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Viridian Sponsors Stage, Awards Shooters at Gunsite Alumni Shoot

Friday, October 14th, 2022

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – October 10, 2022 – Viridian Weapon Technologies participated in the Gunsite Alumni Shoot (GAS) for the second year in a row—this time as a stage sponsor. The 2022 event featured more shooters, prizes and sponsors than ever before. Viridian’s presence also served as a one-year anniversary to the filming, production and creation of Full Blown Tactical—a first of its kind video that came to life on the historic grounds of Gunsite.  

“It was great to be a part of such a great event,” said Viridian President and CEO Brian Hedeen. “Viridian continues to expand our product line, partnerships and participation across the shooting sports. Having a stage sponsorship and filling the prize table at the 2022 Gunsite Alumni Shoot is just another way we’re showing shooters and industry partners the breadth and depth of our product line—and how relevant it is in competition and in everyday life. Selfishly, getting a chance to revisit the site of Full Blown Tactical was icing on the cake.”

Viridian’s stage sponsorship meant participants got to compete using optics such as the Serac, EON and Venta scopes—as well as Viridian’s heralded new Green Dot Optics and specifically the GDO 25 and GDO Mag.

To learn more about Viridian Weapon Technologies, visit viridianweapontech.com.

Elite Tactical GAP Grind Celebrates 10th Anniversary of PRS Competition

Tuesday, October 11th, 2022

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – October 10, 2022 – Bushnell®, an industry leader in performance optics, recently wrapped up the 10th annual GA Precision/Elite Tactical “GAP Grind” Pro/Am. The largest and most sought-after PRS match in the world, the GAP Grind drew 400 amateur and pro shooters from across the U.S. and globe. Internationally recognized as the only long-range precision rifle match of its kind, the competition has been the catalyst of introducing thousands of new shooters to the sport since its inception.

As part of this year’s competition, Elite Tactical, in conjunction with Bergara Rifles and Lapua® rimfire ammunition, sponsored a side stage where shooters had the opportunity to try out the new Elite Tactical DMR3 riflescope with new EQL reticles. Shooters also competed for the side stage’s awards for the top pro and amateur.

In the main competition, Elite Tactical, Hoppe’s and RCBS pro Robert Brantley won Top Tactical and Elite Tactical pro Ryan Kerr won Top Production. Sponsored shooter Troy Livesay also placed 13th overall combined score (6th place Pro) and finished in fifth place as part of the team competition with his teammate Rick Lovely. Throughout the competition, Brantley, Kerr and Livesay ran the Elite Tactical XRS3 riflescope.

The year’s largest PRS match drew hundreds of attendees, and more than 80,000 rounds were fired throughout the three-day event. In addition to competition stages, the GAP Grind featured a vendor area, live music and entertainment. Bushnell gave out $5,000 to the top place finishers and added over $5,000 worth of product to the prize table. The brand also gave out three special awards during the event – the Deserving Amateur Award, the Deserving RO (Range Officer) Award, and the Top Sportsman’s Award, which is given to a competitor who exhibits the “spirit of the Grind” during the match by helping others and showing good sportsmanship.

“Sponsoring the GAP Grind is always a privilege, and this 10-year mark made it especially fun,” said Matt Rice, Bushnell senior media relations manager. “GAP Grind is all about giving both experienced and new shooters a welcoming place to test and hone their skills, and our partners at K&M, GA Precision and PRS have done a fantastic job of making that goal a reality.”

2022 Elite Tactical GAP Grind Winners

Top 5 Pros:

1st – Daniel Hereid

2nd – Francis Colon

3rd – Chad Heckler

4th – Chris Simmons

5th – Nathan Cushman

Top 5 Amateurs:

1st – Toby Phillips

2nd – Tyler Yauch

3rd – Jeff Johnson

4th – Ryder Smith

5th – Caleb Purinton

Top 5 Pro/Am Teams:

1st – Tate Streater and Toby Phillips

2nd – Chad Heckler and Jacob Strutt

3rd – Joey McConnell and Ryder Smith

4th – Daniel Herald and Vince Yarling

5th – Troy Livesay and Rick Lovely

Full Match Results Link

For more information on Bushnell Elite Tactical or to see their full lineup of optics, visit Bushnell.com. For additional information on the GAP Grind, go to kmprecisionrifletraining.com.

