So Many Targets In So Little Time…

2017 Year End Update


3- Time Olympic Biathlete and Professional Shooter Lanny Barnes aka Lanny OakleyRises up to Dominate Ladies 3-Gun in 2017 (December 30th, 2017) –Professional Shooter, Lanny Barnes made 2017 her best year in action shooting with outstanding wins at 7 major 3-gun Matches in 2017.
Barnes, a 3x Olympic Biathlete earned a total of 7 titles of High Lady while competing in Practical/Tac Ops at the 2017 Rocky Mountain 3-gun World Championships in New Mexico, Blue Ridge Mountain 3-gun Championships in Kentucky, 3-Gun Nation SW Regional in Texas, Colorado 3-gun Championships, Superstition Mystery Mountain 3-gun Championships in Arizona, Vortex Shooter Source 3-Gun Championships in Texas, and Nordic/Vortex 3-Gun Championships in Minnesota. She came in 2
nd lady at the 3-gun Nation Nationals, USPSA Multi-Gun Nationals, and Texas 3-gun Championships. Thanks to her incredible sponsors and suppliers for providing some of the world’s best equipment, Barnes made a huge improvement in the ranks from starting 3-gun just 3 years ago after retiring from a successful Olympic career in Biathlon. She also pulled out several overall stage wins in 2 different major 3-gun matches this year, topping some of the best male shooters in the industry like Jerry Miculek and many others.
Barnes also was active in the shooting community participating and help out with many events such as Ladies Day at Cabela
s, helping to organize The Womens Outdoor Media Associations annual She Never Quit Event, Instructing at many Babes with Bullets Ladies Handgun Camps, teaching at the 2A Heritage Jr. 3-Gun Camp and filming with Gunventure TV, NRA Womens TV Love at First Shot, and an African hunt with new lady hunters for American Outdoors TV.
3x Olympic Biathlete- 2006, 2010, 2014
-3-Gun Nation Pro Series Competitor 2016
-1st Place Lady, "Iron Maiden" at the MGM Iron Man 3-gunChampionship 2016
-1st Place Lady at the Rocky Mountain 3-gun World Championship 2016 & 2017
-1st Place Lady at the Colorado 3-gun Championships 2016 & 2017
-High Lady at Blue Ridge Mountain 3-gun Championships 2017
-High Lady at Nordic/Vortex Tri-gun Championships 2017
-High Lady at Superstition Mystery Mountain 3-gun Championships 2017
-High Lady at Nordic/Vortex Tri-gun Championships 2017
-High Lady at Superstition Mystery Mountain 3-gun Championships 2017
-2nd place Lady at USPSA Nationals & 3-Gun Nation Nationals, & Xtreme Bullets Texas 3-gun Championships 2017
“Transitioning from Olympic Biathlon to 3-gun has been a perfect change. I have been able to take the things Ive learned from biathlon and apply them to 3-gun competitions. Having come from an extreme run-and-gun competition like biathlon into a much shorter run-and-gun sport like 3-gun, my physical fitness and being able to shoot with an elevated heart rate has helped me to pick up on 3-gun quickly. I cant wait to train even harder for 2018 and see what it has in store. Thanks to my incredible sponsors and supports, Ive been able to train hard with the best equipment which is allowing me to improve at a faster rate and be competitive amongst a really strong field in 3-gun.2018 is here and Barnes is training hard to improve even more next year. She is hoping to add a few more competitions to her schedule which include the USPSA and the JP Enterprises PCC National Championships as well as the Shotgun World Championships in France as well as looking to earn High Lady titles at the USPSA National Championships and the 3-gun Nation Nationals. She will also be attending Shot Show and representing these companies- JP Enterprises, Fiocchi Ammunition, STI International, Trijicon, Lowa, Camelbak and Camelbak Tactical, Hogue, MGM Targets, Shaklee Corperation, UnderTech Undercover, Tactrainers Airsoft Target Systems, 5.11 Tactical, Smith Optics, Taccom, and Webber Tactical.
Lanny would like to extend a special thank you to HIVIZ Sights for the opportunity to be a part of their team in 2017!! Thanks so much for the support and helping me pick up on my sights that much quicker!
For more information on Lanny Barnes or her sponsors, please visit
www.lannyoakley.com
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Weekly Product Spotlight

