Luke Smith .
I was a military brat for 11 years coming to Alaska from a large Air Base in Taiwan. I started first grade at Sunflower Elementary School on Elmendorf Air Force Base, Anchorage, in 1972. My family left the Air Force in 1976 and we moved to the Kenai Peninsula for the fishing and hunting.
I grew up with a family where hunting, fishing and shooting were everyday activities shared by all, including us kids.
My father had us shooting at a very young age as we hunted and fished throughout the Kenai Peninsula as well as the interior of Alaska. I was taught to handle a pistol primarily for bear protection.
My first shooting experiences were with a .22 Ruger Auto chasing ptarmigan off the Denali Highway and on a snow machine in the Caribou Hills behind Homer. As I grew each year we moved to larger pistols, then to centerfire rifles and a skeet grade shotgun. My dad would sit us beside him each evening to prepare hand loads for next day’s shooting, teaching us a much as we could absorb. Eventually my favorite firearm became a Smith & Wesson Model 29, .44, that my father kept in the kitchen dish washer.
After some years in military, having a family and moving around the world I returned to Alaska and continued my interest in shooting again.
As those early shooting years, again, my favorite firearm became a Smith & Wesson, except this time it was a .45 Auto. I have expanded my interests to shooting trap and skeet and I enjoy the ARs and various rifle platforms.
Over the last ten years I have receive extensive training in pistol, tactical pistol, tactical AR, and basic shotgun. I proudly serve as co-leader of The Well-Armed Women of Kachemak Bay. I am an NRA Certified Pistol Instructor, an NRA Range Safety Officer, and a US Concealed Carry Association Instructor.
I love what I do and am very proud to be an active part of these organizations. I look forward to sharing my experiences and expertise with other women. It gives me great pleasure and personal satisfaction to share my love of the shooting sports and to see women gain self-confidence, a sense of security, and useful knowledge as they have a really good time.
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