Being a Fan Girl in the 3 Gun World

As this sport begins to grow and its popularity starts to reach the general public, some shooters are really beginning to stand out as “celebrities” in the 3-Gun/Shooting world. Certain shooters are becoming household names and their Facebook and YouTube accounts are blowing up with new followers daily. As a new shooter you begin to look up to these competitors as role models, especially female shooters. With the female presence growing in the sport, female shooters are getting a ton of attention from firearms companies trying to attract more women to purchase their products. So, naturally, you may have a “fan girl” moment every now and then. You know, one of those moments when you freak out or freeze up because you saw a famous person that you have been idolizing since the beginning of time (or just since you began shooting).

I, luckily, had the chance to go to the NRA Annual Meetings in Nashville, TN a couple weeks ago and had the opportunity to meet some of these women. It was hard for me to hide my nerves and actually approach these ladies to say hi. I begin to question myself: Why am I so nervous? Probably because this girl’s talent is overwhelming and her popularity is intimidating. But they are just regular people? No, regular people don’t have over 10,000 followers on their social media pages. Just act cool, maybe they won’t think you’re weird. You are weird.

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(Or you have over 300,000 likes, no big deal)

Anyway, when it came time to meet these women, guess what? They were totally cool and acted like we had been friends forever. They accepted my weirdness when I wasn’t able to form complete sentences because my brain had left my body at the exact moment I approached them. They were great at avoiding the awkwardness that sometimes occurs when you can’t find anything to say by posing for pictures, asking about how my shooting season was going, and even volunteered advice and helpful tips to improve on.

The thing we tend to forget is that these ladies are just like you and me. They love to shoot and they want to get more women involved in the sport. They are not selfish, and they are not rude or snobby. They are aware of the responsibilities that come with being a public figure for the 3-Gun/Shooting industry and use their popularity, for lack of a better term, in a positive way to promote the sport (and our 2nd amendment rights).

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(Dianna Liedorff, me, and Heather Fitzhugh of Team Benelli)

Sometimes, woman find other woman to be unapproachable, you may even feel intimidated as though you are not worthy to speak to such talent. This stems from the idea that women are generally catty and jealous of each other, but I have not found that to be the case in this sport. My advice, don’t be scared. We all need to embrace each other and support each other. We are all working towards the same goal, which is changing the image of female shooters and having the industry accept us as serious competitors, among other things. I have messaged these women several times on Facebook and I have asked a ton of questions, and every time they have given me an honest and helpful response.

So if you are nervous about sending a pro a message about their shotgun loading technique, or you want to know how they would handle a certain situation, I encourage you to ask them. More than likely, you will get a response, and they will be genuinely interested in helping you. (Take into consideration that you are probably not the only person messaging them, so give them some time to get back to you.) And if you see one of these ladies out at a match, and they are not getting ready to shoot, say hey!! Let them know you follow them on Facebook, and that you liked the video they posted the other week. Tell them their hair looks good, you think their target to target transition is great; speak to them like you would any other friend. You’ll be surprised. I was.

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(TacTissy, Lena Miculek, Julie Golob, Janna Reeves, and me)

It’s okay to be a fan girl in this 3-Gun world, because if we can’t be fans of ourselves as shooters, it will be impossible to gain fans outside of our sport.

As always, thank you for stopping by!
-Niki Clevenger
Team Clevenger Shooting

1 Peter 4:10-11
” Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.”

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How To: AR-15 Barrel Installation

Hello everyone! We are back and this time Team Clevenger is taking you to school! Well not really….

Most gun owners feel attached to their guns, every piece and part! But eventually those pieces and parts need replaced, or better parts need to be installed to make your gun run even better. Well Heath and I recently received new Criterion Barrels, so you can imagine how excited we were to get these new barrels installed! The thing is, I have no idea how to do that! I’m not even sure what parts you need, or even what some of the parts are or what they do. Luckily for me, my amazing husband does and was willing to film a video on how to install your new [Criterion] barrel into your AR-15. A task that may seem simple to people who have been shooting and working on guns their whole lives but may not be that simple to new shooters like me. Best way to learn is to have someone that is willing to teach you, and Team Clevenger is here to teach you.20150228_112045First here is Heath to give you a quick step by step explanation with pictures.

