Indian River County Florida was pleased to host the 2014 Shooting Industry Masters Event this past weekend at Indian River County Shooting Range in Sebastian, Fl. As FWC Hunter Safety Instructors many were offered the opportunity to volunteer and experience the event.
A team of us from the Central Florida area headed down to help out at the event. The weather for the weekend was cooperative and we had no rain, but it sure was hot and humid. We arrived Friday am to check in and get our assignments. There were over 100 volunteers that came in from all over the state. There were many officers there from local sheriff and police officers present as well.
About the Event
This was the 12th annual event presented by FMG Publications. Last years event was held in Cody, Wyoming. FMG holds this event each year during the “slow season” for industry professionals so they can get out and spend some time with their peers, enjoying some time at the range and just kicking back for a bit. This year’s theme was “pirates” and benefited the First Shots Program. “First Shots” helps introduce first-time shooters in the community to range safety and the shooting sports. For more information on the program please visit http://nssf.org/firstshots. This year’s event raised nearly $23,000 for this organization. FMG also is a proud sponsor of other programs such as USA Shooting, Honored American Veterans Afield and others.
Industry professionals consisting of new and intermediate professionals compete in the Industry class and the Open class is for advanced shooters who have experience participating in high level competitions. Manufactures such as Benelli, Beretta, Bronells, Daniel Defense, FHN, Ruger, Taurus, Timney Triggers, to name a few, had teams in this years event. Sponsors included Action Target, Brownells, GunBroker.com, LaserLyte to mention a few. This event had over 40 teams registered and they traveled from all over the country. There were even a few in attendance from Britain and Australia!
What Happens at an Event
This event is all about having a good time and having some light competition between friends. Teams consisted of 4 persons, 5 if they brought in a ringer to compete with them. Match Format for the competition include handgun, rifle, shotgun and tactics events. There were many other opportunities to compete in side matches including knife throwing, archery and others.
Participants enjoyed great catered lunches and fun evening parties. There were many raffles, drawings, and even a costume contest. The pirate theme was really a hit! Vero News came out and did some interviews and even a few local dignitaries came out to see what the fuss was all about!
Personally I loved volunteering at the event. I was lucky to volunteer at the Fling and Fly side match station hosted by Freedom Hunters. They are a wonderful non-profit that gets wounded soldiers back out hunting. They are also active in getting youths outdoors and active. At this match participants used bows and arrows to shoot foam targets shot out of a machine similar to a clay target shooter called a Laporte Archery Bow Trap. It was great fun watching everyone compete against each other!
It was a real pleasure meeting and working with Debbie and Russ from FMG. At the end of the event they even donated some extra shirts and vendor bags for our upcoming BOW and Youth events! It was wonderful to spend a weekend with so many like minded individuals! So much bad press has been given to gun owners and shooters but oftentimes the average gun owner is forgotten. The only gun owners that get on the news are the less than 1% that do bad things, giving the rest of us a bad name. This event was a wonderful opportunity for the community to get a bit of the good news.
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