By Kyle Jillson | December 13 2014 13:10

International Pistol shooter and Olympic gold medalist Sandra Uptagrafft opens up her shooting bag

Olympian Sandra Uptagrafft

Fairfax, Virginia - The December issue of Shooting Sports USA, features Barb Baird of Women's Outdoor News sitting down with Sandra Uptagrafft, International Pistol shooter and gold and silver medalist at the 2012 Olympics, to ask one question: What's in your shooting bag?

The first time Sandra Uptagrafft shot a firearm, she had to—for Army Basic Training. “I found it challenging and quickly showed some skill. When I came home and started college in the early 1990s, a group of us wanted to join a rifle team, but our school didn't have one. We found a coach willing to teach us pistol and even provided equipment, so we started a team and began competing in collegiate matches. From those matches, I was recruited by the Army Marksmanship Unit. Within a year, I made the National team, and that was the start of my International Pistol career,” explained Uptagrafft.

Uptagrafft is one of the few Olympians married to another Olympian—Eric, who is a member of the National Rifle Team. (Matt and Katešina Emmons are another Olympic couple and are both rifle shooters.) Now in the Navy Reserves specializing in information technology, Uptagrafft shoots Women’s 10m Air Pistol and Women’s 25m Sport Pistol on the U.S. Olympic team.

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