Jade Struck, a professional shooter with Taran Tactical Innovations, recently shared with Guns.com the zone that she gets into prior to shooting competition.
“There’s so much going on around you,” said Struck, referring to the moments before the buzzer sounds and shooting begins. “You’re thinking about stage planning, you’re thinking about ammo, gear, positioning – all these different things. The one thing that brings me into my zone is I listen for the silence. The ringing in my ears. And I completely try and silence my mind.”
Once she finds this silence, Struck looks for the sun and breeze in the trees around her. She focuses on the stillness in the world. This allows her mind to slow down. This is important because the mind is so much faster than the body. By slowing down her mind, her body is able to keep up.
“So when the RO asks you ‘shooter ready?'” says Struck, “and I shake my head. I’m in that place. I’m in that quiet zone. There’s nothing else on my mind. It’s just me and the gun,”
Once the buzzer sounds, Struck lets her muscle memory to take over. She has achieved this through years of practice. She doesn’t even have to think about it. Her muscles know what to do.
“In shooting, you have to be able to balance everything. You have to be fast, but you still have to be accurate,” said Struck. She refers to this fine balance as riding the ragged edge. You have to go as hard as possible while maintaining just enough control.
Struck shoots with a Taran Tactical Innovations customized Glock 34, Ultralight AR-15 and Benelli M4 shotgun. She has won her fair share of competitions including the 2018 and 2019 Superstition Mystery Mountain 3-Gun Stealth Division High Lady. She also holds the 2018 SWPL Limited 10 and PCC Divisional Cups. (the first woman in the league’s history to hold a cup since the 1960s)
Along with Taran Butler, she trains some of the biggest names in Hollywood for blockbuster gun scenes.