April 23, 2014

Schedule of Events

By now if you’ve checked you inbox for the latest issue of the “Bounty”, you know the schedule of events. There’s a lot going on:

Thursday – The Opening Ceremony/Welcome Reception on Thursday evening hosted by Treasure Coast Sports Commission and Indian River County at Dodgertown will be a full-blown bar-b-que. They’ll be plenty of food, music and activities. Be sure to bring your batting glove for the batting cages will be open and ready to test your swing. There will also be a putting/chipping green to test your stroke and perhaps make-up for those missed putts at the Honors for HAVA Golf Tournament earlier in the day.

Friday – Don’t forget to don your best pirate attire to the Friday evening bash hosted by FMG Publications at Capt. Hirams. After shooting the first round of the Masters and partaking in Side Match events, they’ll be “Casks of Grog” awaiting you at the Capt’s and prizes for the best costume. I expect to see plenty of Blackbeards and Jack Sparrow’s roaming around. And yes, we listened…there are plenty of places to sit down.

Saturday – We have a great location for the Awards Banquet and we’ve come up with some fun, new ideas to move it along. After shooting for two days between the Main Competition and all the Side Events planned, we know you’ll be ready for a rest, so be prepared to for a fast and furious auction. One of the Indian River County Commissioner’s – Wesley Davis is a professional auctioneer and I’ve been told he’s quite entertaining. It’s going to be quite a night!

Keep checking your inbox for the latest “Bounty.” You’ll be in the know on what’s happening at the Masters. And follow me on Twitter @ShariLeGate for regular Masters updates.

Masters Raffle
fzero_sim14More and more donations are coming in as companies want to support the Masters and the First Shots program. FAIL ZERO donated two items: an Exo Coated Basic Kit for an AR-15 and a M16/4. These drop-in BCG Kit’s contain a complete, fully assembled Bolt/Carrier Group that’s ready to drop in to any mil-spec AR-15 upper receiver. All critical parts have been treated with EXO Technology, a revolutionary surface technology that provides permanent dry lubricity so you don’t have to apply oil or grease to the treated parts of the gun. It’s very cool. Thank you FAIL ZERO for your support of the Masters!

We’ve been very lucky over the past 12 years with the Masters and we’ve never had a security breech. Unfortunately, times are changing, so you’ll notice when you arrive at the range on Friday morning that Indian River ‘s finest, the County Sheriff’s office will have a few checkpoints for you. No worries, if you’re supposed to be at the Masters, you’ll breeze through, but if you plan on bringing a guest who isn’t registered as part of the team or doesn’t have Pirate Pass credentials, they’ll be turned away at the gate. So, be sure everyone in your party is registered. Once the Team Captain picks up the team packet, special wristbands will be issued. Please wear them at all times or you’ll be facing the wrath of Maddog Molde who’s steering this ship and Capt. Thurman who is head of security.

If you’d like to be part of the Masters and are unsure what to do, give me a call. Friends of the Masters are always welcome!

Shari LeGate, Event Manager //

April 14, 2014

Fly your brand at the Masters

Providing product to the Shooting Industry Masters raffle has proven to be a great way of getting brand names out there in addition to putting actual product into the hands of industry leaders. So, we came up with another great way of helping you get more exposure at the Masters. Introducing the Masters Custom Prize Package. Get maximum impact by creating a company branded prize package for the raffle filled with just your products. The wholesale value of the package needs to be at least $500. This is a great way to fly your flag even higher during the Masters and support worthwhile industry programs! Talk to your FMG sales rep or give me a shout for more details.

Check your Inbox for the “Bounty”
The Masters eBlast “Bounty” will appear in the inboxes of all the Masters Team Captains this week, so be sure to look for it. It’s chockfull of information about what’s happening this year and will have a link for the Schedule of Events. Share the information with your teammates, so they can plan as well.

Download the Masters App
iphone_appThe Masters is tech savvy with the new Masters App. If you have an iphone, go to the App Store. If you have a Samsung Galaxy, go to the Google Play Store. Search for Vero Beach/Sebastian/Fellsmere and it will pop right up. Download to your phone and then open it. Scroll down to the Masters tab, click on it and all the directions to the range, the evening festivities and all the hotels will be available. In addition, there will be a Masters Discounts icon. Click on it for some great discounts from local retailers in the cities of Vero Beach, Sebastian and Fellsmere to Masters attendees. The whole thing is very cool.

