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Karen Farthing of The Bulwarks: The Mingle

WHAT CAN I EXPECT? “The Mingle” is an INVITE ONLY VIP event for women in the firearms/self defense industry. This is a 2 day event with sponsors, guest speaker, DOOR PRIZES, special block on Saturday shooting HKs, a full day on the range Sunday with “blocks” of firearms training with top tier instructors at our range in Dahlonega, GA ! There are only 50 spots available on Saturday and 26 spots available on Sunday so we use the “first come first serve” system. Please CLICK ON the event year that applies to “your Mingle’s” details as each year is different.

WHO IS INVITED? We will be inviting females (local or otherwise) that work in the firearms industry, biz owners (managers and team members), club presidents and board members, professional shooters, tactical and shooting instructors, ladies of influence in all aspects of the self defense/martial arts, and in the biz professionals that are 2nd Amendment political supporters.

Please make note that “ladies of influence in all aspects of the self defense” has a very large range…IDPA? USPSA? GADPA? NRA? GCO? OTHER WAYS YOU SUPPORT? LET ME KNOW!

WANT TO COME? Go to the link below, scroll to the bottom of the page and fill out the “ADD ME TO YOUR INVITE LIST” (please add your “industry involvement). Once received, I will approve the request and add you to my invite list. I usually start sending out official event invites mid-January and will continue to do so until we are FULL!

The Complete Combatant’s Mingle events WILL NOT be open to the public and the guest guidelines would have to be met in order to attend. Please contact me if you are not sure if you would qualify as “in the industry”.

WHERE? BOTH Saturday and Sunday of The Mingle is held in Dahlonega, GA. You can grab a hotel in Dahlonega, Cumming, Alpharetta, Johns Creek or anywhere in that area and still be under 45 minutes away! Here is a list of Hotels/Lodging in Dahlonega, GA that are only about 15 minutes from the range. Feel free to research other options and book your (refundable) hotel IMMEDIATELY as this little mountain town is very popular! Visit to see more about Dahlonega, GA. Please consider camping options in our State Parks, researching cabins to rent, and B&Bs around Suches, Gainesville, Alpharetta, Dawsonville, and other surrounding areas within 45 minutes of the range.

SATURDAY IN DAHLONEGA: 9:00AM-6:00PM – 100% SPONSORED! You can look forward to great food, guest speakers, door prizes and shooting HKs! HK LOVES The Mingle and supports The Complete Combatant’s efforts…so much so that they have donated 14 HKs to The Complete Combatant (and will provide more for usd to borrow) for EVERYONE to shoot on Saturday in an awesome 2 hour block. This is YOUR time to ask questions of your peers, meet new people, learn new things and have FUN networking. You are in control of your contacts and relationships.

SUNDAY IN DAHLONEGA: 9:00AM- 6:00PM – $160 per person – Sunday is special day offered to FIREARM INSTRUCTORS and EXPERIENCED SHOOTERS (experienced shooters = embraces the 4 lifestyle safety rules, has taken a professional live fire class and is familiar with expectations on the line) at our private outdoor range in Dahlonega, GA. Our goal is to be a part of the PROCESS on your journey to help others. Each year we will have incredibly skilled instructors that will each teach two hour blocks and we will finish the day with shooting “standards”. Please CLICK ON the event year (located on the LEFT side) that applies to “your Mingle’s” details as each year is different.

FEATURED CHARITY: Racheal’s Rest – Shelley is the Internet Marketing Manager (past Executive Director & Secretary) and one of the founders of Racheal’s Rest. Racheal’s Rest was established in 2012 and is a nonprofit organization that offers counseling, mobile family workshops and 5 day retreats to help women and children who experienced sexual abuse or acts of violence find their balance in life. Please contact her with question about getting help or donating to Racheal’s Rest’s scholarship fund. We will hold a GLOCK Pistol Donation Letter (PDL) giveaway (tickets sold online) and split the proceeds (50/50) with Racheal’s Rest!



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