HK Announces First Female Competitive Shooter

by James Nicholas the XDMAN

HK Newest Shooting Team Member

Heckler & Koch would like to announce the newest member and HK's first female competitive shooter, Maria Harbin. Like other HK Team members, Maria will be using a P30L "out of the box" to compete in USPSA (United States Practical Shooting Association) and other matches throughout the 2013 shooting season.

"Maria brings an amazing amount of natural talent and unlimited potential to the Team. Look for Maria at the top of ladies division before long," said Team Captain, Jason Koon.

About Maria Harbin

Maria is a graduate student of Florida State University and is currently studying Criminal Justice. During Maria's freshman year of college, encounters of a stalker led lead her to discover a passion for martial arts and competition. With a black belt as well as an instructor certification, Maria is not one to take lightly.

Maria thanks her concealed carry instructor who encouraged her to attend a USPSA match, which was her first introduction to shooting sports. After one USPSA match Maria was hooked and knew stationary, paper targets at the local range would never be enough to satisfy her again. She began looking for opportunities to compete in small, local matches, and to seek out knowledge from the most proficient and professional shooters.

"Like martial arts shooting sports constantly challenges me in a unique way and presents endless opportunities to grow in proficiency and skill with my weapon, the HKP30L, in a challenging, safe, and enjoyable fashion," says Harbin.

Maria continues to challenge herself with personal objectives include shooting 3-Gun at a professional level, achieving the rank of 5th degree black belt, and completing her Masters degree.

HK Promotional pictures of it's shooting team member Maria Harbin. 

HK Team Excels Together

The HK Shooting Team members competed at the USPSA Nationals held at the Desert Sportsmen Range in Las Vegas, NV. With challenging 18 stages, 420 plus rounds, the 3-day match challenged the competitors with dusty range conditions, but their P30Ls performed flawlessly through the entire event without any interim cleaning or lubrication.

"The handgun's reliability and accuracy are unparallel. With an entire shooting season on one individual P30L, I have not experienced a single failure of any kind," said Team member Bill Munier.

The USPSA Nationals is the one match of the year all HK Team members come together and compete. With the competitive support the team excelled and brought home top finishes. Bill Munier placed overall 16th, John Rasmussen placed 23rd in Production and Jason Koon finished 21st in Limited with a 40 S&W Expert.

"We have a great group this year and the guys have all earned great finishes at matches across the country. The P30L continues to prove itself on and off the range every day," said Team Captain Jason Koon.

The HK shooting team.