The mission: Spend 3 days shooting Remington VersaMax tactical 12-gauge shotguns and Bushmaster AR-15 optics ready carbines (ORC) mounted with the EOtech EXPS3-4 holographic hybrid sight and G33 magnifiers during the first all-female event sponsored by Remington Arms.
Location: Legendary Gunsite Academy in sunny Paulden, Ariz.
Il Ling New — Our fearless leader during the 3-day class. Il Ling teaches defensive handgun, rifle and shotgun courses, as well as hunting rifle and wingshooting at Gunsite. She is also an avid hunter and professional guide in the US, as well a National Sporting Clays Association instructor. We were definitely in good hands with Il Ling, along with her assistants, Cindy Smith and Jane Anne Shimizu.
Jessica Kallam — Jessica is the press relations manager at Remington Arms and one heck of a shotgun shooter. Also, she has an amazing suntan and was not allowed to be photographed standing next to me and my pale Michigan skin. (Photo courtesy of Rachel Fry)
Amy Miller — EOTech media relations manager and fellow “Michigander,” Amy is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to optics and was always ready to answer any questions the group had about the sights used during the class. Fun fact: Amy is a turkey-hunting fanatic.
Rachel Fry — Rachel is an account representative at Galco Gunleather. She provided Galco rifle slings and shell pouches for use during the class. Rachel has been known to eat dessert for dinner; a girl after my own heart. She also sports way-cool tatts. (Photo courtesy of Barbara Baird)
Wendy LaFever — This fierce firecracker is managing editor of NRA’s InSights magazine. You know the saying about good things coming in small packages? That description fits Wendy perfectly. And she won the shoot-off and a new AR!
Barbara Baird — Fearless leader and publisher of Women’s Outdoor News, Realtree news blogger and contributing editor at SHOT Business and SHOT Daily. Not her first time around the block with an AR, but she loved the EOTech sight! And, we’re sure she’s going to tell you more about it later, as she writes from her desk in the basement near her collection of wooden bobble-head, vintage dolls.
Karin Levine — An associate publisher at Harris Tactical Group, Karin is a New Yorker who drinks extra large soda proudly and rides her bike without a helmet (but not at the same time). Rebel.
Kristen Williams — Also known as “The Gun Chick,” Kristen has spot-on accuracy, not only while shooting, but also on the golf course. She’s also been known to bring “down the house” while singing karaoke. (Photo courtesy of Rachel Fry)
Gloria Shytles — Managing editor, SIP Division, InterMedia Outdoors, who never comes to a gun event without a proper pedicure and manicure first. Even though she might lose a trigger-fingernail, she “presses” on — smoothly and with a good reset.
Britney Starr — Managing editor of Women’s Outdoor News and owner of Starr & Bodill African Safaris. Il Ling and I work out left-handed manipulations of the carbine. In fact, I celebrated National Left-Handed Day while at the range.
Suzi Huntington — Editor of American Cop Magazine and former detective from San Diego who collects purple pocket knives, digs crazy-colors of shoes and shorts, and by far, wore the coolest tee shirts. (Photo courtesy of Barbara Baird)
Ellen Pucciarelli — Loves guns, Starbucks’ tea and poking people with tiny needles (she’s an acupuncturist). Ellen also contributes to RecoilWeb. Check out her coverage of the Remington media event. We don’t think she will show up at her kid’s soccer practice in this get-up.
Tess Rousey — Freelance photographer and designer, spinner of cotton candy. You can view Tess’ collection of amazing outdoor photos at her website, Tess Rousey Photography.
EOtech EXPS3-4 holographic hybrid sight and G33 magnifiers — This sight duo offers the operator superior ease of use and clarity when acquiring the sight picture, and you can easily engage the magnifier for longer range shooting. Retail value: $1,069
Remington VersaMax tactical 12-gauge shotguns — The oversized safety, bolt release button and bolt release make gun handling a breeze. Retail value: $1,339
Bushmaster AR-15 ORC — Lightweight, easy to manipulate and a real favorite among the women. Retail value: $1,391.48
Back row: Kristen Williams, Karin Levine, Wendy LaFever, Amy Miller, Gloria Shytles, Rachel Fry, Barbara Baird, Jessica Kallam and Cindy Smith. Front row: Tess Rousey, Ellen Pucciarelli, Suzi Huntington, Britney Starr, Il Ling New and Jane Anne Shimizu.