Pregnant Olympic Shooter to Compete in London

At the summer Olympic Games in London this year, rifle shooter Nur Suryani Mohamed Taibi, is hoping not to get kicked off the firing line – by her unborn child.   The Malaysian mom will be eight months pregnant when she aims for gold in the 10 meter air rifle competition but said she feels strong and will be talking to her child during the competition, asking for one hour and 15 minutes of calm, with no kicking.

Taibi will be limited to the standing, 10 meter competition, as her third-trimester belly will prevent her from shooting from the prone (lying) position, but to date she feels there is no reason not to compete.

You can read more by clicking on “‘No Kicking’:  Pregnant Shooter Will Compete in London Olympics.”

Date Night at the Range

Fun with guys, gals, and guns!

Once a month for the past few months, five or six couples have been meeting together for Date Night at the Range – and we’re having a blast! (pun intended)

Each couple puts $5 in the hat when we arrive at the range, we shoot in a fun, light competition – or as “light” as the competition can be among avid shooters – then the winning couple gets the money to go toward their dinner and movie, which we all enjoy together afterward.

The first month’s target was a splatter Battleship game, which was fun, but much harder than it looked.  My husband and I won that one, but since we were a bit vague on which round determined the winner, we split the booty with another shooter and her daughter that won another round.

At the most recent date night, several couples thought they had won, but found out later that they didn’t; and the rub was that they didn’t lose because they couldn’t shoot, but because they couldn’t add – LOL.  My husband and I were in that group, unfortunately.

We were shooting at a dart board and had to get as close as possible to a certain total without going over.  A few of us stopped at or very near the total, only to find out as we double checked the numbers that we were actually over.

Fortunately, movies that shooters would enjoy have recently been available at the theater, such as Act of Valor and The Hunger Games; but future date nights may include bowling, playing Laser Shot, cooking outside on a fire, board games in the archery building, and more – after the requisite shooting, of course.

So why not try a date night at your range?  It’s a great opportunity for people who enjoy shooting to get to know each other better, and we have found that a few non-shooting wives have begun to come out and enjoy the other activities with their husbands, and with us.  Hopefully, we will convince them to shoot with us soon.

Gabby Gets a Green Shirt

Gabby Franco continues to represent as she remains in this season’s Top Shot competition long enough to don the green shirt.  Top Shot contestants are split into red and blue teams from the beginning of the season, but when the number dwindles down to only eight, all receive a green shirt and it is every man (or woman) for themselves from that point forward.

Franco, a former Olympic shooter from Venezuela, is the only woman to remain in the popular History Channel contest beyond the third show, so getting that green shirt was likely to be a moment of great pride for the young handgun instructor from Miami.

You can read more about Gabby by CLICKING HERE.

Top Shot can be viewed on the History Channel on Tuesday nights at 10:00/9:00 central.  And if you think you are just that good, Season 5 contestants are currently being sought, so take your shot by applying online.

Training with Colonel Colt and Friends

A great example of how shooting can make everything better – even if only for a little while 🙂

SlowFacts

I was out shooting with a friend yesterday.  A day shooting outdoors with a friend is a wonderful gift after a tough week.  It was a pot luck of pleasant surprises.  No two trips will ever be the same because we bring something different each time.

Start with good company–  As I learned from Lt. Col Dave Grossman, pain shared is pain divided.  Joy shared is joy multiplied.  It was great to talk and listen in the company of someone who also has their ups and downs.  I’m reminded that life isn’t perfect.  Embrace the suck and the laughter.

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Team USA Women Were Winning at the World Cup

Three of the top four women’s positions at the recent International Shooting Sports Federation Shotgun World Cup went to members of Team USA, including Bryan, Texas high school Senior, Brandy Drozd.  Brandy was barely edged out of second place, and a silver medal, by Diana Bacosi of Italy.

You can read more about this competition, and about our awesome women shooters, by going to “The Shooting Wire:  Team USA Shines in Skeet to Kick-Off Tucson World Cup.”  I hope to have an interview with Brandy soon for the Generation HC series, so be watching here for that!

New Books to Review!

Just received “Shoot,” by Julie Golob today, as well as “Girl Hunter,” by Georgia Pellegrini, two books I’m looking forward to reading and reviewing.  “Shoot” is “Your guide to shooting and competition,” and contains 248 pages of photos, tips, techniques, and training concepts.

“Girl Hunter” is not just about the hunt, but also about how to prepare the game in delectably delightful dishes.  Subtitled as “Revolutionizing the way we eat, one hunt at a time,” Pellegrini acknowledges the desire of many these days to know where their food comes from.

Stories of her hunting journey, along with the recipes, add up to over 245 pages of great reading.  Needless to say, although I’m a fast reader, I will not be ready to review either of these next week, but will get to it eventually.  I’m excited about making some of Georgia’s recipes and letting you know how they turn out.

Hope to at least get a recipe reviewed soon, so stay tuned…