As a self-proclaimed ambassador to concealed carry and accidental spokesperson for new and recent gun owners, I have to share something with you.

Before Industry Day at the Range during SHOT Show, I had never shot an AR.

I know, right?! Hey, I never had the chance before, what can I say?

Anyway, when we got off the bus at the range, I told Bob the FIRST thing I wanted to do was find the Daniel Defense tent and give it a try. Their newest version of their Integrally Suppressed Rifle (ISR) in .300 Blackout was the first gun I shot.

Then I shot their full-auto Mk18.

What did I think of it? HINT: At the end of the video, I’m saying, “I love it!”

Jeremy Selting from Daniel Defense walked me through the specifics of the DDM4ISR, which is optimized for the 300 Blackout cartridge, and described how it is now lighter, quieter, and more accurate than previous models. It’s also built around a 9-inch, cold-hammer-forged barrel with a pistol-length gas system calibrated for its integral suppressor.

Heck if I know what all that means, but I do know this ISR was one smooth gun to shoot!

I worked my way through each gun at the table, and as I did, I worked up my confidence as well. I shot the lightweight DDM4V11 SLW, experienced the feel of the Geissele SSA two-stage trigger for precise fire control on Daniel’s .308 Winchester rifle the DD5V1, and even the USSOCOM tested MK18 in full auto as shown above.

I have to admit, AR’s have always looked fun to shoot, but I was intimidated by them, for sure. As a hunter, I’ve used my Ruger All-American .243 Rifle in for years. I’ve gone pheasant, grouse, and clay pigeon hunting with several shotguns in the past few years. And now as a concealed carry permit holder, I practice with my Smith&Wesson M&P 9MM Shield every chance I get.

Shooting and familiarizing myself with these rifles was the next step in my ongoing “Firearms Education of Jenn” and I’m glad I’ve had the chance. Whether semi- or full-automatic, I was comfortable and confident with the stock tight at my shoulder. It’s no longer anything I’m too unfamiliar with and I can’t wait to learn more!

Now the only problem is having patience while saving up my pennies so I can buy my own.

Hear more about my experience shooting Daniel Defense guns live from SHOT Show with Cam Edwards from NRA News: