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Soldier Wins Gold Medal at Event in Egypt

Sunday, February 11th, 2024

CAIRO — U.S. Army Sgt. Samantha Simonton won the Gold Medal in Women’s Skeet at the International Shooting Sports Federation World Cup in Cairo, Egypt, January 29, 2024.

The Soldier with the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit Shotgun Team earned her place in the Final with a qualification score of 121 out of a possible 125, which beat 31 other competitors from around the globe and tied one from France.

In the final against five other international competitors, the Gainesville, Georgia native strongly represented Team USA in the cold and windy conditions. Simonton won the Gold with a score of 50 while Italy’s Martina Maruzzo earned the Silver with a 47 and Reem Al Sharshani from Qatar took the Bronze Medal with a 37.

With part two of USA Shooting’s Shotgun Olympic Trials coming up in March, the USAMU Soldier said a gold medal win in challenging conditions helps her prepare for the highly competitive match that determines which athletes will represent the United States at the Paris Games.

“I am just trying to use it as a training tool and move forward onto better scores like I have been training,” Simonton.

This gold medal win brings Simonton’s ISSF medal count to five. Her past medals are:

Bronze from the 2022 ISSF World Championships

Bronze from the 2022 President’s Cup

Silver from 2023 ISSF World Cup-Italy

Silver from the 2023 ISSF World Cup-Qatar

The Bronze World Championships Medal also came with a coveted Olympic quota for the United States in women’s skeet.

Though Simonton won one of the two possible Olympic Quotas for the Women’s Skeet event, that does not qualify her personally for the Games. It just ensures that an American athlete a ticket to the Games. Therefore, the U.S. Army Soldier will compete for a seat on Team USA at USA Shooting’s Shotgun Olympic Trials in Tucson, Arizona March 11-17. Until then, every match is training for her path to Paris.

Story by LTC Michelle Lunato

Photos by Andrea Caroppo

VKTR Industries LLC. to Sponsor Quantified Performance Events throughout the 2024 Match Season

Friday, January 19th, 2024

VKTR Industries, a manufacturer of premier piston driven AR-15 rifles, is proud to announce a Champion Level sponsorship in 2024 with Quantified Performance. Quantified Performance is a known leader in the precision semi-automatic rifle match community. VKTR will be a sponsor throughout 2024, with opportunities to get hands on the new VK-1 rifle at events throughout the year.  Prizes will be available at matches including complete rifles, upper receivers, and accessories packages.

VKTR will be sponsoring or attending the following events:

Match sponsor of A Day at Peacemaker event held on March 16th at the Peacemaker National Training Center in West Virgina.  This match will include precision gas gun competitors from throughout the Eastern United States.  Participants will have the opportunity to get hands on the new VK-1 rifle, and opportunities to win some amazing VKTR products.

VKTR will also be the match sponsor of A Day in the Arena event held on June 8th, at the Arena Training Facility in Blakely, Georgia.  

VKTR will have a station set up with stage guns and complete rifles on the prize table at the Shoot Fast, Shoot Far, series finale on October 26th and 27th 2024.  This event will be the culminating event of the season and will have participants from all over the country.

“We are excited to sponsor these events with Quantified Performance.  QP competitive events typify a situation where a competitor can come in with a 16-inch factory 5.56 general purpose rifle, set up with solid optic, and be highly competitive.”, said Eric Luley, the Sales Manager for VKTR Industries. “We want to support the shooters at these type of precision gas gun and carbine events throughout the country.”

Information on VKTR Industries rifles, dealer programs, or law enforcement sales can be found at www.VKTRind.com or email Eric Luley at [email protected].

Information regarding the Qualified Performance series of events can be found at quantifiedperformance.com .

SHOOT SIG Announces 2024 Competition Schedule

Monday, January 15th, 2024

NEWINGTON, N.H., (January 12, 2024) – SIG SAUER is pleased to announce the official 2024 SHOOT SIG competition season and match schedule.

