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Who or what got you into shooting?
My dad and grandmother. My dad is and always has been an avid hunter, hunting anything big or small from Ohio to Alaska. My grandmother was even Lady Deer Hunter of Ohio in the 80's! I still have some big shoes I'm trying to fill.
Do you shoot handguns, shotguns, rifles or all of the above?
All of the above! I concentrate mostly on pistols. I'm an NRA certified Pistol and Rifle Instructor though!
Why are you involved with the NRA or how do you support their efforts?
Unfortunately guns are misunderstood by a lot of people. I truly believe if it wasn't for the NRA, we wouldn't have many of the firearm freedoms we have today. For that reason, my husband and I are both NRA recruiters and on the committee of Friends of the NRA.
Tell us about the first gun you owned or your favorite gun.
My first gun was handed down from my dad. It was his fathers who passed away soon after I was born. It was a .410 gauge shotgun that he had specially inlaid decorative wood pieces. Someday I'll pass it on to my two little boys. For that reason, I'd have to say it's probably my favorite gun too!
What's your current go-to gun?
I carry a Ruger LC9 which is a 9mm on a daily basis. I teach concealed handgun courses in Ohio and I practice what I preach. Never leave home without it!
What's your favorite shooting range or place to hunt?
My favorite place to shoot is on my own land with friends and family. Sometimes this Ohio weather is unforgiving so we go to our nearest indoor range, Ohio Valley Outdoors. My favorite place to hunt so far has been elk in the beautiful Gila National Wilderness in New Mexico.
Do you have a favorite accessory or clothing item you won't go shooting or hunting without? What makes it so important?
I usually just bring the basic safety necessities like cell phone, shooting glasses, hearing protection and first aid kit!
What's your most unusual gun-related item?
Maybe my pink frame shooting glasses and pink shooting muffs. All the feminine colors are all still so new to me!
What's your best or most memorable moment as it relates to firearms?
When SHOOT LIKE A GIRL launched their trailer at the NFR in Las Vegas, NV in December 2013. Nearly 900 shooters came through our trailer where they had the opportunity to shoot a compound bow and our military grade pistol and rifle simulators with certified trainers in a safe and controlled environment. They left feeling empowered and ready to seek further training and purchase their own firearms. You could feel their excitement! It's incredible.
I own a gun because:
Let the list begin! I own guns to protect my family. I own guns to put food on the table and provide food for my family. I own guns because I simply enjoy shooting them!
Tell us the best (or worst) gun advice you've ever been given.
There's no such thing as a good gun. There's no such thing as a bad gun. A gun in the hands of a bad man is a very dangerous thing. A gun in the hands of a good person is no danger to anyone except the bad guys. Charlton Heston
What's your easiest gun to handle and shoot? Hardest?
Easiest is a single shot .22 rifle I bought for my boys. Hardest is probably my .22lr North American Arms derringer mouse gun! It's so tiny!
What would be your recommendation for best entry-level gun?
I own 3 Ruger target .22's I use for beginners in the class. The longer barrel, heavy weight, small caliber make them a great introductory pistol.
Your ideal shopping trip: the mall or an outdoor outfitter?
I can spend a whole day in an outdoor outfitter! If I go to the mall, I try to be in and out!!!
What do you think is the best home defense — firing or fleeing?
Firing. It takes practice though just like anything else. You can't just purchase a gun and automatically be safer. You have to learn to use it, practice often and be mentally prepared. Push yourself to take classes and keep bettering yourself. Have a safe plan. Take NRA Personal Protection Inside the Home!
Who or what inspires you?
I have two little boys watching every move I make. They've been my biggest inspiration to be a mother they couldn't be prouder of.
What's your favorite holiday? Why?
Christmas is my favorite time of year. I love that it lasts for a whole month, you get to decorate the house, and the beautiful lights. You can threaten the kids to tell Santa when they're bad! My birthday is just before Christmas too, so I get to spend a lot of time with family. There's nothing better than Christmas morning! And the most important part is what Christmas stands for.
What do you do to relax and unwind — watch TV, listen to music, go to movies, catch a game, exercise, something else?
Hunting and target practice are my favorite pastimes. I have a degree in Exercise Science so I also enjoy exercising especially weight lifting. Kayaking Salt Creek is another way I enjoy nature and get some sun!
Your greatest accomplishment?
I was just accepted to attend an NRA Training Counselor Workshop in April 2014! Being able to say I'm an NRA Certified Instructor in Basic Pistol, Rifle, Refuse to be a Victim, Personal Protection Inside the Home, Personal Protection Outside the Home and Chief Range Safety Officer is such an honor. I feel so privileged to share my passion with others!