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Industry Industry watch Salutes To Those “Breaking Down Barriers” Russ Thurman I rarely include news about competitive shooting event competitive shooters or and he focused on enjoying shooting competitions in the experience, but, given Shooting Industry, mostly behis intense competitive drive, cause of the vast number of also concentrated on improvshooting events, and other pubing his x-count. lications are better suited for “For me, this is all about such coverage. breaking down barriers,” BauThat said, in this issue, I’m com said. “I have never been one making an exception. Attribute to sit still for very long, and this it to the Fourth of July. opportunity presents a unique Smith & Wesson announced challenge for me to push my abilin April that a disabled veteran ities. I hope my participation will had joined the company’s shootlead to other wounded warriors ing team. Army Chief Warrant taking an interest in competitive Officer-3 Trevor Baucom was shooting, and more matches like introduced as the newest mem- CWO-3 Trevor Baucom, Team Smith & Wesson, competes in this the Bianchi Cup will take a look ber of the team at the NRA’s an- year’s Bianchi Cup. at how they can open up spots for nual meeting in Pittsburgh. other disabled shooters.” CWO-3 Baucom, 31, is a Texas native shooting in this year’s NRA Bianchi Cup We at FMG Publications are unabashed and Blackhawk helicopter pilot. A 13-year — against able-bodied competitors. American Patriots. We are sponsors of HonArmy veteran, he was injured in a helicop“It’s hard to put into words just how phe- ored American Veterans Afield (HAVA), ter crash during a night assault in Afghani- nomenal this whole experience has been,” and support that organization’s goal of helpstan. It was his fourth combat tour of duty. Baucom said. “The support from the indus- ing disabled veterans through their healing The crash left him paralyzed from the waist try has been overwhelming, and at times I processes by taking part in shooting, huntdown, and he is confined to a wheelchair. find myself still trying to grasp it all.” ing and other outdoor sports. We salute During his rehabilitation in Franklin, Baucom received instruction from top HAVA for all it does. Tenn., he met Jim Scoutten of “Shooting competitive shooter Billy Abbate of Atlanta Salutes are now in order for Jim ScoutUSA.” A friendship developed, and an Arms & Ammo. He is training and compet- ten, Smith & Wesson, Safariland, Atlanta introduction to competitive shooting fol- ing with a Smith & Wesson M&P9 Pro Arms & Ammo, NRA and many others for lowed. With the help of Smith & Wesson, Series pistol. Safariland developed special- their support of CWO-3 Baucom. We look Safariland and Atlanta Arms & Ammo, ized competition gear for him. forward to seeing him — and other disBaucom began training with the goal of The Bianchi Cup was Baucom’s first abled veterans — on the firing line. salute the Noble and Humble families for their outstanding cooperation and assistance in preparing for this year’s Shooting Industry Masters. We also thank the state of Kentucky for its warm and sincere hospitality. In conjunction with the Masters, we will present our 20th Annual Shooting Industry Academy of Excellence Awards on July 22. We look forward to honoring the industry’s best of the best. For more information on the Masters and Academy, visit Continued on page 109 Welcome To Our Firing Line t our own shooting competition this month in Kentucky, we are hosting a record number of shooters from throughout the industry. We are impressed with the number of companies that have entered teams in this year’s Shooting Industry Masters. Last year, we hosted 268 shooters in Grand Island, Neb. For this year’s Masters, we set an ambitious goal of 290 industry shooters. We exceeded that number right after the NRA meeting, and we are preparing to host 350-plus shooters. We are honored by the response of companies from throughout the industry. We also thank our record number of sponsors. Without them, we could not hold this annual event, which offers an opportunity for those in the industry to enjoy a lot of shooting — and to raise money for NSSF’s First Shots program. On July 22-23, we will hold the Masters at the Rockcastle Shooting Center, Park Mammoth Resort in Park City, Ky. We A Subscribe to SI Digital: 110 JULY 2011 Read SI DIGITAL It’s Free!

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