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Safariland Expedition Multi-Gun: Day 3

Competitors were fired up to try out the fast and furious format at the inaugural Safariland Expedition Multi-Gun Match, taking place June 22-25 at the Pro Gun Club in Boulder City, Nevada. Despite soaring temperatures, more than 250 shooters lined up to take on the shooter’s choice match, with two guns per stage, minimal shotgun loading, quicker stages and faster scoring.

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Safariland Expedition Multi-Gun: Day 2

Competitors were fired up to try out the fast and furious format at the inaugural Safariland Expedition Multi-Gun Match, taking place June 22-25 at the Pro Gun Club in Boulder City, Nevada. Despite soaring temperatures, more than 250 shooters lined up to take on the shooter’s choice match, with two guns per stage, minimal shotgun loading, quicker stages and faster scoring.

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Safariland Expedition Multi-Gun: Day 1

Competitors were fired up to try out the fast and furious format at the inaugural Safariland Expedition Multi-Gun Match, taking place June 22-25 at the Pro Gun Club in Boulder City, Nevada. Despite soaring temperatures, more than 250 shooters lined up to take on the shooter’s choice match, with two guns per stage, minimal shotgun loading, quicker stages and faster scoring.

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Team Safariland: Julie Golob

 

“I don’t like the idea of fitting a mold,” says Julie Golob. “No one can dictate my success, I’m the only person that can do that.”

There is no one quite like Julie Golob. She has achieved so many firsts, so many championships in competitive shooting, it’s hard to imagine she does anything else. In 1999 she won the USPSA Limited (iron sighted pistol) and Open (race gun with compensator and optics) National Championships, as well as the Ladies World Speed Shooting Champion title, a triumvirate of titles never before accomplished by a female shooter.

She was the first Five Division USPSA Ladies National Champion, and the first to win a USPSA Nationals Triple Crown. One of her most remarkable feats is being the first person ever—male or female—to win a national title in all six USPSA divisions.

And yet, she credits success to one thing in life, which, in essence, is many things.

As a champion, author, US Army Veteran, hunter, media personality, foodie, ambassador, role model and mom, we connected with her to find out more about her incredible life story.

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Team Safariland: Bobby McGee

“There’s no room for error, you have to be perfect,” says Bobby McGee, about the absolute precision required in archery. And to be perfect, he practices relentlessly.

The mantra has taken McGee far in life. A U.S. Army Veteran, McGee is one of the best all-round multi-discipline competitive shooters, having earned the titles of USPSA 3-division Grand Master and IDPA 5-division Master, as well as winning many championships, including an IDPA National Championship. McGee’s discipline, expert knowledge and passion also make him a highly regarded trainer of civilians, state and federal law enforcement agencies, and the military. He is an instructor for the Safariland Training Group, and his specialized expertise contributes to the technical design and development of Safariland products.

We wanted to find out where his intense ability to commit came from. “At a young age my father told me, be phenomenal or be forgotten, and that’s something I carried with me for the rest of my life,” says McGee. “I’m always fighting to be on top.”

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Team Safariland: Scott Carnahan

 

What makes a great competitor? Are some people just born that way? If anyone’s got the racing gene, it has to be Scott Carnahan, Safariland’s Team Captain and VP of our Duty Gear Category.

Carnahan has competed at a professional or elite level in so many sports it’s hard to believe he’s just one guy! Consider the list: golf, go-kart racing, mountain bike racing, waterskiing (slalom and trick), moto-cross, and shooting.

A few highlights include being a three-time USPSA National Class Champion, competing in the first Supercross race at Anaheim Stadium, ranking 15th in the Western US for both Slalom and Trick waterskiing, winning his age group at the 2013 Hell Fire Fat Tire at Camp Pendleton, winning Club Champion at his golf club and playing on the Scratch Amateur Tour ranking 4th in Southern California.

So what’s his secret? Is it all good luck in the athletic genetic lottery? Not if you ask Carnahan. There’s more to it than simply turning up and toeing the start line. There’s commitment. And sacrifice. Since 1985, we’ve been very fortunate to have him lead our Safariland professional shooting team, to inspire by example, and share his knowledge and experience on how to be a world-class competitor.

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SAFARILAND® EXPEDITION: MEET PETE

Summer just got a whole lot hotter. This year we are proud to introduce the Safariland® Expedition Multi-Gun match, a four-day competition Jun 22-25, at the Pro Gun Club just outside of Las Vegas.

