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News | Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Milwaukee To Host Inaugural NRA Carry Guard Expo

The National Rifle Association is proud to announce the inaugural NRA Carry Guard Expo, scheduled for Aug. 25-27 at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


FightLite MCR and Lightweight Polymer Ammo

FightLite Industries announces a development program for next generation, lightweight polymer ammunition to work in conjunction with its patented Dual-Feed™ Squad Automatic MCR® (Mission Configurable Rifle).


Honor Defense Partners with Jones & Company in the Southeast

Honor Defense is pleased to announce a partnership with Jones & Company for sales and marketing in the southeast.


Federal Premium, CCI Shooting Sports Partners of the Boy Scouts

Federal Premium and CCI are now the Official Shooting Sports Partners of the Boy Scouts of America. The shotshell and rimfire ammunition partnership supports 1,620 Scout Camps that offer shooting sports across the country.


Propper Records First Armor Save

Troup County (GA) Sheriff's Deputy Michael Hockett, 24 years old and newly married, recently became the best kind of statistic – a survivor – thanks in part to his Propper 4PV concealable armor.


Sellmark to Display at Worldwide Fall Trade Show

Join 12 Survivors, Firefield, Pulsar and Sightmark August 27-21, 2017 at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center for the Worldwide Fall Trade Show.


Sellmark at AGLOW Conference

Sellmark is proud to announce participation at AGLOW from its brands 12 Survivors, Firefield, Sightmark and Pulsar. The event is to take place September 25-28th at Lake of the Woods, Minnesota.


Vice President, Marketing, Battenfeld Technologies

As a critical member of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) for the Accessories Division, the Vice President of Marketing for Battenteld Technologies is responsible for the strategy, tactics and programs to create interest, demand and recognition for BTI and its products through the use of PR, Product Marketing, Creative Services, Advertising, Strategic Relationships, Direct, Event, Channel and Online Marketing.


The NRA Foundation Awards $15,000 in College Scholarships

The NRA Foundation has awarded $15,000 in college scholarships to attendees of last summer's 2016 Youth Education Summit through the Y.E.S. Grand Scholarship program.


Taurus Congratulates Team Captain on Another Win

Taurus USA congratulates team captain Jessie Harrison-Duff as she finished another successful competition at the 2017 US IPSC Nationals.


Harrison-Duff Takes First in Ladies Open at the US IPSC Nationals

Taurus USA congratulates team captain Jessie Harrison-Duff as she finished another successful competition at the 2017 US IPSC Nationals. Jessie walked away with a first place finish in the Ladies Open, claiming this national title for the second year in a row.


Two-Gun Jerry on Impossible Shots

It's an Impossible Shot like none other. Smith & Wesson Pro Shooter Jerry Miculek attempts to shoot two guns at the same time – and accurately. Then, it's a Wild West version of the "El Presidente" shooting drill, Cisko-style on Shooting USA's Impossible Shots.


SureFire To Exhibit at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market

SureFire, LLC will be an exhibitor at the 2017 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, held July 26th - 29th in Salt Lake City, Utah.


NSSF Launches All-New Website

The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association for the firearms industry, announces the launch of its completely redesigned website, www.nssf.org.


Gold Tip and Bee Stinger Archers Continue to Dominate IBO Circuit

Gold Tip and Bee Stinger pro shooter Levi Morgan won the third and final leg of the IBO (International Bowhunter's Organization) Triple Crown in Tionesta, Pennsylvania, sweeping the season series and earning the 2017 IBO National Triple Crown Champion title.


Apex Welcomes Zanders Sporting Goods As Newest Distributor

Apex Tactical Specialties, the leading designer and manufacturer of aftermarket triggers and accessories for firearms, is pleased to welcome Zanders Sporting Goods as its newest distributor helping deliver Apex's popular products to firearm retailers across the country.


Hogue Knives' X1-Microflip

Hogue Knives is pleased to introduce the newest addition to their quality line of knives, the X1-Microflip button lock flipper. It features features Hogue's robust button lock mechanism along with their patent-pending blade retention device.


Team Walther's Hwansik Kim Wins at IPSC Matches

Walther Arms, Inc. congratulates Hwansik Kim for outstanding performances at two recent major IPSC matches: 1st Overall Production at the BC Provincial Championship and 2nd Overall Production Division at the IPSC US Nationals.


Gerber Sharkbelly Knife

GERBER announces the introduction of the new Sharkbelly. It's an update to the classic everyday carry pocket knife, available in partially serrated and full fine edge blade variations.


