It’s time for yet another episode of TacticalPay Radio! This week we’re covering an emerging topic in firearms… Extended Long Range (ELR) shooting. Helping Brett cover this, is someone who has won loads of ELR matches and is a true expert. Mitch Fitzpatrick is a college undergraduate, world-class extended long-range shooter, and Co-Owner of the Applied Ballistics Weapons Division, which works on all things related to the science of accuracy.
Mitchell is one of the top F-Class and extended long range shooters in the country. He got started in the shooting industry by getting into F-Class Target Rifle competitive shooting in the spring of 2013. He designed the action and built his rifle from scratch. He’s currently attending Michigan Technological University pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering with an Emphasis in Aeronautics.
Listen To The Show
- Who Mitch thinks is the best ELR shooter in the world.
- How Mitch is able to balance school work with improving his ELR shooting skills.
- Why competitors should keep both eyes open when shooting.
- Whether Mitch would prefer to win the King of the Two Miles ELR competition or an Olympic Gold Medal in 300m Rifle Three Positions.
- And much more!
Founded in 2009 by Bryan Litz, Applied Ballistics LLC “has grown to include numerous industry experts who develop and support a product line that is second to none in the long range shooting community.” Professionally they work on everything from ballistic software integration to training seminars. They have the depth to “support the needs of today’s military and law enforcement professionals with state of the art information and kit”
Applied Ballistics has a mission to “be the complete and unbiased source of external ballistics information for long range shooters.” They do accomplish this through a variety of ways, but one of the most significant is their commitment to R&D. They are constantly testing new claims, products, and ideas for potential merit… without giving in to or taking at face value, the marketing hype. Their commitment to the scientific method, and promotion of the industry through true understanding of the fundamentals is what sets them apart. They pass this work on to the rest of the shooting community through their easy-to-understand instructional materials and products (such as ballistic software).
Lastly, they have a recreational side which is “deeply routed” in competition shooting. Their staff members have won numerous regional, national, and international championships. Insight from those participating in long range shooting in the most competitive environments helps inform their products to yield great results.
TacticalPay Featured Community Organization of The Week
The “TacticalPay Featured Community Organization of the Week” was created to highlight the important on the ground work of local and community organizations in the firearm community. We receive nominations of organizations to recognize from our listeners. Organizations eligible to be featured include local gun clubs, hunting and shooting groups, advocacy and educational groups, and other firearms related organizations. We want to highlight the important work that the best of these organizations are accomplishing. These aren’t sponsored picks, but truly worthy mentions!
We’ve got a great one for you this week.
Hunters Helping Kids – The High Country Chapter:
Hunters Helping Kids, Inc. (HHK) is a non-profit 501c3 organization dedicated to inspiring and educating the youth in wildlife conservation and management. The High Country Chapter is located in Boone, North Carolina, and is incredibly active within their community. Their goal is simple, they “want to make hunting possible for any kid that has a desire to hunt but doesn’t have the place or means to do so.”
They achieve their goal of inspiring and educating kids through individual hunts, college scholarships, the Back Packs in School program, Santa’s Toy box, The MS Society, local youth church activities, and other general activities for children in their area.
To learn more about their great work, or to see how you can help out, you can visit them online at hhkhighcountry.org. You can also learn about various upcoming events they’re hosting, like Kids Field Days and Banquits.
When it comes to building community and giving back, there’s no greater place to start than with the youth, who are the future. That’s why Hunters Helping Kids – the High Country Chapter, is our community organization of the week. Congrats to them!