May 23

South Dakota Steel Classic 2017

20170505_174728Mark this as one of my favorite and “have to go to every year” match! This destination hot spot is nothing short of amazing.  I flew into Sioux Falls late on Thursday evening. After awaking the next morning, I met up with Tom Fuller and we headed over to our fellow GAP Teammates house, Jeff Badley.  After Kenny Lin and Bryan Sikes arrived,we all enjoyed a team breakfast then headed out to Orient.

We arrived at the range early afternoon and after we all got sited in, we headed over to the big barn for the shooters brief. Did I mention the name of the ranch that was hosting this match is “Mean Woman Ranch”? How freaking cool is that?  and did I mention there is also Mean Woman Taxidermy? I met both Ray and Becky Martinmaas who own Mean Woman Ranch and Taxidermy. Both are really super sweet and great folks. And really super sweet for hosting this PRS match. 20170507_152712 (1)

Match directors were Cody Kinsley and Michael Kane. These guys ran a flawless match. I have attended many matches in the past few years and this was one of the smoothest. They had a good mixture of different size of targets, challenging stages and with those South Dakota winds, you knew it was going to be challenging.

Day one started bright and early with the singing of the National Anthem sung by Shelby Berg. She has such a beautiful voice. We all broke up into our squads and headed out to our first stage. I was on Squad 9 with a great group of guys and I couldn’t wait to get started.  Day one had 13 stages to complete with Day two having 12 stages.

A few of my favorite stages from Day one are:  Stage 07 – Owens Armory Fenced In. Shooter will start port of arms with magazine in and bolt back. On “start”  command shooter will move to first position. Shooter will choose a total of 5 positions engaging the target with two shots from each position. 1 point per impact. No prone positions and rifle must rest on or touch barricade. No equipment limitation. Time Limit: 2:00, Max Round Count: 10, Max points: 10.  Target was 426 yrds, 12” square.  So basically, this was a cattle fence that you were shooting off of. The fence/gate had a bar going down middle. You could shoot from top bar and move down. Or you could shimmy yourself in one side corner and then use the middle bar that went straight down as a corner (you could have 4 positions on one row). I grabbed my Armageddon Gear Gamechanger and chose to use the middle bar as 2 positions (one right one left) then quickly slid the bag with my rifle to the far corner. Success!  I was able to go 9 out of 10 on this stage. I rushed the one shot that I missed.

20170506_130607My other favorite stage of the day was Stage 01 Long Peak Arms Troop. Shooter will start prone behind the rifle with magazine in and bolt back. On “Start” command shooter will chamber round and engage targets. First round impact is worth 2 points and shooter will move to next target. First round miss the shooter must re-engage with second shot worth 1 point and then move to next target. Time limit: 2:00 minutes, Max round count: 10, Max points 10. Target 1: 532yrds, Target 2: 573 yrds, Target 3: 635 yrds, Target 4: 709 yrds, and Target 5: 789 yrds. The South Dakota winds were kicking up a bit on this one but I managed 8 out of 10. My Bushnell XRS optic is so perfect. The G2 reticle in it made it a piece of cake to use holdovers. There were other stages that I cleared in all first round hits and other stages on 2nd round hits.

Day 1 ended around 3 in the afternoon. After catching up with my other GAP teammates, we all headed back into the little town we were staying in. I have said it before and I will say it again, I love being on Team GAP. The comradery is just awesome and fun. Everyone just encourages each other and is there for you. After we all grabbed dinner at a quaint little restaurant and talked about the day, it was bedtime for this girl!  20170505_212046

Did I mention that I reload my ammo with Alliant Reloder 16, Berger Bullets 105gr hybrid and I use Federal Premium Gold match 210 primers using nothing but RCBS reloading equipment? What a partnership between all these components and not to mention the explosive collaboration when this stuff is screaming through my GA Precision custom rifle!  I am so in love with my equipment.

