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FEATURE | WORLD SHOOTING

THE THREE KEY TENETS OF A
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SHOOTER
BY CHRIS CERINO

A

s a shooter and trainer I constantly
seek new ways to describe what is
important and why. I'm not the greatest
shooter in the world but I do hang out with
those guys and gals and I can hold my own.
What makes great shooters great? Is it natural
ability, practice time or desire to be the best?
For the third year now, I've had the
opportunity to shoot the NRA World Shooting
Championship (WSC). It is one of my favorite
competitions of the year. You could say it is
"Top Shot" for everyone and anyone. In three
days you can compete in 12 different shooting

PHOTO BY JIM POWELL

Chris Cerino
shooting the
Bullseye Pistol
Stage. The gun:
Kimber Gold
Match .45 ACP.

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disciplines and find out how you stack up
amongst those in the shooting industry-
from the bottom to the top.
It takes a special kind of person to register
for the WSC. Special meaning, someone who
is not afraid to put their skills to the test in
front of everyone. Special also because they
are willing to do this with unfamiliar guns
and ammunition on courses that are also
generally unfamiliar. Honestly-it couldn't be
more of what I would want in a competition.
Shooting this match the past three years
I have won beautiful guns that I consider
trophies. The cowboy action guns are what
I go for on the prize table. Not looking for
monetary value or something to use, but
something I can cherish for years after I am
unable to do these activities anymore. But,
what makes me more successful than a
majority of the competitors?
Right now I'm successful at shooting.
Certainly not gifted-I've never been a
natural at shooting-nor do I practice. Some
folks call what I do "match practice." "Match
practice" is practicing by shooting matches.
I shoot several matches a year and that is
my practice. Aside from teaching classes and
shooting when teaching, I don't practice. I
do have a desire to be the best I can be and
here's where my point is made.
If you want to be more than a "shooter"
(one who safely discharges firearms), there
are three important skills that can make you a
better competitor in the shooting world. These


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