Watch video footage of A Girl & A Gun’s Ashley West, Christine Ross and Tiffany Venters competing at the 2014 IDPA Nationals below!

The 2014 IDPA National Championship was once again hosted by the incredible United States Shooting Academy in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Hundreds of America’s best International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) shooters gathered under the hot sun or cold rain (depending on the day) to compete in 15 difficult, interactive stages designed to stress each shooter’s ability, equipment and focus. The IDPA ensures that just about any kind of service or defensive pistol can be used, and because of the wide variety of classifications and divisions available, shooters compete on an equal basis against similarly equipped and ranked competitors.

The National Championship also hosted the first ever all-female squad, which was composed of 12 shooters from the A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League and their coach, Randi Rogers, who went on to win this year’s High Lady category. A Girl & A Gun was founded by Julianna Crowder, who wanted to share her inter in competitive action shooting, hunting and self-defense with other like-minded women. It all started a few years ago when Crowder started participating in IDPA matches and noted that there were more women helping their husbands than competing. Crowder became dedicated to getting more women off of the sidelines and onto the firing line by initially performing one-on-one mentoring and hosting ladies-only self-defense classes and safety seminars. However, her real success was achieved when she held her first Girl’s Night Out, an easy-going all-female shooting event. As the ladies got more comfortable and increased their shooting skills at the range, she invited them to a competitive shooting match, eventually bringing thousands of women into shooting sports.

A Girl & A Gun today has more than 2,500 members in 70 chapters in 25 states, making it the fastest-growing women’s shooting organization that holds shooting-focused events that also serve as social gatherings where women can come together for support, encouragement and ask questions in a safe and non-judgmental environment. To find out more about A Girl & A Gun, visit http://www.agirlandagun.org.

Check out these videos to see how some of the competitors stacked up at the IPDA National Championship, and keep your eyes peeled for more coverage in an upcoming issue of COMBAT HANDGUNS. To subscribe, visit http://www.personaldefenseworld.com/subscribe

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