Hi everybody! My name is Anton Astakhov and I’m from Russia. I started to train in Rostov-on-Don, then in 2005 I moved under contract to train in Lipetsk, in 2014 I signed a contract with Beretta. I was born on 30th April 1987 inRostov-on-Don and I’m a professional shooter. For me sport is so important because it predetermines my lifestyle.
Anton started shooting when he was 14 and he first competed in an international event at the European Championship of Maribor
in 2006; the same year he participated at the World Championship of Zagreb.
On 04th September 2010 he got married with Ekaterina, and on 27th August 2012 become father for the first time of Maksim, and one year later, on 07 December 2013 he got another child, a girl, Elizaveta.
In 2011 he become Team World Champion.
Which is your favorite gun?
My favorite gun is the one that I actually use for training and competing, the Beretta DT 11.
Why do you prefer to use that gun in particular?
I prefer to use this gun because of the innovative technology that the company Beretta had embodied in the DT 11 model.
Which is your favorite shooter?
My favorite shooter is the Russian Valeriy Shomin, one of the most experienced athletes in the world with excellent shooting technique. I’d like to shoot like him one day.
Who inspires you to practice shooting?
I was lucky shooting itself is my main hobby and work at the same time. The desire to get into each target, this is my inspiration.
Which is your most beautiful anecdote connected to the shooting sport?
I have a special quote to say, a quote that I learn on the shooting ranges: “With wrestling coach can argue only coach shooting!”
Which is your favorite shooting range?
I love the shooting ranges in the United States of America, the extent of which hit. They are very large and the landscape is also beautiful. They are really well organized.
How many years do you have when you first took up a gun?
The first time I took up a gun, I was with my father. We went hunting together.
Which are your plans and goals for the future?
My main dream and also my major career goal is to win an Olympic gold medal, so I’m training and doing all my best to become this dream true as soon as possible.
Which is your advice for someone who use you as an inspiration?
I would advise anyone to shoot with a Beretta gun, because they are the best in shooting sports.