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Alyssa Goggin

VP Sales & Marketing


Connecticut

Who or what got you into shooting?

My father introduced me to firearms at a young age. But my fiancé who is ex-military and a current government employee has reignited my firearms learning and training.

Do you shoot handguns, shotguns, rifles or all of the above?

I shot rifles, and handguns. And hunt with shotguns.

NRA member since:

2009

Why are you involved with the NRA or how do you support their efforts?

I believe that we need to have a group in the political arena to act as a group of many.

Tell us about the first gun you owned or your favorite gun.

I am a Smith & Wesson girl! I carry the M&P 40 while waiting for my S&W shield...

What's your current go-to gun?

Currently I carry the S&W M&P 40 caliber.

What's your favorite shooting range or place to hunt?

Anywhere!!

Do you have a favorite accessory or clothing item you won't go shooting or hunting without? What makes it so important?

My smith Optics eyewear!

What's your best or most memorable moment as it relates to firearms?

Out shooting the boys!

I own a gun because:

I believe in being prepared and being able to protect my family and myself.

What's your easiest gun to handle and shoot? Hardest?

My M4 is the easiest!

Your ideal shopping trip: the mall or an outdoor outfitter?

In CT the selection is limited! But the new Cabelas is a great place to shop!! But since I run, RogueGunfighter... It’s the best place to get gear online!!

What do you think is the best home defense — firing or fleeing?

Always situation dependent. I say… have a route in place to flee and plan to stand your ground!

Who or what inspires you?

All of our service members inspire me to take care of the home front and be the best I can be.

What's your favorite holiday? Why?

Love the aura of the Christmas season!

What do you do to relax and unwind — watch TV, listen to music, go to movies, catch a game, exercise, something else?

Play with the kids and go shooting!