Jamie Villamor shoots on the long-range bay. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)
Texas Range Day brought together influencers, content creators and sponsors together for a fun day at Extreme Tactics and Training Solutions in Waxahachie, Texas.
Sponsored by FN America, Vortex Optics, Maxim Defense, STI, Nemo Arms, and Guns.com, to name a few, the event saw 25 content creators from all over the country testing guns, gear, and their own skills alongside one another.
Influencers and content creators gather for instruction. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)
From a competition bay that challenged handgun skills to a long-range shooting set-up courtesy of Nemo Arms and Vortex, Texas Range Day let shooters try their hands at something new.
“I came out today to basically test out some of the baddest products on the market right now,” Austin of TampaEliteGuns told Guns.com.
The competition bay challenged participants with their handgun skills on STI products. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)
In addition to putting shooters through their paces, Texas Range Day also gave participants the ability to network face-to-face with other creators as well as 14 total sponsors.
“The main advantage to coming out here is the fact that you get to shoot some guns that you may not have locally. You have the representatives of these companies out here with you,” Chris of Realdirtyharry fame said.
The long-range bay allowed shooters to pair Nemo Arms rifles with Vortex scopes. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)
Maxim Defense had their popular PDX series on hand in an open shooting bay. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)
Organizer Jack Callahan, otherwise known as whiskey.savage on Instagram, told Guns.com that the event was meant as a way for influencers and content creators to produce organic content with firearms and shooting resources they may not have available otherwise. The event took many hours to prep, but Callahan said the time is well worth the investment to provide a content-rich environment.
“I’ve probably put in about 300 hours on this event. Everything from buses, food to the range. The range is the easy part, honestly. It’s everything else, logistically, that goes into it. It’s been a labor of love for about the last six months,” he commented. “I started Texas Range Day to bring an opportunity for the community to come together and have a good time with great sponsors.”
Guns celebs like Jade Struck, pictured above, were on hand. (Photo: Jacki Billings/Guns.com)
Though Texas Range Day took tremendous planning, Callahan said the industry can expect to see it back next year as the shooting event will be an annual occurrence.
“We will have a Texas Range Day website (in the future). We will be doing events like this, smaller regional ones, in Arizona, Utah, and Florida and then we’ll do a big one in Texas every year,” Callahan said. “The big thing for next year is Texas Range Day will be a customer-facing event so we will be able to sell passes for folks to come out and watch the social media shoot but also train with the best trainers in the world.”
Check out Guns.com’s video coverage of Texas Range Day below.
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