By Kyle Jillson | February 11 2014 13:00

Kentucky senior opens her range bag for Shooting Sports USA before NCAA Championships

University of Kentucky Wildcat Emily Holsopple

Fairfax, Virginia - Barb Baird of Women's Outdoor News sat down with Kentucky Wildcat Emily Holsopple, one of two seniors on the University of Kentucky rifle team (the other being her brother), to ask the same question she asks every accomplished shooter: What's in your range bag? Watch Emily and the rest of the Wildcats shoot for Kentucky's second national championship in NCAA Rifle next month at the National Collegiate Men’s and Women’s Rifle Championships on the Murray State University campus.

She’s a “wildcat,” this college co-ed named Emily Holsopple, and she’s poised to help bring her shooting team, aka the Kentucky Wildcats, to an NCAA Championship in March when she competes in 50m, 3-Position Smallbore Rifle.

Shooting since the she was 11, this quick study won the Women’s 50m Rifle 3-Position Junior Olympic National Championship at the age of 14 and never looked back. Recruited by the University of Kentucky for its prestigious college shooting team, she also has earned All-SEC Academic Honors. Last year, she won the silver medal in 3-Position at the 2013 National Championships.

Also a high school volleyball player, Holsopple said, “I absolutely love sports and competing. To me there is no greater feeling than dedicating yourself to a dream and making it a reality.” She shoots an Anschütz 1907 in .22 cal. with Eley ammo, and a Feinwerkbau 800 air rifle in .177 cal., both packed in a Storm travel case. “I have used my Storm case for hundreds of flights and it has always kept my guns safe,” she noted. “I use a Nike bag for my gear because I’m a student athlete at a school sponsored by Nike, so they provide us with bags for travel.”

And here’s what she carries in that Nike bag:

  • Standard shooting clothes such as shooting boots (Kusterman), pants and jacket (Kurt Thune), shooting glove (Monard) and Spandex undergarments (Nike).
  • Three sets of Anschütz iron sights (one for each position).
  • Shooting stand, kneeling roll, prone mat and sling.
  • Cleaning supplies, “because I clean my gun every few hundred shots or before every competition.”

“I don’t carry anything to the range with me for good luck, but when I travel, I do have a teddy bear and Bible that always go with me.” You can follow Holsopple as she finishes her collegiate shooting career this year by checking the Wildcats’ website, www.ukathletics.com/sports/c-rifle/, for the conference championships at Ole Miss, Feb. 28-Mar. 2; the NCAA National championships on March 14-5; and as a member of the U.S. National Team at the World Cup in Fort Benning GA, at the end of April.

See the SSUSA article on Emily and the rest of the February issue at: http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201402/.

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