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News | Friday, July 31, 2015

Pulsar Thermal Monoculars Offer Outdoor Edge

Pulsar releases its newest editions to the Quantum series of thermal imaging monoculars with the Quantum XD38S and XD50S. They feature an advanced OLED display (640x480 pixels) and a high resolution microbolometer sensor (384x288 pixels) with seven different color palette modes for optimal viewing in a variety of scenarios.


Ruger Introduces Ruger American Rimfire Rifle with Wood Stock

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE-RGR) is excited to introduce the Ruger American Rimfire® rifle with wood stock. The stock is made from a hardwood blank in Newport, NH and mated to the popular .22 LR bolt-action in Mayodan, NC, resulting in a rifle with classic good looks and modern performance.


Back In Stock, Apex Shipping Flat-Faced Trigger for Sig Sauer P320

Apex Tactical Specialties announced that after selling out in record time, its all new Flat-Faced Action Enhancement Trigger for the popular Sig Sauer P320 series of pistols is back in stock and available for immediate purchase.


STI’s “Triple Threat” Inside American Handgunner Sept/Oct Issue

Handgunner's September/October cover story highlights a capable trio of STI 1911s. Examining three guns with three distinct roles, Publisher Roy Huntington had several positive things to say after handling STI's Tactical SS, DVC Limited 2011 and Escort.


Swab-its Adds On Target Training To U.S. Dealer Network

Swab-its®, the makers of Bore-whips™, Bore-tips® and Gun-tips™, announced that On Target Training in Massachusetts has joined its rapidly expanding list of retailers.


NSSF Rimfire Challenge in Sciota, PA

The NSSF Rimfire Challenge introduces participants to the fun and excitement of competitive shooting in a safe, low-pressure, family-friendly format. The match will take place Sunday, August 16, 2015 at the Blue Ridge Cherry Valley Rod & Gun Club in Sciota, PA.


Lorig Earns Team USA Slot at Rio 2016 Games

Khatuna Lorig (West Hollywood, California), a five time Olympian, Olympic bronze medalist, and Hunger Games' Jennifer Lawrence's archery coach had everyone holding their breath at World Archery Championships, but fired a 10 in a single-arrow shoot off to secure a quota slot for the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio.


New Tactacam Custom Mount

The new Tactacam Custom Mount is designed for use on shotguns, muzzleloaders, rifles, crossbows, and will fit a .22 rimfire rifle. The mount will also fit a wide range of scopes up to a 34mm scope.


MidwayUSA Hires Burns as Clothing and Footwear Product Line Manager

MidwayUSA is pleased to announce the hire of Mike Burns to the position of Product Line Manager – Clothing and Footwear.


Michel Claims Third Pro-Am Title for SIG SAUER®

SIG SAUER, Inc., congratulates Team SIG Captain Max Michel on capturing his third Pro-Am Championship in the past four years.


Crimson Trace Answers Some FAQs About Lasers

Crimson Trace frequently receives questions from gun owners about laser sights for home or self-defense applications. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs).


Ruger Precision Rifle-This Week on Gun Talk Radio

It's an First Person Defender fan favorite, what's hot in the firearms world, a new long-distance rifle from Ruger, and more this week on Tom Gresham's GUNTALK® Radio, the original nationally-syndicated radio talk show about guns and the shooting sports.


Comp-TacAnnounces Single Magazine Pouch with PLM Attachment

Comp-Tac Victory Gear, a leading provider of both magazine pouches and concealed carry holsters has adapted their popular Single Magazine Pouch to be compatible with the PLM Attachment.


Target Shooting Banned on Portions of Nebraska's Hamburg Bend WMA

Target shooting is prohibited, effective immediately, on portions of Nebraska's Hamburg Bend Wildlife Management Area (WMA) south of Nebraska City in Otoe County because of safety issues.


Bushnell Introduces Two New Night Vision Binoculars in the Equinox Z Line

Bushnell® has introduced two new night vision binoculars in the Equinox™ Z product line. Both units are packed with a host of features, including digital zoom, image capture and video recording.


Tactacam Launches New, Improved Gun Mount

Tactacam launches their new and improved gun mount. The Tactacam Custom Mount is designed for use on shotguns, muzzleloaders, rifles, crossbows, and will fit a .22 rimfire rifle. The mount will also fit a wide range of scopes up to a 34mm scope.


Brownells Provides Scholarships for Summer Youth Shooting Academy ASSC

Brownells has teamed with the American Sportsman Shooting Center, home of the nation's only indoor, live-fire cinema range to provide scholarships for the upcoming Youth Shooting Academy, presented by K-5 Arms Exchange.


Faxon Firearms Announces Flame Barrel Give Away

Faxon will be giving away Two Flame barrels of the customer's choosing upon the closure of the Flame Barrel Giveaway on Friday July 31, 2015.


Branson Takes SCTP High School National Trap Title

The Branson Trap Team from Missouri, thanks to solid shooting and a near perfect 199 of 200 run by Kennedy Mattox (Branson), claimed the National High School title in American Trap at the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) 2015 National Team Championships.


