Eric Grauffel

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Éric Grauffel
Eric Grauffel en 2007.jpg
Personal information
Nationality France French
Born (1979-12-08) December 8, 1979 (age 37)
Quimper, France
Occupation IPSC shooter, firearms instructor
Sport
Team Team Tanfoglio

Éric Grauffel is a French sport shooter and firearms instructor with six IPSC Handgun World Champion titles and one Junior World Champion title.[1][2][3] He is known for having an unprecedented winning streak, and has won 191 IPSC President Medals.[4] He is the son of the French national team trainer Gérard Grauffel.[5] Additionally he has won the IPSC European Handgun Championships seven times.

Biography[edit]

Born and raised in Quimper, France (on the West coast), Eric still resides there when he is not traveling the world competing.[6] 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 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.[7]

Endorsements[edit]

Grauffel has been sponsored by, and is a frequent spokesman and celebrity shooter for, Tanfoglio (a pistol maker),[8] C-More (an optical firearms sight maker), Armscor, NobelSport, CCI (ammunition), Frontier, Dillon Precision, GSI International, Inc., Sprinco USA, Wolff Gunsprings, RHT (Rescomp Handgun Technologies), CR Speed, D-Short, Bollé, EHP (Electronic Hearing Protection) and some other shooting related such as, Cyber Gun (Worldwide Leader in Airsoft Guns) and Cibles (French Shooting Magazine).[9]

Merits[edit]

1995:

1996:

1997:

  • Overall winner of the 2nd, 3rd, 6th and 7th French Qualification
  • 2nd overall at the Home Countries Championship, England
  • Overall winner of the metal Trophy, La Tremblade
  • Overall winner of the French Handgun Championship
  • Best French over the season.
  • 2nd at the Speed Plate Championship, St Louis (USA)
  • 3rd at the US Handgun Championship, 1st Junior, Barry (USA).
  • Overall winner of the 1st French West Cup, Tours.
  • Overall winner of the 2nd French West Cup, La Trembalde.
  • Overall Winner of the American Handgunner Postal Match.
  • Overall winner of the Latin American Championship 1997 (Level IV), Caracas.
  • Overall winner of the Steel Challenge in Cholet.
  • Overall winner of the Pin Shooting in Cholet, and new personal record: 1.61 seconds.
  • Overall winner of the IV Phase Copa Presidente, Spain.

1998:

  • Overall winner of the 1st French Qualification, Cholet.
  • Overall winner of the 2nd French Qualification Nice.
  • Overall winner of the Metal Trophy in Coudray.
  • Overall winner of the Greek International, Greece.
  • 2nd place at the 3rd French Qualification, Exincourt.
  • Overall Winner of the Swiss Handgun Championship, Biel.
  • Overall winner of the 4th French Qualification, Alençon.
  • Overall winner of the Belgian Handgun Championship, Fort Lier.
  • Overall winner of the 5th French Qualification, Lyon.
  • 2nd Place Aera III, USA.
  • 4th Place overall & 1st Junior at North American Handgun Championship (Level IV), Barry,USA.
  • Overall winner of the 6th French Qualification, Metz.
  • Best French shooter over the season.
  • Overall winner of the Westfriesland Challenge, the Netherlands.
  • Overall winner of the French Handgun Championship, La Tremblade.
  • Overall winner of the European Handgun Championship. Junior & Team Junior European champion
  • Overall winner of the Fun-shoot in Eurotir, Paris.
  • 9th overall at the US Handgun Championship, and winner of the Shoot-off, Las Vegas.
  • Overall winner of the 1st GTIAO, La Trembalde.
  • Overall winner of the Schlewig Holstein Match, Germany.
  • Overall winner of the 2nd GTIAO, Alençon.
  • Overall winner Open and Standard of the Steel Challenge, Cholet.

1999:

  • Overall winner of the 3rd GTIAO, Tours
  • Overall winner of the Grand Prix du Fort de la Drette,Nice.
  • Overall winner of the Grand Prix de la Tremblade.
  • Overall winner of the Trophy Cholet.
  • Overall Open winner of the Dutch Handgun Championship, the Netherlands.
  • Overall winner of the Grand Prix de Metz.
  • Overall winner of the Solothurn Match, Switzerland.
  • Overall Open winner of the Belgian Handgun Championship, Fort Lier.
  • Overall winner of the Grand Prix d'Exincourt.
  • Overall winner of the Metal Trophy, La Tremblade.
  • Overall winner of the Grand Prix du Bassin d'Arcachon.
  • Best French Shooter over the season.
  • Overall winner of the Czech Euro Open
  • Overall Open winner of the German Handgun Championship.
  • 3rd overall Open division at the US Handgun Championship.
  • Overall winner of the Philippines Handgun Open Championship, Manille.
  • Overall winner of the Marikina Open, Manille.
  • Overall Open division winner of the World Shoot XII.

