“Dustin may be the best shooter we ever had.”
Those words spoken by “Top Shot” host Colby Donaldson echoed the sentiments of scores of viewers as they watched Dustin Ellermann shoot his way to the grand prize of season 3 of History’s top-rated program. And while his stunning performance at the final challenge stood the shooting world on its ear, it was his character that endeared so many to this 28-year-old from Zavalla, TX. He brought no drama; only skill and passion along with a calm, cool demeanor into shooting challenges that rattled the most seasoned competitors.
Before he was the “Top Shot” champion, he was (and remains) the director of Camp His Way a summer Christian kids camp and year round retreat facility. He and his wife are also foster parents and have 3 children of their own. His easygoing attitude on shooting is much more impressive when you learn he was 99 percent self-taught.
Dry fire practice: The main key to shooting straight manipulating the trigger without disturbing sight alignment. Doing this slowly is easy, but it takes thousands of repetitions to be able to do this under stress and pressure of competition. Then muscle memory is also what contributes to smooth firearm manipulations like reloads and getting in and out of shooting positions quickly.
Why Dustin Wears Wiley X
My favorite glasses are the Slay grey lens for outdoor shooting and then Guard clear lens for low light shooting, reloading, and hunting. While I choose polarized lenses when I'm out on the lake with the camp kids I keep away from that while shooting because it can mess with optics from time to time. Slay is dark enough to shade my eyes yet not too dark for an overcast day. I wear Wiley X because I have full confidence in their protective quality. The owners are patriots who make protection first and foremost in their products and I know full well my vision is safe behind their lenses. While competing and training you need to be focused on shooting and safety, confidence in your equipment allows your mind to be clear to focus on the front sight and press that trigger.