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Girls With Guns: 4 Great Preteen Female Competition Shooters You've Never Heard Of

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Shyanne Roberts, competitive shooter. (Joe Warner/South Jersey Times/Landov)

By    |   Monday, 02 Mar 2015 04:08 PM

Girls with guns can inspire other kids, even boys. You’re never too young to enjoy the excitement of competitive shooting as these four preteen girls prove.

Shyanne Roberts, 10, competes with some of the top shooters, youths and adults, throughout the country. She started learning about gun safety at age 5 from her father, a certified firearms instructor, who later began taking her to the gun range. By the age of 7, Shyanne was competing in local shooting matches.

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Shyanne traveled from her home in Franklinville, New Jersey, in October 2014 to Covington, Georgia, as the youngest competitive shooter in the Brownell’s Lady 3-Gun Pro-Am Challenge. The three-gun competitor uses a sporting rifle, a pistol and a shotgun.

She returned with the “Tough as Nails” award and an Aero Precision AR-15. Her purple AR-15 is her favorite gun to shoot.

“I love the challenge and excitement, and having the opportunity to beat up on the boys,” she told Outdoorhub.com.

Shyanne practices at least 15 hours a week. She’d practice more often, but her father says her grades and schoolwork come first.

Jalise Williams, 11, and her sister Justine, 10, love showing their firing skills on YouTube. Aside from competitive shooting, the girls from Southern Utah participate in karate, hunting and riding motorcycles. They also enjoy playing guitar and piano, singing and cooking.

They compete regularly in events sponsored by the U.S. Practical Shooting Association (USPSA). Three-gun competition is among their favorite activities.

“Wow! 3 matches (3gun, pistol, then rimfire) in one weekend wore us out!” Jalise wrote on the sisters’ Facebook page. “I fell asleep in the back of the truck before rimfire even began and Justine fell asleep on the ground before rimfire was even over. LOL!”

Their performances at a USPSA area championship brought them congratulations from the Women of USPSA: “Way to go, Jalise & Justine Williams! Keep it up and keep having fun.”

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Gia Rocco is turning 11, but she’s already competing against adults with years of experience behind them. She manages to stay busy in school and schedule time to travel from her home in Texas to competitions out of town.

The sporting events and the thousands of rounds of ammunition she uses each month for practice require some funding. So Gia sells her “Gia Rocco, Zombie Hunter” t-shirts to help with expenses.

Gia’s favorite firearms activity is steel target shooting. She likes the ping sound it makes, and she produces a lot of pings. Gia hits 23 targets in 10.2 seconds. She’s so good, the boys in the neighborhood come by her backyard range to watch her practice her shooting skills. She also discusses girls with guns during TV interviews.

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Girls with guns can inspire other kids, even boys. You're never too young to enjoy the excitement of competitive shooting as these four preteen girls prove.
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