As a teacher of archery, shooting, and as a keynote speaker, I travel around the country. In April I joined the A Girl and A Gun Women’s Shooting League leaders for their kickoff event as their keynote speaker and then taught basic archery and introduction to bowhunting classes.
At the Cameo Shooting Complex, we hosted a contest for the basic class and for the bow hunting class. After the women had the fundamentals down and target practice under their belts, we the groups took shots for scores on a 3D target.
Since it’s turkey hunting season in Colorado, the students of the basic classes shot for scores at a turkey target. The bow hunting group took shots at 3D pronghorn and bighorn sheep targets. There were tie scores, so we did a random drawing to choose one winner, of a Voormi women’s shirt, from the basic classes and one winner from the bowhunting classes.
We hope to add a class at the 2022 conference and take more experience archers around the 3D Loop at Cameo. Registration for CELEBRATE 2022 opens on September 1, 2021. Learn more at AGirlandAGun.org/conference/.
A Girl & A Gun Welcomes 600+ to 9th National Conference
GRAND JUNCTION, CO (AGirlandAGun.org) – 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 sold-out 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.
“Last year we hosted a very successful virtual Conference, but we were unable to meet face to face, give hugs, and cheer for success,” says Julianna Crowder, AG & AG’s Founder. “This year, with RISE 2021, we welcomed diverse and enthusiastic women, aged 12 to 77, who each have unique goals for self defense and recreational shooting sports. It is an honor that we get to share in their journeys and guide them along the way.”
Participants included approximately 450 members representing 96 AG & AG chapters from 35 different states. The women were able to choose from among 250 training classes run by 54 of the nation’s top firearms educators. Training classes ran over 3 days, with an additional 2 days of lectures and leadership development. The event also included a Vendor Day with 49 brands, including GLOCK, CZ-USA, Walther, USCCA, XS Sights, Primary Arms, Stag Arms, Heckler & Koch, U.S. Law Shield, and others, showcasing the latest product lines to AG & AG members and their guests.
“The firearms industry is not only providing superior products for women, but also providing opportunities for training and helping our members grow in skill and confidence,” says Robyn Sandoval, AG & AG’s Executive Director. GLOCK’s National Director of Training Willie Parent, CZ-USA Field Sports’ Brand Manager Dave Miller, and Walther’s Tatiana Whitlock, Jim Dexter, and Gabby Franco were among the all-star instructors at Conference.
U.S. Representative Lauren Boebert was also on site to welcome the attendees to her home state of Colorado. This was the first AG & AG National Conference to be hosted outside of Texas.
Cameo Shooting and Education Complex was the ideal location for the event. With 20 live-fire bays, numerous field classrooms, a beautiful sporting clays course, and a 2,003-yard rifle range, AG & AG was able to provide training classes on a wide variety of shooting and self-defense topics. Cameo also allowed AG & AG to bring Heligunner, so attendees enjoyed aerial gunnery with views of the gorgeous Grand Mesa. The Cameo staff and volunteers were invaluable to the success of the event, as were local businesses and the Grand Junction Sports Commission. With facility developments planned in the next several months, AG & AG will be able to increase attendance for CELEBRATE 2022.
Registration for CELEBRATE 2022 opens September 1, 2021. Learn more at AGirlandAGun.org/conference/.
About A Girl and A Gun
A Girl & A Gun (AG & AG) is a membership organization whose events are successful stepping stones for thousands of women entering the shooting community by fostering their love of shooting with caring and qualified instructors who coach them. AG & AG breaks barriers for women and girls in self-defense, and in pistol, rifle, and shotgun shooting sports by welcoming beginners to learn the basics of safe and accurate shooting and providing experienced shooters with advanced-level opportunities. The club has members in all 50 states and hosts recurring Girl’s Nights Out at more than 200 ranges throughout the United States.
For more information about A Girl And A Gun Women’s Shooting League, or to learn how to join, please visit AGirlandAGun.org. Follow AG & AG on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and Pinterest for social media and corporate news.
Mia Anstine is an outdoor writer, licensed outfitter, hunting guide, life coach, keynote speaker, and a range safety officer, firearms instructor, and archery instructor. She is the founder of MAC Outdoors and Host of the MAC Outdoors Podcast.
Mia Anstine strives to encourage others to outdoors, hunt, fish, shoot, and survive life with others in a positive way.
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