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June 4, 2015


Partnering with USA Shooting Team
For 2015 Masters First Shots Class & Rent-A-Ringer

Novice shooters coming to the 13th Annual Shooting Industry Masters will have the opportunity to meet and learn from some of the best shooters in the world. Six members of the USA Shooting Team will be giving hands-on instruction to new shooters at the two-hour Masters First Shots Orientation class, Friday morning, July 24. Guns, ammunition and targets are all supplied at no charge courtesy of Shooting Industry Masters sponsors.

The Masters First Shots Orientation is an introductory shooting class giving beginners the opportunity to learn basic shooting fundamentals and become familiar with the guns used during the event. Coaching the attendees through their shooting experience will be two-time Olympian and 2008 Gold Medalist Keith Sanderson. Joining Sanderson is Collin Wietfeldt, two-time Junior Olympic National Champion, along with Amber English, Alex Rennet, Sarah Beard and Tyler Froeba.

“As a partner of the USA Shooting Team, we know the extraordinary character of these athletes and we’re honored they’ll again be a part of the Shooting Industry Masters, sharing their knowledge and expertise with our attendees. Their participation enhances the Masters, making it a safe and fun environment for all our new shooters,” said Masters chairman Randy Molde.

After leading the First Shot attendees through the morning class, these six world-class shooting athletes will be offering their shooting skills to Masters teams needing a competitive edge through the Rent-A-Ringer program. Masters teams can sponsor a Rent-A-Ringer athlete for $500, adding expert skills to their team efforts. All proceeds from the program benefit the USA Shooting Team.

If you’re looking for an edge to bring your team to the finish line, consider renting a ringer. There’s not a lot of events you can have National or World Champion shooting on your team.

Confirmed Rent A Ringer athletes are:

Beard Sarah Beard
Discipline: Rifle
Event: Women’s 10m Air Rifle, Women’s 50m Rifle 3-P

Sarah was a four-time NCAA All-American in both air and smallbore rifle while competing for Texas Christian University, on a team that was extremely successful during her tenure (48-3). Currently, a resident athlete at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, The 2013 National Champion in 3-Position and Prone rifle, Sarah again won Gold at the 2014 National Championships in Prone rifle and brought home the Bronze Medal in Air Rifle at the 2014 Championship for the Americas. Even though rifle is her competition discipline, Sarah is an avid recreational shotgun and handgun shooter.

EnglishAmber English
Discipline: Shotgun
Event: Women’s Skeet

A competitive gymnast for most of her childhood, Amber took up shooting when a back injury ended her gymnastic career. Diagnosed with Arnold Chiari Malformation in 2009 and requiring surgery, she went through a lengthy recovery process. However, nine weeks after the surgery, Amber shot her first 12 gauge shotgun, discovering a new found sport and took the title at the 2009 Junior Olympic Championships. Going on to win numerous World Cup Medals, Amber Continued her winning streak taking the Gold Medal at the 2013 National Championships in Women’s Olympic Skeet.

FroebaTyler Froeba
Discipline: Shotgun
Event: Men’s Trap

Tyler is an up-and-coming International Trap shooter from Florida. In his brief, 3-year, career his record includes 11 finals appearances and 10 medals (4 gold, 2 silver, 4 bronze) out of only 23 matches shot. A current student at the University of Florida, Tyler will graduate in December of 2015 with two masters degrees: one in Business Entrepreneurship from the UF Hough Graduate School of Business, and one in Sport Management from the UF College of Health and Human Performance.

alexrennertAlex Rennert
Discipline: Shotgun
Event: Men’s Trap

New to the USA Shooting, Rennert earned his slot winning a Bronze medal at the 2014 National Championships. In fact, in the four national events he’s entered, Rennert has won a Gold, 2 Silvers and a Bronze. He is currently working on completing his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Florida in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering and is the founder of the University of Florida Shotgun Team. In his spare time, he manages the Gator Skeet & Trap Club. An avid shooter since the age of 13, Alex can help your team score!