Undertech Undercover
With a changing and sometime scary world out there, it is important to be prepared and protect yourself. I use UnderTech UnderCover conceal carry garments to help protect me in any situation. From tank top and t’s with build in holsters to leggings and belly bands. They have something for everyone and every situation. They have helped protect me and save my life in many situations. I can’t thank them enough for not only their help and support in my 3-gun endeavors but for making such an incredible product that has protected so many men and women over the years. Check them out at www.undertechundercover.com
MGM Targets
Do you enjoy target practicing? It’s time to upgrade your fun from paper targets to steel targets. MGM Targets has something for everyone. From the casual shooter to the competition shooter to LEO’s and military to hunters. Improve your shooting and get serious by adding some steel to your arsenal. Most of the targets are easy to set up and haul. My favorite target is the Whirley Gig. It can be shot with a rifle, pistol or handgun and challenges not only accuracy by learning how to shoot better with timing and reading your sights as the target is moving! Check them out at- www.mgmtargets.com
Hiviz Sights
Whether you are a casual shooter, competitive shooter, using a firearm for self-defense or hunting, you have to try Hiviz sights. Bright and visible in just about any conditions, Hiviz sights help you to acquire you sights so much quicker. Getting on target quicker gives you more time to light up your sights and get set up and take a good shot. Christmas is just around the corner, don’t wait to get sights for your pistol or shotgun or carry gun. Hiviz also has some amazing night sights as well. Check them out today at- www.hivizsights.com

Induction into the Nordic Skiing Hall of Fame

Induction into the Nordic Skiing Hall of Fame
On December 2nd, Tracy and I were inducted into the Nordic Skiing Hall of Fame. This was a great honor and we are proud to be amongst some incredible talented and successful skiers from years past. We prepared an acceptance speech with includes Tracy giving one of her famous inspirational speeches while I complete a drawing upside down that I will flip over a the end of her speech to reveal a work of art that will be auctioned off to help raise money for the Durango Winter Sports Foundation.

Weekly Product Spotlight

Shaklee Energizing Shake Mix
I am doing a Shaklee Energizing Shake Mix Packet (30 servings) giveaway on my facebook page (Lanny Oakley). This baby can almost get you through the end of the year! If you like shakes, exercise or are going to get into it, want to try something that is Non-GMO, gluten Free, lactose free, no artificial flavors, and is packed full of good stuff and tastes like chocolate milk (I can send Vanilla to the winner if you don't like chocolate). The ticket to winning this puppy is to tell me your favorite thanksgiving meal and tag a person you want to share it with next week. Happy early Thanksgiving!
www.shaklee.com
Hogue Stocks
When it comes to stocks and grips, Hogue has the best reputation in the US. Rugged, Reliable and made to withstand any weather and still allow you to hang you’re your firearm, Hogue can handle anything. I have put them to the test in my 3-gun matches, hunting and years of tough training and they still look as good as they did the day I put them on and still grip. They also have great products like knives, bags and other accessories. Check them out at www.hogueinc.com
JP Rifles
The rifle I use has won over 10 High Lady titles and has won numerous all rifle stages even beating out the men in 3-gun matches this year and in 2016. With over 100,000 rounds through it, this rifle is still going strong and shooting great groups. Light weight but still deadly at long range this rifle is perfect for just about any 3-gun match from bay stages to long range to natural terrain. My favorite rifle to date and one that I have to keep a close eye on because many of my male competitors keep threating to walk off with it when I’m not looking ;). Check them out at www.jprifles.com

NRA's Love at First Shot Visit

Up Next:
NRA’s Love at First Shot
November 28th & 29th the production team from NRA’s Love at First as well as the incredible Natalie Foster will be coming out to 10 Ring Ranch to do an interview and film an episode about my art work. I am very excited to have them come out to my ranch and to help promote my artwork!

