In what is sure to top the current craze over making music with firearms, Russia’s IPSC Grand Master Vitaly Kruchin outdoes his own performance of taking musicians to the shooting range, by taking the shooting range to musicians! In this example, he is using .22 LR converted Glocks to engage multiple steel plates designed to sound differently when hit, in order to match a classical music piece from Austria. I can’t tell if this piece is more challenging than his previous performance while on a range but either way, both are amazing skills of marksmanship and competency with a firearm. However at that range with .22 LR rounds, I would be concerned with ricochets from bullets bouncing back. Although not entirely common, I’ve seen people get hit and I myself have gotten snagged by small pieces of ricochets from steel at very close ranges. I assume the proper safety precautions were taken in regards to bullets used to prevent such hazards. From RT–
The President of the Russian Practical Shooting Federation Vitaly Kryuchin apparently loves his guns to the point that he won’t let go of them – even in a concert hall.
He came up with an idea to unite classical music and his shooting skills to produce a killer hit – a celebratory war march with genuine gunfire. Joined by a small but daring cohort of the ‘Noir’ string quartet, he gave new life to an old ‘Radetzky March’ by Johann Strauss Snr.
While for Strauss it may have been the first such performance, for Kryuchin it certainly wasn’t. Known for his “intuitive shooting”workshops, last year he became a YouTube hit, performing ‘Ode to Joy’ by Beethoven and several other pieces including the famous Russian song ‘Murka’ and the nursery rhyme, ‘Old MacDonald Had A Farm’. Yes, seriously, a nursery rhyme.
The neatest bit about Kruchin is that this isn’t a party trick, he actually walks the talk and his skill with 9x19mm handguns with IPSC steel and using his outstanding hand-eye coordination appears to not be replicated by many others in our time.