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Impact 2019: The 7th Annual A Girl & A Gun National Conference

The 7th Annual A Girl & A Gun (AG&AG) National Conference Impact 2019, recently took place in the beautiful Texas Hill Country at the Reveille Peak Ranch from April 11 through April 14, 2019.

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Sponsored by CZ-USA Field Sports

Facilitators arrived a few days early for their specific training sessions. On the 10th, members began arriving and had the opportunity to attend 6 early-bird lectures. For those wanting to add a bit of a thrill to the event, Heligunner offered helicopter aerial gunner sessions.  

AG&AG Conference 2019 pavilion A Girl & A Gun
(Jason Armstrong photo)

On Thursday, numerous vendors set up in the pavilion’s retail village and in the shooting bays for range demos. Here, the attendees had opportunities to shoot various guns, get their hands on other gear and even buy some goodies to take home. 

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CZ-USA P10 mags prepped and just waiting for the ladies to arrive at demo day.

In my bay, I showcased the CZ-USA P-10 polymer striker fired guns. Available in 3 sizes, there is at least one (or more) to fit everyone’s needs. The P-10 C (compact), P-10 F (full-size) and P-10 S (subcompact) are all chambered in 9mm. 

Cerino CZ AG&AG CZ-USA
(Kelly Lindley photo)

On the other end of the ranch, the rest of the CZ-USA team gave the ladies opportunities to shoot a collection of CZ shotguns with Aguila ammunition. Let’s just say, by the end of the day, with tons of hulls on the ground, it appeared that the shooters had experience and no doubt, success. 

Demo Day AGAG CZ shotguns CZ-USA
(Kelly Lindley photo)

Friday, Saturday and Sunday consisted of morning and afternoon training sessions. AG&AG members (450 in all) registered for their classes months in advance. The event sold out (again) this year. 

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Even a thunderstorm didn’t stop Michelle from teaching. They continued the class in the pavilion and through lunch.

I ran 2 different classes throughout the weekend, “Becoming a Gunslinger” and “Get Your Hits.” In both classes, I stressed the importance of learning and applying the fundamentals of shooting. While the ladies performed drills, I made adjustments to their grips and trigger presses. This allowed them to control their shot placements and learn what it felt like to make good shots. I also got a few to acknowledge they were peaking, causing low shots and how to fix it. By the conclusion of each session, many of the ladies knew exactly what they needed to do to correct their errors and make better shots. 

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David Miller with the AG&AG ladies in the duck blind.

David Miller, the Shotgun Product Manager and Pro-Shooter for CZ-USA, taught a class, “Smack Down on Clays, from a Duck Blind.” For this session, he simulated a fun day in the duck blind with multi-target presentations. He even had special color clays to represent hens (which you don’t want to shoot.) The ladies learned about patterning shot shells, as well as discussed chokes and shot sizes. 

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Craig McMichael giving guidance to one of the AG&AG ladies.

Craig McMichael, another member of CZ-USA Pro Staff, taught the class, “Crush’n Clays.” In it, Craig presented techniques needed to consistently crush clay targets. From gun handling skills and safety, to target preparations and creating a game plan, he covered it all. 

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John Francis with a group of AG&AG ladies.

The third instructor for shotgun skills was John Francis, also a CZ-USA Pro Staff member. He taught “Upland Wing Shooting” to help build confidence in the field. In his class the ladies learned gun fit, body and foot position, balance, point of aim, timing and more. 

Shooting from duck blind agag 2019

Throughout the weekend, more than 50 instructors taught a group of women who were eager to learn and understand. Attendees went to classes on the topics of pistol, rifle, shotgun, first aid, non-lethal self-defense, low light, improvised weapons and more. They arrived with a willingness to learn and left with a wealth of knowledge. 

Elevate AGAG 2020

Next year, AG&AG National Conference Elevate 2020 will take place in Grand Junction, Colorado, at the Cameo Shooting and Education Complex from April 30 through May 4. Mark your calendar now. Registration begins at Midnight ET on 9/1/19. 

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  • About Michelle Cerino

    Michelle Cerino, aka Princess Gunslinger, is the managing and social media editor at The WON. Michelle is the president of Cerino Consulting and Training Group, LLC, a firearms training company she built with her husband Chris in 2011. Her path in the firearms and outdoors industries is ever progressing. She is writing, hunting, competing and doing contract work for major manufacturers.