TTAG Exclusive: Kirsten Joy Weiss Shoots Upside Down

Kirsten Joy Weiss doesn’t know the name of the Pilates pose from which she shot the balloon in the video above. “All I know is that my Pilates instructor told me to do it, and before he could say ‘slowly’ I was in it,” Kirsten texted me. “Freaked him out cuz he can’t do it. I’m terrible at some other stuff though.” Having grilled Ms. Weiss on her expertise on a range of activities I can report that she sucks at hypnotizing race car drivers. But only because she hasn’t learned how. Nor am I going to teach her, lest TTAG’s resident sharp shooter “convince” a hot shoe to let her fire her gun from a NASCAR racer at full chat. On second thought . . . [Click here to visit Kirsten’s website for more trick shots ‘n stuff.]


    1. avatar gs650g says:

      Nearly ideal woman

      1. avatar OODAloop says:

        Nearly? Nearly, you say? I can’t see a single thing missing…

        1. avatar AJ says:

          I think to reach “ideal” she would have to be “his” woman.

  1. avatar Matt in FL says:

    Well… that was something.

    Without the balloon in the same frame as the shot, how do we know you actuamqa;lrkmnerl… yeah, I don’t really care.

    1. avatar Chris from Iowa says:

      The balloon being out of frame proved beyond a doubt that the camera operator was male.

      1. avatar Kirsten says:

        LOL! Confirmed

  2. avatar Jay In Florida says:

    That hurts……………………
    Do it again please.

  3. avatar Aharon says:

    slow news day

    1. avatar Matt in FL says:

      Nah, just Monday.

  4. avatar Dirk Diggler says:

    wonder if Shannon Watts can do that ? 🙂

    1. avatar Jay1987 says:

      I’m sorry Dirk but IMHO I think Ms. Weiss is more attractive than Mrs. Watts. That and I wouldn’t have to worry bout Ms.Weiss smothering me with a pillow after I bought a new gun unless I refused to share and it was a really really cool gun.

    2. avatar JaredFromTampa says:

      Considering she has her head firmly planted up her own ass I’m sure she can hold that pose all day … But not like KJW. Ms. Weiss is classy. I hope you realize your dream of banging that Watts lady though. Make sure she takes it somewhere uncomfortable…like the back seat of a Volkswagen.

      1. avatar Avid Reader says:

        Or the hood of a Honda Civic. . .

        1. avatar JaredFromTampa says:

          Dood, I think you missed the joke.

        2. avatar SdubM45 says:

          I think you’ed have better luck with a ’68 Olds Delmont.

        3. avatar Jay1987 says:

          My 64 chrysler does just fine.

        4. avatar William Burke says:

          In the Arizona sun.

      2. avatar Rambeast says:

        Not many Kevin Smith fans in here I see… >.>

        1. avatar Matt in FL says:

          I was only sad that Jared didn’t stop at “somewhere uncomfortable” so that I could follow up with the punchline.

        2. avatar MiketheHopsFarmer says:

          Well, did he come or what?

  5. avatar Jandrews says:

    Just a little shameless Farago, but…hey, I’m shameless too. Continue.

    Also: Thanks Kirsten!

  6. avatar Jay1987 says:

    Drool…. wish I could get my girlfriend into that position let alone to shoot a rifle.

    1. avatar Jay1987 says:

      Edit I: Ms. Weiss, do you have any suggestions on how I could perhaps convince my girlfriend into doing either of those things in your video? Great shot by the way. Shooting inverted like that can be a challenge. I tried it once hangin from a tree at my grand dads before I joined the army and got injured and missed 3 or 4 times before I got it right.

      1. avatar Kirsten says:

        Bribes. Lots and lots of bribes. Massages, poems, trips to Hawaii… just kidding! I Hope more people in general will be interested in the fun of shooting, so that’s a big motivation for me — that and guys like you need some great gals (or current great gals) for range mates, ya?

        1. avatar Jay1987 says:

          She does shoot and go to the range just not rifles for some odd reason. Give her a mossberg 500 or the Smith and Wesson New Model 3 she made me buy ( honestly she BEGGED me to buy it, I was saving for a 1911) and she’ll go till the ammo runs out. Give her a rifle and she’ll stay home, she won’t even shoot a .22 semi auto. As for the poems and massages, she gets massages anytime she wants poetry on anniversaries valentine’s day and birthdays plus I cook and clean on my days off.

