10 MASTERS Industry Celebrates Shooting Fun At Family Reunion hat an event! The 2012 Shooting Industry Masters set a number of records this year, most notably in the fun category, for those stepping to the firing line at this industryonly event. “This is a blast!” “Loving it!” “The best event ever!” “It’s great relaxing with friends in the industry.” These familiar refrains were heard repeatedly from first-timers and veterans at the Masters, which has built a reputation as the must-do event of the year. “The folks who have attended our event for several years have told us ‘the Masters is like a family reunion.’ First-time participants are almost giddy when they check in, receive their shooters bags and see all the goodies inside. The Masters is truly unlike any other shooting or social event,” said Randy Molde, Masters chairman. Owned and operated by FMG Publications, the Masters was held for the second straight year at the Rockcastle Shooting Center, Park Mammoth Resort in Park City, Ky. Eighty-two teams — a record number for the Masters — with 328 participants from around the industry enjoyed two days of shooting fun with their industry “family” on July 20-21. A record-breaking 34 sponsors supported the match. “We might have to start calling the match the ‘Shooting Industry Masters Theme Park’ based on the number of smiles, fist34 OCTOBER 2012 SHOOTING INDUSTRY By Debbie Thurman W pumps and backslaps I saw at this year’s event,” Molde said. “Rockcastle is an exceptional venue that allowed us to offer a variety of shooting sports experiences. We truly appreciate their hospitality.” This year, in addition to the Masters’ three main shooting stages — Handgun, Rifle and Shotgun — the match offered shooters 12 imaginative side matches. “We host many top-notch shooting competitions, and I have to say the Shooting Industry Masters is our crown jewel. It is a rare occasion when an entire industry comes together in one place. We are honored to host this event and get the chance to show off what we believe is the ultimate shooting sports resort in the U.S.,” said Nick Noble, co-founder and CEO of Park Mammoth Resort/Rockcastle Shooting Center. Kentucky rolled out an abundance of Southern hospitality during the event, beginning with a welcome reception hosted by the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce at the historic Lost River Cave Ballroom the evening before the match. FMG added to the fun at the end of the first day of shooting with a ’50s Bash held at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green. The evening featured a competition for those sporting fashions from the ’50s and a chance to enjoy “blast from the past” oldies tunes. “I really enjoyed the cave reception the first night. I just Subscribe to SI DIGITAL www.shootingindustry.com Jade Moldé TH Annual FNH USA gives the Masters a thumbs up. Led by Ken Pfau (center), senior VP, L.E./ commercial operations, the company fielded three teams at this year’s Masters.