Glock’s 18th Annual Shootout

The GLOCK Annual Shoot XVIII and Gunny Challenge VII held…

GLOCK, Inc., presents a $50,000 donation to the Young Marines.

The GLOCK Annual Shoot XVIII and Gunny Challenge VII held on September 24 and 25 at the South River Gun Club near Conyers, Georgia, hit the record books as the most attended action shooting competition ever held. Over 1,000 participants shot in stages familiar to GLOCK Sport Shooting Foundation (GSSF) competitive shooters, such as “Five to GLOCK,” “GLOCK‘M” and “GLOCK the Plates,” while the experienced Matchmeisters competed head-to-head at the seventh annual Gunny Challenge.

Shooting new GLOCK Gen4 pistols, the Gunny Challenge featured the Gunny, R. Lee Ermey, competing against country legend Travis Tritt, who co-hosted the event. They were both winners in the “who could have the most fun” category! During and after the event, both celebrities spent time with the GLOCK shooters and their families. Each of the well-known stars talked and joked with the people who enjoy shooting their GLOCKs in competition and passing on their sport to their kids and grandkids.

Friendship and mentoring seemed to be the theme of the two-day annual GSSF event that blends a mix of experienced competitors with young, novice GLOCK shooters. Each learned from the other while enjoying the pleasure of shooting the world’s best handgun in a safe, fun and competitive atmosphere. Each match became family time as mothers brought sons and fathers brought daughters to proudly coach and encourage their kids as they beamed with pride.

Growing Up GLOCK

Compared to her very first GSSF match, covered in last year’s GLOCK Autopistols, returning 13-year-old Brittany Alexander showed improvements in stance and shot placement, cleaning the plate rack in competitive time. Since last year, Brittany has won honors as the High Junior Female for the Amateur Class, including the very next GSSF she shot. Her dad and coach, Phil Alexander, a law enforcement professional, enjoys taking Brittany to matches as they both compete with their GLOCKs.

Brittany got her own GLOCK 17 for Christmas and said, “I dry-fire and practice every night to try to get better all the time. I am a member of the GSSF and it has been a great help because the range officers have been able to assist me to improve my technique. I want to be a professional shooter using my GLOCK, so this competition experience has really helped me!”

Another junior shooter, 14-year-old Andrew, has been shooting his GLOCK 17 Gen4 for less than four months and enjoys the, “safety, competition and sport of the GSSF matches. I have been improving thanks to my dad!”

Andrew’s father, Mark Mansheim, who discovered pistols and competitive shooting later in life because his family considered firearms “hands off,” wanted to get his son in competitive sports and saw that the GSSF was a terrific venue they both could share. The Mansheims researched the possible pistols to compete with and chose the GLOCK because, as Andrew said, “the small backstrap of the GLOCK 17 Gen4 fits my hand better,” and Mark noted that the GLOCK is, “the best choice for him. It is superior compared to other pistols because of the safety, ruggedness, and with its different backstraps, it’ll fit his hand now and when he gets bigger. It is perfect for him or any young shooter.”

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