Southwick Associates Research Provides Top Hunting & Shooting Equipment Brands for 2017

April 30, 2018; FERNANDINA BEACH, FL. – Sportsmen are spending millions of dollars on hunting and recreational shooting equipment, but which brands are they buying? Southwick Associates surveyed more than 20,000 hunters and recreational shooters in 2017 through their online HunterSurvey and ShooterSurvey consumer panels to identify the top brands in the market.

In 2017, some of the most purchased hunting and shooting brands include:

  1. Top rifle ammunition brand: American Eagle
  2. Top reflex/red dot sight brand: Vortex
  3. Top brand of scope mount: Leupold
  4. Top propellant/powder brand: Pyrodex
  5. Top bow brand: Bear
  6. Top arrow brand: Easton
  7. Top brand of nocks: Nockturnal
  8. Top archery target brand: Hurricane
  9. Top archery sight brand: Tru Glo
  10. 10.Top reloading press brand: Lee Precision
  11. Top reloading brass shell case brand: Starline
  12. Top reloading shot brand: Eagle
  13. Top coverall brand: Bass Pro/Redhead
  14. 14.Top backpack/waist/duffle brand: Badlands
  15. Top decoy brand: Zink/Avian-X
  16. Top food plot brand: Mossy Oak Biologic
  17. Top trail camera brand: Wildgame Innovations
  18. Top hunting knife brand: Buck
  19. Top holster/ammo belt brand: Blackhawk
  20. Top choke tube brand: Carlson
  21. Top grip/buttstock brand: Magpul

More than one hundred products are examined in the Southwick Associates 2017 Hunting & Shooting Participation and Equipment Purchases Report. This in-depth resource illustrates sportsmen’s participation and shopping behaviors, including the percentage of sales occurring across different retail channels, brand purchased, price paid, and demographics for hunters and shooters buying specific products. Additional information tracked includes total days spent per activity, type of hunting / shooting activity, preferred species and where they hunt.

In addition to the topline reports covering hunting and target shooting, annual reports are also offered for special segments including archery consumers, deer hunters, turkey hunters, and waterfowl hunters. These reports provide the industry with an in-depth profile along with trend insights on the specific market.

Custom, confidential research is also available to help understand brand awareness/perceptions, identify products most desired by consumers, optimal pricing, and more. To purchase a report or discuss custom research, contact Nancy Bacon at Nancy@SouthwickAssociates.com.

Southwick Associates is a market research and economics firm, specializing in the hunting, shooting, sportfishing, and outdoor recreation markets. For more than 25 years, Southwick Associates has established a proven record for delivering comprehensive insights and statistics assisting business and strategic decisions across the entire outdoor industry; from government agencies, industry associations and non-profit organizations, to affiliated businesses and manufacturers. Aside from custom market research, Southwick Associates also provides syndicated participation, media consumption and equipment purchase tracking studies utilizing their proprietary sportsmen panels.

NRA Files Suit Challenging Florida’s Newly-Enacted Anti-Gun Legislation

FAIRFAX, Va. – March 12, 2018: The National Rifle Association today announced that it has filed a lawsuit challenging the State of Florida’s newly-enacted ban on the purchase of firearms by young adults between the ages of 18-21.

Florida’s ban is an affront to the Second Amendment, as it totally eviscerates the right of law-abiding adults between the ages of 18 and 21 to keep and bear arms. The ban is particularly offensive with respect to young women, as women between the ages of 18 and 21 are much less likely to engage in violent crime than older members of the general population who are unaffected by the ban. Despite this fact, the State of Florida has enacted a sweeping law banning all young adults between the ages of 18 and 21 from purchasing any firearm from any source. Chris Cox, the Executive Director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, stated, “Swift action is needed to prevent young adults in Florida from being treated as second-class citizens when it comes to the right to keep and bear arms.

We are confident that the courts will vindicate our view that Florida’s ban is a blatant violation of the Second Amendment.” The case is National Rifle Association of America, Inc. v. Bondi, and it has been filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida.

About the NRA: Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America’s oldest civil rights and sportsmen’s group. More than five million members strong, NRA continues to uphold the Second Amendment and advocates enforcement of existing laws against violent offenders to reduce crime. The Association remains the nation’s leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the armed services. Be sure to follow the NRA on Facebook at NRA on Facebook and Twitter @NRA.

 

Bland, Basic, Boring and Black

By Beth Alcazar  // 02/27/2018

Not too long ago, I was working with a group of USCCA Instructor candidates, watching them, as they endeavored to pass their shooting qualification. My teammate noticed that one of the students had an image of the Punisher on the base plates of her magazines. Of course, to those who enjoy firearms (and perhaps a bit of gun collecting), this would not be a big deal. What firearms enthusiast or competitive shooter doesn’t enjoy some modification or personalization? It’s kind of a natural progression to go from out-of-the-box to customized and it’s not necessarily a bad thing. Whether it’s the addition of an aftermarket Crimson Trace laser or an American flag Cerakote finish, owners can gain a lot of extra usefulness and enjoyment from a firearm that’s been modified beyond its original configuration. But these customized magazines happened to go with her everyday carry gun. Her self-defense gun. And that’s where things can get a bit tricky.

I’m far from an expert on legal issues, but in a litigious society filled with anti-gun nuttery, a firearm that’s been modified can mean trouble, especially if the owner has modified the action (changed the trigger so it’s smoother or lighter). To an eager prosecutor, that can translate to a gun owner who’s looking for a fight, hoping to shoot someone and wanting to kill. Of course, we in the gun community know that’s not true in the slightest. But it is something to consider. While a mass-produced firearm follows designs and specifications that can be replicated and supported, an altered firearm could potentially be labeled “unsafe,” “dangerous” or even “more lethal.”

Click on the illustration/link above for membership information to join the USCCA.

If you are ever involved in a self-defense shooting, your gun will be seized as evidence. Firearms experts will study the ammunition used and will inspect the gun (along with magazines and accessories) to make sure it functions properly, the safeties work and the trigger pull meets factory specifications. Any distinctive features or anomalies, possibly caused by modifications, will be noted. So … how would it look if your carry gun had a purple Holoflake glitter finish … or had the Punisher (a fictional vigilante who employs murder, kidnapping, extortion, coercion and violence in his campaign against crime) emblazoned on the magazines? Would a jury look favorably on that? At this point, you may be wishing your gun was bland, basic, boring and black.

Undoubtedly, whether or not you modify your concealed carry handgun is a very personal decision. I’m not saying that people shouldn’t change the grip on a firearm to fit their hands. But if you can’t articulate exactly why you put that whiz-bang trigger in your Glock 19, then don’t put it in. However, if you can explain it and justify it, go ahead and have it professionally installed by a competent gunsmith (with verifiable credentials) if you don’t have an armorer certification. And be able to explain why the original plastic sights were exchanged for better ones or why that Surefire X300 is on there. If the modifications were done to increase accuracy and reliability, then you’re increasing the safety of yourself and others …which is why we carry a self-defense gun in the first place.

All in all, always be cautious and consider leaving your self-defense gun and magazines exactly the way they came out of the box. When it comes to everyday carry, you don’t want your firearm to look unique, function differently or grab attention. Always keep safety at the forefront. Save those bells and whistles for the competition gun! And when in doubt, just remember to think: bland, basic, boring and black.

About the USCCA:  The USCCA (United States Concealed Carry Association) is a membership organization that provides education, training and the insurance-backed Self-Defense SHIELD to responsibly armed Americans like you.  Since its inception in 2003, and together with its flagship publication Concealed Carry Magazine, the USCCA has proudly supported a community of hundreds of thousands of patriots from all around the country. It’s our mission to arm our loyal members with the tools they need to safely and confidently protect themselves and their loved ones with the utmost peace of mind. 

Our USCCA Team is dedicated to providing you with an unprecedented experience. In an ever-changing, fast-paced world, our team still believes in good, old-fashioned American customer service. When you call our award-winning team, whether in an emergency or even just to say hi, you’ll be graciously greeted by a friendly voice—and a warm, Midwestern accent! You’ll never be passed through an unhelpful phone tree or be put on hold with the insurance company.

Questions? Contact us by phone at: 1-855-388-4077 (Central Time), Monday-Friday 8am-10pm, Saturday 9am-2pm, or online at: https://www.usconcealedcarry.com/contact/.

AMMO: 338 LaPua – Discussion & Facts

  • Understanding Ammunition for Your Hunt
  • Compare ballistic coefficient, velocity, energy and momentum – a Discussion

By Andrew Chamberlain (Creator of “Chamber-It” on Facebook)

The 338 Lapua is a cartridge with a huge fan base.

One almost does not need to introduce or say much about it. I will say this about the 338 Lapua, it is as capable and as impressive as people say it is.  There are a lot of other cartridges that do what people say the 338 Lapua does well, but what makes the 338 Lapua so unique? Not necessarily what it does, but what it does uniquely. I believe everyone can appreciate what makes the 338 Lapua so special and also recognize the hype that also causes some of the descending opinions.

The Lapua can push a very high ballistic coefficient (B.C.) bullet at a fairly decent muzzle velocity for a very long distance. That is, in my opinion, the simplified version of much of the hype (that is true), but may not be put in proper context.

Look at the 300 Win Mag and what it can do with high B.C. projectiles. Then look at the 7mm and even the 6.5mm cartridges. Suddenly the 338 Lapua may not look quite as impressive. Then consider the fact that the projectile can weigh from 250 – 300 grains (not 208, 180, 160 or even 129 grains, but 300). Then consider the momentum this projectile still carries, even when the drop in velocity is so dramatic that the energy has dropped from 5,000 ft-lbs to 590 ft-lbs (this is the approximate energy when a 300 grain projectile transitions to subsonic velocity…less than 1,000 ft/sec). It will still have 43 lbs-ft/sec momentum, which is slightly more than a hot-loaded 357 magnum with a 180 grain slug delivers at the muzzle. Also consider that a 250 – 300 grain 338 caliber bullet is quite long and heavy, which provides great stability in flight through wind, and fog. It even gives a good fight against the rain.

Many look at the 338 Lapua as the ultimate big game and dangerous game cartridge. This may not be a very good argument. Though the 338 Lapua gives a marked improvement over the 338 Win Mag and it gives a slight numerical improvement over the 375 H&H (which initially sounds like something). However, finding a controlled expansion copper or solid flat nose 300 grain 338 caliber slug can be very hard to do (though they do exist). Then comparing the 338 Lapua to the likes of a 416 Rigby, 404 Jeffery, 458 Win Mag or 458 Lott, the comparison starts to be a bit silly.

So in short, don’t just look at the stats. The numerical nature of ballistics or the “hot points” thrown at the consumer can at times only tell half the story. And sometimes tell even less. The 338 Lapua is an impressive cartridge and is very good at doing a handful of things, but it is often touted as the best at something that it may not be intended to be used for at all.

The Ammo Performance Specs poster is a hand-picked selection of some of the most popular hunting cartridges and represent velocity, energy, momentum and recoil for each cartridge in a bar graph with numeric value. Accurately compare one cartridge with similar cartridges of interest. Click on the poster to order.

Factory Load vs. Hand Load The 338 Lapua is one of those rare cartridges where Factory Loads and Hand Loads compete very well with each other. However, hand loading does give a slight edge (20-80 ft/sec) over factory loads in common bullet weights. For some, this minimal difference does not merit hand loading, for others, this little extra, as well as the control and consistency they can derive, make it all worth it. One could mention availability and economics as well.

Quick Ballistics – 338 LaPua

  • Bullet weight = 180 – 300 grains
  • Bullet Velocity = 3,450 – 2,600 ft/sec
  • Optimal Load; Precision => 300 grains @ 2,750 ft/sec = 5,036 ft-lbs Energy & 117.9 lbs-ft/sec Momentum.
  • Hunting => 250 grains @ 3,100 ft/sec = 5,334 ft-lbs Energy & 110.9 lbs-ft/sec Momentum

Comparative Ballistics w/338 LaPua

  • 338 Win Mag: 250 grains @ 2,690 ft/sec = 4,016 ft-lbs Energy & 96.1 lbs-ft/sec Momentum
  • 340 Weathrby: 250 grains @ 2,960 ft/sec = 4,863 ft-lbs Energy & 105.6 lbs-ft/sec Momentum
  • 338 Lapua: 250 grains @ 3,100 ft/sec = 5,334 ft-lbs Energy & 110.9 lbs-ft/sec Momentum
  • 375 H&H: 270 grains @ 2,870 ft/sec = 4,937 ft-lbs Energy & 110.7 lbs-ft/sec Momentum
  • 378 Weathrby: 270 grains @ 3,1800 ft/sec = 6,061 ft-lbs Energy & 122.7 lbs-ft/sec Momentum
  • 416 Rigby: 400 grains @ 2,565 ft/sec = 5,842 ft-lbs Energy & 146.6 lbs-ft/sec Momentum
  • 458 Lott: 500 grains @ 2,350 ft/sec = 6,130 ft-lbs Energy & 167.9 lbs-ft/sec Momentum

The 338 Lapua is a great cartridge and is highly capable of a lot of things. Keeping it in proper context of usage allows one to see what is truly neat or impressive about this cartridge.

Good Hunting! Be Safe. Visit us at www.chamberit.com.

 

 

 

CORE ARCHERY, Train Yourself to HIT THE BULLSEYE, then DO IT AGAIN and AGAIN

 

  • Train Mental Skill and Subconscious Mind to Excellence with Proper Back Tension
  • Building Blocks to Solid, Consistent Arrow-Shooting Form
  • Learn from a Champion
Click the picture to obtain a copy of this inexpensive book.

By Forrest Fisher with Larry Wise

When your form is physically complete and practiced so it operates through the subconscious mind, you develop good mental skills to help you score high under all conditions.  CORE ARCHERY will train you to be like this. CORE ARCHERY is a systematic set of archery shooting form steps built around the proper use of your skeleton.  It is about proper back tension, and much more, on the building blocks of consistent, solid shooting form.  It is a proven, simplified approach to consistent shooting form to achieve your desired results.

Throughout each form step of CORE ARCHERY, the governing theme is to maximize skeleton and minimize muscle.  If you do this, your form will be energy efficient, fatigue resistant and highly repeatable.

CORE ARCHERY is a complete system of archery shooting form, presented here as the sequence of proper mental and physical actions required to launch an arrow to the target center.  It consists of only the necessary and sufficient actions needed, and it has been validated by many archers.

CORE ARCHERY gives you the insight into good archery shooting form that will allow you to find the form you’ve lost or to gain it for the first time.  Most important, when you learn core archery, you’ll be able to repeat your form, shot after shot after shot.

The author, Larry Wise, knows his beans…and his archery.  He has been a competitive archer since 1979. His professional record shows 38 individual or team 1st Place/Championship titles, 11 2nd place finishes and four 3rd or 4th place.

He has given more than 300 “Tuning Your Compound Bow” seminars in 20 states; written five books on bow set-up and tuning; been a member of several bow manufacturers shooting and advisory staffs, and has done design consulting.  He coaches nationally and internationally.

Since 2004, Larry has coached more than 300 individuals privately, written and edited a national archery coaches study course, taught national-level coaches courses, and coached the U.S. archery team at the 2005 World Indoor Championships (winning 13 medals, including seven gold).

In 2016, he co-authored the “Adaptive Archery Manual for Disabled Sports USA”.  In 2014, Larry and Coach Linda Beck co-authored the “National Training System for Compound Bows” for the US Archery Association which is used by the Compound Junior Dream Team for which Larry is an assistant coach.

There are nine chapters and a special insert made from a 30-second video of the author making one well-executed shot.

  1. Intro: Core Archery Explained
  2. Your Shooting Objective
  3. Stance & Build Your Form
  4. Drawing the Bow
  5. Aiming & Sighting
  6. Aim & Release
  7. Learning Back Tension
  8. Muscle Activity during Back Tension
  9. The Mental Game of Core Archery

SPECIAL INSERT – The Shot Sequence in Digital Photos.  This is a unique chapter utilizing 44 photos of one shot to show you the steps of a good archery shot as that shot is being built.  The photos are on 44 consecutive right hand pages and spring to life as you thumb rapidly through them.  Study the flow from one image to the next to identify how each of the 12 form steps leads into the next.

Larry notes, a bit tongue-in-cheek, “Archery is a simple two-step sport.  Step One is to learn to shoot an arrow in the ten-ring.  Step Two is to repeat Step One!”

CORE ARCHERY is paperback, 8-1/2” x 5-1/2”, 140 pages, it retails for $13.95 plus shipping / handling.  Published by Target Communications Outdoor Books (TCOB) as part of its “On Target” series. CORE ARCHERY and other archery/bowhunting books, plus deer, bear and turkey hunting books, are available at www.targetcommbooks.com.

 

Shotgun Choke Tubes – Making the Best Shot Possible

  • Choke Tubes Allow Shooters to Change their Pellet Dispersal Pattern
  • Choke Tubes Allow for “Quick-Change” Performance
  • Find the RIGHT CHOKE TUBE for every Shotgun you Own

When it comes to shotgun choke tubes, there is one name that rings true as the go to source of knowledge.

That name is Trulock.

From hunting to tactical, the team over at Trulock knows exactly what is needed to take the best shot possible. With decades of experience in engineering the world’s most efficient chokes, the team over at Trulock is second to none in knowledge as well as experience.

The story behind Trulock Choke Tubes, dates back to 1981 when founder George Trulock first began work engineering and designing his revolutionary new choke and installation system.  George identified the need for a system that could be retrofitted into most shotgun barrels without the use of an adaptor or complicated machining tools. His final design accomplished just that. 

Since then, George introduced a process and system that has been in continuous production, as well as being adopted by several major shotgun manufacturers as the industry standard.  An inventive genius that has contributed to improve the shooting industry for all time.

To date, Trulock has a stock of approximately 2500 different chokes, with more scheduled to hit the market very soon.  Trulock chokes are guaranteed to turn heads, they make competitors take notice.  Folks that use them know that Trulock choke tubes are “THE brand” that everyone should look to when they need the right choke for their style of shooting fun.

This year, if you are planning to attend the 2018 SHOT Show, Trulock invites you to visit their booth #15855 and learn more about why Trulock Choke Tubes and the “Legend” behind their invention have helped to improve shotgun choke technology.  

Follow Trulock for exclusive content and discount deals on Facebook, and check them out on-line at www.trulockchokes.com.

 

Win $30,000 at the Vegas Shoot in February 2018 : The New Gearhead Ultimate Bow Hunting System – made by Engineers that Hunt

  • Compact Bows, Imagine Axle-to-Axle lengths of 18.5 to 24 inches
  • Add, Faster Arrows and High Impact Energy
  • Ground Blinds for Archers…Plenty of Room NOW

By Forrest Fisher

I’ve never seen anything like these Gearhead bows.  They are unique in appearance, are shorter and lighter than most other bows and they offer superior performance too.  Gearhead is offering a $30,000 cash prize to the winner of the Bowhunter Division at the 2018 Las Vegas Archery Shoot, set for Feb. 9th – 11th, 2018, with payouts to 5th place.  Read up on the rules at this website: https://www.gearheadarchery.com/pages/winwithgearhead.

Gearhead Archery started an archery company based a new concept of compact and powerful bows they call their T-Series because they wanted to build the ultimate hunting bow. Gearhead Archery believes, that once you begin to hunt with and experience the benefits of their compact T-Series bows, you will never want to carry a large bow into the field again.  Check ‘em out.

The Gearhead Archery compact line of T-S series bows include the T18, T20, and T24; that is, axle to axle 18.5”, 20.5” and 24.5”. The compact line comes standard with a backpack of your choice, to allow you to take these bows anywhere.  The compact line is specifically designed for difficult hunting conditions, whether you are in the confined space of a ground blind or tree stand, or on an extreme backcountry hunt, the compact T-Series bow will be there with you.

All of the compact line of T-Series bows deliver plenty of kinetic energy, speed, and accuracy, despite their deceptive small size.  In fact, these bows deliver the same punch as any full size bow with an equivalent draw length, don’t let the size fool you!  Size and Accuracy how can that be? The single biggest myth of short ATA bows is accuracy, we can tell you this is NOT true,

Gearhead Archery currently has Pro Staff shooters shooting the T24 and have won and placed at multiple events.  The dual riser plate design on all Gearhead bows is more precise and true that any other bow on the market.  The simple fact is that the Gearhead Archery dual plate riser design is engineered like a bridge, giving them the repeatability, strength, and rigidity like no other bows built.

