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News | Friday, April 29, 2016

Harris Publications Will Shutter After 40 Years

In a letter sent yesterday, Harris Publications' owner Stanley Harris announced that, after 40 years, the company was closing.


Creedmoor Ammunition Available from the Factory

Creedmor has been producing and shipping quality shooting products directly to their customers. Direct sales are a link between maker and user which provides Creedmor with knowledge of how the products are working in the field.


Swab-its Sponsors Local Western Massachusetts Friends of NRA Banquet

For a second year, Swab-its®, the makers of Bore-whips™, Bore-tips® and Gun-tips™, is proud to sponsor the Pioneer Valley Friends of NRA Banquet taking place May 6, 2016 in Chicopee, Mass.


Williams Mullen Law Firm New Firearm Industry Compliance Conference Sponsor

Orchid Advisors and the National Shooting Sports Foundation are pleased to announce that Williams Mullen has agreed to sponsor the 2016 Firearms Industry Compliance Conference at the Bronze level. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, and with satellite offices in South Carolina, North Carolina and Washington, D.C., the firm provides legal services for a wide variety of enterprises, including those in the firearms industry.


TruckVault Pro Staff Member Kim Rhode Wins Silver Medal In Women's Skeet

Kim Rhode, member of the USA Shooting Team and TruckVault-sponsored shooter won a silver medal at the ISSF World Cup in Rio on April 23. Rhode is a five-time Olympic medalist and is on track to represent the United States in the 2016 Summer Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


Creedmoor Ammo .223 Sierra Now Available to Ship

Creedmor is offering three sought after .223 competition loads at value pricing. They introduced the 69 grain Sierra TMK, the 77 grain Sierra TMK and the 77 grain Sierra BTHP, loaded in their facility using brand new Lake City Brass.


CrossBreed Holsters at Concealed Carry Expo

CrossBreed Holsters announces they will be exhibiting at the upcoming USCCA Concealed Carry Expo. The expo will take place April 29th through May 1st at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta, Georgia.


GunBroker.com Releases Top 5 Best Selling Firearms for March 2016

GunBroker.com has released its list of Top 5 Best Selling Firearms for March 2016. The Glock G19 was the number one selling new Semi Auto Pistol.


NSSF Statement on White House 'Smart Gun' Initiative

A federal report on a so-called "smart gun" initiative was to be released Thursday. It had yet to be released by press time. The National Shooting Sports Foundation issued a statement of their position on such an initiative.


Kahr Firearms Group Promotes Jodi DePorter

Congratulations are being extended to Jodi DePorter who was recently promoted from Regional Sales Manager of Kahr Firearms Group to her new position as National Sales Manager, effective immediately.


Hillsdale College Shotgun Team Takes First at Div. III ACUI

Hillsdale College congratulates the Chargers Shotgun Sports Team, which finished first overall at the Division III Association of College Unions International (ACUI) 48th Annual Clay Targets Tournament.


U.S. Compound Men Set World Record in Shanghai

The 2016 Archery World Cup season kicked off in Shanghai. The World Cup Series is shortened this year to only three events before the Final to accommodate the Olympic schedule.


Firearms Insurance Agent a Firearm Industry Compliance Conference Sponsor

Orchid Advisors and the National Shooting Sports Foundation are pleased to announce that Firearms Insurance Agent has agreed to sponsor the 2016 Firearms Industry Compliance Conference at the Silver level. Based in Grain Valley, Missouri, the company specializes in product liability, workers compensation and a variety of general coverage products written specifically to address the needs of those in the firearms industry.


Agencies Select Z-CLEAN

National Police Ammunition announced its proprietary Z-CLEAN ammunition has been adopted by two of Florida's largest law enforcement agencies, Orange County Sheriffs and the City of Miami Police Department. Z-CLEAN is used for state required qualifications and training in lead-free range facilities.


CrossBreed Holsters Freedom Carry Holster Special

CrossBreed Holsters announced a special price on their Freedom Carry Holster. It's available for a 20% savings for orders placed by May 6, 2016. The Freedom Carry allows different carry positions including cross-draw, "appendix," and strong side.


Bigfoot Gun Belts with Flat Black Hardware

Bigfoot Gun Belts is offering belts with a new line of flat black hardware. These scratch and corrosion resistant roller buckles are now available for both the rich brown and classic black leather gun belt options.


Team Timney's Milkovich Wins PRS Match

Timney Triggers congratulates Regina Milkovich on her victory at the 2016 Nor Cal Tactical Bolt Rifle Challenge. Regina made history by being the first female shooter to win a major Precision Rifle Series (PRS) match.


S3DA Names Jason Minnamon As NY State Coordinator

Scholastic 3-D Archery has named Jason Minnamon as the new S3DA New York State Coordinator. As the State Coordinator, Dan will oversee all aspects of the S3DA program in New York, including tournaments, training and dividing the state into regions that will allow S3DA participants multiple monthly competition venues as close as possible to their home location.