2000:

2001:

  • Overall winner of the American Handgunner postal Match in Open & Standard Class
  • Overall winner of the French Handgun Championship, Open division, Arcachon
  • Overall winner of the French Handgun Championship, Standard division, Metz.
  • Overall winner of the European Handgun Championship, European Open Team Champion, and Winner of the Open division Shoot-Off
  • Overall winner of the Czech Euro Open, Czesky Krumlov
  • Overall winner of the Spanish Handgun Championship, Madrid
  • Overall winner of the Czech Handgun Championship, Tabor.
  • Overall winner of the Swiss Open 2001, Sissach.
  • Overall winner of the 5th French Grand Prix, Arras
  • Overall winner of the Hungarian C.E.L. match, Budapest
  • Overall winner of the 4th French Grand Prix, Coudray
  • Overall winner of the Mediterranean Cup, and winner of the Shoot-Off, Cheval Blanc
  • Overall winner of the 3rd French Grand Prix, Tremblade
  • Overall winner of the 2nd French Grand Prix, Grenoble
  • Overall winner of the 1st French Grand Prix, Nice
  • Overall winner of the Florida Open in Frostproof.
  • Overall winner of the GTIAO in Tours.

2002:

  • Overall Winner of the Ecuadorian Nationals, Guayaquil, Ecuador.
  • 2002 IPSC Handgun World Champion, Open division, South Africa.
  • Overall Winner of the French Handgun Championship, Open division, Cavaillon.
  • Overall Winner of the Norwegian Handgun Championship, Oslo.
  • Overall Winner of the French Handgun Championship, Standard division, La Tremblade.
  • Overall Winner of the 3rd Round South African Nationals, Pietersburg.
  • Overall Winner of the Hungarian Open, Debrecen.
  • Overall Winner of the French Grand Prix of Cholet, France.
  • Overall Winner of the Mediterranean Cup, Cavaillon, France.
  • Overall Winner of the Grand Prix de Vannes, France.
  • Overall Winner of the CEL Slovak Match, Komarno, Slovakia
  • Overall winner of the Grand Prix de Nice, France.
  • Overall winner of the Grand Prix de Metz, France.
  • Overall Winner of the Grand Prix de Provence, Cheval Blanc, France
  • Overall winner of the Sicilian Championship, Gela, Italy
  • Overall winner of the GTIAO Cholet, France
  • Overall winner of the GTIAO La Tremblade, France

2003:

  • Winner of the Pan-American Handgun Championship, Guayaquil, Ecuador
  • Winner of the USPSA Handgun Nationals, Open division, and Shoot-off winner, Bend
  • 4th Place at the USPSA Handgun Nationals, Limited division at 98,5%, Bend
  • Winner of the French Handgun Championship, Standard division, Arcachon
  • Winner overall of the Czech Euro Open Extreme Match, Czesky Krumlov
  • Winner overall Of the German Handgun Championship, Open division, Philippsburg
  • Winner of the French Handgun Championship, Open division, Vannes
  • Standard Winner of the Tropical Cup, San Jose, Costa Rica.
  • Standard Winner of the Grand Prix of Coudray-Montceaux, France
  • Overall winner of the Med Cup 2003, Cheval Blanc, France
  • Overall winner of the First French Qualif, Exincourt, France.
  • Standard & Overall winner of Tremblade's Match, France.
  • Overall winner of the Sicilia Open 2003, Gela, Italy.
  • Overall winner of the Florida Open 2003.
  • Overall winner of the GTIAO Cholet, France.

2004:

  • Winner of the Australasia Handgun Championship, Bali, Indonesia.
  • Winner of the Hellenic IPSC International Match, Athens, Greece.
  • Winner of the USPSA Handgun Nationals, Open division, Barry, USA.
  • Winner of the European Handgun Championship, Open division, Tabor, Czech Republic.
  • Winner of the German Handgun Championship, Open division, Philippsburg, Germany.
  • Winner of the French Handgun Championship, Open division, La Tremblade, France
  • Winner of the Euregio Open, Sprimont, Belgium.
  • Winner of the Swiss Handgun Championship, Solothurn.
  • Winner of the 2nd French Standard Qualification in Montbéliard, France
  • Winner of the First French Standard Qualification in Arras, France
  • Winner of the 2nd Annual Tropheo della Sicilia, Gela, Italy
  • Winner of the Second French Qualification, Nice, France
  • Winner of the Florida Open, Frostproof, USA
  • Winner of the First French Qualification, Cholet, France
  • Winner of the GTIAO, La Tremblade, France
  • Winner of the Open Wintercup Sissach, Swiss

