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How did you end up in Montana, where you reside now? After eight years with the Army, I got out in 2003. When I became a civilian I met Dave Sevigny at a match and learned about a position at GLOCK. It was an admin position with the added benefit that I would get to shoot a GLOCK. I took the job and earned a spot on the team. While I was competing at the indoor Nationals in 2006, Smith & Wesson recruited me to both shoot the new M&P and work for them as their consumer program manager. That was a huge career step for me and a chance to do more things like promote shooting sports and shooting programs. I met my husband at a SHOT Show and, with the new job at Smith & Wesson, I moved to the northeast. Eventually we got married and had our daughter. In order to spend more time with us, my husband transferred from working for the State Department to the FBI and we were sent to Montana. Smith & Wesson was incredibly supportive as I get to work and do everything from home. How vulnerable are you at this point in your career of losing your edge as a professional shooter? One top rifle shooter once told me that tournaments are her only practices now. The one thing that has changed for me, living where I live and of course being a mom now, is that when I shot for the Army and GLOCK, I immersed myself in training and competing. I shot a lot of state and regional championships leading up to premier events. Now, it’s rare that I get to do that. Today it seems that nearly every time I head out the door, a national or world title is at stake. That’s challenging since I don’t have warm-up events to help get me into the groove. Then there is the fact that I shoot so many different kinds of events and shooting sports. That’s what happens in May, for example. I shoot the single stack nationals for USPSA, then a couple weeks later I’m shooting

Bianchi and there’s no “in between” for that. I find that I have to have a really strong mental game and what I put into practice. I have to make it count. So when you get to your “office” for a day of practice, how do you decide what you need to do? It’s an evolution but, when it gets a little “chilly” here in Montana (laughs), I’m evaluating my techniques by looking at video. From there I’ll compare the video to my ultimate performance goals and I’ll prepare a general plan and a list of things I want to do when I do hit the range. Once I’m on the range, it’s constant discovery of what little things I need to work on as I go. So the big picture might be that I need to work on my transitions. But while I’m working on my transitions, I may discover something that didn’t go so well and so I’ll devote more time to that. You’ve coached in your own right. What things do you look for in a new shooter? Obviously, you’re looking for raw ability. You want them to have good gun handling skills and the ability to put shots on target. What I look for is a delicate mix of tenacity and joy. If they’re so wrapped up in being perfect, chances are they might get a little burnt out. But at the same time, you don’t want someone who is not taking things seriously, so it’s a balance between the two. Please talk about the guns you get to shoot. Are they custom guns made only for you or are they models that the public can purchase? I started my shooting career shooting stock divisions and then, while in the Army, evolved to shooting a custom race gun with compensator, red dot sight with all the bells and whistles. Shooting for Smith & Wesson, however, I take a lot of pride in being able to shoot and win with a gun that anybody can buy. The modifications that I make to my guns are pretty

minor unless it’s a sport where I can truly customize it. For example, in the single stack 1911 division in USPSA, who has a 1911 that doesn’t do something to it? (laughs) So, I have a highly customized single stack 1911 from Pete Single. And the Bianchi Open guns are bizarre. You can’t just go to the store and buy one with a stick shift (change the lead angle of the scope for the mover) and wings (rest against the barricade). For the stock or production gun divisions, the only things I really do are change out my sights and maybe get a trigger job. The rest of the gun stays stock. I think that’s important. You have to be able to shoot a variety of product well. Do you generally shoot manufactured ammunition? I do. I am fortunate enough to be sponsored by ASYM and Federal ammunition. It’s really convenient for me as a mom, having as limited time as I have, to be able to rely on good, quality ammunition and not have to pull the handle on a reloading press. I am also fortunate in that the ammo I use is like having my own custom load. For example, the ASYM loads I compete with have special recipes that are designed to be optimal for action pistol matches, but that anyone can purchase. Thanks for your time, and congratulations on the arrival of your second “little shooter” in April. We’ll miss you at Bianchi.
Editors note: At this writing, Julie has earned 13 USPSA Ladies Champion titles, seven Ladies World Speed Championships and four IDPA Ladies Champion titles. She is the only Triple Crown USPSA Ladies National Champion. She was U.S. Army Female Athlete of the Year and Army Marksmanship Unit Athlete of the Year, three-time S&W IDPA Winter National Ladies Champion; three-time NRA Bianchi Cup Ladies Open Champion; two-time International Revolver Ladies Open Champion, not to mention 15 World and 24 U.S. National titles in seven disciplines, totaling more than 120 Championship titles.

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