Kruchin Takes it up a Notch…AGAIN!

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.



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  • Bean Guy

    Sweet jesus, I’m much more impressed in the second video. He can actually competently dual wield pistols at range… HIP FIRING

    • Giolli Joker

      If you look for his videos (either on youtube or linked in TFB articles) there’s one that exactly compares traditional shooting to “dream” shooting and he performs both flawlessly.

  • Renegade

    Neat video. That said, I could have done without the safety PSA.

  • BattleshipGrey

    Is that Alex C. playing the cello in the first vid?

    • SP mclaughlin

      Alexei Сyrillic 🙂

    • JimK

      Exactly what I thought!

    • ORCON

      I miss Alex C.

  • Wolfgar

    If I could have played that instrument in grade school band my mother would not have had to force me to go.

  • Dudes the modern Bill Jordan. I hope he does some instructional stuff on his “instinctual shooting” technique.

    Bill Jordan’s advice on hip shooting was sadly a bit limited, basically “swing the muzzle toward the target like underhanding a bowie knife.”

  • Lord Dratsab
  • Rick O’Shay

    Not gonna lie, I’m impressed every time I see his videos.

  • Just say’n

    Gives whole new meaning to the German word “Glockenspiel”!

  • Diver6106

    Stick with the 1812 Overture and cannons. It was better.