The three men introduced here have one thing in common besides their drive to succeed and the ability to make that dream come true: all three are handicapped. Not disabled, just handicapped in reaching their goals–and reaching them despite the added challenges. Many Thanks, from 5150 HEAT Firearms Training Academy to author: Oleg Volk of Alloutdoor & USCCA .
Personal arms and training allow us greater independence and higher quality of life. The three gentlemen shown here are just a few of the many who illustrate that.
Hunter “Nubbs” Cayll & Life as a NCAA Rifle & Pistol Athlete
Besides the recreational and sporting value, guns also give each of us an opportunity to be more independent. A friend who taught self-defense to dozens of wheelchair bound people says that they are frequent targets for criminals. His students have three effective defense episodes so far–all of them with .22 pistols and all resulting in death of the attacking criminal. Josh is well trained and isn’t limited to rim-fire, and so his friends don’t have to worry for him much, even though he lives in Memphis.
Photo above: Hunter Cayll at the 2017 IPSC Rifle World Shoot
Meet Matt Fields: Wheelchair bound competitive steel target shooter.
Do you or a loved one suffer from a disability that you believe would make using a firearm difficult for sport and/or self-defense?
Some of the most talented shooters actually have a handicap or disability. Contrary to popular belief, physical impairments don't necessarily mean you couldn't shoot a gun.
With one hand on his "GUNSHIP" Matt's wheelchair is needed to keep his SHOOTING PLATFORM in balance. Matt shoots and competes with his rifle one-handed and hits better and faster than most people do with both hands.
Axiom telescoping stock, pistol grip, detachable magazine semi-auto so hated by the anti-gun bigots… And so well suited for sport shooting as well as real-world self-defense use.
Hunter’s performance with these weapons is quite impressive by the standards of able-bodied shooters. He competes on par with everyone else. His attitude is best summed up by the shirt he offers on his web site:
Hunter 'Nubs' Cayle takes it a step further he runs pistol, rifle, and shotgun without the use of thumbs or fingers, in finest tradition of Koolau!Disabled shooter competes on par with other NCAA NRA USCCA Brea Yorba Linda Placentia Fullerton OC
He has no hands and yet has the attitude to keep going. He shoots a SCAR16S and a Sig P22. He trains and practices his weapon manipulation. He can mag swap and run his guns.
What other physical sports can boast the inclusiveness of shooting matches? Previously, Oleg Volk has written about Joshua Benson. https://www.usconcealedcarry.com/blog/joshua-benson/
Joshua’s a country musician, an illustrator, and a shooting instructor–all that with one fully functional limb.
In a world full of whiny emo-boys and latte-sipping cowards, a man who never utters the words “I can’t” and who never asks for a drop of sympathy is a refreshing change.
I met Josh for the first time last spring at the Firearms Academy of Seattle, during the last course Jim Cirillo ever taught. Cirillo’s class was a two-day adventure into close quarters shooting techniques, including alternative sighting methods and shooting from downed positions.
Josh wheeled himself in on the first day of class, taking the far right-hand end of the line so that his crossdraw holster and unusual one-handed reload would not cause his muzzle to cross any of the other students. This class was designed for intermediate to accomplished shooters, not at all for beginners, and I confess that I wondered if the young man in the chair was going to be able to keep up—a worry that seems downright laughable in retrospect.
Josh, it turned out, was no beginner: he is a certified handgun instructor through Tom Givens’ Rangemaster firearms training school in Memphis, TN. Now 25 years old, he’s taken dozens of professional training classes in the three years he’s been shooting defensive handguns. And he takes his personal defense very seriously, carrying a concealed firearm every day.
More articles on the topic of Handicapped Shooters from: Oleg Volk
2715 Saturn Street, Brea, CA 92821
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