Virtual GNOs were such a success that after the world reopened, the GNOs have continued. Two GNOs are scheduled each month. The first focuses on the AG & AG monthly value from the Shooting Journal and is presented by a Chapter Facilitator. The second is usually presented by Tatiana Whitlock (AG & AG’s Director of Training) and focuses on that month’s pistol skill.
Four A Girl & A Gun leaders earned their shotgun instructor certification from the National Sporting Clays Association! Theresa Schneider, Julie Fingeroos, Krystal Schmidt, and Stephanie Soendker earned their NSCA Level I instructor certificate from David Miller (Owner of Miller Shooting Sports, Guinness World Record Holder, and Product Manager of CZ-USA).
More than 450 women descended upon the Cameo Shooting Complex in spectacular Grand Junction, Co. These ladies represented more than 95 chapters and 36 states. Many chapters came as large groups in matching chapter shirts. Women from the E-chapter came solo and made new connections. There was a record number of first-time conference attendees and there were ladies who have attended EVERY conference since its inception.
What was so exciting to see were the mother & daughter attendees who came together to train; and I had the opportunity to chat with several of them.
One of the most popular training topics at the 9th Annual A Girl & A Gun National Conference Presented by GLOCK was precision rifle. More than 40 women were able to participate in the training, which was led by Russell Anthon and Hank Ownbey of Defenders USA. Participants enjoyed Ruger precision rifles with Vortex optics and Hornady ammunition.
I took the negatives and turned them into positives. Every girl needs a night out, right? We go to bunco, art night, book club, lunch… we all do something to get in that “me time” and spend money on ourselves without feeling too much guilt of taking money out of the family budget. If I could change the hearts and minds on making self defense and firearms education not only a fun experience but an easier process to provide access to learning this necessary life skill, I knew I would find success. And success did come!
In our home we have had continuous conversations about personal safety and protection, and we have discussed that many people are feeling angry or vulnerable during the pandemic because of employment or unemployment stress, food shortages, race relations, and social distancing. My kids understand that we have firearms not because we are fearful, but to protect our family.
I’ve been perusing my A Girl & A Gun Shooting Journal this week and I came upon “The Road to Fall Fest” and my notes from last February. It really made me giggle thinking about my own personal road to Fall Fest. I love how the journal lays out how to prepare for the match and I shake my head at myself because my preparation was a bit different.
Last September I had another fabulous opportunity to take the Ladyseed Marksmanship Clinic offered by Project Appleseed in my hometown of San Antonio. Since I
Dave Miller, Shotgun Manager of CZ-USA and frequent guest on Gun Dog TV, invited Julianna Crowder and me to be a part of a televised hunt. We joined the group in Greensburg, Kansas, on a cold and windy weekend. I wasn’t sure what to expect, and came away with a lot of wonderful memories and lessons learned.
The League City, TX, chapter had over 30 ladies attend their annual holiday party. The photos shows the expressions of fun and concentration as they were putting their strings of lights in their Christmas tree targets. They had their traditional “Ugly Sweater Contest” that the ladies voted on, and Facilitator Cindy Scott supplied a lot of prizes to give away! They had a volunteer gift exchange that was a big hit, and almost everyone in attendance gathered for dinner. They also celebrated their A-Team, who all recently became NRA Certified Instructors and NRA Chief Range Safety Officers!
Since sharing my home-invasion story in 2016, I’ve been wanting to write a follow up. Today just seems like a great day to start. As you may know our journey began (and almost ended) the morning of 1 March 2014, when we had a home invasion with assault at 0320 while we were both sleeping. At the time, neither my husband nor I owned a firearm, nor did we endorse those who did. I can tell you, a home invasion will change those beliefs — at least they did for us.
Although she is a deputy with the Boulder County (CO) Sheriff’s Office and a member of A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League (AG & AG), Teri Javes would not describe herself as a firearms enthusiast. She enjoys competition and began shooting 3-gun matches in 2014 with her husband and oldest daughter. She could not have predicted that the sport of 3-gun would one day help her survive an officer-involved shooting.
Tis the season for family gatherings, hunting trips, show-and-tell of new guns from holiday gift-giving. This is also a painful time for several of our AG & AG sisters. Through her journey, Dawn is able to welcome mothers, who have experienced a firearms loss, back to the range where they can express their feelings freely without judgement and find their paths forward.
Talking to Dakota was a delight. The 15-year-old is very thoughtful in her responses, taking a few moments to compose what she wanted to say. Dakota has done interviews across the globe and has even met with members of Congress with The DC Project. She started shooting in July of 2015 when she was just 12 years old. Twelve! In this article, she shares wise advice for junior shooters and their parents.
Cindy jumped at the chance to attend AG & AG’s 3-Gun University to learn from some of the best women competitors out there! “This was absolutely the turning point in my 3-gun competition journey,” exclaims Cindy. “This is where I feel it all really started for me. I left 3GU feeling very comfortable with my gear and my guns, and this event really sparked my passion to teach and inspire others.”
Often times when talking with women about joining AG & AG, Pickett says women will respond, “I’m not sure, I’m not good with big groups of women.” That’s understandable as so many women remember the “mean girls” from high school. “But I tell them, “It’s not what you think, it’s very different.” When we get together, everyone is on the same playing field. You’re as good as the person next to you. Even the pro shooters are sweet and gracious to everyone.” “Just try it. Jump in with both feet and try it,” advises Pickett. “Be adventurous. It will make a world of difference in your life, emotionally and personally. It’s amazing.”
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