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Crystal A. Newman


United States

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

My favorite shooting range is the Putnam County Gun Club in Eleanor, WV.

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

I have a pink ball cap that says, 'Shoot like a girl' on the front and 'Appleseed' on the back. A very good friend gave it to me after I'd been to my sixth Appleseed shoot.

What's your most unusual gun-related item?

A stack of paper plates - cheap, plentiful, and the perfect size for defensive shooting practice. My second most unusual item is my Maglula Uplula. My students kept walking off with my black one so I painted it blaze orange and put a fluorescent survival fob on it.

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

My best or most memorable moment was the "ah-ha" moment when it all came together. I didn't have to think of each and every step, and the first time I drew the bullet hit right where I wanted it to hit over and over.

I own a gun because:

Initially I owned guns for self-defense, but now I've been infected with gun fever. I love the way they look, the way they feel, the smell, the sport, and most of all the community.

Tell us the best (or worst) gun advice you've ever been given.

Best... "Slow is fast and fast is slow" Worst... "A .38 special is the best gun for girls because you don't have to learn nuttin.’”

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

My AR-15/22 is by far the easiest and most fun gun I own. The hardest? My 1911 because I know that each shot reduces it's barrel life. (Ha ha) Seriously though... I hate my .38 snubby.

What would be your recommendation for best entry-level gun?

Best handgun: G19

Concealed Carry: S&W M&P Shield

Rifle: AR-15

Shotgun: 870

New shooters are only as good as their instruction.

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

The mall, only because I consider Cabela’s a regular stop like the grocery store. I have to look pretty while I shoot, right?

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

This is an impossible question to answer. I've been in two home invasions and I neither fired or fled.

Who or what inspires you?

I love Julie Golob, Kathy Jackson, and Tia Imel. I could go on and on, but I only have 450 characters. We live in a wonderful age where lady's shooting is booming!

What's your favorite holiday? Why?

Independence Day. Not July 4th mind you, that's just a day on the calendar. I love the INDEPENDENCE of the United States of America.

Your greatest accomplishment?

As much as I want to answer this with a shooting answer, I will say it's my boys who are both excellent shooters and excellent human beings.