OLATHE, Colo. (KKCO) - He’s trained Navy SEALs, Secret Service and FBI agents and Friday the Olathe man will be putting his skills to the test in a national competition.
Ron Avery is not just fast, he's really fast. He's a 14-time Colorado state champ, two time national law enforcement champion and placed third in the world for practical shooting in 2002, but he's not about to tell you that. "All my trophies are in boxes," he says.
At the age of five Avery fired his first gun while out with his dad. "I can remember shooting out in California and other places around the country with a bolt action bull barrel 30/30 rifle," he says.
Avery would later go into law enforcement, until a disaster drastically changed his life. "In 1982 I fell off a cliff and almost died," he says. He was given a 50 percent chance to live and after his recovery he dedicated his life to teaching the good guys how to win in a gun fight.
As the President of the Practical Shooting Academy Avery has trained Delta Force, DEA, US Customs agents and others. Avery says, "We've seen a huge increase in personal training which is what we do a lot of."
Friday Avery travels to Nevada for the United States Practical Shooting Association National Championships. He'll duel more than 620 top shooters from across the nation and overseas. The competition not only incorporates accuracy but speed under pressure. "Practical shooting is designed for everything, not just shooting on the range, but shooting in gun fights," says Avery. If he wins, it'll be just another trophy to add to his cardboard box.