Q & A WITH GIRLS WITH GUNS AMBASSADOR AND PROFESSIONAL SHOOTER BETH WALKER
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1. What is your favorite part of the 3-gun competitions?
My favorite part of 3-Gun competitions is the community. Aside from the shooting and challenges of 3-Gun, the community is full of so many supportive people. Though we all have differing opinions on the world, politics, faith, etc. there is a common bond that brings us all together and it is the love for shooting. I have been blessed to be surrounded by people who support me and lift me up in all my endeavors, firearms-related or not. Having competed in other sports when I was young, I have never found a group of more helpful people. There is no other sport that I have competed in that involves the want for your competitors to perform well and the sharing of tips to succeed. Finding your tribe is a fantastic feeling and 3-Gun has brought me that. The people that I shoot with make every competition, no matter how hard, a ton of fun!
2. What are 3 words that describe you?
3 words that describe me… talkative, friendly, and faithful.
3. What is your dream job?
My dream job is to do marketing and content creation for a brand within the firearms industry as a competitive shooter. It would also be incredible to be able to continue writing, blogging, and advocacy. These things have become a large part of who I am and have taught me the importance of maintaining my beliefs and convictions no matter what I am involved with.
4. What is your favorite piece of GWG Clothing?
My favorite piece of GWG Clothing are the black Carbine Pants. These pants fit wonderfully, move with me on the range no matter what position I am in, and protect against the elements. For the wide variety of shooting styles that I do, the leg protection for shooting prone, kneeling, and running through the woods makes these pants perfect. After years of trying to find pants that would move with me and perform the way I needed them to, the Carbine Pants have proved themselves to be perfect.
5. What do you like to do for fun when you aren’t shooting?
When I am not shooting I love to write, do Second Amendment advocacy work, and study the Bible and theology. When shooting season starts up, I usually have 2-4 competitions a month, either majors or local matches. It is important to me that I keep a balance with everything I am doing. Hyperfocus on one area of my life generally creates burnout. The most important thing I have found that brings me balance and focus in every area of my life is staying centered on the Lord and His Word. If I don’t do this, I tend to become unsettled in every area.
6. What is something most people don’t know about you?
Something that most people don’t know about me is that I get super nervous every time I have to talk on camera. Because I do it a lot, I have gotten more used to it, but it doesn’t take away the nerves. When filming videos, there will be times where I repeat the same line 30 or 40 times to get it right.
7. How did you get into shooting?
My family is very firearms friendly and I have been raised in a home that taught me the importance of firearms safety and handling. During middle school, I had two fairly severe concussions that caused me to opt-out of playing traditional sports. During this time I found Katelyn Francis, at the time a fellow junior shooter, on Youtube and thought 3-Gun looked really fun. This spurred interest and almost two years of research and talking to competitive shooters across the country. During this time I met women like Jen O’Hara and Norissa Harman, Susan Dundas, Krystie Messenger, and more that became my major influences in the firearms community. This helped me to find ranges, locate firearms to purchase and become more adequate in my shooting ability before starting. With all of their guidance and the support of others that I had been introduced to, I started in August of 2016.
8. What is your favorite Rifle, Pistol and Shotgun?
My favorite rifle is the Ruger AR-556 MPR. It has an 18″ barrel and an incredibly comfortable handguard and stock. The firearm shoots incredibly from the factory. I have a Vortex Razor HD GenII-E 1-6×24 as my optic on this gun. In competition I shoot the Ruger American Competition Pistol. It recently came out and is hands down the most comfortable and functional
stock pistol that I have ever shot. For my shotgun, I run a 12 gauge Benelli M2. I have been running the same shotgun for all four years of competition and it is reliable and runs like a champ no matter the conditions. I do not run an optic or red dot on either my shotgun or pistol, but the pistol has a pre-cut optic ready slide if the owner would like to install a red dot.