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Susan Houde-Walter


Rochester, NY

Who or what got you into shooting?

I grew up in and around New York City, where I was told guns were for cops and robbers. I married someone I thought was a mild-mannered scientist, then two years later all these guns started showing up at home. Turns out his father (who had died when my husband was just a boy) had been Police Commissioner in a very rough neighborhood in Detroit. Their idea of a family outing was to go to the police range on Saturdays for some plinking. My husband later taught me, and then I went on to take several NRA courses.


First or favorite gun?

Choices, choices!! Oh, well...My first gun was a GLOCK 27 (.40 cal mini-GLOCK). Still one of my favorites


What is your favorite gun accessory? Why?

LaserMax Guide Rod Laser, naturally. It is incredibly tough and reliable, and I like having control of the beam. I also like knowing that our high-speed warriors use it.


Favorite place to shoot or hunt?

Three local ranges, especially action pistol range


Favorite shooting/hunting apparel?

Whatever I'm wearing has to work because I shoot for personal protection.


Favorite shooting/hunting partner?

Somehow we always have fun no matter who's in the party. We do a ton of live fire testing at LaserMax and I sometimes get conscripted, sometimes we go out with visitors. We also shoot as a family, and occasionally take friends along. I have also done a bunch of classes, as either an NRA instructor or a student in someone else's class. All of it is good. People just enjoy shooting together.


Best shooting/hunting memory?

Those days when I enjoy beginner's luck


I own a gun because:

Personal protection


How do you feel about pink guns?

I prefer black guns.


Do you go to the range to amp up or chill out?

I go to the range to build experience and confidence.


Best gun tip?

Safety first, and PRACTICE (Which is hypocritical, because I don't do nearly enough.)


Your choice of gun for protection?

Private choice


Guns or shoes?

Guns (You've got to be kidding.)


Who or what inspires you?

Long list


What’s the one thing you can’t live without?



What’s your favorite app?

Google Maps in satellite mode


Book you’re reading?

Leadership in Dangerous Situations: A Handbook for First Responders and the Armed Forces by Patrick J. Sweeney


Favorite TV Show?

YouTube, actually


What’s new on your iPod?

I don't have one.


Favorite sports team?

I'm pre-Title IX (oops! there's that age thing again.)


My theme song is:

Happy Birthday


Favorite vacation spot?



Your greatest accomplishment?

The next one