2012 Masters

2012 Shooting Industry Masters Raises $54,000
For Shooting Sports!

July 20-21, 2012
Top firearms industry executives and professional competitors converged on Park City, Ky., July 20-21 to participate in the 10th Annual Shooting Industry Masters. More than 330 shooters raised $54,000 for shooting programs.

Team Taurus enjoying time between events at the 2012 Shooting Industry Masters.

“We might have to start calling the match the ‘Shooting Industry Masters Theme Park’ based on the number of smiles, fist pumps and back slaps I saw at this years event,” said Randy Molde, Masters chairman. “It was energizing to see 338 industry professionals enjoying two days of the shooting sports thrills that they help millions of others enjoy year round. Raising $54,000 for the shooting programs was icing on the cake. It was only possible through the generous efforts of our 34 sponsors, 82 teams, and numerous prize and equipment donors. We’re incredibly proud to produce the event and be part of such a great industry.”

The 10th Annual Masters raised a record-breaking $47,000 for NSSF’s First Shots, including funds raised through auctions on GunBroker.com. This brings the amount raised by the Masters for First Shots to $141,000 in four years. Additionally, $7,000 was raised for USA Shooting.

“Once again, I am at a loss for words regarding the supreme efforts FMG Publications put forth, and the superb results you all obtained, at the Shooting Industry Masters. I am quite sincere when I say that it just keeps getting better and better!” said Steve Sanetti, NSSF president.

The Shooting Industry Masters attracted a record-breaking number of teams and event sponsors. Industry manufacturers and supporters also contributed the largest collection of raffle prize packages in the 10-year history of the match. In addition, major companies and organizations sponsored 12 side matches, offering industry teams an opportunity to try a wide variety of shooting venues.

FMG also thanks this year’s host, Rockcastle Shooting Center, Park Mammoth Resort, for their assistance with the event, along with the state of Kentucky for its warm welcome to Masters attendees.

SIM Highlights

Click to view 2012 match highlight video.

The Shooting Industry Masters is a handgun, rifle, shotgun competition divided into two classifications: Industry and Open. The Industry class is for new to intermediate shooters, while the Open class is for professional and advanced shooters. Regardless of class, scores are not published to maintain the no-pressure, fun atmosphere of the Masters.

The top teams and shooters were honored during an awards dinner in Bowling Green, Ky., July 21.

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The 2012 Shooting Industry Masters top shooters and teams were:

Industry Division Top Three Individual Shooters

First Place: Greg Rader, Benelli Team 2 (pictured)

Second Place: Neal Emery, Hornady

Third Place: David Palm, Sierra Bullets.

Industry Top Lady: Deb Cheek, DPMS Team 2 (pictured)

Industry Division Top Teams

First Place: Sierra Bullets (pictured)

Second Place: Benelli Team 2

Third Place: Smith & Wesson Team 1.

Open Division Top Three Individual Shooters

First Place: Jim Clark, DPMS Team 1 (pictured)

Second Place: Bruce Piatt, DPMS Team 1

Third Place: Tony Holmes, JP Rifles.

Open Top Lady – Judy Shovel, CORBON (pictured)

Open Division Top Teams

First Place: DPMS Team 1 (pictured)

Second Place: JP Rifles

Third Place: Hornady Pro

The Shooting Industry Masters is owned and operated by FMG Publications.

Tenth Anniversary Match Draws Big Name Sponsors









Crimson Trace

Daniel Defense

Diamondback Firearms

Ellett Brothers







Howard Light




Nations Best Sports



Smith & Wesson


XS Sight Systems

PLUS These Shotgun Cage Sponsors: Bushnell, DPMS, Galco, Hot Caliber, Lipsey’s, P2K Range, Redring, VZ Grips

Welcome to the Shooting Industry Masters Blog!

Here you’ll find up to date information and changes on what’s happening at the 2012 Masters. And we have a lot happening this year.

July 5, 2012 — Rent a World Class Athlete!

