Bristol Palin may have given birth to a baby girl less than two weeks ago, but that didn’t stop the mother-of-two from hitting the shooting range to show off her gun skills with family and friends on Monday afternoon.
The 25-year-old, who gave birth to daughter Sailor Grace on December 23, took to Instagram to share a photo of herself aiming a semi-automatic rifle, as well as a short video that sees her shooting a handgun at a target, during a firearms training class with Mat-Su Tactical.
Bristol also shared a picture of herself with her mother, former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, and her sister Willow, 21, alongside a group of other family members and friends, captioning the group snapshot ‘target practice’.
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‘Target practice’: Bristol Palin (far left) went shooting with her mother Sarah Palin (second from left) and her sister Willow (right), 21, on Monday, less than two weeks after she gave birth to her daughter Sailor Grace
Ready to fire: The mother-of-two took to Instagram to share photos of herself at the shooting range, including this picture of herself taking aim with a semi-automatic rifle
‘Bullseye’: Bristol, who wore jeans and wedge booties for the outing, also shared a video of herself shooting a handgun at a set of targets
The mother-of-two’s newborn daughter Sailor was born a day early, on Wednesday, December 23, seven months after Bristol split from her fiance, the little girl’s father, Marine Dakota Meyer.
However, Bristol, who also has a seven-year-old son named Tripp, didn’t waste any time getting back to practicing her shooting skills.
In the short clip, which Bristol captioned ‘bullseye’, she can be seen pointing a handgun at a piece of wood featuring four orange and green targets.
For one of her first outings since giving birth, Bristol wore jeans, a dark jacket, and wedge booties, and the video begins with her holding the gun in front of her with two hands.
After Bristol takes her first shot, someone behind her says: ‘Nice shot by the way. Do it again.’ And while she is unsure if she hit her mark on her second attempt, she is told that she ‘hit the very center’ of the target.
Ready to go: Sarah shared this photo of Bristol posing with a semi-automatic rifle on her Facebook page as she argued the value of Second Amendment rights
Taking aim: Sarah wore a tan jacket and cowboy boots to practice her shot with a semi-automatic rifle
Graduates: Sarah posed with a handgun and a certificate after completing her firearms training course with Mat-Su Tactical, LLC
And it’s not just Bristol who has a keen eye for the target; her mother Sarah is renowned for her love of hunting, and during her TLC reality series Sarah Palin’s Alaska was often filmed hunting near her home. Indeed, the former Governor once claimed that she needed to hunt in order to ‘feed my family’.
Sarah, who was wearing shooting earmuffs, a tan jacket and cowboy boots, also shared photos from the outing on her Facebook page.
‘Proudly Clinging To God, Guns, and Constitutional Rights to Keep ‘Em,’ she wrote. ‘What a great gift! What a great way to spend the day with family and friends. (Remember this, guys, as you seek that perfect Valentine’s Day gift!) My daughters and I shared the day with friends getting a gun safety refresher course – and learned so much more about self-defense, home defense, and safety.
‘Even if you’ve been around guns your entire life, I guarantee you’ll pick up new, valuable information to keep you on target if you hire superb tactical instructors like our guys, Peter Menage and Rich Bolender. Mat-Su Tactical, LLC keeps us up to speed on the latest in firearms, various state laws employed to protect the good guys, and your Constitutional right to bear arms.’
SARAH PALIN’S FACEBOOK MESSAGE ABOUT FIREARMS TRAINING CLASSES
Proudly Clinging To God, Guns, and Constitutional Rights to Keep ‘Em
What a great gift! What a great way to spend the day with family and friends. (Remember this, guys, as you seek that perfect Valentine’s Day gift!) My daughters and I shared the day with friends getting a gun safety refresher course – and learned so much more about self-defense, home defense, and safety.
Even if you’ve been around guns your entire life, I guarantee you’ll pick up new, valuable information to keep you on target if you hire superb tactical instructors like our guys, Peter Menage and Rich Bolender. Mat-Su Tactical, LLC keeps us up to speed on the latest in firearms, various state laws employed to protect the good guys, and your Constitutional right to bear arms.
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Thank you Alaska Directional Drilling for that great gift today! It was a pleasure spending time with you in your home training to be vigilant, prepared and safe… all under the tutelage of great patriots who know how to protect the innocent. Thank you, Mat-Su Tactical.
To all who value your freedom and security, I encourage you to enroll in firearms training courses and get in touch with Mat-Su Tactical and Narrowgate Security. Protect those you love!
Self-defense: Sarah, who can be seen getting a lesson on guns, advised everyone to enroll in firearms training courses
Family outing: Sarah’s daughters Willow (left) and Bristol (right) can be seen listening to the instructors before they took turns shooting
Sarah went on to thank Mat-Su Tactical, adding: ‘To all who value your freedom and security, I encourage you to enroll in firearms training courses and get in touch with Mat-Su Tactical and Narrowgate Security. Protect those you love!’
In the pictures Sarah shared, she can be seen loading a handgun, shooting a semi-automatic rifle, and proudly holding up her certificate after completing the training course.
She also posted photos of her daughters, including a snapshot of Brisol cheekily posing with her rifle.
