Check out our sweet article on Makenzy and Kelce in Issue 2 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!
Gun Girls Interview
What started your interest in shooting guns?
Makenzy: My sister, Kelce, and I wanted to do something with our dad that we knew he would like. We talked to our mom and came up with the idea of shooting because my dad was in the Marines and is now a Police Officer, and it is something he really enjoys.
Makenzy & Kelce: Before my dad took us to shoot, he went over the safety rules with guns. He would do that almost everyday before he took us to the range. He showed us how to respect the guns that we would use and never made us scared of the guns.
What type of gun do you have?
Makenzy: I have an M&P 22, which is a .22 caliber rifle that is a semi automatic. My rifle is colored in platinum purple camouflage.
Kelce: I have a Crickett .22 caliber bolt-action rifle, which is a single shot rifle. I have to reload it after every shot. My rifle also has a red dot sight on it to help me aim. My rifle is colored in Muddy Girl Pink camouflage.
How long did it take you to become proficient in shooting?
Makenzy: I'm still working towards my proficiency with shooting. I still have a lot to learn. Every day I learn something new from my dad.
Kelce: I'm still learning. My dad keeps teaching us the same things over and over to help us to get better.
Where do you go to train?
Kelce: My dad takes us to Classic Pistol.
How old were you when you first started shooting?
Makenzy: I was 12 and my dad bought me my rifle when I was 13.
Kelce: I was 7 (Makenzy's rifle is a little heavy for me) and my dad got me my rifle when I was 8.
Did you change the type of gun you use over the years?
Makenzy: I have not changed yet. My dad has let me shoot a couple of his handguns: 9mm Glock; and .38 Smith and Wesson; and I shot my mom’s raspberry-colored Luger 380 handgun, but I still like my rifle.
Kelce: I tried a .22 caliber handgun and didn't like it, so I just shoot my rifle.
What is your favorite gun to use?
Makenzy: I like my rifle the most.
Kelce: Same for me, I like my rifle.
Do you do this for leisure or competition?
Makenzy: Right now I do it for leisure. I think I would like to try competition shooting, but I'm not sure yet.
Kelce: I shoot just for fun, but I think I may want to try competition shooting.
What are your next steps for your shooting ambitions?
Makenzy: I’d maybe like to be the only girl in competition shooting at my age in the area.
Kelce: To kick my sister’s butt.
Do you need to have a special license to obtain the guns as a young teen?
Makenzy: Right now I can't buy or own a gun because I'm too young. The rifles my sister and I have are my dad’s.
Kelce: Yeah, my dad has girly guns for his girls.
What advice would you give to other teens that were looking to be proficient in shooting?
Makenzy: First, be safe and treat every weapon as if it is loaded. Take time to learn from someone who knows what they are doing. My dad says he is always learning something new for training for himself.
Kelce: My dad told us the rules with guns. He still goes over the rules with us. I think the rules are important part of shooting so we don't hurt ourselves or anyone else.
Makenzy & Kelce: Practice makes better.