Paul Erhardt at DownRange.TV takes a look at where Jessie Abbate might end up now that she’s no longer with Team Glock. He breaks it down from most likely to “not-gonna-happen” in the following order:
- Smith & Wesson
- Taurus (lolwut)
Number 5 through 8 (Taurus through CZ) are pretty much “not going to happen”, although CZ is kind of a crazy wild card in that you have no idea what they’re going to do. For example, in the US Production game, Glock is king, although the M&P is making a serious dent in that. In IPSC-Europe, CZ is king – and although CZ really hasn’t gone after the American competition market like Glock has, you never know.
While he was pontificating, Paul also brought the funny:
The Illinois based company seems content to continue with Robbie Leatham as their standard bearer. Their lack of interest in other potential shooters, beyond Robbie’s wife Kippi of course, suggests they plan to stick with Robbie alone until the day when the battery on his electric wheelchair gives out.
I laughed. In all seriousness though, Jessie Abbate being in the open market represents a huge opportunity for a gun company to lock up a lot of major titles each year. Personally, I agree with Paul in that the smartest bet is the most obvious number 1 choice – Team Smith & Wesson. They have spent the last couple of years establishing the largest team in competitive shooting, and picking up Jessie would give them an absurd 1-2 punch with Jessie and Julie Golob.
I’ll be following this as closely as possible, hopefully I can get you details as they come out!