High-Capacity Handguns Race on Shooting USA

This week, Shooting USA's John Scoutten covers the STI Limited National Championship in Florida. Plus the Whitworth Rifle, one of History's Guns.


Top Guns For Men's And Women's Doubles Skeet Named At SCTP Nationals

The top male and female athletes in Doubles Skeet were recognized by the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) at the 2017 National Team Championships for their outstanding individual performances in each of its six competitive divisions.


Jacksonville Univ. Picks Up 2nd National Title With Doubles Skeet Win

Members of the Jacksonville (Fla.) University Sporting Clays, Skeet & Trap Team picked up their second national title during competition at the 2017 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships with their win in the Collegiate Division in Doubles Skeet. Earlier in the match Jacksonville shooters claimed the Doubles Trap title.


Southern Shooting Sports of Tennessee Take Rookie Div. Doubles Skeet National Title

The Southern Shooting Sports of Tennessee held off the Ben Avery Clay Crushers of Arizona to win the Doubles Skeet title in the Rookie Division during competition at the 2017 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships.


Tennessee's Haywood Young Guns Claims Intermediate/Entry Level Div. Doubles Skeet National Title

The Haywood Young Guns of Tennessee outpaced the Allen Eagles Competitive Shooting Team to capture the Doubles Skeet title in the Intermediate/Entry Level Division during competition at the 2017 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships.


Henry Co. No Fly Zone of Tennessee Wins Intermediate/Advanced Div. Doubles Skeet National Title

The Volunteer State's Henry County No Fly Zone edged out teams from Iowa and Montana to claim the Doubles Skeet title in the Intermediate/Advanced Division during competition at the 2017 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships.


Georgia's Lake Oconee Shotgun Team Wins JV Div. Doubles Skeet National Title

Georgia's Lake Oconee Shotgun Team took the Doubles Skeet title in the Junior Varsity Division during competition at the 2017 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships.


Iowa's Pella Christian Eagles Win Open Div. Doubles Skeet National Title

After breaking 280 of 300 targets, members of the Pella Christian Eagles Shooting Team of Iowa took home the national title in the Open Division in Doubles Skeet during competition at the 2017 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships.


Remington Arms Company, LLC is Presenting Sponsor of National Shooting Sports Month

The National Shooting Sports Foundation is pleased to announce that Remington Arms Company, LLC, has signed as the Presenting Sponsor of the association's inaugural National Shooting Sports Month. Founded in 1816, Remington is an American manufacturer of firearms and ammunition.


Ellison Takes Silver at 2017 World Games in Field Archery

After leading qualification with one of the highest field archery scores in history, Brady Ellison (Globe, Arizona) was well poised to take his first World Games gold this weekend.


3rd Annual Benelli USA Invitational

Benelli USA invites the outdoor industry to join in support of Freedom Hunters at this year's Benelli USA Invitational. Slated for September 15 at Prince George's County Trap and Skeet in Glen Dale, Maryland, the event will raise money for Freedom Hunters through a team-based sporting clays competition, silent auction and raffle.


Timney Triggers on Guns & Gear

This week on Guns & Gear, see the Calvin Elite AR trigger, designed for speed and accuracy, from Timney Triggers. Then, check out Barnes Bullets' VOR-TX LR ammo for long range shooting, and dive into optics from Sig Sauer, including the ROMEO6.


Atlanta Arms' KC Eusebio Wins US IPSC Nationals

KC Eusebio took the top spot as First Place Overall Match Winner at the 2017 US IPSC Nationals, July 15-16.


Wilson Combat's Mandy Bachman Defends Title

Mandy Bachman traveled to Elkhart, Iowa to defend her High Lady title at the Iowa State IDPA Championship. She finished the match as High Lady, 3rd ESP Master, and 8th overall.


Tactical Solutions Presents at TIGGRCON

Tactical Solutions will be exhibiting this week at TRIGGRCON in Tacoma, Washington. TRIGGRCON is four day firearms convention open to media and industry attendees, and open to enthusiasts the final two days.


Redding 6 mm Creedmoor Die Sets

Redding Reloading Equipment introduces new die sets in 6mm Creedmoor. They will be available in Type–S, Type-S Match and Competition series die sets.


This Week on Gallery of Guns TV

On Thursday, Gallery of Guns TV will feature Julie Golob shooting the S&W Model 586 and Scott Kenneson demonstrates SIG's P238 Spartan.


Daniel Defense to Exhibit at TRIGGRCON

Daniel Defense has announced that it will be attending the 2017 TRIGGRCON Expo in Tacoma, Washington. The first two days of the event will include a range day and industry day open to media and industry leaders, and the final two days will be open to the public.


