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Virtual Classroom With Mike Hughes


Pull up a chair to your computer and access our virtual classroom to take advantage of tips, tricks and knowledge that will be taught to you by the industries leading professionals. Hone your skills with a firearm and enjoy the educating conversations that will take place all without leaving the comfort of your home! This virtual classroom will be taught by Mike Hughes, a finalist on the television show Top Shot. He offers exceptional insight and entertaining banter so don’t wait, buy your access now to this virtual classroom! Learn more below.

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This virtual classroom will be taught by Mike Hughes.

Mike was a contestant on the History Channel’s Top Shot Season Three where he was a member of the Blue Team, but after making it to the final seven on his season, he joined the Green Team. Mike was originally eliminated during Week Nine, after losing an elimination challenge against Gary Quesenberry. However, after the resignation of Jake Zweig in the following episode, he was brought back to the competition where he eventually reached the Season 3 Finale eventually losing out to Dustin Ellermann.

Before that, Mike played college football at the University of Idaho and practiced law for over a decade.

He is also the founder and president of Next Level Training in Ferndale, Washington. a United States Practical Shooting Association competitive pistol shooter where he placed 7th at their Nationals competition, and the inventor of his own training pistol called the SIRT Pistol.

Mike is known for his absolute obsession with speed and accuracy born out of a love for fundamentals. He focuses on teaching the most important and critical aspects of handgun shooting. This is what led him to develop the SIRT which has become a top training tool at all levels of military, law enforcement, and private training organizations.

USA Firearm Training President Jacob Paulsen and Riley Bowman sat down with Mike to discuss his mindset for competitive and defensive shooting. Some of the discussed topics included…

  • Bridging between Competitive and Defensive shooting. How to prepare for something you may never have to practice.
  • What was the hardest shot to make on Top Shot?
  • What is the 80/20 of grip?
  • Is SIRT planning on making a compact version of its model?
  • What’s a day in the life of Mike Hughes like when training for an event?
  • Not being afraid of failure in competitive shooting or overall training.
  • The Principles of Muscle Control in Shooting and Drawing.
  • The Disciplines of Different Firearm Shooters