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Rebecca Lynn Brackett


Medford, OR

Who or what got you into shooting?

My mom and dad, at a very early age. It’s continued to be a part of my being and lifestyle.

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

Anything and everything. I love guns! It’s a great hobby to have, but unfortunately it can be expensive too.

NRA member since:

My dad signed me up as a junior member long ago, but I just signed up again today-November 3, 2013.

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

I am involved in the NRA because I believe more Americans need to stand up for our gun rights. Guns don't kill people; people kill people-the gun is just a mere tool. We teach defensive tactics and firearm training and promote the NRA memberships and benefits in our classes. Check out our website:

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

My first gun was a RWS high-powered pellet gun. We put a scope on it and made it a deadly squirrel killer. It’s really fun to shoot and great for the kids too.

What's your current go-to gun?

My current go to gun is Glock 34 9mm. I like it because I’m comfortable and proficient shooting it. I also really like our 1911 .45

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

My property...I live on 50 acres and love it. We have our own range and squirrel hunting makes great practice.

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

I run pretty frequently and I like to change up my running areas, which unfortunately can be pretty rural. I always run with my belly band which holds my smith &Wesson .38 special and also my phone.

What's your most unusual gun-related item?

Well...its kind of gun related. Tannerite! It’s a blast to blow up and totally thrilling to see people shoot it that have never experienced it.

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

When I was little, my Mom & Dad took me out to the desert to shoot. At the time we lived in California. I have a picture of me holding my dads rifle, which I could barely hold up. He helped me shoot it for the first time and I was hooked. My dad holds numerous marksman trophies from his police days. I am definitely my dad’s daughter. He used to call me Annie Oakley...

I own a gun because:

I refuse to be a victim. I will never look like prey. I will always acknowledge my surroundings. I will always be prepared for the worst. I have a warrior mindset. I will never be defeated....

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

Best gun advice I’ve ever received was from my husband who is current law enforcement and a firearms instructor for our business: Coyote Creek Tactical. He said, "If you don't have it, you can’t use it." I always carry my firearm wherever I go. Worst advice was from a true "gun guy". He told me if I shot and killed someone that had broken into my home, I had to put a knife in his hand to make it look better. He was a lunatic.

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

The easiest gun for me is my Glock 34 9mm. The safe action a preference and the extra barrel length make it easier for accuracy. I also put a Hoag grip on it to make it more comfortable. The hardest gun for me is the Smith & Wesson .380. The safety is hard to manipulate and the stock was too short to get a firm grip on without a mag extension.

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

Best entry-level gun in my opinion would b a .38 special. They are easy to handle and manipulate for small hands, they don't malfunction due to them being a revolver, and you don't have to worry about remembering the safety in high stress encounters. Just point and pull.

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

I love shopping for cloths or my girls-ages 6 and 3. BUT, when I do have the extra cash its fun to go buy gun stuff and stock up on ammo so we can practice. We love skeet shooting at home and my husband just bought a Benelli for his 3 Gun shoots, so that's my preference.

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

I am a home base kind of girl. I know my home better than any other intruder. I have firearms strategically placed everywhere (always up high or in a safe place for the kids sake). I would defend my home against an intruder for my family always without question.

Who or what inspires you?

I am inspired by a dying way of life and character. Family is very important to me; work ethic and honesty is something you don't readily find anymore. My husband and I are raising our girls the way our parents raised us- with honesty, integrity, respecting others, and a hard work ethic.

What's your favorite holiday? Why?

It’s a toss up between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I love to cook and bake. The smell of turkey and stuffing is intoxicating for me. And then add in some desserts and you have a happy Mama! Christmas is amazing too. The excitement as we count down to Christmas day and the beautiful chaos the holidays bring… it makes it worth it when I see the joy in my children’s’ eyes Christmas morning opening up presents.

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

I run to unplug, think and stay in shape. I also love to fish for Steelhead or Salmon. When we go on vacation as family, we toy hauler and bikes to the Oregon Dunes.

Your greatest accomplishment?

My two girls. Its very humbling being a mom and very trying at times to discipline them the right way all the time. But through it all, I am so thankful and blessed to have such great, healthy, loving kids.