Day 2 began a little chilly! Thank goodness I packed my XGO layers. This clothing kept me toasty warm. We basically shot the same stages (with the exception of a few ) as Day one but time frames were 1 minute 30 seconds. Wind on day two was gruesome though. 14 – 17 mph winds with gusts up to 30mph. There was your kicker. 20170507_121050 (1)

End of Day 2 I knew I had shot strong, but not as strong as day one. The last two stages of Day 2 just kicked me in the gut. On one stage I was holding for 18mph winds, must have been a huge gust of wind so I made quick corrections and dang it if the bullet didn’t go right where I was aiming. The wind died. This was the story of my life for those last 2 stages.

I placed 12th out of 96 competitors. Congratulations to Jon Pynch for taking away 1st, Tate Streeter for 2nd (and who was great to shoot with in my squad) and to Nick Streder for his 3rd place finish. I seriously loved shooting this match in South Dakota. Thank you to all the RO’s who selflessly gave their time. Huge Thanks to Cody Kinsley and Michael Kane for running such a great match and to the land owners “Mean Woman Ranch” Becky and Ray for letting all us play on your beautiful land. You all will definitely see me back next year!!

My equipment was flawless. Thank you G.A Precision, Bushnell Tactical, Hoppe’s 9, Armageddon Gear, Federal Premium, RCBS, Berger Bullets and XGO. I stand proud while representing each brand. I always said that I believed in Quality…not quantity. These are my 8 sponsors, they are all the best of the best here in the firearm industry and again, I couldn’t be more proud to wear each brand.

 

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Mar 31

Long Range Shooting Experience 2017 at RockCastle

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The Long Range Shooting Experience is definitely a match I look forward to every year. Ryan Castle and Scott Satterlee are the match directors of this infamous match. Actually, my first ever match was one that Ryan and Scott put on back in the fall of 2012 in Cookeville TN. I definitely have a fondness for these two and how they run a match. Three years ago, they moved their location to RockCastle Shooting Center in Park City, Kentucky. I have shot this match every year and it just keeps getting better. 2015 I placed 67th (and the first time I ever beat my Husband in a match!), 2016 I placed 56th and 2017 I placed 32nd!!

Another great thing about shooting here is the facility. Everything is on-site. Your rooms, the range, the restaurant and a bar with their own wines!!  RockCastle is a very unique and fun place! Where else can you shoot all day, eat dinner then walk down the hall to your room? I love this place. Plus the atmosphere and the people are wonderful too. Another huge thing I love about matches is the ability to meet new people. I was excited to meet this little cutie Rei Hoang. She has been training and competing in long range matches on the West coast, so it was definitely a welcoming site to see other females out here!  IMG_20170324_204842_272

I was on Squad number 4 with my other teammates from GA Precision:  Bryan Sikes, Tom Fuller, George Gardner and Charles Roberts. Of course I brought along my custom built GA Precision 6mmCreedmoor I named the “Blackwidow”.  I topped off this beauty with none other than my Bushnell Elite XRSii with the G3 reticle. This freaking scope rocked it throughout the whole match. Can we say “love”?!!

I reload my own ammunition using nothing but RCBS equipment. I have been trusting RCBS for a few years now and the equipment has never let me down. I was really excited to use Federal Premium 210 match primers. I noticed my groups were a little tighter and my SD’s improved. There was definitely consistency in using these primers.  Of course, ammo couldn’t be complete without the bullet. I only use Berger Bullets 105gr Hybrid in my 6Creedmoor and lets just say, with this combo, the Blackwidow eats everything alive out there.

The first morning was chilly, so I layered up with my XGO base layers. Day 1 started on the Golf course with my favorite….prairie dog targets! Round count 10, Time 1:45. Prairie Dog 1 – 295yrds, Prairie Dog 2 – 330 yrds, B/C IPSC1 – 765yrds, B/C IPSC2 – 785yrds and 12×20 – 890 yrds. Winds were not really tough at this point but definitely switchy!  I scored 7 out of 10….not bad for first stage jitters and shaking off the dust. Yes, this was my first PRS match of the year.

