In this installment of our series Gal Gab, Team USA athlete, Julia Stallings, gives us her take on our six questions. We’ve watched her cool trick shot videos on The Gram, and were thrilled when she agreed to our request for an interview. Find out more about her experience in the shooting industry, her training regimen, and how to break into the field (or any, for that matter!).
And, just for fun, we’ve included one of her famous trick shot videos, for your viewing pleasure. Keep scrolling to learn more about Julia Stallings, self-proclaimed “Shotgun Girl.”
1. Describe a typical day in your work life:
I don’t think I ever have a “normal” typical day at work. Most days involve me waking up early and hitting the gym. After the gym, I always tend to hit the range. Most days my range time involves me 1-2 hours; however, I have had some days where I spend five hours at the range. Usually after my training, I then go to coaching a group of high schoolers. Memphis is growing tremendously with young shooters; almost every high school has a trap team. After coaching I get to finally relax and spend time making plans for the next day.
2. #1 piece of advice you would give other females who want to break into the industry?
One piece of advice that I would give other females who want to break into the industry is don’t be scared to jump in. Working in a gun store I have seen the stereotypes – I’ll be honest, it sucks. There will always be one person who says, “oh you’re just a girl…that’s not for you.” My advice, prove them wrong! The best bet is to find someone like you involved in the industry, and ask questions. You can never go wrong with asking too many questions.
3. What motivates you?
Honestly, the challenge motivates me. The challenge of becoming better than I was yesterday. The challenge of dominating a once all-male dominated sport. I never wanted to be average or mediocre, and that in itself motivates me.
4. Most unexpected thing you’ve learned, while working in this industry?
One of the most unexpected things that I learned when first joining the industry is that it’s constantly evolving. I mean, you can see it in the physical guns themselves, but also in the community. The firearms are constantly becoming better, lighter, more efficient. But the community itself is developing. There’s a great group of youth shooters getting college scholarships, women are growing in the industry … that’s amazing to see.
5. Favorite product in the outdoor or shooting market right now?
One of my favorite products on the shooting market right now is the Krieghoff K-80. It’s currently the shotgun I use for competitions.
6. Let’s have some fun… what weapon would you use to battle a giant?
If I had to battle a giant the weapon I would probably use is a Barrett .50 cal. I got to shoot my first .50 cal at The Gundies and I think it might make a little dent. If not, I guess I’m going for an M1 rocket launcher.
Jackie Baird Richardson is an interior designer, editor at The WON and avid junker. Watch for her design tips and occasional crafting ideas, bringing the outdoors indoors. View all posts by Jackie Richardson
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