I admit it.  I got bit.  As much as I fought it this season, my efforts to avoid the addicting bite of the 3-gun bug were to no avail.  I blame 3 Gun Nation.  And all the social media coverage of the Multigun Nationals.  And Front Sight Magazine.

Despite my best efforts, I got bit.  And I’m so glad I did!

So after shooting just 2 local 3-gun matches, I decided to shoot the Area 6 Multigun Championships as one last hurrah before the season ended.  My husband and I packed up the car, drove 10 hours from Virginia to Georgia, and had a blast!

Newly-elected Area 6 director Cindy Noyes, Bill Noyes, and Larry Tuner put on a great match.  South River Gun Club boasts some beautiful ranges, including a super cool wild west “shoot ‘em up” town.

And the weather was beautiful (after it warmed up and my toes thawed out).

The match was pretty heavy on shotgun (5 of 9 stages featured the shotty), so bear that in mind if you plan to go next year.  But I loved the variety too – aside from typical match fare, the match included a Texas star, a plate rack, and MGM self-resetting targets at 200 yards.  My favorite stage was the rifle/pistol shoothouse stage, although the shotgun “Jungle Run” through the woods was a lot of fun.

Representation by the ladies was small in numbers, but strong in performance.  Team FNH’s Dianna Liedorff took High Lady overall, shooting 71% of the Tactical Division’s winner.  Junior shooter Katie Harris wasn’t far behind at 67%, and fellow junior Tierani Hendrix also put on a strong showing.  In the Limited division, Cheryl Fordyce finished with 63% of the division winner!

I certainly didn’t win anything, but I learned some pretty valuable lessons along the way, which I think is a win in and of itself.

1.  Shooters take care of each other. Two weeks before the match, a friend loaned me his Leupold MR/T optic – the one right off his own rifle.  The weekend of the match, a fellow shooter who my husband and I met at this year’s VA/MD Sectionals let us stay at his house so we didn’t have to pay for a hotel.  And on the day of the match, a squad mate who we just met gave us all his extra birdshot when ours wouldn’t cycle our shotgun properly.  I was taken care of – from start to finish – by my fellow shooters.

2. It’s different…but it’s really all the same. For a lot of shooters out there, the prospect of shooting a multigun match might seem pretty daunting, especially for those of us who aren’t overly awesome at pistol alone.  But I’ve learned that basically, shooting is shootingHave a good grip and stance; acquire target; align sights; pull trigger; reload. Regardless of whether you’re shooting your pistol, your rifle, or your shotgun, the fundamentals of shooting are the same.  So even if you’re used to only shooting regular USPSA pistol matches, there’s nothing groundbreaking that you have to learn to be able to shoot 3-gun.  All you’ve gotta do is familiarize yourself with some new toys.  Which brings me to #3…

3. Know your equipment, and if you don’t know – ask. I’ve become good friends with my S&W M&P Pro over the last 2 seasons, and I’ve taken a couple of carbine courses, so I was definitely comfortable with those weapons.  But I learned the hard way at Area 6 that I really didn’t know my shotgun all that well.  Our FNH SLP was a relatively new addition to our family, and I hadn’t had a lot of range time with it before this weekend’s match.  If I was smart, I would’ve checked out Brian Enos’ forums and I’d have known that people suggest getting a lighter gas piston when shooting 9 ½ birdshot; but I found out the hard way that 9 ½ just didn’t have enough oomph in it to cycle my SLP on a cold morning.  Shoot; rip out shell; rack bolt; lather; rinse; repeat. Next time, I’ll ask sooner.

4. A rough day at the range is still a GOOD DAY. So I had shotgun issues.  No biggie.  It was a beautiful day out.  I wasn’t at work.  And I was out on the range SHOOTING!!!  I call that a good day.

So yeah, the multigun bug got me.   Give it a try, and you’ll probably get bit too – and you’ll be glad you did.

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Posted on 10-09-2010
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Results are in!  Though there are some clear favorites in the standings, there are also a significant number of ties.  We’re pretty confident that your votes indicate fierce competition as these multi-dimensional shooters shoot for the win.   Here are your picks for the winners of this year’s USPSA DPMS Multi-Gun National Championships.

Open Division: USPSA President Michael Voigt is the favorite capturing 21% of the vote in the Open Division.  Tied for second in the poll standings are two more well known champion shooters, Jerry Miculek and Taran Butler.  There’s yet another tie for third place in the Open race going to Jojo Vidanes and Craig Outzen.

Multi-Gun Poll - Open Division

In Special Categories Jerry Miculek was the top pick for the Senior Division. For the ladies, Nanci Lambert is the favorite with 44% of the votes with Vinky Castillo right behind her at 36%.

Multi-GunPoll - Open Senior

Multi-GunPoll - Women Open

Tactical Division: Known to be one of the fastest shooters on his feet, the US Army’s Daniel Horner is the clear winner in the polls for Tactical Division at 36%.  With less than half as many votes, Daniel’s former teammate from the Army Marksmanship Unit, Robby Johnson is in second place with 16%.  There isn’t a clear choice for third place in the survey standings, but the field is definitely talented!

Multi-GunPoll -Tactical Division

For the Special Categories the race was tight!  In Senior Category Tom Slota and Robert Thompson are both tied at 34%.  For the women, Dianna Liedorff has a one vote lead over junior Katie Harris.

Multi-GunPoll - Tactical Senior

Multi-GunPoll - Tactical Women

We’d like to extend our best wishes to the competitors and staff for a safe and fun Multi-Gun Nationals!

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Hi Everyone, I just got back from Arizona after shooting Superstition Mystery Mountain 3-Gun.  Last year I won the Ladies Division in Open and this year I did it again!  I want to tell you about the match and some of the stages in the hopes that more ladies might be inspired to come out and try their hands at mulitgun.

SMM3-Gun is very similar to USPSA and other 3-Gun organizations with multiple guns shot on a single stage. We shoot everything: traditional USPSA and IPSC paper targets, lots of steel, LaRue sniper targets that fall down and reset automatically, and long range rifle targets that flash when you hit them.  At this match we even shot “E Type Targets”, a silhouette military target that electronically records your hits and is computer programed to fall down after two shots.

Just like in handgun, how you map out a stage and plan your course of fire can make or break you.  Plus, you have the added challenge of transitioning from one firearm to another (safely, of course!).  This is really a thinking game.  It’s all about having your gear placed correctly on your body for reloads, engaging the targets in the right order, setting one gun down and picking up another and staying strong all the way through in stages that are much longer than what we traditionally shoot in pistol-only matches.

The stages in 3-Gun are always new and pushing the boundaries.  On one stage, after shooting long range rifle as far as 350 yards and some super-fast close range rifle, we shot a dark house with pistol!  You grabbed your pistol and a Surefire flashlight then entered a pitch black room holding the flashlight in your weak hand and engaging the targets strong-handed.  On another all-rifle stage you started hanging from a Vietnam-era parachute rig that had been hoisted off the ground.  Your rifle was empty and you had to load and shoot 17 USPSA targets.  The harness was extremely restrictive and it required some wiggling around to see all the targets.  I have to say this is the first time I shot a gun with my feet dangling beneath me!

There were a lot of great lady shooters in Arizona.  Tasha Hanish won the Ladies Tactical Scope division (a few years in a row now, I think!).  I got to meet Tasha’s teammate Dianna Liedorff.  Denise Johnson made me laugh during the awards ceremony and is so supportive of all the women.  I only wish there were more women 3-Gunners.  I hope some of you USPSA shooters will grab the rest of your guns and join us!

See you on the range,

Maggie Reese

P.S.  I want to thank the Women of USPSA.  Tasha and I were talking at the match about how great it is to have a website that showcases all of the ladies in our sport.  Thanks Kippi, Julie, and Sharyn for all your time!

