Industry-Only Event Captures $100,000 For Shooting Sports.
Sweltering heat and swarming predators were no match for hearty industry captains and shipmates in pursuit of shooting adventure along Florida’s Treasure Coast during the 12th Annual Shooting Industry Masters, held July 18-19 at the Indian River County Shooting Range. The nearly 400 participants and industry partners raised a record $100,000 for shooting programs during the pirate-themed event.
“The people who are the shooting industry and support this event are without question, the most generous, adventurous and spirited group of individuals anywhere,” said Randy Molde, Masters chairman and FMG Publications VP of business development.
A record-matching, all-time high of $70,000 was raised for NSSF’s First Shots program, which includes funds earned through special custom gun auctions on GunBroker.com. Additionally, $30,000 was raised for the USA Shooting team, nearly tripling the total from 2013.
“Masters participants raise the bar higher every year with their unconditional support and collective efforts to grow and preserve the shooting sports,” Molde said. “We tip our caps humbly to their willingness to embrace adventure and camaraderie regardless of climate or company affiliation.”
A record 65 sponsors signed on to help produce the 2014 Masters. Industry manufacturers and supporters also contributed the largest collection of prizes in the 12-year history of the match, with more than 60 companies donating product for 80 raffle prize packages and 19 auction items.
The $70,000 raised during the 2014 edition of the Shooting Industry Masters increased the total for First Shots to $281,000 in six years.
“We at NSSF are very thankful for all the support given to our First Shots program and thanks go to FMG Publications and all the sponsors and participants in this year’s Masters event,” said Steve Sanetti, NSSF president. “Getting prospective recreational shooters with diverse backgrounds to take that all-important ‘first shot’ is so important to our entire industry in this time when so many anti-gun forces are trying to demonize firearms, gun owners and our industry.”
FMG praised Florida, especially Indian River County, for helping to make the Masters a success.
“We were overwhelmed with Florida’s hospitality, cooperation and hands-on support of our annual event. The support we received from the Indian River County Shooting Range was unprecedented,” Molde said.
Produced and managed by FMG Publications, the Shooting Industry Masters consists of handgun, rifle, shotgun and team tactics events with additional shooting excitement in side matches. This year’s event included 15 side matches that gave participants a chance to experience everything from saving Captain Philips with a 15-round burst from a full-auto FNH USA M249 SAW to testing defensive reaction skills from a creative ship’s poop deck using a pair of suppressed Kimber pistols and a rifle.
For more information on the Shooting Industry Masters visit www.shootingindustrymasters.com or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There was plenty of trigger time at the 2014 Masters, which featured shotgun, handgun, rifle and team-tactics events, plus 15 side matches. Adding to the fun were plenty of shenanigans, including a contest for the best-dressed pirate.
The October issue of Shooting Industry will have complete coverage of the 2014 Masters. Become a fan of the official Shooting Industry Masters Facebook page: visit www.facebook.com/ShootingIndustryMasters. Stay up-to-date on Masters news, including when next year’s team entries will open.
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If ye be looking to feast yer eyes on the fun from the 2014 Shooting Industry Masters, then ye best be visiting www.shootingindustry.com/masters. There be moving pictures and fancy-like drawings of this industry-only adventure. Arrrgh!
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