Thanks to all of our sponsors, instructors, Top Shots, course attendees, and everyone who donated to help make this event a huge success! Because of you we were able to donate over $3,500 to Hope for Heroes Foundation and The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor. Thank you! We look forward to doing another event again soon.
For those of you just finding out about this event, here is what went down. On 7 March 2015 former contestants from the TV Show Top Shot along with PS&Ed Founder Matt Mallory were at Orange County Choppers in Newburgh, NY. There was a meet and greet and two handgun courses. A New York State Pistol Permit Pre-Licensing Handgun Safety Course and a combined Utah, Florida, and New Hampshire Multi-State Pistol Permit Pre-Licensing Course (for those looking to carry their handgun in up to 38 states).
There were gun raffles, door prizes and silent auctions. One of the door prizes was a $1,000 Desert Eagle 1911 45 Caliber Handgun! Two of the 10 silent auction items were a Henry Golden Boy Military Service Tribute Edition Rifle with wall display valued at $1,300 and a Reaction Targets Electronic Steel Target System called the HRT (Hostage Rescue Target) valued at $695!
Door prizes were made possible by the following companies: Magnum Research, Inc., USCCA, Cabela’s, ScoutLook weather, Ruger, Hornady, ThermaCELL, Wolf Ammo, TUFF, FrogLube, Hodgdon, Ear, Whitetail SLAM, and many more.
MEET THE TOP SHOTS
Gary Shank, Top Shot Season 4 Second Runner Up, NRA Certified Pistol Instructor, and Utah Certified Pistol Instructor. Gary has worked in the firearms industry since he was 19 years old. He has worked for several major retailers, buying and selling collectible firearms, managing gun departments, working as a firearms instructor/range officer and now owns his own firearms and training business.
Keith Gibson, Top Shot Season 4 contestant, IDPA Stock Service Pistol Master, and Division Champion. An Army veteran who won the Marksmanship Qualification Award (highest score in his Battalion on M16) and was a Combat Medic in a tour of duty with a Black Hawk Air Assault Unit during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Frank Melloni, Top Shot Season 4 contestant, NRA Certified Pistol Instructor, and multi-discipline competitor (NRA Service rifle, Small bore silhouette, IDPA, and USPSA). Being versed in several firearms, as well as a variety or skills such as maintenance and fabrication of firearms, namely the AR-15, ammunition crafting, and ballistics, he is referred to as the renaissance man which is also fitting for his training business. Frank trains over 1500 new shooters a year. His company Renaissance is also sponsored by 25 companies and he is featured in this years Wolf ammo catalog as their representative for match grade rimfire.
GUN RAFFLES AND SILENT AUCTION
FOR TWO GREAT CAUSES
The Hope for Heroes Foundation‘s mission is to empower, educate and provide outdoor experiences for our nations disabled heroes and their families or caregivers. The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor‘s focus is to commemorate the extraordinary sacrifices of America’s servicemen and servicewomen who were killed or wounded in combat. The mission of the Hall of Honor is to collect and preserve the stories of Purple Heart recipients from all branches of service and across generations to ensure that all recipients are represented.