Caitlin Rutherford, Age 20
Caitlin Rutherford, 20, talks on the phone while wearing her Glock at her parents’ home in Carrolton, Virginia. The Hampton resident has been carrying since her 18th birthday. “You have to be 18,” she says, “or else I would’ve started much earlier. I get all kinds of reactions. People ask, ‘Is that legal?’ Others say, ‘That’s so awesome—thank you for doing that.’ ”
Caitlin walks her boyfriend’s beagle: “When I’m walking the dog at night, sometimes people will start yelling at me. I’ll turn the other way, and when they see I have a gun, they leave me alone.”
Caitlin’s stepmother, Jadranka—who also carries a gun—sets pizza out for lunch.
Caitlin watches as Jadranka makes brownies. Says Caitlin: “I practice on guns from small .22s all the way up to huge military machine guns. My favorite’s my Glock 19. Many say it’s a manly gun, but I feel like it fits on me most comfortably. The kick isn’t too bad, but it’s still a pretty big bullet.” Caitlin’s father is a former Army Special Forces weapons specialist. “He got me started in middle school, when I was old enough to control a gun,” says Caitlin. “I’m a great shot, by the way—not to brag.”