ARCHIVE - ISSUE FIVE- NOV 2013 FEATURE PICTORIAL - TRAINING - LIFESTYLE - REVIEWS ARCHIVE - ISSUE FIVE - NOV 2013
West Coast Correspondent
On the Cover,
Cover girl Lisa, who was one of the very first Sure Shots back in the day, is a a jack-of-all-trades: Hairstylist, makeup artist, and bartender.
Read more about her and see more pics from the cover photo shoot!
Birds of a Feather
The Wild Bunch: Cindy, Barrie, Niki, Renee, Nicole
by Niki Jones
When I received an invitation to a Dove Hunt from the awesome Renee Blaine, Shotgun Instructor Extraordinaire, I knew right off that this wasn't going to be your run-of-the-mill bird hunt. Renee happens to run with a particularly fabulous crowd—very successful (and very style-conscious) women. And, I should mention, they're ALL amazing shooters! I had already met some of them, and I couldn't wait to meet the rest.
I arrived at Renee's friend Cindy's 500-acre Rocky Creek Ranch, in Watson, TX (about an hour north of Austin) at 2:00pm. The ladies were already there—Nicole, Cindy, Janna, and Renee's super-cool sister Barrie, who put a jalepeño margarita in my hand. I loved them all immediately (and not because they brought the tequila!). After introductions were made, we piled in Renee's Polaris Ranger and took off on a tour of the ranch.
Cindy's ranch is beautiful. Hilly and wooded, it has long winding roads, big rolling fields, and ponds. The weather was in the low 70's and sunny that day, which couldn't have been more perfect. More than an hour later, we made our way back to our starting point, where Renee had already set up a trap thrower (the machine that launches clay pigeons into the air), for us to practice our shooting and get warmed up.
Nicole handed me a gorgeous brown leather Galco shell pouch to strap around my waist, and Renee handed me my shotgun for the day—a Merkel 2000E 12 gauge, and filled my pouch with shells. We were ready to rock!
Training for a Match! by Alex Griffith
Alex is quick on the draw
I've been shooting competitively for the past eight years. I started in college, and shot in four collegiate national events, winning one of them. I've also shot in numerous bullseye regionals, competed with the USA Shooting team, including shooting in the 2008 Olympic Trials, and shot in the 2011 and 2012 Bianchi Cup world championship of action pistol. (I missed the 2013 Bianchi Cup because I was in basic training, but I'll be back next year.)
So I'm no stranger to the pressure that comes with competing in a major match. Despite my experience, I still get nervous a few days before the match starts until I fire the last shot. Being nervous is a good thing - a friend once told me "if you aren't nervous, you no longer care." Here are some strategies I use to control the nerves and make the most of my match.
Knowledge - Courage - Integrity
Sometimes our favorite things aren't necessarily our favorite because of the thing itself, but what it stands for, or the memories to which it's connected.
This FBI commemorative Beretta 92FS is the one I'd consider My Favorite Gun. It reminds me of when I was a kid and my dad was away at the FBI Academy in Quantico. I remember how much I missed him, but also how insanely proud I was of him (I remember being most proud of him for running their crazy obstacle course every day!). This gun makes me remember his graduation, which included an amazing show of helicopters "storming" the ceremony, complete with Agents fast-roping to the ground and snipers shooting from roofs—so exciting! And the fact that he gave this gun to me as soon as I moved to Texas always makes me smile.
MKA 1919XN Firebird Precision Conversion