Editor’s note:  You’re welcome, Maggie and thanks for contributing your story!
Congratulations to ALL of the women that competed at the match. To follow is a list of the Top 3 ladies in Open and Tactical Scope Divisions.

1 – Maggie Reese
2 – Debora Cheek
3 – Annette Williamson

1 – Tasha Hanish
2 – Dianna Liedorff
3 – Sara Dunivin

For complete match results, check the SMM3G web site.

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Wrapping up our coverage of the Top 8 Ladies in the Production Division, here are our interviews with Julie Golob and Jessie Abbate.

2nd Place – Julie Golob
5 Division USPSA Ladies National Champion

2009 USPSA Production Nationals - 2nd Place Julie Golob.  Photo courtesy of Paul HylandWofUSPSA – You’ve taken some time off to start a family.  Congratulations!  We are so happy to see you back on the range with gun in holster.  Are you glad to be back?

Julie – Thanks so much and yes, definitely glad to be back! I am so fortunate to have been able to work with Team Smith & Wesson even with taking the time off.  In that way I still felt connected to the shooting sports, but I really missed competing and spending time with shooters.  What a great bunch of people!

WofUSPSA – With a family, a full-time job and a shooting career in full swing, have you had any challenges re-adjusting to your practice sessions and matches?

Julie – Challenging is a great way to describe it!  Before I had my daughter, I had almost single-minded dedication to my season and shooting goals.  Now I feel as if I am juggling between so many aspects of my life – shooting, work and motherhood.  I have a whole new respect for Kay (Miculek), Kippi (Leatham), Carina (Randolph), just to name a few of the women who have balanced being moms with winning.  With less time than ever to train, I’ve learned how to be more focused when I am at the range.  I enjoy every aspect of shooting even when my performance may be off.  I’ve learned to multi-task in ways I never did before. In the end I find it extremely rewarding and I feel so lucky to be able to do so many things I love.

WofUSPSA – You’ve had an amazing year already, winning 3 major championships to date (NRA Bianchi Cup, IRC, & Steel Challenge Production Division). Congratulations!  Tell us how it feels to win so many events, so quickly after having taken nearly two years off?

Julie – Being able to win 3 major titles this year is absolutely thrilling.  Honestly, I didn’t expect to do so well coming back.  I had goals to be in the Top 3 of every event, but in the end if that didn’t happen I didn’t want to be too hard on myself.  Whenever I got down about where I felt I needed to be competitively, my husband was always there to support me and to say the right thing to keep it all in perspective.

WofUSPSA – You do so much to promote the shooting sports, especially women in the shooting sports.  How do you feel when you see some of your teammates improving and excelling at the matches?

Julie – I am so proud of all my teammates (male and female) and it is exciting to watch them excel.  For the women, Kay Miculek and Annette Aysen are certainly no strangers to the winner’s circle.  Carrie Jamrogowicz, Laura Torres-Reyes and Molly Smith are newer to shooting and in just a short amount of time have proven they are contenders. The number of women shooting at such a high level just helps to invigorate the sport and for me is very inspiring.

WofUSPSA – Competing in so many different shooting sports throughout the year, how do you think it affects you in USPSA?

Julie – I love to compete in different shooting sports.  I think it helps me to become a better shooter all around.  That said though, other than Single Stack Nationals and the Mile-High Showdown, I didn’t shoot any other big USPSA matches this year and only one club match at the beginning of the year.  That brought a little anxiety into play going into Nationals.  I didn’t feel totally prepared for the specific skills I knew I would face.  To some degree it is like riding a bike, but at the same time when you jump back on you can expect to fall over a couple of times.

WofUSPSA – What was your goal for the Production Nationals?

Julie – My goal for the Production Nationals was to place in the Top 3.

WofUSPSA – Who did you feel would give you your greatest competition?

