Wednesday, June 23, 2010

WHOOOOPIEEEEE!

 
(Thanks Yamil Sued, just another great action shot....how do you do it?)
I had so much fun at the IRC! This picture was taken during a very exciting stage...lots of stuff going on, like a Texas Star and steel targets and moving paper targets!!! I had to jump on the activator, and I guess in the spur of the moment, I didn't really think to get back to the ground...
Link to the new S&W Flicker pictures are listed under the friends of the Molly Minute!  

Sunday, June 20, 2010

INTERNATIONAL REVOLVER CHAMPIONSHIP

Hmmmm…Yep, still my favorite match, after another GREAT year!!! I had a blast! My squad was awesome – I was so pleased to be able to shoot with visitors, the Australians (Mark and Dale)… we became fast friends and I’m looking forward to emails when they return home! We also had John Bagakis and Rachael Crow (Another junior, hooray!) from Smith & Wesson. And Rich Wolfe, he (much like the other shooters on my squad!) is great to shoot with, he makes me laugh, and he always gives great advice! And of course my favorite Home Club shooter John Allchin, he is amazing!
I was suuuper happy with the way I shot! I shot my S&W 627 Limited Revolver, Hogue made me great grips that actually fit my hands, so to answer your question…yes, I can hold that revolver just fine thanks to those grips. Before those grips it was pretty sad…
One of the most exciting points of the match was that I was in the shoot offs again…with Jerry Miculek….again! I bet you thought I was going against him, but, even better we were a team! A bit lopsided, I was the only limited shooter among the 4 competitors but that didn’t stop me. I gave it my best. We won 1 out of the 3…(I say re-match next year). By then I will be taller (with any luck) and faster! You can’t know what an honor it was to be squaded with him. I think we talked strategy for the shoot off but I can’t remember now what we spoke about… I shot with Jerry! Nothin’ like a little pressure, but it was great! 
I hope everyone got a chance to thank Art and Janet Leach for all the hard work they have done year after year for the IRC!  I love you both!!!!!!!!



WELCOME BABY JULIE ANNA

Congratulations to my Range Friend Tom and his wife Christina on the birth of their daughter Julie AnnaShe was born on June 9 (which happens to be my brother's birthday too), she weighed 7lbs and 12 oz.  Mom and Babe are doing great!  I am so happy for them! 

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Good Golly....I liked this inteview Ms. Babbs!

Take a look at the Women's Outdoor Network! Babbs is an amazing woman, writing about women and juniors in all areas of Outdoor Sports. What a Privilege it was to speak to her!
The article is here.

Friday, June 18, 2010

My Friend BJ Norris

"Read the directions and directly you will be directed in the right direction!"

One very important thing I learned at the Bianchi cup, was that BJ Norris has to be one of the nicest people at the range. And to throw away thoughts of literal directions and listen to the seasoned competitors. Their heart felt coaching is worth more than anything on paper. 
            Day two of the Bianchi competition, I arrived at the practice range with the "Bianchi for Beginners" instructions in my hands. Yes, the directions! I was going to shoot the Practical Event later that day and figured if I followed the directions…well as the door knob said to Alice, "Read the directions and directly you will be directed in the right direction!" kept going through my mind. (Along with the song “I’m late, I’m late for a very important date”?) 


As you know the couple of hours before a competition is intense with focus and concentration for the shooters, the last thing they need is a newbie (or “New-me”) asking questions!  BJ was due to shoot the Practical Event later that morning, but seeing that I showed up with the directions and was frantically reading he realized he needed to jump into action.  BJ took his practice and focus time to run through it with me... Twice!!! This was beyond friendship, he laughed, smiled and took the time to be sure that I was at ease, comfortable, and confident with the stage!  BJ truly exemplified the meaning of an athlete, a competitor and a friend! 


            Then after the competition, BJ and I went to Steak and Shake to celebrate. We don’t have those in California…my mom and I kept thinking it was Steak and SNAKE…that was interesting. Ummmm yummy snake…not! 

 

Monday, June 14, 2010

THANK YOU LARRY POTTERFIELD

Thank you Larry Potterfield of Midway USA for all your incredibly generous support of the Bianchi Cup! 

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

SHORT and TALL

A new title was given this year at the Bianchi Cup....no not an award for proficient shooting but an understated and unique title.  Yes, its the Tallest and the Shortest shooters of the match title.  The tallest shooter, who could just about lean over and touch the targets, Don Smith (VP of Northwest Territorial Mint/Bianchi Cup sponsor) and me, Molly Smith, who is shorter than most of the targets. I felt just like a blue bird up there on his shoulder.
(Thank you John Rickards for sending over these pictures).

Sunday, June 6, 2010

AMAZING IRC SQUAD!!!!!

THE IRC in Morro Bay/San Luis Obispo was AMAZING!  I LOVED my squad Absolutely Amazing Shooting!!!!  Dale and Mark from Australia were TERRRRRRIFFFFFFICCC!  So glad we had the Aussies with us!  More later, it is past my bed time. 

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

THE BIANCHI BLOOPER

Certain sources tell me that the match is won and lost at the mover. Hmm... I guess the mover heard about me and was so nervous that the cable snapped. How's THAT for tension?  
Actually, it was pretty funny. You should have heard the gasps, "Ohhhh!" When the ROs saw that the "little fella" (me) was laughing, they got a laugh out of it too. 
Take a look at the Molly Movies (the fourth one): the Bianchi Blooper.