Gearhead Archery engineers will tell you that one of the biggest telltale signs of a rigid and well-built bow is shooting very light arrows to induce sound and vibration to draw out any weakness.  They have evidence that Gearhead bows eat light arrows and don’t cringe like other bows.

The compact line can accommodate draw lengths from 24″ to 30″ and with the use of a custom FTR release aid that can extend draw lengths up to 34″, simply incredible.  The PATENTED FTR release aids can adjust your draw length from 1 to 4 inches with one of the FTR-series releases.  Another benefit of the release option is that it allows one bow to fit multiple shooters by simply changing to a different release.

Finally, all Gearhead Archery bows can be converted from a true Right to true Left-handed in minutes, without a bow press. Another incredible feat.

 

BROWNING Holiday Cash – Up to $100 in rebate savings

November 27 – December 31, 2017

·         100 Rebate on over and under and autoloading shotguns.

·         $75 Rebate on pump shotguns, centerfire rifles and rimfire rifles and pistols.

·         $50 Rebate on centerfire pistols.

VALID FOR THE CONSUMER PURCHASE OF NEW ELIGIBLE FIREARMS PURCHASED BETWEEN NOVEMBER 27, 2017 AND DECEMBER 31, 2017.

OFFER AVAILABLE IN THE U.S. AND CANADA.

If you have questions about any Browning promotions or have difficulty submitting or receiving a rebate, contact us by email.

(Response times may vary due to the number of e-mails received.)  Or, you can call our rebate department at: 1-800-945-6427

New Element 1×30 Red Dot Sight from Sightmark

  • 2-MOA Red Dot Precision
  • 15,000 Hour Battery Life
  • Windage and Elevation Adjustments

Delivering tough-to-beat accuracy and a crisp, wide field of view, the new Sightmark Element 1×30 (SM26040) is their update to the popular Tactical Red Dot Sight (SM13041). Enhancements include a smaller, more precise 2-MOA red dot, improved brightness settings and two night vision compatibility modes.

Sightmark has integrated improvements based on customer suggestions, and added more of their own, including a longer range of adjustment for both windage and elevation, battery life (up to 15,000 hours) and an improved IP67 waterproof rating. Notably, the Elements’ windage and elevation caps can now be flipped and used as tools for making adjustments.

Shipping with a reliable cantilever mount, the Element 1×30 absolute cowitness height fits all magnifiers set up on the Aimpoint T1 mounting system, allowing shooters to engage targets at further distances. The Sightmark Element 1×30 red dot sight includes flip-up lens covers, a manual and a CR2032 battery in the box.

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About Sightmark®

Sightmark manufactures award-winning products including riflescopes, gun sights, laser sights, night vision, flashlights, bore sights and other cutting edge, premium shooting accessories. Inspired by military and law enforcement technology, Sightmark products are designed for competition, shooting, home defense, personal safety and other tactical applications, as well as hunting. For more information about Sightmark products, visit www.sightmark.com. For media requests related to Sightmark, please email mediarelations@sightmark.com.

Fix NICS to Ensure Background Checks are More Reliable

  • Your Immediate Action is Needed and Appreciated

Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced S. 2135, the Fix NICS Act to encourage and incentivize states to enter all applicable disqualifying records into the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) and help provide states the resources to do so. S. 2135 would also require federal agencies to properly report relevant records and hold those who fail to do so accountable.

There are currently several states and some federal agencies withholding disqualifying records that would help prevent prohibited persons under current law from possessing firearms. Federal Firearms License holders rely upon the NICS to be accurate in order to prevent the sale and transfer of firearms to prohibited persons.

Please take this opportunity to email or call today to urge your U.S. Senators to cosponsor S. 2135, the Fix NICS Act.

Email your Senator here

United States Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121

Look up your U.S. Senators, here.

HAWKE a SCOPE for Air-Powered Rifle ACCURACY

  • Air-Powered Rifles Generate High Shock and Vibration
  • Special Optical Scopes are Essential
  • Hawke AIRMAX fixed my Airgun Shooting Accuracy Troubles

By Forrest Fisher

The AIRMAX reticle is glass-etched and based on the spacing of a 10x Mil Dot with multiple aim points, great for multiple weight projectile pellets.

Airguns today are growing in popularity all over the world and they are now offered in many ballistic sizes. Airguns appeal to the other craze in the world too, they offer “green shooting,” with no gunpowder, no catridge casings, no toxic outgas and no garbage in the woods, and more, they are affordable and reusable at little or no cost. The one problem with shooting airguns accurately at long range though, is finding an optical scope that can handle the shock and vibration.

With my GAMO Big Cat 1250 pellet rifle (.177 caliber), I’ve tried two brands of scopes, names unmentioned, to discover that airguns can have a devastating effect on optics when the right products aren’t used. After two years of some shooting frustration – target plinking with constant creep accuracy, I have found a scope that actually works more than three weeks with repeat, same hole accuracy, week after week. My Hawke AIRMAX 3-9×40 offers the right specialized optics for the serious airgun shooter that I am.

Hawke sells this “super airgun scope” in either 30mm or 1 inch chassis design, and has one model (Airmax 30) that offers an illuminated reticle. My Airmax (Model 13-110) uses the non-illuminated AMX reticle in a traditional scope design.

The AIRMAX solved my air gun accuracy problems. This 3-9 x 40 AMX model has a 1-inch or 30mm tube chassis option for easy mounting and matched the fast-focus eyeball of for quick shooting style.

To be absolutely sure of your pellet rifle accuracy, go purchase your 4, 6, 8 or 10 grain pellets, then use a micro-gram archery scale to identify and remove the outliers (the heavy and light pellets) that contribute to shot placement inaccuracy.

The adjustable objective is integrated into the scope rear end for accurate focus and parallax error elimination.

We zero the scope to the middle of the paper and it is not unusual for us to place 5 shots within ¼ inch of each other at 50 yards. Our country backyard rodents are no longer a problem and fun of shooting for free (no bullets) is fun again.

Check out this airgun scope they call the Hawke AIRMAX, it’s affordable at about $200 and most important, it holds accuracy shot after shot.

For technical details visit: https://us.hawkeoptics.com/airmax-3-9×40-amx.html.

Ruger Precision Rifle Recall

Ruger has issued a Product Safety Bulletin for certain Ruger Precision Rifles due to the potential for interference between the aluminum bolt shroud and the cocking piece (also known as the firing pin back). Although only a small percentage of rifles appear to be affected and we are not aware of any injuries, Ruger is firmly committed to safety and is offering replacement aluminum bolt shrouds for affected rifles in order to eliminate the possibility of such interference. View Safety Bulletin PDF

Go to this site to enter your serial number to see if your rifle is affected by the recall: https://ruger.com/dataProcess/rprSafety/index.php

What Causes Shotgun Choke Tubes To Lock Up Or Freeze In The Barrel? (Part 2 of 2)

  • STUCK CHOKE TUBES from USE of STEEL SHOT

By George Trulock

Rust, residue build-up and choke expansion CAN ALL OCCUR at the same time, making the removal of your choke tube a very difficult task.

Choke tubes frozen in place from expansion is different from rust or residue build up.

Keep in mind, however, that rust, residue build-up and choke expansion CAN ALL OCCUR at the same time.

Without getting to deeply involved in the science of metals you need to know that when a shot charge passes through a choke tube it exerts a force in two different directions.  Force is applied to the choke tube when the shot charge strikes the choke forcing cone.

The first direction is longitudinal.  The force in this direction simply tries to push the choke out of the barrel.  This is prevented from happening by the interlocked threads on both the choke and the internal threads of the barrel.  If enough force is exerted then the threads in the barrel and or the threads on the choke shear and out it goes.  I have never seen a choke fail from thread shear.

The second direction is at approximately right angles to the bore.  In this direction the applied force tries to make the choke expand. As the shot column moves through the choke tube forcing cone, the pellets are in constant movement to rearrange themselves so that the shot column becomes smaller in diameter and elongated.  This generates a force that wants to expand the choke tube.

Factors to consider:
* Steel is elastic to some degree.
* If enough force is applied the choke tube will expand by a small amount and when the force is removed it will contract to its original size and shape.
* One of the ways we measure the strength of steel is by “Yield Strength”.
* For our purpose we can define yield strength as the maximum amount of force that is applied that does not cause any permanent deformation of the steel.
* If we increase the level of force past the yield strength of the steel used in that choke, it will expand past its elastic limit and stay in this expanded size.
* If you continue to shoot this load in this choke tube it will expand a small amount each time and at some point it will be solidly locked into the barrel.
* This force reaches its peak nominally at the intersection of the choke forcing cone and the parallel section. This is the area where choke expansion will occur.
* Choke tubes in this condition cannot be removed by normal methods.

The actual force is generated from a number of combined factors:
1. Size of steel shot. The larger the diameter of the shot the more force is created
2. Weight of the shot charge. Heavier payloads cause higher forces
3. Choke constriction. More constriction causes higher forces
4. Velocity. The higher the velocity the more force is created
Very high velocity steel shot shells with large diameter (particularly size B and larger pellets) through tighter (typically full or tighter) constriction chokes are usually the culprit causing choke expansion.

One of the best ways to prevent choke expansion is to follow the choke manufacturer’s recommendations.

* Some choke manufacturers will mark the choke “no steel” if it is not rated for steel.
* Some mark the choke “approved for steel”
* All factory chokes, as a rule, are rated for steel shot loads from cylinder bore through modified constriction, at least all that I have seen.
* If you use a factory choke tighter than modified that is not marked for use with steel, I would check it on a regular basis for choke expansion.
* If you find a choke tube that gets progressively harder to remove and replace each time you do so, examine it carefully as it is probably failing from expansion.
* If in doubt whether a choke is rated for steel, contact the manufacturer.

In my experience with steel shot I have found that if a choke does not expand with a given steel load after 25 shots it will never expand. Don’t take that as a fact as nothing is 100% when it comes to shotguns. However to date, this rule of thumb has never failed me.
While this is certainly not intended to be a true technical paper, hopefully it has given you a basic understanding of why choke tubes can and do freeze in the barrel.

For more information on Trulock Choke Tubes, visit http://www.trulockchokes.com.
Sincerely,
George Trulock

1-800-293-9402 work; 229-762-4050 fax
Email: trulock@trulockchokes.com

 

What Causes Shotgun Choke Tubes to Lock-Up or Freeze-Up in the Barrel? (Part 1 of 2)

By George Trulock

I’m sure a lot of shotgun shooters have encountered this dreaded problem.

You start to remove the choke from your shotgun and it will not budge.

You increase the pressure on your choke wrench and still get no movement.

You eventually end up putting enough torque on the wrench that it causes your face to turn red and your arms too start to tremble. The choke still does not move.

You then find some sort of tool to give you additional leverage on the wrench and the darn choke tube still refuses to budge.

You start to wonder what you did to cause this problem!!

There are BASICALLY THREE THINGS THAT WILL FREESE UPA SHOTGUN CHOKE IN THE BARREL:

  1. Rust
  2. Residue build up from fired shells (unburned powder, fiber, plastic, etc.)
  3. Choke tube expansion (Creep)

If you want to keep your shotgun chokes functioning as they were intended, then TAKE CARE OF THESE BASIC MAINTENANCE ITEMS ON A REGULAR BASIS:

  1. LOOSEN & RETIGHTEN the choke on occasion. Even better if you REMOVE the choke and REINSTALL in the barrel on a regular basis. This will break any bond that is attempting to form.
  2. CLEAN CHOKE BODY and REMOVE RESIDUE from the threads with a stiff brush and solvent of some kind.
  3. CLEAN INTERNAL THREADS and CHOKE COUNTERBORE in the barrel.  USE BRONZE BORE BRUSH and SOLVENT.
  4. WIPE SURFACES DRY, then LUBRICATE them with a few drops of high quality GUN OIL.

Sincerely,

George Trulock

 

1-800-293-9402 work, 229-762-4050 fax

trulock@trulockchokes.com

 

 

New Report IDENTIFIES the CHANGING MARKET for HANDGUNS

  • More Women and Minorities are Planning to Purchase Handguns
  • More Beginners Plan to Purchase a Handgun
  • Younger Adults are Planning to Purchase a Handgun
  • Report Helps Explain Needs of the Changing Demographic

FERNANDINA BEACH, FL.The handgun market has many different types of consumers, each wanting to buy for different reasons and uses. Two of these types, women and minorities, are a significant growth opportunity for handgun sales. They share the same passion to become proficient shooters like more experienced handgun owners and are seeking reliable handguns from reputable brands. When this group is combined with active target shooters and hunters who are looking to buy another handgun, the new handgun consumer is now younger, skews female and is ethnically-diverse (click here to view infographic)

As a supplement to the Customer Segmentation Analysis of the U.S. Commercial Firearms and Accessories Market report, Southwick Associates and NSSF have published a new handgun market report examining the demographics, firearm-related activities, motivations, needs, purchase drivers and shopping habits of those who own a handgun and those looking to buy one. Designed to help companies better understand the different factors that motivate consumers to buy a handgun and why they select specific models, this report identifies the major consumer segments that make up more than half of the U.S. handgun market.

This report is the next in a series based on Southwick Associates and NSSF’s recent consumer segmentation analysis of the U.S. firearms market. “With emerging audiences wanting to purchase a firearm, it’s important to really understand why they want to own a handgun and the specific features they look for in a handgun. The insights from this report will help manufacturers and retailers improve their strategic and tactical marketing decisions,” commented Rob Southwick, President of Southwick Associates.

The report, “Handgun Consumers: An In-depth Exploration,” is now available from Southwick Associates. Custom segmentation research is also available based on the proprietary database containing responses from more than 100,000 detailed consumer surveys.

HENRY REPEATING ARMS Helps Raise Over $70,000 for Sick 14-Year-Old Volunteer Firefighter

  • Henry Repeating Arms Donates 54 Custom-Designed Octagon Barrel Firearms to Help Cause
  • Special Edition Bids, Open to Public…Bid on GunBroker.com, item #705771173
Joe Petrucelli (L), Owner of Tri-County Sporting Goods, presenting check for $70,000 to Joshua Brennan and his family (C) with Anthony Imperato (R), President of Henry Repeating Arms.

BAYONNE, NJ, October 9, 2017– Henry Repeating Arms of Bayonne, NJ, and Rice Lake, WI, designed 54 SPECIAL EDITION custom .22 caliber Henry Lever Action Octagon barrel rifles to help raise funds for 14-year-old Joshua Brennan of New York.  Joshua was diagnosed with Hypoplastic Left-Heart Syndrome before he was even born.

The first 24 of these rifles were donated directly to the Firemen for Joshua Foundation, a 510(c)(3) organization, the remaining 30 were purchased by Joe Petrucelli of Tri-County Sporting Goods.  Petrucelli then organized further fundraising efforts to benefit the charitable foundation formed in Joshua’s name.

For the past few years Joshua has served the emergency service community by volunteering at the Pawling Fire Department in Dutchess County.  While he is too young to fight fires, he is a critical member of the Pawling Fire Department.

Washing trucks, keeping the firehouse in good order, lending a helping hand in the kitchen, and attending special events are just some of the tasks that Joshua tends to.  Joshua’s efforts all stem from his love for the department and his call to volunteerism instilled in him by his father Tom, who is also a volunteer firefighter.

Joshua Brennan suffered heart failure last year and surgery provided a pacemaker and two valves to keep him alive.  Joshua now needs a heart transplant.

In 2014, a similar partnership between Henry Repeating Arms and Tri-County Sporting Goods raised over $60,000 for 4-year-old Grayson Sutton of Sedan, KS, who was battling Primary Pulmonary Hypertension and facing a series of costly surgeries.

President of Henry Repeating Arms, Anthony Imperato explains, “Tri-County Sporting Goods has always stepped up to the plate to help Henry with any of our “Guns for Great Causes” program initiatives. When they told me about this great young man, Joshua…and his battle, we instantly decided to reciprocate.”

The 54 special edition rifles are currently being sold through Tri-County Sporting Goods in Patterson, NY, and all proceeds are going to benefit the Firemen for Joshua Foundation, which goes directly to Joshua and his family.

Petrucelli organized Firemen for Joshua Day at Tri-County Sporting Goods on September 30th where over 200 people from the local community came together to show their support.  Joshua was nominated for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and he and his family were presented with a $70,000 check from the proceeds of the rifles sold to date along with donations from local businesses. Proceeds are expected to raise over $100,000 before the end of the year.

Serial number “JOSHUA001,” the first of 54 made is currently up for auction on GunBroker.com, item #705771173.

Tri-County Sporting Goods will continue to sell the Firemen for Joshua rifles while supplies last, as well as custom serial numbered Henry Heirloom rifles. Proceeds from these sales will continue to fund the Firemen for Joshua foundation.  To purchase one of these rifles contact Joe Petrucelli at (845) 878-6084. General donations are being accepted here: https://www.gofundme.com/firemen-for-joshua.

 

Get a SMART Plinker-Cleaner, the Bore Boss®. UNDER $10!

  • Fast, easy, bore cleaning
  • Simple, clean storing solution
  • Ergonomic grip for ease of use
  • Compact design to go where you go
  • Made by REAL AVID

By Forrest Fisher

From the Real Avid folks and their barrel of innovation, comes the ultra-compact Bore Boss®.  It’s the first ever self-storing, easy-feeding, clean-pulling, field-ready, hassle-free, pure-genius bore cleaner that I have ever used, even (and especially) for small calibers like the .22 caliber rifle you like to use for inexpensive plinking and target shooting.   

The unit functions by using a single-piece cable with an integrated phosphor-bronze brush and braided mop wraps around the unique Flex-Case Handle to keep the system stowed and organized, and it fits in your pants pocket. Hard to beat that.  

To use, simply flip open the small case, feed the cable, clip on the handle and pull.  Throw it in your pack or put it in your pocket. It’s the next best thing to a self-cleaning gun.  Love this thing and I have provided one for all my grandkids that like to shoot. They also have a pocket copy of “Firearms Safety: 10 Rules for Safe Gun Handling” from the National shooting Sports foundation (NSSF) and they know the rules inside out.

This plinker cleaner is compact, ergonomically adjusted for comfort in your hand during use and it completes the task of cleaning your barrel FAST.

Available in several calibers, the .22 cleaning kit will be most popular with “plinksters” and the cost is under 10 bucks.  

Visit this link for more details: https://www.realavid.com/shop/bore-boss-22.

Federal Firearms Licensee Protection Act of 2017 Increases Penalties for Theft of Firearms

National Shooting Sports Foundation Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C., Sep. 26, 2017 — The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®) today is commending U.S. Sen. Lindsay Graham’s (R-S.C.) introduction of S.1854, the Federal Firearms Licensee Protection Act of 2017, which will strengthen the criminal penalties for thefts of firearms from retailers and impose mandatory minimum sentences.

“Thefts from federally licensed firearms retailers represent particularly brazen offenses that hold potential for additional crime when stolen guns are sold on the street,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel. “The Federal Firearms Licensee Protection Act is a significant reinforcement of our federal laws to help deter both first-time and repeat violators and to ensure those convicted of these crimes serve serious time. We thank Senator Graham for his leadership to help make America safer.” 

Sen. Graham’s proposed legislation would impose a minimum sentence for a successful conviction of not less than three years for burglary and five years for robbery.

The bill gained the support of Sens. John Boozman, (R-Ark.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Jim Risch, (R-Idaho) and Luther Strange (R-Ala.).

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has reported a 48 percent increase in the number of burglaries and a 175 percent in the number of robberies over the past five years. In 2016, about 7,758 firearms were stolen from Federal Firearms Licensees (FFLs) in burglaries and robberies.

The firearms industry through NSSF is an active partner in helping to reduce thefts and aiding ATF in identifying those involved in these crimes. As part of Operation Secure Store, NSSF helps educate FFLs on steps they can take to reduce theft. NSSF, in cooperation with ATF, also conducts retailer store security seminars, assists retailers with store security audits, and encourages the use of methods and technologies to reduce the likelihood firearms will be stolen. NSSF also continues to match ATF reward offers for information that leads to the arrest of criminals responsible for thefts from FFLs.

About NSSF

The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 12,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. For more information, log on to www.nssf.org/.

