Straight Shooter

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At an age when most of her peers are still learning gun safety, Dakota Overland is putting her shooting skills to the test in multiple competitive disciplines.

Dakota Overland is a perfect ambassador for the shooting sports among youths across the nation. Engaging and polite, the Minnesota teen and Federal Premium-sponsored shooter is an avid hunter and ambitious competitor who

A Natural Progression

Overland enjoys trapshooting, but says tactical matches offer another exciting twist to the sport. “My dad and I checked out a nordic tactical shooting match at the Forest Lake Sportsmen’s Club in 2015, and I knew immediately that was something I wanted to do,” she says.

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Three-gun competitions are one of the fastest growing shooting sports. As the name implies, competitors wield a trio of different firearms—a MSR, pistol and shotgun. Adding to the excitement, shooters traverse courses offering a chance to engage targets in a variety of shooting positions.

“There’s more action than trapshooting, more movement, and a little more challenge,” she explains.

Overland eased into the 3-gun format, and recommends other budding shooters do the same. “I started out in a tactical shotgun match,” she says. “That was really fun, although I was shooting a 20 gauge at the time, which made it challenging to deal with the heavy knockdown pipes at our local range.”

“ I RECOMMEND NEW SHOOTERS START WITH ONE TYPE OF FIREARM, SUCH AS PISTOL, AND FOCUS ON MASTERING THAT BEFORE JUMPING INTO THE ENTIRE 3-GUN SCENARIO.”

She soon moved up to a 12 gauge, then tried her hand at pistol events. “From there I went to 3-gun competitions. It was a great way to gradually work up to this kind of event. I recommend new shooters start with one type of firearm, such as pistol, and focus on mastering that before jumping into the entire 3-gun scenario.”

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