Smyrna, Georgia – Team GLOCK Shooting Squad, consisting of captain Dave Sevigny and teammates Jessie Abbate and Randi Rogers, made an appearance at the 2008 SHOT Show (Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Tradeshow) in Las Vegas on February 2-5. That same week, they traveled across the United States to compete in the Florida Open in Production and Limited divisions.
An extremely hectic schedule at the SHOT Show did not interfere with the effort of the Team GLOCK Shooting Squad as they won the Production division and high lady categories in Limited and Production divisions at the 10th Annual USPSA Florida Open. The pistol shooting tournament was held at the Universal Shooting Academy in Frostproof, FL on February 8-10, 2008.
The Florida Open featured twelve stages of fire requiring 314 rounds to complete and is considered one of the toughest practical shooting matches on the schedule. Match Director and Universal Shooting Academy CEO, Frank Garcia, has taught gun enthusiasts the sport of practical shooting for over 20 years. One of Garcia’s goals for the Academy is to “Spread the shooting fever” by introducing regular gun enthusiasts to competition shooting. The strategy has been a success and the match is host to many new faces each year. On the roster were 274 new and seasoned competitors from all regions of the United States and guest competitors from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Ecuador, France, Germany, Greece, Jamaica, Sweden and Venezuela to test their shooting skills against one another. Many chose GLOCK pistols in their effort to win a Florida Open title.
Two of the competitors making their first appearance at the Florida Open were Jessie Abbate and Randi Rogers of Team GLOCK, who won the high lady category in the Limited and Production divisions respectively. Firing her GLOCK 24 in .40 caliber, Jessie won nine stages with a near 200 point margin of victory in the Limited division. Teammate Randi Rogers chose her GLOCK 34 in 9mm to win all twelve stages and finish 8th overall in the Production division. Both of the champion Team GLOCK ladies shared similar opinions about their experience at the Florida Open. “This match was one of the hardest matches I’ve shot! My practices prepared me for most of what I encountered, but I now know what to practice and expect for next year,” said Jessie Abbate. Randi Rogers added, “This was one of the most challenging matches that I have ever shot. It was a great opportunity to learn about my personal shooting strengths and weaknesses. Overall, I was pleased with my performance and look forward to putting my new knowledge to the test.”
In another strong performance, Dave Sevigny of Team GLOCK won comfortably in the Production division by more than 300 points including ten stage wins. In a field composed of several Master and Grandmaster class competitors, Dave outpaced the field with his GLOCK 34 in 9mm from the very first stage and never looked back. “I like the Florida Open. You can always count on technical stages that force you to think and to work hard for every shot,” Sevigny said. This year marked Sevigny’s 5th Florida Open championship where he has won four Production titles and one Limited title in six appearances.
Smyrna, Georgia – Team GLOCK Shooting Squad, consisting of captain Dave Sevigny and teammates Jessie…
by Tactical-Life.com / Feb 20, 2008