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Nicky Dare


United States

Who or what got you into shooting?

I’ve been sport shooting since I was young, but didn’t realize the importance of self-protection, awareness, and defense until a near tragic event in my life in my early twenties. I began training with my husband; he bought me a matching PSS 700 Remington bolt action .223 (I bought him a diving dry suit, so we can dive together; D.)


Why are you involved with the NRA or how do you support their efforts?

As a law-abiding citizen, and a responsible gun owner, I believe in the right to bear arms to protect and defend my life and my loved ones from dangers and threats.


Tell us about the first gun you owned or your favorite gun.

PSS 700 Remington bolt action, Mini-30, AR-15, Mossberg 20 gauge pump, Desert Eagle .50AE, and Glock 26


What's your current go-to gun?

Glock 26 .45 caliber; it’s my concealed carry weapon


What's your favorite shooting range or place to hunt?

I do not hunt, not unless I have to. I do not believe in killing animals, not unless it was necessary for me, and as survival needs. The Nevada desert and Alaska terrain are my favorite places to go shooting.


Do you have a favorite accessory or clothing item you won't go shooting or hunting without? What makes it so important?

Extra side pouch and magazines to keep extra ammunitions, such as bucks, and slugs, but mostly basic needs such as protective hat, glasses, and ear protection, as well as my OTIS Cleaning kit


What's your most unusual gun-related item?

I love shooting big guns, such as M2 .50 BMG BeltFed. As long as I am at prone position, this is a real fun gun to shoot for long distance.


What's your best or most memorable moment as it relates to firearms?

Taping a TV series for Verse channel (2000-2001) to compete with SWAT team, military personnel, and coming to the range for training all these years, I would always be the only female, the shortest, the smallest of all the men on the firing line


I own a gun because:

I believe in the right to protect and defend myself, my family, and my loved ones from threats and dangers.


Tell us the best (or worst) gun advice you've ever been given.

The best guns that are the most practical and ergonomically correct for me, in most cases are: the AR's, with collapsible stocks


What's your easiest gun to handle and shoot? Hardest?

The easiest are the AR’s, Minis, Glocks and shotguns because they are all ergonomically correct for me and my size. The hardest are long stock rifles and heavier calibers.