Wednesday, November 28, 2012

JUNIOR SPOTLIGHT: KATIE FRANCIS




I am so pleased to introduce this junior shooter, Miss Katie Francis from Missouri. A target “plinker” since age five, she originally shot a .22 revolver and gradually moved up to bigger guns, specifically 3-gun!

Now thirteen years old, Katie says, “My favorite kind of shooting is 3-Gun. I like my Benelli 12-gauge the best!” Well-under five feet tall (hmmm that sounds familiar), Katie and a Benelli are a pretty interesting match. But what makes it better? She’s good! Just finishing her first year of major matches, she’s moved up in placing at every match. “It is good to show constant improvement.” And I’ve got to agree there.

She also hunts with her dad, a great bonding activity.

Besides shooting, Katie has a balanced school-life as well. Participating in both basketball and choir, she’s working really hard to get those straight A’s. “My parents won’t let me continue to shoot without good grades.” But that isn’t the only ambition, “It’s important for my future.” (applause)

Katie is a fantastic role-model for young shooters everywhere. Maintaining great sportsmanship, citizenship, and grades, she definitely has a bright future ahead of her. Another young, intelligent woman in the shooting world is something to be celebrated as she enters her second year shooting. GO KATIE!!

Q and A

How long have you been shooting? What's your favorite kind of shooting?
I have been shooting since I was 5. I started with a .22 revolver and moved to
bigger guns when I was about 8. My favorite kind of shooting is 3 gun. Of the
3 guns, I like my 12 gauge the best!

.22 revolvers have pretty rough trigger pulls! How did you work with that at such a young age?
The 22 revolver I used was a Ruger Single Six. It has a single action only
trigger which is not too bad.  

Other than shooting, what activities do you participate in?
I play basketball on my school team. I also sing in the school choir. Outside
of school I like to hunt with my dad and have shooting contests with my
cousins.

What are some recent accomplishments in shooting and school you've had?
This year I have been working real hard on getting straight A's. Good grades
Are important for my future. My big accomplishments for shooting has been
to finish my first year of major matches and moving up at each match. It is
good to show constant improvement.

What goals do you have set in the realm of shooting?
My goals for this year are to be in the top three for juniors and ladies at
the matches I shoot. I also want to continue improving in the overall stats.

What would you tell juniors interested in getting involved with shooting
sports?

It is a really fun sport with a lot of friendly and helpful people. It does
not matter your age or size either; anyone can compete at this level.

Tell me a little bit about your sponsors?
My first sponsor was a lady named Kathy Ergovich with what ya' say hearing
protection. She custom makes my earplugs. Chris Patty at CPWSA is my primary
sponsor. I shoot his AR15 and he provides me with most of my belt gear. 5.11
is a recent sponsor. I will be representing them at SHOT show in January. My
Mom and Dad have provided me the most support!

I’m sure eager to watch Katie compete and hope I can shoot a match or two with her soon.
Keep up the fun Katie. 

THE JUNIOR SPOTLIGHT


A Junior Spotlight is the newest addition to The Molly Minute! I’ll be writing articles focused on junior shooters brought to my attention for being great shots and great kids that succeed in school along with extracurricular activities.  In my blog, I plan to show off these super star kids that make shooting sports proud as well as provide great positive role models for other kids, maybe even a connection for other kids and adults alike, in and out of shooting sports.  I have been so fortunate to have come across so many amazing kids that enjoy shooting sports.