Go ahead and read the article first.
I have the great pleasure and honor to know Toni. He is one of those natural shooters that put tons of work on his craft and makes him a great shooter. The article is no exaggeration, Toni has no rock-star ego anywhere in his DNA .
To say he is effervescent is putting it mildly. If Toni is somewhere near, you will hear him and laugh at whatever antic he is involved in at that particular second. If you get to talk to him for more than 5 minutes, you are his friend and be ready for the next time he sees you to be greeted by a loud “Honey Bunny!” and a hug.
He is only serious when on the line and right after the Safety Officer says “Load and Make Ready.” After that, be ready to see him blaze through a stage and miss very little if anything. He shoots with an economy of effort and movement that will scare you. Once he is done, the gun is cleared and in the holster, he will give himself about 30 seconds of self-analysis, maybe a frown if he did something not to his liking and the he will revert to his normal self up and including mocking the poor performance on his part that us earthlings would consider the best shooting we could ever hope to achieve.
Unfortunately as John Ross said in his book, some people run on envy and being a nice guy plus a great shooter made him & makes him the target of petty jealous souls so I am sure there will be some upcoming negative crap about him coming up soon enough in the interwebs. And he will do what he always does: Laugh it off, grab you by the arm and say: “Let’s go shooting!”