Blackhawk’s Rodman, Halbert Take Second at Tactical Games Panthera

Friday, October 7th, 2022

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – October 5, 2022 – Blackhawk®, a leader in law enforcement and military equipment for over 20 years, congratulates Blackhawk tactical athlete Zach Rodman and teammate Jared Halbert on their second-place finish in the Men’s Elite division at the Tactical Games Panthera in Old Fields, West Virginia. 

Eighty-five total teams plus 25 individuals competed at the Tactical Games Panthera, with 48 teams competing in the Men’s Intermediate, Tactical, Master’s and Elite divisions. The team format gives competitors a unique opportunity to leverage their teammates’ strengths as well as a unique challenge to overcome weaknesses as they carry weights, shoot through courses of fire and navigate obstacles.

“It was a great event and the pieces really fell into place for me and Jared,” Rodman said. “Having gear you can always rely on is critical in the Tactical Games, and I think the T-Series and Foundation Tac Nylon gear do a great job of keeping my sidearm secure and accessible in addition to keeping me mobile.”

Rodman, a 15-year veteran of the Kokomo, Indiana, police force and SWAT team, equipped himself throughout the competition with Blackhawk’s T-Series® L3D holster as well as best-in-class Foundation Series Tac Nylon gear, including lightweight plate carrier, belt and pouches. Halbert, owner of The Tactical Games and seven-time Tactical Games Men’s Elite winner, ran the T-Series L2C holster.

Rodman’s next competition will be the Tactical Games National Championship taking place November 4-6 at the Texas Shooting Academy in Florence, Texas.

Watch this video to learn more about how Rodman utilizes Blackhawk’s Foundation Series plate carrier throughout the Tactical Games.

Jessie Harrison Claims Back-to-Back Titles with Bushnell First Strike 2.0

Saturday, September 3rd, 2022

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – August 31, 2022 – Bushnell®, an industry leader in performance optics, is celebrating pro shooter Jessie Harrison’s dominant performances at the recent USPSA Area 5 and Area 3 Championships. Harrison, who is also a sponsored Hoppe’s athlete, recorded back-to-back High Lady titles at two of the USPSA’s most competitive championships.

Harrison won the High Lady title at the 2022 Cheely Custom Gunworks Area 5 Championship in Brooklyn, Michigan, and then went on to clinch the High Lady title at the 2022 Hornady Area 3 Championship in Grand Island, Nebraska. Her latest wins add to an already impressive 2022 season, which includes the High Lady title at the Area 1 Championship and the coveted Overall Steel Master award at the 2022 World Speed Shooting Championships held earlier in the year.

Throughout both the Area 5 and Area 3 matches, Harrison relied on her First Strike 2.0 reflex sight. One of Bushnell’s most versatile optics, the First Strike 2.0 features a large objective lens, brighter daylight settings and a rugged design that stands up to the rigors of USPSA competition.

“In any match, I rely heavily on optics and what I can see,” said Harrison. “The Bushnell First Strike 2.0 gives me a bright, clean edged red dot, that allows me to acquire a sight picture as soon as possible and be as precise as needed.”

To learn more about the First Strike 2.0 or to see the full lineup of Bushnell optics, check out Bushnell.com.

Kestrel KST1000 Shot Timer

Wednesday, August 31st, 2022

Kestrel Ballistics has long been known for their weather meters. They’ve expanded their line with a Made In USA shot timer, the KST1000.

• 5 Nameable setting presets
• 2 Easy-to-use screens from your hip or in your hand
• Compatible with dry fire and suppressed shooting
• Extra Loud Buzzer
• Waterproof and dust-proof
• Bluetooth Link Enabled
• Durable Drop-tested to MIL-STD-810G standards


Taurus Presents: Shooting International with Brendan Souder

Wednesday, August 24th, 2022

In the web series Shooting International with Brendan Souder presented by Taurus and produced by Panteao Productions, retired Special Forces soldier Brendan Souder travels abroad competing, training and learning about various gun cultures through the lens of embedded operatives, local military and police, competitive shooters as well as the everyday citizens that live in these countries.

Brendan spent his 20-year career in Special Operations between the 75th Ranger Regiment and Special Forces. He is a certified firearms instructor and Grand Master competitive shooter. This series will also showcase elite military units that operate in these territories, showcasing past missions and current challenges of modern-day operations. An example of this in the initial episode.

