My introduction to firearms started with the shotgun, pulling trap as a teen at a local range. It was there that the basics of safety, hearing protection and barrel control were instilled in me. I learned the value of pump over the semi-auto, and discovered the importance of cheek-weld.
Working behind an optics counter has given me an appreciation for good quality, functional glass. I carry at least one set of binoculars in my vehicle, no matter what. Everytime I find myself needing them, I'm glad I had the forethought to leave them there.
I value self reliance. The ability to solve puzzles presented to me in creative ways. It is part of why I buy guns as projects, and part of why I love to shoot the way I do.
I've had to good fortune to participate with the Canadian Forces numerous times in training exercises on home soil. As a result, I have a deep respect for them, and recognize the clear difference between what they do and what I do.
My competition guns, at the time of writing this, are selected and designed to be as straightforward and versatile as possible. I will choose quality over the standard every time, and more often than not have to pay for it.
An IWI Tavor TAR-21 bullpup rifle with two quick-detatch optics, a Viper PST 1-4x24mm and a Viper PST 2.5-10x44mm.
A Fabarm 12 guage pump gun with a 14" barrel, a Vortex SPARC red-dot and magpul furniture.
An IWI Jericho in 9mm to make friends with the Tavor. Open sights for now.
Gear is incredibly valuable to me. When I discover something clever or elegant in a design, I highlight that in my kit. Starting with base equipment I design a system to accomplish a specific task. Small things like the quick throw lever, or having every second illumination stop as off, mean the world to me. A mil-rad reticle monocular that you can pop on and off of a tripod is something that you wouldn't find from anyone but Vortex.
I love these skills. And this is definitely the country for it. Even when there's a foot of snow on the ground, I try to get out to the woods to run some cold-weather drills. But it is in springtime that the foothills of Alberta become the perfect arena for building your skillsets and testing your equipment.
location: Calgary, AB