Kentucky senior opens her range bag for Shooting Sports USA before NCAA Championships
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
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
- 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’
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.
the SSUSA article on Emily and the rest of the February issue at: