What type of group is the Gun Powder Gals?
The Gun Powder Gals is a shooting league is a women’s only shooting group. We meetup several times a month to do a variety of activities. While most of the activities center on firearms we also have non-firearm related meetings.
Currently, we have meet for pistol shooting practice and competition, trap shooting and competition, rifle shooting, archery practice, paint ball, firearm training classes, and a few social events throughout the year.
We have had women’s only IDPA (International Defensive Pistol Association) styled events, and in association with the Sandhills Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation a Women’s Outdoor Event that included firearms, canoeing, and fishing. Our charity of choice is the Cumberland County Rape Crisis Center and we have a fundraisers to help them.
We are always looking for new and exciting events, classes, and education opportunities for our members. If you have a suggestion or know of an upcoming event, please let us know!
The Gun Powder Gals promote firearm safety and education. The group is made up of women of all ages and levels of experience. Regardless of your experience or comfort level, you’ll find at each event a helpful, comfortable, and safe environment to learn and to practice.
Here is what some of our members say:
“Excellent!! These women help you all along the way. If you feel intimidated by all men instruction and target practice then this is the group for you. ”
I would like to say a special “THANK YOU” to all the ladies who met at Guns Plus (Oct. 24th). It was my first time with the Gun Powder Gals and I must say that I had the “time of my life”. Everyone was extremely helpful and were willing to assist in any way needed. Also, everyone was so very friendly. I felt like I was “just one of the gals”. It was so nice to be able to “not know things” and still be treated in such a friendly and helpful manner. It was an awesome time and all the “Gals” were awesome as well. Can’t wait to shoot again! –L.R.
Although this was my first meet up l perceived them to be a phenomenal group of ladies from the welcome and tips I received. The women are supportive and helpful to all shooting levels. ” –B.
The Impromptu Trap Shoot was my first experience with the group, and if all encounters are as good as the first, I’d have to rate them a 10+ (based on a scale of 1-10). I think it will be a great place to build some self-esteem, confidence and offer an opportunity to meet some fantastic ladies who are now living in this area — not just for me, but for all of us. I am extremely glad I have taken the first step, it’s gonna be great to meet more of the group in future meetups. Thanks for having me. ” – C.B.
I think they are an amazing group of women! They have made me feel welcomed and apart of the group. Very knowledgeable and helpful! ” – C.
I heard to join the Gun Powder Gals I have to go through meetup?
All Gun Powder Gals must be members of meetup.com and join the Gun Powder Gals group there. All the group information, such as when the next shooting events are, where they are located, and the ability to RSVP for yourself and a guest, are located on our meetup.com page.
On meetup, we have a discussion forum and are able to upload photos directly to the site. We use meetup.com because we have privacy control, only members can sees the upcoming shooting events and our pictures.
To sign up and use meetup.com is 100% free. When someone creates an account, they can search for our group (or any interests they may have) and request to join. There is an optional place for them to enter information about their shooting experience.
Next, check out the home page and see what is happening! RSVP for events you can make. We do not recommend just showing up to an event without first RSVP’ing. Things change and sometimes get canceled and the only way to let people know is to adjust the event on the meetup page. If you didn’t RSVP, you won’t be notified to any of the changes.
We highly suggest allowing us to email you. Every new event is immediately sent out to all members and any event you RSVP will automatically remind you one week out and the day before the event, so you don’t forget.
We have no method of communicating with the group as meetup.com does not give organizers email addresses. If you have no activity (you don’t visit the Gun Powder Gal’s page) for over 6 months, meetup.com automatically kicks you out of the group. Of course, you can reapply at any time.
I just joined the Gun Powder Gals, now what?
We are happy to have you! Now the question is what do you want to do? Many women join up, but are frightened to come to their first meeting not knowing what to expect. If they are new to the shooting sports, it can seem intimidating.
First, know that every single meetup we have, there will always be a point person who will welcome you, tell you about the facility, introduce you to the other people, and help you get started. You are not alone!
The Gals in the group are some of the friendliest and nicest you’ll meet. Many of them are just getting started in the shooting sports so they are still learning their way and there are many who have been doing it for years.
While we are not instructors, many of the facilities will have someone to show you the ropes or one of the Gals can help you. If you would like formal training, the Gun Powder Gals can provide you with a list of classes and local instructors.
Second, look at the Home page on Meetup.com to see all the upcoming events. Read the description and the date and if you can come, RSVP. If you don’t have the firearm (or archery equipment), then post in the comments. Many of the members have extra equipment and are happy to bring it for others to use. Also, most of the locations have rentals available.
Third, make sure you have the basic equipment, such as eye protection and ear protection. You can buy these most places, such as Wal-Mart for under $20. Most ranges have rentals available. For shooting meetups, you’ll need to bring your own ammo. This is getting easier to find locally, but if you have the time, you may want to order online.
Fourth, attend the event! While doing something new can be a bit nerve-wracking, know that we are all here for the same reason, to learn and to practice in a safe and stress-free environment.
Fifth, pay for membership. To attend an event, there is a $5 fee. This fee helps us keep the Gun Powder Gals’ meetup page, website, pays for supplies like targets, posters, stickers, competition prizes, and administrative time to come up and attend events.
Finally, tell a friend! The more ladies we attend, the more fun we all have. When putting together training or social events like the Women’s Outdoor Adventure or Tactical Pistol or fundraising for the Rape Crisis Center, the more people we have, the easier it is to get even better events on the board.
What are the Gun Powder Gals dues for membership?
There are two different levels of membership. The first is a $5 due for the casual shooter who maybe only wants to come in to shoot every now and then.
For the casual shooter, any of our normal events are $5.00. Our special events are full price. Special events include competition, Outdoor Women’s event, Tactical Shooting Events, specific classes, etc.
Any of our get-to-know you picnics and get-togethers are free.
For shooters who come to many events we have a yearly membership dues of $200. All monthly meetups are free of charge and discounts from 5% – 25% apply to our special events. Free items such as stickers, t-shirts, etc. are given to the yearly members.
Why isn’t the Gun Powder Gals 100% free?
The Gun Powder Gals is not free because it takes time, money, and effort in order to schedule four to six meet-ups a month, as well as to schedule events and classes, provide for targets, and work with local providers to organize events. To keep membership strong, there is a variety of marketing materials that need to be created and maintained, such as website, the meet-up page, the Facebook page, and the private members only Facebook group. As much as we would like the Gun Powder Gals to be free, it isn’t possible. What we charge helps promote the shooting sport, and helps get more women involved.