ZSA July Thoughts from the Range

John and Ken

From the President of ZSA

Let me start by apologizing for not doing this sooner and more often. My social media adviser, Mr. Martin Brossman, who is about the best in his field, has been on me to do this on a regular basis, so I am starting NOW.

It’s been a long time since our first ZSA match back on 26 JAN 2011, and we’ve come a long way. Since that time we’ve hosted almost 500 matches around the Country and had just over 10,000 shooters, not too bad for what some called a “joke”. Those that have shot our matches, know that we have a special type of match that is set up so that a first time shooter can SAFELY have a ton of FUN while getting his/her feet wet in competitive shooting, and some of the top shooters in the world (USPSA, 3 Gunners, IDPA) have shot with us and the common reply from all of them is “John, that was a blast,,, can’t remember the last time I had so much fun shooting,,,, your people are some of the best and nicest I’ve met on any range”. I concur, our ZSA matches ARE FUN, and the people that support us are some of the finest people you will ever meet, to each and every one of you, my gratitude cannot be expressed in words.

The RO’s and regular shooters at ZSA matches are really the heart of what we do. There are no egos, no hard core competition (yes Ken kicked my butt with a revolver, and he was competing HARD, but that was a different sport, congrats Brother, well done). Everyone at our matches is there to have FUN while being SAFE and helping out the newer shooter, while improving their own skills.

ZSA was started as a business, with the goal of any business to make a profit. Has ZSA succeeded in that??? perhaps, we do get our bills paid and we do make a few $$ on most matches. But my definition of TRUE success, is doing what is right, having fun and providing a product to the consumer that they enjoy and value. I feel we have done that and are very successful. Every time someone shakes my hand after a match and thanks me and our staff for a great time, that IS SUCCESS!! Not measured on a balance sheet in red/black ink, but by smiles on faces.

We are always seeking input from our shooters to improve what we do, and will always listen to you. There are many new things in store the rest of 2016. Our new “Centurion” series is proving to be a hit, we have the 2016 ZSA NC State match coming up in September, we just finished the 2016 ZSA “Gauntlet” match, and we have added 2 more ranges just last month. Plans are in place to expand into Virginia very soon, and also maybe way up North in Massachusetts. Details as they become available.

In closing, thanks to everyone, and looking forward to many more great days on the ranges with some fine people, John Z.

From the desk of the VP

So about half the year is over already, but there is still a lot more stuff coming up for ZSA in 2016.

We have started the new ZSA Centurion, those who may not know, you confront 100, yes 100, steal 6”x6” plates and you have 200 seconds (little over 3 min) to get as far as you can. Doesn’t sound to bad right, well I can tell you, standing in front of 100 plates is a little intimidating, and after about 30-40 rounds everything starts to get heavy, and your muscles start getting weak and you wonder why you did this in the first place, then you hear one of the range officers yell out “BREATH” and you do a reload, take a big breath and keep going. One you are done it is a great accomplishment, even if you don’t get them all, it is really not about that, it is about the comradery of your fellow shooters, the help if you don’t have enough mags and we all pitch in to pick up and reload your mags, and mostly it is about you. Most people who come out and shoot ZSA will come to the realization that it is not about the match, it is about the shooters. One of the big things we want is for everyone to learn something every time you come out. It is about everyone getting better and learning, sometimes you learn it on your own, other times we will bring you aside to show you a technique you may not have thought about.

Well we all have to progress, and ZSA is no differant. With the 2016 ZSA NC State match coming up fast (will be the first Saturday in September, more to come on that) we are coming going to start embracing technology, that is right starting the next ZSA pistol match in Oxford, we will be using tablets and Practiscore. I have 5 on order today, and by the State match we will have more. So we will be posting the sign up link on the Facebook page, even though we will be preferring you sign up online and pick your squads, we will take walk ups as well.