Heath: “First you will need the right parts. Today I worked with the receivers that I pulled the old barrels out of and I am  replacing them with Criterion hybrid contour 16.5 inch barrels with a mid-length gas system. I will be using a Syrac adjustable gas blocks, and new gas tubes on both rifles. I will be reusing the free float hand guards, and the Miculek Compensators for these rifles. I completed two builds, one had pictures taken during the build, and one we filmed the actual build. So, each gun had a different hand guard. One rifle has a Troy hand guard and the other has a Samson. Both are quality products and have held up to years of [ab]use.

Also, I like to check the headspace in the barrel prior to installing the barrel into the receiver. You will need at least a NO GO headspace gauge. The NO GO is the one to worry about. Take the bolt out of the BCG and place the NO GO gauge in the bolt. Then attempt to “chamber” the gauge and turn the bolt in the barrel extension. If it turns, then you have a problem. If you have access to the GO gauge, you can check it but I generally only worry if it is not going to work. If it fails, you will need to see if the bolt is the problem or the barrel. If you use quality parts, this should not be a problem.

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Step one: Put the upper receiver into the vice block and secure it into the vise. Take some gun oil and lube up the receiver extension and the barrel extension. This will allow the barrel to slide into place easier and give you reliable torque specs when tightening the barrel nut later. Also, when it comes time to pull the barrel out of the upper receiver, it will come out easier. Next, put some grease or anti-seize on the barrel nut threads. Again this will help with yielding the proper torque specs and disassembly in the future.

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Step two: Hand tighten the barrel nut on the receiver then get you barrel nut wrench and be sure it is properly set in the barrel nut. I begin with tightening the nut down to 60 ft./lbs. Then loosen the nut and retighten again. I do this three or four times to help set the barrel all the way into the receiver. Then I increase the setting on the torque wrench to 70 ft./lbs. I set the gas tube into the upper receiver and over the notch in the barrel nut that will line up under the gas tube hole in the receiver. As I do the final tightening of the barrel nut, I watch the gas tube to be sure it is perfectly aligned with the gas port in the barrel. If the barrel nut pushed the gas tube to one side or the other, it will cause premature wear on the gas tube. If you are running an adjustable gas block with the gas cut down, then you could have some failure to cycle sooner rather than later. A competition gun has to be reliable.

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Step three: Take your gas block and install it onto the barrel. I prefer the one with the set screws in the bottom of the gas block. That helps keep the block pulled down on the barrel to prevent as little gas escape and possible from happening between the gas block and the barrel. Criterion has the barrel cut on the opposite side on the gas port to make sure that your gas block is aligned with the gas port. Not all barrel companies cut that in for you, and it is a big help to the guy putting his own rifle together. I put blue Locktite on the set screws to keep them from backing out. This is another area of the rifle that gets real hot during shooting. Any screw on a gun will come unscrewed eventually, given enough time and shooting without some sort of lock on the screw. Now insert the gas tube into the gas block. Be sure that you slide the tube all the way into the gas block and get the hole in the tube lined up for the roll pin installation. Then take your roll pin punch and get the roll pin started. Never hit a pin with a hammer, ever. Always use a punch. It helps protect the pin. Then take a larger punch and finish putting the roll pin all the way into the gas block. I like to tape up the end on my larger punches to keep from marring up and leaving marks on my parts if possible.

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Step four: Almost done. Install the free float fore rail on the rifle. I like to take scope mount or old A2 style carry handle to make sure the rail and the upper receiver are perfectly aligned. (I prefer the 15 inch length rails to help make sure the barrel does not come in contact with any barricade during shooting. It also allows the shooter to get the support hand out as far as necessary to the end of the barrel during shooting to control the rifle.)