        2. avatar Kirsten says:

          Wow. Look. I’ll make you a deal: I’ll help with the broadened shooting horizons if you help with the spreading the special treatment ideas, lucky girl pistols and all the trimmings:)

        3. avatar Jay1987 says:


  7. avatar Rod says:

    Hi Kirsten,

    My 13 yo daughter enjoys watching your videos. She has a Red Savage Rascal that she loves to shoot. Orange skeet disc at 100 yards are no longer safe 🙂

    1. avatar Don says:

      That’s some really good shooting. You should make a video of her breaking the clays at 100!

    2. avatar Kirsten says:

      That is great news! I’d love to share some pictures of her smashing those clays! If you’d like to share, message my Facebook page 🙂

  8. avatar Mk10108 says:

    Just goes to show you can add implied sexuality to anything and it will get your attention.

    For all the right reasons of course… like proper body position, breathing, & slight alinement. Any more of this and I’ll have difficulty with my personal trigger control.

  9. avatar Rambeast says:

    A petition is in order. A nobel prize to the inventor of yoga pants.

    Nice shot, but the bullet drop at 30 yards isn’t very extreme. Now, at 100 yards with the same size target, challenge.

  10. avatar Ralph says:

    Although I couldn’t shoot from it, I can so totally do that position. With the help of a bottle of good bourbon and an orthopedic surgeon.

    1. avatar Cliff H says:

      And a chiropractor follow up, I’m pretty sure.

    2. avatar Jay1987 says:

      You forgot duct tape 2 by 4s and a good 10,000 pound winch to pull you out of it once you get there and your back and neck lock up.

    3. avatar JaredFromTampa says:

      I once found myself in a similar pose after a very poorly executed PLF. It cost me my tab and resulted in a very undistinguished tenure in the National Guard.

      1. avatar Ralph says:

        I found myself in that exact position after my first divorce.

        1. avatar Jay1987 says:

          In the National Guard?? Or bent over backwards??

        2. avatar Matt in FL says:

          Isn’t that a distinction without a difference?

        3. avatar Jay1987 says:

          The National Guard bends you forward over the barrel the ex wife plants the barrel up your arse and bends you backwards in the courtroom.

  11. avatar Jeh says:

    Flexible, nice. But damn that looks uncomfortable.

  12. avatar Vuddha says:

    I wonder how the bullet drop is affected when firing a weapon upside down. Aren’t most guns “preconditioned” to fire their bullets in an initially upward arc?

    1. avatar Matt in FL says:

      Preconditioned? That’s a funny word.

      At the “point blank zero” distance, the impact would be the same. Beyond that, the bullet would not hit the point of aim, because the scope is zeroed for the ballistic trajectory the bullet will travel when held upright. However, if you rezeroed the rifle upside down, it would work no differently than it does when held right side up.

  13. avatar SdubM45 says:

    From personal experience, shooting upside down is much harder than it looks.

  14. avatar uncommon_sense says:

    I do have one minor criticism. She violated one of the four rules of gun safety: know your target and what is beyond. Granted, she was in the middle of what looked like an incredibly remote area. Nevertheless, after the bullet went through the balloon, who knows what was 800+ yards away and 100+ feet lower in elevation.

    The only thing I hate worse than shooting up at a a target at the top of a hill with no backstop is shooting at an object on the edge of a cliff.

    Other than that, fun shot.

    1. avatar JoshinGA says:

      ” who knows what was 800+ yards away and 100+ feet lower in elevation.”
      Looked to me like a hill covered in scrub brush and boulders…

    2. avatar Kirsten says:

      I understand the concern. I did know what was beyond, but I’ll try to be more careful about conveying that in the future. Thank you

  15. avatar din says:

    wow, how very interesting. fart.

  16. avatar Accur81 says:

    The still shot from :30 is priceless. That’s some sharp shooting from a woman who is all sorts of fine.

