Shooting Industry Masters 3 Gun Competition To Support First Shots
San Diego, California – -(TheOutdoorWire.com)- FMG Publications has announced its Shooting Industry Masters three-gun competition will now support the First Shots program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). For six years, the Masters has raised money to support NSSF's Step Outside program.
At last year's event, FMG Publications raised $16,500 during its Masters raffle, bringing the total amount the company has donated to NSSF to increase its efforts through Step Outside to nearly $55,000.
That support will now be directed to First Shots.
“Our goal has always been to support the NSSF program that most directly increases the customer base. That's why we so vigorously supported Step Outside. While it's still a great program, we have noted with great interest the tremendous success of First Shots, and want to assist that program in its efforts to introduce new people to shooting,” said Randy Mold, Masters chairman.
Steve Sanetti, NSSF president, welcomes the shift in support to First Shots.
“This is a good, timely move and something we appreciate. First Shots is clearly the program of today, because it's a more direct way of targeting areas and focusing on getting new shooters involved – running ads, getting them to the range, actually get them shooting. It's had very impressive results,” Sanetti said. “First Shots puts the concept of Step Outside – making new shooters – into action.”
Sanetti, who has participated in every Masters event, praised FMG Publications for its ongoing support.
“FMG has been a phenomenally good supporter of NSSF's efforts to recruit and retain shooters. They are a great partner and we hope the partnership continues for a long time to come,” Sanetti said.
Sanetti also challenged companies to take part in the 2009 Shooting Industry Masters.
“The Masters is one of my favorite events. It's just plain fun. It's got it all. The camaraderie, the give and take, the friendly banter. Here's a chance for a company to come out on the friendly field of battle, join us and have a great time and show your support of the NSSF, FMG Publications and the First Shots program,” Sanetti said.
The Seventh Annual Shooting Industry Masters will be held July 24 and 25, 2009, at the Hartford Gun Club in East Granby, Conn. This year's competition has been expanded to accommodate 50 teams.
“Based on the success of the Masters and the tremendous feedback we've received, we are expanding the event to two days of shooting,” Mold said. “We're also happy to announce that we have a record number of sponsors for this year's event. The response we're receiving has been impressive.”
The 2009 Masters sponsors are: Aimpoint, Benchmade, Black Hills Ammunition, BLACKHAWK!, Brownells, Cor-Bon, Crimson Trace, DPMS/Panther Arms, Ellett Brothers, EOTAC, Gunsite, Howard Leight, Lansky Sharpeners, LaserMax, MGM Targets, Remington, Ruger, Smith & Wesson.
For more information on entering a team in the 2009 Masters, donating products for the 2009 raffle (with all proceeds going to First Shots), and information on the course of fire and other details, visit www.shootingindustry.com, or call Elizabeth O'Neill, Masters coordinator, at 1-800-537-3006, ext. 279; e-mail: [email protected]
Limber up your trigger finger, practice your steely eyed stare and plan to join teams from inside the industry for the Seventh Annual Shooting Industry Masters.
This three-gun shooting match features handgun, rilfe and skeet/trap events. Shooters will be able to shoot in one of two classes: the Open Class for those who want to compete against professional shooters, and the Industry Class for everyday shooters who just want to have fun without the stress. A raffle of incredible items donated by companies throughout the shooting industry will be held during the event to raise funds for the NSSF’s First Shots Program.