Julie – The field of talent in this division has exploded in the past couple of years. Jessie Abbate has hit the shooting world by storm and has had a phenomenal two seasons.  Randi Rogers has carried over her amazing talents from cowboy as well.  There are up-and-comers like Carrie Jamrogowicz and Dianna Liedorff posting great scores too.  There is no room to slack off and it’s exciting to see women performing so well in this division.

WofUSPSA – How do you feel you performed in the match?

Julie – I felt I did very well in the match.  I faced some challenges with an injury and all considered am very happy to have clinched 2nd place against some really great lady shooters.

WofUSPSA – Can you give us a day by day account of your match?

Julie – Day One I felt like it was my very first nationals all over again. I had giddy, nervous butterflies the whole day.  Between the nervousness and flinching from a tendon injury I racked up some penalties right off the bat.  I finished up the day with 2 misses, a no-shoot, some D’s and slower times than I would have liked. Day Two was definitely my best day and I really felt dialed into the gun.  I posted some of my best runs this day.  After the second day though and the frequency of shooting, I really struggled.  In the end I ended up with 10 penalties. On paper it was probably my worst nationals ever, but all things considered I am so happy with where I finished.

WofUSPSA – What was your best stage?

Julie – My best stage was Makin Extra Money.  I was the high lady on this stage and was only 1.69 seconds slower than the Stage Winner’s time, Robert Vogel.

WofUSPSA – What was your favorite stage and why?

Julie – My favorite stage was also Makin Extra Money.  I really enjoy stages with intense position work.  This stage really  forced you to be smooth and know exactly where you need to be at every point.  It also had a great mix of hard and easy targets.   You constantly had to shift gears.

WofUSPSA – What did you think of the stages?

Julie – I felt the stages looked very simple at first, but they were deceptively difficult.  I personally like a standards at the Nationals and a bit of a mix in round count with smaller speed shoots and larger field courses.  In all though, I think the staff did a wonderful job working with the venue and what they had available.

WofUSPSA – Thanks again for taking the time interview with us!  Is there anything you would like to add?

Julie – Thanks to USPSA and all the Range Officers and Staff for another successful national championship!

WofUSPSA – Congratulations on your 2nd Place finish!

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USPSA Ladies Production National Champion – Jessie Abbate
2009 Steel Challenge Multiple World Champion & Back-to-Back USPSA Ladies National Champion

2009 USPSA Ladies Production National Champion Jessie Abbate.  Photo Courtesy of Paul HylandWoUSPSA – You’ve had an amazing year! Congratulations! Tell us how it felt to win the 2009 USPSA Ladies Production Title so decisively.

Jessie – Winning the USPSA Ladies Production title was a great start to the week of Back-to-Back Nationals. I knew that my competition was strong, and that there would be no room for mistakes. I trained hard, and stayed focused on the match, and was successful.

WoUSPSA – Competing in so many different shooting sports throughout the year, how do you think it affects you in USPSA?

Jessie – I think each discipline I compete in, in some way helps me in the other areas. All the training, and techniques transfer to other shooting sports, and I feel like it makes me a more versatile shooter.

WoUSPSA – You shoot primarily Limited and Open throughout the year.  What did you do differently to adjust to shooting a Production gun and 10 rounds?

Jessie – Transitioning to Production was an easier shift than what I thought it was going to be. I spent more time dry firing than I usually do,  since I wasn’t used to reloading without a mag-well, but it was like reuniting with an old friend!

WoUSPSA – What was your goal for the Production Nationals?

Jessie – My goal for the match was to do my best! It sounds simple, but sometimes less is more.

WofUSPSA – Who did you feel would give you your greatest competition?

Jessie – The two ladies that I knew would push me throughout the match were, my team mate Randi Rogers, and Julie Golob. Randi and I have spent a lot of time training together this season, and especially in preparation for the Nationals. I saw firsthand some major improvements that she made throughout the time we have been training together. Randi’s accuracy and consistency is second to none, and I knew that I would have to bring my A+ game! Even though Julie was transitioning back to a full competition schedule this year, her experience and list of extensive match wins makes her a top competitor and a true threat wherever she goes. With both of these extremely talented ladies vying for the same title, I knew that a stellar match would be what it would take to be victorious.