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Step five: You may want to tape up the end of the barrel just before the threads. This will protect the barrel finish during the install of your flash hider/ compensator. Just another thing to help your rifle look good, along with preforming well. Install the flash hider or comp. Some flash hiders and comps come with a crush washer. Crush washers are only good for one use. The Miculek Comp uses a lock nut. I apply a little blue locktite on the barrel. This helps the comp from unscrewing over time. The lock washer is used by adjusting the comp into position and then tightening the nut against the comp. The crush washer applies pressure to the comp/ flash hider to prevent it from unscrewing.

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Now you are ready to head to the range and sight in your new upper receiver.”

Still need a better explanation? Well lucky for y’all we made an informative video.

The barrels used come from Criterion Barrels a manufacturer located in Wisconsin. They were initially a division of Krieger, Criterion is now a completely separate facility, with over 30 years of experience and expertise. They manufacture quality button rifled barrels. Criterion offers a complete lineup of rifle barrels to include classics such as M1 Garand and 1903, Tactical models for AR pattern rifles and the M14, and a custom line dedicated to OEM and match shooters.

Thank you again for checking us out If you want to see another video or have any questions, please feel free to make suggestions and ask any questions. We want to help.

Thank you,
Niki and Heath Clevenger

“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might”- Ecclesiastes 9:10

Couples Who Shoot Together (The Valentine’s Day Post)

 

Do you remember when you fell in love? Do you remember why you fell in love? You see I don’t remember the exact moment that I fell in love with my husband. I just remember really enjoying the time I spent with him, and not wanting to leave when our dates were over. It got to the point where he was the only person I ever wanted to be around. He understood my jokes, and thought I was funny. He knew my modes and my body language. It was like we were on the same wavelength. Our nerdiness was compatible. These are probably the reasons I fell in love with him too.

When you find that one person that you actually enjoy being around nothing is better than being able to share the same hobbies as well. When Heath and I first started dating I knew he liked to shoot. I had never considered shooting a sport. I was unaware of the extent competitive shooting went to and what it meant to some people. I thought people who owned guns just took them to the range every now and then, shot them, and then stored them back at their homes. I had no idea there were people competing outside of the Olympics.

My husband is a police officer. With rotating shifts, I realized any time I got to spend with him was precious. It got to the point where we were only getting to really spend time together on the weekends, and he worked every other weekend. So we would get 2 weekends a month together, and he liked to shoot so he would use one, if not both, of those Saturdays to go shoot. So, I would only end up getting to spend the day with him two Sundays a month, and when you really like someone, two days a month is not enough.

In order to spend more time together I started going with Heath to his competitions. Even though I was just there as a spectator, I would always get asked when I was going to shoot one. I started trying to coach Heath, and started to learn what I could about the sport so that I could help him out. Well, obviously, he knew way more about shooting than I did so he naturally got a little tired of and annoyed with me trying to coach him all the time. One day he looked at me and said, “Well why don’t you try it?” So I did. And I fell in love all over again.

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(Niki and Heath Clevenger)

And so Team Clevenger began. We call ourselves a “team” because that’s really what it’s like shooting with someone. Heath has to do A LOT of coaching, especially when I first started. I didn’t know anything. You almost have to get into a groove, and know what your responsibilities are as part of the team (just like with any sport).

Diana Liedorff-Muller put it perfectly when asked what she enjoyed most about shooting with her husband:

“I love my husband and I love to compete, so it’s awesome to be able to mix the two! At the rate we travel and since this is a full time gig for both of us, it’s really nice to divvy up the responsibility. He’s the mechanic and I’m the logistics coordinator! It’s not all fairy dust though! When we first started competing together, it took some time to establish “procedure”. Put things back where they go, reload mags immediately, video, etc. sharing gear has its ups and downs!!”

