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.

16 comments:

Mike V. said...

Damn...

Nik said...

I was privileged to know him a little through USPSA matches. We chatted occasionally at matches or after Section Meetings. It was always a fascinating glimpse at a life well-lived. My condolences for your loss, Michael.

Can you imagine the stories he and Frank James are swapping now?

Scott Currie said...

Loss is too small a word.

Steve Alexander said...

Yes, I knew Walt back in the 80s and 90s. We shot a lot of the same matches. Sorry to hear of his passing.

RIP, Walt!

Anonymous said...

Via Condios and fair winds and following seas...

Paul Markel said...

He was my mentor and my friend.

Paul Markel said...

He was my mentor and my friend.

Eric said...

We are diminished. Farewell, prickly man.

gunman42782 said...

RIP Walt.

Dean Speir said...

Walt, Frank James and Ken Hackathorn were my portals into the gunzine game, and I learned much from his wise counsel… I am personally diminished

Unknown said...

I am Walt's daughter, Dianne. Thank you all for your kind words.
Benedict.Dianne@yahoo.com

Unknown said...

I am Walt's daughter, Dianne. Thank you all for your kind words.
Benedict.Dianne@yahoo.com

Donna Katz said...

RIP Walt. I was the woman in the photo testing the Glock 18 in a Glock article back in the 1990's. It was always interesting conversation being around him.

kmitch200 said...

Walt was an icon and will be greatly missed and fondly remembered.

Very sorry to hear of the loss of your father Dianne.


Michael Hall said...

Walt and I have had many interesting and memorable conversations. He'll be missed by all of us "trigger pullers". RIP Pal.

Bob Thomsen said...

I've known Walt since 1981. He was my mentor ,friend and a father figure as well. My sense of loss is overwhelming to me as his passing come's 2 months after my wife's. My best tribute to him will be to carry on the "tradition" if you will. Farewell my friend.See you on the other side.

Bob Thomsen