Iowa's Ankeny Centennial Jaguars Trap Team Wins Intermediate/Advanced Div. Handicap Trap National Title

Breaking 873 of 1,000 targets, the Ankeny Centennial Jaguars Trap Team of Iowa took home the Handicap Trap title in the Intermediate/Advanced Division during competition at the 2017 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships.


University of Tennessee at Martin Takes Collegiate Div. Handicap Trap National Title

Facing off against a team from Jacksonville University, shooters from the University of Tennessee at Martin Trap Team took the Handicap Trap title in the Collegiate Division with a final target count of 839 during competition at the 2017 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships.


Iowa's North Scott Trap Team Wins JV Div. Handicap Trap National Title

North Scott's Junior Varsity squad picked up its second national title leading an Iowa team sweep in Handicap Trap in the Junior Varsity Division during competition at the 2017 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships.


North Scott Trap Team Wins Varsity Div. Handicap Trap National Title at Shoot Off

Following on their national title in Doubles Trap, the North Scott Trap Team of Iowa faced an intra-squad shoot off to take the Handicap Trap title in the Varsity Division during competition at the 2017 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships.


Maquoketa Cardinals of Iowa Win Open Div. Handicap Trap National Title

Following on their win in the Doubles Trap event, the Maquoketa Cardinals of Iowa claimed their second national title breaking 861 of their 1,000 targets in the Handicap Trap Open Division during competition at the 2017 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships.


Top Guns For Men's And Women's Handicap Trap Named At SCTP Nationals

The top male and female athletes in Handicap Trap were recognized by the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) at the 2017 National Team Championships for their outstanding individual performances in each of its six competitive divisions.


FEATURE

The Post-Recall Ruger Mark IV

The white dot below the "S" when the safety is "on" means that the lower receiver has been upgraded by the factory in response to the recall.
Everyone who owns the excellent Ruger Mark IV 22 pistol should be aware of the safety recall – and should be in line to get their guns updated. A Ruger Mark IV Target has just made the trip back from the recall, making it a good time to take it to the range and see what's changed.

There are certain guns in the line that were found to fire if the safety lever was moved only part-way between "fire and safe" and the trigger pressed then released. Failing to get potential problem corrected and transferring the firearm – a trade, outright sale or if your family disposes of it after they dispose of you – raises the possibility of a senseless tragedy. If your gun is eligible and you haven't moved to get it corrected, go to the recall website and take the short time to "get in line" for repairs.

Ruger won't send you the return packaging until they're sure they can get your property in, get the parts replaced and ship it back.

There are only two parts being replaced and all you have to return is the lower – sans any after-market add-ons and goodies. Ruger returns the lower receiver and adds a new Mark IV magazine.

I got in line before the Independence Day holiday and shortly got an email notice to expect packaging. It arrived and it was short work to package the lower for shipment. As the lower isn't the part with the serial number, it's not a 'firearm' under the law. This means it goes – and returns – via US Mail.

A box arrived at our PO Box containing the lower receiver and a new magazine. There was a nice note from Ruger, in thanks that the frame had been returned for the safety update. The receiver, packed in bubble-wrap, had a new magazine partly inserted. The letter "S" on the left side of the receiver, visible when the safety is "on," was in a white dot. That's the marking you look for to determine your pre-June Mark IV is updated.

I collected the upper and some ammo, taking the whole mess to the range early in the morning. It was already 75°F and the relative humidity was 85%. The shooting glasses fogged, everything left out was damp to the touch and it had the makings of being an uncomfortable day.

I sought to determine two things from the trip: the difference in trigger or safety manipulation on the gun and reliability. I used Federal Premium Hunter Match, CCI Standard Velocity and Remington Thunderbolt ammo. While I wasn't checking zero, grouping is a fair measure of trigger manipulation, so I used the handy, light "Nest Rest" Shooting Rest from Birchwood Casey.

I could detect no difference in trigger press or effort required to move the safety lever on or off. The gun shot about like it did before – but I need to move the rear sight leaf a bit left, it appears. I know. I wasn't trying to check the zero on the gun.

The reliability was as before and I used the new magazine exclusively. The others were a known quantity. The only reliability issues were failures to fire with Remington Thunderbolt: there were four failures. Three ignited on the second try. There were no ignition issues with Federal Hunter Match or CCI Standard Velocity.

It took a few weeks to get the lower receiver back. I got a new magazine and a gun that's safety certified by the manufacturer. I think that's a fair trade.

If you have a pre-June Mark IV and haven't gotten it turned in for repairs, do so. You won't be sorry.

- - Rich Grassi


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