Get Your Team Ready with First Shots
If you have new shooters on your team, sign them up for the Masters First Shots class. USA Shooting Team members and Olympians will be instructing on Friday morning to help new shooters get familiar with the guns and targets they’ll be shooting. There are only 50 slots available so sign up early. Contact Elizabeth O’Neill at

Honors for HAVA
Another first for the Masters this year is the Honors for HAVA Golf Tournament. On Thursday, Treasure Coast Sports and Indian River County is hosting a fundraising golf tournament for HAVA at Sandridge Golf Club. It’s a Shotgun start with prizes being awarded for wining teams as well as other special contests. There’s only room for 28 teams, so sign up early. Come on down early, enjoy the beach, play a round of golf and then shoot the Masters! I can’t think of a better way to spend the weekend. For more information on the HAVA Golf Tournament, visit

There’s a lot going on during the Masters, so if you need help traversing these waters, give me a call or send me an email.

Fair Winds Friends!

Shari LeGate, Event Manager //

April 4, 2014

Smooth Sailing to the Treasure Coast

Yes, the Masters will be here in no time and preparations are moving quickly for one of the most exciting Shooting Industry Masters in our history. We have a lot of new and fun things planned, so expect the unexpected.

A big shout out to all our sponsors! You stepped up again and we have a record-breaking year! For those who got us this far, we are forever grateful for your loyalty. And a big hello to the 19 new sponsors who signed on this year:

Bold Ideas || Century Arms International || Diamondback Firearms || DoubleStar Firearms
European American Armory || Fail Zero || Freedom Forge || Hogue Grips || I.C.E. Training
Jim Clark Custom Guns || KimberUSA || Luth-AR || MEC Shooting Sports || PCP Ammunition
RedRing Sights || Sharps Rifles || Threat Dynamics || WMD Guns || Zander Sporting Goods

To all, a hearty thank you! We appreciate your support and look forward to welcoming you into the Masters family!

EBlasts – The regular Masters Team eBlasts will start showing up on your email inboxes. The eBlasts have the Who, What, Where and When information for Teams, Sponsors and Pirate Pass holders. Be sure to take the time to review them as it will make it much easier to traverse all the activities we have planned. The Masters Schedule of Events will be coming out in the first eBlast, so watch for it.

Berthing and Travel Considerations – Many of the hotels we listed before filled up quickly, so we went on the hunt to find new ones and came up with great options:

DtwnHistoric Dodgertown – A very cool place. Built in 1953 from an abandoned Naval base to accommodate spring training for the then-Brooklyn Dodgers and then the Los Angles Dodgers, it’s also the home of the Vero Beach Devil Rays. The walls are lined baseball memorabilia. Its baseball history at it’s finest, plus it comes with a hot all-you-can-eat breakfast.

Best Western Sebastian – Has rooms available and is only 7.5 miles from the range. The group code for that is IRCSIM and rooms are offered at $85/night. It was just newly remodeled and is very nice.

Masters Main Event - The Masters Mystery Course of Fire is being designed and a lot of eyebrows will raise this year. The Stage Directors have been working diligently and their lips are sealed. Bribes of any kind will not work as they are under threat from Capt. Thurman and will be walking with the plank if nary a whisper is heard.

Side Events – We have a lot of new Side Matches this year from companies as well as returning ones. Freedom Hunters will be back with Fling N Fly and Crazy Quail is making another appearance. Bring lots of “Doubloons” to buy tickets. I know several folks who spent most of their time at those two side events alone.

New to the being a Side Match Host is XS Sights. Make an effort to stop by their side-match: “I killed a six-pack just to watch it die”. Stephanie and Jon have been planning this for some time now and it’s one that will be very, very busy.

KimberUSA is joining us for the first time, not only as a sponsor, but also with a team and a very exciting side match. They jumped in with everything. A lot of different guns to shoot very, very quickly.

That’s it for now, but there’s a lot more. I’ll be updating the Masters Blog every week from now on. There’s so much happening, I’m excited to tell you all about it. Follow me on Twitter for updates at @sharilegate and Friend us on the Shooting Industry Masters Facebook page for more info:

And as always, you can reach out to me through email or phone to answer questions, hear your thoughts and help you navigate if you hit rough waters.

Treasure Coast … Here we come!

-Shari LeGate, Event Manager //

November 8, 2013
All of the 2014 Shooting Industry Masters team slots were filled in record time. After the great success in Cody, we expanded to 100 teams for 2014. All slots were filled within the first month of open registration. If your team missed the boat, contact us to be placed on the waiting list.

The exciting news is we have 12 new teams this year. They look to be landlubbers through and through to be sure. So all you Old Salts who know how to traverse the high seas of the Masters, lend a hand to these recruits until they get their sea legs.

