This had to be one of our most ambitious matches to date. Not only did we open the competitor list up to more shooters than normal, we included two helicopter stages, which in itself is a bit crazy.
To all the competitors:
Thank you for your professionalism, and patience, it is much appreciated. We put this match on for you guys, and believe me you are definitely some of the best shooters in the world. This stuff is hard and you never cease to amaze me how well you all step up to the challenge.
I want to single out a couple of shooters, first Bill Fowler, who exemplifies the adage about “old age and treachery”. What an outstanding shooter, who cleaned the walk in drill, which for those at home it is basically a 1 MOA target from 500 to 100 yards. He shot 15 for 15 in a 20MPH wind, and not only that continues to place in the top 10.
Tom Fuller, man, he came to his first tactical rifle match with a 20″ 338LM Barrett and kicked serious ass. No one has ever placed in the Top 10 with a 338 and Tom not only did it with a Barrett 98b, he did with a Bushnell scope. That’s not a slag on Bushnell but when you are used to seeing a lot of $2000 glass on the line, its refreshing to see someone come along and place with a piece of kit that cost less than a case of his ammo.
Jim Rosasco, thank you Jim for your work on the targets and always being there to help out.
“The Docs” for being on call.
To Wade, Terry and Jeff… our Top 3 shooters. Outstanding job each and every one of you.
Rob01 for winning the Barrett Stage and Graham for winning the POF stage. Nice job both of you.
Remember this when you move on,
“Guys with Muzzle Brakes cannot complain about guys with Muzzle Brakes”.
To the range Staff
Lindy, Lisa, John, Wynn, and Miles my sincerest gratitude for helping make the Sniper’s Hide Cup what it is. You guys are the backbone of the match. As well I want to thank Lisa’s brother James for the outstanding BBQ.
Special thanks to John from http://oakwoodcontrols.com/ for bringing out the electronic scoring targets we used.
To Rifles Only & Lisa and Jacob,
I can’t say this enough, not only is Rifles Only the best place to hold the Sniper’s Hide Cup, it’s been the only place and you two are the reason behind it. Lisa who tirelessly works behind the scenes to make sure everyone, and I mean everyone knows what they are doing. You guys sitting at your computers have no clue how much goes into putting a match on, and what it takes to answer the same questions 70 times a week. Lisa crosses the “t’s” and dots the “I’s” and its appreciated. Jacob, well he has to put up with me hour after hour, with constant changes to his course of fire. I bitch about berms and act like a baby when things don’t go as planned, even though we don’t have a plan. He quarterbacks these events and their success is direct result of his vision of what a tactical match should be. Both of you are family and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Rifles Only is like my second home, and you both make it so.
****The Match Sponsors****
To everyone reading this, the prize table this year exceeded $100,000 and it was because of the following people. Please, if you skip every word I wrote, do me one favor and recognize these companies for their outstanding support. Understand these people could easily invest their money in print advertising, instead they all chose to give back to the community — the shooters, which is all of you. Think of them first before you buy, and even if you didn’t attend the match, send them a Thank You email.
Guys the people at Barrett went above and beyond. They not only made sure you got another couple of minutes in the helicopter, they put not one, but 2 of their rifles only the line for us to Shoot.
Kyle Lynch and Laura Goetsch, thank you both for supporting Sniper’s Hide and its members with your generous support, we really appreciate it.
I ask every member to email Ronnie Barrett and thank him personally. It doesn’t take much, just a note saying you recognize their support of this community. Basically sight unseen they supported the site and its members in a way we haven’t seen before.
Barrett is such a recognized name in the military community and they are stepping up big time to support the civilian shooting world, so understand, they are not just for governments, they are making products for each and every one of us.
Along with Barrett, I want to personally thank Nathan Hunt of HUDISCO for providing us the Hensoldt 3-12X scope that was on the 98b. Not only did you supply the scope, it was part of the package for winner of the Barrett Helicopter Stage. Nathan is a great supporter of Sniper’s Hide and we are big fans of the Zeiss Tactical line of scopes. So drop Nathan an email and say thank you for his generous support.
What can I say, Frank D., from POF has been supporting Sniper’s Hide and our matches since the first time you heard we have been using a helicopter. His support has been automatic and unwavering. He’s a great guy to be around and makes himself available to every single competitor and just plan loves this stuff. Please contact Frank and say thank you.
This site has a very long relationship with GA Precision. Not only do I call each of them friends, but their support of the shooting community is the stuff of legends. Back when we started the matches, George was always there for a prize rifle. Each and every competition we had a GAP on the table, and this year, I figured I would give them a break and I never asked for one. Well wouldn’t you know it, I didn’t have to ask, Moon shows up with a GAP Rock for the prize table. It was honestly unexpected and sincerely appreciated. When some one asks why GAP, simply point to this.
Thanks George & Co.
Guys, Nighthawk is new to the custom tactical rifle business and already they have stepped up to support this community for a second year in a row. Each time they have made a point to reach out and offer up a rifle for the prize table. We were lucky enough to have another great rifle from Nighthawk. Great products from Great guys, who make of point of support you, so please consider and support them in return.
