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Dr. Lisa M. Orick-Martinez

COMMUNICATION STUDIES PROFESSOR, FACULTY ADVISOR – COLLEGE SHOOTING CLUB


Albuquerque, NM

Who or what got you into shooting?
I was the "little brother my brother never had." My brother is four years older than I am and I worshiped him as a child. I took up karate, archery, and he talked my parents into letting me attend the Hunters Safety Clinic when I was 12.

First or favorite gun?
My first gun was a rifle. I attended the Michigan Hunters Safety Clinic in the fall; that year I wanted a rifle. My brother talked my parents into getting me a Remington Nylon 66 .22 caliber rifle with beautiful wood and a white diamond on the stock. My favorite gun now is my Ruger GP100 .357 caliber revolver.

What is your favorite gun accessory? Why?
I really love the Fobus Elite Concealed holsters. I like the way my handguns feel and sound when I holster them in a Fobus.

Favorite place to shoot or hunt?
As an NRA instructor that regularly facilitates "Ladies Only" classes, I rent a private berm at the city range. I just joined a private gun club, Zia Rifle and Pistol Club, and I'm looking forward to more private shooting with my pistols, rifle and shotgun.

Favorite shooting/hunting apparel?
When I was at the NRA Whittington Center in May, I purchased a light blue women's shooting shirt with "NRAWC" embroidered on the collar. It fits nicely and adds to the professionalism of my class.

Favorite shooting/hunting partner?
My favorite shooting partners are the "Lethal Ladies Gun Club" members. We are an informal group of women who go shooting at a range, then to lunch. My husband has commented that most wives go shopping, but his goes shooting!

Best shooting/hunting memory?
When my brother and I were roommates in Las Vegas, Nevada, he taught me how to shoot a pistol. I love spending time at the range with my family and friends.

I own a gun because:
I am passionate about teaching and empowering others. At first I owned a gun for sport, then for personal protection, and now for those reasons and as a firearms instructor, I need to.

How do you feel about pink guns?
I think a woman's gun should fit her and be as comfortable to her as her favorite bra. It could be pink, lilac or black; it doesn't matter as long as it fits. Personally, I added a pink grip to my M&P. My husband and brother don't like to shoot it!