What to Do with Firearms and Ammunition Affected by Flood Waters

  • NSSF and SAAMI Provide Guidance on Dealing with Submerged Guns and Ammunition

NEWTOWN, Conn., Sep. 7, 2017 — Firearms owners who have seen their guns and stored ammunition submerged by flood waters in storm-wracked areas are probably wondering if their firearms and ammunition can be salvaged and safely used.

The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute® (SAAMI®) and National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®) point to two helpful documents containing guidelines to assist gun owners in making sound decisions related to safely handling and treating or disposing of these items, emphasizing to always err on the side of caution and safety.

SAAMI, founded in 1926, is an organization that creates and publishes industry standards on firearms and ammunition. NSSF is the trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry.

The SAAMI document “Guidance on Firearms That Have Been Submerged or Exposed to Extensive Amounts of Water” points out two major concerns about firearms that have been exposed to water: parts susceptible to moisture and rust damage such as metal parts, wood stocks and grips, and optics; and, secondly, infiltration of the action, barrel and safety systems by grit, silt and other foreign debris.

Always unload firearms before beginning any treatment process.

It’s important to limit moisture and corrosion damage to the component parts of the firearm. This can be accomplished by disassembling the component parts and using up to two coats of a moisture-displacing lubricant such as Hoppes #9 MDL or WD-40 to clean and stabilize the parts while, importantly, following the product’s directions so as not to damage, for instance, plastic or synthetic parts. Another tip is to allow wood stocks and grips to air-dry and not be force dried by exposure to heat.

The document emphasizes that once the firearm has been thoroughly dried, consideration must be given to having the firearm inspected and serviced by the manufacturer, an authorized service center, or a qualified gunsmith before putting the firearm back in service.

Dealing with Submerged Ammunition

To help firearms owners determine what to do with ammunition that has been affected by water and moisture, SAAMI offers another helpful document, “Guidance on Ammunition That Has Been Submerged in Water.”

Discussed are differences in moisture resistance between centerfire, rimfire and shotshell ammunition, and potential hazards associated with “drying out” cartridges, including possible deterioration and damage to cartridges due to drying methods.

Another serious hazard that could result from using compromised ammunition is the potential for a bore obstruction due to partial ignition of either the priming compound or the propellant powder charge, or both. Firing a subsequent round through an obstructed barrel can result in bodily injury, death and property damage.

SAAMI provides the following cautionary conclusion: “It would be impossible to ascertain for certain the extent of the deteriorating affect, if any, the water may have had on each individual cartridge. Therefore, the safe answer is that no attempt be made to salvage or use submerged ammunition. The ammunition should be disposed of in a safe and responsible manner. Contact your local law enforcement agency for disposal instructions in your area.

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About NSSF: The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 12,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. For more information, visit www.nssf.org.

Winchester® Repeating Arms Offers New Model 1866 Short Rifle

The iconic Winchester Model 1866 is available in 44-40 Win. and 38 Special calibers, new for 2017.

The Model 1866 lever-action was the very first rifle to wear the Winchester® brand.  This rifle defines the 19th century.  Its bright brass receiver was the basis for the nickname of “Yellow Boy.”  

For 2017 the legendary Model 1866 rifle is now available from Winchester® Repeating Arms in a Grade I Short Rifle.

This makes the “Yellow Boy” experience readily affordable for cowboy action competitors, hunters, casual shooters and everyone who enjoys spending a day at the range with a genuine Winchester lever-action classic. 

The receiver, crescent butt plate and forearm cap, are crafted from solid brass with a full bright polish finish.  

The stock and forearm are Grade I American black walnut with a satin oil finish.  

The folding ladder rear sight and Marble Arms® gold bead front sight get you on target quickly.

A full-length magazine tube, open top ejection port and blued steel loading gate and action screws are also featured.

Barrel length is 20” and the average weight is 7¼ lbs.

It is available in 44-40 Win. and 38 Special calibers at a suggested retail price of $1,299.99.

Features:

·       Grade I American black walnut straight grip stock

·       Classic rifle-style forearm

·       Full bright polish brass surfaces

·       Brass crescent buttplate

·       Folding ladder rear sight with Marble Arms® gold bead front sight

·       Open top ejection port

·       Full-length tube magazine

·       Blued steel loading gate

·       Blued steel action screws

For more information on Winchester Firearms, please visit http://www.winchesterguns.com/products/rifles/model-1866/model-1866s-in-current-production/1866-short-rifle.html.

Customized options and engraving are available for many of the Winchester model firearms.

AR-15 Provides High Accuracy in 6.5 Creedmoor from Diamondback Firearms

  • Long Range Ballistic Flight, High Accuracy
  • Recoil Reducing Stock for Low Recoil
  • Affordable (under $1,300)

Diamondback Firearms, a top-tier, Florida based manufacturer of quality pistols and rifles, has introduced their new DB1065CB AR-15 rifle, chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor, to market.  The 6.5 Creedmoor is growing rapidly in popularity because of its superior ballistic performance over .308 and other long-range calibers.  The 6.5 Creedmoor is the fastest growing caliber for tactical shooters and is a great selection for medium to long range (500 to 1,000 yds.) shooting.

Ballistically speaking, when compared to the .308, the more aerodynamic 6.5 Creedmoor performs exceptionally well, with a very noticeable reduction in recoil.

The Mako Group is excited to partner with Diamondback by featuring the revolutionary FAB Defense GL-Shock Recoil-Reducing Stock and the AGR-43 rubber over-molded pistol grip on this new model rifle. The state-of-the-art GL-Shock has a unique, patented “Anti-Rattle” mechanism with no protruding parts, so as not to get snagged, and comes with a built-in silicone chrome alloy—perfect for your AR15/M4/M16.

The AGR-43 pistol grip comes with multi-textured rubber features for a more secure grip. It provides a better shooting angle, heightened control and less wrist fatigue and hinged floorplate for battery storage.

Other features of the DB1065CB AR-15 rifle include a 20” stainless steel fluted barrel, the 15” Victor M-Lok rail and the Double Side Port Muzzle Break.

The DB 6.5 Creedmoor will be offered in Black (MSRP $1,229.00) and FDE (MSRP $1,259.00), which will make it one of the most affordable in the market.

About Diamondback Firearms: Diamondback is located in Cocoa, FL and has been family operated for over 30 years. Diamondback Firearms was created in 2008 with the DB380 and DB9 pistol series. DB has evolved to now include the DB10 rifle/pistol series with .308 and 6.5 Creedmoor calibers offered. DB15 rifle/pistol series with .223/5.56, 300 BO, and 9mm calibers offered. In January 2017 DB Firearms moved into a brand new 40,000 sq. ft. state of the art facility, which will also include Diamondback Barrels Division and CNC machines. All Diamondback products are manufactured in the USA.

About The Mako Group: The Mako Group is the exclusive U.S. distributor of the finest tactical equipment and weapon accessories that have been proven in combat. Designed for law enforcement agencies and militaries worldwide, Meprolight night sights and optics, FAB Defense weapon and personal defense accessories, Front Line Holsters and RTS Target Systems are available at firearm retailers everywhere. Connect with The Mako Group on FacebookTwitter, Instagram and YouTube to stay up-to-date on the latest news and products. For more information visit www.themakogroup.com.

NEW AMTRAK POLICY ALLOWS ARCHERY EQUIPMENT ON TRAINS

ATA Partnered with Congressman Woodall of Georgia and Archery Organizations to Advocate for Change.

New Ulm, Minnesota (July 20, 2017) – Amtrak, which operates more than 300 trains daily across the United States, now allows passengers to transport archery equipment as checked baggage. Amtrak previously prohibited archery gear on its trains, but changed its policy thanks to advocacy by the Archery Trade Association, with support from U.S. Rep. Rob Woodall, R-Georgia, USA Archery and the National Field Archery Association.

This change gives America’s estimated 23.8 million archers the opportunity to transport their bows and arrows via Amtrak while traveling to archery and bowhunting activities nationwide.

“This is a significant victory for bowhunters and archers, and a great example of how the ATA advocates for our manufacturing and retail members, and their customers,” said Jay McAninch, ATA president/CEO. “Dan Forster on our team spearheaded this effort. This is a prime example of the initiatives ATA’s director of government relations works on. We’re grateful Amtrak reconsidered its policy, and excited that bowhunters and archers nationwide will be able to ride Amtrak for bowhunts, archery tournaments and vacations while enjoying these family activities.”

The new policy, which took effect July 10, specifies all archery equipment – such as bows, arrows and crossbows – must be transported as checked baggage in a hard- or soft-sided case. Amtrak does not require reservations for archery equipment, as it does for firearms. Bow cases cannot exceed 50 pounds or 75 linear inches. Amtrak does not limit the number of archery equipment cases, but because each case counts as one checked item, normal baggage limits apply. Customers are charged for excess items.

In leading the effort to change Amtrak’s regulations regarding transporting archery equipment, the ATA’s Dan Forster sought help from Congress while working with USA Archery and the National Field Archery Association to rally support. Photo by Archery trade Association

In leading the effort to change Amtrak’s regulations, the ATA’s Forster sought help from Congress while working with USA Archery and the National Field Archery Association to rally support. Amtrak was created by Congress as part of the Federal Railroad Administration, and is overseen by the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure as well as the Senate’s Commerce Science and Transportation Committee.

Forster said Rep. Woodall – who represents Georgia’s 7th Congressional District, and is a member of the House’s Transportation Oversight Committee – was instrumental in amending Amtrak’s policy. “We’re deeply grateful to Amtrak’s team for their willingness to listen to our appeal, and especially to Congressman Woodall’s office for advocating for this change,” Forster said. “We’re excited to see ATA members and Amtrak’s millions of customers across the country taking advantage of this new avenue of transportation for their bowhunting and archery activities.”

“Solving America’s big challenges takes time, but we can make government work better for Georgia families one issue at a time every single day,” said Rep. Rob Woodall. “This is a great example of one of those opportunities to do better, and it was once again started by someone willing to pick up the phone and give me a call. We have dozens of ATA member companies and retailers in Georgia, not to mention nearly 24 million bowhunters and archers across the country, and I was happy to reach out to the folks at Amtrak. I’m glad to see they found a solution that works for everyone.”

USA Archery welcomes the policy change. “From youth and collegiate archers to Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls, many of our members stand to benefit from Amtrak’s new policy,” said Denise Parker, CEO of USA Archery. “Families, clubs and teams can now consider Amtrak as a viable option for tournament travel.”

Bruce Cull, president of the National Field Archery Association, agreed. “The NFAA hosts thousands of archers at events across the country, throughout the year,” Cull said. “Many of them combine family vacations with the fun and camaraderie of archery competition, and they enjoy bowhunting when they aren’t shooting arrows for score. We’re pleased to see more transportation options available to our members.”

Learn more about Amtrak’s archery equipment policy here.

About the Archery Trade Association – The Archery Trade Association is the organization for manufacturers, retailers, distributors, sales representatives and others working in the archery and bowhunting industry. The ATA has served its members since 1953. It is dedicated to making the industry profitable by decreasing business overhead, reducing taxes and government regulation, and increasing participation in archery and bowhunting. The organization also owns and operates the ATA Trade Show, the archery and bowhunting industry’s largest and longest-running trade show worldwide. For more information, like the ATA Trade Show on Facebook, follow @ATATradeShow on Twitter, or learn more about archery and bowhunting at Archery360.com and Bowhunting360.com.

For more information, contact Teresa Johnson, ATA’s senior director of communications and administration, at (860) 904-0497 or teresajohnson@archerytrade.org.

NSSF Announces 2017 Scholarship Winners

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) is the trade association for the firearms industry with a mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting, and the shooting sports.  The NSSF recently announced the 2017 scholarships that will award $60,000 to winners.

From Newtown, CT., the National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association for the firearms industry, is pleased to announce that it has chosen the winners of its 2017 Voting Member Scholarship Essay Contest. Open to the employees and qualifying family members of NSSF’s Voting Member companies, the annual contest awards $60,000 divided between 25 winners, including one grand prize winner who receives $8,000 to apply toward their college costs. NSSF received a total of 66 qualified entries this year.

In refreshing this annual contest, NSSF offered two submission options for the scholarship program. The first option required a written essay, with specific formatting guidelines, on one of the following two topics:

·         How important is the U.S. Supreme Court to protecting the rights of American citizens to keep and bear arms?

·         Passing the Torch: A personal story of an experienced shooter or hunter passing traditions on to family and friends.

The second submission option required a written script designed to provide voiceover narration for a video (though no actual video submission was required). The three script topic choices were:

·         What hunting means to me and to wildlife conservation.

·         How learning to target shoot has benefitted me as a person.

·         What non-hunters would be surprised to learn about hunting.

Matthew Willey, whose mother is employed by Olin Corp., was chosen as the grand prize winner. Matthew will be a senior at St. Louis University this fall, was selected as the grand prize winner. For his scholarship submission, he chose to tackle the Supreme Court topic in traditional essay format. His essay in part read:

For the majority of the last 70 or so years, the most important Supreme Court ruling pertaining to the right to gun ownership was 1939’s United States v. Miller. In that case, an Arizona district court ruled that two men who had been indicted for transporting a sawed-off shotgun across state lines, should not have been indicted, as the regulations preventing them from legally transporting that firearm were unconstitutional. This decision was appealed to the Supreme Court, which chose to interpret the 2nd amendment as pertaining only to the regulation of a militia … . This ruling was the preeminent ruling concerning the 2nd amendment for the rest of the 20th century, and it set a damaging precedent to gun rights in this country.

Fortunately, things changed relatively recently. In 2008’s landmark case, District of Columbia v. Heller, the Supreme Court once again addressed the interpretation of the 2nd amendment. … In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court interpreted the second amendment as providing a right to self-protection.  It is important to remember here that in a common law system, a law must be enforced as it is interpreted by the courts. Therefore, whatever questions existed about the legal meaning of the 2nd amendment prior to District of Columbia v. Heller, the meaning is now clear and binding.

This is not to say that the battle for gun rights has emphatically been won. It is perfectly conceivable that in some future case the Supreme Court may revisit the 2nd amendment, and thus open the door to a new interpretation. Moreover, the ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller was not without its ambiguity, meaning that more challenges to gun rights may loom in the future. The one thing that is for certain is that if these challenges reach the Supreme Court, the decisions made by those nine justices will shape the law for the entire nation. Therefore, despite recent victories, it is vital that the Supreme Court be populated by men and women who respect the rights of gun owners. When it comes to the law, a strong Supreme Court is more powerful than any legislator, or any president.

Other winners included the $5,000 first place entrant, Nathan Huelsmann, who will be a senior at Missouri University of Science and Technology in the Fall and whose father also works for Olin, and the $3,000 second place winner Ian Murphy, will be a Junior at the Oregon Institute of Technology in the fall and whose father is employed by Sturm, Ruger & Co. Twenty-two other winners received $2,000 each for their successful entries. See the full list of scholarship recipients and the entire winning essay.

About NSSF
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 12,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. For more information, visit www.nssf.org.

Ruger Mark IV Pistol Recall Notice – Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. Issues Safety Warning

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE-RGR) announced (June 07, 2017) that it is recalling all Mark IV™ pistols (including 22/45™ models) manufactured prior to June 1, 2017.  Ruger recently discovered that the pistols have the potential to discharge unintentionally if the safety is not utilized correctly.

In particular, if the trigger is pulled while the safety lever is midway between the “safe” and “fire” positions (that is, the safety is not fully engaged or fully disengaged), the pistol may not fire when the trigger is pulled. However, if the trigger is released and the safety lever is then moved from the mid position to the “fire” position, the pistol may fire at that time.

Although only a small percentage of Mark IV pistols appear to be affected and the Company is not aware of any injuries, Ruger is firmly committed to safety and would like to retrofit all potentially affected pistols with an updated safety mechanism.

As a responsible manufacturer, Ruger wants to make its customers aware of this FREE safety upgrade. All Mark IV pistols with serial numbers beginning with “401” (2017 models) or “WBR” (2016 models) are subject to the recall. Mark IV owners should visit the Mark IV Recall website at Ruger.com/MarkIVRecall to look up the serial number of their Mark IV and verify if it is subject to the recall, sign up for the recall, and obtain additional information.

The new parts are being built and Ruger will retrofit Mark IV pistols on a first-come, first-served basis. When Ruger is ready to retrofit a consumer’s pistol, a prepaid USPS box with a shipping label and detailed packaging and shipping instructions will be sent to the consumer.

The consumer should return only the grip frame assembly to Ruger. Ruger will install the updated safety mechanism, and return the grip frame assembly, free of charge. All retrofitted grip frame assemblies will be returned with a free magazine as a “thank you” for consumers’ patience and cooperation. The Company will make every effort to return each pistol within one week of the day it arrives at Ruger.

Ruger strongly recommends that consumers not use their Mark IV pistols until the safety retrofit has been installed.

 

 

Super Clean® Adds a .45 ACP Offering to Its Lineup

Super Clean ammunition features zinc-core brass-jacketed bullets and are completely lead-free, both airborne and downrange, for the ultimate in indoor range performance and safety.

With more recreational pistol shooters than ever before and more interest among those shooters in becoming better prepared and more proficient behind the trigger, Winchester Ammunition continues to answer the demand for better performing, yet affordable ammunition options when it comes to training at the range. Enter the brand’s Super Clean line, which in 2017, will add a .45 ACP offering to the lineup.

 

 

 

Offerings now include:

  • .45 ACP – 160 gr.
  • 9 mm Luger – 90-gr.
  • .40 S&W – 120-gr.

Super Clean ammunition features zinc-core brass-jacketed bullets and are completely lead-free, both airborne and downrange, for the ultimate in indoor range performance and safety. Super Clean comes 50 rounds per box.

“Winchester is committed to delivering more value-priced lead-free centerfire product options that are ideal for use on indoor ranges as the number of shooters visiting these ranges grows around the country. As one of the most popular rounds among handgun shooters, this latest .45 ACP ammunition is a testament to that commitment,” said Matt Campbell, Winchester Ammunition vice president of marketing and sales.

View a video about the Super Clean 2017 Handgun Ammunition.

View all of the product details about the new .45 ACP Ammunition.

About Winchester Ammunition: A world leader in delivering innovative products, Winchester is The American Legend, a brand built on integrity, hard work and a deep focus on its loyal customers. Learn more about the history of Winchester by visiting www.winchester.com or connect with us on Facebook at Facebook.com/WinchesterOfficial.  Winchester Ammunition is a proud supporter of the NSSF’s Project ChildSafe. For more information on the Own It? Respect It. Secure It. Initiative™, please log on to: www.NSSF.org/ORS.

Nockturnal introduces the FIT Universal Lighted Nock

  • Fits X, GT, S and H diameter arrows
  • 20 hour lithium ion battery, Easy switch off
  • Weight: 25 grains

Serious hunters take note.  Nockturnal continues to take all the guesswork out of adding the benefit of lighted nocks to your quiver with the introduction of its new FIT universal-lighted nock designed to fit X, GT, S and H diameter arrows.

Color choice options include Red, Green or a patent-pending Red/Green Strobe.

The Nockturnal FIT includes Nock Collar adapter sleeves in three different sizes, simplifying equipment selection and making color choice—either Red, Green or a patent-pending Red/Green Strobe—the only real shopping decision.

The Nockturnal FIT features ultra-strong, impact resistant, clear-polycarbonate nock construction encapsulating the super-bright red, green or red/green strobing LEDs that are activated by a patented string-activated, piston-driven contact switch. Like all Nockturnal nocks, the FIT is guaranteed to activate immediately when the string is released, and it can be switched off quickly and easily with the Nockturnal Nock Tool, a small screwdriver or most broadhead tips via an opening in the side of the nock.

With a base nock sized for X arrows, Nocturnal FIT nocks are packaged in a three-pack that also includes three Nock Collars for each nock that fit tightly to GT, S and H arrows. Each Nock Collar is marked with its intended arrow diameter, and once fully seated on the FIT, the adapter sleeve and nock become locked together for absolute reliability.

With well in excess of 20 hours of lithium battery life, each Nockturnal FIT will remain brightly lit for plenty of time for arrow retrieval and can be easily spotted in daylight hours as well as at night. The Red/Green Strobe Fit nock alternates 400 times a minute between the two colors.

Weighing around 25 grains, each Nockturnal FIT is waterproof and shockproof, and a three-pack with adapters retails for $34.99. The FIT nocks are available at retailers nationwide or conveniently online at www.nockturnal.com.