Orchid Advisors and the Ashcroft Law Firm Announce Firearms Industry Strategic Advisory Service

Orchid Advisors, the Firearm Industry's Trusted Compliance and Operations Experts, and former Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Michael J. Sullivan on behalf of the Ashcroft Law Firm, announce the launch of a cooperative program to deliver strategic advisory, regulatory, compliance and legal services to the firearms industry. Mike will work closely with Orchid's clients in the capacity of a Firearms Industry Executive Advisor.


2016 USCCA Concealed Carry Expo April 29th - May 1st

The USCCA Concealed Carry Expo, the only event dedicated to the concealed carry lifestyle, will be held, this weekend, April 29 – May 1, 2016, at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The Expo will feature an information-packed, three-day consumer show with seminars, demonstrations, a concealed-carry fashion show, live-fire shooting range and a full line-up of world-class guest speakers.


LaserMax Adds Customer Service Staff

LaserMax is pleased to welcome Kevin Bock as its newest Customer Service Representative, providing essential consumer support and warranty processing services.


Legacy Sports International Announces New Pointer Synthetic Line of O/U Shotguns

Legacy Sports International announces the new Pointer Synthetic Over/Unders, available in a 12 gauge and 20 Guage Field model with a 28" barrel as well as an 18" 12 gauge home defense model. MSRP is $580.00.


RSR Adds More Apex Products

Apex Tactical Specialties announced that wholesale distributor RSR Group has expanded its offerings from the Apex product line to include barrels for the Smith & Wesson M&P and the new trigger for the Walther PPQ.


Taurus® Team Captain Jessie Duff Captures USPSA Area 6 Ladies Single Stack Title

Taurus® congratulates Grand Master and Taurus Team Captain Jessie Duff on her recent first place finish in Ladies Single Stack at the USPSA Area 6 Championship in Covington, Georgia.


Remington Arms Company Announces Limited Lifetime Firearm Warranty

Remington Arms Company, announces it is offering a limited lifetime warranty on all Remington firearms purchased January 1, 2016 or after.


FEATURE

Time Passes

You've seen the top story in this wire. A major publisher of gun and shooting publications is shutting down. It caused me to look back and to consider what happened and what's happening now.

Many years ago, I read every gun magazine I could get my hands on. I knew of just a few when I was a kid, Guns and Ammo was one of those. During the 1970s, I noticed Shooting Times, Gun World -- and then as the 1980s was looming in the near future, new magazines were showing up all the time. One of those that crowed in was Combat Handguns. I think I had the first edition they ever ran and I was hooked.

Sure, some of the stuff seemed hokey even to a duffer like me. But I bought them off the rack, then subscribed to many of them.

I was engaged in a police career and got involved in firearms instruction. From there, I made contact with Massad Ayoob – this was about 1994. He was helpful in a project I was doing for the sheriff and, when he came in on an expert witness job I made it a point to call him. From there, I sponsored a class of his and helped with an article. He'd had me touch base with Bruce Cameron at Law & Order Magazine, at the time a closed circulation publication.

After Bruce had spent time and effort trying to hammer me into a old-style news writer, Mas asked me if I was ready for "the big time." He had me call Harry Kane, Editor of Combat Handguns and Harris Gun Annuals.

There was a lapse of time, then Harry had me working on projects. At first, it was "call when you have an idea." Eventually, it was "Hey, Rich, what's goin' on? Want to do something on (fill in the blank)?"

I always agreed. It's what I was there for.

After I retired, I knew I wanted to stay in the industry. I continued to write for Harry even after Jim Shepherd approved my idea of The Tactical Wire. It wasn't long after that when Harry retired from Harris Outdoors Group.

Yesterday, I got word that Harris Publications, and all their properties including their "Tactical" group as it became known, was closing the doors.

It's the end of an era. I got my real start in the industry at Harris. Even after I moved on, I always "rooted for the home team" – that's what I considered H.O.G. and Tactical-Life. I met Stanley Harris a few times at parties he graciously gave, met Virginia Commander. I consider Shirley Steffen, Nino Bosaz, Linas Cernauskas, Mike Humphries, Karin Levine and the rest of the crew to be friends.

The company and the crew took me a long way. It's a debt that can't be repaid.

The group of writers in the stable included Massad Ayoob, Walt Rauch, Mike Boyle, Dave Spaulding, Matt Berger, Keith Pridgen, Bob Pilgrim, Paul Markel, Bill Bell, Ralph Mroz, Mike Detty and Rob Garrett – among many others.

Some of my work went into Combat Handguns, a lot went to the various gun annuals, but the majority of the material went to Guns and Weapons for Law Enforcement. I didn't think a lot of the title, but it became sort of a home for my work for a long time.

There are still gun magazines out there. I imagine some print pubs will be around for a while, but most of the audience has moved to viewing YouTube videos, chattering on internet forums and looking at some gun web logs. A lot of folks check their email for a daily dose of the news provided by our various services at the Outdoor Wire Digital Network.

Times change, the audience has changed – and it's gotten bigger. Just as I offer a sad farewell to Harris, I'm glad of the growing gun culture.

It's our reason to get out here every day to keep you posted.

-- Rich Grassi


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