“Lethal” Lilly-May Brown is certainly making a name for herself.
In July this year, the 13-year old took out the top prize in the state Single Action Shooting state titles in New South Wales, Australia.
Now the youngster has her sights set on the Chisholm Trail, the national titles match, being held in Millmerran, Queensland, at the end of September. Last year she placed second in the final shoot-outs.
Lilly-May was introduced to the novel sport by her father. “I watched dad do it, so I wanted to do it myself,” Lilly-May said.
The match involves shooting at steel targets during stages often modeled on real-life scenarios from the American Old West. Competitors must use firearms that are replicas (or in some cases, originals!) of those used in the mid-late 19th Century, and wear period costumes from that era.
Many are attracted to the historical aspect of the discipline, and some go to great lengths to reproduce their costumes so that they are historically accurate.
Females participating in the matches have the option to wear pants, as there were a number of women in the Old West who did so, such as stagecoach robber Pearl Hart. However, many opt to wear traditional dresses from that era, which increases the degree of difficulty when it comes to shooting from such restrictive outfits.
Lilly-May competes in a purple corset and skirt.
“It’s cool dressing up but I’m glad I don’t have to wear it everyday,” she said.
Executive Director of the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia, Diana Melham, commented on the popularity of single action shooting, stating that it is currently the fastest growing shooting sport in Australia.
“Single Action shooters — from all walks of life, male and female, young and old — are attracted to the discipline and they all have one thing in common, they have an interest in the pioneering days of the Old West,” said Melham.