Bristol, who often shares photos of her children and family adventures on Instagram, announced her daughter’s birth on Christmas Eve with a photo of her cuddling her newborn in bed.
‘My sweet Sailor Grace was born yesterday, our family couldn’t be more complete,’ she wrote to her 89,000 followers.
Gun safety: Sarah also snapped a photo of Willow standing in the kitchen with a series of firearms laying on the counter in front of her, as well as an image of someone holding a handgun
Bonding time: At the end of the training course, Sarah took photos of her and her daughters’ completion certificates
Favorite pastime: Sarah and Bristol struck a pose with their guns while hunting together in October 2015
Just one minute later she posted a second image of the infant, this time with her older brother Tripp, which she captioned: ‘My heart just doubled.’
Bristol returned to Instagram days later to share a heartwarming photo of her newborn, writing ‘so in love’.
Meanwhile, Medal of Honor recipient Dakota, 27, shared his own precious snap of the mother with her newborn on his Twitter account on Christmas Eve, confirming after months of speculation that he is in fact Sailor’s father.
‘Best Christmas present ever!!’ he captioned the sweet image of the snoozing baby. ‘I couldn’t be more proud of this little blessing.’
Just an hour earlier, the marine has shared a touching image on his Instagram account, which featured a pair of soldiers putting a star on top of a Christmas tree while standing in front of a sunset.
‘So in love’: Bristol Palin shared this adorable snap of her week-old daughter Sailor Grace on Instagram
Unforgettable holiday: Bristol gave birth to her second child on December 23, sharing the news on Christmas Eve
He captioned the sentimental image: ‘Merry Christmas to all those who cannot be with their families because they are serving our nation over seas.’
Although Bristol has never personally confirmed who fathered the newborn, she had strongly suggested that Dakota is the child’s dad, writing on her personal blog in June, that she had believed she was ‘heading towards’ a ‘bigger family’ and ‘more kids’ during her relationship with Dakota, adding that this feeling had caused her to ‘get ahead of herself’ and fall pregnant.
And earlier this year, the marine’s grandmother Jean all but confirmed to Daily Mail Online that this was indeed the case.
Commenting on the news of Bristol’s pregnancy, she said: ‘It will not be the first. I have other great-grandchildren’.
The former couple, who got engaged in March of this year, before calling off their wedding just a week before it was due to take place in May, after rumors emerged that Marine Dakota has been secretly married to a woman named Cassandra Wain, whom he wed – and then soon divorced – in 2008, when he was just 19.
Special bond: The 25-year-old also shared this snap of her seven-year-old son Tripp smiling down at his sister
Doting dad: Dakota Meyer confirmed that he is the father of Bristol’s baby with this touching Twitter picture of newborn Sailor, taken in the hospital and posted just a few minutes after Bristol’s announcement
New baby: Sarah (left) was able to witness the arrival of her granddaughter, Sailor Grace, on December 23
Bristol’s mother Sarah shared the news of the split on her Facebook page, but at the time did not give a reason for the cancellation, instead stating that the barbecue which was due to take place as part of the celebrations on May 23 would still be going ahead as planned.
‘[Bristol and Dakota] have informed loved ones that unfortunately the announced celebration planned for May 23 will not be held,’ she wrote.
‘Many friends and family still look forward to getting together that day in Kentucky anyway – and the Palins and Meyers are happily looking forward to still being at “the old Kentucky home” on May 23 to celebrate life, in general!’
At the time, Bristol insisted to media outlets that she had been aware of the marriage, but would not confirm whether or not it was the reason for the breakdown of her relationship with Dakota.
When the Alaskan first shared her pregnancy news with the world in June, she referred to it as a ‘huge disappointment’ to her friends and family.
On her personal blog, she wrote: ‘I know this has been, and will be, a huge disappointment to my family, to my close friends, and to many of you’.
But it seems she has since made peace with having a second child out of wedlock. Indeed, shortly after sharing the news, she took to her blog again to explain her statement in greater detail.
Parents: Bristol got engaged to marine Dakota (pictured) in March, but called off their wedding after rumors emerged that the groom had covered up a ‘secret wife’ he married, and then divorced at age 19
Grandmother: Sailor Grace is the second grandchild for Bristol’s mother Sarah, who is pictured with her daughter in 2010
Baby bump: Bristol documented much of her pregnancy on Instagram, sharing numerous images of her growing belly, including this snap, which was shared just five days before her due date
‘I do not regret this baby,’ she wrote. ‘This baby is not a disappointment and I cannot wait to be a mom times two…
‘Life moves on no matter what. So no matter how you feel, you get up, get dressed, show up, and never give up. When life gets tough, there is no other option but to get tougher.’
After her son Tripp was born, Bristol claimed publicly that she’d never have premarital sex again. She partnered with the Candie’s Foundation to promote abstinence.
She told Good Morning America: ‘I’m not going to have sex until I’m married. I can guarantee it.’
Bristol gave birth to her son with high school boyfriend Levi Johnston in 2008 while her mother, Sarah, was campaigning as Senator John McCain’s running mate in the presidential election.