Army veteran Justin Anderson was injured by a gunshot wound while serving in Iraq in 2003. And while the sound of a firearm might draw up negative emotions for others who have been wounded, for Anderson, it is therapy.
“I have no problem being around firearms because that’s what I did for so many years in the military,” Anderson said about trapshooting and other shooting sports. “It’s therapy for me. It may not be healing for all Veterans depending on their situation, but for me, it’s healing.”
Anderson was part of the first group of Veterans who gathered at the Ellis County Sportsman Club June 25, 2015, for trapshooting, one of most sought-after sports at the National Veterans Wheelchair Games (NVWG) each year. Roughly 50 Veterans – including several novices – compete in trapshooting June 25-26th as part of the 35th National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Dallas.
Read the whole article on their great website HERE
Tracy and I just finished a 3 week 3-gun road trip covering competing in Nevada, Utah, and Alabama. The first one was USPSA Multi-gun Nationals, the second was the Lady 3-gun, and the last was the 3-gun Nation Southern Regional Qualifier. We have one more local 3-gun this weekend then we will have a few weeks of training before we head to the Sportsman Team Challenge in Raton, NM on the last weekend in May.
It was my first time competing in the USPSA Multi Gun Nationals in Vegas. I had a heard a lot of horror stories about the sand causing firearms failures. All of my guns ran smoothly and I felt like I had really improved from the competitions this winter and 11 out of the 12 stages when really well. I ended up 4th amongst the women but was encouraged that with a few less penalties and a little more experience I will be able to move up next year. Tracy unfortunately didn't get to compete in this one because her little one caught a cold, but competed in the next two.
The second competition was the Lady 3-gun in St. George, UT. This was our second time competing in the Lady 3-gun and we were hoping to improve on our results last year. The stages were a lot more complicated that they were last year, which was a challenge that we were happy to see. A majority of stages had multiple options to shoot targets with different firearms. It was a great learning experience for us to test our skills at stage planning and initiation. We both learned that we have some more work to do in stage planning, but both were happy with how we executed our plans even if we haven't gotten the experience yet that we need to know how to plan out stages better. I (Lanny) finished 8th and Tracy was 14th. It was a improvement from last years 12th and 16th places.
Our final competition was in Hoover, Alabama. It was a 3-gun Nation Southern Regional Qualifier. It was our first time to Alabama and we encountered some pretty hot conditions, but luckily most of the stages were in the shade. We both had a really good match and things were finally starting to come together to make for some good solid stages. I was able to have 5 of the 8 stages clean without penalties and ended up 3rd woman overall and Tracy had a few more penalties and ended up 9th woman.
We have definitely made some huge improvement from last year and are getting close to being done with our first year competing in 3-gun. Our first 3 gun competition was last year at the end of May so we are looking to put that rookie year behind us and start competing with the best. We have a lot of training planed in the next couple of weeks as well as the Sportsman Team Challenge at the end of the month. Also we made it into the magazine Modern Sporting Rifle again. There is an article about an elk hunt Tracy did in there. Check it out. Thank you so much for your support!
-Lanny & Tracy
Josey shot her best score ever at the TX State on Saturday with a 91 on the Green Course.
Great Job Josey! What a lovely update you sent us!
Arizona State Championship – Non Resident
Prelim – Lady 2nd and Sub Jr 1st
FITASC – Lady 2nd
5-Stand – Lady 1st and Sub Jr 1st
5-Stand AA 2nd
5-Stand Main – AA 5th
Moore N Moore Club Championship
Sub Jr CH
TX State Championship – Non Resident
Main – AA 2nd
Sub Jr 2nd
5-Stand – Lady 6th
Sub Jr 5th
Super Sporting – AA 10th
Sub Jr 4th
Here is a picture of Josey at the TX State shooting FITASC!
2015 Sporting Clays Commissioner's Cup - Arizona's Scholastic Clay Target Program State Championship. Shoot took place on 4 April 2015 with over 300 competitors from Collegiate to Rookie. Skyler's squad placed 1st by one target with Skyler Taking top honors for male rookie shooter. Brook's squad placed 3rd behind 2 other Ben Avery Clay Crusher Squads for a clean sweep in the Intermediate Advanced division with Brook taking the #3 high female. This competition took place at the Ben Avery Clay Target Center.
In addition to these awards, the 2015 Commissioner's Cup competitions for Trap and Skeet took place this past weekend, April 25 & 26, 2015 at the Tucson Trap and Skeet Club, 270ish competitors for skeet and 370 +/- for trap from collegiate to rookie levels. Skyler's squad won both cups, trap and skeet. Saturday's skeet competition was won by 70 targets with Skyler taking top honors for male rookie again shooting a personal best of 75/100. Brook's squad placed third in skeet once again behind 2 other Ben Avery Clay Crusher teams. Sunday, Skyler's rookie squad wins the trap state championship making it a clean sweep for all 3 Commissioner's Cups/State Championships. Brook's squad wins as well. Skyler's ammo of choice for all three disciplines through his Berretta 20ga. 391 Teknys was Fiocchi's 20SD8. Brook shot Fiocchi's 12SD1H75 for sporting and Fiocchi's 12SD1H8 for trap and Skeet through her Berretta A300 Outlander. Skyler says "Fiocchi ammo is the BEST!", Brook won't shoot anything but Fiocchi.
- Mike Rogers, the guardian of Brook Taylor and Skyler Rogers
We at Fiocchi are sure Proud of sponsoring them! Here they are!
As if they needed any introduction :-) But in case you missed meeting this great family, we would love you to see their amazing talent!
Meet Jerry Miculek, Lena Miculek, Kay and the rest of the family.