One other thing I would like to bring up is Range Safety. I know this is not something we want to talk about or even think that any of us are unsafe, but you have to remember that we all do this all the time between dry fire at home, live fire practice, and shooting match we are around and handling firearms all the time, and with that familiarization can come complacency. Some time we may do something out of habit and not mean to be unsafe. Now, first thing is first, shooting sports is about the safest sports you can do, with everyone out there on their toes watching out even if you have a moment of not thinking, someone is there to make sure you are safe.  Some of this can include handling firearms behind the line, moving long guns around while people are down range pasting targets. So that brings me to my next discussion, Range Etiquette. These are mainly a set of general rules when you come out to the range to shoot or to participate in a match.

1, Cold Range. Some ranges may have special rules, but the general rule and the rule at any match specifically ZSA matches we operate a Cold Range, meaning your firearm is unloaded at all times unless you are the shooter on the stage, and only then is when you are instructed by the RO to load.

2, Never handle your firearm, The only place you can handle your gun is at a safe area or if you are the shooter on the stage. If you don’t know where the safe areas are, please ask a range official

3, Do not handle other people’s guns without asking, this is more of a courteous to other shooter. A lot of us have spent a lot of dollars and time on our guns, and we will never say no if you ask to look at something, but if people come up and start moving something or messing with your scope setting it is not very good.

4, Getting in the way of the on deck shooter, Now this is one that is personal to me, and I know people do not mean to get in the way, but we all need to be mindful of or surroundings and what is going on. I will give you your space during the walk through, but if I am up next and I am trying to get my stage plan together, please do not walk in front of me, or hang out on the stage, or start talking while I am trying to get in the zone. I do not mean to be mean about it, but we all want to do our best and we all have our own ways of doing that. I will be more than happy to help you figure out your game plan, or talk about my rifle or pistol, once I am finished with my turn on the stage.

Those are just a few for now. I am sure I am missing some, but I do not want to make this too long. Basically use common sense while on the range, we are all there to have a good time and be safe.

So in closing, I want to thank all those who come out and shoot our matches, and to the ROs who help run squads. We all do this for the love of the sport and to help the next person to get better.

So until next month I will see you out at the range, Ken K


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Competition Shooting for Beginners – ZSA

Competition Shooting for Beginners – Zombie Shooters Association – ZSA
Doing their part to protect 2nd Amendment Right and having so fun on the way!

“We can’t stand up for the 2nd Amendment while sitting down. We need to get out and exercise our freedoms protected by the Constitution. The Zombie Shooters Association of America offers fun competition for experienced and beginner shooters alike.”

Get your official TWANGnBANG t-shirt:

Check out TWANGnBANG on Facebook:

For more information about the Zombie Shooters Association of America:

Big thanks to TWANGnBANG
See their channel on Youtube:

So many Zombies, so little time!
Join the Team!

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Hostess plans to shut down and price of Twinkies skyrockets – a sign of the coming Zombie Apocalypse?

With the unusual shutting down of Hostess and the scarcity of Twinkies makes you just wonder if this is not a sign of the coming Zombie Apocalypse. The good news is Zombie Shooters Association is ready! I am just saying! 😉

Remember in the movie Zombieland the challenge of finding Twinkies.. that’s what I am taking about.

Scarcity of Twinkies  as Hostess Closes in the news:

Twinkies: 82 years of a pop culture icon:

Zombieland – The Last box of Twinkies:

But Zombie Shooters Association is READY, Twinkies not required: 

Join the Team.. Zombie Shooters Association…
“So many Zombies, so little Time”.
Learn more at: ZombieShootersAssociation.com
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Zombie Shooters Association Offers a Side Match at the Carolina Cup in Oxford NC

Here co-founder of Zombie Shooters Association (ZSA) explains the scoring of ZSA. ZSA put on the side match at the Carolina Cup in Oxford NC. Video produced thanks to Panteao Productions:

See Panteao Productions Youtube channel at: http://www.youtube.com/user/PanteaoProductions

and more about ZSA at ZombieShootersAssociation.com

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Smith and Wesson Military and Police Shield 9mm as a Zombie Killer?

M&P Shield 9mm in a holster

M&P Shield 9mm in a holster from SilverStateHolsters.com

S&W M&P Shield 9mm, as a Zombie Killer?