Gearing up for 2018!

Gearing up for 2018!

That was my last match of the year. I am now focusing on training and getting ready for next year, putting together the schedule of 3-gun, handgun, hunting, and elevated heart rate shooting courses that I will be doing as well as the schedule of matches I will be doing next year which include hopefully the Shotgun World Championships in France, the JP PCC National Championships, USPSA 3-Gun and PCC National Championships and many more. I will also be doing more “Lanny Oakley” video, pro tips, and challenges. If you haven’t checked out my Facebook page, please take a look (https://www.facebook.com/LannyOakley/ ).

2nd at 3GN Naitonals

3-gun Nation has made their home at the Virginia International Raceway the last two years. Last year the event was held in the middle of a hurricane and several of the stages were thrown out because of flooding. This year they pushed the match back a few weeks in hopes that the hurricane season was over which thankfully it was. Last year was definitely a learning experience and I was hoping to improve this year.

This year they hosted the Nationals at VIR and changed things up a bit by adding class shoot offs. So this year they had a ladies shoot off. I was fortunate enough to qualify 1
st in the Pro category which meant I would be shooting off against Tennille Chidester one of 3-Gun Nations organizers and former Pro Series competitor. We squared off under the lights half way through the Nationals live as the internet and about 100+ people watched. I was happy to win the first round against a great competitor and moved onto the second where I would face Ashley Rheurak. She is a fierce competitor and one I have been pushing hard to beat since I started 3-gun. We squared off and when the gun went off, I was able to get the first shot off and cleared my shotgun and moved onto my rifle with a short lead. I laid down my rifle targets and moved onto the pistol just a few paces ahead of her. As I was knocking down the plates I thought I had cleared them all and moved onto the stop plate and as I hit it and it was falling signaling a win, I noticed one of the plates that I thought I had hit was still standing, a fault. For some reason Ashley did the same thing trying to catch up to me, and faulted on her side as well. We were both granted a re-shoot.

The gun went off again and Ashley and I sprinted to our start positions. It was pretty even until the rifle when Ashley pulled a little ahead of me and was able to get the jump on me on the pistol. From there she stay a target or two ahead of me until the end and I ended up second in the ladies shoot off. Of course I would have loved to have won, but there are several things I could take away from the shoot off. I improved so much from the Pro Series and other shoot offs that I did last year, it was an incredible experience and it has lit a fire inside that has given me motivation to train harder for next year so that if we toe the line again I will have improved even more.
For the main match. I also had a huge improvement from last year. I ended up finished 2
nd woman behind Ashley, but was 17th overall amongst the men. Definitely my best match and an improvement from last year where I was 5th Lady and 87th overall. Next year I have goals of challenging the top men in the match. Thanks to my incredible sponsors for helping to support this dream and providing the world class equipment to make it possible-. Hiviz Sights, UnderTech Undercover, Fiocchi Ammunition, JP Enterprises, STI International, Beretta, 5.11 Tactical, Lowa, Trijicon, MGM Targets, Camelbak, Shaklee, Smith Optics, Hogue Inc., Taccom, Tactrainers Airsoft Target Systems, Explorer Cases

