. Cheryl Fordyce (FL – Tallahassee) and Cynthia Blankenship (AZ – Prescott Valley) both had the same total time of 12.47 seconds with zero penalties. The tie breaker was determined by who was the winner of each individual string. Cheryl had the fastest time in two of the three strings and took the 1st Place win. Congratulations to both ladies for their outstanding performance!

Porta-Potties And Other Shooting Match Necessities

By Christi Conner Tate. If your match isn’t friendly to senior gals such as me, or girls who just won’t poo in the woods at any age, you should recognize that just because we are past our “pooing in woods prime,” or just “no”, most of us have an ammo and gun budgets that resembles the mortgage on a second house. You need us on your range. The presence of porta-potties is just a start.

6 Defensive Concepts That Competitive Shooting Teaches You

There are pros and cons of competitive shooting sports as they relate to defensive firearms training. The bottom line is that competitive shooting sports will not replace self-defense training. Even though shooting matches can mimic real-life scenarios, time on the shot timer it is not real life and paper targets are not shooting back. However, even in this controlled environment, competitive shooting remains one of the most effective ways to hone your gun handling and marksmanship skills. In order to be effective in a defensive situation involving your firearm, you must be proficient these six fundamental concepts that are strengthened by participation in competitive shooting sports.

How to Find a Local Match

A great way to improve your shooting skills, while having fun, is to shoot in local, regional, and national competitive shooting sports. You are sure to make new friends, even find a shooting family. If you are already a competitor, introducing others to the competitive and recreational shooting is vital to keep our sport alive and well. Here are some of the shooting sports that have local clubs throughout the country. Find one near you!

On the Range: Nervous Newbies vs Prepared Pros

By Christi Conner Tate. At the close of my second year of competitive shooting, I am not a newbie anymore. I sat on the porch in the cold one morning as snow clouds hung low and dark in the north Georgia mountains where I make my home. With coffee in hand, I asked aloud to anyone who would listen, “Why am I making rookie mistakes?” This isn’t fun. “Who does that in the close of their second year?” Repeatedly, I could put my finger on a recurring problem rather than newness: it’s the lack of focus during the planning and the execution during the whole process of competitive shooting from the going to bed on time to ensuring my gear is together. I am going to bring back some elements of the nervous girl I banished because she’d been unable to eat or sleep until prep had been done. In my third season, I’m going to bring back part of that nerve problem: use my calm to be more efficient and work on focus and let the nervous girl the credit that she deserves and force me to prepare.

4Q2018 Match Winners

Lisa Tripp of Western, OH, was the first place winner with a score of 15.04. Cynthia Blankenship of the Prescott Valley, AZ, chapter came in second place with a score of 21.55. Cheryl Fordyce from Tallahassee, FL, placed third with a score of 24.11. The Youth Member winner was Stephanie Faris of High Desert, CA, with a score of 78.78 and Facilitator Tina Martin-Nims of Jacksonville, NC won her division with a score of 18.03.

Essential Oils for Athletic Performance

By Suzanne Cox. With essential oils we can regenerate our bodies at a cellular level, so while we are breaking our bodies down, we are simultaneously helping them generate healthy cells. Essential oils boost your body’s immune support, give you better performance, soothe achy muscles, and provide antimicrobial healing. Using certain blends can help your body and mind by promoting clarity and focus. Essential oils can also be a non-toxic solution to stinky gear! The incorporation of essential oils into my training has been life changing. Essential oils for athletes are powerful, useful tools. No matter your sport, expertise, or skill level, there is an essential oil for you.