Smith and Wesson

Welcome to the NRA Women's Channel

Presented by Smith & Wesson

NRA Women is designed for female gun enthusiasts. It's a resource for news, education, events and more. And we're telling more stories of empowered women like you. Come explore, connect, celebrate and unite with the women of NRA.

Lou Ann Hamblin



Who or what got you into shooting?:
A career in law enforcement.

Do you shoot handguns, shotguns, rifles or all of the above?:
Handguns, shotguns, rifles, sub guns.

Why are you involved with the NRA or how do you support their efforts?
I believe in the NRA mission.

Tell us about the first gun you owned or your favorite gun.
A Smith and Wesson Revolver K-Frame

What's your current go-to gun?:
Kahr .p380

What's your favorite shooting range or place to hunt?
Anyplace with a berm.

Do you have a favorite accessory or clothing item you won't go shooting or hunting without? What makes it so important?:
A holster. Safety first.

I own a gun because:
I am an American.

Tell us the best (or worst) gun advice you've ever been given.:
"Little lady, this gun might be a little too powerful for you."

What's your easiest gun to handle and shoot? Hardest?:
Glock 17, easiest. And .357 Sig, hardest.

What would be your recommendation for best entry-level gun?:

Your ideal shopping trip: the mall or an outdoor outfitter?:
Depends on the sale.

What do you think is the best home defense — firing or fleeing?:
Firing from cover.

Who or what inspires you?:

What's your favorite holiday? Why?:

What do you do to relax and unwind — watch TV, listen to music, go to movies, catch a game, exercise, something else?:

Your greatest accomplishment?:
Master's degree.