Brookfield native a professional athlete in growing shooting sport.
Dianna Liedorff, formerly of Brookfield, has a long history with shooting sports. Dianna started her shooting sports career in Brookfield, while still at BHS at the tender age of 16. She has gone on to become recognized as one of the top female shooters in the United States.
“My father got me into it,” said Liedorff in a phone interview from her home in Arizona. “I didn’t like killing things hunting, and he found shooting sports. I had my first competition at 16 years old. I was just starting, so I signed up with a well known shooters class at PASA Park in Illinois. It was a two hour drive, and I would take classes and go to matches there.”
Liedorff graduated from Brookfield High School in 1988, then attended college in Warrensburg at what is now known as the University of Central Missouri. She was a Linn County Sheriff’s Reserve Deputy at age 19.
Following in the shoes of her father, Dick, Dianna went into law enforcement as a career. She has been a police officer for 20 years.
“My father was in the Highway Patrol,” explained Dianna. “When he retired and became an insurance adjustor, he shared the alley with the Brookfield Police Department. He was always visiting there and he was also a Reserve Deputy.”
Dianna’s sport of choice, and the one that she shoots at competitively as a professional, is called Three Gun. Three Gun is featured on the Sportsman Channel’s Three Gun Nation every Thursday at 9 p.m. local time.
As a result of her acumen in Three Gun, Dianna has appeared in and on the cover of a number of magazines concerning shooting sports. Liedorff has appeared in publications for the NRA among these various print appearances.
Three Gun takes its name from the use of three separate weapons over the course of each round of competition. Competitors score based upon hitting good targets, and not hitting bad targets. The better a hit on a good target, the better the score.
Competitors make use of a pistol, a shotgun and a rifle at each competition. The events are highly supervised, and safety is made a top priority. Competitors are usually also scored on the basis of a combination of time and accuracy. Scoring values are also adjusted to take into account competitors using weapons with larger recoil, to level the playing field.
“Our sport is kind of unorganized,” admitted Liedorff. “The matches I go to are considered ‘outlaw’ matches, as women have not been considered a part of the event officially. Three years ago, some TV guys from the bass fishing industry wanted to highlight Three Gun and make a show about it.”
With the introduction of a formal league, things have changed in the sport. “The point system has changed,” said Liedorff. “They come in on outlaw matches that existed, and take points from that match to create a system. Then, they have money at end of year, one-on-one, for the prize.”
In the first year under the television show’s competitive format, the prize for the men was $25,000. The second year, it went up to $50,000. Originally, the finals came down to the top eight men and the top four women.
“It was a little disparaging, shooting for less money than the men,” said Liedorff. “But we are going to have a Women’s Pro Tour now. We only shot for $5,000, but it is improving. The Women’s Tour just got a sponsor, so we are going to compete for $25,000 next year. From my perspective, it is important to see women carrying these weapons with over 20 round magazines.”
Liedorff continued: “I am really excited for the Pro Tour and being able to participate and be on television. We will show how we stack up with the men because we will be on the same matches. I can usually finish 40th, including the guys, out of 200-300 people.”