Federal Ammunition Shooters Proudly Represented the U.S.A. at the IPRF World Championship

Monday, August 22nd, 2022

ANOKA, Minnesota – August 17, 2022 – Federal Ammunition professional shooters Buck Holly and Greg Bell represented the United States as part of Team USA at the International Precision Rifle Federation (IPRF) World Championship. The event was held on August 6-12, 2022 in Bitche, France. There were 250 shooters from 26 countries who participated in the shoot. 

The IPRF was established to create an internationally recognized precision rifle competition. Throughout the 6-day shoot, Team USA participated in a variety of precision shooting events taking first place in every division and category other than the Factory Division. 

“I’ve always said that precision rifle competitions here in the United States feature the best all-around rifle shooters in the world. It’s great to see an opportunity for American shooters to prove themselves against the world,” said Jason Spradling, Federal’s Manager of Shooting Sports Promotions/Field Training. “It’s a huge honor to have two of our Team Federal shooters invited to represent Team USA.”

Along with Team USA’s overall success, Federal Shooters Holly and Bell placed high in their respective events individually. Buck Holly placed second in the Limited Division using Federal’s Gold Medal Match 308 Win loaded with 185-grain Berger Juggernaut bullets. Using the Federal Gold Medal primers, Greg Bell placed 5th in the Open Division with handloads.

“The weather conditions in France were challenging, to say the least,” said Federal Sponsored Shooter, Buck Holly. “Having great ammo allowed me to perform well despite the tough conditions.”

“I can’t adequately explain how much it means to me to have been allowed to represent my country at the IPRF World Championship,” said Federal Sponsored Shooter Greg Bell. “Overall, it was THE most fun I have had at a match in a long time.”

Federal ammunition can be found at dealers nationwide. For more information on all products from Federal or to shop online, visit www.federalpremium.com.

First RCBS Rumble PRS Match Draws Elite Shooters Nationwide

Thursday, August 18th, 2022

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – August 12, 2022 – RCBS®, the leading manufacturer of ammunition reloading equipment for rifles and pistols, recently wrapped up its first-ever “RCBS Rumble” – the company’s own Precision Rifle Series match, after years of sponsoring and supporting other PRS events nationwide.

“Our team couldn’t be happier with how the inaugural RCBS Rumble turned out,” said Laurie Kokoruda, senior product manager and match director.  “We have been discussing such an opportunity for years and thanks to the tremendous support we received not just locally but from our sponsors nationwide, the match was even better than we could have predicted. RCBS has supported PRS competitions for decades and it was great to see our brand take the lead in making a match of this caliber happen.”

Kokoruda continued, “A special thanks is owed to all the range officers and volunteers who worked behind the scenes to make the match move smoothly. We heard nothing but positive feedback from the shooters all weekend and we hope to be back next year in an even bigger way.”

The RCBS Rumble was held August 6 in RCBS’s and GA Precision’s own backyard near Pleasant Hill, Missouri. With additional support from partners including Bushnell, Hoppe’s, Federal Ammunition, GA Precision and Manner’s Composite Stocks, the Rumble drew 75 elite PRS Pro Series shooters from across the country and sold out of registration spots in less than an hour. In addition to the main competition, the match included side stages sponsored by Manners Composite Stocks and Bushnell.

The match heated up quickly, not just with a heat index of 105 degrees, but with a fast-paced, challenging course of fire that included buses, trucks and other props. Team RCBS and Elite Tactical shooter Troy Livesay took fourth place at the match, taking home one of the coveted trophies – custom RCBS presses. First through fifth place won gold, silver, bronze and copper RCBS Summit™ presses, while the top shooter in each class also received a custom copper RCBS Rebel press. Team RCBS and Elite Tactical shooter Melissa Gilliland claimed the Top Lady title at the match.

RCBS would like to congratulate all the shooters who participated in this year’s event as well as extend its thanks to the many sponsors who helped contribute to the match.

2022 RCBS Rumble Winners

1st Place – Chris Opfer

2nd Place – Josh Ulickey

3rd Place – Greg Harris

Top Production – Doug Koenig

Top Gas Gun – Miles Neville

Top Sr. – Tommy Tinsley

Top Mil/LE – Caleb Ash

Topy Lady – Melissa Gilliland

Top Amateur – Trent Keen

Top Marksman – Mark Bates

Top Semipro – Josh Ulickey

To learn more about RCBS or to see the full lineup of RCBS products, check out RCBS.com.