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Tomasie: reformed rat-a-tat guy.

Travis Tomasie is one of the stars of practical shooting competition. Competing in Limited Division he's won many area titles and placed in the top three at national matches. He didn't start shooting until age 21, when his father took a course from 1994 world IPSC champion Matt McLearn.

After retiring from competition McLearn had turned his attention to custom gunsmithing and training. Travis is the only shooter he's ever sponsored. "I saw right away there was something special about Travis, he's a terrific natural athlete," recalls McLearn

Like many action shooting greats, Travis came from the rat-a-tat, speed to burn school. "I was a classic hoser," Travis says with a laugh, "Shoot fast and hope to hit something. It took me a while to realize the guys at the very top had learned to shoot accurately as well as fast. If there's one thing I could do over, it would be to learn precision shooting earlier."

Tomasie competed for about eight years, earning Grand Master status, all the while operating an auto detailing business in Seattle, Wash. Early in 2003 he was recruited by the famous U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit. With the opportunity to shoot full time, the training resources of the AMU, and his own outstanding athletic and mental ability Travis has risen to the very top ranks of competition shooters.

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Title Annotation:BETTER SHOOTING
Author:Anderson, Dave
Publication:American Handgunner
Date:Jul 1, 2005
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