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2019 Mississippi Steel Challenge Championship

During the 2019 MS Steel Challenge Championship, Emily and I RO’d for two flights on Saturday. The first flight was stationary and the second flight was traveling. For my first flight, I RO’d on Outer Limits. In the afternoon, Emily and I RO’d a squad with James Rushing, Grant Kunkel, and Raegan Hearn (Pineapple Shooter). I had a great time visiting with them! Plus, I was able to watch Grant shoot, so that’s a bonus! Did I mention how hot it was? The feel like temperature was 100 degrees at times! It felt like someone was rubbing sandpaper all over my face. I may or may not have forgotten to put on sunscreen the day before…

By the end of the day, I was exhausted. I’m talking saying-the-commands-in-my-sleep exhausted. I am already a sleeptalker/sleepwalker so that part isn’t so crazy. There were several times when I woke myself up saying commands. Emily even said that I kept her up! Now I can literally say I RO in my sleep. Cha-ching!

I shot my rimfire pistols on Friday and my rimfire rifles on Sunday. When the match was over, I noticed that I shot new personal bests with both my pistols! My RFPO time was 83.75 and my RFPI time was 91.62! I am slowly but surely getting faster with my pistols. My goal was to stay in the seventies with both my rifles. My times were 75.34 (RFRI) and 80.38 (RFRO).

I had a great time at this match! We had the opportunity to talk with the Kunkels and McCoys, and that’s always good. See y’all at the Rimfire Challenge World Championship!

I appreciate everyone who made this match possible! Nick Brandt did a great job running this match! Every time I RO, I realize how much work ROs put in. Thank you!

Thank you to all the match sponsors: Tippmann Arms, Pine Burr Area Council, Tandemkross, RangeStore.net, Springfield Armory, Team Match Tracker, Volquartsen Custom, Montana Gold Bullet, Hunters HD Gold, MCE Digital Armory, Steel Target Paint, Range Tactical Gear, Tactical Solutions, and Firehouse Subs.

Our squad on Sunday \/

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I placed:

1st Place Master Class RFPO

1st Place Lady RFPO

1st Place Lady RFPI

2nd Place Lady RFRI

3rd Place Lady RFRO

 

Sponsors:

Tippmann Arms

Hunters HD Gold

Vortex Optics

Allchin Gun Parts

Striplin Custom Gunworks

Tactical Solutions

Ally Outfitters

 

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2019 Alabama Steel Challenge State Championship

Last weekend, we went out to Alabama for the 2019 Alabama Steel Challenge State Challenge. I shot my Rimfire Pistol Open (RFPO) and Rimfire Pistol Iron (RFPI)Saturday morning. In my effort to calm down, I tried focusing on my breathing. Sometimes I succeeded in calming down and other times I failed miserably. The next morning, I shot my Rimfire Rifle Open (RFRO) and Rimfire Rifle Iron (RFRI). Calming down was easier this time! I shot 5 perfect strings on Roundabout with my RFRO! When I shoot Roundabout, I almost always miss the 4th target at least once. My times were 1.80, 1.80, 1.78, 1.81, and 1.61 with a total time of 6.99! While I was shooting this stage, I controlled my breathing and tried not to get excited after every string. When I finished shooting, my heart was racing and I could hardly zip up my bag!

๐ŸŽ‰ Did I mention that I am now a 3x GM?! At this match, I bumped up my RFPI to a GM! Now I am currently a GM in RFRO, RFRI, and RFPI. ๐ŸŽ‰

Total times:

RFRO- 73.02

RFRI- 73.32

RFPO- 89.70

RFPI- 94.02

I had a great time at this match! The people were awesome and so was the food! I appreciate the ROs and staff that helped put on this match! I look forward to attending next year!

Sponsors:

Hunters HD Gold

Vortex Optics

Tippmann Arms

Allchin Gun Parts

Striplin Custom Gunworks

Tactical Solutions

Ally Outfitters

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2019 Georgia Steel Challenge Championship

This past weekend, I attended the 2019 Georgia State Steel Challenge! Although a bit muddy, I had a blast!

I shot my RFPO and RFPI Friday morning. While driving to the range, we took the last turn onto John Weaver Road and we all started questioning the road. The road started out decent, but as we drove on, we realized that we were going to be on a muddy adventure! We make it to the entrance and realize that there was another road leading to the entrance! Let me note that the other entrance wasn’t near as muddy as the road we took. I know a few others took this route, but the only two people I can name are the Bakers! Congrats to anyone else that made it!!

