I grew up as a leather worker, it was a family business. Around the age of fourteen to fifteen years old, I had worked on my grandfather’s ranch for many years and he would make his own boots, his own saddles. From there, we just made everything by hand.
As a shooter, I’ve been shooting since I was 8 years old. I’d always started out with heavy calibers 40/45, 30/30, 223 and I guess after awhile it just took its toll on my hands.
I started competition shooting when I was 25 years old, just started to training to be faster, faster, and faster. Eventually, I want to meet my…my weirdest goal is to try to compete against Jerry Mitchelleg who is the captain of team Smith & Weston. It will probably never happen, as the guy holds about 18 world records, but nonetheless, that is still something I do want to do win or lose.
When I was 22 years, I was on my workbench looking for a gun holster for another client of mine when I had a really sharp pain in my right hand. After that it was hard for me to move it and fingers locked up, I couldn’t really do much. It took me having to force close my hand before I could get any movement back into it that I could actually control.
A couple of days later, a really good friend of mine was using a
I love what I do because it’s been in my family for generations; my great-grandfather, my great great grandfather we have always been ranchers, we’ve been farmers, we’ve been shooters.
To this day, I was raised with a work ethic that if it’s done with your hands it’s worth having around. It’s always been you work hard you succeed in life that’s where my life is.
Shooting is a sport that I absolutely love to do, I’m good at it, and I want to continue doing it. As far as this is something that my grandfather wanted me to do when he passed away, his 1911 was passed down to me, and that is something I just don’t want to give up because my hands have restricted me from being able to.