Archive for December, 2017

Tatiana Whitlock Is New AG & AG Director of Training

Thursday, December 28th, 2017


AUSTIN, TX — A Girl & A Gun is pleased to announce that Tatiana Whitlock has accepted the position of Director of Training. Tatiana is an NRA Mom, certified NRA instructor, nationally recognized independent firearms instructor, speaker, and public figure, who has worked with AG & AG for the past five years. Her predecessor Kathy Jackson announced her retirement in 2017, and Tatiana will continue the work in this role to develop a formal education program to cultivate women firearms educators nationwide.

“Tatiana Whitlock understands the mission of our organization to bring women into shooting and encourage them with caring and qualified instructors,” says Julianna Crowder, Founder of AG & AG. “She is the right woman to take the reins of our instructor program and ensure that AG & AG Facilitators are armed with the knowledge they need to be successful in their communities.” Tatiana will lead the two-day Facilitator Development program at the organization’s National Conference. The Facilitators will learn new curriculum, techniques, and strategies that will strengthen their teaching skills.


“I couldn’t be more excited to officially join the A Girl & A Gun leadership team!” says Tatiana Whitlock. “Together we are poised to set a new national standard for safe, competent, and impressive women shooters and instructors nationwide. A women’s educational program designed for women by women, and taught by women in the A Girl & A Gun method. This is going to be a blast!”

Planned developments within the formal education program include:

• Official instructor training credentials, authorized by AG & AG.

• AG & AG standardized training courses for accredited AG & AG instructors to offer nationwide.

• Regular instructional training webinars for Facilitator and instructor leadership.

• Regional Facilitator and instructor training retreats.

• Business consulting services for AG & AG accredited instructors.

• New skill builders and drills for AG & AG members.

Tatiana plans to tap into the talented instructors that currently comprise the AG & AG network. This collaborative effort will draw from their voices and expertise to enrich the national training program. Tatiana brings a new outlook to the AG & AG leadership team that will result in additional training opportunities for Facilitators and members throughout the country.

AFOTEC Conducts Egress Testing Of Modular Handgun System

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

Modular Handgun System is a joint program, with all four services set to eventually field the M17/M18. Air Force pilots carry a sidearm while flying as part of their survival gear. Consequently, the Air Force Operational Test And Evaluation Command has decided to submit MHS to egress testing in order to see if it is compatible with equipment worn by pilots while ejecting from their aircraft and if it will still function after being subjected to those forces. This is the first time they’ve conducted such a test.

Above, MSgt Samuel Pruett, Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center force protection program manager, based at Eglin AFB, Florida, secures an MHS on a test dummy prior to a test on the vertical deceleration tower inside the 711th Human Performance Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, December 6th, 2017.

The vertical deceleration tower replicates ejection forces. As you can see, they tested two pistols at once, one with the 17 round magazine and the other with the 21 round magazine.

Here, MSgt Pruett checks an empty shell casing from a weapon for signs of the firing pin striking the primer at the conclusion of a test to ensure the weapon didn’t fire as a result of ejection forces.

Air Force photos by Wesley Farnsworth, 88th Air Base Wing/Public Affairs.

Viridian Offers Weapon-Mounted Accessories For New Ruger EC9S

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – December 27, 2017 – Viridian Weapon Technologies is pleased to offer powerful weapon-mounted accessories for the newly released Ruger EC9s pistol. The Viridian E Series™ laser (part number 912-0005) and REACTOR® products (part numbers 920-0003, 920-0012 and 920-0004) are designed to fit the Ruger EC9s, LC9, LC9s and LC380. The laser/light models are available online or at retailers across the country.

Ruger EC9S

“We take pride in giving customers instant access to Viridian sighting solutions when popular firearms are introduced,” said Viridian President and CEO Brian Hedeen. “If someone buys a new Ruger EC9s today, they can also pick up one of our E Series or REACTOR lasers. When paired together, the EC9s and Viridian laser will give customers an unbeatable and affordable defensive combo.”

Viridian’s E Series laser sight is made for the everyday conceal and carry owner who demands the most powerful red laser allowed in the United States. Delivering rapid target acquisition when it’s needed most, the E Series is an invaluable component to any concealed carry setup.

The REACTOR R5 green laser is up to 50 times brighter than red, making it the ultimate targeting system for concealed carry pistols. The REACTOR R5-R, the brightest red laser on the market, offers similar performance for the budget-conscious gun owner. Each REACTOR laser includes a microfiber IWB holster that is equipped with Viridian’s INSTANT-ON® technology, ensuring that the laser activates automatically when the gun is drawn.

The newly released Ruger EC9s is an affordable self-defense pistol with a seven-round capacity and suggested retail price of $299 USD. Chambered in 9mm, the striker-fired pistol features a short, light, crisp trigger pull for faster, more accurate shooting. Slim, lightweight and compact, the EC9s weighs 17 ounces unloaded and is just slightly larger than the popular Ruger LCP®. Safety features include integrated trigger safety, manual safety, magazine disconnect and an inspection port that allows for visual confirmation of a loaded or empty chamber.

To see a full list of E Series and REACTOR products designed to fit popular gun models, please visit ViridianWeaponTech.com.

DroneShield – DroneGun MKII Certified for Human Exposure

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

DroneShield is pleased to announce that its DroneGun MKII product has been certified as compliant for human exposure, in connection with requests by potential governmental end-users, in relation to their procurement processes.

