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Karly Hulce

Childcare/Education


Grandville, Michigan

Who or what got you into shooting?
My Dad, an avid hunter, who also recently got into handguns. He became an NRA basic pistol instructor and started holding Women on Target courses at our local range, which I participated in and then I was hooked.

Do you shoot handguns, shotguns, rifles or all of the above?
Mostly handguns, although I have been known to pick up a rifle or shotgun once in a while.

Why are you involved with the NRA or how do you support their efforts?
I believe that gun education is so much more important than gun control...when you teach people, you do more good than simply making something illegal. I believe the NRA is doing important work to educate people of all ages.

Tell us about the first gun you owned or your favorite gun.
My first gun was a Beretta Neos, a .22 that I can use for plinking on weekends. I currently shoot conventional pistol with a Marvel 1911 .22. I love them both.

What's your current go-to gun?
My Marvel is a go-to...it's light, and accurate, and my dad built it for me, so has great sentimental value.

What's your favorite shooting range or place to hunt?
I love going to our local range, the Grand Rapids Rifle and Pistol Club, where I am a member. Also the U.P. of Michigan for hunting and fun outdoor practice.

Do you have a favorite accessory or clothing item you won't go shooting or hunting without? What makes it so important?:
I recently found some great long sleeve shirts that fit perfectly under any shirts I wear shooting. They have a high neck and aren't loose, so they keep hot cases off my skin when I'm at the range.

What's your best or most memorable moment as it relates to firearms?
When I went to the range with my husband, who has been shooting most of his life, and out-shot him.

I own a gun because:
Because I have the right to protect myself, and I love the social aspect of shooting sports.

What would be your recommendation for best entry-level gun?
Something comfortable to your body. If it's not easy to handle and fire, you won't.

What do you think is the best home defense — firing or fleeing?
If you can get out, go... and if not, protect yourself however possible until you can get out.