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July 28, 2014

Shooting Industry Masters Competition Raises Record-Matching $70,000 for NSSF’s First Shots Program


As team winners for the Industry Division, Daniel Defense Team 2 (Jason Poston, Ed Parsons, Vadim Dale and Kevin Flores) had time on their side as they plundered their way to first place — they left Florida with a bounty of wall clocks to remember their victory. Photo courtesy FMG Publications.

Year after year, FMG Publications leads the way for a bigger and brighter future for the shooting sports through its Shooting Industry Masters competition.

In this year’s 12th annual Masters, held July 18-19 on Florida’s Treasure Coast, a record-matching, all-time high of $70,000 was raised for NSSF’s First Shots program. Included in that $70,000 were funds earned through special custom gun auctions on GunBroker.com. Another $30,000 was raised for the USA Shooting team, nearly tripling the 2013 total, and more than $4,000 was raised for HAVA (Honored American Veterans Afield) through a golf tournament held in conjunction with the Masters.

Nearly 400 participants and a record 65 sponsors took part in this year’s 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 products for 80 raffle prize packages and 19 auction items.

FMG’s ability to assemble such a vast group of industry professionals to come together in support of First Shots, USA Shooting, and HAVA is something everyone in the firearms and ammunition industry can be proud of, and we here at the NSSF couldn’t be more thankful for what they’ve been able to accomplish.

As Randy Molde, Masters chairman and FMG Publications Vice President of Business Development, put it, “The people who are the shooting industry and support this event are without question, the most generous, adventurous and spirited group of individuals anywhere. Masters participants raise the bar higher every year with their unconditional support and collective efforts to grow and preserve the shooting sports. We tip our caps humbly to their willingness to embrace adventure and camaraderie regardless of climate or company affiliation.”

Of course, the Shooting Industry Masters competition wouldn’t be what it is without a stellar roster of shooters. During the two-day event, competitors slotted into Industry and Open divisions vied for top rankings across various rifle, shotgun, and handgun stages, as well as in an all new Team Tactics event. Fifteen additional side matches ensured everyone had plenty to shoot and enjoy. This year’s winners included: Daniel Defense (Team No. 2), first-place Industry Team; Jim Clark Custom, first-place Open Class Team; Mark Hanish, with FNH-USA, first-place Open Individual; Dianna Lierdorrf of Team Benelli, Open Class High Lady; and Tanya Gorin of Team XS Sights, Industry High Lady.

Said Molde, “This year’s top individuals and winning teams won with class and sportsmanship and should be proud of their efforts.”

For more information on the Shooting Industry Masters competition (plans are already being made for the 2015 event), visit www.shootingindustry.com. (A full list of winners can be seen here.)

To learn more about the NSSF’s First Shots program and how you can help or become involved in introducing new shooters to the shooting sports, visit nssf.org/firstshots.