Vera Koo and the Importance of a Random Act of Kindness

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, October 19, 2016 One of my daughters once asked me what I thought the most important virtue was that she should try to instill in her children. I answered: kindness. Certainly, kindness is not the only virtue for which to strive. We also should seek to be honest, loyal, ambitious and hard working, among other qualities. Go To Full Article | Translations:  簡體字 Simplified Chinese - 繁體字 Traditional Chinese

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  • October 25, 2016

A Peek Into the Life of Vera Koo and the Book She is Writing

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, September 20, 2016 I met Vera Koo a few years ago and have been intrigued with her ever since. It’s no secret that I think she is an absolutely amazing person. As I read her recent column, my respect for her grew all the more. Vera Koo gives us a peek into her personal life, and shares a bit of what we will find in the book she is writing. ~MC Go To Full Article

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  • September 25, 2016

Vera Koo: Get Out There and Compete in Regional and State Matches

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, July 26, 2016 Kevin Angstadt offered me some sound advice several years ago during a time when my Bianchi Cup performance had taken a step back. He told me I should consider competing in more regional and state matches to help refine my skills for the Bianchi Cup. Go To Full Article | Translations:  簡體字 Simplified Chinese - 繁體字 Traditional Chinese

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  • July 30, 2016

Vera Koo: Why Women Learn from a Female Instructor

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, June 28, 2016 I have been blessed throughout my shooting career to learn from some great teachers and mentors, men such as Jim O’Young. I never had a female instructor. For me, this was OK. I wanted to advance my knowledge and skills in the shooting sports, and it did not matter to me whether I learned from a man or woman. I grew accustomed to taking classes surrounded by men. I learned how to shoot by taking 2 years of firearm safety classes taught by a male instructor in a class filled with mostly guys. In the advanced classes, there ...

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  • June 30, 2016

Climbing Your Personal ‘Mt. Everest’

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, May 31, 2016 People often wonder why I am still participating in the shooting sport. I will turn 70 later this year, and my performance in recent years has left something to be desired. However, I am not ready to walk away. I am still climbing toward trying to attain what I would consider my highest peak, my personal Mt. Everest. I remain determined to get there. A thrill of adventure is ingrained in me. I enjoy pushing myself to the limit while I try to reach new heights. Go To Full Article | Translations:  簡體...

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  • May 31, 2016

Vera Koo: Why You Must Exercise if You Want to Shoot

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, April 29, 2016 I think of our bodies as our vehicles that allow us to travel through life. If you want your vehicle to perform, you must keep it fueled and give it the necessary maintenance. The same is true with our bodies. We must keep our bodies fueled with proper nutrition and maintained by steady exercise. Otherwise, we cannot expect our bodies to perform the way we want them to when called upon. Go To Full Article | Translations:  簡體字 Simplified Chinese - 繁體字 Traditional Chinese

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  • April 30, 2016

Vera Koo: Bianchi Cup Competition Gear

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, March 28, 2016 The Bianchi Cup, a shooting competition which occurs near Columbia, Mo., each May, is not only a contest of skill, but also is an equipment race. Every competitor tries to have the latest technology – competition gear – especially in the Open Class in which I compete. In this Open Class, competitors are allowed to have any number of accessories on their gun. However, even this class has rules about its equipment, so if you compete in this class, you will need to check that your competition gear does not violate any ...

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  • March 30, 2016

Vera Koo: Why the Bianchi Cup Shooting Tournament is My Favorite

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, February 22, 2016 I have been told that I am the type of person who will take a bite of something and hold onto it and not let go until I have it mastered. I gravitate toward activities and tasks that take a long time to master. I have the stamina and the work ethic to stay committed to that discipline for however long it takes to reach my goals. Go To Full Article | Translations:  簡體字 Simplified Chinese - 繁體字 Traditional Chinese

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  • February 25, 2016

Vera Koo: How the Shooting Sports Saved My Life

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, January 24, 2016 More than 20 years ago, I found myself at the lowest point of my life. I had experienced a terrible personal crisis. Suffice it to say that this crisis was an external force that shattered my core values. I had built my beliefs based on certain principles, and this crisis destroyed those beliefs on which I had built my world, causing my world to fall apart. Go To Full Article | Translations:  簡體字 Simplified Chinese - 繁體字 Traditional Chinese

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  • January 30, 2016

Vera Koo: Is the End of a Shooting Career in Her Sights?

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, December 16, 2015 Vera Koo describes why she is looking at the end of her shooting career, and reflects on her decision. Some of my shooting friends like to remind me that I have been two years away from retirement for the last 20 years. Go To Full Article | Translations:  簡體字 Simplified Chinese - 繁體字 Traditional Chinese

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  • December 20, 2015