Wednesday, November 27, 2013

AG-SAFE FUNDRAISER...EXPLODING PUMPKINS



There are hundreds of types of pistol matches to shoot every year, and the number goes up exponentially with the addition of rifle and shotgun. This massive selection means that I must pick my shooting schedule carefully. Of course the first question regarding whether I should attend a match is this one: “Can I shoot my revolver?” After that, I ask myself what I expect to come from shooting this particular match?

Keep reading at Women's Outdoor News!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

How to Shoot a Revolver


"My passion for revolvers is no secret. I’ve experienced many specialized revolver matches, matches not in any way specialized for revolvers, and “revolver-friendly” matches. Not surprisingly, when it comes to my competition preferences, nothing beats the classics – ICORE!"...

Read Molly's Revolver Tips at Women's Outdoor News!

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Guns and Ladies Shooting Clinic (Women's Outdoor News)



"As I enter my senior year of high school, I feel the excitement of facing this last year of high school learning. No longer a child, I am preparing for college life. College is something I look forward to for independence and knowledge. It’s a mindset of exploration and expansion. I’m definitely craving a world outside of the structure and discipline of high school. During the last few years, I’ve seen others desire an education outside the regular curriculum as well; and not just high school students, but also men and women want to learn firearm safety and techniques. They recognize that they still want to learn. It has been an inspiration to have people ask questions about what I do as a competitive shooter and ask how they can give it a try. As my high school life begins to wind down, the tables of education have turned when I recently helped instruct new female shooters in a fun and safe atmosphere as a volunteer instructor with Guns and Ladies shooting (GALs)..." Read more at Women's Outdoor News!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

A REVOLVER: THE STEEL CHALLENGE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

A Revolver at the Steel Challenge
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There is a starting line for everything. For college: orientation. For a novel: page one. For a shooting career: the first match.

My first match and start to my love for competition, was the 2008 Steel Challenge World Championship. From the moment I first stepped on the dusty range in Piru, California, I knew it was going to truly be a “steel challenge,” but a struggle that I looked forward to. After all, I had my Buckmark .22, my snacks, and my friends! And it was a great match. The Steel Challenge is a speed event, where there are always the same eight stages with five plates, each stage (except one) having five consecutive “runs/strings” shooting the stage for a time. Then, the highest time is eliminated, and the top four runs are added together. This is done for each stage, and the total time is your score. Everyone competes to get the fastest possible time. 

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BROTHERS (As seen in Junior Shooters Magazine)

The following was originally published in "Junior Shooters Magazine." Check out other articles here!

BROTHERS
            “Fun for the Whole Family!” What do you think I’m describing here? Movie Night? Monopoly? Nope! I’m talking about shooting sports. Need some proof? Look at the Piccinni family, from Reno, NV. The father, Todd, is one of the owners of Mark Fore and Strike Sporting Goods and his sons, Colton (16) and Braden (13) shoot competitively. Even their mother and sister get involved, always a smile and a word of encouragement. I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know this family over the last couple of years. Colton and Braden both participate in the MGM Junior Shooter camp and we have shot several matches together.  What fun it is to have friends, juniors... to cheer each other on and share experiences and impressions during a match. And these brothers are really good shots!
A little bit of a background, Colton has been shooting competitively for seven years and prefers a Glock 34 or Glock 17 in Open competitions, but also likes precision rifle. On the other hand, Braden is more of a Smith & Wesson type shooter, mostly competing with M&P pistols and Smith & Wesson revolvers during the past four years he’s been shooting.
When it comes to the family element of shooting, this is what the boys had to say:
Colton: I have grown up around firearms since as far back as I can remember. It's a way of living for my whole family and is a giant part if our lives. My whole family shoots, even my Mom and younger sister. So it can really be seen as our sport. Some people like football or baseball, we like shooting. 
Braden: In our family shooting is pretty much the universal sport. My dad, brother and I shot most of our club matches this year and occasionally we go out of state to shoots.
Of course, with two teenage boys there is going to be a lot of competition.
Braden: We are very competitive, when we are off of the line we are just any two brothers that you could find anywhere, but the moment that we set foot on the range things change.
     During the MGM Grand Nationals at the Parma Rod and Gun Club in Parma, Idaho last summer I got a special sense of the fun these brothers have. It was pretty entertaining to watch them interact and see the friendly-rivalry. They are funny, typical boys clowning around yet very serious about their sport. In three burning hot, dusty days I did not hear a single complaint; they made the match something to remember for everyone who participated.
            I’ve noticed the boys seem to alternate winning, and when there is a victory; the winner does get very strong bragging rights! Bragging rights aren’t their only goals, however. Colton is focused on becoming a Grand Master shooter, saying “It's a high standard to work to but with enough practice I can definitely do it.” Braden would love to one day represent a company as a sponsored shooter.  
           
