Shooting Sports Industry News: Beretta Wins Gator Cup; Nexgen Outfitters Launches

In the latest shooting sports industry news, Team Beretta shooters achieved 13 podium finishes in seven events at the 2019 Gator Cup.
Shooting Sports Industry News: Beretta Wins Gator Cup; Nexgen Outfitters Launches

Here are some updates and the latest shooting sports industry news:

Team Beretta shooters achieved 13 podium finishes in seven events at the 2019 Gator Cup in Okeechobee, Fla.

Team Beretta members included Anthony Matarese, Joseph Fanizzi, Desirae Edmunds, Diane Sorantino, Zachary Kienbaum, Jared Greenwood, and Dominic Gross.

Matarese, who shoots with a standard Beretta DT11, topped the podium as the 2019 Gator Cup champion in the main event with 193 targets out of 200. He also obtained a third-place podium finish in the Super Sporting event with 49 out of 100 targets after competing in a shoot-off with two other shooters, including Fanizzi.

In addition to achieving champion honors in the Super Sporting event, Fanizzi, a junior team member, won the main event as the sub-junior champion with a score of 182 out of 200 targets. Fanizzi, shooting with a Beretta A400 Xcel Sporting Black Edition, also secured two additional first-place finishes in the junior FITASC and Friday Preliminary events and one runner-up podium finish in the 5-Stand event.

Edmunds, who shoots with a Beretta DT11 L, won ladies champion honors in the main event with 171 out of 200 targets.

Gross and Greenwood, junior team members, battled against some tough competitors and finished in the top ten for each of the events in which they were entered.

Nexgen Outfitters Launches

Several avid outdoorsmen and women, committed to the outdoors and to keeping their small-town values and dreams alive, have teamed up to launch the Nexgen Outfitters e-commerce website.

With more than a century of combined experience in the outdoor retail industry, Nexgen Outfitters' leadership understands the importance of quality products, fair prices, and superior customer service.

"Nexgen Outfitters was born out of a passion for the outdoors," said Trent Santero, co-founder of Nexgen Outfitters. "We spend countless hours in the field with friends and family every year, demanding the very best from our gear. We believe in equipment that builds tradition and gear that can be handed down to the next generation to ensure the future of our lifestyle."

In addition to selling gear from world-renowned outdoor brands, Nexgen is designing and building its own Nexgen-branded products.

"Our goal is more than just outfitting you for your next adventure," Santero said. "It's about ensuring that future generations can experience the outdoors the way we did growing up."

Nexgen Outfitters acknowledges the invaluable assistance from several programs and agencies that helped make today's launch a reality, including special recognition to Western Nebraska Community College's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center, and the city of Sidney.

"The focus on economic development in Sidney remains at the forefront," said Melissa Norgard, Economic Development Director for Sidney, Nebraska. "The founders of Nexgen Outfitters exemplify what the city looks for in entrepreneurs. The city and state were pleased to offer incentives to assist in getting their business off the ground and running. We are happy they chose to stay in the community, build their business here and offer new opportunities to other residents."

Sig Sauer Receives NBS Award

Nation’s Best Sports presented Sig Sauer with its NBS Vendor of the Year Award during the 2019 NBS Spring Semi-Annual Market at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

“We are excited and proud to have presented this award to Sig Sauer,” said Steven Baker, NBS Vice President of Merchandising. “Their dedication to new product development, customer service and their ongoing commitment to brick and mortar retailers are just a few of the many reasons they were chosen for this award.”

“Our core goal is in striving to better serve our independent retailers," said SIG Director of National Accounts John Dain.  "Without you all, our industry would not be what it has become today. We are humbled and look forward to what the future holds with both the membership and NBS. Special thanks to the committee members that volunteer to build stronger relationships and programs. We also would like to thank our sales organization for all the time they put in to better serving the NBS community.”

Bushnell, PRS Expand Partnership

Bushnell has been named the Official Riflescope Sponsor of the Precision Rifle Series and title sponsor for the PRS Southeast Regional Series.

“We are beyond proud to officially announce our 2019 partnership with Bushnell Elite Tactical as the official riflescope of the Precision Rifle Series,” said Shannon Kay, PRS director. “The Bushnell Elite Tactical brand has taken center stage in the PRS, and their commitment to building relationships and incredible optics makes them perfect partners of the PRS.”

Bushnell has been making high-end precision optics for the PRS for years. The
Elite Tactical line includes the new DMR-II Pro and XRS-II that are designed specifically for PRS-style competition, delivering precisely aimed rounds at extreme distances. Crafted to exacting standards, they both offer ED Prime Glass for the richest color and contrast, even in low-light conditions.


Bushnell also will be title sponsor of the Bushnell Tactical Vapor Trail Steel Siege, scheduled for Sept. 28, 2019 in Spickard, Mo.

PRS is an annual points race for several series, including the PRS Bolt Gun Series, PRS Gas Gun Series and PRS Club Series. The matches involve the practical application of long-range rifle shooting born out of military, law-enforcement and hunting scenarios.

Winchester Official Ammo of SCTP

Winchester is the official ammunition of the Scholastic Clay Target Program and SCTP National Team.

“Winchester is focused on the growth in youth shooting sports participants across North America and we are extremely proud to be aligned with SCTP and their efforts,” said Matt Campbell, vice president of sales and marketing for Winchester Ammunition. “This is a tremendous opportunity for Winchester to work with an organization that helps thousands of coaches and athletes participate in the youth shooting sports each year.”

The SCTP currently provides the opportunity to more than 4,000 coaches and 16,000 athletes to participate in the fun and challenging sports of trap, skeet and sporting clay target shooting.

“We are elated to have Winchester Ammunition as the Official Ammunition of SCTP and the SCTP National Shooting Team,” said Tom Wondrash, SCTP National Executive Director. “Our athletes and coaches on the SCTP National Team are excited to have the Winchester Ammunition brand and products as part of the team’s events and camps as well as at the USA Shooting Spring and Fall Selection Matches and State and National Junior Olympic matches across the country. We value the confidence that Winchester Ammunition and companies like them place in us!”


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