Hometown: Birmingham, AL
Occupation: Nurse/Real Estate Agent
“One of my favorite smells is gun oil,” says Amanda Hardin. A brash, outspoken nurse and real estate agent, she’s a firearms instructor who shoots in International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) and United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) matches. Recently, she also took up sporting clays. At 5 feet 6 inches and 110 pounds, Amanda may be easy to underestimate, but she can compete with the sharpest of shooters—even in a pair of stilettos. Amanda describes herself as an expert shot with pistols and semiautomatic rifles. She can also reload and field-strip a pistol faster than anyone she knows.