I had the opportunity to ask the brothers some questions here’s what they had to say.

Molly: What type of gun do you enjoy shooting in competition and away from competition?
Colton: I shoot a Glock 34 and a Glock 17 open gun for my main competition guns. Outside of the competitions I enjoy shooting precision rifle and also suppressed AR-15s.
Braden: My favorite sporting implements when I am shooting competitions are my Smith and Wesson Revolvers and M&Ps.

 Molly: How is shooting a “family sport” for you?
Colton: I have grown up around firearms since as far back as I can remember. It's a way of living for my whole family and is a giant part if our lives. My whole family shoots, even my Mom and younger sister. So it can really be seen as our sport. Some people like football or baseball, we like shooting. 
Braden: In our family shooting is pretty much the universal sport. My dad, brother and I shot most of our club matches this year and occasionally we go out of state to shoots.

Molly: What’s it like to shoot with/against your brother? Is there a lot of competition?
Colton: Shooting against Braden is certainly interesting. Off the line we're friends we joke around and mess with each other, but when we're on the line we change and we do everything that we can to beat each other. There's plenty of competition between us. I'll win sometimes then Braden will win and we never let it drop especially if we shoot each other’s games. Braden shoots revolvers and if I beat him with a revolver it's something that will get rubbed in for months. It goes the same way with semi autos though. 
Braden: It is a lot of things when I shoot against my brother, Colton (easy is not one of them). We are very competitive, when we are off of the line we are just any two brothers that you could find anywhere, but the moment that we set foot on the range things change. We both do everything that we can to win, when we shoot against each other it is more intense than going against anybody else, we each just want to beat the other.

Molly: How have you forged friendships in competitive shooting if at all and do you see that as a good thing?
Colton: I have met many people through the shooting games. The most memorable of them though are the junior shooters. All of the juniors that I have become friends with I have shot with and hung out with at the hotels and at the matches I have attended.  I like having friends around me when I'm on the range. It helps the nerves and the anticipation while you’re waiting. It also helps to have people that are generally around your age to talk to. It's a very good thing. However, when you go up to the line you have to drop the mind set of shooting against a friend because it will mess with your head. But then once you’re off the line your great friends again. 
Braden: We have forged all of our friends on the range by being our best and getting to know everybody around us. For instance at the MGM Grand Nationals both Colton and I made several friends like you Molly, Mickey Carmichael, and Tyler.

Molly: What are your favorite kinds of matches? And preferred firearm?
Colton: My favorite matches are definitely Man on Man steel matches. Shooting against someone else gets my heart racing like nothing else. There's unpredictability that is truly awesome and you never know what's going to happen. They could shoot your stop plate or leave a target up by accident. My Glock 34 is the perfect gun for this game. I can keep up with the people who shoot open guns then turn around run with the iron sight shooters. 
Braden: My favorite kind of match has always been steel plates, but after the ICORE Regional I was introduced to Pro-Am and Steel Challenge and now that I have shot them all I am very content to shoot every single one of them.

Molly: Do you have any goals with shooting in your future?
Colton: I have a lot if goals that I would like to work towards. Mainly I want to become a Master or Grandmaster. It's a high standard to work to but with enough practice I can definitely do it.  
Braden: My ultimate goal in the future is to become a sponsored shooter.

Molly: What do you do when you’re not shooting?
Colton: Outside of shooting I work on cars and other machinery. Also during the winter months I snowboard and ski along with the rest of my family. It's a chance to channel and challenge my other abilities and helps me focus on what needs to be done.    
Braden: When I am not shooting I am at school, playing sports, and working at my families shop.

Molly: Do you enjoy school?
Colton: I actually enjoy school a lot.  Keeping my grades up is important to me. I know some people don't like school but I've never had a problem with it.   
Braden: I have always done ok in school, a 4.0 so far this year. It’s important to work hard at school and follow the class instructions.

Molly: What do you want to do when you grow up?
Colton: I would like to be happy! All joking aside though I would like to become a surgeon. It's always interested me and I think that it would be an amazing job to have. 
Braden: When I grow up I want to be a professional shooter and/or an architect.

