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9-year-old sharpshooter in her element at NRA convention

DALLAS –– The gap-toothed 9-year-old girl walked the floor of her first National Rifle Association convention, her blond ponytail bobbing above earrings fashioned from bullet casings.

When Addysson "Addy" Soltau arrived at the Smith & Wesson booth, she gravitated to a sleek silver .22 semi-automatic victory pistol, a James Bond-style gun with a silencer attached. It was just out of reach. So her godfather lifted it from the wall and handed it to Addy, who gripped and sighted along the gun like a pro. She already shoots an M&P 1522 rifle hanging nearby.

"That's actually your next gun," her godfather, Johnny Campos, said of the pistol. Addy gaped, overjoyed.

"Alpha Addy" became a YouTube sensation and NRA darling after she started

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