Bushnell GAP Grind Pro/Am at K&M Precision Rifle Training

fb_img_1477877411338The 2016 Bushnell GAP Grind Pro/Am has always been a great match for new shooters to attend. This is the 2nd year that it was held at the facilities of K&M Precision Rifle Center in Finger TN. The format of the Pro/Am is that a new shooter is paired up with a Pro shooter. The Pro shooter basically shows the Amateur the ropes of how the Precision Rifle Series matches flow, stage preparation and how to approach each stage. This is really a great match for shooters that have been hesitant or intimidated about going to their first match.

mb6This year I had the honor of having MaryBeth Olson, a 9 yr old new shooter, as my partner. MaryBeth has attended several long range matches with her Dad and has done a great job at her local matches in Colorado. George Gardner of G.A. Precision sent me a text a few months earlier letting me know who my partner was. I was really anxious and excited for this match! MaryBeth is sponsored by Prime Ammunition and is shooting a G.A. Precision custom built 6.5 Creedmoor in a Manners Composite Stock. She shoots suppressed so Armageddon Gear had to set a sister up with her very own personalized suppressor cover and gear!  I of course shot the match with the Blackwidow, my custom built G.A. Precision 6Creedmoor in a Manners Composite stock topped off with a Bushnell Elite XRS 4.5-30. I do all my own reloads with my RCBS set up that includes a ChargeMaster, the Summit and a Rockchucker. I only use Berger Bullets 105 gr Hybrid along with Hornady 6mm Creedmoor brass and Hodgdon 4350 powder.  All these components help make up my ammunition and my G.A. Precision rifle just eats it up. I love it!!  mbm5

The Friday before the match is the day that you can get together with your partner and go over stages, wind calls and get to know them with their rifle. MaryBeth and I spent a few hours together that Friday going over positional shooting, wind calls and seeing exactly where she was in the game. It was enjoyable to spend the afternoon with her and I knew after those few hours, just how special she is. After we spent time on the range together, MaryBeth hung out with me in the Armageddon Gear meat wagon. She helped me sell some gear and we got to share some shooting stories with each other.  mbm1

Saturday morning started early. MaryBeth and I met up and attended the safety briefing together. MaryBeths mom (Carroll) stayed with us those two days while her Dad (Zach) helped with RO duties. MaryBeths parents are so supportive of her in this shooting sport and I think that speaks volumes on their behalf. MaryBeth and I started out Saturday by hitting each stage pretty hard. For her to be the age of 9, out here shooting and understanding her rifle and scope is so remarkable. I was in awe of this little girl as the day went by. She has her shooting fundamentals down plus she stays on her rifle after she shoots and is able to spot her own impacts and make the necessary adjustments. This just goes to show you that no matter what age you are, you can definitely do anything you put your mind to.  All day Saturday, MaryBeth and I rang alot of steel! mb7

MaryBeth was definitely a little trooper throughout both days. She carried her own rifle from stage to stage and insisted that she carry it all day. At days end Saturday, she grabbed herself a Dr. Pepper and put her Armageddon Gear personalized can coozie on it…..I mean Hey, she’s gotta keep her drink cold too!!

Sunday morning started bright and really early. Shannon Kay, match director, put out the AccuShot cards and ½ the shooters were to shoot their card by 6:15 am and the other ½ had to shoot theirs by 6:45 am. The Accushot cards are playing cards with a crosshair in the center. At most matches, this is usually a cold bore shot. Shannon had these set up at 100 yards. The person closest to the center or right on the center of the card wins an Accushot gift card. It was a little chilly that morning so I got to try out my new XGO base layer clothing. Let me tell you, this is the best base layer I have ever wore!! I didn’t even need a jacket and that says a lot for me.

hoppesrangekitAnd talking about Sunday, I swear I have never attended a match where I didn’t have to pull out my Hoppe’s 9 range kit. This perfect little piece of kit has saved alot of competitors. MaryBeth was having problems getting her rounds to feed so I whipped out my cleaning kit. She had dirt in her chamber but we got it cleaned up in no time! On another stage, a piece of brass got stuck in another competitors rifle. Within seconds, I had the Hoppe’s cleaning rod and attachment together so we could knock out the piece of brass. I always carry with me this Hoppe’s range kit and small bottle of Hoppe’s Gun Medic that all fit snugly in my range bag. Perfect for any situation!

