The Florida Open, held every year at the Universal Shooting Academy range in Frostproof, is widely regarded as one of the most challenging matches on the USPSA match calendar.
The stages at the Florida Open are always fun and this year’s match, held February 14-16, was no exception. Every stage featured close targets mixed with long shots and most stages had the additional danger factor provided by partial targets guarded by penalty targets. This year’s stages also provided numerous strategy options, staying true to the freestyle nature of USPSA in which deciding how to shoot each stage is a big part of success.
The match went very well for Kaci Cochran, who considers stage strategy and accurate shooting to be two of her greatest strengths as a competitor. Kaci finished the match as High Lady in the Open division for the third time and 2nd in the highly competitive A class Open division.
When the match was over, Kaci had this to say about her STI pistol: “This is one the best guns I have ever owned because it is accurate and reliable and the last thing you need to worry about at a match is whether or not your gun will run. I refuse to go to a match with a gun that doesn’t run 100% and this STI has never let me down.”
At 23 years old, Kaci Cochran is the current IPSC Ladies US National Open Champion and holds many regional and national titles in Steel Shooting and USPSA/IPSC Shooting. She began shooting with her father at age 13 and has been shooting competitively since then. She is currently training for the IPSC World Shoot as a member of the Ladies Open Team.
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