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I totally agree with Diana! It is awesome to mix the two! But she makes a valid point about the ups and downs. Like just recently at a match, Heath generally preloads the shotgun tube for me before I shoot, and I preload it before he shoots because we share a shotgun. So it was my turn to shoot and the RO asked that I make my shotgun ready, it was then that I realized that my shotgun wasn’t even loaded!! Talk about embarrassing! All because my teammate, the love of my life, was too busy trying to fix something on his rifle he forgot he to preload the shotgun.

Another couple that Heath and I shoot with had some great input as well on shooting with your spouse. I asked them the same question I asked Diana. What do you enjoy most about shooting with your spouse? Their responses were spot on!

Aleks Martin-Nims:
“When I get to shoot with my wife, I share my hobby. I share the same excitement and experiences that I had as I learned to shoot. We communicate well, because through shooting, we practicing communicating. We watch each other carefully and offer feedback on how we are doing. This makes it easier to receive and give feedback in other areas in our life, because we know that it isn’t a personal attack, but advice from someone who loves and cares about you, someone who wants to help you do even better. I love to shoot with my wife because it is one more thing we share together, that we enjoy together, that we worked toward as a team. I love to see us improve and I appreciate the knowledge, that we are capable not only on the competitive field, but also in the use of a tool that provides safety from dangerous animals and from people who might try to harm our family. My wife is an extremely capable woman and shooting has added to her capability… Now I have to go practice… Because she is quickly getting better than me!”

Tina Martin-Nims:
“I love shooting with my husband because it brings me back to our first date, which ended in him giving me my first shooting lesson. I remember every detail of the date because it was like no other. But more he taught me a skill that is not only a ton of fun but is something that I can use to defend myself or my family and that is very empowering for a women. Every time we go the range or a competition we work on our relationship through communication, giving praise, and tactful advice when needed reminding me why I chose to marry him! The old saying that a family that plays together stays together is definitely true. Shooting is our way of spending quality involved time with each other building a strong lasting bond. Shooting in competition is great for us, as it exposes us as a team to performance stress and helps us to focus on our weaknesses, so that we can turn them into strengths as well. As we work to hone our skill, we inadvertently hone each other. Our marriage is stronger because we share this passion. Our children are more careful and deliberate, because they have been taught both the fun of shooting and the immediate, unforgiving, consequences that unsafe firearms handling can bring. They don’t live in a world of cellophane bubble wrap where even their feelings are protected by everyone getting a trophy. They see the hard work we put in, and they follow the example to work hard in what they choose to do. They share our passion too!”

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(Aleks and Tina Martin-Nims)

Tina and Aleks I think nailed it in their responses. You are learning, building, and growing your relationship when you shoot with your significant other. And I agree with Tina when she says Aleks taught her more than just how to shoot. Teaching someone how to shoot is more than just learning to shoot. It is teaching that person a skill that can be used for a lot of different things, such as protection, and hunting (i.e. food). I also like their comments on communication and criticism. There is a lot you can learn about each other when put in a high stress situation and I think that is another key aspect that helps two people understand each other in a relationship.

So men, try and get your girlfriend/wife/significant other involved in shooting if it is your thing. Sharing hobbies with your other half, I feel, will only bring you closer together, and help you understand each other. Women, I encourage the same thing if your man doesn’t shoot and you do.

If you are the partner that doesn’t shoot, be open to the idea of giving it a shot. Ultimately, I would have been just fine letting my man have his man time when he was off shooting, but I just wanted to spend all the time I could with him. I wanted to be selfish and have him all to myself, but if you can’t beat them then you might as well join them because you end up getting what you wanted any way by getting to spend more time together.