SandersonKeith Sanderson
Discipline: Pistol
Event: Men’s Rapid Fire

A two time Olympian, Sanderson brought home the Gold Medal from the 2008 Olympic Games. A multiple medalist at World Cups and World Championships, Sanderson is a former Marine and was the Chief Marksmanship Instructor for the Marine Corps Base Hawaii. Most recently, he won the 2014 USA World Cup and took a Silver Medal at last year’s Championship of the Americas. If your team needs an ace pistol shooter, Keith is your man.

collinwietfeldtCollin Wietfeldt
Discipline: Shotgun
Event: Men’s Trap

A member of the ATA All State Team 5 times and twice captain, he’s been shooting since he was 11 years old. Consistently in the top ten of international competition, Collins is a Two-Time National Junior Olympic Champion. Currently a member of the 2015 World Cup Team, won a Silver Medal at the 2013 National Championships. An avid hunter and shooter, Collin’s expertise with a shotgun will add to any team.

To sign up for the free Shooting Industry Masters First Shots class or to sponsor a Rent-A-Ringer athlete for your team, contact Sharla Petros at FMG Publications.

Industry Buzz

Shooting Industry Masters Sponsors Are The Bee’s Knees!

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April 24, 2015

How Your Brand Can Be The “Cat’s Meow” Of The Masters

Providing product to the Shooting Industry Masters raffle has proven to be very effective in getting brand names high value visibility. It also puts brands into the hands of industry leaders. So, here’s another swell way to help you get more exposure through a Masters Custom Prize Package.

Create a custom branded prize package for the raffle filled with just your products. The wholesale value of the package needs to be at least $500. This will remind everybody that your brand is the big cheese. Money raised through raffle ticket sales will support First Shots to boot! Talk to your FMG sales rep or contact Jacob Eaton at Media Direct for more details.

This is it, Bub … Deliver it by May 4, or else

SIM_ads_imgHas your joint made off with a Platinum, Gold or Silver sponsorship for this year’s shindig? If so, your ad materials for the Masters Salute section of the June issue of Shooting Industry are due Monday, May 4. Platinum and Gold sponsors get a half page ad and Silver sponsors get a quarter page ad. Contact Lori Robbins for size and delivery information.

Get Your First-Timers Ready To Burn Powder


If you have new shooters on your team, sign them up for the Masters First Shots class. USA Shooting Team members 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 Sharla Petros to reserve space.

March 11, 2015

Silver Sponsors Shine Through Shooting Industry Masters

With the 13th annual Shooting Industry Masters speeding to the July 24 start date, Silver sponsors have jumped on board in support of the industry-only event.

“The Shooting Industry Masters is the premiere shooting event that represents our livelihood and passion,” said Randy E. Luth, president, Luth-AR LLC and 2015 Silver sponsor. “The FMG team has continued to put time and effort into a hugely fun event where we in the industry can get together and talk policies, marketing, and industry trends all under the guise of pulling triggers — what a concept. I’ll be there and we’re thrilled to support the event!”

The Shooting Industry Masters enjoys strong industry support sharing a common goal to introduce new participants to the shooting sports through the NSSF First Shots program. Silver Sponsors for the 2015 Shooting Industry Masters include (in alphabetical order): Chattanooga Shooting Supplies, EAA Corp., Freedom Munitions, Luth-AR, STI and Timney Triggers. View the current slate of sponsors including Platinum and Gold level at

Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsorships are still available. There are also opportunities to make product contributions for auction items and raffle prize packages that raise money primarily for the First Shots program. Additional efforts at the event also support participating industry organizations such as HAVA and the USA Shooting Team.

