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Welcome to the NRA Women's Channel

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NRA Women is designed for female gun enthusiasts. It's a resource for news, education, events and more. And we're telling more stories of empowered women like you. Come explore, connect, celebrate and unite with the women of NRA.

Susan Patten

Instructional Designer

Newington, CT

Who or what got you into shooting?

Threat to life

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


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

I believe in the right to self defense for ourselves and our families.

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

My first and still favorite is a Taurus 357.

What's your current go-to gun?

Sig 38 Special

What's your most unusual gun-related item?

Flashbang Holster

I own a gun because:

Owning a gun gives me the option to defend myself, my family, and my home if necessary.

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

Easiest: Revolvers (small hands and they don't jam)

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

A carry revolver

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

Firing - no one chases you after

Who or what inspires you?:

The women of the NRA and of A Girl and A Gun