Headquartered in Superior, Wis., Nockturnal is a leading designer and manufacturer of lighted nocks for arrows and crossbow bolts. Nockturnal’s unique, patented, bow-string-activated, piston-driven assembly ensures LED illumination every time. Nockturnal nocks feature super-bright LEDs and long-life lithium batteries for superior illumination that lasts. Nockturnal also manufactures the Predator line of lighted crossbow bolts. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of FeraDyne Outdoors, LLC. For more information on the company or its products, visit www.nockturnal.com; or write to Nockturnal, 101 Main Street, Superior, WI 54880; or call 866-387-9307.

 

New Tru-Fire Release Eliminates Trigger Punch

  • Instant Cure for Target Panic
  • Eliminate Trigger Punch
  • Anti-Punch Trigger Feature is Selectable
The new Tru-Fire Panic-X release is designed to help eliminate an archer’s tendency to activate the trigger before being absolutely ready.

“Punching” the trigger rarely results in an accurate shot in archery.  Tru-Fire, archery’s leading release brand, has introduced the new Panic-X release, designed to help eliminate an archer’s tendency to activate the trigger before being absolutely ready.

Target panic is something that plagues thousands of archers daily.  Punching the trigger is one of the many symptoms. The new Tru-Fire Panic-X is designed to help eliminate trigger punch. The Panic-X counters target panic with its Anti-Trigger-Punch Technology that actively prevents hook release by punching the trigger in a situation where trigger panic takes over. If the archer tries to slap the trigger, the Panic-X’s internal sear will not release the string, allowing a moment for the archer to reset and resume the proper shooting sequence.

On- or off-selectable, the Anti-Trigger-Punch feature can be used for training or in the field. In the off position, the Panic-X works exactly like a standard Tru-Fire release with a cam-sear design that actuates the crisp string-hook release for extremely reliable accuracy. When turned on, this feature will only allow the trigger to release the Panic-X’s capture-style hook following a smooth, constant trigger squeeze. The Panic-X ‘s trigger travel is adjustable, as is the length of the release, itself.

The Tru-Fire Panic-X also features a premium leather buckle strap with heavy-duty yellow stitching. Its patented Tru-Fire Foldback strap allows the release to be folded back 180-degrees. This new release also features the Tru-Fire’s patented TrapTab design that allows the archer to secure the release to their wrist with one hand.

The Tru-Fire Panic-X is available at retailers nationwide or conveniently online at www.trufire.com for suggested retail price of $149.99.

About Tru-Fire

Tru-Fire is the world’s largest manufacturer of bowhunting releases, and all of its products are proudly made in the U.S.A. Every Tru-Fire release is designed to provide years of trouble-free use and dependability. Before any new design can wear the Tru-Fire logo, it is tested extensively on the company’s exclusively designed pneumatic release tester that can automatically load the release to 100 lbs. for 5,000 consecutive pulls, then an additional 100 pulls at a staggering 200 pounds. The release is then live fired 2,000 times to evaluate component fatigue and string loop wear. All of this testing proves that your Tru-Fire release will be absolutely reliable the moment you need it most. For more information on the company or its products, write to: Tru-Fire, 101 Main Street, Superior, WI 54880; call 800-282-4868 or visit www.trufire.com.

2017 NSSF Boy Scout Grant Program Goes Live

Photo Courtesy of NSSF

NEWTOWN, Conn. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association for the firearms industry, is pleased to announce the launch of its annual grants partnership with the Boy Scouts of America Councils.  Through this partnership, BSA Councils can receive a portion of $100,000 in NSSF-provided grant funds to develop or expand their troop activities in target shooting and marksmanship.  Target shooting programs continue to rank among Scouting’s most popular activities, teaching firearms and range safety, teamwork building and fundraising skills.

“This seventh year of supporting the BSA Council Grant Program in this manner brings with it a new level of excitement,” said Zach Snow, NSSF Director, Range Services.  “Safety and marksmanship training through the Boy Scouts is a time-honored introduction to the shooting sports.  With recreational shooters and hunters alike realizing they’re living in an era of renewed enthusiasm for their sports, we’re looking forward to increased participation from Scouts pursuing badges in these activities and then taking those new skills afield for a lifetime of enjoyment.”

BSA Councils wishing to apply for grants should visit the grant guidelines and application procedures at nssf.org/bsagrant. Councils awarded funds through NSSF’s BSA Grant Program must use those grants to purchase of equipment and supplies for their shooting sports activities from an NSSF Member Retailer.  The full list of these retailers is available at nssf.org/retailers/find.  Examples of qualifying purchases are ammunition, eye and ear protection, firearms, targets and shooting vests.

How to apply: Download the Application PDF 

Submit according to guidelines.  Grant applications will be accepted until all challenge grant funds are exhausted.

Completed applications can be sent via email, fax or mail to:

National Shooting Sports Foundation
Attn: BSA Grant
11 Mile Hill Road
Newtown, CT 06470-2359
zsnow@nssf.org (Zach Snow)
Phone: 203-426-1320, ext. 224
Fax: 203-426-1087

About NSSF
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 12,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. For more information, visit www.nssf.org.

Forget the Last Arrow, Focus on the Next One

  • Leo’s Archer’s Dominate Accuracy Competition in NY
  • Michelle Zeller, Victoria Ruda win State Championships
  • Paul Calleri Inducted to NYFAB Hall of Fame

By Forrest Fisher

Humble trainer from Western New York, Bryan Zeller, also enjoys the rigors and self-discipline requirements of statewide competition.

The green light, the red light, the archer draws the bow string, heart pounding a bit, muscles straining a bit, remembering all the fine points to shooting an arrow that has an intended landing point.

Breath in.  Focus. Breath out. Hold.  Release.  THWACK!  

About 60 feet away, the soaring arrow ends flight, fletching’s wiggle in the distance.  It stops on a target spot that has significance for measuring accuracy skill of the shooter. 

The target center dot, the aiming point, is a mere one-inch or so in diameter, centered with a tiny “X”.

A tiny place for an arrow to find when it starts flight from a hand-held bow and arrow, especially in the setting of competition with other archers that share the same passion for shooting an arrow to find that same “X”.  It is a time for courage, a time for sharing and a time for humble thanks, win or lose.

In New York State, the competitive archery season just ended with the New York Field Archers and Bowhunters (NYFAB) State Championships in Oneonta, NY.  For individual archers that hail from Leo’s Archery Club in Western New York, observers might have to wonder what the secret is to training so well, as this group of individuals earned several titles and medals amidst heavy and stiff competition.  The group holds practice sessions at the indoor archery range located at West Falls Conservation Society in West Falls, NY, where members help each other fine tune their skills, and share learning sessions with others in the community that range in age from 5-years to 75 years old.  

A happy group of archers in training and competition, some young and not so young, enjoy the skill development sessions at the West Falls Conservation Society in West Falls, New York. Vicki Ruda Photo

NYFAB State Championships in their particular style were earned by Anthony Berti, Denton Lowe, Kiersten Mucha and Victoria Ruda.  Six other members won medals for placing in their divisions.

Happy Michelle Zeller earns a championship football during New York State NYFAB Competition. 

In the NYFAB Classic, first-place finishes were won by Denton Lowe, Kiersten Mucha, Victoria Ruda, Jon Zurek and Jim Ralston, in their respective categories.  Five other members also won medals with high rankings.

In NYFAB’s Superbowl Shoot (state-wide mail in shoot), some 20 Leo’s members competed.  Michelle Zeller and Victoria Ruda won championship footballs in their divisions.  Four other members brought home medals for placing.

In Western New York Championships held at Doc’s Archery Range, Leo’s Archer members brought home six first-place finishes in various divisions.

Also, there was a most notable lifetime achievement at Oneonta, as white-beard trainer and archery mentor for so many, Paul Calleri was inducted into the NYFAB Hall of Fame.  His friendly style and humble contributions were recognized by fellow archers for his many contributions to the organization of youth and adult archery, rules and regulations, meetings, competitive and fun shoots.  He is pictured with fellow Hall-of-Famer, Mark “doc” Irlbacher.

Bryan Zeller and his team of trainers have mentored kids and adults alike to discover and share in the fun of archery.  Zeller says, “Some of our students just enjoy a once-a-week shoot with us, some continue to want more and step up from simply shooting the bow for fun to try their hand at some of these competitions, a truly significant test of their developing skills.  Win or lose, they are all winners in my eyes.”     

White-beard archery mentor, Paul Calleri, was inducted into the NYFAB Hall of Fame, he is pictured here with fellow Hall-of-Famer, Mark “doc” Irlbacher.  Vicki Ruda Photo

With a warm-hearted training approach like that, maybe the reason for the success of this group under the pressure of competition is not difficult to understand. 

Hats off to all of Leo’s Archery Team from Western New York.  

Firearms Industry Economic Impact is UP 168% since 2008

  • Pittman-Robertson excise taxes for wildlife conservation UP 138%
  • State Business Tax Support UP 107%

The National Shooting Sports Foundation reports that the total economic impact of the firearms and ammunition industry in the United States increased from $19.1 billion in 2008 to $51.3 billion in 2016, a 168 percent increase, while the total number of full-time equivalent jobs rose from approximately 166,000 to more than 300,000, an 81 percent increase in that period, according to a report released April 10, 2017, by the National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the industry’s trade association.

On a year over year basis, the industry’s economic impact rose from $49.3 billion in 2015 to $51.3 billion in 2016, a nearly 15 percent increase.

“Our industry is proud of its strong contribution to our economy as a growing number of Americans have chosen to exercise their fundamental right to keep and bear arms and to safely enjoy the shooting sports,” said Stephen L. Sanetti, NSSF President and Chief Executive Officer. “In response to that growing market, we have increased our direct workforce dramatically over the last decade, adding jobs that pay an average of more than $50,000 in wages and benefits.  

In addition, since 2008 we increased federal tax payments by 156 percent, Pittman-Robertson excise taxes that support wildlife conservation by 138 percent and state business taxes by 107 percent.”

The Firearms and Ammunition Industry Economic Impact Report: 2017” provides a state-by-state breakdown of job numbers, wages and output covering direct, supplier and induced employment, as well as federal excise taxes paid.

Check out the data in this report: http://www.nssf.org/share/pdf/2017_Economicimpact.pdf.

 

 

Thermal Riflescopes from Pulsar (Part 1of 2)

  • Can Detect Heat Signatures more than 1,000 Yards Away
  • Works Both Day and Night
  • Picture-in-Picture Digital Zoom

By Forrest Fisher

All Apex riflescopes feature proprietary Picture-in-Picture digital zoom, letting shooters maintain a wild FOV while placing precise shots with confidence, 10 electronic reticles and 3 rifle profiles with 3 zeros per profile.

If you attended the SHOT Show earlier this year and you are a long-distance varmit shooter, the popular Apex line of thermal riflescopes from Pulsar was impressive.  Here is the lowdown on this new line of heat-detection zoom scopes.

From Mansfield, Texas, Apex now offers four, all new, upgraded models for 2017: Apex XQ38 (PL76417), Apex LRF XQ38 (PL76419), Apex XQ50 (PL76427) and Apex LRF XQ50 (PL76429).  Featuring improved high-resolution displays and new LRF models, the Apex series continues to deliver quality thermal imaging at down-to-earth pricing for the masses.

Detecting heat signatures up to 1,420 yards away at both day and night, the Apex XQ38 displays thermal images from its 384×288 resolution, 17µm pixel pitch core on a high-quality 640×480 AMOLED display.  Continuous and stepped zoom allow shooters to zoom in on targets at .1x increments or use quick 2x, 3x or 4x stepped zoom.

After listening to feedback from users in the field, a new LRF XQ38 model was added to the Apex lineup, enabling shooters to acquire precise target distances with a built-in laser rangefinder up to over 1,000 yards away.  Both XQ38 models feature variable 2.2-8.8x magnification and 32mm objective lenses.

Perfect for long-distance shooters, new Apex XQ50 2.8-11.2×42 models boast an impressive heat detection range of up to 1,750 yards.  The LRF XQ50 includes the same, accurate built-in laser rangefinder for gauging precise distances.

All Apex riflescopes feature proprietary Picture-in-Picture digital zoom, letting shooters maintain a wild FOV while placing precise shots with confidence, 10 electronic reticles and 3 rifle profiles with 3 zeros per profile.  Two CR123A batteries help the Apex achieve a 4.5 hour battery life (with video out off).  Included with all Apex thermals are: 2x CR123A, video/power cable, wireless remote control, weaver/picatinny mount, cleaning cloth, carrying case and hex wrench.

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About Pulsar : Every Pulsar device is designed, manufactured and tested to ensure demanding professionals receive the most reliable, most advanced thermal and digital night vision performance the industry has to offer. The result of Pulsar’s commitment to industry-leading excellence is consistent world-class quality, precision engineering, seamless device operation and cutting-edge proprietary software. Pulsar produces an array of advanced optical devices designed for law enforcement, security, home defense and hunting applications, including thermal imaging and digital night vision monoculars and riflescopes, night vision binoculars and goggles, rangefinders, IR flashlights and related accessories. To learn more about Pulsar, visit www.pulsarnv.com or call 817-225-0310.

 

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Remington Responds to 60 Minutes

  • Firearm Safety Remains Remington Number One Priority
  • Remington Distressed Much Information Not Presented
Visit: http://xmprecall.remington.com/

With Firearm Safety their number one priority, Remington Arms Company, LLC (“Remington”) is voluntarily recalling Remington Model 700™ and Model Seven™ rifles which were manufactured from May 1, 2006 through April 9, 2014 and which have a X-Mark Pro® (“XMP®”) trigger. Rifles manufactured after April 9, 2014 are not subject to recall. Visit this link for more info: http://xmprecall.remington.com/.

On February 19, 2017, the 60 Minutes television program broadcast a segment about Remington Arms Company, LLC and two tragic incidents which occurred in 2011.  In narrating the details related to each incident, 60 Minutes omitted and misrepresented key facts which would have allowed the viewer to have an accurate and complete understanding about each.  For example, 60 Minutes knew but did not disclose that both of the rifles in question were examined and tested by forensic scientists employed by each state’s crime lab and were found to be in proper working order.  Remington provides this response to offer a more complete record of the relevant facts and a comprehensive overview of the incidents described in the story, and the recall which was at the center of the story.

The 60 Minutes segment showcased two separate incidents which it alleged stemmed from issues related to the rifles’ trigger mechanisms.  Although Remington shared voluminous information and spent hours providing background information to 60 Minutes related to the recall and the two incidents, 60 Minutes failed to offer its viewers critical facts and content core to each incident.  It is imperative that 60 Minutes viewers, our customers and the public, have accurate and complete information related to these two incidents as well as to the recall of Model 700 rifles with X-Mark Pro (“XMP”) triggers and the settlement of the Pollard v. Remington class action lawsuit. 

Remington stands behind the safety and reliability of its products and vehemently denies allegations by 60 Minutes and others that there is any design defect in another trigger mechanism, the Walker trigger mechanism.  Remington made a commercial decision to put an end to the expense and uncertainty of protracted litigation, and agreed to settle the Pollard class action on terms which are in the best interests of Remington and its valued customers.

Separately, after Remington’s own investigation determined that there was a possible assembly error affecting some XMP triggers, in April 2014 the company immediately and voluntarily issued an international recall on all Remington products with XMP trigger mechanisms manufactured from May 1, 2006 to April 9, 2014 and broadly promoted and advertised the recall.  Under the recall program, over 350,000 XMP trigger mechanisms have been replaced.  Firearm safety remains our number one priority.

Remington was first contacted by a 60 Minutes producer in October 2016 advising that CBS was “working on a [60 Minutes segment] in regards to the XMP recall and the pending Pollard Class Action Settlement.”  The 60 Minutes producers, representing that CBS was interested in airing “a complete, well-rounded, and accurate report,” asked Remington to provide background information about Model 700 rifles and about two independent incidents involving Model 700 rifles.  Given this representation and with the hope that 60 Minutes was truly interested in producing a balanced and accurate report, Remington sent 60 Minutes numerous records and information on those topics, and it also directed CBS to specific, readily available public records related to the topics chosen as the focus by 60 Minutes.

It is distressing that most of the information Remington provided to 60 Minutes was not included or ever referenced in its February 19, 2017 Remington segment.  To set the record straight and to provide Remington’s valued customers and viewers of the 60 Minutes segment with a complete and accurate understanding of several of the matters presented in the segment, Remington provides below a listing of information either in 60 Minutes’ possession or readily available to it in public records before it aired its segment.  This material puts the 60 Minutes’ segment in context and exposes 60 Minutes’ pre-determined viewpoint and intentional omission of key facts that would have reflected balanced reporting of the circumstances of those tragic incidents.

Topic 1:  The Stringer Incident

60 Minutes presented the tragic story from Mississippi of then 15-year-old Zachary Stringer shooting and killing his 11-year-old brother with a Model 700 rifle in June of 2011.  60 Minutes represented that Zachary was convicted in the shooting death of his brother with a Remington rifle even though Zachary “insisted it went off by itself.”  Leslie Stahl then suggested that the rifle fired because of a potential manufacturing defect (excess bonding agent) which prompted Remington in April of 2014 to voluntarily recall all Model 700 rifles with XMP trigger mechanisms.  Remington had previously explained to the 60 Minutes producers that to be subject to the recall condition of a potential unintentional discharge caused by excess bonding agent on the blocker screw, the excess bonding agent had to be of a certain consistency and the rifle had to be being used in certain cold weather conditions.  The rifle was indisputably not being used in cold weather conditions when it was being handled by Zachary Stringer inside his home in Mississippi in June of 2011.

When 60 Minutes told Remington before the segment aired that it intended to address the Stringer tragedy, Remington sent 60 Minutes the following materials:  (1) the Mississippi Supreme Court decision affirming the manslaughter conviction of Zachary Stringer; and (2) the transcript of the trial testimony of the forensic scientist from the Mississippi Crime Lab who had examined and tested the rifle.  The Supreme Court decision set out in great detail the facts of the incident and the trial transcript of the forensic scientist’s testimony detailed her examination and testing of the rifle conducted after the shooting.  CBS withheld the following facts from these materials in its possession:

·         According to the Supreme Court decision, Zachary gave law enforcement officers three conflicting and inconsistent accounts of how the shooting occurred.  In his initial handwritten statement given to officers in the presence of his parents two days after the shooting, Zachary claimed his brother had shot himself while the two of them were home alone.  Zachary later admitted that immediately after he shot his brother, he put his Remington rifle back in his closet.  He then retrieved his brother’s shotgun, “fired a round into the woods, and placed the shotgun between [his brother’s] legs” in an effort “to make it look like an accident.”

·         In Zachary’s second statement, given almost two months after the first statement and in the presence of his attorney, he claimed that after his brother shot the family dog with a dart gun, Zachary retrieved his Remington rifle from his bedroom.  Without checking the rifle’s action, Zachary claimed the rifle fired as he got up from the couch in the living room.

·         In Zachary’s third statement (given a week after his second statement), he claimed his brother was pestering him and pretending to shoot him with the dart gun.  At that point, Zachary said he threatened to shoot his brother if he continued to pester him, and he loaded a round in the chamber of his Remington rifle.  Zachary claimed the shooting that followed was accidental.

·         As shown by Mississippi Supreme Court decision and the trial transcript provided to 60 Minutes, the rifle was examined and tested after the incident by a forensic scientist from the Mississippi Crime Laboratory.  As the transcript of testimony from the trial shows, the forensic scientist performed functional-reliability tests on the rifle, including drop and impact tests, and the rifle did not accidentally discharge and was determined to be “in good working order.” 

In sum, the following materials were not referenced or acknowledged by 60 Minutes although they were provided to 60 Minutes and are linked herein:  (1) the opinion by the Mississippi Supreme Court; and (2) the transcript of trial testimony of firearms examiner for the Mississippi Crime Lab.

Topic 2:  The North Carolina Incident

60 Minutes also reported on a shooting incident occurring on December 23, 2011, in Columbus County, North Carolina.  One woman was killed and two others injured by a single bullet discharged from the bedroom inside a neighbor’s house across the street.  The 23-year-old neighbor and owner of the Remington rifle claimed he was retrieving the rifle (which was in a gun case) from his bedroom closet.  Thinking the rifle was unloaded, the neighbor pulled the rifle from the case with his right hand while holding a cell phone in his left hand.  As he pulled the rifle out of the case, it discharged.  The bullet traveled through his bedroom window and across the street where it struck the three women as they were walking to their car.

