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!
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.
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.
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.
On November 11, 2017, the Tallahassee, FL Chapter of A Girl & A Gun hosted their 1st Annual Talon Freedom 3-Gun Challenge. This match raised money for scholarships for AG & AG members to attend additional training opportunities.
We all worry about it. And stress about it. And panic about it. What are some of the reasons shooters get DQ’d? And what really happens then? A few of the ladies who DQ’d at the 2017 A Girl & A Gun’s Brownells Ladies Multigun Fall Festival share their stories.
A Girl & A Gun (AG & AG) Women’s Shooting League proudly announces the winners of the 3rd Quarter 2017 League Match. This quarter’s course of fire included 18 rounds total at an AG & AG Match Target #2. This was a Limited Vickers match with no more than 6 rounds per string. Shooters began at a low ready with finger outside of the trigger guard using centerfire pistols with no scopes or laser sights. Lisa Tripp of Western, OH, was the 1st place winner; Cheryl Fordyce of Tallahassee, FL, chapter came in 2nd; and Gina Roberts from Vista, CA, placed 3rd.
Chris Evans from Elizabethtown, PA, was the winner of a one-of-a-kind A Girl & A Gun AR-15 hand guard at the Brownells Ladies’ Multigun Fall Festival. The 2017 Fall Fest Match took place October 6-7, 2017, at Rockcastle Shooting Center in Park Mammoth, KY. Unique-ARs was one of the sponsors of the event, contributing several prizes including this custom free-float forend.
For the second year in a row Ashley Rheuark was the overall winner of the Brownells Ladies’ Multigun Fall Festival. The 2017 Fall Fest Match took place this past weekend at Rockcastle Shooting Center in Park Mammoth, KY. Shooters included 117 female competitors, who tackled 8 challenging stages and 2 side matches over 2 days.
Ursula has advice for shooters attending Brownells Multigun Fall Fest, especially first time competitors. “Don’t be scared, everybody there is there to help regardless of a jersey or not. Don’t think you can’t talk to the women wearing jerseys,” she laughs. “And watch the women not wearing jerseys, they can be kicking butt just as much. A Girl & A Gun brings in a lot of new women shooters. It’s the most welcoming group. So don’t be scared to try anything and just listen and learn. Ask questions. Some of the best knowledge I’ve gathered has been at their events. And then just have fun!”