When everyone started shooting, I was hoping the rain would hold off until we finished. The rain held off long enough for the morning shooters to finish but not the afternoon shooters! When the squad we were ROing only had a few stages left, we noticed the dark clouds rolling in. The smell changed, the wind started blowing and the only thing you could think was, “It’s coming.” Sure enough, a strong gust blew and it felt like everything was going to blow away! My sister and I ran to the truck. When we ran by the Hunters HD Gold tent, I noticed that the back of it was blown out, but I thought Mr. Brian had done it himself. Our dad had parked the truck by a tree earlier that morning. That tree wasn’t standing anymore! We put our unsecured stuff in the truck and ran to help Mr. Brian. It was a mess!

After this exciting experience, we went out to eat with Mr. Brian and Tom Naelon. Steak and too many potatoes is a great way to end the day!

Saturday morning, I shot my RFRO and RFRI! There was a great chance of rain while we shot, but I wasn’t worried. Rain just makes the experience more fun for me. Rain adds a whole new feel to shooting!

Once we finished shooting and we started eating lunch, I forgot all about the rain. We were all reminded of the weather right when we were about to get ready to shoot. Emily and I were visiting with Mr. Brian when lightning struck. Simultaneously, everyone yells, “Awwww!” I looked at my phone and figured out when we would be able to start. 1:30 goes by and another lightning strikes. 2:00 goes by and another lightning strikes. This went on until 2:30 and it was decided that it was best for the afternoon flight to shoot the next morning. Those couple of hours of waiting was not boring! It was the perfect social hour!

Overall, the 2019 Georgia Steel Challenge Championship was a total blast!

I placed 1st in Ladies RFRO, 1st Ladies RFRI, 1st Ladies RFPO, and 2nd Ladies RFPI! In the junior category, I placed 3rd in RFRO, 2nd in RFRI, and 3rd in RFPO, and 1st RFPI! Overall, I finished 5th in RFRO, 3rd in RFRI, 6th in RFPO, and 5th in RFPI!

I would like to thank all the Match Director, ROs, and the match sponsors!

I couldn’t have done this without my sponsors:

Hunters HD Gold

Tippmann Arms

Striplin Custom Gunworks

Allchin Gun Parts

Vortex Optics

QuarterCircle10

UltimateTargets.com

Ally Outfitters

Extreme Tactics and Training Solutions

Tandemkross

Hodgdon Powders

Tactical Solutions

 

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2019 World Speed Shooting Championship

We travelled to the CMP Talladega range for the 2019 World Speed Shooting Championship. In the beginning, I was a nervous wreck. We practiced our rimfire pistols on Tuesday and shot them on Wednesday. While we were practicing Tuesday, I noticed that in the middle of strings I started shaking. I tried to chill out and breathe, but my nerves were haywire. Here comes Wednesday and my nerves have only settled a little bit. I didn’t shoot as well as I wanted, but aside from that, I had a lot of fun.

On Thursday and Friday, my sister (Emily Cunningham) and I talked to everyone. I tried to go out of my comfort zone and talk to people. Let me just say that I met some pretty awesome people. I made new friends and I conversed with old ones. After the match, I realized how much this helped me. I have always been shy, but at this match, I opened up and I talked. I talked to people from just several towns over to someone in Brazil! We also hung out with Brian Conley at his Hunters HD Gold tent. Hunters HD Gold sells great products and I’ve yet to see an unsatisfied customer.

Friday afternoon, I attended the Hunters HD Gold dinner. We went to a place called The Club. Of course, Mr. Conley had the dinner in the “Gold Room.” We were one of the first people to arrive, so we mainly looked around at the scenery. We even saw a spectacular sunset! I can’t forget to mention that we were being served this awesome peachy drink. Absolutely delicious! The dinner was so fun and I had a great time with an amazing group of people. I should also mention that I had been looking forward to this dinner since news of it first came out! I was not disappointed!

On Saturday, I practiced with my rimfire rifles and I knew tomorrow was going to be a good day. During the very last flight, I shot my RFRO and RFRI. While shooting our first stage, I felt my nerves start to act wild and I started getting worried. As I kept shooting, I gained control of myself. When I messed up, I literally shook it off. After a string, before I even unloaded my magazine, I either dropped my shoulders or I shook my shoulders. I closed my eyes and I started thinking, “You got this,” and, “Calm down.” When we were about half way through we came upon Five-To-Go.  This stage has always been a stressing stage for me, but this time, I nailed it! I shot Five-To-Go in 8.71 seconds with my RFRI and 10.17 seconds with my RFRO! This was definitely motivational. After this stage, I started to wonder if I had a chance to break into the seventies, and I did! When I first started Steel Challenge or even Rimfire Challenge, I had no idea that I would be able to shoot that fast. This experience made me realize that I can achieve anything that I put my mind to.

