By Kerrin Brinkman | December 29 2010 14:22

For Brandy and Sean Blanton, there's nothing like a little sibling rivalry on the range. This brother and sister have made the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program a family affair, with both Brandy and Sean earning multiple Distinguished Expert ratings. The Blanton's wrote about their story in the latest issue of InSights, a magazine for young shooters.

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One Family, Multiple Distinguished Experts 

So how does a brother-and-sister team earn so many DE titles?

Brandy Blanton

"So what sport do you play?" Sounds like a common question, right? For most people, I would say it comes with some pretty common answers. Some people would consider something like water polo to be a unique answer, but I think I've even got that beat. When I get asked that question, I proudly answer, "I'm a competitive shooter." Over the years, I've gotten all sorts of strange looks, but that hasn't stopped me from doing what I love. I love to shoot, whether I'm outside shooting shotgun or on the range shooting a pistol or a rifle.

The shooting sports have led me to all sorts of interesting places I may not have gone otherwise. I can say that I've stayed at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs on three separate occasions, something most aspiring athletes never have the chance to experience. In the spring of 2008, I had the privilege to meet Jason Turner, a member of the U.S. Olympic Pistol Team who went on to win a bronze medal in free pistol. How many people do you know that can say they've met an Olympic medalist? Not many, but I'm more than proud of myself that I've managed to accomplish such a feat. How was it possible? The shooting sports!

Read the full article, including Sean's story, here.


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