Milestones: Women making a mark in practical shooting in 2013

What a year 2013 has been for women in the action shooting sports with two incredible milestones achieved by two different ladies in practical shooting.

Jessie Duff announced on Twitter that she reached one of her goals, to make United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) Grand Master (GM).

Not only is this a huge personal accomplishment, it is also a first for a woman! Until this week there are only a few women who can claim Master Class in the various divisions in USPSA. Jessie is the first woman in history to earn a GM card and hers is in the Open Division.

On the international stage, Russia’s Maria Guschina also made a first. She is the first woman to ever win an overall title at a Level IV event in International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) competition!

I had the chance to compete with Maria on her home turf in Russia at the 2011 IPSC Moscow Open. Photo courtesy of the Object Range.
I had the chance to compete with Maria on her home turf in Russia at the 2011 IPSC Moscow Open. Photo courtesy of the Object Range.

At the recent IPSC Far East Asia Handgun Championship in Pattaya, Thailand, Maria competed in the Production Division against shooters from all over the globe. She brought home two coveted IPSC President’s Medals; one for winning the Women’s Category and the other for besting all competitors in the division! Watch her shoot the match:

Huge congrats to these talented women and I hope their success inspires more ladies and girls to give the action shooting sports a try. I admit, all this winning and achieving has me itching to get back to shooting after taking the time off to have my little one. I’m looking forward to competing with Jessie at the NRA Bianchi Cup and with Maria at the IPSC World Shoot in 2014.

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