Mentor the Next Generation of Hunters and Shooters- get help from NSSF and Walker’s Game Ear

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Eva Shockey provide a video clip with an offer for mentors to step up and receive some free hearing protection as they participate in this program. Click the picture for the video.

NEWTOWN, Conn. — The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®) and Walker’s have launched a mentor initiative that encourages experienced target shooters and hunters to invite new individuals to the range or field.

The campaign is part of NSSF’s Mentor Pledge initiative developed to facilitate growth of the shooting sports community through education, safety and fun.

As an incentive, NSSF and Walker’s are providing free Razor Ear Muffs (valued at $69.99) to the first 2,000 mentors. Participants must sign a pledge online and share a photo or short video of their experience with a new hunter or shooter in order to claim their reward.

“We are thrilled to play a part in supporting the next generation of hunters and shooters,” said Ben Smith, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Walker’s. “This partnership with NSSF is the perfect opportunity for our company to give back to the shooting sports community.”

“Research shows that 24 million American’s have an interest getting started hunting or target shooting and that Being invited by a friend or family member is by far the best way to get new folks to the range or field,” said Jim Curcuruto, Director of Research & Market Development at NSSF. “This program aligns with NSSF programs such as National Shooting Sports Month and First Shots that provide introductions to the shooting sports.”

Remember to teach the Four Main Rules of Firearm Safety:

  1. Treat all firearms as if they are loaded: By treating every firearm as if it is loaded, a habit of safety is developed.
  2. Always keep the firearm pointed in a safe direction: A “safe direction” means that the gun is pointed so that even if an accidental discharge occurred, it won’t cause an injury.
  3. Always keep your finger off the trigger: Rest your finger outside the trigger guard or along the side of the gun until you are actually ready to fire.
  4. Always know your target and what is beyond: For outdoor shooting, make sure you have an adequate backstop for your bullets to impact. Know what’s beyond that backstop, too, and keep your shots within the safe shooting zone.

To learn more about this mentoring initiative and to take the pledge, visit the mentor pledge webpage.

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.

About Walker’s: For over 25 years Walker’s has developed innovative solutions for hearing protection and enhancement. The Walker’s line of products is widely considered the industry standard for shooting protection and safety. With the introduction of advanced digital circuitry & nano-tech water repellence, Walker’s continues to raise the bar. For more information, visit www.walkersgameear.com.

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.