JADE STURCK

JADE STURCK

An iron fist in a velvet glove
 

Today we have the chance to meet with Jade Struck @jadestruck known for many talents from competitive shooter, to actress, athlete and firearms instructor.

JADE, THANK YOU FOR MEETING WITH US TODAY, COULD YOU PLEASE BRIEFLY INTRODUCE YOURSELF ?
Thank you for having me. My name is Jade Struck, I was born and raised in Southern California and I am a competition shooter and firearms instructor, as well as a wellness coach and advocate for self-improvement. 
I enjoy spending time out in nature with my fiancé and our German Shepard puppy, Hank. We go out to the river in the evenings to swim and walk beside the river, it is gorgeous and helps me feel connected to nature. Also, I spend time shooting and training outdoors, always working on “sharpening the knife,” if you will. I enjoy the process of furthering my ability, connecting to myself and my skillsets while also connecting with my environment. 
What do you do in your down time?
When did you start shooting?
I began shooting when I was 8 years old, shooting rifles on the ranch with my dad. I began shooting competition when I was 18 years old. I fell in love with the nature of competing and having to really be present and perform. Competition eventually led to instruction, which then led to me teaching actors how to properly handle firearms in preparation for upcoming roles.
I believe it was The Old Guard with Charlize Theron and Kiki Laine. They were both amazing students and dedicated to learning.
What was the last movie you worked on?
What is your best memory?
There’s so many! I would say from my youth, when I was in the rodeo with my dad and sisters. Us girls would barrel race and our dad would rope. I remember one time I was warming up my horse around the arena and people were cheering me on, 
I felt so proud to be there. Also, we used to do something called mutton bustin’, which if you are unfamiliar, it is where children hop on the back of sheep and ride them for as long as they can before they fall off. Remembering this brings a smile to my face. 
I believe all gear has its place of importance, but the most important of it all would be your eye protection. You must protect your vital organs; safety is number one in shooting. A good pair of safety glasses will not only protect one of the most essential parts of your body, but also aid in your performing to the best of your ability. I shoot 3 Gun; pistol, rifle, and shotgun together in a competition to test your proficiency on all three platforms, and your eye pro must be able to aid in your shooting of these. Which also means that it must fit your face well, because if it does not, you are going to impede your ability to perform. 
What gear is the most important when shooting?
What do you like most about your gear when shooting?
Comfortability and durability are key points when I am choosing what gear I’m going to run. You must be able to wear your gear all day long, day in and day out. Choosing gear that you know will help in getting the job done is so important. 
I would also say having confidence in your gear is huge.  
 
Well, the eyes are the window to the soul. Without a good pair of eye-protection you are limiting what you can accomplish on the range.

Sight is the most important element of shooting, that is why I never leave home without my Bollé Safety glasses. I run the Sentinel model, which since the first time I put them on, I refuse to wear any other glasses.

The Sentinels are the first pair of specs that fit my face, which is so important because if there is any gaps in between your eye pro and your face you run the risk of catching brass in between the space and burning your skin. They are durable and comfortable, so they do not distract me from the task at hand and add that confidence that I spoke about before.

They also come in 3 shades, which is helpful when you are shooting a match that is going to run from the early morning until late evening, considering the light changes along with the position of the sun. They are truly the most important part of my gear, and I am grateful to have finally found  a pair of eye pro that are as amazing as my Bollé Safety Sentinels.
How can glasses make a difference in your shooting skills?