Give Me Five: Taurus USA’s Caleb Giddings

Give Me Five

Caleb Giddings is a competitive shooter and was a contestant in season one of Top Shot. He was a member of the United States Coast Guard’s shooting team and is the manager of marketing for Taurus USA.

1. We want to know more about you. Please give us a glimpse into your journey with firearms.

Like a lot of people, I started shooting when my father introduced me. But my journey really kicked off in 2010 when I appeared on the first season of Top Shot on the History Channel. After that, it was off to the races, and I’ve been fortunate to be a part of everything from World Championships to attending the finest training available. Now, I’m the head of marketing for Taurus USA.

Caleb Giddings range train
(image courtesy Julie Golob)

2. What two pieces of advice would you give someone interested in learning how to shoot or purchase their first firearm? 

Find a reputable instructor and get their help! Many times a gun that “feels” good in the hand or is small and easy to conceal can be difficult to shoot.

3. What is your favorite piece of firearm-related equipment that you own? Why do you like it?

My favorite piece of equipment is probably my Safariland Comp-III speedloaders. I compete in the revolver division and the Safariland loaders are the gold standard by which all other speedloaders are measured.

4. What was something someone told you (or that you read) that significantly influenced your life?

One of my first mentors when I was an aspiring gun writer once said to me, “The only literary criticism of your work that matters says ‘pay to the order of’ on it.” I learned from that to focus on things that improved my craft and made me a better writer and to ignore the negativity.

Caleb Giddings
Courtesy Caleb Giddings

5. What do you wish you knew about getting involved with firearms right from the beginning of your journey? 

Truthfully, I wouldn’t change anything. All of my knowledge has come the hard way through training, experience, and tough lessons. If I could go back in time and shortcut that, I wouldn’t be where I am right now doing what I love.

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