Weekly Product Spotlight

Fiocchi Ammunition
Thanks to Fiocchi Ammunition I have never had a malfunction or misfire due to bad ammo. I trust only Fiocchi to keep my guns running smoothing and my shots hitting the target. I have tested Fiocchi in just about every condition and environment and they have worked Flawlessly. From training, to competition, to hunting and self-defense, Fiocchi has just about every round you will need to keep you shooting. Check them out at www.fiocchiusa.com
Camelbak Hydration Systems
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate! Everyone tell you to stay hydrated and sometimes it is hard to in certain situations. Camelbak has a solution to just about any situation and can help you stay hydrated, alert and feeling better. From packs to bottles to filtration systems, you don’t have an excuse not to stay hydrated. Traveling or have bad water? No excuses with Camelbak’s All Clear UV filtration system. In just 60 seconds you can take water from a pond and make it drinkable. Check them out at- www.camelbak.com
Trijicon Binoculars
Whether you are bird watching, hunting, scoping shots, or just want to see things up close, you have to try Trijicon’s Binoculars. They crisp and clear field of view and the 10x42 power allows you to see things with great detail and clarity. They are also light weight and come with a carrying case and harness to help you carry them while out in the field. Check them out today at- www.trijicon.com

High Lady at Blue Ridge 3-gun Champs

High Lady at Blue Ridge Mountain 3-Gun Championships
For the second year in a row, I attended the Blue Ridge Mountain 3-gun Championships. Last year was a very challenging match and an incredible learning experience. I had some great stages and had some horrible stages but I trained hard this year to come back and try a shot at the High Lady title. This year didn’t have as many obstacle courses, but it did have a lot of running, something that I was really looking forward too. I shot a very consistent match and ended up high lady. This match is known as one of the most physical matches in 3-gun, it ranks right up there with Iron Man and Rocky Mountain. I enjoy the physical matches because of my background in Biathlon and enjoy the opportunity to shoot with a little bit of a heart rate in these matches. This year’s obstibles included a rockclimb wall followed by some fast roping as well as pushing a weighted wheel barrow. I was proud of all the women in the match. There was an option to take one of the weighted bags out of the wheel barrow to make it “easier” and as the first person let alone woman in the match to go first on that stage I kept all the weight in and all the ladies that followed did too. It was a great match and I can’t wait to retun next year to defend my high lady title. Huge thank you to Camelbak giving me a slot in the match to compete and for keeping me hydrated throughout the match!

Weekly Product Spotlight

MGM Targets
When people think of steel targets they think of MGM. Mike Gibson and his family have been making steel targets for military and civilians for years and have some of the most durable and dependable targets on the market. MGM recently donated tons of steel targets for use at the She Never Quit event that raises money for widows of Navy Seals. Not only do they make great targets, they are great people! Thanks MGM for all your support and for supporting or service men and women and their families! www.mgmtargets.com
JP Enterprises JP-15
The rifle pictured to the right has won over 10 High Lady titles and has won numerous all rifle stages even beating out the men in 3-gun matches this year and in 2016. With over 100,000 rounds through it, this rifle is still going strong and shooting great groups. Light weight but still deadly at long range this rifle is perfect for just about any 3-gun match from bay stages to long range to natural terrain. My favorite rifle to date and one that I have to keep a close eye on because many of my male competitors keep threating to walk off with it when I’m not looking ;). Check them out at www.jprifles.com
Lowa Boots and Shoes
When it comes to shoes and boots I am probably one of the pickiest people on the planet. Not because of looks but because they have to withstand and hold up to hours and miles of abuse and keep my feet happy. Not something easily done with the abuse I put shoes through. Lowa is the only shoe and boot out there to stand up to the test and keep my feet happy. From running, to hiking, to walking, to hunting, to travel, to everything in between Lowa has a shoe for that. Check them out at www.lowaboots.com

She Never Quit event 2017

The first 2 weeks in October, Tracy and I attended the 3rd Annual She Never quit event at Marcus Luttrell’s (The Lone Survivor) Ranch in Texas.. The She Never Quit Event was held on Marcus Luttrell's (Lone Survivor) Ranch down in Texas. Melanie Luttrell (Marcus' wife) was our host for the event. It was the 3rd annual event were we brought in women from all across the US who pay to experience what is the latest and greatest in the firearms and outdoor industry as well as raise money for a Charity called "All In, All the Time" that supports windows and families of fallen navy seals that are struggling to pay the bills. When one of our service members is killed in action, the widows are given a one-time $10,000 payment and month to move out of their on base housing. You can imagine that for many families a move and trying to find an income can be difficult as there are no other benefits given long term for these widows. All of the proceeds go directly to All In All The Time. 

