June 4, 2014-Fayetteville, GA-• Rachel Smith turned 15 years-old this June.
• She will be a sophomore at McIntosh High School in PTC, Georgia. She plays the oboe in the symphonic band and is in the beta club.
• She is a member of First Baptist Church in Fayetteville, Georgia.
• She volunteers at Cleveland Elementary in a First Grade classroom in the mornings before going to high school. The students love her dearly and greet her with hugs.
• She has been shooting for 2 years.
• She shot her first steel match at the Griffin Gun Club at the age of 12 (summer of 2012) with her daddy. This was the beginning of her passion for shooting.
• When she was 13, her dad took her to her first Glock competition to watch him. Rachel appreciated watching her daddy shoot. She came home and talked nonstop about the competition.
• At the next Glock match, Rachel used her dad’s Glock 17 to shoot in the Conyers match for the very first time. Rachel was hooked line and sinker. Rachel shared the Glock 17 with her dad only to add a girl’s touch to it. Her dad got teased for shooting a Glock 17 with a pink gun sleeve.
• For the first year, Rachel’s Griffin Steel Matches and Glock Matches were her sole practice.
• Finally, her family joined the Griffin Gun Club last summer (2013). It is a great place to practice and the pistol shooters love seeing her and watching her shoot. She attends most monthly meetings with her dad. She shoots every month in the Steel Matches there.
• After Rachel turned 14, her family stating shooting the Glock matches togehter. She has traveled with her family to Minnesota, Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana, Florida, and Kentucky to shoot in Glock Mathces. In 2014, she won top Jr. Female at five different Glock matches, beating adult shooters too. Last month, she came in 2nd and 3rd with her 22 riffle. Yes, this was against grown men, and beat a master shooter.
• Rachel wants everyone to understand the importance of gun safety. Before anyone fires a gun, they need to take a gun safety course. Guns are not toys and should not be treated as a toy. A child or teen should never be allowed to pick up a gun unless an adult is supervising.
• Rachel said, “I am a different kind of an all American Girl. I bake cookies and brownies with my mama. I bowl with my papa and his friends. I play the oboe at school. I shoot guns with my family. What more can a girl ask for! My true passion is shooting my guns in matches. I look forward shooting with my family and friends. This is a great family sport and an excellent way to make friends that become part of the family. I love my Glock family and Griffin Gun Club pistol family. This is the life!”
• Rachel is looking forward to seeing what the future holds for her! Rachel’s goal is to become a master shooter and travel the nation to shoot in competition.