We all need a little help now and then, especially when it comes to shooting. So, if you want to give your team an advantage and have an even better chance of taking home top honors at the 2012 Masters, have a member of the USA Shooting Team shoot on your team. It’s easy to get one. Just email Elizabeth at Elizabeth@nullshootingindustry.com and get your own World Class Athlete.

The “Rent” starts at just $400 and you’ll have one of the best shooters in the world hanging with your team for the entire Masters. How this works, is your team gets 5 people and the lowest score on the team is dropped. So, the top 4 scores are the ones that count. As I said, we all need a little help now and then, plus you’ll get shooting tips; make a new friend and be donating to a great organization as all the proceeds from the “Rent-A-Ringer” program go to USA Shooting.  So, give you team a head start in the competition and  “rent” your USA Shooting team member before they’re all gone.

It’s Not Your Dad’s Shooting Games Anymore!

The Masters is one of the most exciting shooting events of the year because of the entertaining and different shooting games we play. You can go to a lot matches and shoot the same ol’ course of fire with same ol’ standard guns, but then … you won’t be at the Masters. The Side Events at the Masters offer some of the most unique and exciting shooting games with a chance to try new and unusual products.

Take the Redring & Benelli IPSC Knockdown. At first, you might think, this is just ordinary standing steel targets waiting to be shot down. Think again. Once you pick up the Benelli shotgungun with the new Redring Sight, you’ll see that this is something totally different.

At this event, you shoot 10 targets, alternating between stationary steel targets and flying clay targets! On the Benelli shotgun is the Redring Sight. For those that are cross-eyed dominant, this is the game for you. You look through this sight on a shotgun with both eyes open and everything becomes clear. It’s very cool and very fun! Stop by the Redring & Benelli IPSC Knockdown at Side Match Meadow and let the fun begin!

All the Side Events Hosts at the Masters are gearing up to put their best foot forward and show all the teams a great time. So, be ready to try some new products and prepare for some different and unique shooting games!

And as always, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to call me at 719.237.4609 or email at shari@nullshootingindustry.com

See you in a just a few weeks! Travel Safe!

June 25, 2012 — It’s A FREE Ride!

Who ever said there’s no such thing as a free ride has never been to the Shooting Industry Masters!

This year for the first time and to make it easier for all our shooters the Masters is offering free bus service from the Bowling Green Holiday Inn (the host hotel) to the Rockcastle Shooting Range.

Think of it. No driving back and forth, no hassling with traffic, no worries about parking at the gun club and there’s one more benefit. After a fun day of shooting the Main Events and all the Side Matches, you can stop in at the Rockcastle Wine Bar, relax with the rest of your team, try some of their exquisite’s wines and then head back to your hotel in Bowling Green. And the reason you can do all that is because… You are not driving. We are!

The United Coach bus will arrive at the hotel nice and early so you will be at Rockcastle in plenty of time for check-in, breakfast and the Safety Orientation.

On Friday and Saturday, July 20-21, the bus will depart from the Bowling Green Holiday Inn promptly at 6:00 a.m. for The Rockcastle Shooting Center. On both days, it will depart from Rockcastle for the return trip to the Holiday Inn at 2:30 and 4:00 p.m.

Oh, and one more thing. If you were with us last year, you’ll remember how we parked you out on that field. Well, that field is a vineyard now so, there are not a lot of parking spaces available and if you drive yourself out, you might be parking quite a ways away.

So, hop the bus and leave the driving to us! Email Liz at Elizabeth@nullshootingindustry.com with your reservation.

Shoot the T/C Black Powder Blast Side Event – Win a Muzzle Loader!

Kudos to Thompson/Center! They are really raising the Side Match bar at this year’s Masters.  The T/C Black Powder Blast is raffling off a Thompson Center Arms Triumph Bone Collector .50 Caliber Muzzleloader to all who participate in their side match.

Every time you shoot the T/C Black Powder Blast, you will automatically be entered in their Side Event Raffle. The winner will be drawn Saturday night at the Awards banquet. So, the more you shoot, the better the odds of winning this great muzzleloader.