For details on donating products and other sponsoring opportunities, contact Media Direct at (309) 944-5341 or email Jacob Eaton,

The Shooting Industry Masters owned and produced by FMG Publications, successfully brings many facets of the industry together for a relaxed, pressure-free shooting event where camaraderie and fun are top priorities. The 2015 event will be held July 24 and 25 at the Claythorne Lodge in Columbus, Kan.

February 25, 2015

Sponsors Set Gold Standard
With Shooting Industry Masters Support

The 13th annual Shooting Industry Masters kicks off July 24 at the Claythorne Lodge in Columbus, Kan., jump-started by solid industry support. The A-list group of companies backing the 2015 event through Gold sponsorship, read like a who’s who in the shooting industry.

Gold sponsors for the 2015 Shooting Industry Masters include (in alphabetical order): Benchmade, Beretta, Browning, Century Arms, Colt, Crimson Trace, CrossBreed Holsters, Daniel Defense, DoubleStar, Glock,, Hogue Grips, Howard Leight, HPR Ammunition, Lipsey’s, MEC, MTM Case-Gard, NBS, PolyOne, SIG SAUER, STI, Umarex, Walther and XS Sight Systems. View the current slate of sponsors here.

“The 24 companies currently signed on as Gold sponsors understand the importance of growing all our business through support of education, participation and safety programs,” said Randy Molde, Masters chairman. “Their partnership helps us produce this industry-only event which has helped raise $281,000 for the NSSF’s First Shots program alone.”

Gold sponsorships are still available in addition to Silver and Bronze options, as well as opportunities to contribute auction items and raffles prize packages. Money raised through Shooting Industry Masters auctions and raffles primarily supports First Shots. Additional related efforts through the event support the USA Shooting Team and HAVA programs.

For details on donating products and other sponsoring opportunities, contact Media Direct at (309) 944-5341 or email Jacob Eaton,

The Shooting Industry Masters owned and produced by FMG Publications, successfully brings many facets of the industry together for a relaxed, pressure-free shooting event where camaraderie and fun are top priorities.

February 9, 2015

Shooting Industry Masters Is Sold Out For Platinum Sponsorships And Team Slots!

The overwhelming popularity of the Shooting Industry Masters has resulted in an early sell out of Platinum sponsorships and team slots for the second year running. The 2015 FMG Publications produced event will be hosted at the Claythorne Lodge in Columbus, Kan., July 24-25. Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsorships are still available, as well as opportunities to contribute auction items and raffles prize packages.

“The Shooting Industry Masters has become one of the most talked about events of the year in our industry,” said Randy Molde, Match Chairman. “We are grateful for the continued support and involvement from virtually every segment of the industry. It’s an honor to produce an industry-backed effort that helps fund the future of shooting sports.”

The companies supporting the 2015 Masters with Platinum sponsorships are (in alphabetical order): BLACKHAWK!, Black Hills Ammunition, Brownells, CORBON, Davidson’s, FNH USA, Federal Premium Ammunition, Fiocchi, Hornady, Kimber, Laser Max, Leupold, Magtech, MGM Targets, Mossberg, Ruger, Smith & Wesson, Streamlight, Taurus, Winchester and Zanders Sporting Goods.

A major objective of the Masters is to raise money for the First Shots program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). In recent years, FMG has raised more that $280,000 for First Shots, which introduces new shooters to firearms in a safe, responsible manner.

“It is our goal to raise $100,000, for the First Shots program this year,” Molde said. “This is quite a goal beyond previous years, but we’re part of an industry that understands the importance of safety and responsible gun ownership. We at FMG believe that helping to grow the next generation of shooters is a foundational part of our mission and responsibility.”

FMG raises money at the Masters for First Shots and other shooting sports programs through a series of auctions and raffles. For details on donating products and other sponsoring opportunities, contact Media Direct at 309-944-5341 or email Jacob Eaton,

Now in its 13th year, the Shooting Industry Masters successfully brings many facets of the industry together for a relaxed, pressure-free shooting event where camaraderie and fun are top priorities.

