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Tracy Barnes

Tracy Barnes is the co-founder, CEO, and head instructor of T.O.P. Shooting Institute and is an Olympian in the sport of Biathlon (cross-country skiing & rifle marksmanship). Tracy has 20 years of competitive shooting experience in both precision long gun and shooting with an elevated heart rate and under stress. She has over 10 years of experience as a competitive shooting instructor and has taught courses all over the country. Tracy has been competing on an international and world cup level in biathlon for over 15 years. She has won numerous National Championship Titles as well as medaling in European Cups and North American Championships in biathlon.

Recent Posts

Getting High: How to Get Ready for Hunting and Competitions at Altitude

Posted by Tracy Barnes on Sep 4, 2014 1:23:00 PM


It takes 10-14 days for your new red blood cells to mature and your body to fully adjust to altitude.

A lot of people have been asking me recently how to prepare for either a hunt or shooting competition at altitude. It’s never fun getting to altitude and suffering from altitude sickness or missing out on a day of hunting or competition because you aren’t feeling well. We all know that altitude affects even the best of us and it takes some proper planning to be able to perform at your best.

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Topics: Hunting

Training for Competition: Keeping It Fresh and Avoiding Burn-out

Posted by Tracy Barnes on Jun 28, 2014 12:06:00 PM


Challenge yourself and your ability when training, and competition will seem easy in comparison.

Most shooters are constantly striving to improve their skills and get to that next level.

For those of us who have been shooting for quite a while and in high quantities, improvement can sometimes elude us, especially if we get burnt out. As a new shooter, there is a lot of room for improvement, but as an experienced shooter we sometimes struggle to gain that extra bit we need to get to the next level. As you get to the highest levels in a shooting discipline, you’ll find that the things you need to improve on are very refined, and the concepts that you have been practicing for a long time aren’t sufficient to get you to improve. 

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Topics: Competitive Shooting

7 Tips to Prepare for a Grueling Competition

Posted by Tracy Barnes on Jun 13, 2014 9:13:00 AM


Editors Note: We'd like to welcome Tracy Barnes as our newest contributor. You might recognize her, or her twin sister Lanny, as they do crazy things like compete in the Olympics with skis and guns. Tracy knows a thing or two about competition and she'll be providing periodic articles with helpful tips to help you become a better competitor.

Summer is quickly approaching and so are much anticipated shooting matches across the country. Some of us will travel hundreds of miles for a chance to try our hand at a competitive shooting competition and we all hope to score among the top competitors. Most of us have put in the time at the range, and dry-fired countless times and we are feeling ready and confident for the match. But how much thought have you put into the match logistics? The competition day itself? Many of the shooting competitions we’ll be shooting across the country aren’t just one day of shooting, but rather multiple long and sometimes grueling days.

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Topics: Competitive Shooting