While having lunch with Katie Pavlich a few years ago I asked her about her shooting preferences – which guns she liked to shoot, etc. She vaguely referenced a .22 revolver that she rarely had an opportunity to fire. Flash forward to today and this she spends her time:

Looks like the fabulous Miss Pavlich has done a little training since that lunchtime conversation.

As you will read here, Katie spent some time hanging out with some pretty fantastic folks shooting the Smith & Wesson IDPA Indoor National Championship match at the Smith & Wesson facility in Massachusetts.

Katie’s shooting story arc represents that of countless women around the country who are jumping into competitive shooting events like IDPA, IPSC and USPSA among others. Now, I have never tried competitive shooting and if I am being honest it is because I have always been intimidated (and I *hate* losing. At anything.), but Katie’s window into the world of a first timer trying out this competitive shooting thing left me intrigued and excited to give it a go.

Thank you, Katie, for removing the intimidation from this formerly daunting aspect of the shooting sports.

Check out her columns at Townhall.com and catch her often on the Fox News Channel. For  more video and photos of Katie rocking it at the #SWIN, click here.

If you are interested in getting involved in IDPA, visit their website. And if you have stories about your first time or experiences shooting competitively, I want to hear them! Post them in the comments below.



Nat and Katie squeezing in little quality America-loving girl time in NYC as part of their ongoing #FeedomTour. See more here.