I give Matt Hughes a hard time for being a gun nut, not really on any legal or moral basis (okay maybe a little moral basis) but for the fact that anyone owning a gun which is banned from use on humans by the United Nations – the .50 calibre rifle Matt has – scares the fuck out of me. There’s a healthy debate floating around on if the fucking thing can take out a jet plane, for god’s sake. But I feel a bit better now because Matt’s primary pleasure comes not from turning animals inside out from half a mile away but from a more ‘life-friendly’ activity:
I caught up with nine-time UFC World Champion Matt Hughes at the Knight Rifles booth early Saturday morning and asked him about his hunting and shooting background. He and his identical twin brother, Mark, grew up hunting and shooting on their rural farm in Illinois. They continue to hunt, but prefer the time they get to spend together on the target range because it allows more trigger time together.
According to Hughes, when hunting, you may get only one shot–if that–and then it’s over, but with targets you shoot until you either run out of ammo, time, or daylight–whichever comes first. It was obvious to me from the vigor in his eyes that target shooting with Mark is the height of Matt’s shooting enjoyment.
Props to FightOpinion for bringing the link to my attention!