Don't get us wrong; here at NRA Women we like pumpkin spice just as much as anyone, but fall brings other, more exciting things. One of those things is the nation's only all-women multigun match, the annual A Girl & A Gun Fall Festival. Held for the sixth time this year from Sept 28 - Oct 3, 2021, the AG & AG Fall Festival rocked the Lucas Cattle Company Range in Cross Timbers, Missouri. Unlike other shooting competitions, the Fall Festival is more about shooting than it is about competing.
Given that AG & AG's mission is to help women help themselves as self-defenders, the events the organization runs are geared to new as well as more experienced shooters. In fact, out of the 87 women who competed in the Multigun Challenge, 24 of them were competing for the very first time. So it's no surprise that the Fall Festival kicked off with a three-day 3-Gun University presented by Ruger. Forty-two students took the chance to learn about the sport of 3-gun from pro shooters like Cindy Coker of Team TROY, Rebecca King of Team SENTRY, Beth Walker of Team RUGER and F-1's Tennille Chidester.
The two-day Multigun Challenge offered eight challenging natural-terrain stages designed by Rangemaster John Crowder, who created a very technical match with a vigorous round count, interesting props and various shooting positions. The courses of fire challenged competitors to balance speed and accuracy.
"This was not an easy match," said sponsored shooter Katrina Reed. "In fact, I would say it was the toughest match of the year. Long range out to 580 yards, double flyers, small off-hand rifle targets, and so much more. It was so rewarding watching ladies overcome fear and anxiety, to finish AND finish well. So proud of each of you!"
The division winners were as follows:
- Reanna Kadic
- Rachel Mazzio
- Natalie Webb
- Dianna Muller
- Ashlynne Thomas
- Eileen Kerlin
- Stefanie Crain
- Nancy Webb
- Janelle Weathers
- Cindy Coker
- Nicole Krenzelok
- Susan Richie
The classification winners were:
- High Junior Rachel Mazzio
- High Senior Eileen Kerlin
- High Super Senior Janelle Weathers
- High Military Sarah Moss
However, no AG & AG conference would be complete without a little teamwork, and that's why A Girl & A Gun's Fall Fest also featured the one-day Team Pistol Challenge, which drew 64 competitors comprising 32 two-person teams. The Team Pistol Challenge presented six stages; prizes were awarded through Lewis class cash payouts and random draw prizes.
The Top 5 winners of the Team Pistol Challenge (as well as the creators of some truly hilarious team names) were the following:
- Michigan Mafia - Sheila Hoekstra & Shannan Chada
- Smoke & Hope - Dianna Muller & Ashlynne Thomas
- You Can't Shoot With Us - Reanna Kadic & Beth Walker
- All A'ss - Katrina Reed & Tennille Chidester
- Shake & Bake - Eileen Kerlin & Alexandra Nikolov
Want to participate in an AG & AG event? Click here to locate a chapter or match near you! Pumpkin spice not included.