Dave Re was awarded title of Grand Master by the US Practical Shooting Association in September, 2007. It is their highest classification, but it didn’t mean that he was capable of winning major matches.
At 212 pounds, I was simply too slow to get off enough shots in a game that scored on quality and quantity. But I had hope that I could turn around that weakness in my game due to something I’d started a month earlier: CrossFit.
Most people might not think that fitness would have anything to do with accurately aiming and firing a handgun, but then they probably don’t know anything about the sport of Practical Shooting. Originally developed by Marine Lt. Colonel Jeff Cooper, a World War II and Korean War veteran considered to be one of the 20th century’s foremost experts on the use and history of small arms, Practical Shooting started as a way to give shooters a venue on which to practice and develop self-defense skills. Today, it has evolved into the “X Game” of the shooting sports—a contest of speed, accuracy, and power.
While I avoid discussing tactical issues, I think cops and soldiers will find that, when it comes to the mechanics of shooting and the physical challenges associated with operating a firearm at high speed in a stressful situation, our spheres of operation have quite a bit of overlap. Shooting is shooting. And whether you do it for sport or for life-and-death, I discovered that CrossFit can help you do it better.