60 Minutes suggested that the rifle fired without the trigger being pulled because of the potential manufacturing defect which prompted the April 2014 XMP trigger recall.  When 60 Minutes told Remington that the segment might include the North Carolina incident, Remington sent the 60 Minutes producers the following materials (none of which were referenced or acknowledged by 60 Minutes in the segment):  (1) the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation’s report on its examination and testing of the rifle in question; (2) the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s report on its separate examination of the rifle; (3) the initial report and the subsequent deposition transcript of the firearms expert hired by the attorneys for the women’s families in their subsequent lawsuit against Remington; (4) the transcript of the recorded statement given to local law enforcement on the day of the incident by the neighbor who was handling the rifle; and (5) an e-mail string between the attorneys representing the families of the women regarding their expert’s findings on examining the rifle.  In addition, 60 Minutes had knowledge of, and access to, the Mecklenburg County court file which included the complete transcript of the deposition of the neighbor.  In airing the portion of its segment concerning the North Carolina incident, 60 Minutes withheld and omitted the following facts:

·         On the day of the incident, the neighbor told law enforcement that the rifle fired because “I must have bumped the trigger.”

·         The neighbor testified at his deposition that he thought the rifle was unloaded at the time of the incident.

·         The NCSBI examined the rifle and found it to be functioning properly.

·         The FBI examined the rifle at its Quantico, VA laboratory and found it to be functioning normally.

·         In his initial report of March 31, 2014, the firearms expert hired by the family’s attorneys stated that, based on his examination and testing of the rifle, it “displayed no conditional nor configurational defects that would cause it to fire in the absence of a depressed trigger.”

·         In an e-mail string between the family’s attorneys, they reported that their firearms expert found the rifle to be “within factory specs with no visible defects.”

·         In his deposition of May 14, 2015, the expert hired by the family’s attorneys testified to the following:  (A) his opinion that at the time of the shooting the man handling the rifle did not know it was loaded; (B) the rifle’s safety was in the “OFF” or “FIRE” position at the time of the incident; (C) if the safety had been engaged in the “ON” or “SAFE” position, the rifle would not have fired under any circumstances; (D) during his inspection of the rifle, he never found any excess bonding agent (Loctite) to be in any way interfering with the safe operation of the rifle; and (E) that in the usage of the rifle before the incident and in the multitude of tests performed on the rifle after the incident, the only way the rifle could be made to discharge was by pulling the trigger.

The materials provided to 60 Minutes by Remington and linked herein included the following:  (1) the NCSBI report; (2) the FBI report; (3) the statement of the gunhandler given to law enforcement on the day of the shooting; (4) the transcript of deposition of the expert witness hired by the plaintiffs’ attorneys; (5) the initial March 31, 2014 report of the plaintiffs’ expert; and (6) an e-mail string between plaintiffs’ attorneys.

Topic 3:  Verdicts in 2008 and 2011

60 Minutes also made reference to a 1994 verdict against Remington in a case involving a Model 700 rifle with a Walker trigger mechanism (the Collins case).  60 Minutes did not disclose that in the only two injury cases tried to verdict since the Collins case involving Remington trigger mechanisms containing the connector component, both juries returned verdicts in Remington’s favor finding that the Remington trigger mechanisms were not defective.  Both of these verdicts were provided to 60 Minutes before the segment aired, and 60 Minutes intentionally failed to disclose these verdicts to its viewers.  The verdicts provided to 60 Minutes are linked herein:  (1) the 2008 jury verdict in Williams v. Remington; and (2) the 2011 jury verdict in Hull v. Remington.

Conclusion

For decades, Remington bolt-action rifles have been a favorite of millions of American hunters, target shooters, law enforcement and military personnel.  Remington continues to stand behind the safety and reliability of its firearms.  That is certainly true for its bolt-action centerfire rifles, including the Model 700, which has earned its reputation among millions of satisfied users as America’s most popular, reliable and trusted bolt-action rifle.

 

Firearm Cleaning with Otis Ripcord

  • Breech to Muzzle One-Pass Firearm Cleaning
  • Removes Entrapped Fouling Quickly 
  • For Handguns, Rifles and Shotguns

 

By Forrest Fisher

The Otis Ripcord is so effective I had to buy one for every caliber size in my firearm collection – for those many times when I shoot and don’t have enough time. © Copyright Otis Technology. All rights reserved.

When I first used this creative new invention from Otis to clean one of my favorite firearms at a shooting club, I squinted down the fouled barrel to verify my 30-06 needed to be de-fouled.  It was ugly in there.

While my buddies were fiddling with much more complicated cleaning systems, I needed to get this done quickly and assure I could deliver my grandson to his soccer game on time in the next 15 minutes.   Dropping the barrel of the cleaning cord down the rifle, I grabbed the end and pulled the cord through from breech to barrel exit.  Peering down the barrel one more time, I was amazed to find a glistening, shiny, internal bore surface. Wow.

I coiled up my 10-second cleaning kit (literally, 10 seconds), that is, I coiled up my Otis Ripcord and was on my way.  See ‘ya guys!

Easy, fast, effective and inexpensive.  When something like this fits my budget and my timetable for budgeted time, it needs to be in my collection of outdoor tools.  Some of the options offered for caliber sizes are shown below and listed on the Otis website at http://www.otistec.com/.

Nosler Bullets for Plinking

  • Slight Cosmetic Imperfections
  • Bullets Meet Standards & Tolerances
  • Midsouth Shooters Supply 

By Forrest Fisher

There is target ammo, self-defense ammo, hunting ammo, plinking ammo, commercial ammo and a few other categories of ammo, but when you understand ammo, the literal meaning of the ammo type is well defined.

If you are a shooter that likes to practice safety and reload your own, you know there are times you just want to go plink and plink and plink with something more than your .22, but the cost is too high.  I love to shoot my 6mm-Remington, but bullets are hard to find, when you find them, they are expensive, but not during this sale we found. They have them, I’m excited.

Thanks to a special we found on-line, there is a sale in progress at Midsouth Shooters Supply where you can buy nearly perfect Nosler bullets with simple cosmetic imperfections for more than half-off the original cost.

Nosler Factory Seconds are now available at Midsouth Shooters Supply.  The bullets are completely functional, with only minor cosmetic blemishes.  You’ll find slight tip discolorations, water spots, and little else.  Nosler’s criteria for their bullets is of the highest standards and tolerances.  When one of their bullets doesn’t meet their nearly impossible standards, it becomes a factory second.  Nearly perfect bullets look pretty great to the supplier folks at Midsouth Shooters Supply and they’re excited to pass the savings on to their valued customers.

Pricing reflects what the 1st quality bullets sell at Midsouth’s everyday low prices, and then the discounted 2nd’s price. Quantities are limited and our blemished or 2nd’s sales always go fast! Check out the selection at this link:

https://www.midsouthshooterssupply.com/articles/noslerseconds.aspx

See what your bench needs and load your own. Saving a little money is some of what reloading is about.

Effective, Low-Cost Ammo

  • Quality and Price Sets Tula Ammo Apart 
  • Perfect for Training at the Range
  • See Attached Video Link 

By Forrest Fisher

For STO 01232017, SHOOTING, Picture 1of1The Tula Cartridge Works, was founded way back in 1880 by Emperor Alexander II, that makes it one of the oldest and perhaps, most significant, producers of small-arms ammunition in the world today.

Leveraging the production experience of nearly 140 years and applying ever-evolving technologies with research knowledge, Tula Ammo continues to push the envelope on behalf of the American shooter.

The history of the Tula Cartridge Works includes a defining role during World War II, when the facility turned out millions of rounds of small arms ammunition to be used against Nazi Germany.  Since that time, Tula has continued to introduce new products, increase production capacities and open new markets for military and civilian shooters alike.

TulAmmo USA represents the Tula Cartridge Works here in the United States.  We recognize that the American shooting and hunting enthusiast demands a cleaner and more accurate option in economy cartridges against other foreign-produced brands.  We are proud to offer that option in a variety of popular handgun and rifle calibers, as well as a selection of primers for the hand reloader.

For a better, first-hand look from the 2017 SHOT SHOW, visit with Dominic Grasso at the SHOT SHOW:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAqxoKi09Ts&feature=youtu.be

Springfield Armory® Introduces Next Generation of Competitive Shooters

Jalise (13) and Justine (12) Williams make grand entrance to Team Springfield™ and Action Pistol Shooting

  • Young Girls May Dominate in Competition
  • Learning About Quickness and Fun
Jalise (13) and Justine (12) Williams make grand entrance to Team Springfield™ and Action Pistol Shooting
Jalise (13) and Justine (12) Williams make grand entrance to Team Springfield™ and Action Pistol Shooting

Posted by Forrest Fisher, managing editor

What has bright-green, red or blue fingernails and can, on occasion, outdraw Team Springfield™ Captain Rob Leatham? That would be one of the Williams sisters – either Jalise (pronounced jay-lease) or Justine, depending on who’s faster that particular day.

After taking the NRA 2016 Annual Meeting by storm, the newest members of Team Springfield™ sat down for a video interview so the shooting community could learn a bit more about these preteen wonders.

Just 16 months apart in age, Jalise (13) and Justine (12) Williams have been shooting since age three or four, depending on which sister one asks. Under Coach Glenn Wong, they’ve been hitting the competitive circuit, primarily in United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA), since December 2013. Who’s the better competitive shooter? When asked, both immediately replied, “I am! No! I am!”

That about sums up the friendly, family rivalry. 

Demonstrating that respect and discipline go hand in hand with safe and responsible shooting, both girls have already earned black belts in karate, play piano and achieve (mostly) straight A’s in school.

When asked about joining Team Springfield™, Jalise replied, “Our first guns were Springfield Armory® XD(M)®s. I didn’t even think or dream that we would be on Team Springfield™ one day. I am just stoked! I can’t wait to put the shirts on for the next match!”

While Jalise prefers a little more quiet and spends her time reading, writing and shooting paper targets, sister Justine is all about commotion, taking part in motocross sports and dance. She also prefers the ring of steel targets to the calm precision of paper target shooting.

While both girls compete in Three Gun, USPSA and Steel Challenge, they have slightly different preferences for favorite division within the sport. Jalise prefers to shoot single-stack with her Springfield Armory® 1911 Range Officer® 9mm, while Justine chooses Production using her Springfield Armory® XD(M)® 5.25” Competition Model.

Regardless of division, the sisters share the same philosophy when asked about speed versus slow and easy shooting: “Fast!”

While Coach Wong assumes the lead for training and practices, the duo has a comfortable working relationship with Team Springfield™ Captain Rob Leatham, who observed, “The Williams sisters are the next generation of Springfield Armory® shooters. Actually, now that I think about it, I wonder if they’re my replacements. Maybe I should have considered that earlier.”

After meeting anyone and everyone in the shooting industry at the recent 2016 NRA Annual Meeting, the sisters were off to film an episode of GunVenture with Tom Gresham, scheduled to appear on Sportsman Channel in the third quarter of 2016.

Already, the girls have racked up an impressive list of corporate sponsors. In addition to Springfield Armory®, the sisters represent Berry’s Manufacturing, Robinson Armament®, ISCOPE, Tac-Tech-Cal Holsters, TPC, Weapon Shield, Dillon Precision, PK Realty and Mountain River LLC.

What’s in their futures? Both strive to become the youngest female Grand Masters first, then gain acceptance to the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit after completing school.

Rob Leatham sums up the corporate relationship noting, “It’s been an enlightening experience to be around them. I wish I could get everyone I trained with to have the same drive, passion and joy that these girls have. They’re the future of our sport.”

About Springfield Armory®
“The First Name in American Firearms,” Springfield Armory® was founded in 1777, when George Washington ordered the creation of an armory to store ammunition and gun carriages during the American Revolution. In 1794, the armory began to manufacture muskets and spent the next 150 years supplying firearms for every major American conflict. The original armory closed in 1968. In 1974, the Reese family took ownership of the Springfield Armory® name and began making the M1A™ rifle. Today, Springfield Armory® develops many products loyal to the company’s heritage, like the 1911 pistol, while ensuring its future with innovative products, including the XD®, XD® Mod.2™ XD(M)® and XD-S® polymer pistols.

Visit www.springfield-armory.com for the very latest from the company.

Jalise (13) and Justine (12) Williams make grand entrance to Team Springfield™ and Action Pistol Shooting
Jalise (13) and Justine (12) Williams make grand entrance to Team Springfield™ and Action Pistol Shooting

Parents Talking With Their Kids about Gun Safety

  • What to Say
  • What to Do
Julie Golob offers an excellent video on how to talk with your children, young and old, about safety and firearms.  Photo and Video Courtesy of National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF)
Julie Golob offers an excellent video on how to talk with your children, young and old, about safety and firearms. Photo and Video Courtesy of National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF)

By Forrest Fisher

Kids are curious.  They are smart too.  They see guns on TV, in stores, at a friend’s house, and maybe at many other places.  How can they know about gun safety if parents never have a conversation about their fundamental well-being if they should see or find a gun?   Even if you as parent do not own a gun, you need to have this conversation with your kids.

They really need to know what to do, but understand that they need a conversation, not a lecture.  The question is, how can parents do this the right way?  There is one way to start, click on this link to join Julie Golob, a U.S. Army Veteran and Shooting Sports Champion, a hunter and a mom: https://youtu.be/M86QxNZF3AE.

Gun safety starts with an understanding of safety.  Repeat the conversation every month or two.

As a parent with young children, you can start with this:

  1. When you see a gun, STOP, don’t touch it.
  2. Leave it alone.
  3. Call an adult.

As a parent with older children, pick a time and place when you can focus on details and have an open conversation about staying safe with firearms.

  1. Don’t touch, pick up, or use a gun without permission from an adult.
  2. Never ever point a gun at anyone.
  3. Always assume a gun is loaded and can fire.

Get on the same page with your adult partner.  Eliminate their confusion.  Set an example with safe gun handling and storage of your own guns.

Reinforce firearm safety with your growing children often.  It’s really up to parents to do all they can to maintain firearm safety and to help educate their children about guns and staying.

Go to PROJECTCHILDSAFE.ORG and learn more about what a parent can do.  Please visit: http://www.projectchildsafe.org/.

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Smith & Wesson Shield Pistol – Tritium Night Sight

  • Enhances Low Light Target Acquisition
  • Handgun Weighs just 19 Ounces

By STOadmin

for-sto-12162016-shooting-picture-2of2Smith & Wesson Corp. is now offering versions of its popular M&P Shield pistol in both 9mm and .40 S&W with front and rear tritium night sights.  Whether deployed as a backup sidearm for police personnel, a deep concealment pistol for plain-clothes officers or an every-day firearm for concealed carry permit holders, the new night sights on the M&P Shield enhance sight acquisition in all low-light situations.

At the core of the M&P Shield resides its slim, lightweight, high-strength polymer frame, measuring .95inches in width, coupled with an unloaded weight of less than 19 ounces.  The M&P Shield is standard with a 3.1 inch barrel that contributes to its compact overall length of 6.1 inches.  On the left side of the frame, the M&P Shield is fitted with familiar operational controls including a simple takedown lever, flat profile slide stop and magazine release.  For optimal firearm control, the M&P Shield is standard with an 18-degree grip angle and a fixed textured backstrap with additional texturing at the forward portion of the grip.  An extended trigger guard allows for operation of the pistol with or without gloves.

for-sto-12162016-shooting-picture-1of2The stainless-steel slide and barrel on this new M&P Shield is standard with a 5.3-inch sight radius and front and rear tritium night sights.  For consistent and accurate shot placement, the pistol features a short, consistent trigger pull that has been further enhanced with a quick and audible reset made possible by the striker-fired action.  Internal features of the M&P Shield mirror the standard M&P pistol series.  Its stainless-steel internal chassis reduces flex while providing a stable shooting platform and its low-bore axis helps maintain ease of-use and a comfortable feel.  A passive trigger safety prevents the pistol from firing if dropped and a sear release lever eliminates the need to press the trigger in order to disassemble the firearm.  A loaded chamber indicator is located on top of the barrel.  The M&P Shield is shipped with both an extended and flat magazine offering consumers the ability to customize the length of the grip.

Depending on the magazine used, the capacity of the 9mm M&P Shield is either 8+1 or 7+1, while the capacity of the .40 S&W M&P Shield is either 7+1 or 6+1.

For more information on Smith & Wesson’s M&P family of products, including the complete line of M&P Shield pistols, please visit www.smith-wesson.com.

 

Jim Zumbo – A Legend for All Time

  • Leadership is Painful
  • Courage That Cannot Be Shared
  • A Personal Story, See His Blog Called Crucifixion
Jim Zumbo shared, “I had a life-changing experience this morning, and I'd like to share it. I'll never forget it. I hope you'll take the time to read it. It might make you think twice about life as well.
Jim Zumbo shared, “I had a life-changing experience this morning, and I’d like to share it. I’ll never forget it. I hope you’ll take the time to read it. It might make you think twice about life as well.

By Forrest Fisher

Sometimes we meet people and we meet new truth, the kind that can change the direction of our lives.  It’s not often, but when we do, there is a stirring among the roots that anchor our mind.  Those immovable links to common things we trust and about how we feel.  There are new questions. There is a mixture of knowledge and reflection that evolve.  We might question ourselves about fate and courage and destiny.  We might pull back from the potential precipice of public communication or we might find a new expression for the bounds of constraint we accept about certain things as right or wrong. When we meet someone that helps us reconsider all of what we thought was honed in place for a lifetime, we have met someone with true leadership.

Jim Zumbo is that kind guy.

On social media the other day, Mr. Zumbo stepped inside the new bounds of his humble view and shared something very close to his soul.  It goes like this:

Most of you know about my blog. I call it my "crucifixion." In 2006 I created what was called the biggest firestorm in the gun industry.
Most of you know about my blog. I call it my “crucifixion.” In 2006 I created what was called the biggest firestorm in the gun industry.

“I had a life-changing experience this morning, and I’d like to share it. I’ll never forget it. I hope you’ll take the time to read it. It might make you think twice about life as well.

Most of you know about my blog. I call it my “crucifixion.” In 2006 I created what was called the biggest firestorm in the gun industry. I parted company with Outdoor Life after almost 30 years, almost all my TV sponsors left me and my show was temporarily suspended. I was written up in editorials around the country, even making the front page of the New York Times. Stephen Colbert did a nasty satire about me on the Comedy Channel, and on and on. Thousands of people hated me. I received death threats, and countless, violent, vulgar comments.

As the years passed, I perceived a black cloud over my head, everywhere I went. Even when gun company CEO’s, industry leaders, and friends and strangers told me it was water under the bridge and I was accepted back in the industry, I didn’t believe it.

Kristine KJ Houtman, a novelist I have a great deal of respect for, suggested she write my biography. I resisted, because I didn’t want to relive the emotions I’d suffered years ago. The black cloud was still there.

Then, three years ago, totally unexpected, I was told I’d be receiving the Grits Gresham Award at the SHOT Show, which is produced by the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Not to blow my horn, but this is an important factor in the story here. The award, the highest honor given by the NSSF, is presented at the annual State of the Industry Banquet at SHOT, attended by some 3,000 people. I was thrilled beyond words, but then I began to worry. How would the crowd react? Would they boo, throw things on the stage? I asked Tom Gresham who would present the award, and he honestly didn’t know how the audience would react.

I was admittedly nervous and a little terrified when Tom introduced me. He wound up his intro by saying the only person who sold more guns than me was Obama. The crowd roared, and as I approached the podium I received a standing ovation. I was so overwhelmed I could hardly speak. When I stumbled through with my speech, I again received a standing ovation. Again, this is not ego talking–those ovations to me, as well as the award, were a total vindication. The black cloud was gone.

The next morning I talked to Kristine, who was also attending SHOT, and she asked if I was ready to work on the biography. I grinned ear to ear, and told her to go for it.

The book is now done, and Kristine handled the marketing. Last week she put an ad on my fan page, Jim Zumbo’s Everything Outdoors. There were about a dozen comments, half of them supportive, and the others nasty and vile. I’m fully aware that plenty of people still don’t like me, and I’ve learned to shrug off the comments. But one person commented twice, attacking me with outright lies. That upset me. Well, actually, it really pissed off. It bothered me big time.

