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Humboldt Teen Shoots National Record

May 1, 2012, 7:23 AM by Austin Hoffman

Humboldt Teen Shoots National Record

Hunting and guns are a big part of South Dakota's heritage. But not every gun is picked up with hunting in mind.

Kendra Jacobs started competition shooting only four years ago. In that time, she had many successes but none compare to what she just accomplished.

"I’d like people to realize that girls can shoot, too," Kendra said.

And shoot, they can. 14-year-old Jacobs of Humboldt recently broke a seven-year-old NRA BB gun record.

"It actually, it hasn't really hit me yet I guess," Kendra said.

It's no easy task either. They have to shot four targets; one sitting, standing, kneeling and one in the prone position. Each target has ten bulls’ eyes worth a possible ten points each. One-hundred is the highest score you can get per target; 400 being a perfect total score.

Kendra has some numbers to be proud of.

"392 out of 400 with 28 centers out of 40 bulls’ eyes," Kendra said.

Her father, Byron, has been her coach with the Humboldt Sharpshooters through it all. The day she shot the record didn't actually start out the greatest, but then that all changed.

"Standing has always been her toughest position and she shot a 98 in standing, which is about eight points higher than her average. So I knew at that point that it was within reach," Byron said.

He says it's so much more than just shooting; it's also about creating a connection with those you love.

"Your kids grow up and they're gone before you know it so this is very valuable to me. To get to spend the time getting to do something we can, that we both enjoy and she excels at," Byron said.

"I would definitely rather have him coaching me than anyone else," Kendra said.

Kendra and her father both say her shooting ability came fairly naturally, but of course it took a lot of work to hone her skills.
The club's main goal is actually gun safety. They say competition shooting is just a bonus.

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:
A misspelling was corrected in this story.

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