LaRue Tactical invited Sgt. Blank, a Force Recon Marine and double-amputee, wounded warrior to attend the 2011 LaRue Tactical Elk Hunt back in October 2011. Sgt. Blank was accompanied on the trip by FRA member Bryan Maass, who assisted Sgt. Blank in negotiating some of the terrain via mountain ruck.
The following month, during the 2011 LaRue Tactical Range Day, the FRA, together with Sgt. Blank, presented LaRue Tactical a plaque in recongnition of the support LaRue Tactical has provided the FRA over the years.
Below is a short note from GySgt Maass about his experience with Sgt. Blank during the Elk hunt and an article from the March issue of Soldier of Fortune Magazine about the Larue Tactical Range Day 2011.
"Sgt Blank and I recently returned from a 4 day Elk hunt in Colorado (2011 LaRue Elk Hunt). The scenery and weather were beautiful, the Elk were plenty.
Blank took a beautiful 5x5 male Bull from 450 yards on the 1st morning. He also landed a nice female Cow from 810 yards on the 3rd morning. Both were 1 shot 1 kill.
He negotiated the 8500MSL terrain via 4 wheeler and mountain ruck.
He's still a hell of a Sniper/hunter. His senses were good, great observations in spotting animals, excellent shot and even cleaned and dressed his own kill.
It was inspirational to see his drive, attitude, and outlook while watching him work.
It was ironic but fitting we happened to be there on the 1 year mark of his injury, Oct 26th.
It's truly inspirational seeing the warrior spirit at hand.
Enjoy the pictures and soon to follow Magazine articles. S/F GySgt Maass"
Here are the articles from Sniper magazine:
"Hunting With Heroes" by Todd Hodnett
"Jonathon Blank: No Summer Soldier or Sunshine Patriot." by Tom Beckstrand
Both articles were p
Intermedia Outdoors - ShootingTimes.com - Sniper - Issue II - March 29 2012
Texas Fire Power: LaRue Tactical Range Day 2011
By K. Hake
Republished from Soldier of Fortune Magazine, March 2012 Issue with permission
LaRue Tactical Range Day 2011
allowed the public to test the latest
and greatest tactical gear, as
well as LaRue’s firepower on 12 November,
2011. The LaRue Tactical BBQ
wagon provided complimentary chow.
Attendees received a special collector’s
“Dillo” and raffle tickets for prizes from
the vendors. But the number one prize
was a LaRue Tactical (LT) 5.56 PredatAR
rifle, worth $1495!
The Veterans Day-themed event attracted
approximately 2000 attendees
and opened to “The Star Spangled Banner”
as the Bomb Squad, or the GoPro
Camera skydiving team, jumped with a
large American flag into the Best of the
West Range in Liberty Hill, TX.
Although the early afternoon dust
storm simulated desert battlefield conditions,
it proved to be no match for the LT
PredatAR and OBR (Optimized Battle
Rifle) weapons, which were basically
shot continuously, even hot and filthy,
throughout the day. At the mid-distance
and long range shooting points, the LT rifles
achieved their sub-minute of angle
Over 40,000 rounds of ammo were expended
through more than 40 LT
weapons by shooters testing their skills on
themed stages, including Battle of Fallujah
3 and Combat Outpost Restrepo. Todd
Hodnett of Accuracy 1st, a renowned
trainer on long distance shooting, coached
shooters on Sniper Ridge on how to hit
targets out to 1000 yds. A simulated challenge
from History Channel’s Top Shot
Season 3 provided a chance to win a LT
7.62 OBR, presented by Dustin Ellerman,
winner of Season 3.
Engaging LaRue Tactical targets (TG-1
Auto-Resetting and the new stationary
FAST) from 25 yds. out to 1000 yds. provided
shooters opportunities to assess
some of the best tactical gear, including
optics from Aimpoint, Trijicon, Leupold,
Bushnell, Nightforce, Horus Vision and
Meopta (riding on LaRue mounts, of
course!); night vision, suppressors and
lights from NiteHog, Tactical Hog Control
and SureFire. Infrared and thermal night
vision effectiveness was demonstrated in a
40-ft CONEX by Summit Night Vision.
Throughout the day, Geissele Triggers
ran a competition stage of fire. Texas
Multi-Gun Club provided range safety officers
and ran the multi-gun stage of fire. Ballistic gel demonstrations were provided
by ATK Ammunition. In displays of
aerial firepower from EC-145 helicopters,
the Texas Department of Public Safety
Aviation Unit demonstrated the high level
of proficiency required from both shooter
and equipment to engage threats from a
A highlight was the plaque presentation
by Al Sniadecki, President of the Marine
Corps Force Recon Association, with
Wounded Warrior and Force Recon Marine
Sgt Jonathon Blank thanking Mark
LaRue and LaRue Tactical for all of their
support over the years.
Military, law enforcement, civilian,
hunter, shooter, spectator, man, woman,
or just a BBQ fanatic...LaRue Tactical Range Day provided something for everyone!
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K. Hake has been a consultant for business
operations, quality, logistics and
technical writing for international manufacturing, including mining and defense, since 1996.
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