By Danielle Sturgis | May 1 2010 07:00
NRA Instructor Patricia McLelland-Merydith on NRAblog

NRAblog readers expressed interest in the Women's Focus group held at NRA HQ in March (read the report here.) With help from the NRA's Education and Training Division, we'll bring you additional information on each of these talented ladies.

"We're proud to showcase Patricia!" said Beth Hellmann of Women On Target. "She's an amazing woman who is very successful in any endeavor, and an outstanding role model."

Below, read what Patricia has to say:

Recently, I shot a turkey on my way to work. I must have looked a sight in my dress and heels, snagging nylons on barbed wire with turkey and shotgun in hand. Hunting is a way of life for my family. My parents Bud and Claire McLelland taught me to hunt and cook, a tradition being passed to my children and grandchildren. Shooting with family created good memories.

As a competitive trap shooter and firearms saleswoman, I saw too few women shooting and buying firearms, and noticed clubs missing opportunities to encourage women. I wanted women to be comfortable buying their own firearms and feel welcome at clubs. I wanted women to enjoy shooting, create memories with family and join the NRA to help preserve our Second Amendment rights.

I am proud to an NRA Recruiter and NRA Certified Instructor and an NRA Appointed Shotgun Coach. I am also an Amateur Trapshooting Association Coach and have helped with a high school Scholastic Clay Target Program. On June 19, 2010, I will direct my eighth NRA Women On Target Instructional Shooting Clinic, introducing women to trapshooting at George & Joan Ahart’s Coon Creek Trap & Skeet Club in Lincoln, CA, my home club where I teach trapshooting. 

For more information, contact Patricia at pmclelland-merydith@nrahq.org. And stick around -- there are more talented ladies waiting to tell their stories!

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