I don’t know why, but I was compelled to write him privately. But how do I find him? I went through the slow process of looking at all the names in the Facebook world. He and I weren’t FB friends, and he had a very common name. I felt like a detective looking at hundreds of names and photos. My only hope of finding him was to match up his picture next to his comment on my fan page, with the one on the seemingly endless list. Incredibly, I found the match.

I wrote him a private FB message, politely explaining my position and telling him he had information that wasn’t true. I ended by saying Merry Christmas. Afterward I cussed myself for being so nice and for writing at all. Days went by, and I imagined him laughing his fool head off and telling his shooting buddies what a big jerk I was. I never expected to hear from him again

Photo Credit: Fish On Marketing
Photo Credit: Fish On Marketing

This morning I received a response. To me, it was a bombshell. This man, who obviously was full of hate and despised me, said, “Thank you, and Merry Christmas to you and your family.” I was overwhelmed to the point of being emotional.

And that’s my life lesson. If you reach out with an olive branch to your enemies, you may be in for a shock at their positive reaction. I will never, ever forget this.”

From my view, is there any better way to say thank you and Merry Christmas?  We know when honest men meet adversity, their character is in question and one of two things will happen.  We will lose all respect or we will gain all respect for this person and his position.  If you want to read the whole story, Zumbo’s life story, just hop on-line and order a copy of the book you’ll find here on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Zumbo- K-J-Houtman/dp/0991111656/).

.40 Caliber S&W Packaging Mix

  • FEDERAL/Champion Ammo
  • Immediate Action Required
  • WARNING APPLIES ONLY to LOTS A27T3 and A27T4

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By STOadmin

Federal Cartridge Company has identified (2) lots of Federal Champion ammunition with boxes labeled 40 S&W that may contain 9mm ammunition.  If you have 40 S&W 50-round box with Lot Number A27T3 or A27T4, DO NOT USE.

Use of 9mm ammunition in 40-caliber firearms may result in firearm damage and/or personal injury.

THIS WARNING APPLIES ONLY TO THE LOTS A27T3 AND A27T4.  If you possess ammunition from these (2) lots, or have questions concerning this warning, please contact Federal at 1-800-831-0850 or 1-800-322-2342 and ask for Product Service.  Federal Premium will provide replacement product and will cover the cost of returning the affected product.  Federal apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.

Bullets To Improve Accuracy

-For Hunters That Reload 

-High Performance by Design

-Free DVD

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By Forrest Fisher

Rifle shooters preparing for opening day of big game firearm seasons all around the country always take the time to verify their firearms are shooting accurately at a gun range.

Shooters using stable firearm platforms test their loads and if the resulting target spread is formidable, they wonder if the dispersal is caused by their own shooting ability (trigger pull, aim, scope problem, etc.), the cartridge, the bullet size, bullet maker, and other factors like the wind and the weather.

Shooters that load their own cartridges accept that most of the variables are precisely controlled since they are loading their own.  They also accept that the bullets (projectiles) are “the same”.  Bullets are usually purchased by custom hand loaders and they are usually close to being exact duplicates of each other, though most bullets are not precisely exact.

There is a relatively new Berger Bullet that intends to eliminate bullet weight, size and shape variation.  According to Walt Berger, “Every bullet Berger makes is match grade.”

Since the key to accuracy is being consistent, each bullet is formed using one set of match grade dies.  They hold their jacket thickness to a concentricity of .0003” or less on every lot of bullets produced.

The Berger hunting bullet designs incorporate a sharp nose and slightly thinner jacket that allows the bullet to penetrate 2” to 3” before it starts to expand. The Berger bullets don’t poke through like an arrow (high weight retention, deep penetration), but instead dump energy where it is most effective, inside the animal. Using the Berger VLD bullet will result in an animal that goes down fast without having to track the wounded animal after the shot.

To order a free 30 minute video that provides more detail on the bullets, cartridge and velocity used to take several animals at a variety of ranges call 714-441-7200.

Check ‘em out on line at http://www.bergerbullets.com/information/why-berger/.

New Ruger Rimfire, 1-Button Takedown

– Innovative Idea for Simplicity
– Ruger Mark IV Offers Enhanced Safety

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My wife loves her Ruger .22 caliber rimfire handgun, she was excited to hear about the new Mark IV improvements becaue she has a Ruger Mark III right now. She says, “The Mark Series of Ruger handguns are real firearms. Made from solid metal, my Ruger is durable, it shoots where you aim and it is not costly to have hours of fun at the practice range.”
Just a few weeks ago, Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE-RGR) announced the latest development in the Mark Series line of pistols – the Ruger® Mark IV™. Ruger has long set the standard for reliable, affordable and accurate .22 LR handguns, beginning with the introduction of the Standard Pistol in 1949. Since then, the Standard Pistol has undergone a series of enhancements with the development of the Mark I, Mark II™ and then the Mark III™ in 2005.

While the heavily redesigned Mark IV maintains the same classic outward appearance as the Mark III, it incorporates a significant improvement customers will love – a simple, one-button take-down for quick and easy field-stripping. RugerA recessed button in the back of the frame allows the upper receiver to tilt up and off of the grip frame without the use of tools. The bolt simply slides out of the receiver and the barrel can be properly cleaned from chamber to muzzle.

“We are thrilled to be introducing what we consider to be a monumental improvement to this iconic pistol that has been with Ruger from the start,” said Ruger President and COO Chris Killoy. “This one-button takedown alleviates the headache that our Mark III owners are all too familiar with and we anticipate the Mark IV pistols being some of the cleanest rimfire’s at the range,” Killoy concluded.

Other significant improvements include a one-piece grip frame that is precision CNC-machined from a solid piece of stainless steel or aluminum; an ambidextrous manual safety and a redesigned bolt stop for more ergonomic operation. The magazine drops free on release for faster reloads and a redesigned magazine disconnect safety prevents discharge when the magazine has been removed. Internal improvements include changes to the hammer, sear, bolt and firing pin for smoother, more reliable feeding.

Specific features vary by model, but the legendary, one-piece barreled receiver and internal cylindrical bolt construction remain the same. The robust design ensures permanent sight-to-barrel alignment and higher accuracy potential than conventional moving-slide designs. The Mark IV is compatible with a variety of Mark III aftermarket accessories including sights, scope bases and magazines.

The American-made Mark IV pistol ships with two 10-round magazines.

For more information on the Ruger Mark IV or to learn more about the extensive line of award-winning Ruger firearms, visit Ruger.com or Facebook.com/Ruger. To find accessories for the Ruger Mark IV, visit ShopRuger.com or your local independent retailer of Ruger firearms.

Hornady Ammo Recall

Safety Warning And Recall Notice

hornadyrecallHornady® Recalls 7 Lots of 500 S&W 300 grain FTX® Custom™ Pistol Ammo

Hornady® Manufacturing announced the recall of seven lots of 500 S&W 300 gr. FTX® Custom™ pistol ammunition. Hornady ballisticians have determined that some cartridges from Lot numbers 3101327, 3110256, 3110683, 3110695, 3110945, 3111388, 3111885, may exhibit excessive chamber pressures. Use of this product may result in firearm damage and/or personal injury.

Product Recall Details:

500 S&W 300 grain FTX® Custom™ Pistol Ammunition. These lots were shipped between September 9, 2010, and October 17, 2011.

Included Lot Numbers:

Item Number 9249-

  • 3101327
  • 3110256
  • 3110683
  • 3110695
  • 3110945
  • 3111388
  • 3111885

The lot number can be found printed on the lower portion of the box label.

If you own any of these Lot numbers or have any questions regarding this recall, please call 800-338-1242. Hornady Manufacturing Company will make all arrangements associated with the return and replacement of this product.

Any other lot numbers or item numbers are not subject to this recall and require no action.

Remington Model 700 and Model Seven RECALL

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PRODUCT SAFETY WARNING AND RECALL NOTICE
REMINGTON MODEL 700™ AND MODEL SEVEN™ RIFLES

PRODUCTS: Remington Arms Company, LLC (“Remington”) is voluntarily recalling Remington Model 700™ and Model Seven™ rifles with X-Mark Pro® (“XMP®”) triggers, manufactured from May 1, 2006 to April 9, 2014.

DESCRIPTION OF THE HAZARD: Remington has determined that some Model 700 and Model Seven rifles with XMP triggers could, under certain circumstances, unintentionally discharge. A Remington investigation has determined that some XMP triggers might have excess bonding agent used in the assembly process. While Remington has the utmost confidence in the design of the XMP trigger, it is undertaking this recall in the interest of consumer safety to remove any potential excess bonding agent applied in the assembly process.

HOW TO DETERMINE IF YOUR RIFLE IS SUBJECT TO THE RECALL: Only Model 700 and Model Seven rifles with XMP triggers are being recalled. To determine if your rifle is subject to this recall, you should take the following steps:

  1. Find the rifle’s serial number where the barrel meets the receiver. SEE GRAPHIC A
    • For a right-handed rifle, the serial number is located on a user’s left.
    • For a left-handed rifle, the serial number is located on a user’s right.

remingtonrecall2GRAPHIC A: HOW TO FIND YOUR SERIAL NUMBER.

Identify the serial number and provide it to Remington’s recall support team, either by entering it at xmprecall.remington.com or call 1-800-243-9700 (Prompt #3 then Prompt #1) Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT. You will be informed if your rifle is affected by this recall and supported with free resources to return the rifle for inspection and specialized cleaning.

  1. You may also determine if your rifle is subject to the recall by a visual inspection.
    1. If the face of the trigger is ribbed (see Photo (1) below), your rifle does not have an XMP trigger and is NOT subject to this recall.
    2. If the face of the trigger is smooth (see Photo (2) below), your rifle has an XMP trigger and IS subject to this recall – in which case you should immediately seek further assistance at xmprecall.remington.com or by calling 1-800-243-9700 (Prompt #3 then Prompt #1) Monday through Friday, 9a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT.

REMEDY/ACTION TO BE TAKEN:

STOP USING YOUR RIFLE. Any unintended discharge has the potential to cause injury or death. Immediately cease use of recalled rifles and return them to Remington free of charge. Rifles will be inspected, specialty cleaned, tested, and returned as soon as possible, at no cost to you. DO NOT attempt to diagnose or repair recalled rifles.

TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS RECALL PROGRAM:

For your safety, STOP USING YOUR RIFLE and immediately contact Remington.

To participate in the recall, please follow the instructions below:

STEP 1: Visit xmprecall.remington.com or call 1-800-243-9700 (Prompt #3 then Prompt #1) Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT. You will be asked to provide your name, address, telephone number, and rifle(s) serial number.

STEP 2: Upon receipt of the information requested in Step 1, Remington will send you pre-paid shipping tags, boxes and written instructions. Remington will cover all related shipping, inspection, and cleaning charges. Please ONLY return your rifle with the designated shipping tags and boxes, as they are marked to expedite the rifle to a dedicated Remington facility.

VERIFICATION OF CORRECTIVE ACTION: Upon return of your rifle, you will note a punch mark on the bolt release (see Photo 3 below). This mark confirms your rifle has been inspected and specialty cleaned under this recall program.

Remington has also corrected the XMP trigger assembly process to eliminate this problem in rifles made after April 9, 2014. Rifles made after April 9, 2014 will also have a punch mark on the bolt release.

Even after your rifle has been inspected and repaired under this recall program, always follow the Ten Commandments of Firearm safety, printed below, whenever you handle any firearm.

The Ten Commandments of Firearms Safety:

  1. Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction.
  2. Firearms should be unloaded when not actually in use.
  3. Don’t rely on your gun’s safety.
  4. Be sure of your target and what’s beyond it.
  5. Use proper ammunition.
  6. If your gun fails to fire when the trigger is pulled, handle with care.
  7. Always wear eye and ear protection when shooting.
  8. Be sure the barrel is clear of obstructions before shooting.
  9. Don’t alter or modify your gun and have it serviced regularly.

Learn the mechanical and handling characteristics of the firearm you are using.

New Federal Centerfire Ammunition

Lead-Free Power-Shok Copper

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Non-Lead Bullets

Practical hunters seek freezer-filling performance at an affordable price no matter where they are and quite a few have learned to trust Federal Power-Shok rifle ammunition. Officials say that the new Power-Shok Copper delivers the same devastating dependability in a non-lead bullet. As of August 2016, shipments of this new product are now being delivered to dealers.
The hollow-point copper projectile provides deadly downrange accuracy and creates large wound channels. Its design also ensures consistent expansion and efficient energy transfer, while the all-new Catalyst lead-free primer fuels the most efficient and reliable ignition possible.

New Power-Shok Copper loads also feature Federal brass and are available in a variety of the most popular hunting calibers.

Features & Benefits
• Copper bullet construction
• Hollow-point design expands consistently
• Accurate, reliable performance
• Large wound channels and efficient energy transfer to the target
• Lead-free bullet
• Federal brass
• Catalyst lead-free primer provides the most efficient ignition

Federal Premium is a brand of Vista Outdoor Inc., an outdoor sports and recreation company. For more information on Federal Premium, go to www.federalpremium.com.

Part No. / Description / MSRP
24385LFA / 243 Win. 85-grain copper / 6-04544-61734-4 / $32.95
270130LFA / 270 Win. 130-grain copper / 6-04544-61735-1 / $33.95
308150LFA / 308 Win. 150-grain copper / 6-04544-61736-8 / $33.95
3006150LFA / 30-06 Spring. 150-grain copper / 6-04544-61737-5 / $33.95

Ballistics Example:
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What’d ‘Ya Say Partner?

Ear Protection is Important!
How to be “Ear Safe” in Moments
Hear more When Not Shooting

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A group of us outdoor hunting friends from all around the Midwest get together every year and this time we went on a turkey hunting trip to Parsons, Kansas, this past spring. I’m not sure it was not the most important trip of my short six-decade long hunting career. I learned how to protect my ears and at the same time, learned how to hear game coming from an even longer distance away.

It happened at a friendly local shooting range.

There I met up with a humble, technically oriented guy, Lance Kraemer, from Starkey Hearing Technologies. He was demonstrating a new hearing protection device by SoundGear for hunters and shooters, so I just had to try one, especially since he had an extra unit in his truck. It came in a protective case and was an easy, instant fit for my ear canal.

The fit was nearly perfect, though it is adjustable with other provided components in the case and it was so small. One cool thing about these, literally, is that I was able to dump my earmuffs and that ring of earmuff sweat all around my head and face was gone. Another cool thing is that they actually amplify sound when no shooting is going on. You can hear game walking in from a distance a bit better. How about that?

The device that fits into your ear is battery bowered by tiny cells that last about 5-6 hours. They’re cheap, so no matter there. The devices are quite discreet, it’s almost hard to tell you have them on and above all, I can hear those guys down at the other end of the range when they think I’m not hitting enough targets. Good for the clubhouse!

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They work for handgun, rifle or shotgun sounds, and I even wear them archery hunting now that I have my own pair, just for the amplification. They make me more aware that way and I’m totally protected from the loud, explosive sounds of shooting a firearm. Cooler than cool.

The technical jargon for them is formidable: They suppress noise at 93dB (25dB NRR), also allowing 15dB of sound gain. Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) is a unit of measurement used to determine the effectiveness of hearing protection devices to decrease sound exposure, classified by their potential to reduce noise in decibels (dB). As such, after looking into it, they have been tested and approved by the American National Standards (ANSI) in accordance with the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA).

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I started to feel like a certified cartridge discharge expert.

Another thing I really like about their parent company and design folks is that Starkey Hearing Technologies is the only privately held, American-owned company in the hearing industry. Go USA! Been feeling a little Olympic these days.

The little protective case holds a lot of things and they are convenient to retrieve while they are all safely shielded from carrying damage or from loss in your pocket. What’s in there is quite a lot, including: one (1) pair of SoundGear electronic hearing protection devices, two (2) pairs of orange silicone sleeves – (1) small (1) large; two pairs of black silicone sleeves – (1) small (1) large; two (2) packs of batteries (Size 10); one (1) cleaning brush; and a 30-day risk free trial, backed above hat with a 1-year worry-free repair warranty.

After my friends have tried these, they will never shoot without them again. I think that says it all.

After that day hunting gobblers in Kansas, we could not call in a turkey close enough to take a shot, but one thing for sure is that me and my nationally famous hunting partner, Thayne Smith, could really hear each other very well. You know, we were in the confines of a “gotta-be-quiet” blind in southeastern Kansas, whispering all day long. Was fun.

We had a great time because we didn’t miss a word that either of us shared. Including those little “Zzzzzz” sounds that happened up once in a while.

For more on this ear protection, visit: https://www.soundgearhearing.com/.

Orlando – Lone Wolf Attacks, Is There a Safe Haven?

Many Americans May Not Understand the Problem.

See this VIDEO. 

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From the National Rifle Association continuing episode news program, NRA News Commentator, Dom Raso, a U.S. Navy SEAL veteran, says there are not many things that can compare to serving your country and defending your freedom.  That freedom applies to firearms, too.

“As long as humans exist, there will be weapons in this world.  We’re better off knowing how to use them and apply them for the right reasons—than not knowing how to use them.”

Raso is also the founder of Dynamis Alliance, an organization that offers specially designed gear and customized training programs for all levels of experience.

Hear what Dom has to share with American citizens to better understand his experience and training regarding the potential dangers that may be applicable to many nations of the world.

In the video, Raso says, “We need leaders who will get rid of useless gun-free zone laws that give killers a clear advantage over the law-abiding.”

See the complete video, visit this link:

https://www.nranews.com/series/commentators/video/commentators-the-threat-of-lone-wolf-attacks/episode/commentators-season-6-episode-14-the-threat-of-lone-wolf-attacks

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Firearms and Common Sense after Orlando

History, Politics, Facts and the Changing Public View

By Budd Schroeder

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Everyone in America that has been here since the days of old-time values is worried about the thought of a terrorist attack. What has changed? Forrest Fisher Photo

As the investigation of the Orlando terrorist attack continues, many gun owners get nervous about how legislators may attempt to use this atrocity as an excuse to infringe on Second Amendment rights.  They use the line that this is the worst mass shooting in American history.  However, they neglect to mention the massacres that occurred at Sand Creek or Wounded Knee.  That is understandable because the US Army massacred unarmed Indians and that was a government action.

It is a matter of perception and perspective and of course, the government would like those actions forgotten, but they do continue to tell stories about the Little Big Horn where the Indians fought back and annihilated the Seventh Calvary.

Many of the media and politicians are also deceiving the public by calling the gun used in Orlando an “assault weapon.”  This is a misnomer.  An assault weapon is a rifle that is capable of full automatic fire by the use of a selector switch.  That is a truly “military weapon” like a machine gun and is not allowed to be possessed by civilians except under very strict and limited conditions.  They are totally illegal in most states.

Yet, the politicians and liberal media are calling for a ban on their definition of the “assault weapon” and universal background checks.  Most honest gun owners object to these laws because they don’t work and it is further infringements on the Second Amendment.

When those guns were banned in the 90’s there was no significant difference in the gun deaths.  When the law was repealed with the sunset law, there was still a decrease in the number of gun deaths.  What really confuses the anti-gun crowd is that gun sales have skyrocketed, the number of states passing concealed carry permits increased, and what is formally defined as “gun violence” continues to drop.

That is also an emotional label.  Guns are not violent.  The term should be “criminal misuse of firearms.”  That is accurate.  People don’t blame alcohol or the car if a drunk driver kills people.  They blame the person who deliberately drinks until he or she becomes too impaired to make rational decisions and their motor skills are diminished.

Nobody in the media suggests that the real problem is the easy access to alcohol.  In fact, the New York legislators just passed a bill that makes it possible for drunks to start drinking at 10:00 a.m. on Sundays; earlier in some establishments with a special permit.  The drinking laws are strange in other ways.  If a person gets a felony DWI they can never own a gun, although a gun was not involved in the felony.  Wouldn’t it make more sense for a serious charge like a felony involving a car to forbid him from having a driver’s license or owning a car for the rest of his life?

It is a good bet that would never be the law because that could involve politicians, law enforcement officers and people who have power and influence.  That is the way the system appears to work.

On another proposal, the call is for people who are on the “no fly list” to be denied the right to purchase a gun.  Nobody wants a terrorist, criminal, drug addict or a person with mental difficulties, to have a gun.  However, before a person is put on the NICS list for a background check he should be afforded due process as provided by the Fourteenth Amendment.

Since the SAFE act was passed in New York this has become an issue.  A person can be denied his or her gun rights on a report.  There is no due process.  It is grossly unfair and unconstitutional, but what can we expect from a law that was passed literally in the middle of the night by a majority of corrupt politicians?  Two of the architects of the debacle, Sheldon Silver and Dean Skelos were convicted of corruption and have since been sentenced to prison.

