The Youth Shooting Sports Alliance (YSSA) recently announced that Taurus International Mfg., Inc., Miami, FL, has generously donated Rossi matched pair 20 ga./.22 LR guns in support of priority youth shooting sports programs. The Rossi matched pair consists of a single shot rifle with an interchangeable shotgun barrel. The firearm operates with a single shot, break-open design.
Taurus donated six Rossi matched pairs to the Heart of Virginia Council of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), Richmond, VA; six Rossi matched pairs to the Tukabatchee Area Council, BSA, Montgomery, AL; six Rossi matched pairs to the Gerald R. Ford Council, BSA, Grand Rapids, MI; and two Rossi matched pairs to the Longs Peak Council, BSA, Greeley, CO. These programs were among those selected by an industry panel convened to review proposals submitted by youth organizations in response to the 2008 National Youth Shooting Sports Program Needs Assessment conducted by YSSA.
Taurus has been recognized as a passionate supporter of youth shooting sports programs and has provided noteworthy leadership and support in restoring Camp Seminole, the primary camping facilities of the South Florida Council, BSA, which were devastated by Hurricane Wilma in 2005. Taurus has tirelessly worked in partnership with the Council to rebuild Camp Seminole and provide the Scouts with a quality camping facility to include a safe, structured shooting program and range for them to reengage in the sport of shooting.
David J. Blenker, Taurus Executive Vice President, CFO and COO, states “We are pleased to work with the Youth Shooting Sports Alliance to address those limiting factors to growth attributable to equipment for such deserving youth shooting sports programs.”
Taurus acquired manufacturing and distribution rights of all Rossi products in 2008. Rossi Firearms, an industry-leading manufacturer of single-shot, matched pair rifles and shotguns, also produces Rossi black-powder muzzleloading rifles and youth-size mini-loaders. Distribution of all Rossi products in the United States continues through BrazTech International in Miami. For more information on Rossi and Taurus products, visit their websites at www.rossiusa.com and www.taurususa.com.
The Youth Shooting Sports Alliance is a 501 (c)(3) private foundation whose mission is to identify and support the needs of successful and safe youth programs. Youth groups and industry members interested in learning more about the Youth Shooting Sports Alliance are encouraged to visit their website at www.youthshootingsa.com.