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At the age of 17, Lena Miculek Afentul won a shotgun shooting world championship in the women's division... which is for women age 21 and older.  That title solidified her plans to forego college, turn professional at shooting and continue a family legacy.

A third generation professional shooter from Princeton, LA Lena has shooting in her blood, but even her rise to the top of the ranks surprises her family.  This month, Lena won the 2014 3-gun National Shot Show shoot-off in Las Vegas at only 18 years old. 

And now one of the people who taught her the basics is one of her biggest competitors... Her own mom. 

Lena and her family travel the world competing and this year, they have 30 competitions planned.  Lena was nice enough to invite me to one of her practices and explained what exactly it is she does.

She carries about 20 pounds of ammo and equipment on her belt while she races around the course.

So then it was my turn to try, and never having shot a gun before, I was getting fired up.

A couple shots in... I was already making excuses.

Lena even let me try out her competition guns.

I certainly walked away from my day at the range with a new appreciation for the sport of shooting.  And thanks to Lena for introducing me to a new sport where it's important for athletes to take a good shot. 

Both Lena and her mother also train other women to shoot through a program called babes with bullets.

They will be hosting one of those camps in April and next year, Lena will head to Italy to defend her world championship title.

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