It was more than just the temperature that heated up in Park City, Kentucky last week when FMG Publications brought the Tenth Annual Shooting Industry Masters to Rockcastle Shooting Center.
While braving temperatures in the triple digits, more than 320 shooters from top firearms industry executives to professional competitors participated in “Hot” competition on the range while raising $54,000 for shooting programs such as NSSF’s First Shots and the USA Shooting Team.
Billed as a “Friendly” competition, the 2012 Shooting Industry Masters attracted a record-breaking number of teams and event sponsors. Hot rivalries went head-to-head on five staged ranges and twelve unique side matches. Competitors shot handgun, rifle and shotgun matches. Ranges were hot with sporting clay shooting, Cowboy Action and even a Zombie hunt on a golf course. The one “Cool” spot was the Cave Shoot, where Zombie’s were again hunted through a maze of cave paths in comfortable fifty degree conditions. With a forty to fifty degree improvement on the outdoor temperature, the cave shoot was a very popular side match that always had a long waiting list.
Even though team scores were never announced in the name of friendly competition, the top teams were honored at an awards dinner. Winning the Open Class, which consisted of teams for professional and advanced shooters, was Team 1 from DPMS. Winning the Industry Class, which consisted of teams of new to intermediate shooters was Team Sierra Bullets.
Once the competitors focused more on the shooting and less on the heat, it was hard to get everyone off the range at the end of each day. In the end, it was a record breaking year for the Shooting Industry Masters. Record breaking team entries, record breaking sponsor sign-ups and record breaking amounts raised for shooting programs. And as for the weather, maybe it was record breaking heat but it didn’t overshadow the record breaking fun.