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Annette Doerr

Freelance Outdoor Writer


Suffern, New York

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.