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Jacqueline Janes

Digital Marketing Strategist & Writer

Mesa, Arizona

Who or what got you into shooting?
In March of 2009, my life changed forever when my significant other took me to the Arizona Game and Fish Outdoor Expo. I was able to shoot several types of guns, and even got to try my hand at a few different types of competitive shooting, including cowboy action, practical pistol and smallbore rifle. By the end of the day, I was completely hooked, and I purchased my first gun the following week.

Do you shoot handguns, shotguns, rifles or all of the above?
Rifle, pistol or shotgun? Yes, please! I am a big fan of all types of shooting disciplines, and I never pass up the chance when given the opportunity to shoot something new. I am very involved in competitive shooting, and I currently compete with my pistol, rifle and shotgun.

Why are you involved with the NRA or how do you support their efforts?
I am very grateful for NRA and their efforts to protect and secure my rights. I recognize that the struggle to keep our freedoms is a never ending battle, and it's important to me to be part of that fight. I have been an NRA-ILA Election Volunteer Coordinator for several years, where I act as the liaison between NRA members and gun owners in several Arizona districts and help to elect pro-freedom candidates.

Tell us about the first gun you owned or your favorite gun.
The first gun I purchased was a Ruger 10/22 rifle, and I still enjoy shooting it when I get the chance. Shortly after purchasing the rifle, I discovered the wonderful world of accessorizing and gave it a complete purple makeover. It's a fun gun to shoot, and it gets a lot of looks wherever I take it.

What's your current go-to gun?
My current go-to gun is my STI 1911 in 9mm. It's competitive out of the box, and I've had no need to make any modifications to it, except for putting on some snazzy pink and black low profile grips. I can move seamlessly between competing in USPSA and IDPA matches with just a few small changes to my equipment, and despite cleaning it a lot less often than I should, it runs beautifully.

What's your favorite shooting range or place to hunt?
There's no place like home! I am very fortunate to live in Arizona, where I have the opportunity to shoot alongside many of the best competitive shooters in the world. My range time is split between Phoenix Rod and Gun Club and Rio Salado Sportsman's Club in Mesa, Arizona, where I can compete in Steel, USPSA, IDPA or 3-Gun matches almost every day of the week.

I own a gun because:
I own a gun because it's fun! Shooting competitively has made me a better person and I can use the skills I've developed to protect myself if ever needed.

Tell us the best (or worst) gun advice you've ever been given.
"Shoot Fast, Don't Miss," by Rob Leatham. It may sound like a joke or oversimplification, but in practical shooting competitions, finding the perfect balance between speed and accuracy is key to winning matches.

Who or what inspires you?
I'm most inspired by the women in the shooting sports that have paved the way and made it so much easier for women like myself to get involved in shooting sports. Deb Ferns of Babes with Bullets, and USPSA champions Lisa Munson and Kay Miculek have been instrumental in providing me with the training and support that has brought me to where I am today, and I will never be able to thank them enough for their help.

Your greatest accomplishment?
My greatest accomplishment as a competitive shooter is winning several high lady champion titles in IDPA and USPSA in 2013. I am also honored to have received the 2012 NRA-ILA Volunteer of the Year Award for my work as an NRA Election Volunteer Coordinator.