What a great day this turned out to be!
Following her success on History Channel’s Top Shot for the past two seasons, not to mention other things like competing in the Olympics, Gabby Franco has been traveling all over the country giving shooting lessons. I was planning to surprise Gail with a trip to Miami, for a lesson with Gabby at her home range, when Gabby announced she would be teaching three classes in Warrenton, NC, about a three hour drive from our house. Gail jumped on it and became part of the small group that would comprise this special event.
We arrived at the Front Line Defense Range on a cool, sunny, beautiful morning!
Gabby set the tone for a very productive day.
Gail said she was an outstanding teacher, eager to share what she calls the “essentials” of precision shooting.
She paid attention to every detail.
She demonstrated the Gabby way of doing things, which is world class!
She worked on proper form.
Though I really like Gail’s form already!
She kept very good/safe order on the range.
She provided all manner of personal attention to shooters at various levels.
And she not only critiqued everyone’s shots, but taught the group how to critique their own shots.
Gail is already a pretty good shooter, but there was visible improvement under Gabby’s expert tutelage.
And it made Gabby visibly happy to see everyone improve.
The ladies had an awesome day shooting. I had an awesome day listening and taking pictures.
While shooting, Gabby is an intense perfectionist, and she demands “effort” and performance from her students. But she was also very gracious and warm. When Gail first met her, there was a genuine smile and a hug. At the end of the day, you knew you had made a friend. What a special young lady! I was already a fan, and now much more so! It is so great when people exceed your already high expectations!
Thank you, Gabby, for a truly wonderful and memorable day!