As always, thanks for reading,
Niki Clevenger

P.S. Be sure to check out Diana Liedorff-Muller’s blog about couples who shoot together too!
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“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” -1 Thessalonians 5:11

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Mr. and Mrs. Grumpy Pants

Another lesson learned this past weekend while shooting. I always have a shooting buddy. Someone who travels to matches
with me, and squads with me, and shares equipment. My shooting buddy is my husband. Maybe for you your shooting buddy is a friend, your child, or its your spouse also. Even if you don’t ride together, you generally have that one person you like squading with. How well do you know this person, do you know their habits, their competitive nature, their strengths and weaknesses?

I own a book called The 5 Love Languages, it discusses the different ways people give and receive love, and what you need to understand about each language. Well, where is the book about The Competitive Language? Everyone who competes, handles it differently. How are you suppose to manage your shooting buddies competitive nature?

I don’t have the answer to that question. Why? Because everyone is different.

All I can tell you is about my experiences, as a coach to young girls (volleyball), and with shooting with my husband.

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At this particular match both my husband and I started off okay. Stage 1 had a stage gun with a suppressor and it was tough. The gas from the suppressor shot back into your face and made your eyes water pretty bad. Heath went first on this particular stage, and was NOT happy with his run. We kind of brushed it off because it was the first stage and we thought things would get better, and with the next 2 stages it did, and then for me it crashed and burned, for Heath it was more of just a crash.

Stage 4 was a simple stage. It had 3 spinners, and each spinner was to be engaged by a different gun. I am terrible at spinners! This stage cost me a lot of time. I was only able to get the slug spinner to fully rotate. Heath, however, was doing great until he got to the slug spinner, for some unknown reason he couldn’t hit it. It should have only taken 2 shots (took me 3 because of a miss). Heath only had one hit on 5 or 6 shots. He was hot coming off the line.

I find that after a bad stage, my shooting buddy needs a few minutes to get it together. He needs to be left alone and needs a minute to regroup. I find with most men, this is the case. They don’t want to talk about their feelings, go figure! But actually, I often need some time after a bad stage to get all my emotions together too. I find that after regrouping, it is best to move on and focus on the next stage.

Encouragement
Some shooters may need encouragement after a bad stage. Nothing a little pep talk won’t help. When coaching volleyball I find that most young girls need encouragement after a bad play. They want to hear that its okay they didn’t do well, and that you have faith that they will do better the next opportunity they get. To translate that into shooting, after a bad stage you may find your shooting buddy just needs a reminder that things happen, and that dwelling on a bad stage is not good in moving on to the next stage.

If your shooting buddy needs more encouragement, I would help them to focus on the rest of the match and not dwell on one bad stage, or one bad portion of a stage.

Laugh It Off
I have shot with some people who like to laugh it off. This is great, I’m happy that these particular shooters are so optimistic and don’t let anything get to them. Its just a game right?

But if you are super competitive such as myself, its not just a game! So be careful not to use this tactic on the wrong shooter, it could cause the opposite effect you were hoping for.

At the end of this match Heath and I were grumpy. Anything either one of us said to each other sparked an argument. The car ride home is usually a good time to reflect on your match, discuss what you could have done better, or just not talk at all. After we realized that we were just upset about our performance, and not upset with each other, we worked on dropping our attitudes. Getting something to eat helped.

I’m so thankful to have shooting buddy, and not just any shooting buddy, a damn good looking one. But understanding how we each handle competition has helped us  get a long better. We shoot because we enjoy it, its even better when you can enjoy each other’s company too.

As always, thanks for reading.

Niki Clevenger
Team Clevenger Shooting

Best Match to Date and I DQ’ed (My first DQ)

They say: There are those who have, and those who just haven’t yet.

For the first time in my shooting career (which is only 10 months long) I had a match DQ. But let’s start from the beginning, we can get to the DQ later.

Heath and I completed in the Tarheel 3 Gun Monthly Match this past Saturday December 6th, 2014. I had been looking forward to this match for the last couple of weeks because this would be my first match with my brand new scope and my brand new pistol. I was so excited to try out my new equipment! I had even planned on slowing down just so I could get use to the new pistol.

