Gabriela "Gabby" Franco grew up in Venezuela. Gabby was an active child and practiced different sports like swimming, gymnastics and running. But when her father took her to the shooting range when she was 11 years old, Olympic shooting became her favorite sport.
Gabby won her first international silver medal at age 16, as part of the Venezuelan Olympic shooting team at the 1997 Bolivarian Games in Arequipa, Peru. She became one of the favorite pistol shooters on the team, competing in 14 different countries in 5 years, earning her at least a dozen International titles. She was National Champion for several years.
Gabby moved to the United States in 2002 shortly after her last match at the South American Games in Brazil, where she won 3 Gold medals. She started working in the Firearms Industry and began competing at USPSA matches and participating in tactical shooting trainings. Gabby is an NRA certified firearms instructor, NRA News commentator, member of the Remington shooting team, author, NRA Blog contributor, speaker.
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