Gun Powder Gals is a women-only shooting group. Our members are from all walks of life, and at various skill levels. What you will find is a common love of shooting in a supportive environment. This group is for women who like to shoot—whether rifle, pistol, shotguns—beginners or experts. We organize and host events in the field of shooting firearms for cultural or educational purposes; Organizing sporting events, namely, competitions at gun shooting ranges, training clinics, beginner and advanced shooting; and just having fun with other women who like to shoot!

  • You don’t need a gun to join.

  • You don’t need experience.

  • You just need a willingness to learn and to be safe to be a Gun Powder Gal!

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Our Beginning

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Gun Powder Gals was started by Candy Sugarman, a newbie (in 2009) at shooting sports who was looking for a few women to go shooting with. Since then Gun Powder Gals has evolved to an organization that encourages women of all backgrounds and experience to learn more and enjoy firearms.

  • Education – General safety and knowledge

  • Protections – Self protection and home defense

  • Camaraderie – Having fun, meeting new people, and supporting the community

  • Learning/Competition – Learning and Testing our skill through clinics and competitive shooting events


“Self-defense is not only our right, it is our duty.”

— ronald reagan


Our Mission

To help women increase their skills and knowledge of firearms and build a better, safer, pro-second Amendment community.

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Get Involved

We’re all about being social. Communication and information about upcoming events can be found on our Facebook page and on Meetup. We also have a private Facebook group you can join! You’ll just let us know a little bit more about you before we go forward.

We look forward to meeting you soon and having you as a part of our exciting group!

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