The events include a "firearms petting zoo" where the lady attendee's got the opportunity to try firearms from over 12 different manufactures as well as receive shooting instruction from some of the top lady shooters/instructors in the country for rifle, pistol and shotgun. They also shot on all different kinds of steel targets graciously provided by MGM Targets (our official target sponsor). There was also archery, lessons in how to back up a trailer, yoga, massage a photo safari on the ranch (they have a lot of exotics on the ranch), a silent auction, and more. 

 
The last two years the event generated a lot of publicity and was featured on TV, magazine and many online publications. The website for the event with more info is www.sheneverquits.com. Thanks to the many sponsors that are supporting this event including several of my sponsors- MGM Targets, Fiocchi, and Explorer Cases.

Weekly Product Spotlight

Hogue Knives
For all of you organic meat eaters out there, make sure you have a good knife to process your animal this fall. My dad taught me the importance of having not just a good knife, but a great knife when hunting. I love my Hogue Knives and process all my animals with the EX-F02. Processing an animal efficiently and properly to keep the meat from spoiling is very important.
HIVIZ Sights
HIVIZ Sights are bright enough to see in any weather. I have practiced in low light, no light, bright light, and just about any kind of light and HIVIZ has given me the clarity to see in any conditions and be able to pick up that front sight. In low light conditions most of us struggle with crisp, clear vision. Their sights can stand out in any situation and help you pick up that front sight quicker and help you get your shots off quicker and more accurately. www.hivizsights.com
UnderTech UnderCover
When it comes to personal protection, I am no stranger. Having competed all over the world and in high profile events, I take conceal carry and personal protection seriously. Just like many of our government’s agents and LEO’s I use UnderTech Undercover to help keep me safe. Not only is it comfortable and fashionable it works well enough to exercise in and can conceal in almost any situation. UnderTech Undercover gives me the security and confidence I need to continue to do what I do. Please check out their amazing line of products at www.undertechundercover.com

Babes With Bullets Handgun Camp in Durango, CO

Babes With Bullets Handgun Camp in Durango, CO
For the second year in a row, Babes with Bullets returned to 10 Ring Ranch for a Ladies Handgun Camp at my range. We had a very successful camp and all the ladies left with more confidence and learned a new life skill or improved their skills overall.
Up Next:
3nd Annual She Never Quit Event at Marcus Luttrell’s Ranch in Texas
October 10-13th I am headed to the 3rd Annual She Never Quit Event at Marcus Luttrell’s (The Lone Survivor) Ranch in Texas.. The She Never Quit Event will be held on Marcus Luttrell's (Lone Survivor) Ranch down in Texas. Melanie Luttrell (Marcus' wife) is our host for the event. It will be the 3rd annual event were we bring in women from all across the US who pay to experience what is the latest and greatest in the firearms and outdoor industry as well as raise money for a Charity called "All In, All the Time" that supports windows and families of fallen navy seals that are struggling to pay the bills. When one of our service members is killed in action, the widows are given a one-time $10,000 payment and month to move out of their on base housing. You can imagine that for many families a move and trying to find an income can be difficult as there are no other benefits given long term for these widows. All of the proceeds go directly to All In All The Time. 

The events include a "firearms petting zoo" where the lady attendee's will get the opportunity to try firearms from over 12 different manufactures as well as receive shooting instruction from some of the top lady shooters/instructors in the country. There will be a fashion show, massage, low light airsoft, wild game cooking lessons, a photo safari on the ranch (they have a lot of exotics on the ranch), yoga, and more. 