WoUSPSA – This is the one match that both you and your teammate Randi competed against one another.  Do you find that their is more pressure to do well when shooting against one another, especially with Randi as the defending national champion?

Jessie – Competing against Randi at the Production match did add a little more pressure than normal. She and I train together quite a bit, and I had seen such an improvement in her shooting this past year. Randi is a strong competitor and very passionate about shooting, just as I am, so I knew it would be a race all the way to the end!

WoUSPSA – How do you feel you performed in the match?

Jessie – I was very happy with my performance at this match. Being able to walk away from a National championship with a clean match, was a feat I had not yet accomplished!

WoUSPSA – Can you give us a day by day account of your match?

Jessie – Day 1: Day one of the Nationals started early that morning, and we shot stages 9-12. For me, the first stage of any match, whether it’s the Nationals or a club match, always makes me a little anxious. So what I try to do is just see the sights and let them dictate the speed. After the first stage is under my belt, I’m ready to go! Stage 10 & 11 were quick low round count stages, but they were still very “setup” intensive. I had to make sure that my footwork was spot on, so that I wouldn’t over shoot a position, and insure that my set ups were exact. The last stage of the day was almost a combination of all the aspects from the previous stages. It was a medium level round count stage, but incorporated no-shoots, steel, and barriers. Again, having smooth transitions from position to position was important. I was happy with my performance thus far. I think I hit every reload, I felt smooth and consistent, and every stage went according to planned.

Day 2 & 3: The second and third day of the match, I shot stages 13-16 and 1-5. Day two, consisted of heavier round count stages, and a lot more movement throughout each. I think stage 14 was my favorite for day two, and stage 16 was one that made me pay extra attention! Starting downrange, you shot three arrays of targets accompanied by no-shoots, with one array at approximately 17 yards. Then you made a mad dash up range, to finish off with two more target groups, also accompanied by no-shoots!  As Day three rolled around, I was pretty comfortable with my performance. I didn’t feel like I had made any mistakes that would be detrimental, maybe just a few fumbles here and there. Starting on stage one, gave me a good straightforward stage to start the day off with. Finally, as we get to stage four, the only thing I wanted to do was to get all my hits!! It had multiple swingers, surrounded with no-shoots and hard cover, topped off with small and low ports to shoot them through!! But, when it was all over, and I walked downrange, I was happy to see that I had called my shots correctly!

Day 4: Finally, the last day! Going into the last day, having an idea that I’m ahead, and knowing that so far I have a clean match going, added a little undue pressure. All I wanted was to finish it the same way I started it; focused! I didn’t want all these thoughts to cloud my ability to finish the match to the best of my capabilities. I never think of what’s at stake until it’s over, otherwise I’m focused on the wrong thing. With stages 6-8 left to shoot, that included a spinning star, more swingers and movers, and of course no-shoots! It wasn’t a day that I would be able to just coast through. Each stage, just like the rest, I would have to shoot my best! But at the end of stage eight, after I “unloaded and showed clear”, I realized I had just shot my  best USPSA match ever, and it was at the Nationals!

WoUSPSA – What was your best stage?

Jessie – My best stage as was stage 11, “Quick But Not Easy”. The stage consisted of four pieces of steel, two USPP’s and two PP’s, and four metric targets.  I started on the left side of the barricade, and engaged the PP with three rounds. Having watched some of my competitors shoot, I saw that the steel was not falling easily with the rounds we were using. After the PP fell, I could then engage the USPP that was behind it. I then moved to the right side of the barricade, and engaged the poppers in the same manner. After a quick reload, I moved to the center of the barricade and engaged the four paper targets in through the window. I ended with a total time of 10.19, and an 8th overall finish for the stage.

WoUSPSA – What was your favorite stage and why?

