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“American shooter Ginny Thrasher won the first gold medal of the Rio Olympics, pulling off an upset in the women’s 10-meter air rifle event Saturday morning. Thrasher, 19, beat silver medalist Du Li of China in the final round with a total of 208.0, setting an Olympic record in the finals. Du finished with 207.0.” The NCAA champ wasn’t among the favorites for a medal. It’s the first women’s gold in air rifle since 2000 and the third ever. We’re sure our friends at Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action will lift a glass with us to toast America’s new golden girl.

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  1. That’s what I love about shooting. Put the hole in the target, get your score. None of this interpretation like gymnastics, boxing or figure skating where a judge can screw you out of a medal. Great job, Miss Thrasher!

  2. Congrats to her. You guys also forgot to mention that the now gang will be just as pleased. GO USA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. The link on Drudge about Ms. Thrasher was for a Yahoo Sports piece, and they managed to shoehorn their gun-grabbing agenda at the very end.
    Then there were the comments; quite a few support banning firearm (and air-rifle) from the Olympics, because guns. Nevermind that their precious Olympics wouldn’t be what they are today, because Nazis.

  4. I saw her rifle. It is so tricked-out that it almost doesn’t even look like a “real” rifle. When do you say the marksman no longer matters?

    • It looks tricked out because the stock is comprised of many adjustment pieces to make the stock fit the shooter perfectly.

      The stock could look simpler, but then the competitor would end up paying more for stock fitting, and that’s before we get into the custom butthooks, etc.

      As it is, the Anschuetz, Feinwerkbau (which is what I think Ginny’s air rifle is), Walthers and others have come up with the idea of making the butt and the butthook comprised out of many aluminum segments, all of which you can adjust.

      Now, as to the idea that the marksman no longer matters:

      The 10m air rifle event consists of trying to put a 4.5mm (0.177″) diameter pellet onto a 10-ring that is 0.5mm in diameter. That’s a little dot about 0.019″ in diameter – at 33 feet.

      If you think it’s easy – well, pony up $3K for a competitive air rifle and show us how it’s done.

  5. “Ginny Thrasher won . . . the women’s 10-meter air rifle event.”

    I wanted one of those when I was twelve. I mean I wanted an air rifle, although the girl would have been nice too.

    Dad bought me a Nylon 66 instead. I mean instead of the air rifle, not instead of the girl. I wasn’t disappointed. I got the girl all on my own. Just not this girl.

    • My 4th cousin with my (very) rare name was a national Collegiate air rifle champ…

  6. Hey folks. Be sure to use this as an opportunity to let the young ladies you know about to go off to college, Rifle Teams are often looking for female participants with scholarship money. It helps their numbers for meeting the requirements for equal opportunities for female athletes.

  7. She picked up the shooting bug from her dad. Let’s hope she didn’t pick up the Zika bug from Rio.

    • Amen to that. Dad, get her out of that 4th world sheethole and back to the states ASAP.

      My kids wanted to know why some many of the Olympic yapping heads were Brit. The overpaid US yammering libtard news hotties wouldn’t go to Zikaland?

  8. “It’s the first women’s gold in air rifle since 2000 and the third ever.”

    No, I’m pretty sure there’s one per event every four years.

  9. You know, this just HAS to piss off those on the left! What temerity? She won the first gold medal by shooting!!

  10. The Chinese have no gun rights. Even air guns are illegal. They shouldn’t complete in shooting sports!

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