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on Shue stands in front of his vintage Volkswagen
Pickup. It's end of the first string
on the last day of the 2021 NRA Precision
Pistol National Championships at Camp Atterbury,
and we're in the parking lot discussing his
successful summer as the competition winds
down. Shue has much to be happy about-his
gallant runner-up finish at the NRA Pistol Nationals
was hot on the heels of his 2021 Ohio
Triple Crown Challenge victory. Overall, he
seems pleased with the state of things.
A former Marine Corps marksmanship
coach and instructor, Shue is currently based
in Liberty, N.C., and owns Blackmass Custom,
a machine shop which mostly builds custom
1911 pistols. Big wins at the 2017 and 2018 NRA
Precision Pistol Championships, plus at a slew
of other bullseye matches over the past few
years, has kept up demand for his work.
If there is a competitive pistol shooter right
now that's analogous to a rock star, it's Shue. Not
only does he have one of the most epic beards
in all of pistoldom, he can clean an NRA B-6 pistol
target at 50 yards with his red-dot-equipped
pistol and make it look easy. Most importantly,
his thoughts on precision pistol shooting are
second to none. Let's start with his gear.
GUNS AND AMMO
For .22-cal. at Camp Atterbury, Shue was shooting
a Nelson conversion on a lower that he
built. For center-fire and .45 ACP, he has a Cabot
bullseye gun. " I redid it last year and put in a
new bushing. It's got about 31,000 rounds on it
and still holds an inch-and-three-quarters, " he
says. " One of the reasons I really like Cabot is
they are on that precipice of form and function,
machine and artist. They have a lot of money to
invest in quality stuff, such as Damascus steel,
too. A big reason that I won in 2017 and 2018 at
J
At the 2018
NRA Pistol
awards
ceremony.
the National Matches is because of how accurate
my Cabot pistol is at 50 yards. "
Moving on to ammunition, for Atterbury and
other national competitions, he uses Asym Precision
ammo for long line, but he also does his
own loading. " For the nationals, I shoot the box
ammo. If I can win with that, then I can win with
my own reloads. If something does happen
with the box ammo, I can say 'Hey, something
went wrong in this process' to my sponsor. "
With reloads for 50-yard bullseye, he uses
once-fired or virgin Starline brass, 4.2 grains
of Vihtavouri N310 powder and Winchester
primers. " They're a little bit softer than the
Federal primers, so if you do have a light
striker and it's not seated, you have a little bit
of cushion area on it. " As for the short line,
Shue's loads incorporate the same brass and
primers, along with Brazos 200-grain bullets
and four grains of Titegroup powder. He
elaborated on how load testing is important
for competition.
" Steve Huff of Accuracy X has a quote I like,
'If you're not testin, you're just guessin.' For 50
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