Multi-platinum country superstar and Grand Ole Opry Member artist Mark Wills has played thousands of concerts and earned many accolades during his successful music career. He’s released seven albums over the past two decades, including a patriotic album, “Looking for America.” He has had four number ones (“19 Somethin’,” “I Do (Cherish You),” “Wish You Were Here” and “Don’t Laugh at Me”) and several albums and singles achieve platinum status. But as comfortable as he is on stage, he’s equally at home in the great outdoors, and many people know him for his shooting prowess. NRA Country’s Lisa Supernaugh recently asked Mark a few questions about his passions.
LS: What firearms are in your personal collection? MW: My collection is pretty wide. I own a lot of Glocks, a bunch of 1911s. I have a lot of FN USA firearms from when I shot on their 3 Gun team. But I also still own the very first rifle that my dad gave me. It was a Sears & Roebuck .22. My grandfather also gave me a couple of shotguns when I was a kid. I even have one firearm that my grandfather brought back from World War II. Everything from my Barrett 50 cal. all the way down to my everyday-carry pistols, each of my firearms are personal to me.
LS: What are some of your best memories from the great outdoors? MW: For me, some of my favorite times spent in the outdoors were with some of our nation’s warriors. Several years ago I got the opportunity to do some Wounded Warrior hunts, which meant taking a service member that had been injured—either in Iraq or Afghanistan or in training—and we went elk or deer hunting. Obviously hunting with your kids is going to be your favorite but it has to be a close second to take some Army guys out in the woods. Those are some awesome memories.
LS: What can fans expect next from Mark Wills? MW: The band and I have worked on new music throughout COVID. We can’t wait to share that with the fans. It’s kind of a new chapter for me and I’m excited about that. We’ve been very fortunate over the last 25 years to be able to continue to travel, to play music, to play the hits that I had in the beginning and throughout my career but anytime you get to release new music, it’s a great feeling. And after months of sitting at the house, it’s awesome to be back out performing for people. We hope to make 2022 an even bigger year than 2021 was.
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