Welcome Aboard To:

Big Rock Sports
Black Rain Ordnance
Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Exact Components Technologies
Freedom Forge
Freedom Munitions
I.C.E. Training & Defense
MEC Shooting Sports
WMD Guns

You may be new to the Masters, but you’re not to us, so please feel free to contact any of the FMG crew for assistance in finding your way. We’re here to help.

Berthing and Travel Considerations

Hotel – If you haven’t made reservations yet, get on it. Some of the hotels on the list are filling up. The Masters is converging on this small resort town for a busy week and hotel rooms will start to become a premium.

>> Click for Masters Travel Information

Travel – There are several airports to fly into with easy access to Sebastian/Vero Beach:

Melbourne International – 36.3 miles, about 45 min.
Palm Beach International – 79.8 miles, about 1 hr 21 min.
Orlando International – 103 miles, about 1 hr. 44 min.
Ft. Lauderdale International – 122 miles, about 2 hrs.
Miami International – 140 miles, 2 hrs. 17 min.

Adventure and Promotion Opportunities

Sponsorship: There are three levels of sponsorship available: Gold, Silver and Bronze. All come with benefits, including reduced team entry, various size free ads in Shooting Industry Magazine, on-site banners and logos in pre and post event materials. This is a great way to get your company name out front in the industry and beyond.

Product/Prize Sponsor: If you’re looking to get more exposure for your product and want people to try it, feel it, touch it, and get to know it, consider donating to the Masters Raffle. Prizes are raffled or auctioned off at the Awards banquet on Saturday night. All proceeds from the raffle go to the National Shooting Sports Foundation First Shots program with selected products auctioned off to support the USA Shooting Team. You’re not only getting your product out in front of people, your helping to raise money for important industry education, building and promotional programs.

Side Event Sponsor: Now if you really want to get your product into the hands of the industry, think about becoming a Side Match Sponsor. Side Matches provide the sponsoring company an opportunity to “show off” their product and/or shooting events. Sponsored Side Matches are all self-contained events, but there is no fee to sponsor a Side Match and you get a tremendous amount of exposure.

There are many more things happening at the 2014 Shooting Industry Masters and I’m excited to keep you up-to-date throughout the year. Follow me on Twitter for updates @sharilegate and Like Us on Facebook to post your thoughts on the Masters.

Smooth sailing friends,

-Shari LeGate, Event Manager //

November 1, 2013

2014 Masters Heads to Florida’s Treasure Coast

I am definitely getting my fair share of pirate speak. There is no greater surprise in life than getting an email from Russ Thurman completely in pirate talk. I had to read it several times before I fully understood what he said. By the time the Masters rolls around next July, I will be an expert on pirate lingo.

UPDATE: All 2014 Shooting Industry Masters team slots have been filled. Contact Elizabeth O’Neill to add your team to a waiting list.

If you’ve already registered your team, be sure to reserve hotel rooms — NOW! The link below will help.

>> Click for Masters Travel Information

There are six official hotels listed and they’re filling up pretty quick. There are five airports to fly into; Melbourne is the closest, only 45 minutes away. After that, Palm Beach Int’l Airport, then Orlando Int’l, followed by Fort Lauderdale – Hollywood Int’l and finally Miami Int’l.

Also, if you’d like to plan a sales meeting or corporate retreat before or after the Masters, check out Capt. Hiram’s Resort and speak to Will Collins. He is offering complimentary conference space to the first two groups that would like to have a meeting or teambuilding event at the resort. It’s a very cool place located on the Indian River Lagoon with an old Florida feel nestled right there on the Intercoastal Waterway and it’s only 10 minutes from Indian River County Shooting Range.

October 6, 2013

2014 Shooting Industry Masters Sets Course To Treasure Coast

FMG Publications is pleased to announce the 2014 Shooting Industry Masters will be held at the Indian River Shooting Range in Sebastian, FL., July 18-19, 2014. Co-hosted by Indian River County and the Treasure Coast Sports Commission, 2014 Shooting Industry Masters will again feature the “Masters Mystery Course of Fire.”

“We’re excited to take the Shooting Industry Masters to Florida’s Atlantic coast,” said Randy Molde, FMG Publications, vice president of business development and match chairman. “The Indian River Shooting Range is an extraordinary venue that will allow us to provide new target shooting experiences and quite a few surprises for 2014 participants.”

Indian River County officials actively campaigned to bring the Masters to the Treasure Coast, recognizing the positive economic and social impact the event would have on the surrounding communities.

