By Kyle Jillson | January 4 2013 09:11

Barb Baird sits down with Tracy and Lanny Barnes for the NRA

Olympic biathletes Tracy and Lanny Barnes sit down with Barbara Baird for NRA's Shooting Sports USA

Fairfax, Virginia - This month we have a twofer from Women's Outdoor News' Barb Baird.

In this month's 'Whats In Your Range Bag?' column for Shooting Sports USA, Barb got a hold of twin Olympic biathletes Tracy and Lanny Barnes. These 29 year-olds have been getting it done for the United States on the biggest biathlon stages in the world and we couldn't be more proud.

The two don't stay still for very long, but Barb was able to pick their brains for a minute and find out what equipment they carry to not only keep themselves warm, but accurate on the firing line.

Shooting accurately at targets while in a still position can be difficult. Add skiing at top speeds to get to the shooting area, then dropping into the prone position or taking a knee, and you get the sport of biathlon.

You may think you’re seeing the same woman compete twice if you tune in to watch International biathlon matches, because both of the Barnes twins from Colorado often make the top cuts in world cup competitions. These two identical twins have been competing on an international level in biathlon for 13 years. Currently on the U.S. Biathlon Team, the women competed in the Olympics in 2006 and served as alternates in 2010. They hope to qualify for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Sponsored by Advanced Technology International (ATI), Otis Technology and Smith Elite, the women shoot .22-caliber biathlon-style rifles, with barreled actions by Anschütz and customized stocks. Because of the nature of the competition, the women’s range bags are Adidas backpacks. And what do they pack in their bags?

  • Extra clothes, sealskinz waterproof socks and gloves
  • Smith Elite Optics shooting glasses for protection and anti-fog characteristics
  • Thermoses with hot chocolate or tea
  • Passports (for doping control issues)
  • Lapua ammunition, made for cold weather shooting
  • Extra magazines, because it is more efficient during training to carry loaded magazines than to stand in the cold loading them
  • Multi-tools, for tightening carrying harnesses
  • Extra firing pins and firing pin changing tools
  • Otis Gun cleaning kits
  • Dermatone (to guard against frost bite)

Good luck in 2014, girls. We'll be cheering for you.

Check out the rest of January's Shooting Sports USA on their website.

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