MONDAY, AUGUST 12, 2013   ■   PEOPLE

Julie Golob Achieves NRA Action Pistol Distinguished Status

Glasgow, Mont. - Professional shooter and author Julie Golob has joined the elite ranks of National Rifle Association's Action Pistol Distinguished Badge holders. After winning her third NRA Bianchi Cup Women's Championship, Golob is one of just four women who have earned Distinguished status in the sport of Action Pistol.

Arguably one of the most challenging handgun shooting sports in the world, NRA Action Pistol competition consists of four courses, the Barricade, Practical, Moving Target and the Plates. Golob is no stranger to the winner's circle at the sport's premiere event, the NRA Bianchi Cup where she has set an NRA Action Pistol Women's National record on the Moving Target, earned Military and Women's Shoot Off Champion Titles four times each and has hoisted the coveted Women's Championship Cup three times.

The NRA's Distinguished Badge is awarded to recognize excellence in NRA Action Pistol competition. The organization bases its selection on a point system and awards the Distinguished Badge to competitors who earn minimum qualifying scores in two State Championships, one Regional, and the Bianchi Cup National Championship in any calendar year.

"The Bianchi Cup has to be one of the most difficult matches I compete in. Not only is the event tough, but the path to Distinguished status is one that can take years," said Golob.

"Only the sport's most dedicated competitors earn it and it has been on my shooting bucket list since I began competing at the Cup. Receiving my Distinguished Badge and joining the ranks of incredibly talented shooters is an accomplishment I am extremely proud of."

Golob's winning performance at her most recent NRA Bianchi Cup gave her the final points needed to secure badge number 114. According to National Rifle Association statistics, she is among the first of one hundred to earn the badge in the Open Division and is just one of four women who have claimed it in the sport's history.

For more information about the NRA Bianchi Cup please visit the NRA's Competition Division Website.

About Julie Golob

Author Julie Golob is one of the most accomplished professional shooters in the world and is a member of Team Benelli as well as serving as Captain of Smith & Wesson's Shooting Team. She has won more than 120 championship titles in international, national and regional marksmanship competitions in seven different action shooting disciplines. A veteran of the elite U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, she was named both U.S. Army Female Athlete of the Year and AMU Athlete of the Year. Her list of titles include the prestigious Bianchi Cup, Steel Challenge, IDPA National Championships and the International Revolver Championships. Author of SHOOT: Your Guide to Shooting and Competition, Julie also offers up useful shooting tips and insight on shooting sports with her blog and JulieG Radio Podcast. Learn more about the champion, author, veteran and outdoor television personality at and follow on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.