- Category: Featured Shooters
- Published on Wednesday, 01 August 2012 22:49
Corey Estill is the AlphaShot shooter of the month for August 2012. Those of you that know Corey are fully aware of his sarcastic humor. Someone once told me when they first met Corey they were ready to punch him in the face. It was only after they got to know him that they truly started to understand him. Corey is a strong shooter that is willing to share his ideas with fellow shooters and he has a love for life and a care and concern for others around him. His love for dogs is apparent by his numerous Facebook posts trying to find a home for some dog or trying to support humane treatment of animals. Corey’s wife Jessica is a veterinarian and the match is appropriate as she supports his love for the shooting sports and she is clearly supportive and enthusiastic about her career.
Corey is a Grand Master Shooter in many divisions including Limited, Limited 10, Single Stack and Production. He can usually be found shooting his trusty 1911 or his Custom CZ 75. Recently I had a chance to meet with Corey and talk about his background and asked him the following questions.
What are your earliest memories related to shooting?
Corey: “When I was 5-6 years old my grandfather and I would just go walking in the woods behind his house. We would set things up and shoot them with my Ruger Mark II. I still have that gun today. I learned everything from how to press a trigger to how to be a man from him.”
What shooting related accomplishment are you the most proud of?
Corey: “I would have to say my favorite accomplishment would be when I made GM in Limited 10 with my SS gear then just a few months later I made GM in Single Stack. If it’s not that it would be when I won an area match last year.
In addition to my personal accomplishments I have to say that I love to see others succeed. Whenever someone that I have trained has that light bulb moment where they truly get it for the first time and I get to watch them succeed, I have a real sense of accomplishment. It is almost as good as a win for me…almost.”
When I asked Corey about advice for new shooters, his response really hit home. I shoot a Bedell Limited Gun, a Springfield Single Stack, a Glock 34 in Production and a Tanfoglio Open Class gun. Personally I have been frustrated with my progress particularly over the past year. I will be taking Corey’s advice over the next few months.
What advice do you have for new shooters.
Corey: “Pick one gun and stick with it. You'll learn more about shooting that way. If you bounce back and forth between this gun and that gun your constantly having to learn those guns and their quirks. If you stick with one gun you'll be confident with it and will grow faster.”
Have you ever been disqualified, and if so can you tell us about it?
Corey: “My first DQ hasn't happened yet. The age-old saying is there are those that have “DQed” and those that will. I just hope when I do get disqualified, I take it like a man and continue on through out the day with my squad.”
What are you doing in the shooting sport in addition to your own competition.
Corey: “I work for Shooters Connection providing the best service in shooting sports bar none. I also shoot for Cerakote Gun Coatings which is by far the best coating out there. I've got the coating on all my competition guns to prove it! Recently, I started shooting Black Bullet International bullets and if your looking for the best value for your dollar its going to be hard to beat them!”
Please join us as we congratulate Corey Estill on becoming AlphaShot’s Shooter of the Month for August 2012.