EMC Technologies, a specialist SAR (Specific Absorption Rate) measurement NATA (National Association of Testing Authorities) approved laboratory for global certifications, has certified DroneShield’s DroneGun MKII as compliant with the ARPANSA EN 62311 and EN 62209-1 (Australian and New Zealand Communications and Media Authority requirements for human exposure to radio frequencies) within the specific frequency bands of operation which cross references to the international ICNIRP standard.

The certification was obtained in response to the DroneGun product advancing through procurement processes with a number of major defence and other government agencies internationally, for which this was a requirement requested by several agencies. This international certification further underscores the leadership position of the DroneGun product, and is expected to assist the purchasing processes by the relevant government end-users.


SMA Dailey Talks Pinks and Greens

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

In this video by PEO Soldier’s Ron Lee, Sergeant Major of the Army Dan Dailey discusses the proposed Pinks and Greens service dress uniform.

Nine Line Announces Partnership With SIG SAUER

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

Veteran owned Nine Line Apparel is proud to announce a partnership with legendary firearms manufacturer SIG SAUER. It only seemed a natural fit for the pro-military, pro-2nd Amendment apparel company to form bonds with SIG, one of the most recognizable firearms brands in the country, and the recently contracted standard issue pistol of the US Army.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with such a reputable firearms manufacturer. Their dedication to quality and pure American ingenuity mirror our own commitment to superior craftsmanship and patriotism,” said Nine Line CEO CPT Tyler Merritt, US Army (retired).

“We are excited about the partnership with Nine Line Apparel and the Nine Line Foundation, especially kicking it off at the Army-Navy Game.  The two brands really magnify each other and our shared relentless passion for innovation and performance is great combination,” said SIG SAUER VP Marketing Allen McCormick.

The partnership was announced on TV’s “Fox & Friends” on Thursday, December 7, when Merritt unveiled the companies’ first collaborative design on air.

SIG also joined Nine Line at the Tailgate for Troops event at the annual Army-Navy game on Saturday, December 9, in Philadelphia, giving away shirts in exchange for donations to the Nine Line Foundation, a 100% nonprofit organization dedicated to helping severely wounded veterans.

The first Nine Line-SIG collaborative design, “SIG SAUER Eagle” is now available for purchase at www.ninelineapparel.com.

Mission First Tactical – ENGAGE AR15/M16 PISTOL GRIP

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

Increase operator comfort and weapon performance while gaining more control during reloading and firing with this new grip.

Horsham, Pa. (December 2017) – Mission First Tactical, LLC (MFT™), a leader in USA-made rifle/carbine accessories, is proud to release its latest product, the ENGAGE™ AR15/M16 PISTOL GRIP (EPG27). Current handgun pistol grips were carefully considered and reviewed to create a modern, full-sized AR pistol grip that offers positive support and control for one handed operations. The finger swell and grove back straps provide a positive grip surface with wet or gloved hands.


The new pistol grip increases operator comfort and performance while allowing the operator to gain more control during reloading and firing. The tab covers the receiver gaps that can cause discomfort during sustained usage and can be easily removed if desired. Designed for M16/M4/AR15/HK4s, the ENGAGE Pistol Grip is a full-size pistol grip that is optimal for one handed operation. It is available in black, grey, scorched dark earth and foliage green.

EPG27 Specifications:

Weight: 2.4 oz.
Height: 5.007”
Width: 1.22”
Length: 3.026”
MSRP: $19.99 – $24.99

For more information on Mission First Tactical, visit www.missionfirsttactical.com.

AG & AG Partners with Tony Pignato for 2018

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

AUSTIN, TX — A Girl & A Gun is excited to announce that it has partnered with Tony Pignato for 2018. Tony will drive our strategic marketing plan to give each of our sponsors and affiliate partners the best possible return on marketing investment for the 2018 AG & AG National Conference and the AG & AG Brownells Ladies’ Multigun Fall Festival. The strategy includes optimizing the social media reach of AG & AG, establishing strategic media partnerships with influencers, creating engaging and exciting content for our event and our partners, and increasing awareness of our organization, events, and sponsors through proven marketing techniques.

link“Over 400 members and guests travel to be a part of the AG & AG Annual Training Conference and over 150 women and staff who participate in the Brownells Fall Festival,” says Julianna Crowder, Founder of AG & AG. “The female voice in the firearms industry is powerful, confident and growing and AG & AG is proud to be a part of that voice.” AG & AG has an organic reach of over 700k per month through our media partners and social media outlets. AG & AG has launched dedicated event social media pages to share specific content and information about each event, as well as sponsor media and event coverage. This foundation of content will be shared across numerous media outlets in the industry providing each sponsor and strategic partner incredible reach and exposure.

Tony Pignato has a reputation of proven success of expanding market reach for hundreds of manufacturers, retailers, and companies — from the local mom-and-pop shops to some of the biggest names in the industry. As a host on Shooting USA and well-known event promotion consultant in the industry, he has established a reputation of growing event participation and exposure for sponsors, events, and companies by creating engaging content and professional on-camera representation and promotion.

“AG & AG’s 5,500 active members are walking, talking brand ambassadors throughout the United States, says Tony Pignato. “When you add in collaboration with major media players in my network and a strategically designed marketing campaign, A Girl & A Gun events are set to be some of the most influential and effective market platforms for any sponsor or business.”

ShieldAbout A Girl & A Gun

A Girl & A Gun (AG & AG) is a membership organization whose events have been successful stepping stones for thousands of women into the shooting community and fostered their love of shooting with caring and qualified instructors to coach them. AG & AG breaks barriers for women and girls in the area of 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 more than 5,000 members in 48 states, with chapters that host recurring Girl’s Night Outs at more than 150 ranges.