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NRL Athlete, Perspective from Precision Rifle Shooter Regina Milkovich

Regina Milkovich.

My name is Regina Milkovich. I’m originally from Texas, but have lived in Arizona for a good portion of my life. I shoot with the Arizona Long Range Precision Rifle Shooters who are based out Phoenix/Buckeye, AZ. I work full-time as a police dispatch supervisor for a small police department outside of the Phoenix metropolitan area. I’ve been in that profession since 1998 and have worked for a few different agencies, both large and small. I’ve been married to my husband, Tim, since 2009. True story, I met him in an elevator at a baseball game on the 4th of July in 2008 and knew I was going to marry him. He says I jedi-mind tricked him into marrying him later. That may or may not be accurate.

Competitive Shooter Profile.

I shot my first bolt action rifle in November of 2009. The next day, Tim signed me up for a local competition. I finished that match in 4th or 5th place and was totally hooked. Since then I’ve racked up quite a few wins on a local level in Arizona, Nevada, and Texas. My big claim to fame is being the first female to win overall in a national level precision rifle match. Prior to that, I’d had a few top five finishes and many top 20 finishes nationally.

The biggest change for me going into the 2017 precision rifle shooting season is that I’m now on the Surgeon Rifles shooting team. I’d shot for Marc Soulie at Spartan Precision for many years, so when the spot on Surgeon’s team opened up, he was the first person I talked to about the offer (his encouragement was also a helpful deciding factor for me). Shooting for Surgeon is an amazing opportunity and I’m definitely extremely proud to be able to represent them. I’m also sponsored by McMillan Fiberglass Stocks, Vortex Optics, Timney Triggers, Hawk Hill Custom, Voodoo Tactical, Rifles Only, WieBad, Patriot Cases, GeoBallistics, Nexus Ammunition, and Butch’s Reloading.

My Rifle Build.

This season, I’m running a Surgeon Scalpel chambered in 6XC. It’s built on a Surgeon 591 action, with a Timney Calvin Elite left handed flat trigger, a Hawk Hill 1:7.5 twist barrel, an Area 419 brake, in a McMillan A3-5 stock. I use the Vortex Razor Gen II with the EBR-2C reticle. I also have a .223 Surgeon Scalpel that is set up almost identical to my 6XC that I use as a trainer for shooting off barricades and practicing positional shooting. I may possibly come across on the interwebs as slightly obsessed with Wonder Woman. I’m not exactly sure how that started…

Room for Improvement.

I need to work on all the same stuff everyone else does: improvised positions, time management, positional shooting, quick target acquisition… I’m currently focusing on building solid positions faster. Honestly, who doesn’t want to be faster and more accurate?

Due to some recent changes at my job, my current goal for 2017 is to make it to enough matches, and shoot well enough at those matches, to qualify for any corresponding finales. Work takes up a tremendous amount of my time right now, so practice is predominately leaning towards dry fire. Don’t judge if you ever walk into my house and see dots all over the walls, a tripod in the middle of the living room, and 550 cord hanging off of kitchen chairs.

Quote I Live By…

“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” That quote has been in my head a lot lately. I also refer back to a few Bruce Lee quotes when I need added motivation.

Can’t live without.

I carry a challenge coin that was given to me many years ago by a good friend who taught me how to range targets the hard way… with math and my reticle. I also always have sunscreen in my pack and a granola bar or two just in case my blood sugar drops. I’m a type 1 diabetic and use an insulin pump so I always try to have some quick carbs on me just in case.

Best Memories from the Sport.

Some of the best memories I have of competitions occur on the way to and from matches. Our club used to travel together to large matches. For some reason we always ended up in a van that quickly became known as the Shenanivan. There are way too many Shenanivan stories to list but I’ll say that one involved a straw in a ketchup packet hidden in the bottom of a soda, another involved a van full of directionally challenged shooters, and one involved finding out that you should never point a green laser headlight at a cop. I’m not sure why Mexican food is always eaten on road trips, but because of that fact, I can validate the knowledge that the speed of smell is 3fps in a van with 8 shooters. I’m not sure why, but victories and defeats are all celebrated with much laughter, teasing, and usually several adult beverages in this crowd. What’s not to love about that? Some of the best and closest friends I’ve ever made are people I’ve met shooting competitively.


IG: @regina_milkovich

Twitter: @AZ_ShooterChick

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