Jack, Kenny Armstrong's dog, won the “Billy Ring Classic” Tournament that was held this weekend at the Bama Birddog Club in Lincoln Alabama.
Jack’s overall scores totals from 2 days of competitions, out preformed 35 other dogs from Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, and Kentucky.
A little field testing with our friends at Benelli, running their new #Ethos 28 gauge with a 3" chamber.
Fiocchi of America is proud to have partnered with Benelli to develop the first 3" 28 gauge on the market.
Here is what a Benelli team member on the hunt had to say about the shells:
"WOW, they are great. The group is thoroughly impressed with the knock down power of these new loads. We were killing pheasants stone dead at 50 yards."
The first Fiocchi Family Fun Day was a huge success!!! Plant employees were invited to the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Academy in Ridgedale, Missouri yesterday. The folks and their families participated in our first Redneck 3-Gun competition. The winners in each division were awarded Olympic style medals. The shooters tried their luck with shotguns, BB guns, and slingshots. Team Fiocchi / Benelli shooter Dianna Mueller and her family set up steel targets so we could try the shotgun portion of a 3-Gun match. A big thanks to the PSCA for setting up the venue and having the Pro Shooters mentor, meet, and greet our people.
Fiocchi would like to welcome a new sponsored shooter for Fiocchi of America: Patrick Flanigan. You might want to check out his bio and great videos!
Growing up near the forests and wetlands of Wisconsin instilled in him an appreciation for nature that he is now able to pass on to today’s youth in his chosen field as a professional shooter. Patrick’s love for the old west and westerns since a boy was the initial spark for his fascination with the stories of Buffalo Bill and his Wild West Show as well as other great exhibition shooters like Herb Parsons, Ad Topperwine, etc. It was while viewing old footage of these shooters that Patrick realized that he was not only capable of duplicating some of these routines, but that he had it in him to evolve the shooting sports to a whole new level and so, his fate was sealed.
He practiced constantly to perfect the shooting routines now used in his live performances.Patrick’s intense desire to see the shooting sports better recognized as a professional sport and his continuous efforts to educate, promote and evolve the shooting sports has made Patrick’s live & filmed shows some of the best outdoors entertainment today.Patrick is currently an eight-time world record holder in Xtreme Sport Shooting and at the very top of the exhibition shooting circuit. Patrick performs dozens of live Xtreme Sport Shooting shows a year and is also the star of numerous television programs such as “Hot Shots” on NBC Sports, “Impossible Shots” on the Outdoor Channel, and Patrick Flanigan’s own “Shell Shocked” on The Sportsman’s Channel. Patrick has also been featured in hundreds of publications including “Outdoor Life”, NRA’s “ In-Sights”, “Pheasants Forever”,” Ducks Unlimited”, and many, many more.
ike many Americans, I was raised watching John Wayne, Clint Eastwood and others riding high in the saddle, with a Colt .45 on the hip and a Winchester lever action close by. Those movies have spawned an entire industry among grown adults… Cowboy action shooting and re-enactments are a very popular pastime. In fact several firearm companies currently offer modern replicas of the Peacemaker .45, lever action rifles and even period clothing. Still, the true participant wants the actual gun that was used in that era, as do collectors. Unfortunately many of those original firearms are not capable of safely shooting modern high velocity ammo.
Recently Fiocchi released their line of Cowboy Action ammo and it has been quite popular. Fiocchi has included some of the more frequently used calibers, including, 32 S&W Long, 38 S&W Short, 38 Special, 357 Magnum, 44 Special, 44-40, and of course 45 Long Colt. This line of ammo is loaded to lower case pressures and velocities, therefore most older smokeless powder guns can safely shoot it. . Older guns often cannot take the increased pressure of typical factory loadings, thus many collectors were forced to reload if they wanted to fire their old but prized possessions. Enter Fiocchi and their Cowboy Action lineup. The engineers have developed safe loads for older firearms that may have been relegated as safe queens.(Care should always be used – when in doubt check with a capable gunsmith)...
I won second place in the President Wayne Morris Handicap Tuesday the 9th. There was approx. 1770 shooters in the event. My second place was in the Sub Vet category. Had to win in two shoot off eliminations with six other guys. High for the event was one 100, five 99, nine 98, thirty 97, about fifty 96. I was one of the 96's. The high in my category was 97. I shot in 20 events in the 10 days. Over all I shot pretty well, in seven events I was only one target from shooting off for a place. Anyway I'm pretty happy coming away with a trophy considering the caliber of people I was competing with.
While my personal results were not what I was hoping for in the World Championships, I was proud to go into the final World Cup Event leading all the World’s Veteran shooters. After a Silver Medal in the Championship of North America and then Gold in the Cup of the Americas and a Bronze in the U.S. Open F.I.T.A.S.C., I am happy with my shooting year so far.
My first day in Italy was solid, maybe two birds from where I would have liked to be. Then the rains came. The terrain we had to overcome in the rain was formidable and some of us handled it better than others. At that point, trying to dig out of a hole was followed (as it usually is) by trying too hard not to miss. That never works out and it certainly didn’t for me.
All of that notwithstanding, the effort put forth to host a fantastic World Championships was accomplished in amazing fashion. After the torrential rains on the second day, by morning of the third day, the host club virtually eliminated any mud and physical challenges. How they did that was virtually a miracle.
The facilities, hospitality, food, ceremonies and not to mention the beauty of the Umbrian countryside were absolutely off the chart.
Thanks to the wonderful support of Fiocchi and other sponsors, the 2016 World F.I.T.A.S.C. Championships was the single best event I have ever attended. Well done!
– Ed Arrighi
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