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Welcome to the NRA Women's Channel

Presented by Smith & Wesson

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.

Terry DeGraw



Who or what got you into shooting?

My son introduced my husband and I into shooting.

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

All the above.

NRA member since:


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

I became a member of the NRA to be part of an organization that supports 2A and gun rights.

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

1st Colt M4 22 Favorite Beretta CX4 Storm & Mini 14

What's your current go-to gun?

Smith & Wesson M&P 9 compact.

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

Hap Baker Firearms Facility.

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

Yes army nap sack to carry my ammo. It's just cool.

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

Hog hunt at the Wilderness lodge in PA. Dropped a 300 pound sow with my Remington 770 .243

I own a gun because:

It's my right and for personal protection.

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

Best advice I was ever given was to educate myself and learn to shoot.

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

Easiest-S&W M&P 9. Hardest- Remington 770 300 Win Mag.

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

Smith & Wesson M & P 9 compact.

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

Outdoor outfitter.

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


Who or what inspires you?

Being more confident inspires me.

What's your favorite holiday? Why?

Christmas family is together.

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

Shooting, 4-wheeling with our Jeeps, bake.

Your greatest accomplishment?

My beautiful Family.