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Thela Cordero


Pensacola, FL

Who or what got you into shooting?

Joining the military back in 2005 and shooting a hand gun for the first time in boot camp.

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

Handguns, rifles.

NRA member since:


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

I believe that being able to own a firearm in our Country is a well-earned right that those before us fought to give us. Being able to shoot a firearm is a great experience and also pretty darn fun.

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

My first gun was a Springfield xd subcompact 9mm.

What's your current go-to gun?

Taurus 22.

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

My families ranch in Katy, TX.

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

My pink camouflage ear protectors.

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

When I first shot a shotgun from the hip in boot camp. I could barely hold it cause it was so heavy.

I own a gun because:

I believe in the right to protect what is rightfully mine and because I love to shoot.

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

Only point at what you intend to shoot.

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

Outdoors, always.

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

If you cannot flee, then fire.

Who or what inspires you?

Strong independent women who don't need to rely on a guy to get things done and be successful.

What's your favorite holiday? Why?

Christmas, because I love Christmas lights, snow, candy, and the smell of holiday candle scents.

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

Exercise and lay under the covers reading a good book.

Your greatest accomplishment?

Joining the Navy and meeting my husband.