She packs a pretty punch, and at 17 years old, Emily Robinson is a competitive USPSA action pistol shooter.
Moving tactically with a Glock 34 – shooting targets with ease.
"It’s 90 percent mental, 10 percent physical," Robinson said.
Robinson has been competing since 2012 after her parents, both police officers in Cramerton, introduced her to gun safety.
"They got me started when I was three and four with my brothers," Robinson explained.
She’s the apple of her dad’s eye, and he’s one of her good luck charms. He travels to every competition with her, with the biggest smile on his face.
She also has another good luck charm that’s helped her success so far.
“I bought a little plastic bear who I rub his head before the competition, every time, it’s kind of stupid," she said.
And the good luck charm works. Robinson was named a national champion last year in her Glock active shooter class, giving men and women a run for their money.
While she is a professional on more levels than one, Robinson is constantly learning from people she competes with.
While she’s learning Robinson is teaching too. Known as 'the 17 year old who is always lending a helping hand at the range, and trying to be a team player in whatever way possible'.
“I’m always out there, supporting people while they’re shooting, and trying to do whatever I can to help," she said.
And one young shooter who Robinson has taken under her wing, is soaring in her own right. Makayla Rider is a 15 year old competitive shooter, who right now prefers the long barrel of a rifle, as her weapon of choice.
Rider takes this sport very seriously.
“I admit that, there is nothing wrong with that," Rider said.
She isn’t in it alone. Her mom, dad and sister are her biggest support group.
Her Dad said, “It’s a lot more family oriented than many people think. I enjoy doing this with my family, the four of us, will come out here, we’ll spend a range day, mom gets involved, we might be out here for four or five hours.”
As she hones the skill of target shooting, Rider is adding to a sport that once was male dominated – and now has become a mixed crowd – with people of all ages catching on to this competitive pastime.
“I see a lot of guys at the competition, but It’s nice to see young girls here, and I’m surprised at how good they are," Rider said.
Practice makes perfect for this young lady as she perfects her rifle shots and moves on to training for action, pistol shooting like her role model Emily Robinson.
”Pulling that trigger, and doing something that I’m passionate about, and knowing that my family is behind me. It’s the greatest feeling in the world," Rider said.