Issue 01 Preview – The Razor’s Edge – JJ “The Razor” Racaza John Jarasa Join the Conversation After receiving international acclaim following his appearance on the “Top Shot” television program, champion shooter JJ “The Razor” Racaza is far from ready to bask in any type of glory. Instead, this leader of the firearms program for the Department of Homeland Security strives tirelessly to master his craft by coupling his uncanny accuracy and unparalleled sense of self-discipline. Consistently a top contender in nearly any competition he enters, Racaza began sharpening his pistol-shooting skills at the age of nine. By 11, this shooting prodigy was holding his own against adults and finishing in the top 10 at competitive matches. Now he is ranked as a Grand Master in both the United States Pistol Shooting Association (USPSA) and International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC). In 2011, he led the U.S. Gold Team in the 2011 IPSC World Shooting Championships held in Rhodes, Greece. Repetition is considered the mother of success, and just as any self-help, motivational or sports-theory article will mention, it is also the quality of the repetition that ultimately determines overall excellence. With all things considered, shooting—regardless of whether it is tactical, speed or skeet—requires near perfect form that is only effective if it is coupled with acute mental and physical prowess, trigger control and lightning-fast target acquisition. Champions master their craft by repeating motions over and over, becoming one with both their environment and their weapon of choice, depending upon the discipline. Shooting shares much of the same science as conventional sports in that one of the most frustrating trials begins with learning the proper motor skills and moving with the firearm. For the rest of this article, subscribe digitally here: RECOIL Issue 1 Explore RECOILweb:Kroger Craps on the Second AmendmentHi Point Meme: Name the 9 Contest (But Not Really)Holosun 507C MRDS: Does It Beat the Trijicon RMR?Who Knew? A Guide to 7.62 Ammo NEXT STEP: Download Your Free Target Pack from RECOILFor years, RECOIL magazine has treated its readers to a full-size (sometimes full color!) shooting target tucked into each big issue. Now we've compiled over 50 of our most popular targets into this one digital PDF download. From handgun drills to AR-15 practice, these 50+ targets have you covered. Print off as many as you like (ammo not included). Get your pack of 50 Print-at-Home targets when you subscribe to the RECOIL email newsletter. We'll send you weekly updates on guns, gear, industry news, and special offers from leading manufacturers - your guide to the firearms lifestyle.You want this. Trust Us.