August 31st, 2011

Brianna Rachinski: Top Teenage Long Range High Power Shooter

by Lars Dalseide
Brianna RachinskiI first heard the name Brianna Rachinski on the night of the Long Range High Power Championship awards ceremony this year in Camp Perry, Ohio. Brianna’s name was called four separate times that night — evidence that this newcomer is a rising star. And thanks to long range legend Nancy Tompkins-Gallagher, I had the opportunity to interview Brianna once the Palma Team matches were complete.

Brianna, a 14-year-old from Ferndale, Washington, already has a storied shooting career. Not only did she take the top Junior awards for the “Doc” Aiken, Sierra Bullet and Canadian Cup matches, she was also the top overall junior in this year’s competition. “I entered an F-Class tournament for the first time earlier this year,” said Rachinksi with a devilish grin. “I won that too.”

Briana has been shooting since a very early age. Her father, a hunter, gave her a .22 at the age of six. He encouraged his daughter to keep shooting, practicing and winning. I asked Briana, “If your dad gave you your first .22 when you were six, does that mean he gave you your first BB gun when you were 4?” Then, with a perfectly innocent straight face she replied: “No. I was 3.” That’s all I needed to hear.

We congratulate Briana on her performance at Camp Perry, and wish her continued success. All you old guys in F-Class better watch out as well.

Story by Lars Dalseide, courtesy The NRA Blog.