Friday, July 08, 2016
R.I.P. Walt Rauch
My friend, my mentor, in so many ways my surrogate father Walt Rauch went on ahead of us last night, peacefully, after suffering a massive stroke some months back.
Walt was instrumental in establishing the practical shooting sports in the United States. Walt co-founded USPSA, IDPA and the National Tactical Invitational, was involved in the creation of GSSF and so very much else, in many way the intellectual center of the sports we love.
Walt's life was the stuff of legend — Army Intelligence, Secret Service, Philadelphia Felony Squad, a genuine hard-boiled private dick on the mean streets of Philadelphia. His 2 books, REAL WORLD SURVIVAL: WHAT HAS WORKED FOR ME and PRACTICALLY SPEAKING: AN ILLUSTRATED GUIDE, barely scythed the surface of his immense knowledge of firearms, tactics and shooting.
I will write something more comprehensive later. I need to process this myself.
Go with God, my friend.