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Who or what got you into shooting?:
A friends dad, who was a World War II Veteran, D-Day paratrooper. He was in his early 80s and took my family shooting for the first time in 2007. I was hooked, as was my husband and both of our daughters.
Do you shoot handguns, shotguns, rifles or all of the above?:
All of the above! I'm also an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor and Range Safety Officer.
NRA member since:
I was a member for years in the 1980s and rejoined in 2007. I became a Life Member since 2013.
Tell us about the first gun you owned or your favorite gun.:
My first pistol was a Browning Buckmark Camper, .22 lr. I wanted a semi-automatic and figured a .22 caliber would help get my confidence up without having to worry about recoil. He's still one of my favorites to shoot.
What's your current go-to gun?:
Springfield XD 9 mm.
What's your best or most memorable moment as it relates to firearms?:
My part of NY isn't particularly firearm-friendly, nor are there many women who shoot. I love it when salesmen ask me if I need help picking out something for my husband. I make sure to educate them so that they never ask that question again.
Tell us the best (or worst) gun advice you've ever been given.:
Best: Never stop learning. Read, watch, and don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it.
What would be your recommendation for best entry-level gun?:
I generally recommend a new shooter try out several different firearms prior to purchasing one. While I am a huge fan of the .22 lr for a new shooter, I also understand one size does not fit all. A new shooter needs to see what they are comfortable with.
Who or what inspires you?:
I have met so many strong, independent and awesome women on this journey; they inspire me to be the best that I can be. Some men think shooting is still a man-only sport. I do my best and help inspire other women to get involved in the sport.
What do you do to relax and unwind — watch TV, listen to music, go to movies, catch a game, exercise, something else?:
When I'm not at the range, I am usually spending time with my horse, Cody. He's a foundation-bred American Quarter Horse.