For two days in Grand Island, Nebraska, shooting sports industry professionals from around the country got together for a friendly little shooting match. Sixty teams, made up of over three hundred shooters, participated in the 8th Annual Shooting Industry Masters shooting competition sponsored by FMG Publications. Professional shooters teamed up in the Open Division, while shooting industry professionals divided out in the Industry Division for some old fashion shooting competition. And when the smoke settled, the clear winner was the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s First Shots Program. Proceeds from the Masters went to fund this program designed to introduce people, both young and old to the exciting sport of shooting. Although totals are not in for 2010, the 2009 Masters event raised over $25,000 for First Shots. Overall, more than $80,000 has been raised the past eight years to support National Shooting Sports Foundations programs.
Although the complete results of the competition are not published, Team Smith & Wesson was the Industry Division champion, while the pro team from Hornady took top honors in the Open Division. As participants departed from the range, old friends said their goodbyes and added their challenges for next year. Although a location has not been announced for the 2011 Masters, it is certain the success of the 2010 festivities will set expectations even higher for an exciting 2011 rematch.