You see, this pistol was a custom build. Heath and I had saved our money and bought a part a paycheck. It took about 8 months to get all the parts together and back in October we handed the gunsmith a shoebox full of parts and said give us a call when its ready. Our gunsmith was a friend of ours named Jeff Abernathy with Abernathy Precision Gun Works. He is great!!! My pistol is beautiful! Sights are great, it looks good, and it has a very light 2lb trigger, something I was definitely not use to after shooting my Glock for the last 10 months. It would be this trigger that ultimately led to my demise this match.

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I was also trying out my new scope I had won at the Brownells Lady 3 Gun Pro-Am Challenge. It worked great! What a fantastic product by Leupold! Shout out to Leupold for supporting female shooters by sponsoring the Brownells Lady 3 Gun! I also have to shout out Warne Scope Mounts. Their customer service department was super easy to deal with and the product is great. Thank you for supporting female shooters and the Brownells Lady 3 Gun.

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The match was great, it was set up to be quick which was necessary because the forecast predicted an 80% chance of rain. Luckily, the rain held off until the very last stage, and then it started to become very consistent.

There were 7 stages, and to say I was doing the best I have ever done wouldn’t be far from the truth. I was probably having one of my best matches to date, all the way up until the second to last stage.

Here is a preview of my first stages:

Stage 2: *Started on this stage. First run with my new pistol, and new rifle scope.*

Stage 3:

Stage 4:

Stage 5: *timed out* I have got to work on getting into position faster.

Stage 6: *timed out again* Just need to work on getting faster. I timed out right before 3 slug targets. So I saved myself a box of slugs. 🙂

Stage 7: *DQ* Well here it is. This stage had been giving a lot of shooters trouble. They just could not get one of the long distance targets. Hence everyone cheering when I knock them all down fairly quickly. I just got cocky and tried going faster than I am capable. I did not get my finger all the way out of the trigger guard during my reload and I had an AD. Even though it was in a safe direction, the rules state you cannot have an AD during a secondary movement such as a draw, holster, or reload.

Another thing that bothered me about this stage was there was no dump bucket for the rifle and you had to leave the rifle in that tube and run in front of it. Didn’t think it would go off, just thought it wouldn’t be too hard to put a dump bucket.

So, there is was. My best match to date ended too soon. I don’t even have the times to compare the stages I did complete to other competitors to see where I stand. Lesson learned. That 2lb trigger is sensitive and she will bite ya!

Going to try it again at the next match in a week and hopefully I will do nothing but improve moving forward.

Thanks guys!
-Niki Clevenger

18 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.” Isaiah 43:18

Brownell’s Lady 3-Gun Pro-Am Challenge (Oct.31-Nov.1, 2014)

So, the moment I had been training for has come and gone. This past weekend I competed in the Brownell’s Lady 3-Gun Pro-Am Challenge. To not keep you waiting with anticipation, I came in 25th out of 106 shooters in the Amateur Tac Op. Division. Woot! Woot!

Stages were great and well thought out. There were no long distance stages but I understand the simplicity of the stages because a lot of the women shooting had never shot in a 3-gun match before. Heck, I have only been shooting since April, when I decided to start this journey, and this was my first major match.

SPONSORS
The sponsors for this match were amazing!! I cannot even begin to explain how thankful I am, and probably all the ladies are, for sponsors that support women shooters. So, a BIG THANK YOU!! to the following sponsors.

