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CHERIE Blake is more than happy to be a pistol-packing mumma.
The Border mum is now Australian champion in action pistol shooting — a multi-discipline sport that includes drawing from a holster in rapid-fire target shooting.
But now her husband Mark has taken up the sport and he too will join her at the World Cup in Kentucky next year.
The pair will also represent Australia at the Bianchi Cup — the pinnacle of action pistol shooting — a week later also in the US.
Blake started shooting as a 12-year-old but was focused on Olympic disciplines with the pistol.
She switched to action pistols 2½ years ago and made an immediate impact on the national stage.
Last year she paid for her own trip to the Bianchi Cup and finished third.
“There are not a lot of women in action pistol in Australia but we have a rich history in the Bianchi Cup,” Blake said.
“There are a number of Australians on the list of winners.”
Blake, 42, said the elite level pistols can cost up to $5000.
She said there was now a healthy rivalry between her and her husband.
“Mark was a recreational shooter and I convinced him to have a go at the action pistol shooting a few years ago,” she said.
“We both won the rookie award at the Bianchi Cup in May and now he is part of the Australian team for next year’s shoot.”