Smith and Wesson’s new M&P Shield 9mm and .40 S&W is S&W’s new concealed carry gun. Do you feel this would be good for backup gun or carry gun competition shooting too? For small gun matches it is a real contender and with 8 rounds you could compete in Zombie Shooters Association matches.  One big advancement it has is a built-in audible and tactile reset of the trigger on it which is often added as a RAM on the full size M&Ps from Apex Tactical. It does not have an interchangeable back-strap like the full size and compact M&P’s do to keep down the size of the grip. The trigger pull is 6.5 lbs with the same safety engagement trigger found on the full size M&P. It is 1″ thick 4.5″ high and 6″ long weight is 19 oz. with an external safety for carrying chamber. We are giving it a thumbs up as an extra Zombie gun! What are your impressions?

Smith & Wesson® M&P SHIELD™ – with Jerry Miculek & Julie Golob

Smith & Wesson® M&P SHIELD™ from the Smith and Wesson website and resource for Accessories:

Other videos:
Smith & Wesson® M&P SHIELD™ Video for CCW

M&P Shield First Impressions vs the Walther PPS and Glock 26

Introducing the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield Handgun

The Smith & Wesson M&P Shield

Lets hear your comments and other web resources to learn more about the M&P Shield or bring one to the next Zombie Shooters Association match.

Learn more about Zombie Shooters Association at:
or on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/ZombieShootersAssociation

M&P Shield 9mm Holster for Shield in  photo from http://www.silverstateholsters.com/


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ZSA adds an All Gun match to our April schedule

Zombie Shooters Association is excited to announce the hosting of a ZSA All Gun match on April 14th in Red Oak, NC.  This match is limited to 30 shooters, with 15 slots already filled.  The match is hosted at a private shooting range, and if you’re interested in attending and getting your body count up, please open the details section of the event on our Calendar and go to the link there for complete information!  You must pre-register on the linked website to participate; no slots are available once the 30 openings are filled.  Please come out and shoot with us, we look forward to enjoying this new venue!

Shooting ZSA All Gun

Shooting ZSA All Gun











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ZSA moves to yet another new range!

We have had great success with expansion of Zombie Shooters Association in the past few months, a great way to end the year!  Another new range will be hosting future ZSA matches, with our first match set for January 3rd 2012.   Read more ==> Continue reading

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News – Shooting Range Wedding is the Event of the Year – ZSA John and Mel Married with Match on Gun Range

Shooting Range Wedding - Zombie Shooters AssociationAll the videos and pictures are in of  John and Mel’s, co-founder of  Zombie Shooters Association, wedding day on a gun range and gun match. It was a wedding on a shooting Range followed by an outstanding ZSA pistol match and NC barbecue!

Click here to see photo of the pre-match before the wedding.
The Wedding Squad!

Click here to see Photos of the actual wedding

And here to see photos of the Pistol match on the wedding day

Photos of the Pre-match 

The Pre-Wedding Match for RO’s and the team helping with the wedding.
Great ZSA walk through where John Z. explains each stage:

Part 1: http://youtu.be/uekP4ovlROE

Part 2:  http://youtu.be/PdeCSD124D4

The actual Wedding on video:

The Wedding: http://youtu.be/_cjUoCo8yMI

A few videos at the ZSA Wedding Match from Ravin Perry, thanks!:

Stage 1: http://youtu.be/j2RrSvhT14o

Stage 2: http://youtu.be/A168Y1GxJ2M

Stage 3: http://youtu.be/9mnwgXXC2fA

Stage 4: http://youtu.be/siQaExVwnQ4

Stage 5: http://youtu.be/GaVq9FYKVQc

Stage 6: http://youtu.be/Ktu_9vrU0yo

See the Video by Forest Halley of the Wedding Vows by Ravin Perry

The Wedding Day Patch:


Thanks to all that helped and came to celebrate with us including:

