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More Women Falling in Love with Precision Rifle Shooting

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.

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Most Popular Handguns and Gear for Women in 2021

If you want to know the best handguns for women, the best way to find out is to see what women are choosing to train with and carry. Recently A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League (AG & AG) hosted its 9th Annual National Conference. All 450 participants were required to go through a “gear check” process where their handguns, belts, holsters, and mag pouches were all reviewed and function checked. The following lists the most popular brands and models that the women brought to training.

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April 2021 Recap

April 2021 was another whirlwind for AG & AG! We welcomed new members, opened new chapters, connected with new host ranges, and of course, hosted our biggest National Conference to date. Here are some of the highlights.

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A Girl & A Gun Welcomes 600+ to 9th National Conference

A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League (AG & AG), the firearm industry’s first large-scale chapter-based women’s organization, recently hosted its 9th Annual National Conference Presented by GLOCK. The event took place at Cameo Shooting and Education Complex near Palisade, CO, from April 27 through May 2, 2021. More than 600 AG & AG members, sponsors, staff, and friends were in attendance.

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1Q2021 Match Winners Announced

A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League (AG & AG) proudly announces the winners of the 2021 1st Quarter League Match. Congratulations to all who participated! This quarter marked a new record: 153 total competitors participated in the match!

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March 2021 Recap

March was an incredibly busy month with two main focuses: National Conference and new members! We had a lot of activity on both fronts. Here are the highlights.

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Influential Women

Founder’s Statement: A Look Back

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!

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February 2021 Recap

This month marks 10 years of A Girl & A Gun! We hosted a lot of events and welcomed a lot of new members. Here are the highlights.

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Instructor Spotlight

Instructor Spotlight: Morgan Ballis

Morgan Ballis is the Director of Strategic Planning & Training at Campus Safety Alliance, a K-12 emergency management consulting firm. He is a nationally recognized expert in active shooter incidents having trained more the 20,000 educators, students, law enforcement officers, and military personnel in active assailant response. He is also the founder and Chief Instructor at Defensive Tactics and Firearms where his team has trained more than 4,500 students in shooting fundamentals, defensive principles, and self-defense laws. Morgan is an IADLEST Nationally Certified Instructor, NCBRT L.A.S.E.R. Training, ALERRT C.R.A.S.E Trainer, NRA LE Instructor, NRA Training Counselor. Rangemaster Instructor, and MAG Deadly Force Instructor.

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Instructor Spotlight: Jon & Sarah Hauptman

Jon Hauptman is the owner and operator of PHLster Holsters, where he designs cutting-edge concealed carry equipment, and the PhillyEDC YouTube channel where he provides open-source lessons on how to make and refine your own Kydex holsters.
Sarah Hauptman is the “First Lady” of PHLster, co-inventor of the Enigma concealment system, and an avid recreational (and occasionally competitive) pistol shooter.

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Instructor Spotlight

Instructor Spotlight: Michelle Cerino

Michelle Cerino, aka Princess Gunslinger, entered the firearms industry in 2011 when Cerino Training Group was established. She immediately began competing in both 3-Gun and NRA Action Pistol, becoming a sponsored shooter. Michelle is currently a columnist and Managing Editor of Women’s Outdoor News, as well as Pro-Staff for CZ-USA Field Sports. She also manages social media for CZ-USA Field Sports, Vera Koo and GTM Original. Michelle encourages others to step out of the comforts of home and explore. For as Glinda, the Good Witch of the North once said, “You’ve always had the power … you just had to find it out for yourself.”

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Instructor Spotlight

Instructor Spotlight: Austin Proulx

Austin Proulx is the Lead Instructor for GoFast Concepts. He is an IDPA champion and member of the Wilson Combat Shooting Team. He is an avid hunter and outdoorsman. He competes and teaches at Cameo Shooting and Education Complex.

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Instructor Spotlight

Instructor Spotlight: Russell Anthon

Russell Anthon is an instructor with Defenders USA specializing in long-range precision courses. Russell is certified as an NRA Basic Handgun Instructor, NRA CCW Instructor, an ASP Certified Firearms Instructor through Active Self Protection, and a certified Range Safety Officer through Defenders USA. As we learned in Digital Elevate, Russell is also basically a genius, with a depth of knowledge in a variety of surprising areas and a thirst for knowledge that is tireless and almost unparalleled when compared to vast majority of people in the world.

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Instructor Spotlight

Instructor Spotlight: Varg Freeborn

Varg Freeborn is an author, self-defense and gunfight instructor, lethal force educator, fitness coach, father, and family man. Born into a violent home life, he was no stranger to deadly violence by a young age. In 1994, at 19, he was wrongly convicted and sentenced to 5 years in prison, during which his education and training in criminal violence, as well as in strength and conditioning, was deeply cultivated. Following his release, he was eventually granted a full restoration of all civil rights and went on to train extensively in civilian and law enforcement gunfighting, tactics, CQB, breaching, close protection, boxing, BJJ and more. He is most known for his “Violence of Mind” course work, which focuses on the mindset aspect of training and fighting in a way that few have ever been able to approach.

