By Kyle Jillson | July 30 2013 16:11

When she isn't busy being a mother of three and a grandmother of four what does Vera Koo bring to the shooting range?

Professional shooter Vera Koo

For each issue of Shooting Sports USA, Barb Baird of Women's Outdoor News gets a hold of one of the competitive shooting world's top stars and asks a single question most people are curious to know: What's in your range bag? In the upcoming August issue, covering Brian Zins' 12th National Pistol Championship win, Barb sits down with renowned shooter Vera Koo.

Vera Koo has been shooting competitively for almost 20 years in IPSC, Steel Challenge, Colorado Man-on-Man Shoot-Offs, Master’s 3-Guns, Bullseye and Action Pistol. Sponsored by Aimpoint, Vihtavuori, Lapua, Caspian and Briley, she has specialized in Action Pistol for the past 10 years, claiming the Bianchi women’s title eight times. Her cool demeanor, combined with her West Coast/ Bay Area charm and Zen-like personality, make her an icon in the shooting world.

Her open-class Bianchi pistols have been built around a Caspian 1911 frame by Don Golembieski (Kodiak Precision) and Garth Peterson (Nowlin Custom Guns). She revealed that former Indy race car crew chief George Huening (www.gh2custom.com) is presently working on her newest build.

She uses custom loads from Atlanta Arms & Ammo and Load-X Company with Vihtavuori N320 powder, Hornady 115 gr. XTP HP bullets, Federal small pistol primers and Starline brass. Vera’s shooting accessories include an Aimpoint CompC3 red dot, Warren Moore mover mount and a Gilmore shroud with wings.

And for the big question— What do you carry in that Tuff Products’ range bag, Vera?

  • Match gun and ammo
  • MSA Sordin earmuffs and ear plugs by Cathy Ergovich of “what-ya-say”
  • Bianchi belt and holster
  • Prescription s hooting glasses, knee pads and hat
  • Small towel, snack food, pens, magic markers and note cards
  • Emergency rain gear

Proud of her Chinese heritage, she wears a jade piece with a red rope around her neck for good luck. She added, “Sometimes I carry something made by my granddaughters for good luck at the Cup. Visit www.verakoo.com where guests may read content in four languages: English, Japanese and two versions of Chinese.

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