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 Gives ‘Tips and Tactics’ at NRA News

By Women's Outdoor News, December 16, 2015 If you like reading Vera Koo’s column here at Women’s Outdoor News, you’re going to love seeing her in a series of videos at NRA News, titled “Tips and Tactics.” Hosted by Gabby Franco, sponsored by Cabela’s Outdoor Fund, the lineup includes some of the country’s most prominent competition shooters and instructors. Go To Full Article

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  • December 30, 2015

Vera Koo: Why You Must Train in Inclement Weather for Shooting Competitions

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, October 20, 2015 Champion competition shooter Vera Koo continues her series on practical and common sense advice for competition shooters and training regimens. In this installment, she lays out why you must train in inclement weather. When Doug Koenig offers advice, you listen. I will never forget the advice Doug offered me about 15 years ago, when I was still fairly new to competitive shooting. I had asked Doug what he thought the most important element was to performing well at the Bianchi Cup. His answer consisted of one word: ...

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  • October 25, 2015

Why You Should Compete at State and Regional Shooting Tournaments

By Vera Koo, Women's Outdoor News, September 30, 2015 Competing at the Bianchi Cup is not for the meek and faint hearted. The national event can be very intimidating because of the high number of participants, plus the spectators. The energy is high-powered. Thriving at Bianchi Cup requires consistent practice. It requires proper preparation. It also requires calm nerves. To hone your skills in those areas, I recommend that shooters compete in state and regional tournaments throughout the year, so they will feel at ease when they compete on the big stage at the Bianchi ...

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  • October 4, 2015