Stereotypes say that shooting is typically a male-dominated activity, and the statistics of shooters tend to bear out this stereotype. But that doesn’t mean that more and more women aren’t becoming interested in becoming effective shooters and enjoying the sport for what it is.
With more women, more young women are getting involved, too, including an upstate New York teenager named Rachel Champney who recently proved that she can (probably) shoot better than you. David Figura gives us details:
Rachel Champney said she likes competing in rimfire shooting competitions because “it’s fun and she gets to meet new people all the time.”
The 15-year-old Sherrill, N.Y. teen is also good – real good at what she does. Earlier this month, she won the ladies limited division at the National Shooting Sports Foundation Rimfire Challenge World Championship at a range in Woodville, Ala.
Now, I enjoy target shooting as much as the next guy, but, I’m going to be honest, I don’t know that I’m likely to fire any better (and probably not as well) as this young lady. She did win a national championship, after all. And she has sponsors like “Tactical Solutions, Tandem Kross, Stripland Custom Gun Works and Brian Kruszewski.”
This story is especially interesting, though, because Champney doesn’t come from a family of shooters. About four years ago, she told her parents that she wanted to go hunting, and (after pushing like only a child can do, I’m sure) her parents decided to let her do so but with proper supervision.
I appreciate the fact that her parents, not being shooters themselves, allowed her to both follow her love of guns and also made sure that she received proper safety training. They didn’t just take a knee-jerk anti-gun stance about it but, instead, took a level-headed attitude about the issue.
So, kudos to her parents for doing the right thing, and congratulations to Rachel for showing just how good she is with a firearm.
GOD BLESS MISS RACHEL CHAMPNEY ON HER MAGNIFICENT SKILLS AND FUTURE ENDEAVORS IN THE SHOOTING SPORTS AND MY GOD GUIDE HER ON HER WAY!! HOW WONDERFUL THAT IS ESPECIALLY IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK!!
I can totally appreciate this story because my oldest daughter, without very much prior experience, while in tech school in the Air Force qualified as marksman on three different weapons and expert marksman on three others!!! She did this as a left handed person using right handed weapons because in basic training and tech school that is pretty much all they have!!! She went on to serve in the Security Forces on a nuke base protecting the B2 bombers and their nukes for 3yrs!!! When she got home she could out shoot me and her husband both and we have been shooting all our lives!!! I am proud of it but it makes him mad and he keeps making a fool of himself with his silly challenges that she continues to win every single time!!! Now her daughter who is six yrs old is nailing squirrels with a 22 rifle pretty regularly!!! I am one very proud dad and pawpaw!!!
congrats. sherrill kodos to your parents for trusting you to learn the right way and to make a huge statement to the world that not all gun owners idiots. ” THANK YOU AND GOOD LUCK IN YOUR FUTURE “
I am disappointed. I thought I was actually going to see her do some shooting.
Check out her Facebook page
Where are the holes in the target
Firearms are the safest “tool” around IF handled properly. Many more deaths are happening with cars than guns. By the SAME LOGIC, cars make drivers drunk and spoons make people fat. The vast majority of guns put all-natural food on the family table as has happened for centuries. ANY street cop knows that crooks and thugs WILL get guns ‘on the street’ just like they do drugs.
That’s great that she is a good shot give me the same backing and equipment and will be on the same playing ground and will find out who wins love compatition
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