 
The last two years the event generated a lot of publicity and was featured on TV, magazine and many online publications. The website for the event with more info is www.sheneverquits.com. Thanks to the many sponsors that are supporting this event including several of my sponsors- MGM Targets, Fiocchi, and Explorer Cases.
Blue Ridge 3-Gun Championships
After the She Never Quit Event I will head out to Kentucky for the Blue Ridge 3-Gun Championships at Rockcastle. This is one of my favorite events of the year. It is considered one of the most physical matches of the year and I am really looking forward to doing it for a second year in a row. Last year was my first year competing in the event. I have learned so much from doing the event last year and can’t wait to head back with more experience this year. Rock Castle is one of my favorite ranges in the east and is run by two great guys that were raised in Durango (my home town), Nick and Nate Noble. The match is set up and run by another one of my favorites Andy Horner. Horner matches are known to be more challenging and more physical, that is why I like them so much. I will keep you posted on how the match goes. I will be representing Camelbak at the match and staying hydrated with Camelbak’s awesome products during the very physical match!

Africa Trip with Great American Outdoors

The first 2 weeks in September I flew over to Africa with 6 women to do a hunt with Great American Outdoors. The purpose of our trip was to introduce/mentor women who have never hunted before to an incredible hunting experience as well as take the meat from the animals we harvested on our cull hunt to a local village and donate the meat to some families in need. It has been an incredible experience. All the women had a great time and have either fallen in love with hunting or decided that it isn't for them, but have a greater understanding of the process. It was an incredible group of ladies including a couple of my of my favorites Kay Miculek and Deb Ferns who help mentor our novice hunters. There will be a tv show or two that will come out of the last week and will air sometime later this fall. It will be on American Outdoors (I will keep you posted on air date and what channels). We didn't come to Africa to hunt trophies and none of the animals that we harvested are such. Some of the animals look big but they are all part of a cull hunt and give you a healthy respect of the size of some of the animals that they have over here. I was fortunate enough to take a Kudu Cow (known as the gray ghost) and a Blue Wildebeest bull. All the ladies that came on the hunt were successful and were able to provide some meat for the villages. Thanks to the incredible sponsors of the show that helped make this trip possible, Thompson/CenterTrijicon, Inc.5.11 TacticalPatriot CasesGlobal RescueHogue KnivesLOWACamelBakCamelBak TacticalHornady

Weekly Product Spotlight

Trijicon Accupower 1-8x28
I don't take chances out in the field by settling for mediocre equipment. Having competed in the highest level in sports I know the importance of good equipment. The same goes for hunting. Trijicon, Inc. scopes are the only thing I can trust to hold my zero when in the field or competing because it has been proven time and time again. Check out their new Trijicon Accupower 1-8x28- https://www.trijicon.com/na_en/products/product2.php?id=AccuPower&mid=1-8x28
Camelbak
Africa is an incredibly large and desolate country. Every time we went into the bush our out on the planes hunting I wanted to make sure I had plenty of water with me to stay hydrated in the 90+ heat and all day hiking. Camelbak packs give you enough space to carry a day’s worth of water without feeling the effects of it at night and allow room for other important things like snacks and sheds . One of my favorite packs and the one I trusted in Africa is the MULE. I use it for hunting, hiking, biking, travel and at the range. Check it out at- https://www.camelbak.com/en/packs/mountain-biking/R01010--MULE?color=1caf2724889c40059ca761a68f80fd55
STI DVC 3-Gun
When they first came out with the DVC 3-Gun I literately drooled. Not only is it the most beautiful pistol out there, it shoots so accurately, is flat shooting and the trigger and the slide are like butter. Now that I have put it through the test and have won countless High Lady titles with it, I am convinced that there is no better pistol out there. You can say I’m “One with this gun” as Babes with Bullets Founder Deb Ferns always says. Check it out https://stiguns.com/guns/dvc-3-gun/