20170326_104138One fun stage was the Tank Trap….If you don’t own a Reasor/Armageddon Gear GameChanger bag and you ever see these two words (tank trap) in a match book, EXPEDITE shipping on this unique bag!!  Round Count – 10, Time: 1:45, Targets: IPSC 1 – 455yrds, IPSC 2 – 548yrds, IPSC 3 – 652yrds, IPSC 4- 770yrds, IPSC 5 – 925yrds. Attempt each target with 2 rounds then move to next target. You just place the Gamechanger slap in the middle of the Tank Trap, place your rifle on top of the gamechanger then Boom! Instant stability while you shoot!! 6 out of 10 hits wasn’t bad at all!!

This is just a sample of a few of the stages that was in this match. Total stages were 16. Day two required me to wipe down my bolt and use some Hoppe’s Gun medic on it! The wind really got to alot of people the first day. It was crazy switchy out there, plus we had a little bit of rain and mud to contend with on Day 2.

All in all, I was pretty excited how I shot. Keep in mind that in Precision Rifle competitions, there is not a separate division for women. Sure, some matches might recognize a Top Female, but you are just another shooter out there and I love it! Out of around 125 shooters, I placed 32nd. Thanks to Ryan and Scott for yet another great year on a successful match. HUGE Thank You to all the RO’s who selflessly gave their time to be at the match and help make sure it ran smoothly. Another Huge Thanks to all the Sponsors that donated to the prize table!!  Congrats to Matt Brousseau for taking away 1st place. I am proud of all my teammates on GA Precision as they all had great finishes.  Congratulations to our Charles Roberts for his 1st place in Tac Division.  20170326_134656

Thank you to all my sponsors and everything you guys do to help keep me pushing forward!  G.A. Precision, Bushnell, Hoppe’s 9, Armageddon Gear, Berger Bullets, XGO, Federal Premium and RCBS.

 

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Mar 01

Love & Life with my G.A. Precision Rifle “Blackwidow”

LOVEI started the 2016 Precision Rifle Series (PRS) season as the newest team member of G.A. Precision. Joining Team GAP was, in itself, a definite highlight for me. I started my first full season shooting precision rifle competitions in 2013 and joined the PRS in 2014. During the first few years, I always admired G.A. Precision and their roster of shooters. Every chance I could, I would get on a squad that had a Team GAP shooter on it. I wanted to be a great shooter, so I wanted to watch exactly how these guys approached a stage and shot. I really learned alot by doing this, plus picking their brains always helped! Fast forward a few years, many matches later and here I am. To say I was ecstatic when George Gardner asked me to be a part of his team, would be an understatement!love1

George and his team of builders built me a custom 6mmCreedmoor with Templar VII action in a Manners Stock. I was super excited as I knew the 6mmCreedmoor would be an even more competitive round in the field. With muzzle velocity around 3050fps, I was stoked! This rifle is definitely a laser beam when shooting. I have been super pleased with the performance this past year.

I met with Tom Manners of Manners Stocks at SHOT Show 2016 and he helped me pick out the perfect stock. I fondly named my rifle “Blackwidow” because the paint scheme on it reminded me of spider webs due to the red streaks. Plus, I think a Blackwidow is someone you don’t want to mess with cause she is deadly 😉 Also part of my build is a 25″ Bartlein barrel, APA Little Bastard brake, and a Timney Trigger. On top of this beautiful rifle, is my Bushnell Elite XRS 4.5-30. For the 2017 shooting season, I placed a new Bushnell XRS2 4.5×30 on top of the Blackwidow. Can we say sexy?! I have been a huge fan of Bushnell’s Elite XRS scope for many years and am overjoyed to be running the new XRS2 this season.

With shooting a 6mmCreedmoor, I needed to reload. I use RCBS for all my reloading equipment needs. My ammunition has consisted of Hornady brass, TulAmmo large rifle primers, Hodgdon 4350 powder and Berger Bullets 105gr Hybrid. I got into reloading so much, that I told my Husband that my rounds were off limits to him! And once I had my ammo loaded, I would tape up the boxes so Jim couldn’t mess with them!

Since 1999, GA Precision has been cranking out top of the line custom rifles. George Gardner has been a well respected and sought after custom precision rifle builder not only for competition rifles, but for hunting rifles as well. Visit their website at www.gaprecision.net to see all they have to offer. Trust me, you will be glad you did!
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