At a retail value of $669.00, the Bone Collector is a great addition to any gun collection, so be sure to stop by the Thompson/Center Black Powder Blast Side Event and shoot your way into the drawing.

First Shots – The Masters First Shots Orientation is filling up fast. There are only 7 openings left. This year, members of the USA Shooting Team will be instructing the class, so if you or any of your team members want to learn from some of the best shooters in the world, now’s the time. Sign up with Elizabeth O’Neill with an email to elizabeth@nullshootingindustry.com.

And as always, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to call me at 719.237.4609 or email at shari@nullshootingindustry.com

See you in KY!

June 18, 2012 — Now’s your chance to learn from the best of the best!

Being involved with the shooting industry is a dream job. Combing your vocation with you avocation isn’t a luxury that many folks have and those of us that do are really lucky.

However, for most of us, we’re so busy running the industry we don’t have time to participate in the joys of it, like shooting targets or learning how to shoot correctly. That’s where the Masters First Shots Orientation comes in.

At the Masters First Orientation class Friday morning, July 20, members of the USA Shooting Team will be on hand to teach folks the correct way to shoot. Just look at this line-up:

Jacob Turner
National Shotgun Team
2012 World Cup London Team
2011 Pan American Team
2010 World Championships Team

Collin Wietfeldt
National Shotgun Team
2011 World Clay Target Championship Team
2010 Championship of the Americas Team

Jaiden Grinnell
National Shotgun Team
2011 World Cup Chile, Bronze Medalist
2011 World Cup Beijing Team
2010 World Championships, Junior Silver Medalist

Amy Sowash
National Rifle Team
2011 World Cup Sydney, Silver Medalist (3 Position)
2010 Championship of the Americas, Bronze Medalist (Air)

Brian Beaman
National Pistol Team
2008 Olympian
2010 Championships of the Americas, Gold Medalist

If you’ve a Novice shooter and want to learn from some of the best in the world, here’s your chance. The Masters First Shots Orientation will start right after the Friday morning Welcome Briefing and we’ll schedule your team so that you shoot the Main Events after your class.

But the classes are filling up fast, so email your reservation to Elizabeth@nullshootingindustry.com.

We can always use a few tips from the pros! Looking forward to seeing you there!

June 11, 2012 — Side Match Hosts have a chance for a Masters win!

A lot of the money raised by the Masters for the First Shots program comes from our Side Matches. As a matter of fact, 100% of all the proceeds from the Masters Side Matches go to First Shots.

If you’ve never hosted a Masters Side Match, it’s a lot of work. All kinds of logistics go into creating and executing a good Side Match. There’s time, effort, staffing, procuring equipment, etc.  And our Side Match Hosts do all this to help us raise money and most never get to shoot the Masters Stages. They’re too busy running their Side Match for the other Masters competitors.

All of us at FMG Publications know this and we appreciate their efforts and contributions. So, in an effort to show our appreciation, we have come up with a competition for our Side Match Hosts.

This year, we are going to keep track of how much money each Side Match has raised. At the end of the two-day Masters competition, the Side Match that has raised the most money from their Side Match event wins! What do they win?

A Team Entry into the 2013 Shooting Industry Masters! That’s right. We’re giving away a free entry for one 4-person team, worth $1,500.00 to next year’s event to the Side Match that brings in the most dollars.

Now, let’s be clear about this. It’s not about how many participants shoot the event. And the reason is because there are several matches where it takes a little longer to get through the match, such as the SureFire Low Light Cave Shoot. So, we felt to even up the playing field, it will be about dollars brought in.

So, help your favorite Side Match Host win the Side Match contest by shooting their event. You can shoot a Side Match as many times as you like. The more you shoot, the more they make and take a step closer to winning!

Next week, I’ll have a complete listing and Courses of Fire for all the 2012 Shooting Industry Masters Side Matches, so be ready to shoot ‘em up!

