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SHOOTERS' NEWS

WHAT'S IN YOUR RANGE BAG,

MELISSA GILLILAND?
M

elissa Gilliland has been around
firearms all her life. She remembers
her father teaching her and her
siblings about firearms safety well before she
shot her first BB gun at seven-years-old. Later,
when her dad went deer hunting, 15-year-old
Melissa tagged right along with her 16-gauge
shotgun. Working as a realtor in 2004 she
decided to purchase her first firearm, a Smith &
Wesson Ladysmith .38 for personal protection.
In 2012 Melissa competed in her first
shooting competition, a precision rifle team
match in Cookeville, TN, with her husband. She
found the more she got into the competition
the more competitive she became. The
gratifying feeling of hitting small steel targets
at distance and competing lit a fire inside
her. At the time, there was only a handful of
women competing nationwide. She often

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found herself as the only female at the match.
Nowadays, there may be four to eight women
(sometimes more) shooting.
Melissa finished the Precision Rifle Series
(PRS) 2015 and 2016 seasons in the top three
of females. In 2017, she was named one of
the top 50 women in competitive shooting
by Shooting Sports USA. She's had many
top 10 finishes (in one-day matches) and
many Top Female awards. Unfortunately
in precision rifle, very few competitions
recognize a Top Female. However in the past
few years more females have been getting
involved-so perhaps this will change.
For competition, Melissa shoots a custom
built G.A. Precision 6 mm Creedmoor with a
Templar V2 action. It has a 25-inch Bartlein
barrel, APA Little Bastard brake, Timney

PHOTO BY JOHN PARKER

BY MICHELLE CERINO


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