“We are delighted that Indian River County has been selected for the 2014 Shooting Industry Masters,” said Penny Chandler, president of the Indian River County Chamber of Commerce. “The event brings international attention to our world-class gun range and our county as a great visitor destination and desirable place to do business.”

“The Florida Sports Foundation extends a warm welcome to the 2014 Industry Masters Sport Shooting Championships to Indian River County,” said FSF President John Webb. “I’m sure all of the competitors and their guests will have a wonderful experience in this great destination and enjoy the first class competitive venue at the Indian River County Public Shooting Range during their stay.”

The Shooting Industry Masters is a private industry event consisting of a variety of target shooting disciplines designed for both professional and novice four-person teams. This year, FMG Publications is adding a fundraising golf tournament, “Honors For HAVA” to Masters week. Sponsored by Indian River County, the golf tournament will be held on Thursday, July 17 at Sandridge Golf Club in Vero Beach with all proceeds benefiting Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA), an organization dedicated to helping disabled combat veterans.

Now, in its 12th year, the Shooting Industry Masters has raised nearly $300,000 for the First Shots program and the USA Shooting Team since 2001. The Masters is owned and operated my FMG Publications, publishers of GUNS Magazine, American Handgunner, American COP, Shooting Industry magazine and eight Special Editions.

>> Click Here For Masters Travel Information — Official 2014 Hotels

For additional travel information contact

For more information on the 2014 Shooting Industry masters, contact Shari LeGate, Event Manager at or at 719-237-4609. Regular event updates can be viewed at and from the Masters Twitter feed: @sharilegate.

Click Here for video information on Indian River County and the shooting range.

Highlights Of The 2013 Shooting Industry Masters

Bustin’ Records

Rendezvous Celebrates Industry, Western Style
Masters feature story from the October 2013 issue of Shooting Industry
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Click Here To View The Shooting Industry Masters 2013 Photo Gallery

Click Here To View The Shooting Industry Masters 2013 Team Photo Gallery

September 5, 2013

2013 Shooting Industry Masters attendees explain why attending this industry-only event is a must.

2013 Shooting Industry Masters Wrangles
$81,250 for Shooting Sports!

July 29, 2013

Head honchos and hired guns from the firearms industry rode into Cody, Wyo., July 19-20 to participate in the 11th annual Shooting Industry Masters. The 313 competitors and 74 industry partners raised a record $81,250 for shooting programs.

“The generosity and support from the people in our industry is astounding,” said Randy Molde, Shooting Industry Masters chairman and FMG Publications vice president of business development. An all-time high of $70,000 was raised for the NSSF, First Shots program which includes funds earned through special custom gun auctions on Additionally $11,250 was raised for the USA Shooting Team.

USA Shooting team members (left to right): Jake Turner, Amanda Furrer, Jamie Gray, Frank Thompson, Matt Emmons and Will Brown with NSSF First Shots manager, Tisma Juett (center).

“The folks that attend the Masters understand the importance of growing each of these programs to preserve the future of the shooting sports. It’s extremely gratifying to see business posturing put aside for a few days of camaraderie, target-shooting enjoyment and just pure fun.”

Produced and managed by FMG Publications, the Shooting Industry Masters consists of handgun, rifle and shotgun events but some of the real excitement comes in the form of side matches. This year’s match included 17 side matches that gave participants a chance to shoot everything from a Sharps rifle to a FNH USA grenade launcher and authentic Colt Gatling gun.

A record 53 sponsors signed on to help produce the 2013 Masters. Industry manufacturers and supporters also contributed the largest collection of prizes in the 11-year history of the match with 64 companies donating product for 72 raffle prize packages and 15 auction items.

The $70,000 raised by the 2013 edition of the Shooting Industry Masters increased the total for First Shots to $211,000 in five years.

The Shooting Industry Masters is divided into two classifications: Industry and Open. The Industry class is for new to intermediate shooters, while the Open class is for professional and advanced shooters. Regardless of class, scores are not published to maintain the no-pressure, fun atmosphere of the Masters.

The 2013 Industry class team champion was Browning with Smith & Wesson placing second and Versacarry taking the third position. Jared Milinazzo, of Oneida Molded Plastics was the highest scoring individual shooter and Tennille Chidestar, of Browning was the top lady of the Industry class.

In the Open division, team Hornady Pro finished first with Shooters Supply capturing second place and FNH USA finishing third. The top shooter in the Open division was Jim Clark of team PolyOne/DPMS who won the Masters for the second consecutive year and a record fourth time overall. The top lady in the Open division was Susan Sledge of P2K Shooting Range.

For more information on the Shooting Industry Masters contact Shari Legate, event manager at

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BENEFITING: National Shooting Sports Foundation


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