Prizes/Raffle/Auction – We are still accepting donations for the raffle. So, if you want to give your product maximum exposure to the industry, donate to the Masters raffle. With over 350 industry members in attendance, the Masters Raffle is micro marketing at it’s finest! Contact Liz at Elizabeth@nullshootingindustry.com or simply click on the link below and download our Raffle Submission form.

And as always, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to call me at 719.237.4609 or email at shari@nullshootingindustry.com

>>Click to download Raffle Prize Submission Form<<

June 4, 2012 — 2012 Event Schedule

As the Masters gets closer and closer, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about and event schedule and what to prepare for. Well, Elizabeth O’Neill, our Masters Event Coordinator sent an email to all teams in May with the agenda, but in case you missed it, here it is again:

Thursday, July 19, 2012
Masters Welcome Reception
Sponsored by Kentucky
Cocktails and hors d’oeurves
Start Time: 6:00 PM
Where: The Lost River Cave
2818 Nashville Road, Bowling Green KY 42101
for directions please visit: Lost River Cave

Friday, July 20, 2011
Team Check-In — Receive BLACKHAWK! Shooters Bag with Howard Leight eye & ear protection
Masters Breakfast at the Range
Masters First Shots Class
Handgun, Rifle & Shotgun Team Events
and Masters Lunch
Lots of Side Matches!
Team Check-In Start Time: 6:30 AM

Friday Evening
Shooting Industry Masters 50’s Bash
Raffle Ticket Sales, Cocktails, Hors D’Oeurves & Rockin’ 50’s Music
Start Time: 6:00 PM
Where: Corvette Museum
350 Corvette Drive, Bowling Green KY 42101

Saturday, July 21, 2011
Team Check-In
Masters Breakfast at the Range
Handgun, Rifle & Shotgun Team Events
and Masters Lunch
Lots of Side Matches!
Team Check-In: 7:00 AM
Where: Rockcastle Shooting Center, Park Mammoth Resort
22850 Louisville Road, Park City KY 42160

Saturday Evening
Masters Awards Dinner & Banquet
With a raffle to benefit the
National Shooting Sports Foundation’s First Shots Program
Start Time: 6:00 PM
Where: Holiday Inn University Plaza
The Ballroom in the Sloan Convention Center
1021 Wilkinson Trace, Bowling Green KY 42103

For more information: EMAIL: elizabeth@nullshootingindustry.com PH: 888.315.3641

And remember, we are providing all the guns for the rifle and handgun stages. You can still bring your own shotgun (20 and 12 gauge), but we are supplying all the ammunition for all the events.  And everything is supplied for the Side Events as well.

If you still have questions about the agenda, give me a call or email at shari@nullshootingindustry.com with questions or comments.

May 31, 2012 — Are you up to the challenge?

This is the 10th anniversary of the Shooting Industry Masters. We’ve continued to grow, raising a lot of money for the shooting sports and turning the Masters into one of the most premier shooting events of the season, making it more fun than any other shooting event in the season. Go ahead, challenge me on that … I dare you.

Plus, every year, we defy ourselves to make the Masters more enjoyable, more entertaining and just out and out more fun. Which is why, this year we are providing all the firearms used during the Handgun and Rifle Stages AND not telling you what the course of fire is. Anybody can shoot a gun they’ve practiced with really well. Where’s the challenge in that? But to step up to the firing line, receive a quick brief on the course-of-fire and then shoot really good? Now, there’s the challenge! Can you do that?

We focus on fun, not on competition. Which is why we don’t post scores. Not worrying about scores raises the fun factor, because it’s not about who won the competition … it’s about who had the most fun AT the competition! Can you meet that challenge?

Side Matches – The SureFire Low Light Cave Shoot is back! If you did not get a chance to shoot this side match last year, you really missed out. Not only is it really, really cool … literally, it’s probably 50 degrees in the cave, but it’s very cool to shoot. You’re in a cave, it’s dark, it’s spooky, there’s bats hanging from the cave ceiling and zombies have taken it over. Make it a point to visit the SureFire Cave Shoot. It’s a great way to hone your shooting skills for the upcoming Zombie attack.