The last stage of the day on Sunday, MaryBeth ended the match with hitting a 300 yard mover several times on a positional stage.  We shot a total of 25 stages for the weekend. I was so inspired by MaryBeth. She has the tenacity, the drive and will to be a top PRS shooter here in the very near future. I wish my parents had started me out young like this!!  sikes1On my squad was my fellow teammates from G.A. Precision. Each and every one of the guys stepped up and helped me out when it was needed most. Because of MaryBeths size, it was hard for her to jump up in the back of a truck with her rifle or climb down steep steps that were about as tall as she was. Though my teammates had partners of their own, they helped hold my partner in place or helped her with moving her rifle on certain stages. Thank you so much to Jeff Badley, Bryan Sikes, Tom Fuller, Bryan Yeung and Charles Roberts.  I truly know now how a Team works together in a match and I couldn’t be more prouder to be a part of this elite team.

Thanks to George Gardner and Shannon Kay for another great Pro/Am and for allowing me to be MaryBeth’s partner.  Thanks to Bushnell for being the Title Sponsor and to Sherryl Nens, Tim Tanker, Kyle Nishi and gang for making it out to the match. Thanks to all the sponsors who donated to the prize table and provided lunch both days. Thank you to the ROs who selflessly spent their time on the range that weekend. Congratulations to the guys/gals who took the top spots and to all the competitors out there!! It just takes that one time to step out on the range and learn the format of these matches. There are so many competitors who are willing to help you along the way. To learn more about this match and more, visit the Precision Rifle Series at  www.precisionrifleseries.com.  I would also like to thank my Sponsors for allowing me to be able to do what I love and for helping me run only the finest of equipment:  G.A. Precision, Bushnell Tactical, Hoppe’s 9, Armageddon Gear, Berger Bullets, XGO .  Please visit their websites by clicking on their names with links provided. fb_img_1477877424042


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Unbelievable Bushnell…..Unbelievable!

1463520072000_img_630970Yes I said it…..Unbelievable!!!  So there we were, my Husband and I, on our way to Alabama Precision PRS match in Childersburg Alabama. Just as we were getting into Sylacauga Alabama, smoke started coming out from under the bed of the truck. My Husband thought it might have been oil burning. We were at a red light and the car next to us informed us that something was very wrong with our truck. We both turned to look and black smoke was rolling out heavily from under the bed of the truck. Jim pulled over to access what was going on and started screaming “Get out! The truck is on fire!!”  Jim was tossing all his gear and guns in low lying bushes nearby and I was grabbing my gear and putting it in a pile away from the truck. During all this madness, unknowing to us, a pair of my Bushnell Legend binoculars fell out of my husbands bag into the bushes. These were the Bushnell Legend Ultra HD 8×36 camoflauge binoculars. The fire was put out with no damage to the truck (spare tire caught fire). 20160610_170335

Fast forward two months, countless rain storms and high temperatures, once again we were on a drive to a one day match back in Birmingham Alabama, I pulled in to Sylacauga to the area that my husband tossed all his stuff. You see, he lost 3 boxes of 6.5 Creedmoor loaded ammunition that fateful day. Jim jumps out and started looking through the bushes and found two boxes of ammo. I thought it was funny so I did I post about it on my Facebook page. That evening, one of the firemen (Tim E.) from the Sylacauga fire department saw my post. That same evening when Tim got off work, he went to the location of the truck fire and found the other box of ammo along with my Bushnell Legends. Now, you are probably wondering why I wasn’t looking for these earlier. I upgraded to the Bushnell Legend L Series. Jim was using my older ones, which is why those fell out of his bag.

