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Who or what got you into shooting?
I always loved guns. I grew up in the Midwest on open land. As a child I was always riding my pretend horse, Silver, and my guns and belt were always hanging on my hips. I was very skinny, and to look at the photographs is quite a site. Covered with the dirt from my parents building a new home, I certainly was the image of a child who held an early respect for that which was a great part of the West and the settling of America.
First or favorite gun?
My first gun was a revolver, a Smith and Wesson .38, and next came my Ruger 357 revolver. These are really fun guns to shoot and I feel very "cowboy" when I do. My 9 mm Glock 19 semi-automatic was my first semi-automatic. I purchased it for a four-day self-defense class my husband and I took at Frontsight Firearms Training Institute outside of Las Vegas. My next was the Ruger Mark III .22, bought for plinking, and my last gun purchased is a Ruger LC9. They are all my favorites
What is your favorite gun accessory? Why?
There is not one favorite accessory. I do like to have different belts for different holsters. I am very particular about having my holsters feel secure yet comfortable. I wear my gun always when I walk our walking paths in the country.
Favorite place to shoot or hunt?
I love to shoot at Eagle Eye. This is property we own in the country. It is open and reminds me of the Old West. We have a berm for shooting with a 360-degree view, and it is high on a hill. This is where I teach the students in my class. The finale of the class is obviously their passing of the shooting test.
Favorite shooting/hunting apparel?
I get excited every time I put on my NRA Pistol Instructor Cap. Part of my attire is to wear my Silver gun, with rhinestones in it, on a 16 inch silver chain. A family member gave this to me for Christmas one year. These are trademarks of my dress, along with my red NRA water bottle. I like to wear clothing that is feminine, stylish, and yet works for teaching comfort.
Favorite shooting/hunting partner?
My husband Michael is the person I love to shoot with. We have a common bond of an appreciation for guns. He was raised as a hunter and used guns frequently. I, however, was raised with play guns, yet my parents taught me an appreciation for my dad's guns. Although I shot guns once in awhile, I did not become active in shooting until I was in my sixties. What a dream come true!
Best shooting/hunting memory?
My very best memory was the passing of my shooting test for the NRA Pistol Instructor Certificate. My signing up for the class was a last minute decision and I had no idea how tough the entire class was going to be. The class had 20 people, of which three were women and two were with their husbands. The men all were military, policemen, or had many years of gun experience. Wow, it was a challenge for me. The shooting test came on a day when it was very windy and cold. I did my best and when I found out I had passed, I did jump up and down with joy. Needless to say, I was so thrilled to be able to teach others the joy of proper gun ownership and use.
I own a gun because:
It is very simple. I own a gun because of our Second Amendment right to do so. I shoot for fun, to relieve stress, and to know that I can protect my loved ones, my property, our beloved country, and myself.
How do you feel about pink guns?
They are fine and hold a purpose for many ladies. I think if there was a red gun I probably would buy it, but I am not a pink color person. I like the basics of black and I think that it is practical and has more the western feel I like for shooting.
Do you go to the range to amp up or chill out?
Yes I do shoot to relieve stress. It is one of the best ever for letting go of the nonsense of every day life. That adrenalin feeling cannot be duplicated. I love to shoot fast and with accuracy. It is a self-competition kind of thing. Maybe one day I will get into group shooting or western competition, but for now I love teaching and just shooting for myself and with my husband.
Best gun tip?
The best thing for men and women is to learn it right the first time. Take a reputable class and one in which you are comfortable. Beware of large classes where there is little one on one interaction. You do not want to be intimidated in class and not feel free to ask questions. Also make sure you try a few guns before you put out money for a gun that is not right for you. I use three guns in my pistol classes for just this purpose.
Your choice of gun for protection?
The Glock 19 is a good gun for home protection. The Ruger LC9 is a compact, lightweight semi-automatic that is a great carry gun. It has a long trigger pull but I got used to it quickly.
Guns or shoes?
Who or what inspires you?
Authentic rule of law (God's authority, natural law, and the Constitution) is my inspiration. I've now written four books, www.stopthecompromise.com, as to why America is self-destructing and what we can do about it by stopping the compromise of its founding principles. Teaching NRA classes and speaking on our Second Amendment rights are forms of activism that I truly enjoy.
What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
My family, Bible, and my guns. Guess that is more than one thing
Book you’re reading?
Right now I am reading a very simple book called The American Revolution by Bruce Bliven Jr. that I originally bought for our grandchildren. It is for ages 12 and up. The facts in it bring one back to a time when men were courageous in their quest to do what was right for America. I never liked history when I was in school; now I cannot get enough of it.
Favorite TV Show?
We like to watch the old westerns like Gunsmoke and Wagon Train. There is a western station that provides these and many others. We are now getting our grandchildren to watch these shows. They are all under age six, and these movies provide such moral truths and the joy of knowing it is OKAY to own a gun. I have taught some of them the NRA Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program. This is a fun and safe way to introduce guns to children.
What’s new on your iPod?
I am not into the new technology. I do have a cell phone by which I can pick up emails and get weather and take photos, but beyond that I do nothing else. Learning the computer was not easy for me but thank goodness I did, for some of my friends never did, and they are, so to speak, left out of many things. I would never have authored my books or got into my teaching of pistol classes without the computer.
Favorite sports team?
Sometimes I will watch a good football game. Otherwise, I do not have a favorite team and do not watch sports routinely.
My theme song is:
“God Bless America” by Kate Smith and the theme song from the Lone Ranger
Favorite vacation spot?
We always took the children to Club Med. We were able to scuba dive and participate in many other wonderful activities. Our favorite was Columbus Isle. My dream is to take our grandchildren to a setting where they can learn about the western history of America and learn to shoot. Both of our children shoot and thus it is a family bond. As for now, Michael and I spend our time at Eagle's Nest and find this to be the best vacation ever. We did a lot of travel in years past and now we just enjoy all the activities we can do on our 64 acres.