Many people have helped me along the way, but one person has helped me the most, my dad. If it wasn’t for my dad, I truly wouldn’t be where I am. Through all the blood, sweat, and tears, he pushed me to go further. I could name other people that have helped me, but there are too many! To anyone that has helped me by giving me tips or simply being motivational, thank you. I would also like to say thank you to all the staff, RO’s and sponsors! Without y’all, the match would not be as great as it was.

I ended up placing 1st in Ladies RFRI division and 2nd in Master Class RFRO division! I made my goal of making it into the seventies with a time of 76.40 seconds with my RFRI and 78.90 seconds with my RFRO.

Thanks to my sponsors:

Hunters HD Gold

Striplin Custom Gunworks

Vortex Optics

Tactical Solutions

QuarterCircle10

UltimateTargets.com

Ally Outfitters

Tandemkross

Hodgdon Powder

Extreme Tactics and Training Solutions

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US Steel Shoot

I had a great time at the US Steel Shoot in Georgia! I shot on Wednesday and Thursday, and I’m pretty happy with how I did. I had the pleasure of ROing a squad on Friday afternoon and I had a blast. Although tiring, it was a great experience to RO during Nationals. There are two major highlights of the shoot: Tony Martin’s “Cole Busch Fan Club” shirt and when the Range Master called out my name. Tony’s shirt can give anyone a good laugh but nothing beats the feeling I had when my name was called. It felt like someone stabbed me right in the guts… but in a good way. The best way to describe it is a brief flash of joy and anxiety mixed together. I’m also going to admit that I almost yelled out “sir” like how I would at a Taekwondo belt testing or graduation. I was excited to place, but I was anxious about the fact I had to walk in front of people. I was totally not prepared! I couldn’t stop smiling after I received my plaques.

I would like to say thank you to all the match sponsors! I love the timer I picked up off the prize table. Thanks to everyone that ran the match. The match ran well and it was stress-free!

Special thanks to my sponsors:

Hunters HD Gold
Tactical Solutions
Tandemkross
QuarterCircle10
Vortex Optics
UltimateTargets.com
Extreme Tactics and Training Solutions
Hodgdon Powder
Striplin Custom Gunworks
Ally Outfitters

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2019 Georgia State Steel Match

This past weekend, I shot at the Georgia State Steel Match. I had fun and it was great to see everyone again!

On the Wednesday before the match, we left the house for Alabama. I tried to do a little bit of schoolwork, but the puppies were begging for attention! I started getting stressed, because I had a 3,000 word paper due by Sunday. On Thursday night, our parents went to see a concert with Cody Jinks and Jamey Johnson. I took this time to write and I finished about half of it. I started worrying that I wouldn’t be able to finish it, but then I remembered that I had all of Sunday to work on it!

Friday morning, we left the base and started heading for Georgia. We made it just after lunch. We drove to the range and visited with people. When I saw the range, I became excited. Schoolwork forgotten, I started thinking about the range and how fun this weekend was going to be.

On Saturday, I shot in the morning and afternoon. Both squads had great shooters and it was nice to meet new people. If y’all can’t tell, I love meeting people. No matter how shy or nervous I am, its always aย pleasure.

Now the lunch was amazing. I’m sure a few people saw me dancing around and eating. FYI, that means it’s good food. Plus, sweet tea is always a bonus. Especially when it tastes like Chicken Express sweet tea!

Before the award ceremony, I’m going to be honest and say my first thought was, “Wow, it’s loud.” Everyone’s chatter reminded me of those cartoons when all you can here is, “blulbluhlbiblubl,” if you know what I mean. But hey, a few muffins can solve that problem. When your attention is on the beautiful muffins, all the noise drains out. I call this problemo solved!

Anyhow, the match was a blast! People were nice, food was great, and I was able to meet new people. This is the perfect combo! As far as my shooting, I did well with my rifles. I shot an 82.28 with my RFRO and 83.63 with my RFRI! Woohoo! I didn’t do too well with my RFPI, but I’ll work on it.

Great job to all the shooters!

I placed:

1st in Ladies RFRI

2nd in Ladies RFPI

3rd in Ladies RFRO

Overall, I placed 39 out of 329.

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The Tennessee State Steel Challenge Championship

Saturday morning on October 20th, I realize how behind I am on writing this blog, we were at the Dead Zero Shooting Park checking in. When we walked in, I instantly felt the warm air wrap around me. That was a nice reprieve from the cold light rain from outside. After we checked in, we drove down to the bays that we would be shooting at later. On the way to the shooting bays the scenery was very beautiful with a pond and picnic tables. We stopped to let some geese cross the road. When arriving at the shooting bays weโ€™d be using for the championship, I noticed the way the bays were arranged, I was seriously impressed.

