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Kippi Leatham
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Self-employed - Manage, promote & organize husband, Professional Shooter, Rob Leatham. Have also been fortunate enough to be a Mom at home since 1999. Neither position gives me a paycheck, though!
Family Information:
One beautiful daughter, Patience, two great step sons, Robby & Tommy, and their wonderful Dad, my husband, Rob.
Two adopted furrballs - A humane society Canaan dog, and an animal shelter tortoise shell cat!
Favorite Color:
Favorite Food:
Mexican food, actually - chips & salsa are all I really need!
Fun Facts and Unique Qualities:
Kippi is my real name. When my mom was pregnant with me, she picked up a jar of Skippy peanut butter. Her thumb just happened to be covering the "S". She came up with my name by changing the Y to I and then headed off to Woodstock. Just kidding about the Woodstock part!
Hobbies, Interests and Other Talents:
I love to golf, dance, and do yoga! Still trying to get UNDER 100 in golf. Should probably practice a bit more (at both shooting & golf)! Also enjoy cooking for and entertaining friends & family in our home.
USPSA Divisions in which I compete:
Currently - Single Stack, L-10 & Production
Historically - Open & Limited
My classification(s) within USPSA division(s):

Limited: B
Limited-10: B
Open: A
Production: B
Single Stack: B

Area is:
Area 2
My Website:
Thinking about building one ...
How I first got into shooting:
While still in college at the University Of Arizona, I attended a USPSA match at Pima Pistol Club in Tucson. I had never shot a gun in my life! Friend, Bob Looker, let me shoot his custom Wilson Government Model .45 after the match and I was immediately ADDICTED! Haven't stopped shooting since (except for my short hiatus from 1996 to 2004, while my daughter was brand new to and learning about the world!).
My preferred shooting
... it's changing. I used to be a speed demon, as I used to shoot Open. I've switched back to iron-sights (good choice in my 40's, huh?) and am considerably slower! Still love it, though! I actually like difficult stages that present moving targets, no-shoots & hard-cover. I'm also fond of speed shoots and standards. I enjoy the challenge and humbling moments that these types of stages present.
Primary Sponsor(s):
Safariland (holsters) & Springfield Armory (firearms)
USPSA National Championships that
I have won:

USPSA Open National Champion: 1992, 1994, 1996
USPSA Single Stack Champion: 2007

My National finishes among the Top 8 Women:
I have placed in the top 8 women at every National I have attended since my first in 1989, but I haven't kept track by category.
My most prestigious titles are:
3-Time Open National Champion
Single Stack National Champion
4-Time IPSC Gold TEAM World Champions
2nd at World Shoot IX in Adelaide, Australia
3rd at World Shoot X in Bisley, England
Why I like shooting USPSA matches:
It's just envigorating! Shooting makes me feel alive! Even after more than two decades of competing, I am never bored by the stages. I still get nervous, and then there's always that slight rush of adrenaline. It's definitely an EXTREME sport, with the most wonderful people! I'm glad it's become such an integral part of my life.
What I would additionally like you to know about me:
Shooting used to be my whole world. Don't get me wrong, I still love it, but my daughter is my everything now. She's 12, going on 25, and I can hardly stand being away from her. She's a great kid. My primary goal is to guide & inspire her to be a strong, intelligent, creative, passionate, open-minded, generous young lady. She's already very independent and knows what she wants, which might be why she can be such a challenge sometimes! This is definitely the hardest and most rewarding job I've had to date! I do hope one day that Patience ASKS to come shoot with me, though, instead of complaining about having to go to the range again!
My favorite USPSA event is:
The Springfield 1911 / USPSA Single Stack Nationals. It's my favorite category of equipment to shoot and the match is always a great old-fashioned shooting test. I love the simplicity of everything Single Stack. As I get older, less is more for me, although there are certainly times when I wish I had just a few more rounds in my gun!
Additional Comments:

Woman to woman, I cannot suggest a more exciting, challenging, fun, and empowering sport. If you give shooting a try, you will most-likely enjoy it! And don't worry if you've never shot a gun before ... I hadn't either.

I have found over the years that women are excellent shots and great students on the range. We are safe, accurate, good listeners, fast learners and we execute as instructed.

If you already own a gun, USPSA events are a great way to become more familiar and proficient with your firearm. If you don't own a gun, find a friend who does and go out and shoot with him or her! It's an experience every woman should partake in at least once in her lifetime.

So get out there and exercise your 2nd Amendment Right. If you do , I'm guessing it won't be long before you'll see one of our Women Of USPSA at your very first match! We are looking forward to meeting you!

Profile Updated:
September 7, 2009
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