With more than four months before the first shot reports the start of the 2013 Shooting Industry Masters, all team slots have been officially filled. The 11th annual event will be held in Cody, Wyo., July 19-20.

This popular industry-only multi-gun match reached capacity earlier than ever before, with 80 four-person teams signing on to participate in the two-day tournament featuring mystery handgun, rifle and shotgun events.

“While we’re excited so many industry standouts have already signed up, the hardest part is turning away more teams nearly every day,” said Randy Molde, Shooting Industry Masters chairman.

In addition to the main events, this year’s Masters will also include at least 10 side matches in which participants can try a variety of guns in an array of shooting formats. Companies such as Colt, Crazy Quail, Crimson Trace, DoubleTap Ammunition, FNH USA, Glock, Laser Shot, Thompson/Center and more have committed to creating exciting and fun shooting experiences.

“Competitors will want to bring a healthy trigger finger, along with a fully funded wallet, to enjoy the incredible shooting opportunities we’re planning,” said Shari LeGate, event manager. Money raised through side match events, auctions and prize raffles will directly support the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s First Shots program, which introduces new people to guns and safe shooting practices.

“We’re 100 percent committed to the First Shots program, and how it introduces new folks to the shooting sports and brings new customers into our businesses,” said Russ Thurman, Shooting Industry Masters match director.

The Masters has raised nearly $150,000 in the last four years to support First Shots.

A record 40 companies have also signed on to sponsor the Shooting Industry Masters at varying levels of participation.

“What began as a small industry gathering 11 years ago with a dozen or so teams has become one of the premier industry events of the year,” Molde said. “We feel extremely fortunate to facilitate such a popular team-building event that helps support the future of shooting sports. We can’t wait to get together with the industry again in July for what’s going to be one heck of a good time.”

For those individuals who were not fortunate enough to secure a team spot in this year’s Masters, a limited number of “Partner Passes” are available to qualifying industry representatives. The pass allows individuals to experience the flavor of the event, participate in side matches and attend all evening functions. Contact Elizabeth O’Neill at elizabeth@shootingindustry.com or 1-800-537-3006 ext. 279 for more information.

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