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Instructor Spotlight

Instructor Spotlight: Kayla Stomberg

Kayla Stomberg is the owner and Lead Instructor for 360 Defense in Middletown, CT. She is a 4th degree Black Belt in the 360 Defense System and 1st degree Black Belt in Pyong Hwa Kunin Tang Soo Do. Kayla is a USKMA Level 1 instructor (highest scoring female!), Certified Instructor under Master Paul Garcia, Certified Muay Thai Level 1 Instructor under Master Hung Tran, and Certified CT707 Krav Maga Instructor under Nir Maman. She is a student of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

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Instructor Spotlight

Instructor Spotlight: Jim Dexter

Jim Dexter is an Army veteran and former federal Air Marshal, who is now an Illinois police sergeant currently assigned as a SWAT Assault Force Commander on a multi-jurisdictional team. Jim’s career includes 15 years policing and also 10 years in the volunteer fire service. He holds several instructor certifications, including an FBI certified Firearms Instructor and American Safety and Health Institute Emergency Medical Responder Instructor. He is a Master Tactical Patrol Officer with the Illinois Tactical Officers Association. His training company, Tactically Sound Training Center, is the only entity with red dot pistol training approved by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board. Jim is a member of the Walther Arms Defense Division.

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Instructor Spotlight

Instructor Spotlight: Larry St. Clair

Larry St. Clair is the owner and lead instructor at Martial Way Legacy. He is a competitor and instructor on a number of skills, including American Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Savate, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Bruce Lee’s Jeet Kune Do, and Filipino Martial Arts known as Kali, Eskrima, and Arnis. Guro Larry also serves as an accountability coach and helps people set and achieve personal and fitness goals. He facilitates the AG & AG Push-Up Challenge.

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Instructor Spotlight

Instructor Spotlight: Vicki Farnam

Vicki Farnam has been teaching firearms for over 25 years with her husband, John Farnam. She is an accomplished Instructor (for civilians and mil/leo) and author. Vicki has also taught for the U.S. Marine Corps; at numerous women’s defensive shooting training conferences; at local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and academies; and at both the ILEETA and ILEFAI conferences.

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Instructor Spotlight

Instructor Spotlight: Josh White

Josh White is a U.S. Army Veteran, who now works as a Texas Peace Officer. He is a Firearms Instructor and TCOLE Instructor for the State of Texas. In addition to marksmanship and tactics, Josh is also a Force on Force Instructor, Defensive Tactics Instructor, and Traditional Okinawan Karate instructor. He has a Double Brown belt in Shuri Ryu Karate and a Blue belt in Tae Kwon Do. He excels in scenario-based training for law enforcement and civilian self-defense. He is dedicated to paying forward the training he has received to his students whether its firearms, self-defense or communication skills.

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Instructor Spotlight

Instructor Spotlight: Lou Ann Hamblin

Lou Ann Hamblin is the CEO of LouKa Tactical and proudly served the law enforcement profession for 22 years. For the last 20 years Lou Ann has specialized in training female officers and is a certified firearms and defensive tactics instructor in a variety of disciplines. She is a Team One Network adjunct instructor, Master Pistol Instructor through H&K, and a certified armorer for a number of weapon systems. She serves on the Board of Directors for IALEFI. She holds a Master’s degree in Human Performance Technology and Instructional Design from the University of Michigan.

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Instructor Spotlight

Instructor Spotlight: Tobin Babcock

Tobin Babcock is the Lead Instructor of Comprehensive Tactical Solutions. A law enforcement firearm and tactics instructor with more than 20 years of experience, Tobin is an Indiana police officer with a career spanning patrol, emergency response, and training. He holds numerous instructor certifications as a police and civilian instructor, training officer, and public security consultant. Additionally, Tobin is an avid competitive shooter. He is the Match Director for Blue Line 3 Gun, an annual charity match to raise funds for families of fallen officers.

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Instructor Spotlight

Instructor Spotlight: Tiffany Johnson

Tiffany Johnson is a practicing attorney and teaches legal studies at the University of Memphis. After years of fearing guns, she started taking classes and changed her views. She now blogs about law, race, and modern (mis)perceptions on firearms through her website, Front Sight Press. Tiffany is an NRA Training Counselor and holds instructor certifications from the States of Tennessee and Mississippi, the NRA, the USCCA, and Rangemaster (Advanced Instructor Certification). She is also certified as a Deadly Force Instructor by the Massad Ayoob Group. She teaches firearm safety classes with Aqil Qadir of Citizens Safety Academy.

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Instructor Spotlight

Instructor Spotlight: Beth Walker

Beth Walker is a pro shooter, firearms instructor, and Second Amendment Advocate. She proudly represents Team Ruger, Safariland, Vortex Optics, and several other sponsors on the 3-gun circuit. She has been an instructor at AG & AG’s 3-Gun University and the 2A Heritage Junior Camps, as well as offering local lessons and classes in the Indiana area. Beth serves on the national Advisory Board for the DC Project and was the recipient of the 2020 Patriot of the Year award from Turning Point USA. She writes for multiple publications and is pursuing a degree in Strategic Communication and Social Media Management at Liberty University.

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