  • Kori Stoner Horsley for the amazing baking and support!
  • Frank & Paula Glover, The Range in Oxford NC
  • The Photo/Video Team:
    – Matthew West, Forrest Halley, Gary McConnell
  • Martin Brossman – “Gun Range Wedding Coordinator and Marketing”
  • Russ Pope for the wedding match t-shirts
  • Trigger Talk TV
  • Both of our families for all the support
  • Pastor Lee Crum and his wife RuthAnn
  • All of our terrific friends and RO’s!
  • All sponsors who donated items for the raffle
Gun Range Wedding of ZSA co-founders John and Mel
Hope you enjoyed the Shooting Range Wedding on the Gun Range called The Range, in Oxford NC. Thanks Frank!!
Come see John and Mel at a Zombie Shooters Association match in the future:
ZombieShootersAssociation.com and sign up for the email notice.
Also on Facebook at http://Facebook.com/ZombieShootersAssociation  

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Zombie Shooters Association match in Jacksonville NC at Sportsman’s Lodge

We at ZSA want to thank Sportsman’s Lodge in Jacksonville NC for the opportunity to host our match in Devil Dog country!  The match is on the Birthday, 11/10/11, every Marine present will get a free one year ZSA membership.  The highest ranking and lowest ranking individual Marines will get a life membership to ZSA, our way of saying Happy Birthday and Thank You.  SEMPER FI!

Here are the stage designs for viewing:

Sportsmans Lodge Stage

Classifier Stage

2011 Classifier Scoresheet (includes the stage brief for the Classifer)



Zombie Shooters Association on Facebook



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ZOMBIE INFECTION HAS SPREAD to Tulsa OK at US Shooting Academy and Zombie Shooters Association is Joining the Fight!

US Shooting Academy - Zombie Shooters AssociationJoin US Shooters Academy (USSA) for their 1st Annual Zombie Shooters Association – “Zombiefest”

Sunday, October 30 · 10:00am – 6:00pm
US Shooting Academy
6500 East 66th St N
Tulsa, OK

Cost: Free for USSA Members  $5 per family for non members

Kids Activities:   Trunk or Treat, … Haunted House,  Hayride,  Costume Contest,  Various games,  Rim-Fire shoot for Kids 10 – 15,  Trick or Treating Safety Lesson

Adult Activities:
Zombie Shooters Association Zombie Shoot
Sign in starts at 9:30 am Shooting at 10:00
5 stages ~ Pistol Only
$10 entry
More Information to follow,

Long Range Pumpkin Shoot
Sign in at 1:00 pm, shooting at 1:30 pm
Center fire and rim fire divisions, scoped and irons
$8 entry
Targets will be small candy pumpkins at 100yds and 1 pumpkin filled with tannerite
Course of fire: 3 shots for group (tie breakers) hit candy pumpkins, shoot tannerite, 90 seconds to complete

Machine Gun Shoot
$50 base package includes 2 mag for sub machine gun of choice, 1 Zombie target and range instructions.
$110 Premium package includes: 4 mags for sub machine gun of choice and photo with realistic (Bleeding) Zombie

Register here!

US Shooting Academy is having their first Zombie Shooters Association (ZSA) match and ZSA is excited to help them eliminate zombies on their range! More about USSA:
The United States Shooting Academy was formed in 2004 to be the preeminent firearms training and competition facility in the nation. Located on over 90 acres in the Cherokee Industrial Park in Tulsa, Oklahoma, The United States Shooting Academy encompasses over 30 pistol ranges, numerous 100 meter carbine ranges, a 300 meter rifle range, and a 36 point PPC range. Additionally, USSA has a multi-lane fully programmable computer controlled reactive steel range, pneumatically resetting plate rack ranges, programmable turning target ranges, and an automated shootoff range. Furthermore, students and competitors have access to our fully ballistic rifle rated live-fire training structure as well as our 360 degree training range. We believe that our facilities are second to none.

More about US Shooting Academy:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/US-Shooting-Academy/61657425010 

More about Zombie Shooters Association:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ZombieShootersAssociation

Join the Fight.. So many Zombies, so little time!
Video: Zombie Shooters Association

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