First Shots – Now’s the time to sign up for First Shots. If you or any member of your team is new to shooting, Friday morning is the First Shots class. Right after the morning safety briefing, you’ll have a chance to get instruction on shooting, getting familiar with some guns. And you’ll be receiving the tips from members of the USA Shooting Team. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn from the best in the world. But, get your reservation in. Classes are filling up fast and we’re limiting attendance.
Email Elizabeth@nullshootingindustry.com with your reservation.

Prizes/Raffle/Auction – Want to give your product maximum exposure to the industry? Donate to the Masters raffle. With over 350 industry members in attendance, the Masters Raffle is micro marketing at it’s finest! Contact Liz at Elizabeth@nullshootingindustry.com or simply click on the link below and download our Raffle Submission form.

That’s it for now. If you have any questions or comments, give me a shout at shari@nullshootingindustry.com

>>Click to download Raffle Prize Submission Form<<

May 15, 2012 — Remember; don’t bring your guns to town! EXCEPT for your shotgun.

Russ Thurman and Randy Molde have given the thumbs up to bringing your own shotgun. Basically, because both of them understand that gun fit, such as length of pull and comb height is critical in shotgun shooting. But there will also be loaner guns available, as our Shotgun Stage Director explains below. So, if you don’t want the hassle of bringing your shotgun, shoot one of guns provided from our sponsors. You never know, if you try it … you might like it!

Main Event – I have fielded a lot of questions about the Course of Fire and the Evening Festivities for the Masters. So, to answer the many questions about the CoF’s, I went directly to the Stage Director’s. Here’s their response:

Handgun Stage Director Sammy Reese: “I’m not telling you the course of fire no matter how much you nag me… Bribes will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Be prepared to shoot a lot and have fun. Don’t forget your sunscreen…”

Rifle Stage Director Scott McGregor: “We’re getting ramped up for the rifle stages and it’s working out to be another great time. We’ve got some really cool guns from some great companies who have come on as sponsors for the event. MGM Targets will be providing the rifle targets again. We may have a few different twists than last year, so be ready for some fun! Everything you need is provided for you, just show up and shoot. We’ve got an “A” list of Range Safety Officers lined up to help you do just that. They’re all looking forward to seeing you at “The Rock”!”

Shotgun Stage Director Roy Huntington: “Suzi and I will be running the shotgun stage, as usual. Everyone really gets a kick out of the fact the ranges used to be golf courses. Last year, people kept finding golf balls and laughing, carting handfuls around with them. What a great way to use a golf course, seemed to be the thought of the day.  This year’s courses will be challenging, but not too challenging. We figured on making sure the beginners get some sure-shots to keep things fun, but there just might be a few stages where even the seasoned veterans will be left shaking their heads.

“We’ll be supplying a mix of Mossbergs and Benelli shotguns so make sure to take time and learn about the models you encounter on the various stages. It’s a good way to get familiar with different guns and just maybe find a model you’ll need to buy for yourself later!”

Side Matches – The Zombies are coming! A new Sponsor, Zombie Targets is supplying targets to two of our side matches, but I’m not telling which ones. You’ll just have to shoot them all to find your favorite zombie.

Sponsorship – If your not attending the Masters this year, but want to be involved, there’s still opportunities. Help us raise money for the First Shots program and get your product in front of a lot of folks by donating to the Masters raffle. For more information on raffle donations, contact Liz at Elizabeth@nullshootingindustry.com or simply click on the link and download our Raffle Submission form. But, please hurry, June 29 is our deadline to be able to list your donation and give you all the promotion we can.

>>Click to download Raffle Prize Submission Form<<

May 7, 2012 — Biggest change: Don’t bring your guns to town!
This year is all firearms and ammunition are provided.  We wanted to make sure that everyone has a great time, so FMG Publications is supplying all the guns and ammo. That means you, the teams, don’t need to bring anything. Just yourself and your fun meter set on high.
No hassles at the airport, no dragging around different guns and ammo in the car. Even if you bring your own gun/ammo, we’ll ask that you leave it at the door, because……..

