Women-only shooting club aims for state chapter

Stacy Alexander-Fulgham takes aim at a local firing range. She also has set her sights on a plan to start a Washington chapter of A Girl and A Gun Women’s Shooting League, to be based in Walla Walla.

Stacy Alexander-Fulgham takes aim at a local firing range. She also has set her sights on a plan to start a Washington chapter of A Girl and A Gun Women’s Shooting League, to be based in Walla Walla. Photo courtesy of Stacy Alexander-Fulgham

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WALLA WALLA — She’s looking for “gals” but sure is getting a lot of calls from men.

“Husbands have contacted me because they want their wives to learn to shoot,” said Stacy Alexander-Fulgham.

Which is what she wants as well, and why she is founding a Washington state chapter of A Girl and A Gun Women’s Shooting League.

A meet-and-greet for women interested in properly handling a firearm well be held 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Jacobi’s Cafe, 416 N. Second Ave. The session will cover information about the organization and registration.

Her own husband is at the root of all this, Alexander-Fulgham said. “We signed up for the (International Defensive Pistol Association) and he sent me a link to this A Girl and A Gun club.”

The organization was fired up two years ago by women for women, for socialization, education, competition and self-defense.

National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers data show participation by women in target shooting and hunting has shot up in the last decade.

Texas-based A Girl and A Gun boasts 1,229 members in 36 chapters across 16 states.

Make that 17.

As an avid pistol shooter, Alexander-Fulgham — who is a range safety officer certified by the National Rifle Association — knew there was nothing here to offer others who share her interest.

“I think this is something we need in this area,” she said.

That’s been affirmed by the response so far. More than 30 women have contacted her, mostly through the Facebook page she started for the new chapter.

“There is definitely a desire for women to learn to shoot,” Alexander-Fulgham said.

Club members may range from women who have never shot a gun to the already-proficient, helping them reach whatever skill level is desired and offering more opportunities to practice.

“We might learn better if we’re not being taught by our husbands,” Alexander-Fulgham said.

A Girl and A Gun will host events for pistol, shotgun and rifle enthusiasts, including Girls Night Out, Breakfast & Bullets and Target Time. Walla Walla Valley members will use East End Rod and Gun Club on the outskirts of Milton-Freewater. An annual membership fee of $50 will include targets and some loaner guns, she said. Covering range fees and ammunition is up to each member.

For more information, call Alexander-Fulgham at 509-240-7757, email her at stacy@savvyshooters.com or visit www.savvyshooters.com.

Sheila Hagar can be reached at sheilahagar@wwub.com or 526-8322.

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