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St. Louis, MO

Who or what got you into shooting?

My dad. I was very young and I was misbehaving and a punishment I had to go deer hunting with my dad in Northern Illinois. I fell in love with shooting sports from that point on.

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

I bow hunt, rifle, shotgun, and shoot handguns. You name it and I can do it when it comes to hunting and fishing.

NRA member since:

My father has been a member for years. He shared the NRA Women’s TV articles with me and it has inspired me to join and share this profile.

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

I go to a private school in St. Louis that is traditionally very conservative. Every year my father and I make it a goal to take out as many young kids and friends and family as we can and introduce them to the sport. Many of our friends has younger girls in particular, and when they see me shoot - they are hooked and become lifetime members.

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

The first big gun I shot was a TC 30.06. I loved the simplicity of it. I shot my first cow elk with it at the age of 13. My dad then got me a 9mm Glock as a handgun. I am an official Glock Girl. He also has a Remington AR25 assault rifle in a 308 and I love shooting it. I will see if you site allows me to upload the video. My first upland bird gun was a very simple black 1187 20 gauge youth model that I still have an shoot.

What's your current go-to gun?

1187 & a Glock.

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

Wil-Nor Hunt Club in Missouri.

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

I love Prois clothing - but I have to tell you - people get a kick out of some of my photos when I was 12 or 13 with all my bracelets and girlie stuff - and I'm shooting a 308 AR!

What's your most unusual gun-related item?

Elephant hair bracelet from my father.

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

Salmon fishing with my dad in Alaska and he said - "Sloan - look at me . . .I want you to be very calm and promise you won't stand up in the boat. Slowly look over your right shoulder!" I did and a Grizzly was swimming out about 10 feet from the boat looking for fish heads!

I own a gun because:

It's real. It's about the sport, challenging yourself, tradition and family.