By Lars Dalseide | October 29 2010 12:59

Cut her teeth on Dad's firing pin starting at the age of 12

Vikki Gaddie at the NRA National Rifle and Pistol Championships NRAblog sat down with Junior Shooter Vikki Gaddie during the National Rifle & Pistol Championships in Camp Perry, Ohio.

With a chipper bounce and playful smile, 20-year old Vikki Gaddie from Mason, Michigan packed up her rifle and left the line. All shots fired, she checked in with her coach, hugged her sister, and called it a career.

“This is my last year shooting as a Junior at Camp Perry,” she said with a frown. “I started in 2002 shooting Long Range. I'm a left hander and had to use my coach’s right handed gun. I had a nice bruise, it was a good time. I shot a 185 my first time out here out of 200. I was like YES, this is my sport!”

In those eight years, Vikki has successful risen through the shooting ranks. Officials recognized her achievements at State tournaments, Regional tournaments, and Camp Perry by naming her vice-captain of the U.S. Junior National Team. And she credits it all to her father.

“I grew up cutting my teeth on a firing pin,” explains Gaddie. “My dad would come home from the range, take apart his rifle, and I’d run off with the pin. So when I say I was cutting my teeth on a firing pin, I mean it.”

In time, she jumped from the pin to the whole darn gun. “Got my first squirrel when I was eight. Good times.”

Now that her Junior shooting career is over, she has her sights set on attending a specialized University in Missouri.

“The College of the Ozarks has a great system where instead of paying tuition up front, you can work off your credits the field," said Gaddie. “There I can concentrate on something I really love – forensic science. And to answer your next question no, not because of CSI. I had a pistol technology class high school and really liked it. Then it hit me; why don't I do something I really like as a job. So that's exactly what I plan on doing.”

Unless she finds a class in Long Range High Power – just guessing.

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