Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann revealed on Thursday that the AR-15 assault rifle was her favorite gun.

During a WHO-AM radio interview, Bachmann told host Jan Mickelson that she had planned to go pheasant hunting with Rep. Steve King (R-IA) on Friday.

"I'm a pretty good shot," the candidate admitted. "I learned how to hunt here in Iowa from my dad. I went through gun safety when I was 12."

"My favorite gun is an AR-15 because you can be so accurate with it," she explained. "And I scored the best in my class of any of the men too."

"The AR-15, that's a combat weapon?" Mickelson asked.

"I love it," Bachmann declared. "It's a great gun."

"It can be made automatic, but it's a semi-automatic .222," Mickelson said.

"I like being accurate and that is a great gun," Bachmann insisted.

"Accurate and apparently lots of firepower and many, many shots," Mickelson noted. "How big is your magazine?"

"You really want to know?" Bachmann asked with a nervous laugh, adding that all of her equipment was legal.

Watch this video from C-SPAN, uploaded Dec. 29, 2011.

(H/T: Talking Points Memo)