Episode 83: Brantley Merriam, GM Carry Optics Competitive Shooter

If you don’t know the name yet, you will soon. Brantley just placed 4th overall at the 2022 USPSA Carry Optics Nationals. But where did he come from? How did he get there? With cut-out cardboard dry fire targets he made with boxes from Walmart… Not kidding. Brantley has always been on the quiet side, but now that people are starting to ask for help and tips from him, he’s coming out of his shell. We talk about what it’s like as an introvert learning to be more social.

And once Brantley gets to know you better, he’s more of a talker than you might think! I ask him about what it took to make GM, how he set his sights on the top 5 at Nationals, and what he did to exceed that goal this year. Keep your eyes peeled on this Alabama boy. He’s a force to be reckoned with on the shooting range!!

By Michael Crites

Michael Crites is el jefe around here. He has spent more than 30 years shooting, learning about guns, and collecting firearms old and new. He holds his Oregon Concealed Handgun License, and enjoys testing products in the back 40 of his farm.

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