November 3, 2014

Registration For The 2015 Shooting Industry Masters Off To A Roaring Start!

Team registration is now open for the 2015 Shooting Industry Masters to be held at the Claythorne Lodge in Columbus Kansas, July 24-25.

To register, team captains should visit: right away as available team slots are going fast.

Once on the site, click the “Create New Account” option on the right side of the page. You’ll receive an email with further instructions. Once you’ve set a new password and logged back in, simply complete the information asked for and select the desired team and sponsorship options.

All new team registrations are processed in the order received and may be placed on a waiting list. Approved applicants will receive an email confirmation. At which point you can log back in and update Team and Company information.

Get Ready For The “Cat’s Meow”
Want a sneak peak at this year’s shindig? Here’s the goods on a few highlights …

clodge_sgnSporting Clays
Think trees, cliffs and water. Lots of water. Plus a few targets just for laughs.

Handgun and Rifle Mystery Course Of Fire
What to practice? Shoot straight, don’t miss and you’ll do fine.

Team Tactics Returns
Who do you trust with your “six?” Work together with your team against time and targets.

clays1Side Matches
More fun and variety than ever. You might want to start trigger finger training now.

Roaring 20’s Casino Night and Costume Party
Get all dolled up and put on the ritz for a Friday night lollapalooza you won’t forget.

For Sponsorship Packages and more information about the 2015 Shooting Industry Masters, contact Media Direct at, 309-944-5341.

October 10, 2014

2015 Shooting Industry Masters Headed To Claythorne Lodge

FMG Taps Media Direct As Management Agency

FMG Publications, the entity and mastermind behind the Shooting Industry Masters, is pleased to announce Media Direct as their Event Management Agency for the 2015 Shooting Industry Masters to be held at the Claythorne Lodge in Columbus Kansas, July 24-25.

In its 13th year, the Shooting Industry Masters has been overwhelmingly successful, to the level where FMG recognized the need to utilize the services of an event management agency. Since its inception, the Masters has steadily grown and has hit new milestones from the preceding years. The overall purpose of the Shooting Industry Masters is to raise money for the NSSF First Shots program and other organizations that are focused on growing and enhancing the shooting sports.

“The Masters has exploded and is beyond the capabilities of handling this event solely in-house. Gaining the expertise of industry marketers Mark Sidelinger and Kim Cahalan of Media Direct is the perfect move for our team. Their philosophies parallel ours in that they just want to grow the industry and make it a better place,” comments Randy Molde, Shooting Industry Masters Chairman.

Media Direct will be responsible for securing all 2015 sponsorships with past sponsors, as well as aggressively attracting new sponsorships, promoting team recruitment, coordinating the side events and hosts, requesting raffle donations for the ever-popular auction, and communicating match updates and information to the industry.

“We are very humbled and honored that FMG asked our team to carry the torch for the Shooting Industry Masters. We have been attending and promoting this event for our clients for several years. This is the one event that a manufacturer can attend where they can network and open doors for new opportunities with other manufacturers and distributors in a relaxed, stress-free and fun environment – and do all of this to benefit the growth of our industry. I mean, who doesn’t like to shoot?” comments Mark Sidelinger, owner of Media Direct.

Team registration will be available November 1 by signing onto Mark your calendars – you don’t want to miss this event!

For Sponsorship Packages and more information about the 2015 Shooting Industry Masters, contact Media Direct at, 309-944-5341

Click Here to read the 2014 Shooting Industry Masters feature article.

Click Here to view 2014 Masters blog and highlights.

Click Here to see the Photo Gallery from the 2014 Shooting Industry Masters.

Click Here for official 2014 Shooting Industry Masters team and individual shooting results.

October 6, 2014

Why The Masters Matters

2014 Shooting Industry Masters participants explain why it matters to be part of the action.

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BENEFITING: National Shooting Sports Foundation


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