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Exclusive Interview of Ben Stoeger for Lady Russia IPSC

We have never meet Ben, but he was so kind and gave as a short interview for mots exiting questions. Our special thanks to iMarksman for being an intermediary between Ben and us, and to Sergey Borodaev for beautiful photos.

There is some gossip that you use Tanfoglio now (yes, there is youtube in Russia), what are the impressions? And by the way, how about caliber preferences?

BS: I switched to a Stock 2 this year and I like it a lot. I think it is the best solution right now for production division. I use a 9mm version now, and I don’t see a good reason to use a different caliber for IPSC.

In all the videos we can find on YouTube you show phenomenal speed, both in movement and transitioning between targets, how you do you do it? Is it every day hard work or talent?

BS: I work hard every single day at shooting better. I do regular dry fire and live fire training. I am not particularly talented for the sport, I had to work to get better.

There is an awesome video of the stage where you shoot the popper, about 25 meters while moving, everyone wants to know how it happened — was it power of mind or cold calculation?

BS: I think it was probably luck, but it could well have been the power of the mind.

There are a lot of your videos that show you shooting a handgun (IDPA, USPSA, IPSC). But we haven’t seen you shooting a shotgun, rifle, or 3gun, why’s that?:)

BS: I may start in 3-gun at some point, but right now it is too much work and too expensive to get heavily involved.

There was rumor that you don’t shoot a lot live ammo, just 2-3k, how is that?

BS: I don’t shoot as much live ammo as most of the professional shooters in the sport. I make due with more dry fire practice than most.

Do you have any predictions on the next year IPSC World Shoot XVII in Florida? Who should we bet on?

BS: I think the US teams will do quite well, as we always do.

How long does it take you to reach a grand master level? Some shooters practice just from the cradle, like J.J. Racaza, at least they say.

BS: I was a Grand Master as soon as I stared in USPSA, but it took me years to get to the level I am at now and it will be years more to really advance my skills to the top level.

We saw a clip on YouTube called Bob Vogel vs Taran Butler. Can we see something like that with you? For example, Ben Stoeger vs Chuck Norris?

BS: If you like. I will see what I can do about getting Chuck.

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