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

By    |   Monday, 09 Mar 2015 01:16 AM

Girls with guns hardly ever retire; they just continue to shoot away. These four competitive shooters started out young, but realized how much fun they were having into their later years.

Karen Monez has been competitively shooting for more than 20 years, starting with her years in the Army. She competed on the U.S. Army Reserves rifle team and later became an Army marksmanship instructor at Fort Benning in Georgia.

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After her long stint with the Army, she continued her competitive career with a western twist, shooting her way to three Cowboy Action Shooting championships. To stick with the cowboy theme, she used the name “Squaw Creek Rose” in competitive events.

Her talent and skills earned her a spot as a coach in her 50s for the Texas Christian University rifle team, which won NCAA championships in 2010 and 2012. Shooting Sports magazine named Monez one of the 50 greatest shooters of the 20th century.

Hazel Poole didn’t start trap shooting until she was 38, but the late bloomer went on to become an Indiana State Trap Champion and a Hall of Fame trap shooter in Indiana and Kentucky.

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Shooting runs in the family for good reason. Her son, Bill Poole, became the director of the NRA’s Education & Training Division. “When she was pregnant with me, she’d take a Model 52 bolt-action rifle and throw cans and bottles into the river near our house to shoot at them,” Bill said.

Hazel donated her shooting vest to the National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, Virginia. The vest, or “scare jacket,” features patches that recognize her state and national shooting titles, including the Ladies’ Champion at the Dayton Homecoming Grand American in 1970.

Lisa Munson is a semi-professional shooter with nearly three decades of competitive shooting under her belt. As a senior trainer for the Babes With Bullets action shooting camp program near Baker City, Oregon, she also competes in shooting events against men and women.

“I want to go after the top guys,” Munson told the Baker City Herald after winning a Practical Shooters event at a local gun club. “That to me is a thrill — to have the respect of the male shooters.”

Munson, who is in her 50s, married a shooting partner and has traveled to such places as New Zealand and Greece to compete in practical shooting tournaments.

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Eugenia “Genie” Wright, a judge in San Antonio, Texas, joined the Women’s Shooting League in 1997. Her husband, Dr. Francis Wright, is a renowned organ transplant surgeon. She has three grown children, but she also loves the company of other girls with shotguns.

The competition is nice, but Wright enjoys the fun and environment of sports shooting.

“There are some days where you don’t hit anything, and no one cares,” she told San Antonio Woman. “We’re still going to clap and cheer for each other.”

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