There is nothing going on between Michelle and I, there never has been, and there never will be. She is engaged, and I am writing this purely out of respect for her. If you would like to see other articles I have written or videos I have made about people in the industry, see this article, this article/video, and this article.
For those who are unaware of Michelle Viscusi's short yet extremely tan presence in the gun world, here is a link to her Facebook fan page.
When I first glanced at some of her modeling photos, she appeared to be just another pretty model who wanted to hold guns and have all the boys look at her. This is actually true, except for the "just" part. After I met her, I found out that she was way more than just another gun model chick. Of course, I did inform her of my impression based on photos, which she found somewhat...well, she said I was an ass, and she might have only been partly joking.
That said, I think the gun world is going to see a lot more of Michelle - very soon, and not just on calendars - and here are five reasons why.
She can shoot. Many people are capable of holding a gun and looking attractive in a photo. Some can even look competent. Not many demonstrate competence at the level Michelle does in real life. She shoots Glocks in competition - a lot, and very well - which is cool, I guess, but I'm not really into competition shooting. What really impressed me was her casual competence with the AR platform. When she came down to help shoot a ton of .223 ammo for LuckyGunner Labs, she was very good with the M4.
This might not be too surprising to some given that she's in the National Guard, but her ability to use the weapon went way beyond what I see from the average military member. She's by no means the ultimate shooter, but she stands head and shoulders above most people (well...in terms of skill, that is). With further practice, I see no limit for her from a firearm proficiency standpoint.
She's mentally tough. Butting heads with me when we first met via a mutual friend (Roy of Weapon Outfitters) was a minor but notable thing. She's had much bigger things to deal with, though. Partly because she models so much - and so well - many people, such as myself, assume that she was one-dimensional. Dealing with this and still pushing forward towards her professional goals is commendable.
Plus, her life hasn't been all roses and sunshine. The way she's dealt with setbacks? She just keeps going. Getting in the prone in 108 degree heat atop a bunch of spent cartridge cases without hesitation? These things demonstrated - to me at least - that she is no shrinking violet. Some people - men and women - pretend to be tough, others just are. Michelle is in the latter category.
She's physically strong. Women have demonstrated that they can beat the best men in the world at precision rifle or sporting clays shooting, but they have not seen the same success in action shooting sports. A woman with a good amount of physical strength has a better chance of dominating the competition in action shooting, and Michelle has good upper and lower body strength as well as a solid core.
There's currently a "strong is sexy" mindset, which is cool with me. In my mind, a truly strong woman does not just have a little extra muscle tone. She's tough enough and strong enough to take care of herself. She can pick up a lot of weight and carry it around. She can throw a punch that might knock a man out. I know a few women like this, and Michelle is definitely one of them.
She's driven. Not content to sit around and wait for things to happen, Michelle has goals and is working pretty hard to achieve them. She shoots because she's a good shooter and getting better. She knows that if she keeps working hard at it, she'll go places. If she wasn't good at shooting, she'd be working hard on something else. Simply put, she is not lazy.
She's down to earth. One of the most truly unpretentious people I have ever met, Michelle does not try to make herself out to be anything more than she is. She presents herself honestly. Everyone I know that has met her is impressed with the person she is - not as a model or a shooter, but as a person. This attitude is likely to have two effects on her future - first, it will keep her from getting out of her lane. She won't over promise and end up under delivering. Second, it will encourage others to respect her personally as well as professionally. She won't be fighting many uphill battles in the personality clash department.
The sooner clueless models who clearly can't shoot are replaced by women like Michelle, the better.