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E201: Running & Gunning with WTF Biathlon

In this episode, we sit down with Dan from Waco Tactical Fitness. He shares with us what the WTF Biathlon is, how it started, and why they’re a great running and gunning shooting sport whether you’re just a shooter or a prepper.

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Let’s be honest: preppers love their gear and guns. We buy rifles and handguns of nearly every caliber and flavor. We accumulate mag holders, holster, plate carriers, hydration backs, and tons of more gear.

But it is rare we get the opportunity to test ourselves and gear. Shooters are relegated to standing in a box and shooting at a stationary paper target, in most cases. (Not to mention, you’re also likely to get expelled from the range if you show up in a plate carrier.)

Shooting classes do offer periods of movement and exertion. However, they rarely involve extended periods of running and other forms of physical exertion affording you the opportunity to get your heart rate in the Jeff Cooper condition red. This is the heart rate you are likely to experience in a high-stress shooting scenario.

And even if we take an expensive class, truly testing our physical condition and gear is limited, by and large. You’re not likely to end up truly putting our equipment through the paces we want to prepare for or be ready for whatever comes next.

So enter the biathlon: A way to test your body, shooting, and equipment through actual running and gunning with pistols and rifles.

Running and Gunning Topics Discussed:

  • What a biathlon is
  • Who and what is Waco Tactical Fitness
  • How the name came about
  • WTF Mission
  • How it all started
  • The relationship with Appleseed Project
  • What the courses and courses of fire are like
  • How a biathlon tests your skills and your gear
  • The recommended gear and guns for a WTF biathlon
  • Where the money goes (hint: it’s all for the kids)


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In his free time, he enjoys hogging the remote, surfing, scotch, mental masturbation and debate over philosophical topics, and shooting stuff--usually not all at the same time.

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