It is common for gun tournaments around the country to be named after historical figures with whom the contestant can relate. The Major Dade is named after Major Francis L. Dade, who, along 108 of his men, was massacred by Seminole Indians on the morning of December 28, 1835. This horrific encounter was the worst disaster the U.S. Army had experienced since its inception. It was not until General George Custer, 40 years later, was defeated at Little Big Horn that more soldiers (268) were slaughtered in a single battle. The massacre vaulted Major Francis L. Dade into a prominent place in history and as the story of the battle grew, so did the legend. Both Dade County, Fl. and Dade City, Fl. are named in his honor. The Major Dade long rifle contest commemorates the fallen in this battle.
A long rifle, “iron sight” only, competition will be held at Little Everglades Ranch in Dade City. Contestants will be allowed two days to complete a course comprised of 41 steel targets, firing 4 rounds at each target, in a relaxed, woodland atmosphere. Forty targets will be placed across the expanse of the ranch at ranges varying from 75 to 600 yards. One target, called Major Dade’s Revenge, will be placed at 650 yards. Success on this target automatically qualifies the shooter for the finals to be held on the third day of the event. The tournament will offer a purse of $30,000. Fifteen thousand will go to the winner, and $15,000 will be divided by the next 9 highest scorers.
Families are welcome. Paintball, airsoft arcades and food vendors will be set up on the racetrack infield. Other games and a petting zoo will also be available.
WHERE: Little Everglades Ranch
Dade City, Florida
WHEN: Friday, December 7 – Sunday, December 9, 2012
8:00 am – dusk
COST: $10 general admission $10 parking
The competitor entry fee will be $285 per shooter. This sale will last until November 16th, after which the entry fee will go to $365. Active military, law enforcement, firemen and EMT are $250 per shooter.
CHARITY: The Major Dade supports The Wounded Warrior Project.
INFO: For more information or to register, log on to www.majordade.com.