Molly: How involved are your parents with your matches? (What’s the best part of having dad’s experience?)
Colton: My dad is usually at all of the matches that I go to. He helps with a run through with the course and always gives me ideas on how to tackle things during the match. It's great to have him there especially when something goes wrong. He keeps a level head throughout and helps me work through the problem. I finally realized that at the 2012 MGM Grand Nationals where I had a firearm sheer a lockin lug off and he talked me through trying to fix it and when that didn't work set me up with a different open gun to use. 
Braden: My dad is mainly the parent who is at our matches. Sometimes my mom comes out to our local matches and cheers us on but for the most part she stays with our sister they like horseback riding, alpine ski racing and taking care of our animals.

Molly: What do your classmates think of your competitive shooting?
Colton: Actually have a couple classmates that shoot so it's very easy to relate to them. They compete in totally different types of shooting but everyone sticks together because there's not very many of us shooters. People just don't get how fun the sport truly is. 
Braden: I can’t really talk about our sport at my school which is kind of upsetting and my friends are mostly cool with it but some are a little afraid but as soon as I explain it a little more they thinks that it’s awesome.

Molly: Have you been to any shooting camps/shooting classes?
Colton: Yes I have. For the last two years I have attended the MGM Junior Shooters Camp in Parma, Idaho along with several other juniors including Molly Smith, Cody Leeper, and Allie Barrett. 
Braden: I have been to two of the MGM Junior Camps but other than this I have never been formally trained, when I was younger my dad taught both my brother and I to shoot competition. We both started at the age of nine and have been shooting ever since.
The next time you go to a match keep your eyes open for these two brothers, Colton and Braden. They are really good at hitting the targets and at having lots of fun. Matches and practice with these two is a “blast.”








Friday, June 28, 2013

THE ROAD TO CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT

Summer…with its unabated freedom, bare feet, swimming, summer camp, and warm sun… is the season most kids dream of. It’s time to enjoy being a kid. This summer I became Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

Hold the phone. Seems I’ve just achieved my life-goal at age sixteen. That’s rather anti-climactic! But it I’d like to explain the difference. My life ambition is to one day be a member of the United States Supreme Court, and this summer I became the Chief Justice of the California Girls State Supreme Court. It was an exciting road to travel at the 2013 California Girls State, an American Legion Auxiliary event...

Read the rest at Women's Outdoor News!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

THE BIANCHI CUP: TIPS FOR WOMEN





This weekend marked the closing of the 2013 MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup! For those unfamiliar, this match is a prestigious competition focused on action pistol shooting — and, as many competitors confess, the most difficult pistol competition in the world. One thing that a shooter expects in this match is consistency. Since 1979 the four stages of the course of fire have stayed the same: falling-plate event, barricade event, practical event and moving target event. This year, two hallmark female shooters could not attend. Julie Golob was spending time with her newborn and Vera Koo injured her leg earlier this spring. Although they were not there, their spirit of competition motivated us.


In honor of the ladies who could not attend and to encourage more women to try out this incredibly rewarding match, I want to present some obstacles women (and men) may face and how those obstacles can be overcome...see this entire article at: http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2013/05/millisecond-molly-bianchi-cup-tips-for-women/

Saturday, May 4, 2013

THE TACTICAL SOLUTIONS 2211 ADVENTURE

How many Bianchi Cup competitors does it take to get a .22 conversion attached to a 1911 handgun?


Funny story, actually … let me start by saying Bianchi Cup is one of the most difficult matches in the world, focused on a brutal combination of accuracy, under a time limit. Those who compete are incredibly talented, dedicated and involved in the shooting community. Many of them have most likely swapped conversion kits for their semi-autos many times, but when it’s a BJ Norris’ “retired” Steel Challenge 1911, it’s an entirely different story. In fact, it took five Bianchi Cup shooters, a photographer, and multiple phone calls to Mr. Norris to complete the conversion...See my full article in Womens's Outdoor News at
http://www.womensoutdoornews.com/2013/05/the-2211-conversion-adventure/


                                            (Picture taken by Akita Yasunari)

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

NRA News Interview

Hi everyone!
Junior year has caused me to neglect this blog terribly, and I'm sorry! But I'd like to share with you a little of what I've been doing...
This is an interview with Cam Edwards on NRA News! It was a lot of fun, and great to see Cam and Cameron Gray again. Next stop? NRA Annual Meeting in Houston!
Watch the Interview Here!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

First Amendment, my Quote


America is designed for the individual. Keep it individual, be an individual, and maintain the right to assemble.