Douglas Shooter Aims for World Titleby Taylor Viydo, firstname.lastname@example.org
For Sam Johnson of Douglas, speed shooting isn't a simple hobby; it's a way of life.
Johnson has been speed shooting for over 20 years and has shot competitively since the early 90s. Johnson is also the owner of tactical tolerance, which manufactures gun cleaning accessories.
After taking 5th place at the Colorado Steel Challenge Speed Shooting competition, Johnson has now set his sights on the World Championships. This weekend, Johnson and hundreds of other speed shooters from varying disciplines across the world will compete in Piru, California for a shot at glory.
Johnson, who self-sponsored, will be going up against professional shooters endorsed by manufactures such as Smith & Wesson and Glock. "I build my own guns, load my own ammo, pay my own way. So, when I [get] to go play with the big boys, it's kind of fun!" said Johnson.
While there are different divisions in the world of speed shooting, all involve combining shooting speed and accuracy. "You want to come out and shoot as fast as you can," the speed shooter said, "It's racing is what it is. It's gun racing."
Johnson competes in the iron-sight division, and will be competing against roughly 100 other shooters.