FMG Forms Shooting Industry Masters Association
FMG Publications announces the establishment of the Shooting Industry Masters Association, with the goal of raising money and awareness for the shooting sports. With the formation of the association, FMG is discontinuing the Masters annual industry-only shooting event.
“For 13 years, it’s been our honor to build the Shooting Industry Masters into one of the most popular events in our industry,” said Randy Molde, Masters chairman and FMG VP of business development. “We’ve been humbled by the overwhelming support and participation in our annual Family Reunion, which has attracted thousands of participants over the years and raised a lot of money for the shooting sports. Now, however, it’s time for a change.”
The continuing, rapid growth of the Masters and the often-burdensome demands placed on numerous companies that have provided generous support drove the decision to discontinue the shooting portion of the Masters.
“For the past two years, we have carefully monitored what we asked of those who have provided hundreds of guns and hundreds of thousands of rounds of ammunition, associated equipment, hosted so many very creative side matches, and donated thousands of raffle products. We’ve been increasingly uncomfortable asking for so much, even for such a great cause,” Molde said.
With the formation of the Shooting Industry Masters Association, FMG will continue one of the major goals of the Masters: raising money for the shootings sports. Since 2008, the Masters raised $338,600 for NSSF’s First Shots program. Through a series of GunBroker.com auctions, the Masters Association will continue to raise money and awareness for First Shots. FMG is also contributing a generous advertising package in its publications to promote First Shots.
“As one who has participated as both a sponsor and competitor at the Shooting Industry Masters since its very beginning, I must express my sadness at seeing it ride off into the sunset,” said Steve Sanetti, NSSF president and CEO. “It was a truly great event!”
“We look forward to continued cooperation with FMG Publications as it moves into a new phase of renewed advocacy and contributions to NSSF’s First Shots program. The entire industry and new generations of recreational shooters will benefit from FMG’s unparalleled generosity, for which we sincerely thank them.”
Chris Dolnack, NSSF senior VP and CMO, has a unique perspective of the Masters, having participated in all 13 shooting events.
“It’s been truly remarkable what FMG has been able to accomplish over the years with the Masters, and its commitment to growing the shooting sports is unprecedented. Each year, the Shooting Industry Masters has fostered a spirit of camaraderie and unity within our industry, and we look forward to continuing that momentum with the Shooting Industry Masters Association,” Dolnack said.
The discontinuation of the shooting portion of the Masters will come as a disappointment for many, Molde acknowledges.
“It was a difficult decision but we’re proud of the memories and legacy the event has imprinted on the industry. We hope this evolution of the Masters Association will continue to build on the solid foundation of partnerships we’ve cultivated through the years and grow the shooting sports through First Shots beyond our wildest expectations.”
The Shooting Industry Masters and Shooting Industry Masters Association are owned and operated by FMG Publications.
Beretta Launches L.E. Leasing Program
Beretta Defense Technologies (BDT) has introduced a simplified way to help law enforcement agencies fund new equipment within existing capital and operating budgets: lease-to-own options on its full line of pistols, shotguns and rifles.
“Beretta Defense Technologies has found a partner, Community Leasing Partners, a division of Community First National Bank of Manhattan, Kan., to offer a solution to overcome the budget obstacles faced by police departments and agencies nationwide,” said Stefano Itri, VP of Beretta USA BDT. “Our goal is to make the process of buying the best equipment simple, quick and, more importantly, affordable.”
The BDT Law Enforcement Leasing Program offers flexible payment terms — from one to five years — to agencies.
“By providing such a program, a department can have a more predictable budget, and save time and money through a single purchase compared to purchasing over several years,” said Blake Kaus, VP and director of leasing for Community Leasing Partners.
Agencies that qualify for the BDT Law Enforcement Leasing Program are state/county/city governments and agencies, and other public entities and political subdivisions funded by state and local taxes.
Colt Partners With Folds Of Honor
Colt has joined forces with the Folds of Honor Foundation, a charity that provides support to the families of wounded and fallen members of the U.S. armed forces through educational scholarships. Colt, a long-time supporter of veteran charities, has been donating a portion of proceeds from its commercial pistol and rifle sales to Folds of Honor since June.
“At Colt, we are inspired by the bravery and sacrifice of those who put themselves in harm’s way to protect our freedoms. We want to honor their commitment by doing our part to help ensure the ones they love are supported, no matter what happens,” said Paul Spitale, Colt’s senior VP of commercial business.
Colt will be offering exclusive Folds & Colt wearable items through www.shop.colt.com as well as raising awareness for Folds of Honor’s shooting event series, Patriot Range Days. Held at ranges across the U.S., Patriot Range Days offer a way for shooters to support Folds of Honor by engaging in the shooting sports through events and donation points.
“The Folds of Honor Foundation is honored to partner with Colt to make sure we leave no family behind on the field of battle,” said retired Army Maj. Ed Pulido, senior VP of Folds of Honor. “Together we’re making a difference in the lives of those military families who have sacrificed so much for our freedoms.”