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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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Team Safariland: Julie Golob

Julie Golob is an American professional sport shooter with two IPSC Handgun World Shoot silver medals (2005 Lady Standard and 2011 Lady Production), one bronze medal (2014 Lady Production) and seven Ladies Steel Challenge World Speed Shooting Championship gold medals. She also has 2 US IPSC Nationals Lady titles and 13 USPSA Handgun Nationals Lady titles, and is the only seven Division USPSA National Champion in history.

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Team Safariland: Doug Koenig

  • 21-Time Masters Champion
  • 2016 and 17-Time Bianchi Cup Champion
  • 2013 and 5-Time European Bianchi Cup Champion
  • 3-Time Steel Challenge World Speed Shooting Champion
  • 1990 IPSC World Champion
  • 2014 and 6-Time World Action Pistol Champion

Every once in a while, a special sportsman comes along who redefines what it means to be a champion. Doug Koenig is that once in a generation talent, widely regarded as the best all-around shooter in the world.

Doug’s list of achievements and championship wins is daunting and may never be surpassed. A potent combination of speed, accuracy and skill has sustained him to succeed in various competitions, from the Bianchi Cup to the Steel Challenge. With nearly three decades of professional shooting experience under his belt, Doug continues to find motivation which fuels his hunger to win, by shifting his focus across disciplines throughout the year.

Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Koenig began shooting competitively at the age of 17. His first competitive match was in the winter of 1986, and from that moment on, he was bitten by the competitive bug. Working as a carpenter for his father, meant Doug had the free time and flexibility to pour his energies into improving and honing his shooting skills.

In 1990, a decision had to be made, and Doug decided to focus exclusively on shooting as a full time career. The change paid off and that very same year he made a stamp on the shooting world, scoring an unprecedented 1920-157x in the Bianchi Cup to take his first major championship. Smith & Wesson, Leupold, and Safariland continue to be major sponsors of his career, along with his Smith & Wesson Performance Center DK 38 Super 1911 has played a major role to Doug securing countless championship wins. Doug is also sponsored in his competition shooting achievements by Hornady, Otis, Gamo, NSSF, Chamber-View, Walkers Game Ear, Wilderness Athlete, Carbon Express, Plano, Bass Pro Shops, Custom Metal Products and H&M BlackNitride.

Doug attributes the incredible successes he’s experienced to always being extremely prepared, focused and disciplined during his range practice sessions to having a strong work ethic. Doug takes that same approach to his hunting and to his shooting competitions, by seeking out equipment and gear which will enhance his performance on the shooting range and afield hunting.

Doug’s TV show, Doug Koenig’s Championship Season promotes an outdoor lifestyle featuring remote hunting destinations to Doug on the firing line. Championship Season features a gritty combination of fast-paced shooting competition and in your face hunting adventure. Whether it’s bull elk, whitetails or competition shooting, one thing is certain…bullets will fly and it’s gonna be a wild ride!

 

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Team Safariland: Michael Voigt

Michael Voigt was president of the United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) for 12 years and has recently returned to fully devote his time and talents to advancing the firearms industry and training the elite military and law enforcement units. He has won numerous world and national titles in handgun, shotgun, rifle, and multigun in his 20+ years of competition.

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Team Safariland: Bobby McGee

Bobby McGee is a U.S. Army Veteran known as one of the most well-rounded multi-disciplined competitive shooters. McGee is a USPSA (United States Practical Shooting Association) 3-division Grand Master and an IDPA (International Defensive Pistol Association) 5-division Master. He holds many championships including an IDPA National Championship. Bobby Is a certified NRA Pistol Instructor.

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