Photo by Christopher Tomlinson

Walt Proulx, left, chats with his son, Austin Proulx, at their home in Fruita. The father-son duo push each other as competitive shooters, a sport that has taken them around the globe. ?The family returned Sunday from Caguas, Puerto Rico, where in addition to a bit of vacation time, Walt and Austin, 18 and a senior at Fruita Monument High School, competed in the 2015 IDPA World Championships.

Father-son shooting bond

Austin and Walt Proulx enjoy grip on competitive shooting

Design a sport that demands grace, speed and razor-sharp accuracy along with eye and hearing protection and you might end up with action pistol shooting.
Add a competitive father-son team who push not only themselves but their competition to excel, and you’ll have Walt and Austin Proulx of Fruita.
Austin Proulx (say it “proo”) recently won the CDP (Combat Defensive Pistol) Masters class at the Smith & Wesson Indoor National Championships in Springfield, Massachusetts.
It was his first top win at a major competition but likely won’t be his last, said his father Walt, who long has been a competitive shooter.
“He’s a very competitive athlete and there are very few people that I know of who have done what he’s done at his age,” Walt said.

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