I live in Norman Oklahoma. I work full time at the District Attorney’s Office. I also own two businesses: Meyer Designs which is a Bullet Jewelry Company (www.meyerdesigns.org) . I also own Oklahoma Gun Training which is a Firearms Training Company (www.oklahomaguntraining.com) . I have 2 yorkies and a cockatiel. I started shooting competitively in late 2011. This year was my first time to shoot the Bianchi Cup in Missouri, and I really enjoyed it. I recently won 1st place in my division at my first local major USPSA match. I mostly shoot USPSA/IPSC, Steel Challenge, Action Pistol and 3 Gun. I also shoot skeet and trap for fun. I’m a certified NRA Instructor in Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun and Refuse to Be a Victim, as well as teach the Oklahoma Conceal/Open Carry Classes. I’m also an NRA Range Safety Officer, as well as certified USPSA Range Officer. I’ve completed the 3 day Instructor Development Class with Tom Givens and have over 300 hours of professional instruction in defensive and competitive techniques. I enjoy taking classes from others and will continue to learn and improve my skills. My passion is showing others how to safely use firearms, and giving them the tools to be successful.
How I got involved in shooting and or hunting:
I had a traumatic event happen to my husband and I in 2007 while on vacation out of the country. When we got home the first thing I wanted to do was learn how to pr0tect myself. My husband already had his conceal carry license and he suggested that I take the class. Once I completed the class he then took me to a local range and bought me my first handgun. I then started going to the range to practice more, and really fell in love with shooting in general. I soon sought out many different Instructors to get professional training and really began to learn more about competitive shooting. I attended my first pistol match alone, and not knowing anyone at the range. Once I got there I soon realized how welcoming everyone was. I now go to a match or at least to the range to practice almost every weekend. My shooting friends have truly become more like family and I always look forward to shooting matches with them.
Why I like encouraging/introducing women and beginners into shooting sports/hunting:
I feel that it’s important for women to be comfortable with firearms mainly for safety and self defense reasons. I remember how much I struggled learning from some of the men who first taught me, and I want to break that barrier for my students. I want to make a difference in their lives and I felt that I could do so by teaching them something I truly have a passion for. Some women want to just learn the basics and plink around in their backyards or local ranges. Where some may want to learn strictly for self defense. Regardless of what style of shooting they are wanting to accomplish I want to be a valuable resource for them. I try and host several different styles of shooting events every year, with the hopes of bringing more ladies into the shooting industry. To see the expression on their faces when they hit their target for the first time, that is truly an exhilarating moment that cannot be replaced, and that is why I teach.
Other outdoor/shooting activities:
We are fortunate to have a couple local Women Only Shooting Leagues in my area. I often help teach classes, seminars, and do a lot of guest speaking to help attract more women to their events. I think the ladies only groups do a fantastic job of uniting more women together that have similar things in common. I would encourage women to look into a local women’s shooting group near you and get involved. I’ve also helped at several NRA Women on Target events, and encourage women to participate in those as well.
How many years have you been shooting a bow? I’ve only shot a bow one time.
Who introduced you to a bow? Ginger Morehead
How many years have you been shooting a firearm? 9 years
Who introduced you to a firearm? My wonderful husband