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Julianna Crowder


Leander, TX

Who or what got you into shooting?
My husband. He insisted I take a concealed carry course 8 years ago and invited me to shoot with him at a local IDPA match. It didn't take long and I was hooked.

Do you shoot handguns, shotguns, rifles or all of the above?
I love shooting pistols, rifles and shotguns.

NRA member since:

Why are you involved with the NRA or how do you support their efforts?
I appreciate them being my voice and I have become a life member

Tell us about the first gun you owned or your favorite gun.
My dad bought me a BB gun rifle when I was 10 and that was fun, but when my husband won a Glock19 at a match, he turned around and handed it to me, and that was my first gun. I use it to train my students and it will always stay in my collection.

What's your current go-to gun?
Smith and Wesson M&P 9mm

What's your favorite shooting range or place to hunt?
Best of the West Shooting Sports is my home range, and we have a private family spot to hunt in Liberty Hill, Texas.

Do you have a favorite accessory or clothing item you won't go shooting or hunting without? What makes it so important?
I love my uploader. I tell everyone about it.

What's your most unusual gun-related item?
I have a coat rack and the base is a rifle, and one of those clicker fire starters... also a rifle!

What's your best or most memorable moment as it relates to firearms?
My "ah hah" moment last year in Tom Givens instructor development course. It was a journey from the Massad Ayoob class I took the year before, and my trigger finger finally connected to my brain.

I own a gun because:
I am responsible for my own personal safety, as well as that of my family. I also enjoy the competitive shooting sports. The gun is a tool for self-defense and recreation.

Tell us the best (or worst) gun advice you've ever been given.
I have so many little nuggets of information that I have picked up along the way, but the best thing an instructor said was learn the various proper techniques for grip and stance and pick the one that best fits you.

What's your easiest gun to handle and shoot? Hardest?
I love Glock and M&P. They are easy to use with new shooters and between the two, you can find a good fit for each student and give them an idea of what they are looking for when they are gun shopping on their own.

What would be your recommendation for best entry-level gun?
I am a die-hard fan of the Smith and Wesson M&P for an entry level handgun.

Your ideal shopping trip: the mall or an outdoor outfitter?
I love to shop, but hate to shop! I usually have to be on a mission and that helps me decide to shop at the mall or the sporting goods store.

What do you think is the best home defense ‹ firing or fleeing?
I think it depends entirely on the situation.

Who or what inspires you?
The every day woman inspires me. We are all so special in our talents and having a common interest in firearms has given me the opportunity to meet women I would have never met in my life otherwise.

What's your favorite holiday? Why?
Christmas is special to me. My grandmother always did a bunch of cooking and baking. I got to help with the jelly cookies and other treats, wrapping it up for presents. My mother made every holiday special, so really I love them all, each has a set of memories that takes me back.

What do you do to relax and unwind ‹ watch TV, listen to music, go to movies, catch a game, exercise, something else?
I am a cuddle up on the couch with a blanket and turn on the TV kind of girl when it is time to unwind.

Your greatest accomplishment?
A Girl and A Gun Women's Shooting League. What started out as a small group of women I managed to get out to the range a couple nights a month has grown into a national organization where women are coming together, helping and teaching each other, having fun, developing life long friendships and all over our love of firearms.