Jessie – Stage 12 was my favorite stage for the Production match. The way the stage was laid out, it forced lateral movement, and shooting between dividers. You could see targets from multiple positions, and it allowed the shooter to shoot it how they were most comfortable. I had found a way to shoot the stage that eliminated a reload, but forced me to shoot an array of steel and targets with no shoots, with only one extra round at one point. It was a fairly quick stage, but precision still played a major part. Fortunately, I made my shots count, and didn’t need my one extra round!

WoUSPSA – What did you think of the stages?

Jessie – I thought the stages for the Production match were well written. They presented a good challenge, but were easily executed, and production friendly.

WoUSPSA – Thanks so much for taking the time to answer our questions!  Congratulations once again on winning the Ladies Production Title!

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5th Place – Carrie Jamrogowicz
Women’s Production Champion at Area 1, 2 & 3

2009 USPSA Production Nationals - 4th Place Carrie Jamrogowicz.  Photo courtesy of Paul HylandWoUSPSA – Congratulations on your Top 5 finish!  What was it like to compete for the first time on the Ladies Super Squad?

Carrie – It was a pretty neat experience. I am used to being the only female on my squad, if not in the whole match, so shooting with a whole group of talented lady shooters was a lot of fun.

WoUSPSA – What were your goals for this year’s Production Nationals and how do you feel you performed in the match?

Carrie – My main goal was to try to relax and have fun.  I know I shoot better when I can relax. It was my first time shooting on the ladies’ squad, and my first match wearing a sponsor logo, so I was expecting to be nervous and distracted, and I just wanted to keep that to a minimum.  I was happy with how I did on ten of the stages. I didn’t necessarily place well on ALL of those, but I can say that I did the best I can do at this stage in my shooting career. I had ammo troubles that resulted in a zero score on one stage, and the other five, I just wasn’t able to keep my head in the game. Overall, I placed where I’d expected to.

WoUSPSA – Can you give us a day by day account of your match?

Carrie – We started on stage 9, which was a shoot house, and I was glad for that because I was nervous enough already, at least this way I’d know no one but the RO could see me if I did something goofy. : )
I think we shot four stages that first day, and once I got the butterflies out of my system, I was able to settle in a bit.

The second day was kind of a bummer for me. The first stage of the day, stage 13, was actually my best stage of the match. Stage 14, though, I was the first shooter on the squad and I was super nervous, got a little mixed up and made some mistakes. I tried to let it go and focus on the next stage, but then I had an ammo problem and zeroed that stage.

Day three, we started on stage 1, where I hit a no-shoot and didn’t see it; stage 2, I hit a no-shoot, and did see it, but couldn’t decide whether to make it up or not…. this was where my teammate noticed a pattern to my mistakes and pointed it out to me. I was able to fix it, and didn’t hit any more no-shoots that day, or on day four!

WoUSPSA – Can you describe your best stage, and why you think you did well?

Carrie – My best stage was lucky number 13, where I placed 50th, with 70% of the stage winner’s score. It was actually the stage I was worried about the most, because there were targets you could see only from certain positions, and there were a lot of wide transitions to go with that, which is a good opportunity to completely miss a target if you’re not careful. I think I did well just because I spent so much time thinking about it, and really had my plan down pat.

WoUSPSA – What was your most difficult stage, and why it was difficult?

Carrie – The most difficult one for me was the one immediately following my best stage. I had to go first on stage 14…. I had a plan, but didn’t think it through enough, and it failed. I didn’t have an alternate plan, got flustered and tensed up and made mistakes.

WoUSPSA – What did you think of the stages?

Carrie – They were challenging for me, because instead of long shots (which I am pretty good at) there were lots and lots of no-shoots (which make me nervous). The props were fairly simple, compared to other big matches I’ve shot, but I think they did well enough with what they had to set up a variety of challenges for us.

WoUSPSA – Thanks so much for taking the time to answer our questions. Congratulations once again on your Top 5 Finish!

