By Kyle Jillson | June 1 2013 08:40

Jessie Duff, Bianchi Cup Ladies Champion, lets the NRA peek in her range bag

Jessie Duff at the MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup in Missouri

Fairfax, Virginia - Jessie Duff is one of the biggest names in the shooting sports. From her duties as captain of Team Taurus to her television work with the NRA, Duff gives her all both on and off the firing line. She recently added to her accolades in the former by winning her third Ladies Champion title at the 35th Annual MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup in Columbia, Missouri.

We can all see Jessie is a great shot, but Barb Barid of Women's Outdoor News and Shooting Sports USA recently tried to dig deeper to shed some light on her secrets. And there's no better place to start than the tools she brings to the range. So, Jessie, what's in your range bag?

Not only is she an accomplished professional competitor, she also represents firearm owners as an advocate for the Second Amendment on national cable television. Jessie Duff and her husband, Matt, co-host the popular “Friends of NRA” TV show on the Outdoor Channel. Jessie remarked, “I have taken a stance to help promote the Second Amendment. This is something that I feel very strongly about, and will do whatever I can to contribute.”

As Team Captain for Taurus, Jessie shoots a PT 1911 and also works with the 24/7. Her other sponsors include Leupold, Hornady, Benelli, Taran Tactical Innovations, Safariland, Atlanta Arms & Ammo and GT Targets. So, we had to know: What does she pack in her range bag? Jessie broke it down into two categories.

“The Essentials”

  • Pistol and back up with at least five magazines.
  • Oakley eyewear with assorted lens colors.
  • Hearing protection. “I wear molded earplugs instead of ear muffs, just because I feel like I get more sound cancellation with plugs.”
  • Pact timer for training sessions.
  • “Enough spare parts, cleaning equipment and tools to be able to fix any small issue that might arise on the range.”
  • ProGrip.

The Important Stuff

  • A handwritten inspirational note from my husband.
  • A card from my parents that they gave to me afterI won one of my first major championships.
  • A note I wrote with a few verses that help keep me grounded and focused, orto help in situations I’ve faced in competition.

Jessie recently won her third Ladies Champion title at this year's 35th Annual MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup. Prior to the tournament, she joined pro competition shooters Rob Leatham, Doug Koenig, Mickey Fowler, Rob Vadasz, Kyle Schmidt and Carl Bernosky to instruct a Bianchi Clinic featuring tips on how to shoot the various stages of the match.


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