If you're a shooter with a disability, or know someone who is, you'll be interested to know that there's a defensive shooting pistol match called the Adaptive Defensive Shooting Nationals, sponsored by Camp Freedom, coming this November at the famed SIG SAUER Academy...and you're invited! Due to take place on November 1-2, 2019, this event is open to all shooters with disabilities.
The brainchild of organizer Trevor Baucom, this new match is the product of a conversation Baucom had with a master-level IDPA shooter and police officer who was injured in a fight with a mentally ill suspect. The tragic encounter left him blind and deaf on one side, and needing a walker to get around. Baucom was moved not just by his story, but by his determination to continue competing.
"This is a defensive pistol match," explained Baucom, "just like IDPA, but without the IDPA rules." The event was created specifically for shooters with disabilities who would like to experience competition in a comfortable environment with others who are facing similar physical challenges.
The venue choice of SIG SAUER Academy, which is located in Epping, New Hampshire, was a simple one. SIG Academy (as it's affectionately known among shooters) is extremely wheelchair-friendly and accessible for people with all kinds of disabilities. Additionally, there will be an opportunity for participants to train at the SIG Sauer Academy on Friday, November 1st (time TBD) ahead of the match. The competition itself will take place on Saturday, November 2nd.
Qualifying disabilities are classed quite broadly, but Baucom suggests that potential competitors double-check the event website (click here to do so) to ensure that they meet the criteria. The registration fee for the match is a mere $50, which also covers lunch and dinner.
This unique competition will be a terrific opportunity, not just to test and build your handgun shooting skills, but to connect with fellow shooters in an open, supportive environment. Interested? Click here to learn more, or to register!