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News | Friday, March 27, 2015

Ninth Circuit Orders Rehearing of Pair of Key 2A Cases

A majority vote of the judges of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will result in the rehearing of a pair of landmark Second Amendment cases in California. According to Chief Judge Thomas, the earlier three-judge panel opinion "shall not be cited as precedent by or to any court of the Ninth Circuit." The cases, Richards v. Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto and Peruta v San Diego both challenged the unusually restrictive requirements for concealed carry permits. The rulings from the 3-judge panels had led to softening of concealed carry restrictions and brought a petition to intervene on behalf of the counties from California Attorney General Kamala Harris. The petition from AG Harris is still pending.

Team MGM Rocks US National Steel Championships

Team MGM shooters Max Michel and BJ Norris put in another set of high-level performances in the US National Steel Championships with Michel finishing second overall and Norris placing third in centerfire.

Rock Island Armory Updates 1911 Pistol Series Titles

1911 manufacturer Rock Island Armory and its parent company, Armscor USA are celebrating 30 years of doing business in the United States by updating three of their flagship 1911 series titles.

CZ-USA and PF Partner for Kids

Clays for Kids, a Guinness World Record shotgunning attempt & fundraiser this May 16, will feature Dave Miller, shotgun product manager for CZ-USA and Master Class shooter, and his quest to break 3,000 clay targets in an hour. Proceeds from the event will benefit Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever's No Child Left Indoors® initiative,

NRA-ILA Issues Action Notice for Tennessee Members

Next week, Tennessee state legislators will consider Senate Bill 1171 and its companion bill, House Bill 995. The NRA-ILA says these pro-gun bills need help and have urged Tennessee NRA members to contact their state legislators and urge them to support SB 1171 and HB 995.

CMP Regional Air Rifle Championships Underway

The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) had kicked off the next phase of the 2015 CMP 3PAR Competition with the Regional Championship, in the world-class Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center at Camp Perry now, through March 28.

Crimson Trace Equips the Revolver Rebound

At the 2015 SHOT Show, manufacturers including Ruger, Smith & Wesson, Taurus and others unveiled many new revolvers. To go along with the revolver resurgence Crimson Trace offers Lasergrips® that will fit more than 50 revolver models.

Chiappa's Fun Mfour-22 Carbine

The new Mfour .22 LR Rimfire carbine from Chiappa is a great and low cost fun firearm. The high quality Chiappa Mfour carbine is almost identical to the 5.56/.223 carbine and an ideal serious practice platform for the larger caliber carbine.

Daniel Defense Announces Hunter Departure

Daniel Defense officials announce that former Director of Marketing Jordan Hunter has left the company to pursue other opportunities.

Camden & Wilmington Campaign Targets Illegal Gun Purchases

As part of an ongoing national effort to help prevent illegal "straw" purchases of firearms, the National Shooting Sports Foundation is reminding the public in Camden, N.J. and Wilmington, Del. that stiff penalties are in place for individuals convicted of such purchases.

Swab-its Adds Maurice Sporting Goods To Growing Distributor List

Swab-its®, the makers of Bore-whips™, Bore-tips® and Gun-tips™, is proud to welcome wholesale distributor Maurice Sporting Goods of Northbrook, Illinois, as the latest member of the Swab-its Bore-tips family of dealers and distributors.

Lyman Introduces New STON Premiere Camo Patterns for M4 Ruger 10/22 Stock & Takedown Models

Both M4 Ruger 10/22 Stocks and Takedown Models are now available in Lyman's new Ston Coyote, Ston Moss, Ston Lava and Ston Cobalt patterns.

Hornady® Wins three Telly Awards for GMX® 2014 Commercial

Hornady® Manufacturing received three prestigious Telly Awards for its 30-second GMX® 2014 TV commercial.

Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership - This Week on GUNTALK Radio

It's one of the many doctors fighting for legislative change, new triggers, and more, this week on Tom Gresham's GUNTALK® Radio, the original nationally-syndicated radio talk show about guns and the shooting sports.

UTG Introduces New AK Stock Kits - Made in the USA

UTG's new adjustable stock kits are designed to bring the AK platform closer to a classic rifle profile by eliminating the large downward slope of the initial buttstock design and lining it up along the bore axis, much like a typical AR15. Since most AK variants sold in the US are semi autos, this type of conversion makes a lot of sense, and greatly enhances performance.

