Corinne Mosher is a self-described military brat turned musician… turned shooting instructor… and is also a competitive shooter for Taran Tactical. She’s basically a tactical renaissance woman and an excellent ambassador for our women’s tactical apparel and gear.
Corinne is an avid shooting competitor with an impressive list of wins. See where she’s been competing and winning lately on her Facebook page.
1) What’s the best piece of advice you can share with women who are looking to learn more about firearms?
Make inquiries about classes or seminars for beginner shooters or for students who are simply interested in learning the basics of firearm safety through a local gun club or range. Then, don’t judge a book by its cover…and sometimes, even by the first chapter. Gun enthusiasts are very eager to teach others and can sometimes overwhelm a newcomer with too much information. Be selective in who you take advice from and don’t worry if your first experience on a shooting range is a little nerve-racking. It gets better! Above all remember this: Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know…intimidation is a mental spotlight that directs us to our next worthy challenge.
2) If you could zero in on the moment that inspired you to pursue competition shooting what would that moment be?
I cannot recall a specific moment of inspiration. I have always been interested in what I don’t know. My studies in the use of firearms for self defense led me to pursue knowledge in the practical use of pistols, rifles and shotguns, along with some limited hand-to-hand combat. Once I had at least a secure base in these disciplines I needed a way to test my skills in a challenging environment. My interest in competition shooting grew out of a desire to test myself in an environment where I didn’t succeed most of the time.
3) What are some of your interests outside shooting sports?
Before I was a shooter I went to school for music and taught violin, viola and piano students for several years. I began taking violin lessons when I was eight years old from a Japanese man on the island of Okinawa where my family was stationed. I enjoy spending time with my family, going to Royals games, listening to audio books and spending time outside.
4) What is the funniest or strangest thing that has happened during a 3-Gun competition, whether it happened to you or you witnessed it?
I think the most interesting thing that I’ve seen at 3-Gun matches is how shooters have to adapt to any weather and terrain. I’ve shot in blistering heat, snow, mud, sand, and sleet. This is one of the aspects of 3-Gun that I find the most challenging and engaging. Mud is the worst, I think. There’s no upside to mud.
5) What was your first piece of 5.11 gear?
Once I started shooting it didn’t take me long to figure out how hard it can be on your hands. It’s not the calluses I minded, but the constant nicks, cuts, burns and bruises that seemed to magically appear after every time I went to the range. The first piece of 5.11 gear I purchased was a pair of TacLite2 Gloves. Having petite hands and short fingers meant that gloves were not a regularly appearing accessory in my closet. The TacLite2 gloves, however, fit my hands perfectly and were thin and flexible enough to not interfere with my dexterity.
About 5.11 Tactical Women’s Products
According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), more than half of women in the U.S. said they intend to purchase at least one firearm in the next 12 months. In the U.K. women make up more than 25 percent of today’s police force. With steady growth of women’s participation in shooting sports, gun ownership and law enforcement, we continue our efforts to extend our women’s line of tactical apparel and gear—designed by women, for women—to support this growing community. See the full line of 5.11 Tactical Women’s products and check out our Facebook page for the latest updates on Corinne and all of our women ambassadors.