Pulling the trigger, yeah, it’s part of the game. But if you’re gunning for the pinnacle of shooting, there’s a lot more blood, sweat and tears involved. Whether running and gunning in a practical pistol competition or executing tactical movements in a training class, mastering a firearm requires mental and physical preparedness.
The Modern Shooter team travels to MAST Solutions in Houston, Texas this week to get a firsthand look at exactly the kind of training required to become a tactical athlete. And we get a take on the process from a man who should know — Jason Castro. The Minnesota Twins catcher trades his mask and glove for an AR-15 and loads of ammo in the off-season, sharpening his skills behind the trigger.
While the equipment changes for Castro, the mindset he takes to the diamond remains. For the professional athlete, it’s dedication to the craft and willingness to put in the work that moves a shooter to exceptional. And he and the rest of the MAST students take dust in the face, race for cover and keep eyes peeled through it all to prove their commitment to raising their shooting game.
Find out what else it takes to become a tactical athlete in this episode of Modern Shooter 10:00 p.m. EST Friday on the Pursuit Channel. The episode rebroadcasts Monday at 12 p.m. EST and Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. EST.