2005:

  • Winner overall of the first Montenegro Open, Podgorica, Montenegro.
  • 2005 IPSC Handgun World Champion, Open division, and winner of the Open Shoot-Off, Guayaquil, Ecuador.
  • Overall and title winner of the French Handgun Championship, Metz, France.
  • Match Winner of the Med Cup, Cheval Blanc, France.
  • Match Winner of the Columbus Cup in Costa Rica, San Jose.
  • Match Winner of the French Qualification in Ecot, France.
  • Match Winner of the 1st French Standard National Selection, Vertus, France.
  • Match Winner of the 2nd French Open National Selection, Vernon, France.
  • Winner of the 1st French Open National Selection, Cholet, France.

2006:

  • Winner of the Asean League Championships, Cebu, Philippines.
  • Winner of the Delta Open Cup, Belgrade, Serbia.
  • Winner of the 2nd Montenegro Open, Podgorica, Montenegro.
  • Winner of the Cracow Open, Poland.
  • Winner of the French National Championship, Arcachon, France.
  • Winner of the Arminedas Oksalis 2006, Kaunas, Lithuania.
  • Winner of the Med Cup, Cheval Blanc, France.
  • Winner of the Second French Qualification, Nice.
  • Winner of the First French Qualification, Montbéliard.
  • Winner of the Florida Open, Frostproof, USA.
  • Winner of the Columbus Cup in Panama.

2007:

  • Winner of the European Handgun Championship in Cheval Blanc, France.
  • Winner of the Shoot-off of the European Handgun Championship.
  • Winner of the European Championship in Team, Open Category.
  • Winner of the Open Delta Cup in Belgrade, Serbia.
  • Winner of the Lithuanian Open in Kaunas, Lithuania.
  • Winner of the French Open Nationals in La Tremblade.
  • Winner of the 6th STI Euro Open in Philippsburg, Germany.
  • Winner of the Master Tir Club France in Metz.
  • Winner of the 2nd French national qualification in Cholet.
  • Winner of the 1st French national qualification in Nice.

2008:

  • Winner of the World Shoot XV Open Division, Bali, Indonesia.
  • Winner of the Camp Karingal Match, Quezon City, Philippines.
  • Winner of the Armscor Monthly Cup, Marikina, Philippines.
  • Winner of the Ontario Provincials, Canada.
  • Winner of the Open Delta Cup, Belgrade, Serbia.
  • Winner of the British Open, Kells, Northern Ireland.
  • Winner of the French Open Nationals, Metz, France.
  • Winner of the Extreme Euro Open, Hodonice, Czech Republic
  • Winner of the 7th STI Open, Philippsburg, Germany.
  • Winner of the Second French Selection, Cholet, France.
  • Winner of the Athens Cup, Malacasa, Greece.
  • Winner of the first French selection, Nice, France
  • 2nd Place at Florida Open, Frostproof, Florida, USA.

2009:

  • Winner of the GTI La Tremblade - France
  • Winner of the GTI Quiberon - France
  • Winner of the Angry Moose, Norwegian Open Nationals, Loeten - Norway.
  • Winner of the French Open Nationals, Nice - France.
  • Winner of the Czech Extreme Euro Open, Hodonice - Czech Republic.
  • Winner of the STI Euro Open, Philippsburg - Germany.
  • Winner of the Master Tir Club France, Metz - France.
  • Winner of the West French Area Qualification, La Tremblade - France.
  • Winner of the Med Cup 2009, Open Division, Cavaillon - France.
  • Winner of the Grand Prix d'Ecot, Open Division, Ecot - France.
  • Winner of the Montbeliard Championship in Fort La Chaux, Production Division, Montbeliard - France.
  • Winner of the South East French Qualification, Production Division, Lyon - France.
  • Winner of the Cholet's Match, Open Division, Cholet - France.
  • Winner of the Grand Prix de la Drette, StandardDivision, Nice - France.