Golden Eagle (Ill.) Delivers Rookie Division 1-2 Punch At American Trap Nationals

Golden Eagle (Illinois) shooting team athletes delivered a one-two punch at the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships by taking the top two spots, and the Rookie Division National Title, in American Trap.


Michigan's Fudd Dusters Take Home Intermediate/Entry Level Division Trap National Title

When the Fudd Dusters returned home to Michigan after the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships it wasn't empty handed as the five member squad broke 905 of their 1,000 targets to win the American Trap Nationals in the Intermediate/Entry Level Division.


Illinois' Brittany Youth Club Wins Intermediate/Advanced Division Trap National Title

With a 16 target lead, the Brittany Youth Club of Illinois won the Intermediate/Advanced Level Division title in the American Trap competition at the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships.


South Gibson (Tenn.) Hornets Swarm To Junior Varsity Trap National Title

The Hornets of South Gibson County High School in Tennessee broke 945 of 1,000 targets to win the Junior Varsity Division title in the American Trap competition at the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships.


Ohio's Buckeye Chippewa Trapshooting Club Takes Varsity Trap National Title

With the top score of all teams competing in American Trap, the Buckeye Chippewa Trapshooting Club of Ohio won the Varsity Division title in the American Trap competition at the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships breaking 982 of 1,000 targets.


Beretta Defense Technologies Launches New Website

Beretta Defense Technologies (BDT) is pleased to announce the US launch of its enhanced, navigation-friendly website, located at http://www.beretta.com/en-us/bdt/. The website is also accessible from the Beretta homepage www.beretta.com under the 'BDT' tab.


Glock® 42,43 with Streamlight TLR6

CrossBreed® Holsters confirms fit for the Glock® 42/43 with the Streamlight TLR-6. The TLR-6 is the first subcompact pistol light with both an LED illuminator and a red aiming laser designed for the Glock® 42/43.


IntelCase Introduces New 1619LX Compact Rifle Case

IntelCase Co., exclusive distributors of Negrini luxury travel cases, announces the introduction of the newly developed 1619LX compact rifle case for scoped bolt-action rifles.


Federal Premium Adds 380 Auto to Personal Defense HST Lineup

Federal Premium introduces the new 380 Auto load, which is an excellent option for concealed carry pistols. Shipments of this new ammunition are currently being delivered.


LaserLyte to Offer Premium Pistol Laser Trainer

LaserLyte is introducing the LT-Premium (LT-PRE) model of their LT-series of pistol laser trainers. The all-new LT-PRE offers an ON/OFF switch to conserve battery life, and a tool-less barrel diameter adjustment to easily fit nearly any handgun, including "snubbie" revolvers.


Gun Rights Groups Offer Reward in Slaying of Seattle Activist

Four Second Amendment organizations, including the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, announce a $4,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible for the slaying of Donnie Chin, a respected activist in Seattle's International District, and also a devoted firearms enthusiast and collector.


Shooting Industry Masters Auction Items To Benefit USA Shooting Team On GunBroker.com

FMG Publications has teamed with Gunbroker.com to auction one-of-a-kind Shooting Industry Masters custom gun packages with proceeds benefitting the USA Shooting Team.


CCRKBA Lauds Texas' "Pistol Packin' Pastor" Who Stopped Burglar

The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms has noted that a church shooting this week in Texas will be difficult for anti-gunners to exploit, because it involved an armed pastor who stopped an electronics thief in the act.


Outdoor Life Awards Wicked Ridge Invader G3 'Great Buy'

Wicked Ridge Crossbows® receives the Outdoor Life Great Buy Award. The New Invader G3™ model was introduced this past January and has quickly become one of the most popular models at its price level.


Wicked Ridge® Invader G3™ 'Great Buy' According to Outdoor Life

Wicked Ridge Crossbows®, known for producing top value, precision performance crossbows, receives the Outdoor Life Great Buy Award. The New Invader G3™ model was introduced this past January and has quickly become one of the most popular models at its price level.


Two New Remington Assisted Opening Folders

Remington® Cutlery has added two new assisted opening knives to its money-saving Sportsman Series, the R11508 and R11509 R1Ti aluminum folders with a choice of sizes.


Youth Pistol Athletes Begin Progressive-Pistol National Championships

Two world-class shooting venues will once again hold the eighth Progressive-Position Pistol (PPP) National Championships, running today (July 31) through August 2. More than 145 athletes, the largest registration number in PPP history, will be vying for national titles and an opportunity to earn Junior Olympic Squad status.


FEATURE

Shooting Industry Masters, 2015

Gun Talk's Ryan Gresham shoots one of the guns from the pile of GLOCK 19 pistols provided on a centerfire stage of the Shooting Industry Masters.
If you're an outdoors hobbyist, you probably think that a job in the outdoors industry would be a dream come true; the new products, guns and ammo with lots of shooting. Right? Well, no. Jobs are jobs. It's work and you don't get to shoot as much as you'd like – unless your job is on a test range in which case all you do is shoot. Shooting then loses its allure.

