Pro Staff / Instructor Spotlight: We asked Susan Hansen a few fun questions. Pro Staff / Instructor Spotlight is designed to help you get to know our awesome team of Pro Staff / Instructors a little better. Susan lives in Washington and is an avid competitive shooter, Firearms Instructor with SLG.
What types of matches do you participate in?
I am a competition shooter. I am a member and participate in USPSA pistol, and multigun matches. Along with 3 Gun Nation, UML and outlaw 3 gun matches.
What types of firearms do you shoot competitively?
I mainly shoot a sport called 3 Gun/Multigun. I shoot pistol, rifle, & shotgun on each stage of a match. Each of my firearms have been tricked and blinged out for competition. Pistol is a custom 40mm, Shotgun is a customized 12 ga with a 12 round tube, Rifle is a custom AR-15 223 Wylde that I built from scratch with my son.
If you could only shoot one what would it be?
That’s tough…. I really enjoy the challenges of all 3. If I had to choose, I would choose rifle.
How did you get involved with competitive shooting?
I grew up raising, training, and showing horses. 11 yrs ago I had a terrible horse accident that left me with a broken back in two places and head trauma. I was told I should not ride again because of my back and balance issues. I was devastated and went into a deep depression hole for years. On a whim, I went to an indoor range, 3 yrs ago, and the fire was started! I started shooting indoor pistol leagues, which grew to outdoor action shooting matches, and then to 3 Gun! I am also an NRA Pistol & Rifle instructor, Chief Range Safety Officer, A The Well Armed Woman/TWAW instructor and a member of A Girl and a Gun/AGAG, United States Practical Shooting Association/USPSA, and United Multi-Gun League/UML.
I now shoot matches all over the US and locally. Competitions are great exercise for me, as well as for my brains memory issues. Not bad for a 53 y/o Nana!
How long have you been shooting competitively?
This year is my third season of shooting.
What shooting skill would you like to master?
I would love to learn more about long range precision shooting.
What’s your biggest shooting challenge?
I’m in the midst of my biggest shooting challenge right now. I totally blew out my knee at a competition in Kentucky last fall. I had surgery to replace my ACL, and meniscus repair and more. I am just getting back out there!
What would be the most amazing competitive stage that is still on your bucket list?
I am lucky enough to be able to travel and shoot in many different places and all sorts of stages. But what is on the top of my list is to shoot the Pro side of the ProAm 3 gun match at Rockcastle in Kentucky.
What’s the hardest lesson you’ve learned?
That even though I feel young, I am not! 😛
What could you give a 40-minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation?
Only 40 minutes? Haha…. I LOVE to work with new and first-time shooters. Teaching them the fundamentals of shooting. Watching the fear of the firearm get replaced with the thrill of the first, safe shot! AMAZING!
NON – SHOOTING RELATED
What do you like most about the SLG shooting trailer?
It is the perfect mixture of helping, teaching, and empowering women, while working next to the best women in the shooting industry! Can’t get any better than that!
If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
My time would be taken up with working on my new business!!! I am now a patent pending inventor and starting a new business because of it! That takes up ALL of my extra time!
What hobby would you get into if time and money weren’t an issue?
I love animals! It would definitely have to be something with animals….lots and lots of them!
What non-shooting related skill would you like to master?
The ability to sleep through the night without my brain working all night! 😛
What non-shooting related .. do you wish you knew more about?
Pastry chef! I love to bake!
What are you interested in that most people haven’t heard of?
That I will be with my two BFF’s on a TV show, Ammo & Attitude, airing next year! We film in Texas this July!
What’s the farthest you’ve ever been from home?
The beautiful city of Cartagena, Spain!
Where do you usually go when you when you have time off?
Alaska!!!! We go out into Prince William Sound, out of Valdez, for 2 weeks. No people, no stores, no phones….nothing but nature! ….exhale…
Who inspires you to be better?
I am blessed to be surrounded by so many wonderful women in the shooting industry. I am in awe and inspired by them all!
What are three interesting facts about you?
I used to be almost 400#. I have recently found a sister I didn’t know I had. I am an introvert, at heart!
What is your biggest fear?
While I wish I could think of something profound, it actually is as simple as loosing another member of my family. Mainly, my hunky hubby, David. He is my rock!
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
It would definitely be something Mexican! Arriba….YUM!!!
Which of the five senses would you say is your strongest?
My hearing! UGH….blessing and a curse. I hear everything…too well.
One thing that not a lot of people know you love to do?
BAKE!!! I love to bake up a storm during the holidays! I hand it all out to whoever crosses my path…just so I can bake some more! 😛
Mountains or Beach?
BOTH! The mountainous islands of Alaska!