Organizers of the Shooting Industry Masters announced the 11th annual match will be held at the Cody Shooting Complex in Cody, Wyo., July 19-20, 2013.

“When the opportunity arose to host the Masters in Buffalo Bill’s backyard, we couldn’t pass it up,” said Randy Molde, Masters match chairman. “Cody offers a unique glimpse of our American Western heritage, as well as serves as the home for the most comprehensive collection of American firearms in the world — the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. Once we mixed in the top-notch resources of the Cody Shooting Complex, we came away with all the fixins for an unforgettable weekend.”

The city of Cody is located in northern Wyoming just 50 miles east of Yellowstone National Park.

“It is appropriate that the leaders of today’s shooting industry gather in the region where the likes of Bill Ruger, Sr., Jack O’Conner and Elmer Keith enjoyed shooting, hunting and each other’s company,” said George Dillman, president, Cody Shooting Complex, and advisory board member, Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody Firearms Museum. “This Shooting Industry Masters, and time spent in Cody and at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center — especially at the Cody Firearms Museum — will be time well spent, and will provide memories that will last for years.”

The Cody Shooting Complex hosts a variety of major shooting events year-round, including the annual Buffalo Bill Invitational.

“We are looking forward to hosting the Masters,” Dillman added.

The Shooting Industry Masters is a handgun, rifle and shotgun competition divided into two classifications: Industry and Open. The Industry class is for new to intermediate shooters, while the Open class is for professional and advanced shooters. Regardless of class, scores are not published to maintain the no-pressure, fun atmosphere of the Masters.

The purpose of the match is to raise awareness and funds for the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s First Shots program, which helps introduce individuals to shooting and gun safety. The Masters has raised $141,000 for First Shots during the last four Masters events.

The Shooting Industry Masters is owned and operated by FMG Publications, publisher of GUNS Magazine, American Handgunner, American COP, Shooting Industry and eight special editions.

For Masters team entry and sponsorship information, contact Elizabeth O’Neill at elizabeth@shootingindustry.com or 1-888-315-3641. For more information on the Shooting Industry Masters, visit www.shootingindustry.com/masters.

Logo courtesy Shooting Industry Magazine

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