Visit their site, look at their new precision rifles and please, say thank you from the members of Sniper’s Hide.
Desert Tactical Arms
This year’s “Top Gun” was provided by Nick Young of Desert Tactical Arms. It was great having Nick down here, showing off his rifles. They are great systems and actually work exactly as advertised. We don’t just let anyone give us a “Top Gun” it has to work and the DTA does. For such a new company, man are they doing great things.
Below is a complete list of the sponsors and believe me, no one sponsor is worth more than any other, so if you could, please send out an email to as many as possible. A lot of these guys are small business owners, so you should absolutely be supporting them before anyone else. These are the companies who have invested back into this community, so please invest in them.
Impact Data Books
RW Snyder Gunsmithing (emailed)
STW Systems, Inc (emailed)
certificate for 1 suppressor
JW Precision (emailed)
2 rifle stocks
Triad Tactical, Inc. (emailed)
57” Eagle case, Aimpoint M4 “S”, 10 M4 Magazines, 4 mag pouches, 4 bean bags
Camera Land, Inc (emailed)
2 Zeiss 8X26 Victory Mono PRF, 4 $50 Gift Cards, Hats
CS Tactical (emailed)
Elcan Digital Rifles Scope, Knife, Thigh rig, EVO tac light
Suppressed Tactical Solutions (emailed)
Nightforce 2.5X10X24 Scope
Nightforce Optics, Inc (emailed)
Night force Scop3e
A.Z. Precision Gunsmithing (emailed)
Keith Johns – Owner
4 – $75 Gift Certificates
Storm Tactical (emailed)
5 R-Com E model combat optic mounts and 2 G1-OSM Gen 3 mounts
Iron Ridge Arms Company (emailed)
2 Armalite compatible lowers, 2 DPMS compatible lowers, and 2 Mod-1
Triggers, 2 certificates for AR-10 Uppers, and 1 cert. for AR-10 Stripped
lower w/ Upper
Score High Gunsmithing (emailed)
1 Brux Barrel install, 2 tactical Muzzle breaks, & 2 deluxe quick detach
Liberty Optics (emailed)
Leupold Mark 4 Scope
Fosnaugh Customs (emailed)
3 Certificates for Cerakote coating
Bauer Arms (emailed)
2 DPMS Lower receiver parts kit, 5-30 rd PMAGS, 3 mag pouches, and 2 rear
Red Tac Gear
2 $75 Gift certificates
The Better Optics Company (emailed)
Meopta Meostar 8X32 Binos and Zeiss Pocket range finder
Underground Skunkworks, LLC (emailed)
Gift Certificate (value $500)
JDW MFG. Company (Shark Suppressors) (emailed)
2 Certificates worth $500 off of a Tigershark Modular Suppressor w/ adapter
Suarez Tactical Rifles (emailed)
Starlight Cases (emailed)
4 $100 Certificates and $50 Certificates for each competitor
Phoenix Tactical (emailed)
4 Harris Picatinnay Rail attachments, and 2 Alamo Four star AI hand stop
Trijicon, Inc (emailed)
Desert Tactical Arms (emailed)
Seekins Precision (emailed)
5 – $200 Certificates
Rock Creek Barrels, Inc. (emailed)
Bipod and Barrel Certificate
2 Magpul UBR Callapsible Stocks
Short Action Customs (emailed)
1 Certificates valued at $250
Southwest Laser Design (emailed)
Dog tags for all competitors
Certificate for bottom metal w/ 5 Round AI mag
Hooper Ordnance (emailed)
Bruno Niestatek & LV Steel Targets (emailed)
LA Precision Rifles (emailed)
Corbon Ammo (emailed)
2 Certificates for a case of ammo
American Precision Arms
AR-15 Lower and 1 Certificate for short action RTG Trigger guard
SRT Supply (emailed)
15 – $100 Certificates towards an AI rifle or Chassis System
MOD Armory (emailed)
2 RTE Flashlight kits
Big Dog Steel (emailed)
2 steel targets
2 $2400 Certificates
McRee’s Precision (emailed)
2 Certificates for MP-MODSS Precision Chassis
POF 16” Gas Piston Carbine, 16” Upper, Helicopter event
Aquilo International, LLC
Software package, Fieldcraft 3.0
Target w/ stand
FNH USA, LLC
2 Shooting mats and 2 rings
Grand River Tactical Cover
Data Book Covers
Bobcat Steel (emailed)
Schriver Gun Sales
2 $1000 certifcates and t-shirts
Shirts, hats, hoodie, license plate
2 scopes, Sun shades, lens caps,hats, 60 $150 certificates
Mile High Shooting Accessories
Eberlestock Gunslinger II Pack, Hydrations system
Surgeon Rifles Inc
2 bottom metal w/AI mags and hats
Rings, muzzle break, tac latches, bones
Accuracy International of North America, Inc.
Fredericksburg, VA, USA
Spanish Gourd Ranch
Complete Hunt Package
(if by chance we missed anyone please let me know asap and I will be happy to update the list)
finally to my Arch Nemesis, better luck next year “Magwell”.