When a politician wants to deprive the citizenry of their constitutional rights, it should be the big red flag that they want to destroy the principles upon which the country was founded.  The Second Amendment was placed in such a high place in the Bill of Rights was because the Founding Fathers wanted the people to be more powerful than the government.  We have politicians who appear to not agree with that balance of power and it seems that every time the legislatures end for the year, we lose a right or even a privilege.

Since the Founding Fathers wanted to protect the people against the possibility of despotic government they wanted an armed citizenry.  Since the government controls the military, doesn’t it seem strange that some legislators want to ban military style weapons for civilians?  One former legislator running for office wants to take on the National Rifle Association.

That seems strange since with the criminal misuse of guns that none of the people involved in the shootings were accused of being NRA members.  Maybe that’s because the NRA has a reputation for having responsible, patriotic members.  They are held in higher regard by citizens than members of Congress.

There must be a reason for that.

Team Easton Dominates World Archery Championships

Pro Tour Arrow Shafts are Difference
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teameaston2With a record 585 competitors from more than 90 nations, the World Archery World Championship in Copenhagen last fall saw Team Easton shooters, exclusively armed with Easton X10 and X10 Pro Tour shafts, sweep the vast majority of the World Titles contested.

Adding a second World Recurve Champion title to his resume, Korea’s Kim Woo Jin dominated his match after a tough qualifier in heavy wind, with his final taking place in front of a screaming, sold-out crowd.

Shooting a perfect 10-10-10 in his final set, Kim took the championship against Netherlands standout and fellow Team Easton shooter Rick Van der Ven, while Team Easton’s Takaharu Furukawa shot his X10’s and Easton Contour stabilizers to take the bronze.

Earlier in the day, Kim led his Korean teammates Oh Jin Hyek and Ku Bonchan to victory in the Gold Medal Team match, defeating Italy decisively, despite a standout effort by Easton shooter David Pasqualucci.

In the race for the women’s recurve title, Korean 2012 Olympic Champion, Ki Bo Bae, took the gold medal in a clutch match against her opponent and fellow Team Easton shooter Lin Shia-Chia of Chinese Taipei. Korea’s Choi Miyun won the bronze medal. All the recurve finalists chose the invincible Easton X10 for their title bids, including the Russian Federation women, taking their first world title in 28 years.

In the hotly contested compound title matches, X10 Pro Tour shooters took a majority of the individual medals awarded, including a historic women’s Gold Medal title for Korea’s Kim Yun Hee, defeating fellow Team Easton shooter Crystal Gauvin in the gold medal final.  Bronze was taken by Easton shooter Sara Lopez of Colombia.

Easton congratulates all competitors for their inspirational performances in Copenhagen.

Since its introduction, the compound-specific X10 Protour has won more titles and set more records for compound archers than all other choices.  For more info, visit: http://www.eastonarchery.com/products/arrows/x10-protour-shafts.

IMR 4007 SCC Powder Recall

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If you are a recreational or precision shooter and you hand-load your own ammunition, this is a call to action to inspect your powder inventory and lot numbers.

IMR recently (September, 2015) announced a product safety warning and recall notice for IMR 4007SSC powder sold in 1-pound and 8-pound containers.

IMR received reports that this particular powder may have become unstable due to possible rapid deterioration that could possible result in spontaneous combustion, fire damage or possible personal injury.

The lot numbers of concern are as follows: 10130139, 10131139, 10429139, 10430139, 80425139 and 80426139.  If the number on your container matches one of these lot numbers, stop using the product immediately.

IMR recommends that you fill the container with water immediately to render the product inert and safe for disposal.  Mail, email or fax a copy of the powder label showing the lot number to the contact information below and include your name, address and email.

Replacement product of any other IMR smokeless powder product will be shipped to you for no charge.

If you have already loaded the powder subject to this recall into ammunition, IMR recommends that you pull the bullets, remove the powder and wet the powder with water for safe disposal.

IMR Powder Company deeply regrets any inconvenience this recall may cause, but they always believe in safety first.

Contact information:  IMR Powder Company, 6430 Vista Drive, Shawnee, KS, 66128.  Email: help@imrpowder.com.  Website: www.imrpowder.com.  Telephone: 800-622-4366 or 913-362-9455.  FAX: 913-362-1307.

Civilian Marksmanship Patrol offer Hi-End Competition, Low Cost Ammo

Civilian Marksmanship Patrol offer Hi-End Competition, Low Cost Ammo
Competitive marksmanship is a big part of CMP’s mission. It reinforces firearms safety and enables competitors to further develop their marksmanship skills and in many cases, earn recognition for doing so.

If you’re new to competitive shooting, CMP and its affiliated clubs and organizations continually sponsor clinics and workshops to help everyone get up to speed. Experts extend high recommendations to participate in the CMP – USAMU Small Arms Firing School for pistol and/or rifle during the National Matches at Camp Perry, Ohio. By completing the one or two-day schools, interested individuals will learn the fundamentals of firearms safety and marksmanship.

Remember, the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) is a national organization dedicated to training and educating U. S. citizens in responsible uses of firearms and air guns through gun safety training, marksmanship training and competitions. The CMP is a federally chartered 501(c)(3) corporation that places its highest priority on serving youth through gun safety and marksmanship activities that encourage personal growth and build life skills. Visit the website noted below for more links that will lead you to more information on ammunition and competition.

For more on CMP Competitions, feel free to contact CMP with questions at competitions@thecmp.org or (419) 635-2141 ext. 706 or 714. Visit their website for more information at: http://thecmp.org/competitions/

Does your child know what to do if he or she finds a gun?

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“STOP! Don’t Touch. Run Away. Tell a Grown-up.”

The MAIN MESSAGE is SAFETY.  A gun accident prevention program that seeks to help parents, law enforcement, community groups and educators navigate a topic paramount to our children’s safety is often ignored by schools for reasons unknown.  But the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® program is on a mission to help parents and educators teach Pre-K through 4th graders what to do if they ever come across a gun.  The program is documented in cartoon fashion and kids soon learn that Eddie and his Wing Team are all about safety and protecting them from a gun mishap.

Kids learn and remember these four things:

STOP!

This first step is crucial. Stopping first allows your child the time he or she needs to remember the rest of the safety instructions.

Don’t Touch

A firearm that is not touched or disturbed is unlikely to be fired and otherwise endanger your child or other people.

Run Away

This removes the temptation to touch the firearm as well as the danger that another person may negligently cause it to fire.

Tell A Grown-up

Children should seek a trustworthy adult, neighbor, relative or teacher – if a parent or guardian is not available.

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Kids Should Watch the Eddie Eagle Video

Eddie and the Wing Team deliver this important message in this 8-minute long video, newly released in spring 2015.  In the video, the Wing Team encounters a gun in a place they didn’t expect.  Eddie helps his friends remember how to stay safe by singing his favorite song.  Click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ho36vonT3Rw.

The Eddie Eagle GunSafe® program doesn’t teach parents about guns, but it does teach parents about gun safety and how to relay that information to their kids correctly in a method that’s really memorable to kids.  It’s the gun equivalent of stop, drop and roll.  Be sure your kids know it well enough to recite it.

Dr. Lisa Monroe, early childhood education specialist, says, “A teacher knows their students best.  And they can look at the curriculum and decide what activities would best fit their group of students.  So it’s not necessarily a canned curriculum that you must do X, Y and Z.  It gives the teachers the autonomy and flexibility to choose what they know to be best for their particular group of students.”

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Message for Educators:

Dr. Lisa Monroe believes in the Eddie Eagle GunSafe® program and its message and offers some advice to educators who may have any reservations or uncertainties about introducing Eddie to their schools. “I would say to a superintendent or school administrator that this program is absolutely appropriate for their schools and their children because it’s about safety,” says Dr. Monroe.  Instructors and administrators can review her message direct at: https://eddieeagle.nra.org/testimonials/about-eddie-eagle-gunsafe/a-message-for-educators/.

Parents agree that the most important priority when teaching gun safety is really knowing your kids, having an open dialogue with them and knowing where they are –emotionally, in their friends and what their interests are.

FREE Eddie Eagle Program Materials:

Program curriculum materials and retail items are designed for children in Pre-K through Fourth grade. Eddie Eagle staff recommends one Activity Book, Sticker, and Parent’s Guide To Gun Safety per student as well as a Parent/Instructor Guide, Safety Poster and DVD for every instructor, school or home.  Note that law enforcement agencies, schools, hospitals, daycare centers, or libraries that wish to utilize our grant funding program can receive FREE program materials. At this link:

https://eddieeagle.nra.org/program-resources/program-materials/

Grant Funding:

Grant funding is available for schools, law enforcement agencies, hospitals, daycare centers and libraries interested in bringing Eddie Eagle to children in their area. Obtaining these funds is easy and hassle free – there is no application or paperwork to complete. Funding can provide FREE Kids Activity Books, Instructor Guides, DVDs, parent’s brochures, reward stickers and posters. Additionally, law enforcement agencies may be eligible to receive grant funding for the Eddie Eagle Mascot Costume.

If you are with one of these groups and wish to place an order please email eddie@nrahq.org or call 1-800-231-0752.

These grants are made possible by the generosity of donations from the Friends of NRA program. Friends of NRA includes dedicated volunteers who work with NRA field representatives in their respective states to organize fundraising events that support NRA vital programs.

Tips to Remember

  • Funding is provided on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Determine which materials are needed and the quantities you would like to order before contacting.
  • Orders must be placed with a street shipping address, no PO Boxes please.
  • Allow at least three weeks (15 business days) for ordered materials to arrive.
  • Grant funding does not cover the cost of retail items.
  • Eddie Eagle staff reviews all orders before shipment, and reserves the right to limit the quantity of items ordered.

The Eddie Eagle GunSafe® program is a gun accident prevention program developed by a task force made up of educators, school administrators, curriculum specialists, urban housing safety officials, clinical psychologists, law enforcement officials and National Rifle Association firearm safety experts.  It began in 1988 with one mission: teach children four simple, easy to remember steps so they know what to do if they ever come across a gun.  In 2015 the NRA introduced a fresh, new Eddie and added some friends—his Wing Team.  Though Eddie has evolved, his mission has not. In the brand new video, Eddie and his friends remind children that if they see a gun, they need to Stop!  Don’t touch.  Run away.  Tell a grown-up.

Schools and parents talk about stranger danger, internet safety, fire drills and more with children…so why not include gun safety?  The program makes no value judgments about firearms, no firearms are ever used, and it covers an important topic that needs to be addressed with kids.  Like swimming pools, electrical outlets and matchbooks, firearms are simply treated as a part of everyday life.  With firearms found in about half of all American households, it’s a stance that makes sense.

Eddie Eagle GunSafe® is the number one gun accident prevention program for children and has taught over 28 million children how to stay safe if they ever find a gun.

All photographs and illustrations, including all programs and referenced program details, are credit to the National Rifle Association (NRA).

Basic Pistol Shooting & Safety Course Online

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NRA sponsored course welcomed by the rapidly growing population of new firearm owners in the United States.

The National Rifle Association is excited to announce the NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Course is now available on-line.  Firearms enthusiasts may learn pistol safety, handling and shooting techniques in their own homes, at their own convenience.  Moving to an on-line course format allows basics of pistol shooting and firearm safety to reach even more households across the country.

Interested participants may enroll today at https://onlinetraining.nra.org.

Designed and developed by experts to accommodate busy schedules, the web-based course takes a blended learning approach to firearms training with both on-line and physical components.  Students have 90 days to work through 11 on-line lessons at their own pace before registering for an NRA Certified Instructor-led phase at a local range to demonstrate their level of understanding and retention of course material.

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“America has more first time gun owners than ever and the NRA remains dedicated to being the number one provider of firearm training,” said Executive Director of NRA General Operations, Kyle Weaver.  “Thanks to our online courses and network of more than 125,000 NRA Certified Instructors, it has never been easier to learn basic firearm skills.”

To learn more about buying the right handgun for your protection, the NRA offers multiple references, but this link will share some of the most important points of information that all new gun owners may want to consider: http://www.americanrifleman.org/articles/2015/12/14/handgun-buying-guide/.

About the National Rifle Association
Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America’s oldest civil rights and sportsmen’s group. Five million members strong, NRA continues its mission to uphold Second Amendment rights and is the leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the military. Visit http://nra.org.

Learning Safe Use of Firearms

cmp1Where is there a better place to learn about firearms than from a government-mandated program that is comprised of certified instructors proficient and familiar with safety, competition and clear communication?  Hard to match that.  The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) is a national organization dedicated to training and educating United States citizens for responsible use of firearms and air guns through gun safety training, marksmanship training and certified competitions.

The CMP is a federally chartered 501(c)(3) corporation that places its highest priority on serving youth through gun safety and marksmanship activities that encourage personal growth and building life skills.

The program was created when a federal law was enacted in 1996 (Title 36 U. S. Code, 40701-40733) that created the Corporation for the Promotion of Rifle Practice and Firearms Safety, Inc. (CPRPFS, the formal legal name of the CMP), that mandates these key “functions for the corporation:

  1. To instruct citizens of the United States in marksmanship
  2. To promote practice and safety in the use of firearms
  3. To conduct competitions in the use of firearms and to award trophies, prizes, badges, and other insignia to competitors.

cmp2The law specifically states: “In carrying out the Civilian Marksmanship Program, the corporation shall give priority to activities that benefit firearms safety, training, and competition for youth and that reach as many youth participants as possible.

Competitive marksmanship is a big part of CMP mission to reinforce firearms safety and enable competitors to further develop their marksmanship skills and in many cases, earn recognition for doing so.  In the information that follows you’ll find news and descriptions of upcoming matches, how to enter them and more information on course of fire and what you can expect from your participation.

If you’re new to competitive shooting, CMP and its affiliated clubs and organizations continually sponsor clinics and workshops to help get you up to speed. We highly recommend participating in the CMP – USAMU Small Arms Firing School for pistol and/or rifle during the National Matches at Camp Perry, Ohio. By completing our one or two-day schools, you will learn the fundamentals of firearms safety and marksmanship.

Anyone interested in learning more about this great program may feel free to contact CMP with questions by email at competitions@thecmp.org, on the web at: http://thecmp.org/ or by phone at (419) 635-2141 ext. 706 or 714.

AMMO PRODUCT WARNING AND RECALL NOTICE

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PRODUCT RECALL for WINCHESTER® 22 Long Rifle RIMFIRE AMMUNITION.

AMMUNITION Olin Corporation, through its Winchester Division, is recalling two (2) lots of M*22™ 22 Long Rifle 40 Grain Black Copper Plated Round Nose rimfire ammunition.

Symbol Number: S22LRT; Lot Numbers: GD42L and GD52L

Winchester has determined the above lots of 22 Long Rifle rimfire ammunition may contain double powder charges.  Ammunition with double powder charges may subject the shooter or bystanders to a risk of serious personal injury and/or death, or cause firearm damage, rendering the firearm inoperable.

DO NOT USE WINCHESTER® M*22™ 22 Long Rifle RIMFIRE AMMUNITION WITH LOT NUMBERS GD42L or GD52L.  The ammunition Lot Number is imprinted (stamped without ink) on the left tuck flap of the 500-round carton as indicated here.  The 1000-round intermediate carton does not have a Lot Number.

To determine if your ammunition is subject to this notice, review the Symbol Number and Lot Number.  If it is Symbol Number S22LRT with a Lot Number containing GD42L or GD52L immediately discontinue use and contact Winchester toll-free at 866-423-5224 or visit http://www.winchester.com/Product-Service/Pages/Contact-Us.aspx for free UPS pick-up of the recalled ammunition.

This notice applies only to Symbol Number S22LRT with Lot Numbers GD42L and GD52L.  Other Symbol Numbers or Lot Numbers are not subject to this recall.

If you have any questions concerning this 22 Long Rifle rimfire ammunition recall please call toll-free 866-423-5224, write to Winchester (600 Powder Mill Road, East Alton, IL 62024 Attn: S22LRT Recall), or contact Winchester Customer Support online

New Winchester M-22 Subsonic Ammo

New M-22 Subsonic™ Ideal for Suppressed, Unsuppressed Semi-Autos

Winchester Ammunition delivered one of the most significant innovations to hit the rimfire world in 2013 with the introduction of the 17 Winchester Super Magnum, but where new rimfire loads are concerned, the company is far from over.

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In 2016, Winchester Ammunition continues to invest in its rimfire product line with the development of a new M-22 Subsonic .22 LR round.

The M-22 is designed specifically to function in semi-automatic firearms, while remaining subsonic from both pistol and rifle length barrels. The new M-22 Subsonic features a 45-grain black-plated lead round nose bullet that has the equivalent energy of full velocity 36-grain rimfire products. In addition, the M-22 Subsonic utilizes non-corrosive priming and clean burning powder for reduced muzzle flash.

The M-22 Subsonic was also created with suppressed firearms in mind, but performs just as well in unsuppressed rifles and handguns. During Winchester testing, M-22 Subsonic rounds measured 129 dB from an unsuppressed rifle. That is significantly quieter than a full velocity .22 LR fired from a suppressed rifle, which typically measures around 138 db. With the addition of a suppressor, M-22 Subsonic achieves a remarkably quiet 116 db. M-22 Subsonic will be available in 100-round plastic packs and 800-round bulk packs.

“Suppressed firearms are growing in popularity. This is the perfect round for shooters looking to reduce the noise of each shot even more,” said Brett Flaugher, Winchester Ammunition vice president of marketing, sales and strategy.

The projectile is travelling at 966 fps at 100yards, with 93 foot lbs of energy. Good for plinking too.

About Winchester Ammunition
The iconic Winchester brand celebrates 150 years of legendary excellence in 2016—a historic milestone representing a steadfast commitment to the hunting and shooting sports traditions and future generations of sportsmen. A world leader in delivering innovative products, Winchester is The American Legend, a brand built on integrity, hard work and a deep focus on its loyal customers. Learn more about the history of Winchester by visiting www.winchester.com or connect on Facebook at Facebook.com/WinchesterOfficial. Winchester Ammunition is a proud supporter of the NSSF’s Project ChildSafe. For more information on the Own It? Respect It. Secure It.SM Initiative, please log on to: www.NSSF.org/ORS.

Significant SHARE Act Passes House

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The National Rifle Association applauds the passage of HR2406, the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act last week, on Friday, February 26, 2016. Introduced by Congressional Representative Robert Wittman, the SHARE Act provides enhanced access to public lands and will strengthen America’s hunting, fishing, and sport shooting heritage now and in the future,” said Chris Cox, executive director of NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action. “There will be more resources available for public ranges, more hunter access to public lands, and more opportunities for Americans to enjoy the great outdoors.”

In addition to allowing law-abiding gun owners increased access to carry firearms on land managed by the Army Corps of Engineers, the SHARE Act also protects the use of traditional ammunition and requires that U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management plans to facilitate hunting, fishing, and shooting. Finally, the bill would more comprehensively address the interstate transportation of firearms and ammunition for hunters and law-abiding gun owners.

The bill also would authorize the appropriation of $5 million a year to enforce laws related to the illegal trading of ivory. Based on information provided by the affected agencies, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that implementing the legislation would cost $24 million over the 2016-2020 period and $1 million after 2020, assuming appropriation of the authorized and necessary amounts.

Because CBO estimates that enacting the bill would affect direct spending, pay-as-you-go procedures apply, however, CBO estimates that the net effect on direct spending would be negligible over the 2016-2025 period. Enacting H.R. 2406 would not affect revenues. CBO also estimates that enacting H.R. 2406 would not increase net direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2026.

HR2406 contains no intergovernmental mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA) and would benefit state agencies by lowering the matching requirement for federal grants that support public shooting ranges. Any costs incurred by those entities would be incurred voluntarily.

HR2406 would impose a private-sector mandate, as defined in UMRA, by eliminating an individual’s existing right to seek compensation for damages occurring at some public target ranges. Based on information from the Department of the Interior, CBO estimates that the cost of the mandate would be small and fall well below the annual threshold established in UMRA for private-sector mandates ($154 million in 2015, adjusted annually for inflation).

The bill now heads to the U.S. Senate, where a similar package (the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2015) has already advanced from the Committees on Energy and Natural Resources and Environment and Public Works.

