News | Friday, October 9, 2015

No Wires Next Monday, October 12

In observance of the Columbus Day holiday, we will not be publishing wires on Monday, October 12. We will resume our normal publishing schedule on Tuesday, October 13. If you have time-sensitive material for Friday's editions, it must reach us no later than 6 p.m. Eastern time today. Material received after the deadline will be included in the Tuesday, October 13 editions if still appropriate.

Project ChildSafe Unites With USFWS Agencies Across the U.S. Urging Hunt "S.A.F.E."

The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®) and nearly 30 state fish and wildlife agencies have joined forces in encouraging Americans to "Hunt S.A.F.E." this fall by remembering to handle, transport and store firearms responsibly.

Remington Great Americans Shoot Raises Record Funds

The 2015 Remington Great Americans Shoot (RGAS15) , a charity sporting clay shoot, surpassed all expectations by raising $1.4 million, shattering last year's fundraising record by a quarter of a million dollars, benefitting the Special Forces Charitable Trust ( and other military non profits that provide support to active duty service members and veterans.

Winchester Model 94 Short Rifle in 450 Marlin

The Winchester Model 94 is one of the best selling rifles of all time. Now the popular Model 94 Short Rifle from Winchester Repeating Arms® is chambered in powerful 450 Marlin.

This Week on NRA Women TV

This week on NRAWomen.TV's newest video series – Tips & Tactics with Kristy Titus, learn your natural point of aim, also referred to as NPA, for improved accuracy.

Springfield Armory Unleashes Weekend 'Hit the Range' Prize Promotion For Shooters

Springfield Armory® is giving its customers a chance to earn prize packages at select shooting ranges across the United States. The "Hit the Range" runs Oct. 9-11, with the first 50 shooters at designated ranges earning prizes.

Team ROC Tomasie Wins USPSA Area 3, 4, 5 and 7 Limited Division Championships

Remington Outdoor Company is proud to announce that Team ROC member Travis Tomasie successfully competed against shooters from 25 states to win the United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) Area 3, 4, 5, and 7 Limited Division Championships.

Ruger ARX Ammunition - This Week on GUNTALK® Radio

It's an exciting new ammo release, cans to safely store that ammunition, intrusive questions in the doctor's office, and more, this week on Tom Gresham's GUNTALK® Radio, the original nationally-syndicated radio talk show about guns and the shooting sports.

Tresna Intros New Retail Rewards Program

TRESNA has launched its new Retail Rewards Program, which awards dealers with a free TRESNA Rifle (JAG9G) after selling a total of 12 TRESNA rifles and/or pistols (mix and match).

Armalite Launches "Get Some Ammo" Sales Promotion

Armalite has partnered with Nexus Ammo to introduce the "Get Some Ammo" promotion. For new Armalite firearms purchased from a dealer between October 1st and December 31st, your first shots are free.

Steiner Optics Selects Gray Loon Marketing Group As PR Agency

Steiner Optics of Greeley, Colo., recently selected Gray Loon Marketing Group as its agency of record for public relations.

New at Davidson's: Sig Sauer Legion Series™

Davidson's Inc. is proud to announce that it now carries the brand new Sig Sauer Legion Series™. In addition, Sig Sauer plans to unveil more products and models in the near future.

Industry Leaders Back NH Armed Citizen, Defensive Carry Match

Pioneer Sportsmen, Inc.'s Smith & Wesson "Live Free or Die" AC-DC State Championship October 3-4 drew more than just the 200 plus shooters participating. The club's third annual IDPA sanctioned match also drew over $17,000 in industry sponsorship.

SHOT Show® Industry Day at the Range™ 2016 Extends Exhibitor Registration Deadline

Industry Day at the Range has extended the exhibitor registration deadline to October 16, 2015. Due to the number of interested companies, the event has extended the registration deadline to accommodate as many companies as possible.

The Mako Group Announces Tactical or Treat

Starting Friday, October 9 through 31, The Mako Group is offering a 'Tactical or Treat" Halloween special. Any order placed at or will receive a set of LO-2 letter openers from FAB Defense.

NRA/USAS/CMP Level 1 Shotgun Coach Course, December 3-4 in Hawaii

Those interested in learning the basics of coaching beginning to intermediate shooters are invited to attend the NRA/USAS/CMP Level 1 Shotgun Coach Course, which will be held Dec. 3-4, 2015 at the County Trap and Skeet Range on the big Island of Hawaii.

Crimson Trace Customers Receive Top-Rated Service

National Customer Service Week is underway (October 5-9) and Crimson Trace is committed to customer service and has served nearly 3 million customers during the company's more than two decades of business.

PolyCase Introduces Ruger Ammunition

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) and PolyCase Ammunition have introduced the Ruger ARX line of ammunition. This new ammunition is designed and produced by PolyCase under license from Ruger and incorporates PolyCase's revolutionary ARX bullet technology.

SIG SAUER® Introduces .38 Super +P Elite Performance Ammunition

SIG SAUER, Inc., designer and manufacturer of the world's most reliable firearms, silencers, optics, ammunition, airguns, and accessories is pleased to introduce 125gr .38 Super +P Elite Performance Ammunition in V-Crown™ jacketed hollow point (JHP) and SIG FMJ full metal jacket loads.

Shot Show Triumphs "Against All Odds" Earns Gold 100 and Grand Awards

The SHOT Show was honored with Gold 100 recognition and a Grand Award at the Trade Show Executive Gold 100 Awards and Summit in Santa Barbara, California, last week.