SHOOT SIG is a shooting experience aimed at getting you from the house to the range in a fun, approachable atmosphere.  SHOOT SIG is a membership community welcoming all levels of firearms enthusiasts, encourages participation in shooting sports, and offers generous member-only benefits including: ability to register for SHOOT SIG matches across the country with generous prize opportunities for every participant, participation in the SHOOT SIG Product Purchase Program, entry into an aspirational annual member sweepstakes, quarterly giveaways, webstore discounts, member newsletters and a SHOOT SIG welcome pack.

“In the first year of SHOOT SIG we welcomed thousands of members and laid the foundation for a successful program,” said Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, Commercial Sales, SIG SAUER, Inc. “In 2024 we are turning it up with more matches, more benefits, and more excitement for our members.”

The 2024 SHOOT SIG Competition Season will consist of 25 matches spanning the country with the kick-off match with Team SIG Captain Max Michel, occurring in coordination with the SIG SAUER Academy EDC Championship at Volusia County Gun and Hunt Club in New Smyrna Beach, Florida February 10 – 11, 2024.

The following is the initial release of the competition schedule with all matches taking place on Saturday and Sunday, unless noted.

2024 Confirmed SHOOT SIG Match Schedule:

February 10 – 11: Volusia County Gun and Hunt Club / New Smyrna Beach, Florida*

March 23 – 24: Talon Range / Midway, Florida

April 20 – 21: Atlanta Conservation Club / Atlanta, Indiana

April 27- 28: Cavern Cove Competitive Shooting / Woodville, Alabama

May 4 – 5: Summit Training Center / Summit, WV

May 18 – 19: Golden Triangle Gun Club / Beaumont, TX

June 1 – 2: Triggerguard, Wellington, KS

June 15 -16: Frontline Defense Firearms Center / Warrenton, NC

June 28 – 30: Cardinal Shooting Center / Morengo, OH**

July 12 – 13: SIG SAUER Academy / Epping, NH***

July 20 – 21: Laughery Valley Fish & Game / Versailles, IN

August 24 – 25: Easton Fish & Game / Easton, PA

August 31 – September 1: Shadow Hawk Defense / Hedgesville, WV

September 28 – 29: Tri-County Gun Club / Sherwood, OR

* occurs in conjunction with SIG SAUER Academy EDC Championship

** occurs in conjunction with USPSA Carry Optics Nationals, 3-days of shooting.

***occurs on Friday and Saturday.

Newly schedule matches will be immediately added to the schedule as confirmed and posted to the SHOOT SIG schedule available on SHOOTSIG.com. To learn more about the SHOOT SIG program, become a member, learn how to register for a match, or news visit SHOOTSIG.com.

Bushnell’s Jessie Harrison Wins IPSC National Title with Bushnell RXM-300 Reflex Sight

Friday, December 15th, 2023

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – December 13, 2023 – Bushnell®, an industry leader in performance optics, along with Hoppe’s®, the No.1 name in gun care products, would like to congratulate sponsored shooter Jessie Harrison for successfully defending her national title as the top IPSC Ladies Open shooter for 2023. During the 2023 IPSC Nationals held in Smyrna, Florida, Harrison relied on products from both brands, including the Bushnell RXM-300 reflex sight to successfully defend her title from the previous year.

Harrison’s repeat IPSC title closes out her 2023 shooting season which involved multiple national titles including the 2023 Area 8 USPSA Ladies Open title, the USPSA Ladies Open title and the USPSA Ladies Limited Optics title.

“It’s been a long competitive season and I’ve shot with the best ladies in the country,” said Harrison. “They truly push me constantly to be better.”

Throughout her historic 2023 season, Harrison primarily ran a Bushnell RXM-300 Reflex Sight on her pistol. The RXM-300 Reflex Sight gives shooters a large lens for fast and easy targeting and is built to withstand the tens of thousands of rounds competitive shooters fire in both practice and competition.

“Completing a season at this level just wouldn’t be possible without great sponsors,” said Harrison. “Both Bushnell and Hoppe’s have been cornerstones of my shooting gear for several years as their products give me everything I need to compete with confidence and perform at my best.”

Harrison’s 2023 string of victories adds to her record-setting mark of 26 major USPSA wins, making her one of the most decorated members of both the Bushnell and Hoppe’s shooting teams.

