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Shooting Industry October 2011 Digital Edition - Page 28

MASTERS Shooters Enjoy Southern Hospitality While Raising $37,000 For First Shots By Debbie Thurman SHOOTING INDUSTRY Ninth Annual “The best ever!” “What a great range!” “We’re having a blast!” “More fun than I’m authorized!” T Yamil Sued hese are just a few of the many superlatives shooting enthusiasts greeted each other with during this year’s record-setting Shooting Industry Masters. Held in the heart of Kentucky, the smiles, bragging rights and camaraderie were all wrapped in generous amounts of Southern hospitality. The Masters, owned and operated by FMG Publications, was held for the ninth time July 22-23 at Park Mammoth Resort’s Rockcastle Shooting Center in Park City, Ky. This year’s competition drew a record-setting 370 participants, representing 83 teams from 71 companies and organizations from throughout the industry. They included shooters of every level of experience, from professional competitors to newcomers. The objective of the Masters is to provide an opportunity for those in the industry to have fun shooting, while supporting NSSF’s First Shots program. “If you’re not having fun today, you’re just not trying,” said FMG’s Randy Molde, match chairman, during the pre-event briefing. Two days and 90,000-plus rounds later, a sea of smiling shooters confirmed that fun was not in short supply. Ten side matches provided added trigger time and even more fun. “We had nearly 500 people each day participating in the event, with competitors and volunteers combined,” Molde said. “It was exciting to see so many folks who are used to sitting behind desks all day out enjoying the sport they help make better. We’re thankful they chose to spend the weekend with us to support First Shots.” This year, Masters participants opened their wallets to the tune of $37,000 — all designated for First Shots Building The Industry’s Future Randy Molde, Masters chairman, greets shooters on the first day of shooting. 28 OCTOBER 2011 Subscribe to SI DIGITAL

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