My predecessor, Dustin Ellermann, won Season 3 of Top Shot and was known as the humble Christian camp counselor who is a self-taught shooter. He and I have become very good friends, and it’s been fun sharing some fun hunting and 3-Gunning experiences.
History Channel’s Top Shot Season 3 Champion Dustin Ellermann. Photo courtesy of HISTORY.
One of the perks of winning Top Shot is that it opens doors and brings awesome opportunities. Dustin had the opportunity to work with 5.11 Tactical and develop a range bag according to his own specs.
Here’s some insight into his new bag, and into the life of Dustin Ellermann:
How much fun was it developing a piece of gear with 5.11?
It was an honor to be able to do this with 5.11. They have been using their large black bag for a few years now (which has been duplicated by just about everyone) and wanted a shooter’s perspective on the design so I was happy to help. They have some great guys and designers over there and Cory was great to work with. So I just wanted to show them what works for me, what I look for in gear, and what I needed for my equipment and they made it happen.
What are some of your favorite features, and why did you choose them?
First, I wanted small pouches integrated in order to keep parts and tools organized, so we incorporated clear vinyl with zipper closures that connects to the bag so it isn’t in the way when you open it, but is still easy to access. Then the small net pouches on the top is perfect for parts, extra choke tubes, spare batteries, etc. The cleaning mat with the embedded extra strong magnet was also my idea because when you are cleaning/fieldstripping/repairing a firearm the last thing you want to do is lose one of those vital small parts. This magnet saved one of my steel targets recently when a buddy wanted to shoot at my LaRue Fast target with surplus M1 Garand ammo, I slid his ammo across that magnet and sure enough, it was steel core. That saved my target that day! Then we also kept the small caddy which I’ve found really helpful at 3-Gun matches. It’s just large enough to hold my GoPro camera, extra magazines, multi tool, car keys and scoring sheets so that gear won’t be in my way when I run a stage, yet it’s not enough to bring the entire bag with me.
The pistol case can be purchased separately.
What have you been up to? Anything fun in the works?
Well I’m hosting a Youth Marksmanship Camp for teens this weekend, so while that’s a lot of work, it’s also a lot of fun. Can’t wait for that. Then summer camp is creeping upon us so we are getting ready to make a difference in all those youngster’s lives. Finally, I’m still traveling around mostly speaking at men’s sportsman’s banquet’s or “Beast Feasts” so it’s been a pretty busy season. Not to mention us adopting a teenage daughter this last fall. It bears mentioning that she killed two deer this year so I was really proud of her, her latest at a little over 100 yards in the same spot you missed that hog
[AUTHOR'S NOTE: Yes, that hog got the best of me, but I will be back!] And then Brittany and I have a baby due next month! So keeping busy but always blessed at the same time.