Shooting isn’t always about tactics or training to be a DELTA/ SF/ Seal team 12 secret squirrel commando. For most of us it’s a way of life that we love and a way to put food on the table.

Before I became a Army Sniper I was a hunter. Before I carried a rifle in war I was a kid learning to shoot .22 rifles at deer camp. I grew up listening to the stories my uncles shared of tracking, working the ranch and hunting deer in TX. Shooting and guns weren’t “tactical” or “defensive weapons”. They were tools and part of our way of life.

I think it’s easy to get wrapped up with how “tactical” or #OAF you should be and we forget to embrace shooting as what it is. A way of life that lets you build great memories and enjoy yourself. One of the things I love about the Ashbury Precision Ordnance Riflecraft classes is the fact that we aren’t focused on being tacticool or operators. The classes are designed for you to learn marksmanship skills, have fun and create great memories with family and friends. To let a father watch his son learn to shoot and the value of his rights as a American.

Right now the best moments in life are getting to sit with my 9 month old son on my lap and spot targets as his mom hammers them with her rifle. As he gets older I’ll teach him to shoot, hunt and enjoy the freedoms we have as Americans. It won’t be so he’s “tactical”, it’s so he learns the way of life Alexandra I Wilson and I love.

 

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Adam Wilson

Adam Wilson is a U.S. Army Sniper and senior NCO with multiple combat deployments, a background in reconnaissance and small unit operations. During his 18 years of military service he has held every MTOE slot in a Sniper section to include an assignment as the SEO/Sniper Section Leader for a forward deployed Infantry Battalion. He has utilized all currently issued U.S. Army Sniper weapons systems including the XM2010, M110 SASS, and M107. In addition to being a qualified Sniper he is a graduate of the Sniper Employment Leaders Course and the Army Marksmanship Unit’s Squad Designated Marksman and Rifle Instructor courses. Outside of the military he has obtained the NRA Pistol and Rifle Instructor certifications and served as a product consultant for several defense and firearms industry companies.

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