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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
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Extreme Tactics and Training Solutions
Hodgdon Powder
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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 a 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 we’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.  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. 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.😂 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… 😉

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… 🤔

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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