Thursday, January 15, 2015

Warrior Weekend

Wow, how did time fly by so fast?! I feel like life has gotten away from me and am so sorry about the hiatus! I appreciate all of the "where have you gone?" emails.... I hear you, and I'm back!

As you know from my last post, there are so many great gun girl clubs out there! If you enjoy competitive shooting sports, A Girl and a Gun (AG & AG) is the one for you! One of the coolest things that they do is a quarterly "Warrior Weekend" featuring both classroom and live fire instruction.

In October, I attended the inaugural Warrior Weekend held at the beautiful NRA Whittington Center in Raton, NM. It was an action packed weekend that I will never forget.

Day one was rainy and cold... This Southern Cali girl is not used to that much rain! We got settled in, munched on homemade meals by the fabulous ladies form AG&AG HQ, and had an eye opening session with professional life and business coach Kelley Moore to awaken our warrior within.

My group started day two with rifle. We each got to work with a beautiful Remington AR-15 which had been upgraded to "3-gun ready" with tons of parts from amazing sponsors. Each lady was able to hit targets out to 730 yards... even the first-timer in my group! Kudos to her!

Rifle session - day 1

Our second session was shotgun with Mens' Trap National Championship Gold Medalist Brian Burrows. We were able to work on both trap and skeet, and of course the standout of the group was again the first-timer! I was also a first-timer in trap/skeet, but unfortunately, my shotgun experience for the day was a big fat ZERO hits. Not my strong suit!

Needed some help with focus

I was able to redeem myself in our final session, pistol. After some practice and warmup, we shot a short natural terrain course set up by Denise Johnson, match director for Rocky Mountain 3 Gun also held at Whittington.

Natural terrain pistol course

Day two finally warmed up and the gorgeous blue skies of Whittington greeted us, along with some antelope, deer, and wild turkeys.

View from back patio of our cabin

Our morning started off with a bang - my very first 3-gun course! Our course of fire was set up with two short range and four long range (125 yd) rifle targets, then several reactive shotgun targets, including a flyer, and the last section included both paper and steel pistol targets. It was so much fun and I am HOOKED!

The rest of day 2 was fantastic and I am so proud to have been a part of this amazing weekend and met some fantastic ladies.

The next Warrior Weekend is February 1-4, 2015, in Tampa, FL. Boy am I jealous of the ladies who will get to go to this.... Will you be one of them? I hope so!

See you on the range!

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 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!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Women on Target - June 2014

A few weeks ago, I had the honor of being an assistant instructor at a women-only clinic called Women on Target. WOT is a program that was introduced by the NRA to offer a friendly environment in which to learn safe handling of firearms.


This particular clinic was put on by the CalGuns Shooting Sports Association. CGSSA is a non-profit group that promotes 2nd Amendment activities all over California, including monthly shooting clinics focusing on pistols, rifles, and more, and of course, Women on Target.

We had 15 amazing ladies join us to the beautiful Burro Canyon Shooting Park.

Throughout the day, the ladies learned the basic parts of a pistol, the components of ammunition, breath control, stance, grip, trigger control, and sight alignment.

It was an incredible experience to see shooters who had never handled a gun before and started out missing the target completely end the day with 6" groupings. I am really looking forward to bringing that joy to more students.

Find a Women on Target clinic near you today!

See you on the range!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Discovering My Passion

In 2008, I was introduced to shooting for the very first time. I really enjoyed it (despite my horrible form) and discovered that I wasn't too bad at it!

First time shooting (2008)

Attempting a shotgun - please note the improper trigger discipline (2008)

While I am eternally grateful for the friend who showed me the ropes for the very first time, I have no memory of any safety debriefing or instruction on proper form. Scary, right? Nonetheless, I had a blast! (pun intended)

However, it was still incredibly intimidating to me. It would be years before I would go shooting again. I finally got the nerve to get some proper training, and even purchased my first gun in 2011. To this day, it is still one of my favorite firearms. My Sig Sauer P239 has been incredibly reliable and such an integral part of my training.

By 2012, I was a self-proclaimed "gun girl." I was (and still am) a regular at the gun range and my gun collection had grown with satisfying diversity (and continues to grow at a terrifying pace!). When I met the man who would soon become my husband, he was a casual shooter with fond memories of the range from his military days, but hadn't had the time or opportunity to go shooting in a long time. I dragged him out to the range with me and helped reignite that spark!

Defensive firearms training (2013)

Defensive firearms training (2013)
Every day, our passion continues to increase, amplified by each other's enthusiasm... and today, we are in full zombie apocalypse preparation mode. He buys me machetes for Christmas and decorates them with Hello Kitty emblems. I buy him tactical survival gear and lovingly help him pack his bug-out bag.

In the course of my journey, I have discovered a true passion in teaching. I love teaching all types of shooters, but I especially enjoy that light that blinks on when a woman shoots a gun for the first time. I am striving to bring to San Diego the opportunity for women to learn in a comfortable and friendly environment without any of the usual intimidation that comes with a mostly-male atmosphere.

And I look forward to sharing my journey with you all!

See you on the range!