~NRA~

Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America’s oldest civil rights and sportsmen’s group. More than five million members strong, NRA continues to uphold the Second Amendment and advocates enforcement of existing laws against violent offenders to reduce crime. The Association remains the nation’s leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the armed services. Follow the NRA on social at Facebook.com/National Rifle Association and Twitter @NRA

Guns, Freedom & the American Dream

timschmidt_bookAmerica is changing. For many sportsmen, the reasons are more obvious than for many folks not associated with the outdoors, hunting, shooting and conservation. The lifestyle and demands of daily life do not allow many citizens to learn about safe use of firearms, especially when they are living in countries where personal freedom is taken for granted.

Many big city resident folks are not able to learn more about firearms because they are limited by laws where they live. Different types of firearms are simply not allowed in some cities, it is illegal. Reasons why are varied and many. As we all know after the last six or seven years in the United States, firearm laws are written for many reasons, as was the Constitution of the United States. Therein lies the occasional great divide.

There are among us, courageous men and women working to lessen that divide and to provide a clear understanding of American freedom and the responsibility of firearm ownership for lawful Americans. Tim Schmidt, founder of the U.S. Concealed Carry Association (USCCA), the first and largest, member-owned association designed to educate, train, and insure responsibly armed Americans, who has released his first book, an autobiography entitled “Guns, Freedom & the American Dream,” is one of those men.

Schmidt shares his trials and tribulations behind the formation of the United States Concealed Carry Association and Delta Defense. The inspirational book he wrote, many agree, has helped change the way America views responsibly armed citizens. As of November 2015, copies of “Guns, Freedom & the American Dream are available for $22 on the USCCA web site: https://www.usconcealedcarry.com/offers/?id=Nov2015BookPromo&sid=PR. Consumers who order the book on-line will also receive a free copy of the Emmy nominated DVD: “It’s Up To Me,” where Tim shares his personal and professional journey to form an organization that backs those who believe enough to take on the responsibility of defending their loved ones.

uscca_logoMore about the USCCA: The U.S. Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) is the first and largest, member-owned association designed to educate, train, and insure responsibly armed Americans. USCCA members receive access to a wealth of industry information and insurance protection through its Self-Defense SHIELD program. The USCCA also provides expert advice, product information, and the latest news centered around the concealed carry lifestyle via email, social media, Concealed Carry Magazine, and their nationally syndicated radio program Armed American Radio.

Guns, Freedom & the American Dream

timschmidt_bookAmerica is changing. For many sportsmen, the reasons are more obvious than for many folks not associated with the outdoors, hunting, shooting and conservation. The lifestyle and demands of daily life do not allow many citizens to learn about safe use of firearms, especially when they are living in countries where personal freedom is taken for granted.

Many big city resident folks are not able to learn more about firearms because they are limited by laws where they live. Different types of firearms are simply not allowed in some cities, it is illegal. Reasons why are varied and many. As we all know after the last six or seven years in the United States, firearm laws are written for many reasons, as was the Constitution of the United States. Therein lies the occasional great divide.

There are among us, courageous men and women working to lessen that divide and to provide a clear understanding of American freedom and the responsibility of firearm ownership for lawful Americans. Tim Schmidt, founder of the U.S. Concealed Carry Association (USCCA), the first and largest, member-owned association designed to educate, train, and insure responsibly armed Americans, who has released his first book, an autobiography entitled “Guns, Freedom & the American Dream,” is one of those men.

Schmidt shares his trials and tribulations behind the formation of the United States Concealed Carry Association and Delta Defense. The inspirational book he wrote, many agree, has helped change the way America views responsibly armed citizens. As of November 2015, copies of “Guns, Freedom & the American Dream are available for $22 on the USCCA web site: https://www.usconcealedcarry.com/offers/?id=Nov2015BookPromo&sid=PR. Consumers who order the book on-line will also receive a free copy of the Emmy nominated DVD: “It’s Up To Me,” where Tim shares his personal and professional journey to form an organization that backs those who believe enough to take on the responsibility of defending their loved ones.

uscca_logoMore about the USCCA: The U.S. Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) is the first and largest, member-owned association designed to educate, train, and insure responsibly armed Americans. USCCA members receive access to a wealth of industry information and insurance protection through its Self-Defense SHIELD program. The USCCA also provides expert advice, product information, and the latest news centered around the concealed carry lifestyle via email, social media, Concealed Carry Magazine, and their nationally syndicated radio program Armed American Radio.

Savage Arms: Lefthanders aren’t “Left Out”

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Savage Model 10FCP-SR, a left-handed tactical rifle, great for deer hunting

Over the past two decades, Savage Arms has achieved an impressive stronghold in dominating niche markets.  “Whether it’s a bigger gun, faster gun or one that fulfills a specific customer need, Savage strives be the leader in specialty guns,” said Firearms Marketing Director Bill Dermody.  “Because when you add up small chunks of a pie, you quickly get a big slice.”

An excellent example how Savage fulfills a special need in a niche market is its broad variety of left-handed firearms.  A recent interview with Dermody reveals why Savage is the leader in producing left-handed firearms.

Why does Savage offer so many left-handed options?

DERMODY: Specialty guns are our bread and butter, and they’re great business for us. All of our product offerings made it in our catalog because they fulfill a special need.  For example, lightweight predator rifles, F-Class Target rifles, a firearm that properly fits a woman—those are all special customer needs.  A bolt-gun that has the bolt on the other side of the gun is a special need. It’s as simple as that.

How many left-handed firearms do you offer?

DERMODY: More than 18. We have left-handed options available throughout our product line including big game, law enforcement, target competition and predator hunting.  We also offer left-handed slug shotguns and bolt-action and semi-auto rimfire rifles.  To quickly see all our left-handed options, open the “Gun Finder” tool on our website (savagearms.com) and select “left” in the search function.

Do you have plans to offer more in the future?

DERMODY: “Yes, definitely.  When we release a new firearm it’s usually only in a right-handed model, but oftentimes we introduce the left-handed version in the years that follow.  However, if you are a dealer looking to stock a left-handed Savage firearm, or order one for a specific customer who is looking for a left-handed model not listed in the catalog or website, just call us.  Many times our special order department can build left-hand versions of any our rifles.  The only limitation to this is the availability of left-handed stocks for particular rifles. Some of our right-handed rifles are built with stocks our vendor simply doesn’t have a left-handed version for.  But the majority of the time, we can special build a lefty for you.”

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How big is the left-handed firearms market? 

DERMODY: “Research reports more than 10 percent of Americans are left-handed.  Then there are those who are right-handed, but left-eye dominant.  These hunters and shooters greatly benefit from a left-handed firearm.  Sum them up and the number of potential customers spikes up significantly.  Simply put, if dealers want to sell more guns, they can’t ignore this niche.  That’s why we’re here to supply dependable, accurate and popular left-handed choices.”

How big is the right-handed, left-eye dominant segment of the market?

DERMODY: “I haven’t seen any official numbers, but we know quite well these people exist.  It is not uncommon for people to tell us at sports shows and through social media channels that they are right-handed yet shoot lefty.  Several of our employees, plus a few outdoor writers we work with, are like this.”

“The right-handed, left-eye-dominant customer is interesting. When a right-handed person switches the gun to their left shoulder and uses their dominant eye to aim, they are often more accurate.  Most brand new shooters test their eyes to see which shoulder they should learn to shoot from, which is great.  However, it’s not uncommon for us to hear about shooters and hunters—those with years of shooting experience—deciding to sell their right-handed guns and buy a left-handed one, especially bolt-action firearms. These folks are shooting more accurately and getting more satisfaction at the range and on their hunts when using a left-handed gun.”

How do left-handed shooters benefit from a left-handed gun?

DERMODY: “For lefties, having a left-handed bolt gun is extremely important because it allows a fast follow-up shot.  A shooter’s support hand never has to leave the forend—or their cheek leave the stock—while their trigger hand operates the bolt.  Also, having the action open on the left side makes for easier loading with your left hand, and hot spent cases never fly across your face.”

From the manufacturing standpoint, what makes Savage Arms the leader?

DERMODY: “Becoming the left-handed leader is not an accident.  Part of the genius behind our long-standing, time-proven action designs is versatility.  Quite simply, our actions are easier to convert to left-handed.  Many of our competitors need a completely different receiver design to convert their right-handed rifles to the left.  This is time-consuming and expensive, so they often decide to opt out of the left-handed market.  Not us.  Both our Model 10/110 receivers and AXIS receivers have a fairly symmetrical design.  Our top-tang safety is symmetrical as are bolt releases on several models.  So basically it just comes down to changing the bolt assembly and machining the ejection port on the other side.”

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How difficult is it to make left-handed firearms in your factory?

DERMODY: “We greatly benefit from operational agility at our factories.  We are set up to changeover our machines to efficiently to build left-handed parts for our rifles. This allows us to manufacture small batches of left-handed guns whenever we need them—without labor-intensive and time-consuming expenses—and without messing up our planned production schedule.  It’s just one of those things we are better equipped to do than most of our competitors.”

Why should more dealer’s stock left-handed firearms?

DERMODY: “For the same reason we manufacture so many: If you don’t neglect other niche segments, then why neglect this one?  We love catering to left-handed shooters. And once they try a Savage rifle, we know the feeling will be mutual.  Many left-handed shooters buy one gun from us and they come back for more.  We sell great guns and we have an impressive variety of options left-handers are looking for.  We are not going to ignore this niche and neither should our dealers.”

Is there anything else you want readers to know about Savage’s left-handed guns?

DERMODY: “We make specialty guns.  Put yourself in the consumer’s shoes: Would you rather have a general purpose gun or one made to do exactly what you want?  Just look at the many TV personalities we sponsor—they can shoot any Savage they want and we will give it to them, but they all gravitate to our specialty guns.  Jackie Bushman chooses left-handed guns.  Some of our other sponsored hunters choose the Compact Hunter and Long Range Hunter rifles.

Whether it is a left-handed gun or a different specialized gun—it’s the same idea: It’s a gun that fits the shooter’s needs.  It’s just one of the things that keep them and all our customers happy. When they’re happy, we’re happy.”

To review more about Savage Firearms and review the large assortment of left-handed firearms available for sportsmen, check out their link and go to the search block, type in “left-hand” and hit enter: http://www.savagearms.com/.  Savage is saving their best day of new discovery at the range and afield for many hunters.

Not Your Grandfather ’ s Muzzleloader

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Traditions Vortek StrikerFire LDR

Here’s a look at a muzzleloader rifle that will excel in any season.

Rain had fallen for most the night and the steady downpour was projected to last the next full day.  Generally, wet weather and blackpowder hunting or shooting exploits don’t play well together, yet the persistent downpour would be a great test of a new rifle.

The author took this buck during a pouring rain and developed a continued confidence in the Vortek link.
The author took this buck during a pouring rain and developed a continued confidence in the Vortek link.

A friend and I headed for a thick creek bottom where we hoped to find a good buck, tucked into a tight pocket of cover like many sane hunters were on this day.  After several attempts, we crossed the swollen stream and climbed through a dense patch of cedars on the far side.  Suddenly, two bucks jumped from a small depression.  One bounded away, yet the second deer – which may have been asleep, took a few jumps and stopped.  My red dot centered on its chest and the air filled with dense smoke, downing the 10-point buck in seconds.

Special muzzleloading seasons often occur during inclement weather and you need the confidence that your rifle will fire every time and strike with sufficient force and accuracy to down game quickly.  I’ve found the Traditions LDR is up to that challenge and more.  Here’s a quick look at the features:

  • Going the Distance- This rifle has a 30-inch barrel that’s designed for accuracy and a complete powder burn.  You’ll get consistent down range accuracy and buck-bagging ability out to 200 yards.
  • The internal striker fire system helps seal the breech and makes the rifle safer to shoot.  The hammerless design makes it easier to mount a scope.
  • Slide the striker button forward until it locks and the rifle is cocked. The striker fire system allows for quicker and quieter cocking of the rifle, faster lock time, and gives you recessed de‐cocking button allows for quick and quiet de‐cocking of the firearm.
  • De‐cocking the firearm is simple. The recessed de‐cocking button allows for quick and quiet de‐cocking. Also, when you break open the gun an automatic de‐cocking occurs.
  • The rifle is also equipped with a 1‐piece stainless steel Accelerator Breech Plug™ that allows you to fire both loose and palletized powder without changing the breech plug and
  • Stow‐N‐Go Removable Butt Pad for storage just to name a few in the long list of feature.
  • This rifle is equipped with a TAC2™ Trigger System that is a 2‐stage, competition‐style trigger set at two pounds.
The break-open action easily removed breech allow the critical elements of the firing system to be easily cleaned.
The break-open action easily removed breech allow the critical elements of the firing system to be easily cleaned.

I often use a muzzleloading rifle in traditional rifle or shotgun seasons.  Although I’m limited to one shot, with this rifle, I’m confident that one is all I will need.  Check it out at www.traditionsfirearms.com.

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Look Twice Before You Shoot!

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Matt Mazur (left) in his first-ever deer hunt, with his first-ever rifle shot, downed a healthy, giant-body, 4-point buck on opening day (November 21, 2015) of the southern tier New York State big game hunting season in Alleghany County. Forrest Fisher photo.

Hunting and shooting are closely related to the adventure and success of hunting. Deer hunting is a lifelong journey for many sportsmen, a journey of excitement and adventure that cannot be replaced, yet I almost stopped hunting for all time.

For about 20 years after the returning from military duty during the Vietnam conflict, I gave up hunting. The reason was simple, I went hunting twice after getting back and I was shot at twice! Both times by elderly gentlemen who loved to hunt. It turned out, both admitted being color blind (I was wearing hunter orange!) and both thought my face was the white tail of a deer running or walking away from them. I navigated my shaky finger to the safety on my shotgun, clicked it off and returned a shot fired into the air. I waved, hollered and went to talk with them, that’s how I discovered the details, praying and asking for thanks from the Almighty that I was still alive.

While I’m usually a semi-cool cucumber during stressful times, to say that I was shaken up would be an understatement. Those that know me might be surprised to learn that I was trembling and scared. I went hunting to share in that special Shangri-La of sunrise at daybreak, hunting for big game, savoring the heritage that we find in the woods on opening day. I was filled with anticipation and the hope of bringing home some protein-filled, fat-free venison to share with my bride and new baby girl.

That day changed my outdoor life in the hunting woods. I came to feel there was a traffic jam of hunters in the number of woods that were too few for public use and I wanted to be there for my family into future years.  Old men with loose fingers and poor eyesight was my excuse for seeking the safety of virtual survival by not hunting. In hindsight, maybe I was hasty, maybe I was short-sighted, and maybe it was too soon to succumb to all possibilities to avoid risk.

It was nearly 25 years later that I met up with an old friend from high school and he asked, “Do you hunt or fish?” I explained that I loved to fish, tournaments too, but I shared the hunting story about why I no longer hunted. He got out his wallet and started flipping through pictures of his friends at deer camp, offering me a safe hunting spot to return to hunting big game with a firearm at a deer camp in Belfast. The year was 1988.

The memory of my last two deer hunting experiences were still like yesterday, fresh in mind. The owner of the cabin had 70 acres of posted land and explained that everyone knew where everyone else was on opening morning. He was convincing and I bought the story. He gave me his personal hunting stand to sit in and with a gentle grin he said, “The deer usually walk out over there and all you gotta do is aim and squeeze the trigger son.”

Easy for him to say, I thought, what about if someone is behind the deer I’m shooting at? I was concerned for another hunter now, reflecting on my harrowing personal experience two decades prior. That morning I allowed seven deer to cross that trail where I was told they would be, I could not shoot. I was that worried about someone else being back there.

After sharing the story and getting chewed out big time by everyone else at deer camp, especially the elderly owner, I went back the next morning with renewed enthusiasm and a feeling of safety for all. At 7:30 a.m. that next day, I killed a big doe, filling the freezer with venison for the first time since before Vietnam. It was a happy day, the guys at camp all kidding me even more about not doing this for the previous 25 years. Since then, I am humbled to share that I have been blessed to take more than 40 deer, no monster trophy deer, but we love venison! We don’t eat much beef.

I learned to love hunting from a deer camp that year and while I am more of an archery hunter that firearm hunter, I still hunt in the same deer camp today with many of the same friends, new friends too, though some have since passed on.

Each time you hunt, please look beyond your target before you squeeze the trigger. Good luck out there!

Blackpowder Fun for Late Season Action

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Seth McGinn, owner of Can Cooker, smiles behind his nice 8-point buck taken in a blizzard.

Late muzzleloading seasons are among the most underutilized in the country, one of the reasons that big bucks are taken each year while the center-fire crowd is sipping eggnog and watching football. A prime example is a hunt I took with Seth McGinn, owner of the Can Cooker, in South Dakota during the worst weather imaginable. A foot of snow had just fallen and the wind howled at 30 miles per hour closing roads and knocking out power.

Our camp was snuggled in a shallow river basin with plenty of cover and I knew of a high point that would be sheltered from the Northwest wind. “Hunting in this weather is probably crazy, but I know of a good spot where deer may be moving to get out of the wind,” I said to my partner, a native of Nebraska, he wasn’t going to be intimidated by a little snow and wind.

We had barely left camp when we began jumping deer, an indication that the weather may be pushing them into tight cover. Half an hour later, we peeked over my ridge top and saw an 8-point watching its back trail, apparently a deer we had jumped on the way in. McGinn settled his rifle on a small tree, fire flew from his muzzle and the buck dropped right there. Imagine our amazement. Hunting in a blizzard and one peek over the ridge bagged a buck. As we watched the buck with binoculars to be sure it was dead, a second buck suddenly appeared on a path that also crossed below us. Apparently the howling wind had confused the deer and it ran toward us. I steadied my rifle, squeezed and the buck went down 20 yards from McGinn’s. This was insane!   Two bucks in 10 minutes in a roaring blizzard with muzzleloading rifles.

Family Fun

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Late season deer hunting may be cold, but the deer woods is rarely crowded. Consider afternoon drives and evening sits to handle the frigid weather.

Late muzzleloading seasons often occurs over the Christmas break when youngsters are out of schools and college kids are home for the holidays- an ideal time to spend quality time with them. Most young boys and girls are interested in firearms and the ability to develop a load appropriate for them is a huge benefit. If you are shooting for fun, load one pellet or about 50 grains of powder which will result in very moderate recoil, yet an accurate bullet and plenty of smoke. Eye and ear protection are important as are safety rules which are easy to teach and reinforce.

Once youngsters are dialed into loading and shooting safely, bump up the powder to 80-100 grains which is plenty for most deer hunts. Personally, I love an Aimpoint red dot scope because it allows me to put that red dot exactly where I want to hit.

Deer by the Bunch

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Cold weather can shrink a barrel making bullets difficult to load. Using a hand warmer will quickly expand the muzzle and get that bullet off to a good start. Note electrical tape to prevent snow and debris from entering the muzzle.

McGinn and I were certainly lucky to take our two bucks so quickly, yet high winds and storms will force deer into tight cover, especially along creeks and streambeds. In general, deer tend to “herd up” in December and January and you may see groups of deer bedding together or focusing on a food source.

Snow is often a crystal ball that can’t guarantee where deer will travel yet shows you where they’ve been. Winter wheat fields, picked corn fields, and any leftover crop is bound to be a magnet.

Hunting early morning stands in very cold weather can be brutal and it may make more sense to try small deer drives during mid day or hunt the afternoon at likely food sources. Yearling does may come into estrous in late season and don’t be surprised to hear a buck grunt or see one sniffing the ground. Be sure to carry a grunt and bleat call and sometimes rattling will work.

Gearing Up

In-line muzzleloaders continue to dominate the hunting market due to their consistent performance with the break-open models the most popular. I used a Traditions Vortek that shot very accurately at 200 yards and beyond. www.traditionsfirearms.com

Hodgdon Triple Seven pelletized power is also a huge benefit and makes measuring a load safe and consistent. www.hodgdon.com

Finally, new bullet designs make loading easier, even after the first shot. Federal Premium’s B.O.R. Lock MZ bullets load easily, seat consistently and deliver deep penetration. There is no sabot to worry with and you don’t need to clean the bore for a second shot. Visit www.federalpremium.com.

Muzzleloader shooting and late season deer hunting are just plain fun. You’ll find the deer woods uncrowded, even on public land, and there are far more big bucks hanging around than you imagine. Heck, just look, McGinn and I found two, that’s sure tells a story.