2010:

  • Winner of the Gti Match Production Division, Flers - France
  • Winner of the National Italian Steel Challenge Open Division, Agna - Italy
  • Winner of the National Italian Steel Challenge Production Division, Agna - Italy
  • Euroean Champion Open Division, Belgrade - Serbia
  • European Champion Team Open Division, Belgrad - Serbia
  • Winner of the STAR Match, Aubigné-Racan
  • Winner of the International Match, Production Division. Suomussalmi - Finland
  • Winner of the French Nationals, Production Division. La Tremblade - France
  • Winner of the Czech Extreme Euro Open. Hodonice - Czech Republic
  • Winner of the Infinity Open. Philippsburg - Germany
  • Winner of the Master's. Coudray-Monceaux - France
  • Winner of the Med Cup. Cheval-Blanc - France
  • Winner of theIR North, Open Division. Coudray-Monceaux - France
  • Winner of theIR West, Standard Division. Cholet - France
  • Winner of the R South East, Production Division. Nice - France

2011:

  • Winner of the World Shoot XVI in Open Division, Rhodes - Greece
  • Silver Medal Open Men's Team World Shoot XVI, Rhodes - Greece
  • Winner of the French Open Nationals, Metz - France
  • Winner of the Infinity Open, Philippsburg - Germany
  • Winner of the Masters France, Ecot - France
  • Winner of the Med Cup, Cavaillon - France
  • Winner of the IR Nord Standard Qualification, Arras - France
  • Winner of the IR West Production Qualification, Cholet-Aubigne - France
  • Winner of the IR South Open Qualification, Nice - France


2012:

  • Winner of the Copa Invernale Le Tre Piume, Agna - Italy
  • Winner of the Moscow Open, Moscow - Russia
  • Winner of the Night Shoot Off in Object Shooting Range, Moscow - Russia
  • Winner of the World Steel Challenge Shoot-off, Frostproof - USA
  • Winner of the World Steel Challenge Production, Frostproof - USA
  • 3rd Place Open at World Steel Challenge, Frostproof - USA
  • Winner of the USPSA Open Nationals, Las Vegas - USA
  • Winner of the USPSA Production Nationals, Las Vegas - USA
  • Winner of the Limit Euro Challenge in Production Division, Hodonice - Czech Republic
  • Winner of the USA IPSC Nationals in Production Division, Frostproof - Florida
  • Winner of the Russian Nationals in Production Nationals, Moscow - Russia
  • Winner of the Delta Cup in Production Division, Belgrade - Serbia
  • Winner of the 12th Bolo Cup in Open Division, Marikina - Philippines
  • Winner of the Geco Euro Open in Production Division, Debreccen - Hungary
  • Winner of the French Open Nationals in Production Division, Paris - France
  • Winner of the Extreme Euro Open in Production Division, Znojmo - Czech Republic
  • Winner of the Infinity Euro Open in Production Division, Phillipsburg - Germany
  • Winner of the Master France in Production Division, Aubigné Racan - France
  • Winner of the Open Qualifier, IR West, Flers - France
  • Winner of the Production Qualifier, IR North, Roissy - France
  • Winner of the Standard Qualifier IR South, Isle Sur Sorgue - France

2013:

  • Winner of the European Championship in Production Division,- Portugal
  • Winner of the USPSA Production Nationals, Tulsa - USA

2014:

  • Winner of the World Shoot XVII in Production Division, Frostproof, Florida - USA

2015:

  • Winner of the IPSC Africa Handgun Championship in Production Division, Cape Town - South Africa

2016:

  • Winner of the European Championship in Standard Division, Felsőtárkány - Hungary

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Le Télégramme Eric Grauffel 23 November 2008
  2. ^ "Eric Grauffel". Retrieved 11 August 2011. 
  3. ^ ISPC results
  4. ^ ericgrauffel.com
  5. ^ MaVille.com Tir - Stage quimpérois pour les meilleurs Français "...c'est à une préparation très sérieuse que Gérard Grauffel, l'entraîneur national, avait convié en son stand de Plonéis, à la demande de la fédération, les meilleurs représentants hexagonaux de la discipline. Parmi eux, bien sûr, son fils. Éric Grauffel, régional de l'étape de 27 ans, n'est rien de moins que le champion du monde et d'europe en titre (respectivement pour la 3e et 4e fois consécutive)."
  6. ^ Le Télégramme L'élite au rendez-vous du championnat interrégional 16 September 2009 "Le champion de monde, Éric Grauffel, remporte le championnat en «open»."
  7. ^ http://www.ericgrauffel.com/eric/results.html
  8. ^ Frank James Effective Handgun Defense: A Comprehensive Guide to Concealed Carry 2004 Page 144 "Tanfoglio built a good business marketing the pistol to the West and the design is so solid that two shooters, American Doug Koenig and Frenchman Eric Grauffel, have won the hard fought IPSC World Championship using pistols based on this design."
  9. ^ http://ericgrauffel.com/eric/sponsors.html
  10. ^ http://www.ericgrauffel.com/eric/results.html