The Brownells Lady 3 Gun made history by not only featuring one of the most extravagant prize tables (a whopping $270K worth) but also being the FIRST EVER All Female National Match in the 3 Gun Discipline – a challenging shooting sport, which involves fast courses of fire with a pistol, shotgun and rifle. For the first time ever women were finally able to compete against each other in a fun & really supportive environment (not that we mind beating men). 😉

Held at South River Gun Club in Atlanta GA, this championship was attended by nearly 200 female competitors (in 4 divisions – Open, Tac Ops, Tac Irons & Pro), family, friends, industry leaders and media ranging from (yours truly) bloggers to CNN reporters. The event was wildly successful and I’ve got the pictures to prove it:

Left to right: Sammi Vu, Jessica Hook, Dianna Liedorff Muller, Tory Jordan, Allie Barrett, Taran Butler, Janna Reeves, Lena Miculek, Jessie Duff, Diana Hufstedler, Ashley Rheuark

Left to right: Sammi Vu, Jessica Hook, Dianna Liedorff Muller, Tory Jordan, Allie Barrett, Taran Butler, Janna Reeves, Lena Miculek, Jessie Duff, Diana Hufstedler, Ashley Rheuark

Lisa Marie Judy, the match director, is a visionary who made her (and our) dream a reality – we are all extremely grateful for her leadership in putting this event together. All the staff, volunteers & sponsors made this an event we will never forget – we just brought the spirit! I was delighted to earn my first National title – 1st Place in Open Division, which came completely unexpected, considering my love (*sarcastic, people*) for practice.

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Me Accepting my 1st Place Open Title. Thanks Beretta for sponsoring my division and Lisa Marie Judy for your leadership. Photo credit: Becky Yackley

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Yeah, I know – the guns are bigger than me. So what? Photo credit: ASAP Photography

Actually, the entire Taran Tactical Innovation team just dominated! So proud of my girls. Ashley Rheuark, our youngest addition, won Tac Ops Division & was first among ALL amateurs! I won Open Division, Corinne Mosher was 2nd in Tac Irons, Samantha Vu was 4th in Tac Ops, Allie Barrett 5th and Jessica Hook was 8th. Tory Jordan pulled a respectable 21st. Our success was heavily influenced by our sponsor & coach Taran Butler of Taran Tactical Innovations and his assistant coach world champ Bob Vogel. We had the best time ever! Lena Miculek won Pro & Audra Brown – Tac Irons. All females that showed up were absolutely amazing & walked away with a prize (I snagged an awesome Devil Dog Arms AR-15, among other things!

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Best teammates ever: Samantha Vu, Corinne Mosher, Diana Hufstedler, Taran Butler, Tory Jordan, Robert Vogel, Jessica Hook, Ashley Rheuark, Allie Barrett

The title sponsor, Brownells really stepped it up, along with Benelli, STI, TTI,  5.11 Tactical (who also hosted a Halloween party & costume contest for us) and many more (see link to the full list on the bottom. It is virtually impossible to explain what happened in Atlanta this Halloween – there was clearly magic in the air and LOTS, LOTS of hugs & laughter. There were no cat-fights, conflict or disputes – just encouragement & pure female sportsman camaraderie. I will let the pictures speak for themselves. (Special thanks to ASAP Photography, Becky Yackley Photography, Adrian Tan of Advance Ratio, The American Woman Shooter Magazine, and everyone else who let me use their photos)

Of course, no match is complete without a Gag Reel courtesy of the TTI loons 🙂

XOXO
Your friendly neighborhood gun lady,
Diana

Sponsor acknowledgements:

Taran Tactical Innovations – Taran, thank you for believing in me even when I don’t! Me and all the TTI girls hope to make you proud.

Safariland – I am convinced I cannot live without my RED gear. I had so many people ask about it, it was crazy!

5.11 Tactical – thank you for keeping me comfortable and making my ass-ets look good!

BCM Bravo Company USA – I had to fight people off my AR and explain over and over haw come it is so light.

Nordic Components – extension tubes rock. Thank you for sending me mine just in time!

Thanks for the official match photos ASAP Photography. Last but not least, big thank you to the title sponsors Brownells, Inc. & Benelli, BERETTA USA who sponsored my division & Devil Dog Arms whose gun I won! Here is a list of all the amazing sponsors who made this event unforgettable: ALL SPONSORS