New Nikon Promo Offers Instant Savings on Long-Range Riflescopes

Now through April 26, 2015, shooters looking for long-range and reliable accuracy will be able to save up to $80 on select Nikon PROSTAFF 7 and MONARCH 3 long-range riflescope models, including some Custom XR Turret Models.

Knife Rights Launches 2015 "ULTIMATE STEEL" Knives, Guns, & More Spectacular

Knife Rights] has announced the launch of its 2015 Ultimate Steel™ Knives, Guns & More Spectacular - a unique fundraiser offering participants the chance to win their choice from over $150,000 in spectacular prizes including one-of-a-kind custom knives, firearms, gear, and more - all for a donation as small as $20.

Hogue Inc. Announces Minimum Advertised Price (MAP) Policy

Hogue, Inc. announces a Minimum Advertised Price (MAP) policy, a move designed to allow all of the company's resellers to remain competitive in the marketplace.

Bergara USA Introduces Performance Series Production Rifles

Bergara USA, a division of Blackpowder Products, Inc. (BPI Outdoors), announces the expansion of their rifle making capabilities to include new production rifles for sport shooters and hunters with its Performance Series B-14 Timber and B-14 Hunter rifles.


Rifle/Pistol Athletes Set for Spring Selection Match

These four prominent athletes will have much to say about how the results unfold before the Rifle/Pistol Selection Match concludes next Friday.The nation's best rifle and pistol competitors are gathering in Ft. Benning, Georgia for the 2015 Spring Smallbore (.22 caliber) Selection Match, March 29-April 3 to determine team members eligible for selection to 2015 World Cup USA and the Munich (Germany) World Cup in May.

The match, taking place at the home of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU), is the second part of selection that for rifle began in early January and for pistol in late February in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Final selection will require two things: ranking in the top-three following two additional matches plus finals as well as obtaining the necessary Performance Standard Scores (PSS) necessary for USA Shooting funding.

The selection match to determine Air Pistol and Rifle athletes for these same World Cups takes place April 25-27 at the Civilian Marksmanship Program ranges in Anniston, Alabama. The first World Cup for Rifle/Pistol begins Friday, April 4 in Changwon, Korea with athletes selected based on performances from the early selection matches.

Olympians Matt Emmons (Browns Mills, New Jersey), Michael McPhail (USAMU/Darlington, Wisconsin), Amanda Furrer (Spokane, Washington), Keith Sanderson (Colorado Springs, Colorado) and Emil Milev (Temple Terrace, Florida) were among the athletes making the greatest strides toward selection.

The three-time Olympic medalist Emmons has a 20-point lead after January's dominating performance in Three-Position Rifle. Trailing him is South Dakota sharpshooter Dempster Christenson (Sioux Falls) followed by George Norton (USAMU/Salina, Kansas), Ryan Anderson (Wasilla, Alaska), Jean-Pierre Lucas (Dunlevy, Pennsylvania) and Daniel Lowe (USAMU/Olympia, Washington).

Emmons is in a tight race for the top spot in Prone Rifle as well, dueling with his 2012 Olympic teammate McPhail. McPhail has a 6.7 points advantage heading into the match due in part to an earlier performance that saw him eclipse a world-record score in qualifying. The race for that third spot will be intense with as many as 13 athletes within 20 points of one another. Currently, third place is held by Christenson followed closely by two-time Olympian Eric Uptagrafft (USMAU/Phenix City, Alabama).

The surprise of the January match was turned in by Texas Christian University junior Hannah Black (Richmond, Virginia) who got hot at the right time to earn top position in Women's Three-Position. The 591 she shot on her second day of competition was one off the pace of the world record and 12 points higher than her day one score. The women's event is easily the most tightly contested of all events heading into this Selection Match. Furrer is third, slightly edging West Virginia University freshman Elizabeth Gratz (Sigel, Illinois) by virtue of 10 more center-10s after the two tied in overall score. Amy Sowash (Richmond, Kentucky) is second. Currently, there are seven athletes within 13 points of one another.