My dad, my sister and I had a great time talking with the Bragg family, members of Team Norsemen, and Steve Foster.ย  Later we decided to warm up in the main building and find lunch. After lunch, we gathered our equipment and went out to meet our squad. I was ready to get rolling.

On Saturday, it was Emily, Mike, and me shooting in our squad. We shot through the stages quickly. I think I shot pretty well on the stages with my pistol. I certainly prefer my iron pistol over my open and it shows! That will be something I will need to work on over the winter break. Nonetheless, this trip will give the chance to improve my classifications.

On Sunday morning, it was noticeably colder than the day before. I was so happy that we were shooting in the afternoon! When it was our time to shoot, the temperature was rising and for that, I was thankful. This time, our squad had a couple other people on it. On our second to last stage, it was warm enough for me to take my jacket off. Tennessee weather is similar to Texas. Next time I will come prepared!

Overall, the Dead Zero Shooting Park is a cool place. I love how the bays are set up and it looks so beautiful. The main building was warm and cozy, and my fingers appreciated the warmth. Everyone working the match was nice and it was a relaxing weekend of shooting.

I was pleased with the results from my first Tier II Steel Challenge Match. I placed 1st in Ladies RFPI & 2nd in Ladies RFRI.

Congratulations to all the category and division winners. You all shot amazing!

Dead Zero Shooting Park offers monthly steel matches. If you live near the area or nearby visiting, check them out.ย www.deadzeroshooting.com

 

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2018 Buck Fever Event

On the 24th and 25th of October, I represented Texas Brigades at the annual Buck Fever Event. The event was hosted in the Coliseum of Seguin- Guadalupe County from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on both days.

This past summer, I attended a Texas Brigades camp in Galveston called the Coastal Brigade. I had no idea what I was getting myself into, but I’m so glad I went to the camp. I learned about wildlife conservation, leadership, teamwork, and character building. Now I have my chance to tell people about my great experience with Texas Brigades.

On the first day of the event, I was so nervous about my public speaking abilities. I am not a smooth talker! Even though I know everything about Texas Brigades, I sometimes have a humongous brain fart.๐Ÿ˜‚ I did better than I thought I’d do, but it could have been better!

Our booth was on the end of an aisle, so we have a complete view of the stage area without having to move. The Gator Country people came out showing snakes and gators. I loved how many kids enjoyed the gators! Plus, their parents walk by our booth to see the gator man… ๐Ÿ˜‰

On the second day, I invited one of my buddies from camp to come to the event. With all of our speaking abilities, we became one team of cadet-seekers. I created a mission to find “potential candidates”, because it seemed like we were being slightly overlooked. We “scoped out” boys and girls between the ages of 13-17. Now let me tell you… I am horrible at differentiating ages of teenage boys. A 15 year old could look 12 or 18… you never know… ๐Ÿค”

We gave out many brochures and we may have found some future cadets and volunteers. I hope to see some of them next year at camp!

By the end of the day, I was able to walk up to a random person and tell them about Texas Brigades. This is incredible to me, because I would never have done that a year ago.

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How It All Began

It all started when someone invited us to a monthly steel match. When we arrived at the range, I was so nervous! After all, I normally bench shoot.

I was loading my magazines with Colten and my sister, Emily, when a guy walked over to us and gave us magazine loaders. The guy was Jeff Chaffin. This moment was memorable to me for some reason, and it’s probably going to be stuck in my mind forever.

After that, we were invited to the 2017 NSSF Lonestar Championship . I had a great deal of fun shooting with my friends and meeting new people. It was also a very interesting experience for me because, I am a seriously nervous person when it comes to meeting new people. But in the end, I had a great time. My sister won 2nd place for Youth Limited!

When it was time for the prize table, we were so hyped. To clarify, by “we” I mean my sister, Colten, and myself. By the end of the day, we all had our arms full of prizes, that we could barely hold them all. That was the moment, I first became interested with the sport.

When I REALLY became hooked, was during the 2017 NSSF Rimfire Challenge World Championship. I met so many people, I was having an overload of nerves! But I pushed through and had fun. I met Oleg Volk there, too. He’s a nice man and a great photographer. I’ve never met someone who could take such perfect pictures! It amazes me how close and friendly the shooting community is.

After a year of hard work and a lot of practice at the range, I finally placed.. At the 2018 Lonestar Championship, I placed 2nd in Junior Open and 1st in Junior Limited! The rush I had when they called my name was indescribable!

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