Longtime readers of the blog and frequent listeners of the podcast will know that I’m personally a huge fan of shooting competitions. While I have my roots in Steel Challenge, in the 15 years that I’ve been competitively shooting I’ve expanded my portfolio of successfully completed matches from trap shooting to obscure and insane competitions like Finnish and Woodland Brutality. This year is already chalking up to be one of my busiest years for competition and while at SHOT Show 2024, I might have just talked my way into probably the toughest competition yet – The Tactical Games. At the show, I was able to have an in-person and on-video interview with the guy who runs the Tactical Games, Nick Thayer. Nick Thayer was happy to be on the podcast not just to talk about the competition and how you can get into it, but also about the unique relationship that Under Armour has with the Tactical Games, and how their support of the sport is a good indicator of things to come in the shooting sports space. Personally, I had always assumed that Under Armour was an “anti-gun” company, but as you’ll hear in today’s episode, that attitude is slowly making its way out the door at the fitness clothing mogul, and that could mean great things for more than just the shooting sports industry.
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TFB Behind The Gun Podcast #103: Under Armour & The Tactical Games with Nick Thayer
We have more than a special guest in today’s episode of TFB’s Behind The Gun Podcast. In addition to our guest today, Mr. Nick Thayer of the Tactical Games, TFB’s Behind The Gun Podcast is publishing its first video episode! Nick Thayer is a U.S. Coast Guard Veteran with a love for both fitness and tactical shooting sports. He joined The Tactical Games as a competitor in early 2020 and quickly found a home in the sport and the community and today largely runs most of its operations. Nick has participated in dozens of Tactical Games competitions and today we’ll ask the man himself what you should expect should you choose to test yourself at a match. Today we’ll go over things like round counts expected at matches, what level of fitness you should be at, what kind of gear you’ll need, and where and when these matches are typically held so you can find the one that’s closest to you. Today we’ll also go over the unique relationship that Under Armour has with the Tactical Games, and how this is a massive shift not only for what was previously an anti-gun company but for all shooting sports and their future. Please welcome Nick Thayer of The Tactical Games to the show!
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