Rural Missouri - July 2013 - (Page 42)
Ready, set, ﬁre!
hand at my
word watch. It’s easy.
I’ll list three words for
you to ﬁnd. Read the
stories in Rural Missouri
and look for the words.
When you ﬁnd them,
send me a note telling
me the stories where
you found the words,
what each word means
as it’s used in the story and your age.
If you get all the words right, your name
goes into a drawing to win one of our Buddy
Bear drawstring backpacks! We’ll pick up to ﬁve
winners each month. Send your answers to:
14-year-old Katie Francis has a hobby that hits the mark
In 3-Gun competitions, Katie
shoots riﬂe, pistol
and her favorite,
ing,” says Chad, “And she handles a gun better than
most professional shooters I know.”
For the past year, Katie’s been competing in 3-gun
competitions around the United States and making quite a name for herself. These competitions
are unlike most shooting events where you have a
standard target and use only one ﬁrearm. In 3-gun,
Katie shoots a riﬂe, pistol and shotgun on a variety of
courses that challenge a shooter’s skill.
Katie and her dad compete in at least 11 professional matches a year. She’s currently ranked nationally in the top three for junior 3-gun competitors.
Future NRA junior ambassador? Probably. Olympic
team shooting hopeful? Possibly. Until then, Katie just
keeps making her mark in the world of sharpshooters.
Become one of Katie’s more than 34,000 Facebook
fans by following 3GunKatie. A video of her at a Texas
3-gun competition has been shared from her page more
than 76,000 times and has 11,000 comments. Just
scroll down to the bottom of her page to ﬁnd the video.
Here, Katie competes in the Benelli shotgun match in
Park City, Ky. in April. She placed 56th out of 100 and
ranked high junior at the end of the 3-day event.
Do you know a kid, age 15 or under, who’s doing something cool as a hobby or little business? Tell us about them!
Send your e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. You might see them on a future Just4Kids page.
Buddy Bear’s Word Watch
P. O. Box 1645
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Entries must be received by June 12.
Kids, please wait a month before re-entering
— and parents, this is only for kids up to age 15.
Entries must be written by the youth, please.
photo courtesy of the Francis family
hen Katie Francis was little, her dad taught
she and her sister, Macy, about gun safety.
She didn’t ﬁnd that odd at all since their
dad, Sgt. 1st Class Chad Francis, was the National
Guard state marksmanship coordinator.
“I was ﬁve when I shot my ﬁrst gun — a .22 Ruger
single-action revolver,” Katie says. “It felt like a
cowboy gun. I thought it was pretty cool.”
Katie started target shooting with her dad
and he saw that his daughter was a good shot, so she
started competing with him in pistol matches.
By age 10, she
bagged her ﬁrst buck,
an 8-point, with
just got a
Can you ﬁnd this month’s words?
tabernacle, iconic and guerilla
Congratulations to last month’s
Word Watch winners:
Reuben Belinskiy, Renee Ross,
McKenzie Craigg, Elisha Schultz
and LeRoy Weaver
What should you do if you ﬁnd a gun?
• Stop • Don’t touch
• Leave the area • Tell an adult
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - July 2013
Rural Missouri - July 2013
That old-time religion
Out of the Way Eats
Hearth and Home
Keep it cool
On the banks of Bull Shoals
Rural Missouri - July 2013