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Patricia Kay Schuster


Oklahoma City, OK

Who or what got you into shooting?

My father. He grew up on a farm in east Texas. Out of 4 children I am the only one who would go with him and spend time with him.

Do you shoot handguns, shotguns, rifles or all of the above?

I shoot handguns and rifles.

NRA member since:


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

I believe in gun rights- that it is up to each of us to have that right to carry or not to carry.

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

The first gun I purchased is a Browning .22 Buckshot- m father was with me when I got it over 10 years ago and I still have the gun. Just bought me a new Smith & Wesson .22 M&P.

What's your current go-to gun?

My new S&W .22 M&P.

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

I go to the local shooting range here in OKC called H&H. This is where the All Girls Gun Club that I am a part of meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month.

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

Going to the shooting range with my father while he battled Leukemia.

I own a gun because:

I grew up with guns, I respect guns, I want to protect myself when alone and protect my family.

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

Really have not been given bad advice.

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

.22 and I like 9mm.

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

A .22 of some brand.

Your ideal shopping trip: the mall or an outdoor outfitter?

Not much of a shopper. Malls are too crowded and over priced really. Outlet malls are pretty cool.

What do you think is the best home defense ‹ firing or fleeing?

Firing if possible, if not, then flee.

Who or what inspires you?

My parents. My husband. God.

What's your favorite holiday? Why?

Christmas. The birth of Christ. The family gatherings and, of course, the food.

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

I do several things- read, watch TV with family, go to the shooting range, and work out.

Your greatest accomplishment?

Having my kids, being there for my parents when needed (now just my mom). And being me.