Sanderson and Milev are the clear favorites in Rapid Fire Pistol with the biggest intrigue coming in the battle for that third spot between USAMU's Brad Balsley (Uniontown, Pennsylvania) and double junior world champion Alex Chichkov (Temple Terrace, Florida). Sanderson served up the biggest highlight of the first pistol selection match when he recorded a 35/40 in the Rapid Fire Pistol final, equaling the world-record finals mark.

Will Brown (Twin Falls, Idaho) will enter as the Free Pistol leader with a 12-point advantage over Olympians Brian Beaman (Selby, S.D.) and Nick Mowrer (Butte, Montana), aided by his two finals wins and the PSS-qualifying mark of 562 he shot on day two of the February Selection Match. James Henderson (Midland, Georgia) of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) was fourth followed by four-time Olympian and 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Jason Turner (Rochester, New York) in fifth.

Sandra Uptagrafft (Phenix City, Alabama) used her Olympic experience to open up an 11-point advantage on her sport pistol competitors during the first half of selection, particularly during qualification as her combined score was 16 points better than that of second-place finisher Enkelejda Shehaj (Naples, Florida). Texas A&M pistol shooter Payton Duvall-Freymuller (San Antonio, Texas) proved to be the surprise of the first match, landing in both event finals, to finish third overall. Brenda Silva (Snowflake, Arizona), a 2008 Olympian, was fourth followed by 2014 NRA Intercollegiate Women's Pistol Champion Alexis Lagan (Salt Lake City, Utah) in fifth.

R/P Spring Selection Match Schedule:

  • Monday, March 30 – Prone & Free Pistol Qualification + Finals
  • Tuesday, March 31 - Prone & Free Pistol Qualification + Finals
  • Wednesday, April 1 – Rapid Fire & Sport Pistol Qualification + Finals
  • Thursday, April 2 – Rapid Fire, Sport Pistol, Men's/Women's 3P Qualification + Finals
  • Friday, April 3 – Men's/Women's 3P Qualification + Finals

—Kevin Neuendorf, USA Shooting

Mar 28-29
BSA Camp Hinds, Raymond, Maine
Apr 11
BSA Camp Hinds, Raymond, Maine
Apr 10-12
Music City Center, Nashville, TN
Apr 11-12
Smokey Valley Archers, Lindsborg, Kansas
Apr 17-18
World Shooting and Recreation Complex, Sparta, Illinois
Apr 18-19
Cinnamon Creek Ranch, Denton, Texas
Apr 18-19
NRA Whittington Center, Raton, NM
Apr 25
Sig Sauer Academy, Epping, New Hampshire
Apr 25-26
Lake Guntersville, Alabama
May 2-3
Prairie Grove Shotgun Sports, Columbia, Missouri
May 5-8
NRA Whittington Center, Raton, NM
May 5-8
NRA Whittington Center, Raton, NM
May 7-9
Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center, Louisville, Kentucky
May 23-24
Coshocton Sportsmen's Club, Coshocton, Ohio
May 30
Blue Grass Sportsmen's League, Wilmore, Kentucky
May 31
Dragoon Trail Chapter - Izaak Walton League, Elkhart, Iowa
May 30-31
Augusta Archers, Staunton, Virginia
May 30-31
NRA Whittington Center, Raton, NM
May 29-31
Heartland Public Shooting Park, Grand Island, NE
Jun 6-7
Hamilton Rod & Gun, Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Jun 12
Schultz Resort Rod & Gun Club, Muskego, Wisconsin
Jun 19-20
Western Wayne County Conservation Association, Plymouth, Michigan
Jun 19-20
Como, Mississippi
Jun 20-21
Coon Hunters Association, Batavia, New York
Jun 28
South Central Gun Club, Freetown, Indiana
Jun 26-28
Knoxville, Tennessee
Jun 27-28
Straight Thru Archery, Aurora, Minnesota
Jul 4-5
Capital City Bowmen, Olympia, Washington
Jul 13-18
World Shooting and Recreation Complex, Sparta, Illinois
Jul 18-19
NFAA Headquarters, Yankton, South Dakota
Jul 25-26
Sparta Rod & Gun Club, Sparta, Wisconsin
Aug 1-2
Bass and Bucks, Wabash, Indiana
Aug 15-16
Saginaw Field and Stream, Saginaw, Michigan
Aug 13-16
NRA Whittington Center, Raton, NM
Aug 29-30
Echo Valley Archers, Fayette, Iowa

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