Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Well Armed Woman National Chapter Leader Conference

Earlier this month, I had the privilege of attending the National Chapter Leader Conference for The Well Armed Woman held in St. Louis, MO. My good friend Ashley and I were lucky enough to represent San Diego as its chapter leaders. With some incredible sponsors such as Ruger, Mossberg, CAA, Glock, Walther Arms, NRA-ILA, Magpul, CCW Safe, RWC Group and Gun Tote'n Mamas, this first annual conference blew expectations out of the water. There were almost 20 beautiful gun giveaways and thousands of dollars of merchandise in swag and giveaways.

Giveaway table.... just for Day 1! 

We had several amazing seminars including a leadership seminar with the fabulous founder of TWAW, Carrie Lightfoot, and a guest presentation from the incredibly talented Gabby Franco (Olympic shooter and Top Shot contestant).

San Diego Chapter Leaders with Founder Carrie Lightfoot
Guest Speaker Gabby Franco
One of my favorite sessions was the industry panel. Representatives of several of our sponsors attended and really listened to what we had to say and what we are looking for. One particular fact stands out in my head - one rep indicated that surveys sent out to their gun owners had a female response rate of less than 3%. That is nowhere near representative of gun ownership. Yet, the company is hearing almost no feedback from its female gun owners. So please - read those emails, and RESPOND!

These companies have also acknowledged the changing industry and have offered amazing deals to our members. You may or may not have heard.... but Glock has offered an incredibly generous pricing program for TWAW members!! As if you didn't already have enough reasons to join..... Contact me for more info!

At our banquet, we were able to mingle with many of the representatives and personally speak with and get to know them. How amazing is that opportunity?!

Mingling with Glock representatives

TWAW has had phenomenal growth since its inception in early 2013, and there are even more exciting things to come in 2015. The big news is..... they will be converting to a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization! This opens so many doors and will only help this amazing organization grow.

I am so excited to see where our group will go.

See you on the range!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Gun Girl Clubs

Hey Gun Girls! Sorry for being MIA, but there have been so many exciting things happening! Recently I have gotten involved with a local "gun girl club" - a monthly ladies' night out at the shooting range!

The Well Armed Woman is one of many national women's shooting organizations. TWAW has over 200 chapters all around the country, representing 44 states. In less than two years, it has grown to over 6,000 members! It is "Where the Feminine and Firearms Meet" and aims to "educate, empower, and equip" women in all walks of life and each chapter generally meets monthly for both classroom and range time.

TWAW also offers tons of advice and products geared towards the female shooter. Membership also gives you access to tons of amazing perks - including a special pricing program for the Glock Girls out there!

Several months ago, with incredibly good timing, I joined our local TWAW chapter as one of two leaders. Ashley is an amazing instructor and a wonderful person. We immediately clicked and became instant friends, and she hasn't stopped impressing me since I met her. She is certified in more disciplines than I can name - just some of which include NRA instructor ratings in basic pistol, personal protection inside the home, personal protection outside the home, and chief range safety officer. Boy, am I so lucky to have met this really talented lady!

Chapter Leaders of the San Diego Chapter of The Well Armed Woman
We meet monthly at P2K Range in El Cajon and have covered various topics about both shooting and self defense. There are so many more topics to cover and we can't wait to share our knowledge and the knowledge of others with our members.

Our next meeting is October 24 at 6:30pm. Please email me at blackcatfirearms@gmail.com to RSVP. Range fees are $15 and you can check out a meeting for free before joining. I look forward to seeing you there!

Other Clubs
While The Well Armed Woman leans towards the self defense aspect of shooting, there are tons of other organizations out there. To name a few:

A Girl & A Gun is a national shooting organization which focuses on the shooting sports. Recently, AG&AG sent the first all-female team to IDPA nationals. (PS - I have some exciting blog posts about AG&AG coming up soon!)

She Can Shoot offers national firearms training for women and families, and women-only chapters. They have 12 (soon to be more) chapters across the country.

Armed Lady is a national women's shooting organization that offers monthly instruction to women.

And of course, there are tons of local clubs that you can join. Search the internet or ask your local gun ranges. 

Check it out, let me know what you think, and......

See you on the range!