She wins NRA Rifle Championships, flies airplanes for fun and sells her eBooks on Amazon
Port Clinton, Ohio - While on the fields of Camp Perry during the Smallbore 3-Position Rifle Championships, I sat down with Reya Kempley. A past Woman's Champion, Reya finished fourth overall in this year's 3-Position Championships.
"For standing and prone I was a little bit nervous because this is Camp Perry, but it was under control and I felt good. For kneeling I'm hoping to still be in the hunt."
Shooting along side her brother Tarl, Reya has enjoyed a high level of success at the National Smallbore Rifle Championships. Not only did she manage to capture the Woman's and Civilian's Smallbore Prone titles, she also finished 2nd overall in the Prone Championships. It was the 3-Position to proved to be more of a challenge.
"For me I've been struggling with the kneeling for a while," explained Kempley "It's something with my pulse, the sights move around a bit more. In standing I'm usually stiller and have a few more pauses to break the shot. That's not how it's suppose to be so. If I'm calm in kneeling I can shoot decent but when the nerves and the pulse gets going. That's my challenge in 3-position right now."
Part of the challenge could be that her time shooting 3-Position Rifle is reserved for Metrics, Perry and practice. Despite her numerous Prone victories, the it can be difficult to translate that to the 3-P field.
"I wasn't nervous during the standing portion of Metrics but it was still good practice," said Kempley. "I try to make myself nervous, recreate the conditions, but it doesn't always work."
Flight Emergency provides creative aviation outlet from rifle time
Getting away from the office, recharging the batteries, is a necessity for everyone. The same could be said for getting away from the range.
In addition to working with her brother on BeeSafe, an online store for smallbore barrels, gun safes and more, Reya recently found solace in the writing and publication of her new book Flight Emergency: Take the Left Seat in Eight Role-Playing Emergency Scenarios.
"I'm definitely into aviation, learned to fly and had an idea for an interactive adventure book about flight training with a focus on emergencies," explained Kempley. "Thought I'd just go for it. I didn't want to be an eighty year old woman and regret never trying."
Published last fall, sales were encouraging enough to push things down the eBook avenue.
"People are more willing to give it a try electronically then with paperback," said Kempley. "That's just how the market is."
With 4.4 stars out of 5 on GoodReads.com and 4 out of 5 on Amazon, one would think there's a second book on the horizon. More on flying? Learning the barrel roll? Shooting Smallbore in the Camp Perry Sun?
As long as we see her back on the range every summer, we'll be happy with just about anything.