Sport Shooter Focus: Bernadette Remacle

Sport Shooter Focus: Bernadette Remacle

Q: How did you become involved in sport shooting?

A: It all began very innocently after I procured a Glock 19 as a self-defence weapon. I went to my local shooting range, where I practiced engaging random targets and becoming more accustomed to the Glock 19. A friend saw me performing my drills and told me about IPSC and what it entailed, as well introducing me to Shukokai. As they say, it took off from there.

Q: What kind of sport shooting do you participate in, and why?

A: My shooting sport of choice is IPSC. When I saw my first IPSC stage, I was amazed at how proficiently participants engaged targets while running from one firing point to another. It was clear from the outset that IPSC was an adrenaline-filled shooting sport, and something I could possibly excel at. The layout of the different stages is scenario driven simulations. That can filter directly into everyday life, and assist you in developing and honing your skills for when you need them.

Q: What division do you compete in, and why have you selected this specific class?

A: I currently compete in Standard Division Major power factor. From the outset, I have been competing here, as I have found that the Major power factor class allows me more versatility, as you are allowed to change certain critical parts of your firearm, compared to the Production Division.

Q: What firearm do you currently compete with, and why?

A: I have been selected by Bernhard Agencies as a brand ambassador for Glock, and currently compete with the amazing Glock 35 chambered in .40 S&W. The Glock 35 is a perfect fit for me and my shooting style. It is very user-friendly. The recoil is almost non- existent, not to mention that parts for the pistol platform are extremely affordable and readily available. My self-defence pistol is a Glock 19, thus making the Glock 35 a no brainer for me as the ergonomics are the same on both firearms.

Q: What firearm modifications are allowed in IPSA for your class?

A: The modifications in Standard Division Major power factor are quite substantial, allowing changes to the front and rear sights, trigger replacements/modifications, and allowing items such as flared magazine wells, weights, high-capacity magazines (these always come in handy), and grip tape on the slide of your pistol to aid in racking the firearm. Taking all the above into account, your firearm still needs to conform to the IPSC rules and fit into the competition box (225 mm x 150 mm x 45 mm), as provided by the officials when entering a competition.

Q: What firearm modifications do you recommend? A: Personally, I prefer to keep my modifications simple, and recommend a new sight set (fibreoptic), as well as a smooth trigger system. I have found that these modifications have yielded the best results for me. Q: Are you currently sponsored and, if so, by whom?

A: Yes, I have two amazing sponsors, namely Bernhard Agencies and Inter Arms.

Q: What training regime do you follow?

A: I try to focus on my shooting skills, as well as on mental preparation and conditioning. When I am practicing drills on the range, I try to focus on the ‘A’ zone of the target, incorporating critical aspects such as firearm-handling skills, body mechanics, and economy of movement, while ensuring maximum accuracy. Mental preparation/concentration play a key role in the performance of any sport shooter. I do a lot of focus-driven drills, as when your body gets tired, one’s focus tends to be compromised (but it is not always that easy).

Q: What are your thoughts with regard to dry-firing as part of your training regime?

A: Dry-firing may seem a tedious affair for some shooters. However, it forms a crucial part of your training regime. When you practice dry-firing, you actually train your subconscious mind. Repetition is key. When you compete in a high-stress match, your dry-firing will come to the fore, and you tend to perform certain actions naturally without thought or hesitation.

Q: What advice do have you for someone who wants to begin with IPSC?

A: Firstly, the sport is extremely safe, and anyone can join. You must meet certain set standards with regard to shooting ability. However, the IPSC community is always willing to help you achieve these standards. If you are person with a passion for firearms, and enjoy running around while engaging targets on the move, then you should not hesitate to join a IPSC club and take part in the fun.

Q: What advice do you have for your fellow IPSA shooters who want to better themselves in their elected divisions?

A: Practice as much as you can, find a trainer or join a group of shooters on a development programme, and never underestimate the advantages of dry-firing. Try and participate in as many matches as you possibly can in order to develop a match temperament, as this is very important when competing. When you compete, let your aim be true. Shoot ‘As’, and move fast and with deliberation from one target to another, and never forget to be safe.

Q: What match in your sporting career stands out for you, and why?

A: The 2015 African Area Champs held at Kraaifontein in Cape Town really stood out for me, as I placed second in my division, and won five stages against highly experienced shooters. I was totally flabbergasted when they called my name at the prizegiving, and was super-proud to stand on the stage with some truly amazing lady shooters (with my two-tone tan and all!)

Q: What is on the horizon for you in 2017?

A: Practice makes perfect, that is what I say! Like everyone with goals, we always want to be Number 1 in our elected sport or work environment. I have only been competing for a short while, and I would like to better my scores with each competition I enter, improve my mental concentration, and inspire other lady shooters. Work hard in silence; let success make the noise

Range Officer: Sedick Harrison


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