Harrison’s continued reign at the very highest level demonstrates why all shooters should turn to Bushnell and Hoppes to help them reach their full potential.

To learn more, visit Jessie Harrison’s Bushnell Ambassador page.

Team SIG’s Lena Miculek Defends World Title at IPSC Shotgun World Shoot

Monday, December 11th, 2023

NEWINGTON, N.H., (December 11, 2023) – SIG SAUER, Inc. congratulates Team SIG professional shooter Lena Miculek for defending her Ladies Standard World Shotgun title at the IPSC World Shotgun Championship; this is the third time Miculek has earned this title, and Lena is the only woman in the world to ever hold the title. 

In addition to earning the top award amongst females, Lena impressively placed thirteenth amongst all standard competitors (men and women), is the only female to ever break into the top twenty at an IPSC Shotgun World Shoot, was the highest scoring female amongst all female competitors in all divisions to include modified and open competitors, and won the ladies standard shoot-off.  In total, Miculek earned a total of three gold medals at the IPSC Shotgun World Shoot.

“The competition Lena put together at the World Shoot was a remarkable performance and we are all incredibly proud of her amazing achievements,” said Tom Taylor Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, Commercial Sales, SIG SAUER, Inc.  “Lena’s success in Thailand is a direct result of her hard work and dedication to her training and commitment to her craft.  In addition to defending her title she set a series of lofty goals for herself; she crushed them all and once again raised the bar for females in professional shooting.  It’s an honor to have Lena as a member of Team SIG and a representation of the SIG SAUER brand to the world.”

Lena Miculek is the top multi-discipline professional shooter in the world and is a member of Team SIG representing SIG SAUER.  Lena entered the world of competitive shooting when she was eight years old and was immediately a force to be reckoned with.  At age 17 she won her first World Champion title, and now has 9 World Shooting titles in 5 different shooting disciplines and over 100 championship wins and national titles in the disciplines she competes in.  Lena is recognized in the industry as the most-influential female competitor, and recently used her experience to develop the ROSE by SIG SAUER™ program to help, encourage, and inspire women to take on the responsibility of their own personal safety through education, training and community.

The IPSC (International Practical Shooting Competition) was held December 3 – 10, 023 in Pattaya, Thailand. 

Blackhawk Sponsored Athlete Zach Rodman Wins Georgia Tactical Games

Saturday, November 4th, 2023

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – October 31, 2023 – Blackhawk®, a leader in law enforcement and military equipment for over 30 years, congratulates sponsored tactical athlete Zach Rodman for winning the Men’s Elite Division of the Tactical Games Georgia Regional Event.

In two seasons of competing as a Blackhawk-sponsored tactical athlete, Rodman has racked up a pair individual Tactical Games wins and ranked seventh or higher two more times. Competing alongside teammates Jared Halbert and Ehea Schuerch, Rodman has also won a team title and finished second and third in two other Tactical Games team events.

A longtime police officer from Indiana, Rodman runs a full suite of Blackhawk gear including the T-Series® L3D holster, Jacket Slot Leg Strap Adapter, Foundation Series Tac Nylon plate carrier and belt.

“To say I’ve been proud to represent Blackhawk the last two years is an understatement,” said Rodman. “It’s easy to promote and back a company whose products you believe in.”

Rodman uses Blackhawk gear to not only compete at the highest levels in the Tactical Games, but also as an instructor at the Tactical Games Athlete Camp. During the three-day course, Rodman helps train new athletes with course curriculums covering shooting, fitness, and gear.

To learn more about Rodman and the gear he uses in the Tactical Games, visit Blackhawk.com.

Bushnell’s Jessie Harrison Claims Multiple USPSA Titles Using New RXM-300 Reflex Sight

Sunday, October 29th, 2023

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – October 26, 2023 – Bushnell®, an industry leader in performance optics, along with Hoppe’s®, the No. 1 name in gun care products, would like to congratulate sponsored shooter Jessie Harrison for winning three major USPSA championship titles over the last two months. During her recent string of major USPSA wins, Harrison relied on products from both Bushnell and Hoppe’s to reach the podium.

