Biography

Gabriela "Gabby" Franco grew up in Venezuela. As a child Gabby was very active and practiced different sports like swimming, gymnastics, running, etc. But when her father took her to the shooting range when she was only 11 years old, Olympic shooting became her favorite sport.

At the age of 16 Gabby became part of the Venezuelan Olympic shooting team and won her first international silver medal at the 1997 Bolivarian Games in Arequipa, Peru. Since then Gabby became one of the favorite pistol shooter of the Venezuelan shooting team competing in 14 different countries during 5 years and earning at least a dozen of International titles. Gabby was National Champion for several years.

Gabby moved to the United States in 2002 shortly after her last match in Brazil (South American Games) where She won 3 Gold medals. In USA Gabby started working in the Firearms Industry and started competing at USPSA matches and participated in tactical shooting trainings. Currently Gabby is an NRA certified firearms instructor, NRA News commentator, member of the Remington shooting team, author, NRA Blog contributor, speaker.
Gabby Franco

Gabby Franco

WORK EXPERIENCE

Firearms Instructor
– Precision Shooting
– Competitive Shooting

SALES
–Tactical Accessories Sales
– International Firearms sales
– Customer service
– Firearms Retail sales person
– Firearms and accessories special order sales

SHOOTING EXPERIENCE - Overall experience 20+ years

1996 – 2001 - Venezuela National Championin Air Pistol and Sport Pistol (.22cal)
1997 – Silver Medal – Bolivarian Games Arequipa, Peru
1998 - Silver Medal – Central American Games, Venezuela
1998 – Gold Medal – South American Games, Cuenca, Ecuador
1999 – Silver Medal – Pan American Games, Winnipeg, Canada
2000 – 37TH PLACE – Olympic Games - Sydney, Australia
2000 – Gold Medal – South American Games - Lima, PERU
2001 – Gold Medal – Bolivarian Games - Ambato, Ecuador
2001 – 9TH Place – World Cup - Atlanta, GA USA
2002 – 3 Gold Medals – South American Games - Brazil
2011 - Second Place (Limited – D) – USPSA AREA 6 - Frostproof, FL

SHOOTING COURSES AND CERTIFICATIONS

Tactical Pistol Training – Level I
Tactical Pistol Training – Level II
Tactical Carbine Training
NRA Certified Pistol Instructor
NRA Refuse to be a Victim Instructor
Glock Professional Certified Armorer
OTHER

2012 TOP SHOT Season IV contestant
2013 Top Shot "All Stars" Contestant
2013 Para USA Shooting team member
2013 NRA News commentator
2014 Remington Arms shooting team member