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Officers Attend 7th Annual ‘Back the Women in Blue’ Event Presented by GLOCK

A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League (AG & AG) hosted 19 female law enforcement officers for the 7th Annual ‘Back the Women in Blue’ presented by GLOCK, with ammunition sponsored by Federal Premium. The event took place October 25-27, 2023, at the Round Rock Public Safety Training Center. Participants were female commissioned officers, each nominated by someone in her community, from nine states, including eleven county agencies and nine municipalities or university departments.

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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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Influential Women

Instructor Spotlight: Mia Anstine

Mia Anstine is an outfitter, guide, hunter, mentor, firearms, and archery instructor. She is a staff writer for and guest contributor at various publications. She was the first American woman, and of Latin descent, to be featured on the cover of Field & Stream magazine (the August 2016 issue). As a public speaker, she teaches and inspires others to get involved in outdoor activities. She teaches firearms safety and skills. She takes pride in guiding ladies and children for their first hunts. She’s hunted around the world and enjoys sharing her adventures with others.

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Advice for Parents

Dakota Overland: Wise Beyond Her Years

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.

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Gear & Best Practices

Preparing for Fall Fest with Tina Martin-Nims

Tina Martin-Nims is a pro shooter, with many sponsors. She will be attending this year’s very popular A Girl & A Gun Brownells Ladies’ Multigun Fall Festival, where she will be teaching a section of Guided Stage Strategies, the Know Your DOPE course, as well as two sessions on “Gear Tips & Tricks.” She has some great tips to pass on to competitors to help prepare for Fall Fest as well as any other competition.

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Influential Women

Troy Industries Listens to Cindy DeSplinter

As part of the Troy team, Cindy DeSplinter recommends which prizes Troy donates to matches. “My favorite part of working with Troy is their support of women in the industry. I’m not the best shooter but it’s all about representing the sport and empowering women to get into shooting, and Troy is very supportive of that.” Through Troy Industries’ generosity and support of women in the shooting sports, competitors have a chance of winning one of over 100 Troy items at Brownells Multigun Fall Festival.

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Influential Women

Anniston Baluyot – Not Your Typical Teenager

Anniston, a remarkable teen, has some sage advice for women shooters. “Don’t be intimidated by the guys and competing with them. I can see now that I can hang with the top guys and be competitive. Don’t get discouraged, there’s always room for improvement. Even if there is something they are doing and it doesn’t work for you, keep trying. You will find something that works for you.”

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Gear & Best Practices

Andrea Kennedy Wins Colt Competition CRX-16

Andrea Kennedy is the winner of a Colt Competition CRX-16 rifle, which was presented at 3-Gun University on March 19, 2017. The event, which took place at the CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park, offered 2 days of training sessions on pistol, shotgun, and rifle with competitors running a 4-stage match on the final day to put their new skills to the test. Competitors were able to visit the prize table in random order. Andrea, who is Active Duty in the Michigan Army National Guard, was the lucky participant drawn to go first.

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Influential Women

Brownells Fall Fest Teaches Eloise Vogel Her True Strengths

Eloise Vogel had barely handled a rifle or shotgun until three weeks before AG & AG’s Brownells Multigun Fall Fest Match. But it turns out she is the mother of World Champion pro-shooter, Robert Vogel, and future mother-in-law of pro-shooter, Jessica Hook, who encouraged her to register. Eloise says, “The thing I learned the most about myself is that I can do more than I thought I could do. I’m stronger than I thought I ever was. I’m very proud of myself for stepping up to something major. If you would have told me a few years ago that I would be shooting an AR or a shotgun I would have told you that you were nuts,” she laughs. “I’m proud of experiencing something new that not a lot of people are able to do or choose to do.”

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Influential Women

How A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League Changed My Life

Nancy Keaton says, “Joining A Girl & A Gun has seriously changed my life; that is no exaggeration. I’m much more confident and much less fearful. I step up to challenges I would have avoided at all costs before. I went from being afraid of guns, to enjoying them, to moving while shooting, to competing – all things I never thought I would do! I no longer tell myself “never” about anything.”

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Influential Women

Amanda Suffecool Goes All-In for Firearms Education

Amanda Suffecool is the Director of the nonprofit REALIZE Firearms Awareness Coalition (REALIZEfac.com), which offers free seminars to churches, teens, women, etc., a concealed carry instructor (Targething Firearms Training) and a radio talk show host (Eye on the Target Radio). She says, “As an engineer, I get how things work. Once I figure that out, I can present it different ways. And then I tell women, ‘Don’t be afraid. Give it your best. Be safe and build your skills. That’s all there is to it.”

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Influential Women

Jenna Jones, Ambassador for Junior Shooters

13-year-old Jenna Jones is a Junior Ambassador for other young women shooters. She says, “Be sure you are very confident in the 4 Rules of Firearm Safety, and then just jump right in and try. That’s the best way to learn.”

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