Eric Grauffel, is known for having an unprecedented winning streak. The 37-year-old native of France has won 270 President Medals and is six times World Champion of the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC).
For his competitive shooting, Eric uses only the best material. « If your equipment is not perfect, it is like killing yourself in competition, » said Eric. Since 1995 Eric estimates he shot 3 million rounds.
During his run of an estimated 250 straight victories against the top shooters in the world, Eric has amassed seventeen French National Championships, eight U.S. Championship including a back to back nationals in 2012, six European championship titles and six World Championship Titles, five in Open Division and one in Production Division. As an international competitor, Eric has represented France in the last six International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) World Shoots and returned home each time with medals. He will again represent the nation in Chateauroux, France at the 2017 World Shoot.
Born and raised in Quimper, France (on the west coast), Eric still resides there when he is not traveling the world competing. He began shooting with an air gun at the age of eight. At age 10 he shot his first pistol and within a year Eric was competing. He won his first French National Championship at age 15 and his first world title at 18.
Eric dedicates as many as three hours a day, five to six days a week in preparation for his sport. Each day he goes through a regiment of shooting and physical training. « This sport is basically technique, to be as skilled as possible you need to be like a thinking-robot, ».
In practical shooting, competitors are required to take shots from all different positions, locations and angles. Shots often come on the move or at moving targets. Because all shooters are highly skilled, any edge one of the top competitors can get through physical training is very important.
In addition to several practice sessions, Eric also spends several hours reloading each day. Grauffel says reloading his own ammo is much more cost-efficient and many competitors do this because it allows them to personally control everything about their ammunition.