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Shell Shock Technologies Sponsored Shooter John Vlieger Finishes Strong in Recent Matches

John Vlieger competing at the 2018 Berry's USPSA Area 1 Championship.

Vlieger Places Second Overall and Second in Open Division at the 2018 Berry’s USPSA Area 1 Championship and 2018 CK Arms Ohio Buckeye Blast.

Westport, Conn. (May 2018) – Shell Shock Technologies, LLC., an early stage technology and manufacturing company focused on developing innovative case technologies for the ammunition industry, is pleased to announce its sponsored shooter John Vlieger has had several strong finishes in recent matches. Vlieger placed Second Overall and Second in the Open Division at both the 2018 Berry’s USPSA Area 1 Championship and the 2018 CK Arms Ohio Buckeye Blast in competitions occurring in May of 2018.

The 2018 Berry’s USPSA Area 1 Championship was held at the Deer Creek Shooting Center in Missoula, Montana, May 16 – 20, 2018. Vlieger finished with 1430.4552 match points, just 2.88 points behind the match winner. It is a Level III USPSA match conducted under the most current edition of the USPSA Handgun Competition Rules, consisting of 12 stages plus chrono with an estimated 311 round count, including chrono.

“Shooting a regional match in the beautiful scenery of Missoula, Montana was an amazing experience. The crew from Big Sky Practical Shooters put on a top-notch match and I’m glad I had the chance to compete. Even with the different altitude and weather, my Shell Shock Technologies NAS3 cases performed flawlessly as I have come to expect. Zero issues with the loading, travel and shooting. Having peace of mind with your ammunition when traveling across the country is a benefit to staying in the game,” commented Vlieger.

The 2018 CK Arms Ohio Buckeye Blast was held at the Briar Rabbit Shooting Sports in Zanesville, Ohio, May 25 – 27, 2018. Vlieger finished with 1512.1481 match points. It is a Level II USPSA match consisting of 12 challenging, diverse stages that makes competitors work for every point.

John Vlieger competing at the 2018 CK Arms Ohio Buckeye Blast.

John Vlieger competing at the 2018 CK Arms Ohio Buckeye Blast.

Vlieger remarked, “I was pleasantly surprised to see a lot of Shell Shock Technologies cases on the ground at the 2018 CK Arms Buckeye Blast. Seems a few people are catching onto these rugged cases for both normal loads and higher-pressure loads, like the ones I use in Open Division. My ammo ran flawlessly as I’ve come to expect throughout the gruesome stages. I am glad to see others are seeing the value of the Shell Shock Technologies’ cases and are out there shooting along with me! Here’s to the next one!”

Vlieger has fired over 15,000 rounds of ammunition with Shell Shock Technologies’ NAS3 cases since becoming sponsored in 2017 and plans to continue using it.

Vlieger can be seen competing next at the 2018 USPSA Michigan Sectional Championship at the Detroit Sportsmen’s Congress in Utica, Michigan, June 15 – 17, 2018.

About Shell Shock’s NAS3 Cases:

Shell Shock’s NAS3 9mm cases are 50 percent lighter than brass cases, offer greater lubricity and will not abrade, clog, foul, wear-out or damage breach and ejector mechanisms. The cases offer greater corrosion resistance, tensile strength (2x stronger) and elasticity than brass. NAS3 cases will not split, chip, crack or grow (stretch) and are fully reloadable (using S3 Reload dies) and can be reloaded many more times than brass cases. NAS3 cases have been tested successfully by customers to pressures over 70k psi. NAS3 cases can be picked up with a magnet. The head can be colored for branding purposes and easy load identification.

Shell Shock Technologies NAS3 casesNAS3 is “Best in Class” for maintaining consistent velocity between rounds. In an independent test performed by H.P. White Laboratory (a major munitions testing facility), rounds fired using NAS3 cases achieved a velocity standard deviation of 0.093 FPS (124-grain FMJ bullet, 4.2 grains Titegroup powder, 10 rounds, extreme variation 3fps).

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About Shell Shock Technologies, LLC:

Founded in Westport, Connecticut, in 2015, Shell Shock Technologies, LLC is an early stage technology and manufacturing company focused on developing innovative case technologies for the ammunition industry. Shell Shock is a component manufacturer supplying shell cases to the shooting sports market, as well as to U.S. and foreign ammunition manufacturers, law enforcement, military and other government agencies. Shell Shock does not load ammunition.

About John Vlieger:

John Vlieger began seriously competing in the action shooting sports in mid-2014 while stationed at Fort Richardson, Alaska. When relocated by the Army to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Vlieger found easier access to the larger matches across the Eastern United States and competed in over 15 major pistol events in 2015. Initially focused on Limited Division with iron sights, Vlieger found his calling in Open Division. Relocating to Lexington, KY in 2017, his efforts have redoubled to improve his skills. He has since completed over 50 major-level matches with multiple regional and state titles under his belt. Vlieger plans to compete at over 20 competitions in 2018.