>4th Place – Dianna Liedorff
2nd Woman at the 2008 USPSA Production Nationals

2009 USPSA Production Nationals - 4th Place Dianna Liedorff.  Photo courtesy of Yamil Sued.WoUSPSA – Congratulations on making the Top 8! As a law enforcement officer, do you find that competing in matches like this one helps you hone your skills for work?

Dianna – Absolutely… I believe that a match can put similar stresses on you that you might experience in the real world. Training my mind to think through the stress has to be beneficial.  The amount of time I’m behind a gun improves my skill set and gives me the confidence to win the fight with my gun if need be.

WofUSPSA – What were your goals for this year’s Production Nationals and how do you feel you performed in the match?

Dianna – I really wanted to beat Randi!!! I had improved and actually prepared for this Nationals, so I was hopeful I could give her a run for her money… But she’s improved too!!!

WoUSPSA – Can you give us a day by day account of your match?

Dianna – I can, but it’s painful!  I started on the fast, “simple” stages and I bombed them.  I’m a field course girl, and I have no confidence in the shorter, faster stages.  By the fourth day, I had the field courses and I was a happy girl!!!

WoUSPSA – Please describe your best stage, and why you think you did well.

Dianna – One of the field courses… The one with the window that was activated with the foot pad.  I just feel more comfortable with the field courses and it was the 3rd or 4th day, so I had settled down a bit.

WoUSPSA – What was your most difficult stage, and why it was difficult?

Dianna – The speed courses ate my mental lunch.

WoUSPSA – What did you think of the stages?

Dianna – I thought the courses the year before were a bit more challenging.  This is my second nationals, so I don’t have a lot to compare to!

WoUSPSA – Thanks so much for taking the time to answer our questions. Congratulations once again on your Top 5 Finish!

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3rd Place – Randi Rogers
2008 USPSA Production Champion and IDPA Ladies National Champion

2009 USPSA Production Nationals - 3rd Place Randi Rogers. Photo courtesy of Paul HylandWoUSPSA – Congratulations on making the Top 8!  Going into this year’s Nationals, how did you prepare to defend your 2008 Ladies Production Title?

Randi – To prepare for this year’s nationals I practiced a lot. The 2009 shooting season was pretty busy for me. I would practice about 2-4 times a week and I shot as many local matches as I could. I would also dry fire on any day I didn’t practice and just tried to work on all the basics.

WoUSPSA – Competing in so many different shooting sports throughout the year, how do you think it affects you in USPSA?

Randi – I think that competing in many different sports is good for a shooter. Cross training keeps me excited about all the different sports. If I work on one thing too long I tend to get bored and don’t try as hard. Changing things up keeps me excited and it’s challenging, making me want to work that much harder.

WoUSPSA – What was your goal for the Production Nationals?

Randi – My goal for the Production Nationals was to to shoot my best. I had hoped that shooting my best would result in a win. At the 2009 nationals I didn’t feel like I shot my very best, and the results reflect that.

WoUSPSA – Who did you feel would give you your greatest competition?

Randi – My teammate Jessie Abbate is an incredible shooter and I feel that she is a great benchmark to compare to.

WoUSPSA – This is the one USPSA match that both you and your teammate Jessie competed against one another.  Do you find that there is more pressure to do well when shooting against one another, especially as the defending national champion?

Randi – I always feel pressure. It doesn’t matter who I shoot against or what match I am at. My goal ultimately is to do the best I can. It doesn’t matter if I am shooting against one person or one hundered, I still feel pressure. I just try to shoot what I can shoot, after that the chips fall where they fall.

WoUSPSA – How do you feel you performed in the match?

Randi – I don’t feel like I shot my very best at this years Production Nationals. I had a bit of bad luck, I let it get to me and I made some mistakes. Every time I think I have learned it all the range gods remind me that there is no mastering the sport.

WoUSPSA – Can you give us a day by day account of your match?

