Girls Can’t Do What?!
How many young girls do you know of who get their first firearm at the age of 10, is a competitive shooter a year later, and even has a sponsor? We know one young lady in Texas who has done just that! We would like to introduce you to Ashlynne Thomas, an up and coming young competitive shooter:
TAWS: Do you have siblings? Do any of them shoot?
Yes, I do have a sibling, her name is Abbee Thomas. Yes, she does shoot, and we have a Remington 597 rifle that she shoots.
TAWS: Do you have a nickname? If so, how did you get it?
My nickname is Ash. My parents gave it to me because it is a whole lot easier to pronounce than my full name.
TAWS: Where are you from?
I was born in Santa Barbara CA, then I moved to Texas when I was 7.
TAWS: How did you get your start in the shooting sport? How old were you?
I got my first gun for Christmas one year ago when I was 10, and ever since then I have been shooting. I have been doing competitive shooting for the last 3 months.
TAWS: Do you hunt?
I have not been able to hunt yet, but I am hoping to soon. If I don’t get to do it this year it will be on the list to do next year.
TAWS: How often do you practice?
I practice every night or every other night, and Sunday when it is not freezing cold.
TAWS: What do you love most about shooting?
I really like competing in matches because they are challenging and a lot of fun.
TAWS: What do you wear at your matches?
Right now, I wear my Battle Rifle Company shirt with gray pants. I also have a Scorpion competition belt that I use and a Black Dog Ruger holster. I am waiting for my jersey to come in January.
TAWS: What is your passion outside of shooting?
I love to read and write, and be outdoors.
TAWS: Are your classmates surprised that you shoot?
Yes, the classmates that I have told, are very surprised that I love to shoot guns for fun and in competition as well.
TAWS: What was your best shooting day?
My best shooting days are Sundays, when I get to learn on how to fix my mistakes.
TAWS: Who inspires you?
My parents, my grandparents, and my teachers as well.
TAWS: What is your favorite subject in school?
My favorite subject in school would have to be Social Studies. I have an awesome teacher.
TAWS: What is the last book you read?
Mal’s Spell Book