By LeAnne Farmer, Vista CA. As a woman and a mother, how could I possibly still be pro-2A following Las Vegas? Don’t I care about the innocent lives lost? Am I a cold-blooded, heartless gun-clinger who is out of touch with reality? These are common comments that I feel deserve to be addressed.
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!”
Dorothea Clevenger had bilateral knee surgery only four months ago, but that didn’t stop her from earning High Lady at the Benelli Invitational this week! For the third year, this AG & AG Facilitator (Pocono PA Chapter) participated in the sporting clays competition as a member of the Streamlight Team.
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.
A dozen ladies from the Austin, New Braunfels, and San Antonio Chapters of A Girl & A Gun came together in south Texas at Lone Star Handgun to attempt to accomplish the prestigious Rifleman badge with Project Appleseed in a Ladyseed two-day class. Project Appleseed assembled a fantastic group of mentors that included a shoot boss, multiple line bosses, instructors, instructors-in-training, and Applecore volunteers, along with the Texas State Coordinator, to teach to basic skills of rifle marksmanship and the rifleman’s role in the United States’ independence from England.
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.
Those returning to storm-hit areas may be considering picking up a firearm to keep in their locked glove compartment or in a locked safe at home. Please, don’t just go out and buy a firearm based on a text from a friend or a sales guy’s pitch. That’s not responsible. Think of the research that goes into choosing where to live, or buying a car. You’re an adult, you can handle that, so you can handle the research and experience recommended before you take on gun ownership.
This past week saw historic flooding in the southeast Texas area with Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey. The AG & AG sisterhood churned up more of a storm than Harvey – and in a good way. The AG & AG sisterhood was in full swing to help their sisters in harm’s way. Cindy Bowser, Facilitator of the Elizabethtown PA Chapter, initiated a “Bucket Brigade” to help those in need.
When disaster strikes, it can be very motivating to buying your first gun. We find ourselves vulnerable to Mother Nature, our infrastructure (power, levies, etc.), and the unknown. You may have never considered getting a firearm, but now feel open to the idea. Your story is mine.