It's a job.

So what do people in the outdoors industry do to get together and let their hair down? Well, they shoot – with a purpose – and make it a challenge.

The Shooting Industry Masters is a 3-gun shindig that occurs in various places once per year. Put on by FMG Publications, the match is designed to pit industry teams against each other. The proceeds from the effort go to introduce people to the shooting lifestyle through the National Shooting Sports Foundation's First Shots Program.

First Shots helps ranges across the country with a program designed to help non-shooters learn shooting and firearm safety. According to NSSF, it's a program they developed that is hosted by independent shooting ranges: ". . . the program provides participants with a comprehensive introduction to shooting by qualified range operators and instructors that includes firearm safety, local ownership requirements, shooting fundamentals, hands-on instruction and how and where to continue."

It's a noble cause and one that FMG raises money for along with USA Shooting, HAVA and other shooting sports programs. The money is raised through the match and a series of auctions and raffles.

Yes, it's a competition right down to the side matches. In the Thompson Shootout, the Tommy Gun gets benched as the shooter lunges for the 1911A1, which is in Condition Three (loaded magazine under an empty chamber).
In previous years, FMG has raised more than $280,000 for First Shots, with a goal to raise $100,000 for the First Shots program this year. The event was hosted at the Claythorne Lodge in Columbus, Kan., July 24-25.

The Claythorne Lodge provided 280 acres of the resort for the Masters matches and side matches. The lodge has private hunting areas, some on strip-mined land and is an upland game preserve as well as a shotgun clay sports facility.

Claythorne has produced the World FITASC event, as well as the US Open (attended by 12,000 shooters). A shotgun clays range, it was a challenge to get the lodge ready for rifle and pistol games. A pair of bermed bays were already in place so setting up for side matches remained.

And the smile on this shooter's face is what the Shooting Industry Masters is all about: the enjoyment of shooting while giving to good causes.
According to the event schedule, around 65 teams were scheduled to compete. The Friday night "Big Shot Ball," as well as the match had a 1920s-1930s "gangster" motif. You could see some costuming in place at the match on Friday – hot as it was, the Kahr/Auto-Ordnance "Thompson Shootout" side match had workers in 30s fashions complete with shoulder holsters.

The match consisted of Masters Centerfire Event, Masters Rimfire Event, Team Tactics Event and Sporting Clays event. Side matches were $5 each – and for about 16 events, there was a lot of activity.

As if that wasn't enough, why not a First Shots class for industry team members who needed it? The Masters First Shots Orientation was provided. It's a beginners' class designed to help them learn basic shooting fundamentals and become familiar with the guns used during the event. Coaches for the event were two-time Olympian and 2008 Gold Medalist Keith Sanderson, Collin Wietfeldt, two-time Junior Olympic National Champion, Amber English, Alex Rennet, Sarah Beard and Tyler Froeba.

Firearms manipulation -- gun handling -- was part of the deal. The 1911A1 pistol was benched chamber-empty. The shirt says, "Leave the Gun. Take the Cannoli."
Just chatting with FMG's Sammy Reese, the Handgun & Rifle Stage Director, gave me some idea of the magnitude of the event. He'd arranged for the required 42,000 rounds of .22 LR ammunition and 18,500 rounds of .223, over 20 Glock 19s, Smith & Wesson M&P22 Compact pistols, M&P15-22 carbines, Ruger 22/45 Lite pistols, 10/22 carbines, Mossberg MVP Patrol carbines and many other guns.

There were likewise a huge number of side matches, from the XS Sights "Snitches Get Stitches" to the Kahr "Thompson Shootout" to the MKS Supply/Inland "Audie Murphy Pillbox Showdown" and all the others.

From my short exposure to the Masters last Friday, I can tell you it's a time for industry folks to get together. They talk business, sure. But they have a lot of fun and raise a lot of money.

And it's all for a good cause.

-- Rich Grassi


Aug 1-2
Bass and Bucks, Wabash, Indiana
Aug 8-11
Toronto, Canada
Aug 15-16
Saginaw Field and Stream, Saginaw, Michigan
Aug 13-16
NRA Whittington Center, Raton, NM
Aug 11-16
Wroclaw, Poland
Aug 16
Blue Ridge Cherry Valley Rod & Gun Club, 2178 Smith Road, Sciota PA, 18354
Aug 29-30
Echo Valley Archers, Fayette, Iowa
Aug 23-30
Donaueschingen, Germany
Sep 3-4
College Station, Texas
Sep 5-7
College Station, Texas
Sep 11-13
Tusco Rifle Club, New Philadelphia, Ohio
Sep 8-13
Medellin, Colombia
Oct 10-11
Louisville, Kentucky
Oct 9-11
Old Fort Gun Club, Fort Smith, Arkansas
Oct 17-18
Mexico City, Mexico
Dec 3-6

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