She is my Inspiration, my Adventure Guide, my Cheerleader, my Teacher, and my Role Model. She is the Real Woman of SHOT.
Note: about who we missed.
Women in the Firearms Industry
Yes, we are fully aware there is nothing new or trendy about women working in the firearms industry. We know women have been an important part of this all since the early days, be it working in factories, participating in marksmanship shows like Annie Oakley did, or even running stores that sold guns and ammo to the public.
Sara Nolan -Trijicon
“I’m blessed to work with the most amazing humans for the last 13 years, giving me amazing opportunities including some real fun shooting and amazing travel. I just really love the people in this industry.”
And let’s not forget those in service. Over the years women have always been contributing in all sorts of capacities to the world of firearms. We also know women are capable of anything and everything, so the skill of these women is not necessarily what we are celebrating with this article, though believe me they all deserve credit for their amazing talents. Instead, this pictorial is to remind us all that the most important part of what we do in this industry is the impact we have on the next generation. From marketing professionals to engineers, to competitive shooters, writers, artists, designers, photographers, and brand ambassadors, these women are inspiring men, women, and children daily.
Through our perceived personal qualities, behaviors, and achievements, we all can inspire the next generation to strive and develop a passion for something without providing any direct instruction. This is powerful, and beautiful, just like the Real Women of SHOT.
Women of the Gun
*NOTE This is only a small representation of the amazing women who attended SHOT 2020, we simply could not catch up with all of them even considering we did have boots on the ground for the “Women of The Gun” event held Wednesday evening. I was impressed with the support these ladies were showing for one another. Things look positive and man that feels good. There isn’t anything better than when we lift each other vs. tearing one another down. Women’s Outdoor News is doing a great job bringing strong hard-working women together and we sure are excited to see the outcome of it all. Stay Tuned!
Meet Real Women of SHOT
Kat Leahy -Adams Arms
“My passion for firearms has lead me along a path of answering phones here at Adams Arms to now being the sales and marketing manager.” https://www.instagram.com/almightykatamus/
Kim Rhode – Double Trap and Skeet Shooter; Olympic medal winner; TruckVault Brand Ambassador
Amy Coyne – Wild Things
Brittney Stalvey -Aimpoint
“I originally wanted to go into law enforcement but didn’t want to be the woman that didn’t know how to shoot. So I started training with pistols, moved on to the AR platform, then started working at a gun shop and just enjoyed it and kept going forward. Here I am now working in marketing for Aimpoint.”
Carlie Winegar – Glock USA
“I feel connected to Glock’s mission, providing the best equipment for those going into harm’s way.” https://www.facebook.com/carlie.sells
Melissa Gilliland – Professional Shooter
Megan Holly – White Raven
“Knowing that I can help put the right products in the hands of people who do the best for us daily is why I love working in this industry.”
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Jessica Kallam – Silencer CO
“When I joined the industry it wasn’t a passion but it quickly became one. I love that I’ve had the opportunity to provide my daughter with firearms safety and defensive training. It is important to me, as a mother, that she is as prepared as she can be.” https://www.instagram.com/jeskallam/
Brittany Strosnider – Primary Weapons System & Andrea Shaw -GunMagWarehouse
Debra Radcliffe – 5.11
“It humbles me to support those who protect our communities and keep us safe.”
Rei Hoang – Precision Rifle Shooter
Michelle Cerino – Women’s Outdoor News
“My passion is to keep women in this industry growing in the right direction.” https://www.instagram.com/princessgunslinger/
Becky Yackley – Competitive Shooter
“Everything with the firearms industry has been part of my life, from childhood to now with my family, this IS my life.” https://www.instagram.com/beckyyackley/
Dina Sanders – Primary Arms
“I applied to a job listing for a graphic designer and have been passionate about this industry ever since. Great people and great support.” https://www.instagram.com/guns_n_bunz/
Sara Liberte – Photographer – Breach Bang Clear & Penny Osiecki -Hogs& Heifers Saloon
“Having an opportunity to create powerful images of active duty, LEO’S and veterans humbles me. It’s an honor I don’t take lightly.” https://www.instagram.com/saralibertephotography/
Kenda Lenseigne – Cowgirl Pro Mounted Shooter
“Competitive riding was starting to get a little dull, and I found a new goal to strive for with mounted shooting. It’s been fueling me to push boundaries since.” https://www.instagram.com/kenda_lenseigne/
Sara Westman – Kitfox Design Group
“I love the fact that people are coming to me for my design talents in this industry and I enjoy working with them.” https://www.instagram.com/kitfoxdesigngroup/
Heather Miller – STI Firearms / Staccato 2011
“This industry is the best for me. I’m very passionate about 2A and I love the people that share that passion.” https://instagram.com/3gunheather/
Barbara Baird – Women’s Outdoor News
“Women growing in these sports is exciting. I love to see more and more women climbing in executive positions in this industry, exciting times.” https://www.instagram.com/womensoutdoornews/
Stephanie Kimmell -Writer – Breach Bang Clear
“As a writer and editor, the coolest thing about working in this industry is learning about all of the innovation that is involved in designing better and better gear. The people are top-notch and I am always learning new things from them.”
Genevieve Price – Bad Moon Armory
“Firearms are a great equalizer. The community itself is built around the idea of fighting oppression. As a Hispanic and as a woman, I’m here to help carry that message and shake up the face of the typical “gun owner”. On a side note, there is also something empowering when I’m at SHOT with Jon and people automatically go to talk to him to sell him on something and he turns and says “ you don’t need to be talking to me, you need to sell her, she’s the owner”. That big hairy man of mine has never been sexier, lol”
Valerie Calfous – Lowa Boots
“I love working with this group of people, I love that I’m giving back to our armed services and LEO’s
Susan Belanger – Trijicon
“The people are the best in this industry. They have the best stories to share, and I’ve heard some great ones over my 24 years.”
*Note: As with our previous installment of this series, there is simply no way we could make contact with all the women we wanted to, particularly when the author/photographer only had two days to get it done. Anyone who has anything whatsoever to do with this industry will know that there are many badass women not listed here. Belén from Law Tactical, Ingrid from LOWA Boots, Grace and Mary from B.E. Meyers, Tamara Keel, Nina from ATEi, Laurice from Soldier Systems Daily, Lena Miculek, Julie Golob, Jessica “Juice” from Lead Faucet Tactical, Laura Burgess, Amanda MacDougall, Cheyenne Dalton, our own Patti Miller, Candice Horner (one of our former crew members)…the list goes on.
Before posting in unnecessary outrage or just to vent your spleen about who we may have missed or slighted or ignored because of their shape/color/hairstyle/wtf-ever, take that caveat into consideration. Then, when you post, you can help us educate our readers with names and social media frequencies instead of just letting us know you have a case of the red ass. That’d be a far more constructive use of your time!
See all of our coverage of SHOT Show 2020.