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Pearl Janice Rivera


Monmouth Junction, NJ

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

The first gun I owned was the .38 revolver snub nose. I didn't like the revolver so now I have the Springfield Armory XD 40 and I LOVE IT! I also have a Ruger SR22 which is a lot of fun!

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

My favorite accessory is my Harley Davidson Cap. It has bling and it protects me from the flying shells.

I own a gun because:

I like to exercise my right and have home protection.

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

I believe the best entry-level gun is the Ruger SR22. It has little recoil and it is a great handgun to hold. (woman-sized)

Your greatest accomplishment?

My greatest accomplishment was Grad School! I am a person who came from a rough background and am the first to have a graduate degree in the family.