  17. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    OK.. I’ll go ahead and say it. (Cause I’m an OWG and not afraid to get a ribbing) Watching these shots is like a challenge. I’ve done ok on the others, I’ve even done the backwards over the shoulder using a mirror one.
    This one might hurt. And I do yoga.

    Nice shooting Ms. Weiss

    1. avatar Kirsten says:

      Yay for a self described OWG and yoga, respect

  18. avatar jwm says:

    Well. I uhm…..just don’t….what were we talking about?

  19. avatar scoolbubba says:

    Kill, Bang, Marry.

    KJW for the win. Hands down.

  20. avatar David says:

    That in technical terms is called showing off 🙂

    I like guns enough I would watch Leghorn do that! I would love to watch RF try that.

  21. avatar Don says:

    Some trick shot suggestions:

    1. Distance Shot. Some kind of super long distance .22lr shots, maybe incrementally longer each week.

    2. Risky shot. Something with a bit of nominal “risk” in it. Like shooting something off of one of your trophies (the trophy is at risk) or set up a few smart phones close together like dominoes and shoot between them.

    3. Politically incorrect mental challenge shot
    Drink a quarter shot of whiskey, and then shoot a pretzel nugget off of the shot glass at 50 yards, go down range, flip the glass over, pour another quarter shot, throw it down, flip the glass over again, put on a new pretzel nugget…and see how many times you can it before breaking the glass (up to some amount of shots that doesn’t result in unbearable drunkenness). Maybe have someone “spot” this one, like have a non-drinking person safe your rifle for you between shots and declare when that it’s safe to fire after they check the target and what’s beyond. Check your local laws before posting on youtube.

    4. Politically correct physical challenge shot
    Put a target on a shot glass, sprint 50 yards to your rifle, shoot it. Sprint 50 yards to the shot glass, put on a new target, sprint 50 yards to your rifle, etc, until you break the glass. Whew, I was feeling better about the whiskey than all that running, make it 25 yards!

    5. Fast shots – not like shot repetition fast shots, but maybe set up a target and then situate yourself with your rifle behind a screen. Drop the screen on the beep of a shot timer and then see how fast you can hit the target once you can see it. For this one, again maybe consider using a spotter to make sure the target and beyond is safe.

    6. Blind shots – take your time aiming at a target then have someone put a card in front of your scope and shoot it with your scope covered. Spotter on this one too, but you should be able to still see in your peripheral around the scope.

    7… and so much more!

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      You forgot Jello Shots.

    2. avatar Kirsten says:

      Thanks for the suggestions! Some I already have in the mental line up (great minds think alike or…uh…something) but some of them are new thoughts. Thinking of shots keeps me up at night (usually in a good way). Now, as far as the alcohol or the “Jell-O shots” as Ralph says, that would most likely just make me fall asleep on my gun

      1. avatar Kirsten says:

        Oh! So I don’t miss them, if you or anyone else has suggestions in the future and there’s not a fresh post, feel free to message me on Facebook (

  22. avatar doesky2 says:

    Ok that shot is fairly challenging but I wonder if she could still do it if she didn’t have the body structural support of her clothing? She’s going to have to eliminate that variable to prove she’s an expert!

    1. avatar Kirsten says:

      Didn’t know him. Researched your comment. And legitimately blushed hard! He um, has Um “eliminated the variables” like doesky2 mentioned above in a rather perfectly done lotus pose. I hope this blush is not permanent

      1. avatar tdiinva says:


        That wasn’t the image I was referring to. I was thinking of the fully clothed spiderman position that he uses to read the putting surface.

  23. avatar tdiinva says:

    I would like to see her paired with Camilo Vllegas.

    1. avatar Kirsten says:

      Oops I think I replied to the wrong one, my comment to you tdiivna is right above (under doesky2)

      1. avatar tdiinva says:

        Sorry if I offended you…:)

  24. avatar mike says:

    Ohhh THAT balloon. Yea even the cameraman didn’t care about it lol.

  25. avatar PhoenixNFA says:

    there arent enough chiropractors, massage therapists and spine doctors for me to attempt/recover from that shot.

  26. avatar Duke of Sharon says:

    Ugh, I finally got over my Michelle Jenneke YouTube addiction and now this! I’m never going to get any work done.

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