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.
Recently AG & AG Member Marlene Lagerquist toured the STI factory in Georgetown, TX. She was able to witness the entire manufacturing process from raw steel bars to the beautiful finished product.
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.
Julianna Crowder is often asked, “Why did you name the club A Girl & A Gun?” Here is the story.
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.”
Eckert’s says that her biggest joy is seeing women grow, women who come in and are intimidated at first. “One came in saying she wasn’t a really good shooter and now she is. She’s all smiles. Seeing that lightbulb come on, that’s so rewarding,” beams Eckert.
While most people attend SHOT Show to find the latest and greatest guns and gadgets, Julie’s find was a women’s shooting league that brings fun and sisterhood to the women she teaches and shoots with. “To go last year and not know anything about A Girl & A Gun, and then to see them at SHOT Show this year launching new things to keep us challenged and excited, is phenomenal,” she beams.
By Katrina Reed. As a parent, I love that my son continues to appreciate all that the outdoors has to offer. Hopefully he will pass the knowledge we have shared with him to future generations.