Kapamilya Snaps: Celebrities who love to hit the firing range

While we usually see our favorite actors hold guns in teleseryes and movies that they star in, there are some of them who also enjoy doing it during their leisure time as their preferred hobby or sports. Find out who are they through this Kapamilya Snaps feature!

Coco Martin

Being the lead star of the long-running action-drama series FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano, and now of FPJ’s Batang Quiapo, it’s definitely a no-brainer that Coco is skilled when it comes to handling firearms. Going above and beyond memorizing his lines for a scene, the Primetime King also underwent intensive and rigorous police trainings, which included learning how to handle guns for a more convincing portrayal.

Lovi Poe

Aside from her ravishing splendor and astounding talents, you will surely be amazed once you find out that Lovi is also skilled in using different guns. In an Instagram post last February, the FPJ’s Batang Quiapo leading lady shared bonding with her nephew Brian Poe Llamanzares at a firing range. She reminded her followers: ““Don’t try this at home, kids. All videos shown here were done safely under strict supervision at the firing range.”

Dimples Romana

From compelling us with her dramatic flair in the previous projects that she did, Dimples currently amazes us with how she slays in executing her action scenes in The Iron Heart, especially the ones wherein her character Selene gets involved in gunfighting. In a previous Hotspot interview, the versatile seasoned actress revealed that she knows how to handle guns since her beloved husband Boyet Ahmee is into firing.

Donny Pangilinan

He may usually charm us with his boy-next-door looks in the series and movies that he starred in, but it seems that Donny can take on action roles in the future with his gun-handling skills. In 2022, Donny posted clips from one of his training sessions and expressed that he misses hitting the shooting range.

Richard Gutierrez

In the decades that he’s been in showbiz, Richard has already played various roles, through which he’s able to exhibit his versatility as an actor. And in his stints in FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano and The Iron Heart, he’s indeed able to showcase the skills he gained from his hobby, which is practical shooting. Apart from being his form of “therapy”, it’s also his way of bonding with his wife Sarah Lahbati, twin brother Mond, and friends Bubbles Paraiso and Chito Miranda.

Sarah Lahbati

Sarah is definitely one cool mom and wife. She is dedicated to living an active lifestyle with her family, from surfing and riding bikes to target shooting. As what we have mentioned, she accompanies her husband Richard Gutierrez to the shooting range and called that a date.

Jake Cuenca 

Even through he’s been in the industry for years now and has already taken part in a number of action projects already, learning indeed never stops for Jake. In his preparation for his portrayal of the antagonist Eros in The Iron Heart, he shared on IG that he enrolled himself to shooting lessons in September 2022, wherein he was able to had a first-hand experience of handling various types of guns.

Julia Montes

From being a dramatic actress, Julia has truly proven her versatility as an actress when she began doing action scenes in the previous teleseryes that she worked in, like Asintado (2018) and 24/7 (2020). And when she got cast in FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano in 2021, she immediately began her training from riding motorcycles to doing fight scenes and gun-handling, under the guidance of various coaches and Coco Martin himself.

Luis Manzano

Whenever he’s not busy with his duties to his family and at work, Luis may be seen doing firing, which he revealed is one of the first sports that he ever tried. Apparently, this is a family sport for the I Can See Your Voice host because his mom Vilma Santos and stepfather Ralph Recto are both gun enthusiasts.

Jessy Mendiola

Prior to getting pregnant with their firstborn Isabella Rose, Jessy had the chance to try firing for the first time in January 2022 with some encouragement from her beloved “how-how” Luis Manzano. In one of the vlogs she uploaded on her YouTube channel, she showed the importance of following safety practices and having a trained professional to coach you.

Sunshine Dizon

We definitely know her as a great actress. But little we did know that she’s also fond of target shooting, which became her hobby in 2020 and quickly fell in love with the sport. In the past years, Sunshine has been imparting pictures of her targets and a video herself practicing, and even revealed that she actually owns a Glock 19x.

Jackie Gonzaga

Did you know that apart from dancing and hosting, our Ate Girl Jackie is also skilled when it comes to shooting? In September 2022, the It’s Showtime regular posted a carousel of snaps and clips of her and boyfriend Hashtag Tom Doromal having fun during their date at a firing range.

Chito Miranda

Whenever he’s not busy with his duties as a dad and husband, an entrepreneur, and the vocalist of Parokya ni Edgar, Chito can probably be seen at a firing range either alone or with his friends. There are instances when he would have firing sessions to while away the time before fetching his kids from school or after running errands. 

The Idol Philippines Season 2 judge also showed his own collection of guns on social media, which he clarified in one of his posts are not for sale. Apparently, he just considers shooting as a fun hobby and also a form of self-defense.

Bianca de Vera and Gillian Vicencio

And lastly, aside from impressing us with their acting skills in 2 Good 2 Be True,” Bianca and Gillian amused us when they bonded at a shooting range, which the former documented in one of her vlogs. The dynamic duo imparted that this activity is nerve-racking at the beginning, but is actually an overall therapeutic and fun bonding experience.

These celebrities remind us that handling guns indeed requires full discipline and proper training! Thus, everyone who will dare try it, either as a hobby or a sport, must keep in mind to be extra responsible and careful about it.

Whether as a hobby or a sport, these celebrities remind us that handling guns indeed requires intense discipline and proper training! Thus, everyone who will dare try it must keep in mind to enjoy responsibly.