One of the key pieces of equipment used by Harrison during her championship run was the Bushnell RXM-300 Reflex Sight. Harrison utilized the reflex sight on her pistol in all three matches. Harrison, along with other members of the brand’s shooting team, contributed to the development of the RXM-300. The reflex sight’s large window, robust construction, and ability to hold zero after the tens of thousands of rounds fired during a competitive season, were all key features requested by the shooting team.

Harrison’s last three victories give her a record-setting mark of 25 major USPSA wins. This tremendous accomplishment makes her one of the most decorated competitors in the history of the shooting sports and a highly valued member of both the Bushnell and Hoppe’s shooting teams.

Harrison claimed her first of the three victories by winning the Ladies Open title at the USPSA Area 8 match. Two weeks later, she won the Ladies Open Championship. Her most recent win was the Ladies Limited Optics National title at the championship match held in Ohio.  

“I think everyone who competed in the Limited Optics National would agree that this was the most difficult match we’ve seen in a long time,” Harrison said. “This was the inaugural national championship for the new division. Cold weather plus moving targets and more shots at extended distances certainly proved quite the challenge. But once again, the Bushnell RXM-300 was up to the task, allowing me to make the precise hits needed to win in such a tough environment.”

Harrison went on to say, “Winning my 25th USPSA National title is such an incredible milestone in my career. And I wouldn’t have been able to do this without my incredible sponsors supporting me every step of the way.”

Harrison switched her optic to the new Bushnell RXM-300 reflex sight earlier in the 2023 season. Since then, Harrison along with teammate KC Eusebio have been on a streak of major wins using the new reflex sight.

Harrison is also a long-time sponsored shooter for Hoppe’s. Each year—before, during and after each competition—Harrison depends on cleaning products like Hoppe’s Black to keep her guns running smoothly. The brand’s trusted line of gun cleaning products and accessories has helped save Harrison valued time by reducing maintenance needs and simplifying the entire process.

To learn more about Harrison, along with her favorite Bushnell and Hoppe’s products, visit Bushnell.com

Bushnell Returns as Presenting Sponsor for 11th Annual GAP Grind PRS Pro/Am

Saturday, October 14th, 2023

Largest Precision Rifle Match in Nation Sponsored by Bushnell for Over a Decade

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – October 12, 2023 – Bushnell®, an industry leader in performance optics, was proud to once again serve as title sponsor for the 11th annual GA Precision/Bushnell Elite Tactical “GAP Grind” Pro/Am. The annual precision rifle match drew more than 350 shooters from across the country and around the globe who traveled to Tennessee to compete in this unique two-person team long-range competition.

Bushnell has served as a presenting sponsor of the match for over a decade, and has been a longtime supporter of PRS competitions. Through its high quality long-range optics and numerous professional shooters, Bushnell and Elite Tactical™ have become trusted names in the precision shooting world. For 2023, the company continues to introduce purpose-built optics that long-range shooters can count on, such as the new Match Pro ED 5-30X56 riflescope and Match Pro ED 15×56 binoculars.

“We always look forward to attending the GAP Grind,” said Carlos Lozano, Bushnell brand manager. “There’s no other shooting event like it in the world, and we love how it  provides an opportunity for so many new people to experience long range shooting. Bushnell has always been focused on finding new ways to grow the shooting sports and the continued success of the GAP Grind speaks for itself.”

On Friday, Bushnell hosted two side stages before the main match began, providing an opportunity for competitors, range officers and volunteers to test out the brand’s latest optics. At the side stages, attendees were able to test out the new Bushnell Match Pro ED riflescope and Match Pro ED binoculars in a modified .22LR course of fire and then test their pistol skills with the new RXM 300 Reflex Sight.

Not only were Bushnell employees on-site throughout the weekend participating in and supporting the match, but Bushnell also contributed several match awards to various competitors and participants. Among these awards were the Deserving Amateur, Deserving Range Officer and Top Sportsman.

Bushnell wishes to congratulate all the shooters who took part in the match and looks forward to joining them again next year at the K&M Precision Rifle Training Shooting Complex in Finger, Tennessee.

For more information on the GAP Grind and to see full results, visit precisionrifleseries.com.

For more information on Bushnell Elite Tactical or to see their full lineup of optics, visit Bushnell.com.