CNN profiles child shooting prodigy

It’s not very often one reads positive stories of children and firearms in the mainstream media, but last week CNN posted a fascinating article about competitive shooter Shyanne Roberts.

At 10 years old, Roberts is a standout, not just because she a kid, but because she can shoot better than competitors even twice her age. As CNN noted, last year she took second place in the Women’s Division of the New Jersey Ruger Rimfire Challenge.

Now Roberts is preparing for the Brownell’s Lady 3-Gun Pro-Am Challenge in Covington, Georgia, which takes place on Oct. 31. She’ll go toe-to-toe with 200 women shooters from across the country. Winner takes home $5,000, plus other prizes.

The Franklinville, New Jersey, native is excited not only about this upcoming opportunity to showcase her skills, but about the larger narrative her engagement in the shooting world creates.

“I want to be an inspiration to other kids and be a leader,” said the youngster. “Kids and guns don’t always mean bad things happen.”

With the full backing and support of her father Dan Roberts, a certified firearms instructor who also acts as the girl’s coach and trainer, the future looks bright.

“I want her to have as much success as she possibly can,” he told CNN. “If all that ever comes out of this is that she gets a scholarship to a college with a rifle team,” — currently 31 colleges sponsor NCAA rifle teams — “and if as a father I have the peace of mind that she can defend herself, I’m thrilled with just that,” adding that “the rest is just extra.”

Yet, Shyanne has a more lofty, albeit attainable goal. “I want to win the national title,” she told CNN. With her pedigree, work ethic (she currently practices 15 hours a week), and determination, one would be wise not to bet against her.

About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • Russ October 28, 2014, 5:40 pm

    It’s the youth that will get this country back on tract with common sense when it comes to firearms.
    I feel good about seeing such a nice girl like that in this world.
    Thank God.
    Good Luck Shyanne!

    • mtman2 October 29, 2014, 11:48 am

      Of course it’s always true -IF- parents, relatives, family friends and community
      do take sincere time, tutoring to teach and enlighten the gift of the next generation ~!

  • David Blakeman October 27, 2014, 6:24 pm

    Way to go young lady. Another Annie Oakley, wish you luck and good shooting.
    My uncle taught me to shoot when I was 4 years old, I remember his first lesson very well. “Always check to see if it is loaded.” He showed me how to load the single shot .22 rifle, then handed it to me and said go ahead and shoot. I pulled the trigger, nothing happened, except that I got a hand up the side my head. He: “What did I just tell you?” Me: “Go ahead and shoot”, He “No I said to always check and see if it is loaded.”
    He had palmed the shell, and I had not checked it to see if it was loaded. I have NEVER forgotten that lesson.
    Safety is always the first lesson.

    • mtman2 October 29, 2014, 11:36 am

      Lesson is good one when it lasts for life to prevent accidents, drivers should be so thoughtful ~!

  • John L October 27, 2014, 12:25 pm

    Dang! I have been shooting for 54 years and I would not want to challenge her. Very cute video. Kid has some skills.

  • Rhonda Frank October 23, 2014, 8:14 am

    Good for you young lady! I love her determination to teach others that children can safely handle guns with the right supervision and training.

  • Karen October 21, 2014, 5:06 pm

    Good for you, Sweet Pea!!! Best of luck on your adventures. I hope all of your hard work pays off!

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