Tim E. got in touch with me that evening to let me know he found the other box of ammo along with the Bushnell Legends. On our way home, we stopped by the Sylacauga Fire station to retrieve our lost belongings. Tim was telling us that he and few others were surprised that even though the binoculars had been out in the weather for so long, there was no moisture on the inside of the tubes, they still focused and the eyepieces adjusted properly. Essentially, they were surprised that they were still in working order!

When I tell people that I stand behind Bushnell and their products, I’m not just saying it, I really mean it. The Bushnell Legend binoculars are lightweight yet rugged with fully multicoated ED glass lenses, RainGuard Water repellent coating, waterproof, and fogproof. 13907002_1128474593913404_6476841407920688508_n

The Bushnell Legend family binoculars are some of the best binoculars on the market. I use them consistently during my shooting competitions to spot targets, etc. Here are some features of the Bushnell Legend L series (I am in love with mine):

*Magnesium Chassis

*Rainguard HD

*Fully Multicoated Optics

*Phase 3 Prism Coating

*ED Prime Glass

*Locking Diopter Adjustment

*Waterproof and fogproof

So if you are looking for a great pair of binoculars, look for the Bushnell Legend Series family. I promise you, you cannot go wrong with them.  www.bushnell.com   11224098_902278533199679_3184806457525356599_n


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Alabama Precision 1 day match

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Photo courtesy of Maxine Nix

I love one day matches!  Why you ask? Well, for starters its a great training day for the bigger PRS matches! Another great advantage of a one day match, is that alot of new shooters come out to play. I love seeing new people getting involved with this sport, men and women. I love seeing the excitement on their face when they hit their targets and just the pure enjoyment of being out on the range. It is just a really great match for everyone involved.

20160820_155824 This past Saturday the hubs and I drove to Birmingham to participate in Jim Saunders & Chuck Liveoaks 1 day match.  There were 77 shooters total for the day with 8 stages at the great place of Brocks GAP Training Center.

We had 3 stages that involved some pistol skills before you advanced on to your rifle.  Sometimes it is great having a little diversity in these long range matches. I know I need to practice more with pistol so I spent the day before in my office dry firing all day! The long range stages that were set up were challenging but fun. One stage in particular had 3 targets lined up at 600 yrds and another 3 targets on hangers at 735 yrds. I dropped 2 at the 735 small target but rang the steel on the rest!

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My Hoppe’s #9 Winners at the match!

I shot with my custom built GA Precision 6Creedmoor, Templar V2 SA with a Bartlein 25″ fluted barrel, Timney Trigger and American Precision Arms Little Bastard G2 brake. All set in a Manners Composite Stocks MCS-EHT GAP elite with Bushnell Elite XRS 4.5-30 on top. I never leave home without my Armageddon Gear Precision Rifle Sling or my Hoppes Range Kit. I do all my own reloads on my RCBS Chargemaster with 6mm Creedmoor Hornady brass, Hodgons H4350 powder and Berger 105gr Hybrids.  All of my kit and gear worked flawlessly. I adore the setup that I have and I am so proud to be representing top notch companies and quality gear.  

Congratulations to John Stimpson for 1st place, Sean Murphy for taking 2nd and John Snead 3rd. I placed 7th overall, High Lady and couldn’t be more proud!!  Thank you again to Jim & Emily Saunders, Chuck Liveoak and gang. To all the ROs that took their time to be there and to all the competitors there, Thank You!!  I would again like to Thank my sponsors GA Precision, Berger Bullets and Armageddon Gear and to the Vista Outdoor brands that I am a Brand Ambassador for: Bushnell Tactical and Hoppe’s #9. These companies are not only top quality brands, but they have the best people in the industry working for them!!  20160820_135319 (1) - Copy


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