Janna Reeves is a professional 3-Gunner on the Noveske and Benelli shooting teams. She’s known for being a little bit of a jokester, and always having a smile on her face, but don’t let the smile fool you, she’s a force to be reckoned with on the range. Here are 7 questions about 3-Gun, embarrassing moments and rituals with gun-girl Janna Reeves.
Britney: Please would you tell us a little about your background with firearms? Who got you started shooting?
Janna: Unfortunately, I didn’t grow up shooting or hunting. I feel like I missed out on many years of shooting, so I’m making up for lost time now! My first experience with guns was roughly 4 years ago when I determined I wanted to carry one for self defense (a decision made after I had an experience in my life that I prefer not to detail) and went to a gun store. I had no knowledge and had not done any research (I don’t recommend this method!) and ended up with a tiny little pistol that was really not ideal for a beginner. Regardless, after my first trip to the indoor range, I was hooked on shooting!
Britney: What/who prompted you to shoot 3-Gun? Do you have a coach?
Janna: I was introduced to the concept of 3-Gun by a video of a very young Katie Francis shooting a stage at Fallen Brethren 3-Gun match. She was running through the woods with a rifle, pistol and shotgun, blasting targets in the trees and it looked like the most fun you could have! After that, I watched about a million 3-Gun YouTube videos. I have always been an athlete in some form or another, so the physicality of 3-Gun, combined with shooting really appealed to me.
As for a coach, I would have to attach that title to my fellow Noveske Shooting Team member James Casanova. He’s been helping me immensely since my very first match and we practice together a lot. My other teammates, Rob Romero and Jansen Jones have also been great resources of knowledge for me. I am very blessed to have some of the top 3-Gunners on my team to train with, and I rely on their experience all the time.
Britney: What’s 1 thing in your range bag you can’t live without?
Janna: Gatorade Chews. Seriously. I am mildly (OK, majorly) addicted to those. I can’t shoot when I have the hunger shakes! As long as I have food, I can improvise with anything else. Oh, and Super Glue for all the times I gash my hands open, which is almost every day during practice.
Britney: What guns are you using this season?
Janna: I am fortunate to shoot for, what I consider to be, some of the best companies in the firearms industry, so I have a great line up of guns.
My rifle is by Noveske Rifleworks with Magpul furniture, Geissele trigger and a SilencerCo brake. Noveske designed the team’s custom rifles for the 2014 season, based on our specs and are now also offering that rifle for sale on their website, built how we shoot it.
I also shoot for Benelli, and my shotgun is their M2, customized by Taran Tactical Innovations and with a Nordic Components magazine tube extension.
My pistol is a GLOCK 34, and since I’m sponsored by Zev Technologies – Glockworx, it’s been completely customized to my specs. Those guys at Zev can do amazing things with a GLOCK!
Britney: Do you have any hobbies other than shooting?
Janna: With my competition schedule and traveling to matches, managing my online pages and my day-job, my hobbies have shifted from things like snowboarding, hiking with my pit bulls, going to the gym and riding motorcycles to things like people-watching in the airport, cleaning guns in hotel rooms and doing donuts in rental cars (just kidding). I’d love to get into hunting, but it’s tough to find time. I love this lifestyle, though, and I am very blessed to be doing what I love, even if I don’t have much downtime.
Britney: Most embarrassing moment on the range?
Janna: I’ll spare you the one that involves a Port-A-Potty and just say it was the time I got disqualified from a stage at a match for shooting a truck that was a prop. I didn’t properly account for mechanical offset and ventilated the hood with my rifle. I guess I don’t really consider it too embarrassing because we all make a mistake and DQ at some point, but it’s not the greatest feeling either!
Britney: Do you have a pre-match ritual?
Janna: Before a match, I always do a gear and equipment inspection and clean all my guns. Before shooting stages, I have weird little things I do that probably wouldn’t make much sense if I explained them. After being asked this question, I feel like I should come up with some sort of crazy, unique thing to do before matches, though!
Janna would like to thank her sponsors for their support: Noveske Rifleworks, Benelli, Zev Technologies – Glockworx, Freedom Munitions, Magpul, Euro Optics, Geissele, Taran Tactical Innovations, Kill Cliff, Brownells, Smith Optics, Nordic Components, Grey Ghost/Tac Tailor, Kitanica, Spuhr, Nosler, SilencerCO and Rio Ammunition.
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