The official name of the match may be the NRA Steamboat Challenge Action Pistol Regional, but Safariland CADRE pro shooter Julie Golob seems to just call it “home.” Just a few days ago, the Otto Road Shooting Range in Cheyenne, Wyoming, welcomed Golob home with a series of Steamboat Challenge wins. Those wins then built up enough steam to power Golob through the Wyoming State Championships in a single powerhouse weekend.
In both competitions, Julie Golob was outfitted with the same guns and gear. In addition to her Safariland ELS Rig, her setup includes a custom Smith & Wesson 9 mm 911 with Trijicon MRO optic, custom loaded Federal Premium ammunition and Caldwell safety gear.
“I use the Safariland ELS system with a 776 magnetic pouch to conveniently store all my mags in Action Pistol,” said Golob. “I also like to keep a spare 771 pouch with me. It’s designed to give a fast and efficient reload and it came in handy for the Modified Barricade.”
The double match weekend kicked off with the Steamboat Challenge Regional featuring classic action pistol courses of fire: Moving Target, Barricade, Plates and Practical. Julie secured First Place finish among women, and Fourth Place finish in the Open Division. She took the overall stage win for the Barricade Event with a perfect 480 score.
The regional championship out of the way, Golob moved on to the Wyoming State Match. That match repeated two courses, Moving Target and Plates, and the two remining courses were selected at random. In Golob’s case, International Rapid Fire and Modified Barricade were selected, adding a twist and excitement—Golob had no previous opportunity to shoot either course.
In the Wyoming State Championships, Golob was named the Ladies Champion while earning a Third Place podium finish in the Open Division. Remarkably, despite the match having been a first-time run, Golob tied for first with High Master Mark Itzstein for top honors on the Modified Barricade. Congratulations, Julie!