Safariland Expedition Multi-Gun introduces a brand new format with two guns per stage, rifle shots under 100 yards, minimal shotgun loading, faster stages, and faster scoring, all to allow a squad the ability to shoot five stages in under four hours. Are you sweating yet?

Safariland’s Vantage Point would like to introduce you to Pete Rensign, a 3rd generation Marine who is the mastermind behind the Safariland Expedition Multi-Gun competition. Happy shooting!

How did you start shooting competitively?

Tahnee and I shot a Cowboy match in Idaho with her dad when we were on a three month rock climbing trip. When we returned to Las Vegas we just went to an indoor USPSA match and we both enjoyed it. I have been shooting since the Marine corp, and competing in sports all my life. Shooting competitions give me the ability to compete and do something I enjoy and excel at.

Was it love at first shot?

I have been shooting for thirty years. Playing the games for the past seven. I have always enjoyed shooting and now it is a huge part of our life.

What made you decide to get involved in helping to plan and stage competitions?

This is a volunteer sport. Many clubs across the country are run by volunteers. Unfortunately, Las Vegas is filled with people that work weekends and nights, and don’t have a set schedule. Getting volunteers here is tough, so I knew I could help and make the local matches better.

Is it hard to shoot in the Nevada sun?

The summers are hot but many shooters still want to compete, even when I say it’s too hot. Expedition Multi-gun allows my locals to shoot a five stage match in four hours, the same time it takes to play a round of golf. If the summer matches went to 5p.m., it would not work. 8:00a.m.-12:00p.m. is before the really hot hours, so we can get it done safely.

What do you shoot?

I enjoy all shooting. Long range, skeet, trap, pistol, name it I will shoot it. I am currently a GM in USPSA, and I have several top ten finishes at multi-gun majors and some overall wins.

What makes Safariland Expedition different than other events you’ve planned?

This match is for everyone. We have several divisions for shooters to choose from to come play and have fun. The ability to shoot the same match in two divisions does not happen at too many matches, and definitely not the same match three times. Also, the ability to shoot stages during the day and the same stages at night is something different that the Safariland Expedition offers. The support we are getting from Safariland is awesome, and I am excited to see how big we can make this event in the next couple years.

What are you most excited about for this competition?

I get pretty excited about the stages I design for all my matches. It really makes all the hard work worth it when shooters come and say great things about the competition. There will be some cool changes in this match, that are all shooter requested changes, that i think will make this match exciting to watch.

Where would you like to see this style of shooting go?

The question is where is it going. I already have several clubs asking for help and support and I am doing everything I can to help it spread.

What are some of your biggest challenges you face as a shooter?

I think all shooters out there will say that rule changes and division differences make things confusing sometimes but, as the rule book and style spreads, I hope that shooters will know what to expect from these matches and it will make it easier to prepare for them.

What’s your favorite piece of Safariland equipment?

It can’t be narrowed down to just one! The ELS system is by far the best system for all shooters to get gear ready for a stage, and then change it for the next to fit the stage. There is nothing out there even close to the ease and speed in which I can configure my gear in seconds. If I had to pick just one it would be the ELS belt, with all my receivers on it and then all the forks on all my mag pouches, shotgun holders, and holsters.

What’s one thing you shouldn’t forget to bring to Safariland Expedition?

A positive attitude. This is a first-year match, but I have a proven track record. The USPSA Multi-gun Nationals has been evolving for several years now. We make changes every year based on shooters comments and stage design. The Surefire World Multi-gun Competition has been evolving the last three years as we strive to make a better match for the shooters every year. I hope to get tons of comments from everyone on what they like, and what we can do to improve the Safariland Expedition experience for several years to come. Don’t forget to bring your Safariland gear!

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Team Safariland: Robert Vogel

Robert Vogel is a professional marksman, competition shooter, and National/World champion. He is the only Law Enforcement Officer ever to win World and National Championships in the Practical Pistol Disciplines of IPSC, IDPA and USPSA.

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Team Safariland: Maggie Reese

Maggie Reese is a 3-time National Champion in USPSA Multi-Gun (rifles, shotguns, and pistols). She has also won multiple champion titles at Superstition Mountain Mystery 3 Gun, MGM IronMan 3 Gun, and Rocky Mountain 3 Gun.

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Team Safariland: Rob Leatham

Rob Leatham cannot remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. He comes from a family of casual shooters. Rob has fond memories of desert outings which always involved a picnic, plinking at targets, and shooting challenges involving the whole family.

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