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After the course of fire above, pro shooter Max Michel says a bunch of words, indicating that he’s a human being capable of human speech. But I wonder . . . the things Max and his cohorts can do with a gun aren’t what I’d call normal. Check this out . . .

desantis blue logo no back 4 small“Max Michel is the only shooter to hold seven WSSC titles, having won the last four consecutive years,” sponsor Action Target proclaims. “At this year’s competition, Max set a new world record with an overall score of 74.84, which included a new world record on the final stage (Outer Limits) of the match to secure the win. Max now owns the overall course world record and seven (of eight) stage world records.”

I’ve met a full mag of these guys at the NSSF Fantasy Camp — and so can you. If and when you do you’ll know that they are, to a man and woman, some of the nicest, friendliest, most modest and unassuming people on planet Earth. But fire-up your phone, put a gun their hands and you’ll know that slo-mo is the only way to go.

Have you ever seen a pro shooter doing his or her thing? What was your reaction? Did it inspire you, humble you, or both?

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  1. I couldn’t believe that Tim Knapp was human until he passed away. And I have it on good authority that Jerry Miculek is actually a cyborg.

  2. Clearly pro shooters are Gen3 Synths made by The Institute for nebulous but undoubtedly nefarious reasons!

  3. If you get a pair of glasses from Rody Piper or Keith David you can see right away that they are indeed not human.

  4. Yeah they’re human…good at what they do. I’d like to be that good but I’m old and my athletic exploits are in the rearview…?

  5. I don’t think so, not Jerry Miculek anyway.

    They are aliens in human form, genetically engineered to shoot with complete precision.

    Fortunately they are friendly aliens that support the second amendment, while aliens like Obummer and Billary are not so benevolent.

  6. They are aliens in human form, genetically engineered to shoot with absolute precision.

    Fortunately they are friendly aliens who support the second amendment. Aliens like Feinstein, Billary, and Pelosi are not so benevolent.

  7. The real question is, why are the shooting sports still holding major competitions in Commiefonistan?

    • Because, while it is a terrible anti-gun territory, the massive amounts of competitive shooters (and ranges alike) eclipse most surrounding states. Lots of proshooters (champions) live and shoot in California.

      • Give the Comifornia Politburo a few more legislative sessions and don’t be so sure there will not be impactful regulatory restrictions. They want all civilian ownership of guns banned in the state it is clear.
        For example: within a year, all importation of ammunition (including by individuals) must be done through an FLL . So out of state shooters will not be able to bring in their own ammo without transferring it through an FLL and picking it up with a process equivalent to a DROS and with $45 an ammo license for instance.

        • Like most of the progressive left’s dream laws, it only applies to little people like you and me. People who have corporate sponsorships will be mostly unaffected, because their sponsor will defray the cost and other associated difficulties.

          Don’t get me wrong, I’m not hacking on these shooters or their sponsors. Just pointing out that disparate impacts like this are a feature of progressive laws, not a bug.

      • Exactly. For instance: all out-of-state 3-gun shooters will have to register their ARs for a fee (or they will be illegal assault weapons after 2017) and will be limited in features and magazine capacity. After 2017, they cannot be legally bought or sold or inherited in the state. With certainly more to come. I will not be surprised if they outlaw ARs within a few years.

  8. Are (were) Bach, Paganini, Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, Einstein, Leibniz, Gauss, Maxwell, Newton, Pasteur, Pauling, Brady & Belichick (Go Pats!), Lombardi, Landry, Rogers, the Mannings, Gretzky, Hull, Orr, Robert E. Lee, Sherman, Eisenhower, Paine, Franklin. Jefferson, Madison, Adams, etc., etc., etc., etc. (huge list across many domains) human?
    Of course.
    They just perform at a level that us ordinary people cannot comprehend, so we call it magic and think them beyond human…
    “Any sufficiently advanced technology (or performance or skill –Ed) is indistinguishable from magic.” — Arthur C. Clarke.

  9. He’s a mall ninja!

    Look him, all shooting fast and running about, not being activity duty military – wannabe commando!

    If you’re not boots on the ground in the Afghanistan, you should not be even attempting to perform feats such as this… Those targets don’t shoot back, Max!

    He should buy a revolver, grow a beer belly, and sit on the couch watching Dancing with the Stars with some pig of a wife, like the rest of us.

  10. I shot NCAA 3-position rimfire in college, competing (at my Div 3 school) alongside military academy people, people from schools with more active programs (Notre Dame and University of Alaska come to mind), etc. Suffice it to say I was very much humbled.

    I’ve since come to the realization that my eyes are cross-dominant, and so I might have done better shooting a left-handed rifle, but there’s no way I could have competed with the speed and grace with which they shot 10.9s each shot.

  11. Like Olympians, they are people who have trained and practiced to a level beyond the average person.

    When I started Service Rifle shooting, I was in awe of those who could attain “Master Grade” (90%+ average on their top 9 scores, 3 each at 100, 200, and 300 metres). I couldn’t get a score over 70 at 300m for many years.

    It took years of practice, tuning equipment, and refining technique before I attained Master Grade status. In the last 18 years, I’ve been in that grade most of the time, sometimes slipping to A-Grade (80-89.9 average) in a bad year. Last year my average was 89.9. This year my average is 92.7.

  12. Look, you put in 10,000 hours of practice at something, and you’ll master it, too. Or at least, that’s the theory put forth by a famous 1993 psychology paper and popularized in an even more famous 2008 book.

    There are character elements involved, too, such as ability to handle stress. Ask any Olympic athlete (and I’ve been fortunate to be able to ask about half a dozen of them in several sports over the years) what separates medal winners from also-rans. They’ll tell you that at that elite of the elite level, where anyone could set a world record that day, it basically comes down to who wants it the most and doesn’t crack.

    Multiple research studies since that 2008 book have found that 10,000 hour theory to be not quite the whole story. Persistent practice may only explain about one-third of the difference in performance between masters of an activity and mere mortals. What factor(s) explains the rest? We don’t know yet. Natural talent? Quality of training/coaching/instruction? Random chance on game day? Better equipment? Probably a mix of these and more, some of which may be able to compensate for deficiencies in others.

    Some people will comfort themselves and justify their mediocrity by just blaming lack of innate talent and not their insufficient effort. I’d say that if something matters to you, then work with what you have and make the most of it. Put the work into practicing it and seek out the best instruction you can get, whether that means trainers for some sport or mentors in your career. The rest will take care of itself. Or it won’t, but you’ve done as much as you can.

  13. To the half of y’all who “got it” and replied sarcastically: Ha! Good one!

    To the half of you who were, frankly being pedantic: Lighten up, Francis!

  14. Michel beat Eusebio at the Steel Challenge championship by 0.8 seconds, over the course of the entire championship. So, they are pretty close.

    I trained with a top end Grand Master. He was pretty fast and accurate, but he was also very human.

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