Ok, so I didn’t exactly use this blog quite as intended in 2012. Or at all.
So, it’s time for a relaunch. I am thinking about taking the blog in a slightly different direction. Instead trying to make it about tips and tricks, I’m thinking more about some in depth match reviews. Both major and local matches. Not only does it have the opportunity to help others see what a match is like, but it will most certainly help me self-analyze post match.
The first thing I plan to write about in 2013 is SHOT Show. That’s right, I will be attending with a few of the guys from Okeechobee Shooting Sports in an effort to obtain some new products for the shop and range. I hope to get a post up each night, but since I’m there as a buyer (and have a LOT of companies to meet with) and not as media, some of the more in depth products may have to be covered after I get back to Florida. Anyways, be on the look out for the some of the posts.
Anyways, here’s how my 2012 went. I shot a lot of matches. None of which I placed very well in. At Phil Strader’s 2012 Pro-Am I met a great contact in the industry, Brad Gannaway from Hear-Pro. We talked quite a bit as he was making me a set of custom molded ear plugs. He informed me that he would be setting up a booth at the 2012 Rockcastle Pro-Am 3-Gun Championship and since I already had an entry into that match, I told him I would talk to him again at the Rock. At the Rock, we chatted a bit about 3-Gun and he informed me that he was going to be starting a team for the 2013 3-Gun season. He also asked me (somewhat in jest) if I wanted to go with him to the Ozark 3-Gun Championship in Missouri. He said we would shoot the staff match and I could help work his tent for the rest of the match. All I had to do was drive to his office in Birmingham and I could ride with him from there. I also got to shoot the Blue Ridge 3-Gun Championship the same way. Meeting Brad was honestly one of the best things to happen to my career in the shooting sports. Through him, I have met a lot of great people in the industry. I thank him for that.
I also am working almost full time in the Gunsmith shop at Okeechobee Shooting Sports as an Apprentice Gunsmith. I’m learning more than I thought I had the ability to remember. I plan on writing about some of the cooler projects we do in the shop here as well.
Hopefully, you will see much more from me in 2013.