A Message to Our Readers

Seldom do I use the feature position for personal messages. There are plenty of reasons, but principally because I consider "personal" to be just that- not for public consumption.

And I've gotten wary of anything claiming to be "a personal message from...." .

Too-frequently it's the bad open to yet some other solicitations from some organization that needs "my urgent support to counter a threat from.....whatever."

And personal messages aren't addressed to me "or the current occupant" -or come via robo-dialers precisely at whatever time I sit down for dinner.

Don't know about you, but I've never heard the "urgent message" because I try to hang up by that point. It can't be an urgent message from someone I know- I've never given out that phone number. Heck, I don't even know that number.

So why a message today?

To tell all of you -publicly- that effective this morning and for all of next week I'm doing something I've not done since starting The Outdoor Wire. I'm going completely dark. Turning off my cellphone, putting my computer to sleep and going off the grid. No Facebook, Twitter, Periscope, email, or phone calls. None. For the entire week.

Frankly, I'm terrified. I've never not checked email, returned phone calls or kept in contact. Out of the country or in the hospital, I've never gone cold turkey. I've even shared some of the ridiculous situations I've found myself in while I've cruised around strange cities in the middle of the night searching for a cell signal or an open public internet connection.

Through more than 1200 nights of travel, major medical situations, floods, hurricanes, snowstorms and other calamities, I've always been in touch. And I've kept those private situations private.

So here's why I'm telling everyone.

For nearly 15 years, some of you have insisted on sending your information to me - personally. In all but a very few situations, I've gotten your information in the next edition. And for years, my editors have been telling me that until I go cold turkey, you will never use the system to submit your material.

By the time you read this, I will have gone cold turkey. Don't worry, I'm fine, despite the likelihood I'll suffer periods of nausea when I realize I have taken what for me is an extreme step.

While I'm withdrawing, I'm also going to do something I've promised I'd do for a long time: separate myself from of the daily noise and really focus on what's important. Updates of the wires, expansion of our services, a clearly defined vision for the future, succession planning, what I want to be when I grow up.

Adult stuff. The stuff I've been promising editors, a business partner and a wife I was going to do "when I wasn't so busy."

Although I'm not really certain how it'll turn out, I do promise you one thing: I'll keep you posted.

--Jim Shepherd


Inaugural Talladega 600 Matches Set For December

Editor's Note: We're happy to help spread the news about two good things connected to shooting sports today. First, today is USA Shooting's 10.9 Day. To those athletes, 10.9 is the highest possible score -so they've adopted October 9 (10/9- get it?) to encourage all of us to "aim for excellence in all the shots you take in life." It's a great idea - and this year, they're running Periscope "scopes" with USA Shooting Team members. They'll be broadcasting live and talking about everything from shooting sports to training and tips- and they'll take your questions on different topics every 10 minutes starting at 10A.M. Mountain Time.

You can follow @usashooting on Periscope now-and while you're online go buy some of their gear today- you'll get 10.9 percent off.

The second thing is below. The schedule for the Talladega (Alabama) Marksmanship Park is starting to fill up as word spreads about one of the country's finest and newest shooting facilities.

Enjoy 10.9 Day - and shoot for excellence in everything you do every day.

TALLADEGA, Alabama – The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) is thrilled to announce the completion of plans on the next big southern event – the Talladega 600. The match is set to begin Tuesday, December 8, 2015, and concludes Sunday, December 13, at CMP's new Talladega Marksmanship Park. The event schedule has been designed to appeal to rifle, pistol and shotgun enthusiasts alike in order to provide an even wider variety of marksmanship opportunities to competitors from around the country.

Events to be fired at the Talladega 600 include popular CMP Games Matches, such as the Garand, Springfield and Vintage Military Matches, as well as the Vintage Sniper, Carbine and Rimfire Matches. Additionally, versions of prestigious National Trophy Matches, like the Congressional 30 (with the same Course of Fire as the President's 100 Match) and the Dixie Double Highpower Match (mirrored off of the Hearst Doubles Match), will also be held to challenge talented individuals of all ages.

Informational clinics, including the GSM Master Instructor Course and a Small Arms Firing School (which features an M16 EIC Match) will be conducted in the opening days of the Talladega 600 – offering an educational experience for new and advanced marksmen.

Favored pistol events, such as the .22 Rimfire EIC, As-Issued 1911 and Military & Police Matches, will also be fired in Talladega. For those wanting to indulge in the shotgun world, a Sporting Clays Shoot and a 5 Stand Shoot is scheduled as well.

The new CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park is one of the most advanced outdoor facilities in the world – unlike any other. Boasting the latest technological advances in the realm of marksmanship, it is a must-see destination for firearm supporters across the country. The park is open to the public, year round, offering many opportunities to marksmen of all ages.

Each firing point of the 500-acre facility is equipped with a state-of-the-art, KTS electronic target and scoring monitor. Located beside the shooter on the firing line, each monitor allows the competitor to see what he or she fired in a matter of seconds.

For those not competing but wanting to stay in the action, monitors within the 13,000 square feet of the Garand Clubhouse will display scores from the matches held outside, as they are being fired – creating a more spectator-friendly atmosphere for all visitors. Scores will also be viewable online through the CMP's Competition Tracker.

For more information on the event, including Registration and a complete match schedule, visit

--Ashley Brugnone
Brugnone is a staff writer for the CMP

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