I’m back from attending the Shooting Industry Masters last weekend. The event was sponsored by FMG Publications, at the spectacular Rockcastle Shooting Center, located near Park City, KY. Rockcastle is part of the Park Mammoth property, which is a 2000-acre shooting resort and golf course owned and managed by Nick and Nate Noble. It was fascinating to see a golf course incorporated into a sporting clays course and 3-gun range.
Three Benelli teams took part in the Masters, which was organized by Russ Thurman, SI Editor and match chairman, Randy Molde. The Benelli 3-gun Pro Staffers that competed for Benelli included Ben Fortin, Jeremy Parker, Patrick E. Kelly, Mike Patterson and Sandra Orvig. I was particularly pleased to compete on one of the Benelli teams along with Steve McKelvain, Jens Krogh, Steve Kramer, Alex Joseph, Ken Johnson and Greg Rader. The Benelli teams did very well, thank you, with Jens Krogh taking top best overall shooter in the Industry Class. A big thanks goes to FMG and the Rockcastle crews who provided an excellent event for the firearms industry, hosting more than 300 participants.
Benelli was honored at Friday’s award’s banquet when the new Super Vinci was named “Shotgun of the Year.” It was the second year in a row the Academy selected a Benelli gun for their top shotgun honor, which is a special honor for all of us here at Benelli.
Winners in this and other categories are determined by a vote of the 500-member Academy, drawn from the ranks of firearms industry executives, manufacturers, distributors and dealers. This marks the 20th anniversary that industry leaders, who, together, form the Shooting Industry Academy of Excellence, have formally recognized outstanding achievements.
On another note, don’t forget to tune into the Outdoor Channel this Saturday at 11:30 am to watch Benelli On Assignment (BOA). We’ll be in Texas on a combo hunt for whitetail and quail with Sporting Classics Managing Editor, Matt Coffey. On Monday at 8 am and 1:30 pm BOA returns to my old stomping grounds in Botswana’s Okavango Delta and Kalahari Desert to hunt the ubiquitous impala with American Rifleman Editor, Mark Keefe and gemsbok with Petersen’s Hunting Magazine writer, Bob Williams.