Brownells
Benelli
STI International
Carbon Arms
Magpul
MGM Targets
AR-15 Gun Owners of America
ESS
Beretta
Doublestart
Rock Island Armory
Smith & Wesson
Geissele
Vertex
Fiocchi
Palmetto State Armory
Warne Scope Mounts
Federal Premium Ammunition
Freedon Munitions
Jimney Triggers
Samson
Leupold
JP Enterprises, Inc.
Ergo Grip
Burris
FNH
Devil Dog Arms
CMC Triggers
5.11 Tactical
Hornady
OMP
Tac-Grip
Voodoo
Vortex
The Miculek’s
Lucas Oil Products
Arma Lite Inc
Blade-tech
Colt Competition
Daniel Defence
DMPS
Gun Goddess
Troy
Patriot Cases
Remington
DC Machine Mordic Components
Aegis Atlanta
Hogue Grips
Adams Arms
Weapon Shield
Rainier Ballistics
Advance Ratio
XS Sight Systems
CPWSA
Chamber-View
Italian Gun Grease
Barnes Precision Machine
Taran Tactical Innovations
Animal Customs
Comp-tac
Play Big Online Marketing
Luth-AR
Mossberg
Xrail
Safariland
Stag Arms
Rubber City Armory
Invictus Practical
Black Widow Armament
Atlanta Arms
Sentry Solutions
GT Target Stands
ASAP Photography
Bushnell
SCCY
Rugged Gear
Beckley Gun Club
Plug’r
Julie G
Radians
Studio Ammo Works
Becky Yackley Photography
A Girl& A Gun
Excel Sportswear
Ameriglo
30 Cal Gal

Wow!! Talk about sponsors!! Without all these amazing sponsors, this event would not have been as big as it was. I only hope it grows every year from here on out.

This was such a great opportunity. I got to meet and talk to a lot of great people. I saw really great shooting, and I was able to learn something from everyone around me.

SUPPORT
But I must give credit where credit is due. My husband was amazing all weekend long. He coached me, he loaded my mags, and he carried my stuff for me. He was there to wipe tears (yes, I did cry at one point), and he always seemed to have the right thing to say when I needed to hear it. He answered all my questions with a smile on his face. He also helped out the other ladies on my squad as well. He answered all their questions, gave them guidance when it was requested, and supported them. I tend to have anxiety and having him around helped more than he will ever be able to understand.

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He took selfies with me and helped me rehearse each stage. He walked the walkthroughs with me, and even helped me pick out a good prize off the prize table. I’m telling you, without him I do not think I would have done as well as I did. And he continues to train me throughout my shooting journey.

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My Squad
I was a member of Squad 6. I choose the squad because I knew one of the girls from shooting at Tarheel 3-Gun, and one of the ladies, I had previously shot on a squad with her husband. But I thought all the girls were great and walked away with some good friends.

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I hope I can shoot with these ladies again sometime.

Day 1
Stage 6 (our first stage)

Stage 7

Stage 8

Stage 1

Day 2
Stage 2

Stage 3

Stage 4

Stage 5

Results
I finished 25th out of 106 tac. op. competitors, and it feels great! I still feel good about. I walked away with a Leupold Mark AR 1.5-4 Scope (illuminated). I checked it out on Leupold’s website and it cost $565.00!! Heck yeah!! I also got a Warne Scope Mount, but it did not fit the size  scope I won so I had to sell it. I will more than likely get another Warne Scope Mount to replace the one I had to sell.  All in all I had a great time and I cannot wait to do it again next year!

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Until next time, have a blessed day.

-Niki Clevenger, Team Clevenger Shooting

To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Philippians 4:20 

Some Good Reads

Here are some articles to check out.

Lady 3-Gun:
http://www.samson-mfgpro.com/blog/lady-3-gun-part-110102014

Training:
http://www.dryfiretrainingcards.com/11special/

Tactical Police Competitions:
http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=fGr8NJpmy0Y&feature=youtu.be
(This is a match where Heath came in 2nd place.)

Hope you enjoy these articles and videos. We will be back up and running shortly.

Moving will be complete by the end of the month hopefully.

Stay tuned for my complete review of the Brownell’s Lady 3-Gun Pro/Am coming up at the end of the month.

Y’all are the best!
-Niki