Fiocchi proudly sponsors them. They are full time professional competitors national and international competitions. They have been dominating the 3-Gun circuit the past several years.
Jerry’s Facebook page has 390,000 likes. His youtube videos range from 400,000 to 1.2 million hits each. He has filmed for many tv series and this year the family has their own reality TV series:: “Shootout Lane”.
Mike Landers wrote an amazing article on them on “Recoil Magazine”, photos by Henry Z. De Kuyper:
The First Family of Shooting
Despite Being the Reigning Dynasty in Competition Shooting, Jerry, Kay, and Lena Miculek Remain as Humble and Enthusiastic as They Were the First Day on the Range. Competition Has also Brought the Family Even Closer, Giving Credence to the Sentiment That the Family Who Shoots Together Stays Together.
Few names in the world of competitive shooting draw the admiration, reverence, and respect as Miculek. In our world this family is royalty, and seeing that surname on the list of competitors for a shooting event is akin to seeing “Andretti” at an IndyCar race lineup, “Manning” on a football team’s roster, or “Gracie” on an MMA fight card. The Miculeks come to win, and they always win. Perhaps that’s overstating it a tad bit, as on any given day anyone can win or lose out on the range, but if you had to go with the odds, they are your best bet at easy money.
Jerry Miculek, the patriarch of the clan, needs no introduction. For evidence of his unparalleled greatness and consistency, one need only know that he’s won the International Revolver Championship — 20 years in a row. That’s two decades. He’s simply the best in the world, and his other accomplishments read like a bucket list of titles for any aspiring shooter. Kay Miculek’s résumé is just as impressive, as she is one of the best competition shooters to ever pull a trigger. And then there’s their daughter, Lena. Beginning a competitive career at the tender age of 8, this 17-year-old has already etched her name on championship plaques at the 3-Gun Nation shoot-off in Vegas during the 2013 SHOT Show and at the 2012 IPSC Shotgun World Shoot (Standard Division). More recently she earned second place at the 2013 Superstition Mountain Mystery 3-Gun match in the Ladies Tactical Optics Division and was also High Junior. What’s that saying about the falling apple and the tree?
“I’m not sure how old she was, but we were at a restaurant and Lena asked the waitress for a ‘reload’ on her drink. We knew she was a shooter early on,” quips proud mom Kay, as we chatted at the Rio Salado Sportsman Club Range during this year’s Superstition Mountain competition. (It should be noted that Jerry took top honors as the Match Champion and High Senior, and Kay won the Women’s Open Division.)
While the family’s accomplishments on the range are the stuff of legend, they pale in comparison to their values as a family and their roles as ambassadors to the shooting sports off the range. Being the best doesn’t always draw friendships, but the Miculeks possess that rare ability of being liked as much as they are respected. Jerry’s Louisiana drawl shines through in conversation and, as cliché as it sounds, he is one of the nicest people you will ever meet. Kay and Lena are as well, and the family’s achievements coupled with their personable nature represent the diversity that exists among firearms owners and enthusiasts in this country today.
RECOIL Magazine: What drew you into the world of firearms enthusiasm?
Jerry Miculek: I was the only gun nut in my family, and hunting is what brought me in, really. When hunting season shut down, my friends and I would look at each other like, “Well, how are we gonna make noise now?” [Laughs.] We spent a lot of time with .22 rifles when I was coming up and then I started reading about the old exhibition shooter Ed McGivern, and I just wanted to learn to shoot a revolver well. My buddy who I used to shoot with all the time when we were young started buying revolvers, and we began playing around with Ed’s techniques. It was a lot of fun. I ended up meeting a guy from Arizona who was working in our area doing construction, and he was a pistol enthusiast who had been shooting in matches in Arizona. I saw him shooting steel on a stick with a 1911 and thought, “Man, it don’t get no better than this!” I started running a 1911 and just kept going.
Kay Miculek: My father was a gunsmith and a competition shooter so I was raised around it, which piqued my interest. Jerry and I actually met when he came up to practice with my brother, and I guess we dated at matches ever since. [Laughs.]
Lena Miculek: Of course my parents introduced me to shooting. It’s just a way of life for our family. We’re like any other family. Except when we do laundry, we find bullets in the washing machine and make little piles. [Laughs.]
But what does the Miculek family have to say about Fiocchi?
Kay..."You can always count on challenging long range rifle shots at the Superstition Mystery Mountain 3-Gun and this year was no exception. My total confidence in the accuracy of my Fiocchi Exacta Match 69 grain loads enabled me to easily meet these challenges and resulted in my highest stage score, a 7th place overall finish on Stage 8 in the Open Divsion."
Lena..."I credit my 2nd place overall finish on Stage 10 to my pull away performance with my shotgun, especially on the long range steel slug targets. The light recoil and accuracy of the Fiocchi 7/8 ounce slug makes it my favorite."
Jerry..."This was probably one of the most demanding matches of the year, with high disaster factors everywhere. With winning and losing determined by seconds, the last thing I want to worry about is my ammo. With Fiocchi shotshells in my shooting bag, I can count on a flawless match."
And what is the Miculek family have going on in this moment?
Our Spotlight Range of today is "Cardinal Shooting Center"
If you are around Ohio, considering to move there, or just travelling for work or fun, you will enjoy a little visit there!
You can find all the contact and info you need on them in our Fiocchi Ranges Section in the "Cardinal Shooting Center" dedicated contact page.
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Our Spotlight Range of today is "Sarasota Trap, Skeet & Clay's"
If you are around there or travelling in the area they will happily welcome you!
You can find all the contact and info you need on them in our Fiocchi Ranges Section in the "Sarasota Trap, Skeet & Clay's" dedicated contact page.
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