Randi – I arrived in Las Vegas on September 11th. I went to registration and went out to the range to look at the stages. For the most part I thought the stages looked good. Saturday September 12th was the first day of shooting. I shot early on Saturday. It was warm in Vegas, when we woke up it must have been 80 degrees. We started on stage 9 and shot through 12. The first stage was a little rough for me.  I had a mike on the bobbing target in the back. Stage 11 was also a little rough for me. A popper and I had a little disagreement. I had some drama associated with that and because I wasn’t focused on my shooting I had another mike on stage 12. After the first day things got better. I shot the rest of the match clean. Overall I thought the stages were really good. I had a good time and did my best.  It was a long four days but I learned a lot and took those lessons into the next match.

WoUSPSA – What was your best stage?

Randi – I had a couple of good stages at the Production Nationals. Stage 16 was my best overall score. I was 26th overall on that stage and everything went well for me. It wasn’t my very best stage but another stage I did well on was stage 7 with the star. I only had one pick up shot on the star and it just felt really smooth for me. It was also a kick to shoot!

WoUSPSA – What was your favorite stage and why?

Randi – My favorite stage was the star. It was challenging, exciting, and a little bit scary. I like a good challenge.

WoUSPSA – What did you think of the stages?

Randi – Overall I thought the stages were ok. I have shot three nationals and I think this year was third place in all those years. It might have been me but it seemed that all the stages were similar in nature. They all seemed to be mid range round count, there was never very much movement, and there was hardly any decisions. They were all very straight up which makes it pretty easy to shoot, but I personally enjoy the challenge. I was disappointed to not see standards or any hard cover. I think standards are important, especially one handed and I feel they should be included at a national match.

WoUSPSA – Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions! Any comments you would like to add?

Randi – I would just like to say that if you haven’t come to a nationals for whatever reason everyone should go. You don’t have to be top level shooter to enjoy the challenge and unique experience of shooting a national championship.

WoUSPSA – Congratulations once again on your Top 3 finish!


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Posted on 08-09-2009
Filed Under (Road to the Nationals, Steel Matches) by admin

What happens when you combine Steel Challenge, Bianchi and USPSA?  PRO AM!  The Pro Am, hosted by the US Shooting Academy in Tulsa, OK, is an all steel event.   Shooters face arrays of steel targets in run-n-gun stages with predetermined “par” times.  The number of steel shot down on the stage after the end buzzer sounds = the competitor’s score.  Unique to this event, the Pro’s are those shooters who have finished in the Top 10 Overall of any USPSA Open/Limited/Production Nationals in the last three years. Everyone else is classified as an Amateur and is ranked based on classifications in the various action shooting sports.

Ten women competed in the Amateur Limited Division (with some big names in attendance)…

  • Reigning USPSA Ladies Limited & Limited-10 National Champion – Jessie Abbate
  • 2004 USPSA Ladies Limited National Champion – Carina Randolph
  • First and Only USPSA Five Division Ladies National Champion – Julie Golob

In a field of 160 amateur competitors, Jessie had an impressive performance.  She finished 6th Overall and 2nd A Class easily claiming the Ladies Limited Title as well.  Julie Golob earned 2nd Woman and finished in the Top 20 Overall.

Rounding out the Top 5 Ladies:

  1. Jessie Abbate – 179 Plates
  2. Julie Golob – 167 Plates
  3. Carina Randolph – 153 Plates
  4. Diana Leidorff – 147 Plates
  5. Tammy Sharp – 131 Plates

Traditionally an iron sight only match, this year competitors were allowed to compete with their open guns.  76 Amateurs, 4 of these women, competed in the Open Division.  Julie Golob opted to shoot her Limited gun again and placed an impressive 26th overall against open blasters.  She also finished 2nd behind Open Ladies Champion Jessie Abbate.  Jessie was not only top lady, but also placed 1st in A Class and finished a stellar 3rd Overall!  With this double win, Jessie confirmed that when it comes to shooting steel, she is not only a dominating force in the women’s category, but is a top contender against the men.

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