Main Event
One of the reasons we don’t want you bringing your guns is because we’ve changed the course of fire on the rifle/pistol event to make it even more interesting. We’re created some CoF’s that will challenge even the most seasoned shooter and put a smile on the face of the novice.

Side Matches
Cowboy Up!  For the first time at the Masters, there’s a Cowboy Action Side Match, sponsored by Benelli USA. All sorts of different guns will be used.

Diamondback Firearms has come on as a sponsor of the Cooling Station and will be giving away ice cold bottles of Diamondback water. Be sure to stop by the the cooling station, take a break and enjoy some their refreshments.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be letting you know some of the great raffle prizes we’re giving away  and auction items that will going up. You’re don’t want to miss out on those.

I’ll be updating the Masters blog regularly with new information from the Stage Directors, Sponsors and Side Matches, so check back to keep up with what’s happening at the Masters and stay ahead of the competition!

And always, if you have any questions, comments, concerns or suggestions, you can contact me directly at shari@nullshootingindustry.com

Shari LeGate
Shooting Industry Masters, Event Manager

Teams Now Set
For The 2012 Shooting Industry Masters

These Teams Will Be At The Masters

Accurate Innovations, Aimpoint, Barrett, Benchmade, Benelli, Brownells, Browning, Bushnell, Callis & Associates, Cabela’s, Colt’s Manufacturing, Corbon, Crimson Trace, Daniel Defense, Diamondback Firearms, DPMS, FNH, Freedom Hunters, Galco, Glock, Hodgdon, Hornady, Hot Caliber, Howard Leight, JP Rifles, Lancer Systems, LaserLyte, Leupold, Lipsey’s, MKS Supply, MTM Case Gard, Nordic Components, NRA, NSSF, OF Mossberg, Oneida Plastics, P2K Range, Para USA, Pathfinders, PolyOne, Remington, RSR Group, Ruger, Shooter’s Supply, Sierra Bullets, Sportsman’s Team Challenge, SSK Industries, Streamlight, Taurus, TenPoint, Timney Triggers, Trijicon, United Sporting Companies, Viridian, Warne Scope Mounts, XS Sights, Youth Shooting Sports Alliance, Zanders Sporting Goods.

2012 Match
Returns To Rockcastle Shooting Center

FMG Publications announces the 2012 Shooting Industry Masters will be returning to south central Kentucky and the Rockcastle Shooting Center.

“The overwhelming reception we received from everybody in Kentucky, combined with ear-to-ear grins and positive feedback from this year’s match participants, made the decision to return to Rockcastle much easier,” said Randy Molde, Masters chairman.

The 10th Annual Shooting Industry Masters will be held July 20-21, 2012, at the Rockcastle Shooting Center, Park Mammoth Resort, in Park City, Ky.

“It’s with great pride that the Rockcastle Shooting Center welcomes back the Shooting Industry Masters,” said Nick Noble, CEO and cofounder, Rockcastle Shooting Center. “Kentucky will once again roll out the red carpet for the shooting industry, and we consider this opportunity a great honor. We would like to thank FMG for recognizing our shooting sports resort as the perfect location to host this prestigious event.”

The 2012 Masters will again support the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s First Shots program. The 2011 Masters drew a record-setting 370 shooters from 71 companies and organizations throughout the industry. The match raised $37,000 for First Shots, which brings the amount raised by the Masters for First Shots to $94,000 in three years.

“FMG is such a strong supporter of NSSF, including the First Shots program, a program that benefits everyone in the industry,” said Steve Sanetti, NSSF president. “We’re very thankful for the support. We’re looking forward to the 2012 match, and we’d like to see everyone at the Masters next year: first, because it’s a lot of fun, and second, because the money raised will help us reach more new shooters through First Shots.”

The Masters is owned and operated by FMG Publications.

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BENEFITING: National Shooting Sports Foundation


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