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

By    |   Monday, 09 March 2015 12:50 AM

The teen years provide a wonderful time for challenges and excitement. Those factors fit in perfectly for these four girls with guns who love the competitive nature of shooting sports.

Cheyenne Dalton, 13, has been competing in rimfire challenge matches with the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) for two years. But her love for competitive shooting began long before that when her father took her along turkey hunting.

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“I wanted to start shooting. So when I was five, my dad bought a single shot 22 for me to shoot,” Cheyenne, the captain of Team Allie Cat, wrote on the team’s website.

Cheyenne watched in awe of a young shooting enthusiast when her father first took her to a rimfire world championship in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She competed in her first match a couple of months later in Iowa.

“I really encourage girls to start shooting rimfire challenge as much as possible,” she told the NSSF blog. “Today’s girls are tomorrow’s future of the shooting sports.”

Katelyn Francis participates in three-gun competition, in which shooters combine the use of a sporting rifle, pistol and shotgun. The 16-year-old high school student from Jefferson City, Missouri, feels comfortable whether she’s cheerleading or posing for a picture with her AR-15 semi-automatic rifle.

She’s traveled to competitive events around the country for about five years, accompanied by her father, Chad Francis, a state marksmanship coordinator for the Missouri Army National Guard. Her father introduced her to guns, emphasizing the importance of safety.

“My dad’s a real stickler about making me always be safe,” said Katelyn, also known as Katie. She had to memorize and repeat gun safety rules to him over and over again when developing her shooting skills.

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Trap shooter Grace Hambuchen is a senior at Mount St. Mary Academy in Little Rock, Arkansas. She took second place in the 2014 National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and almost won in a tight competition that had to go to a tiebreaker.

When she first used a .410 shotgun, she cried because she thought a mule kicked her. She now carries a 12-gauge shotgun.

“I would love to be able to compete overseas, and I would love to make the national team and someday make the Olympic team,” she told the Arkansas Catholic.

In 2014, Lena Miculek won more than 15 titles in shooting competitions, including a national championship and two world championships. She competes in three-gun matches and shotgun events against adults and teen girl shooters.

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When asked what it feels like to be a championship shooter at 19, she told Ammoland.com: “It feels perfectly natural to me. It’s what I grew up around.” Her parents, Jerry and Kay Clark Miculek, are both accomplished shooters.

Lena said she prefers being a role model to other youths not just from her expertise with guns, but also “because of the morals I strive to live by, the good sportsmanship qualities I try to display and the values I place on God, family and friends.”

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