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News | Monday, October 20, 2014

California Hosting Workshop on Phasing Out Lead Ammo for Hunting

On Saturday, October 25, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will hold a public workshop to discuss phasing out lead ammunition for hunting in a way that is least disruptive to hunters. The workshop will be held at Richmond Elementary School in Susanville.

Davidson's Promotes Watson

Davidson's announces the promotion of Karen Watson to the position of Inventory Control Supervisor. Ms. Watson will oversee the inventory department, supervise the inventory control staff, and act as liaison between the Davidson's Purchasing department and Warehouse functions.

Crimson Trace Scores NASGW Accessory Manufacturing Award

Crimson Trace has earned the Excellence in Accessory Manufacturing award from the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW). The honor was presented during the recent NASGW Annual Meeting and Expo held in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Steyr Arms Now Shipping AUG A3 M1 Rifle Platform

Steyr Arms has begun shipping the new multi-configurable M1 variant of the AUG A3 bullpup rifle platform to dealers and distributors. Utilizing an optics attachment platform similar to the rare and much-sought-after AUG A2, the AUG A3 M1 will be available nationwide in a Short-Rail version, a High-Rail version as well as an Integrated-Optic version with either a 1.5X or 3X scope.

Springfield Armory XD-S 3.3 - This Week On Guns & Gear TV

This week, Guns & Gear TV, one of the top-rated television programs to showcase products for shooting and hunting, features the XD-S 3.3 in 9mm and .45 from Springfield Armory.

Zero Pork Thirty This Week on Gun Talk TV

This week on Gun Talk Television, host Ryan Gresham goes full-tactical with guns and gear on this nighttime hog-hunt in Texas. All varieties of optics - including thermal and night vision - and laser and lights from Crimson Trace, combine with lots of firepower from Smith & Wesson to take down these big Texas hogs.

Tonight's "Handguns & Defensive Weapons" on Sportsman Features Clearing Drills

In an emergency situation, knowing how to handle a firearm is a vital skill. In this week's Handguns & Defensive Weapons on Sportsman Channel, host Richard Nance shows viewers pistol malfunction drills to stay in the fight and challenges his counterpart James Tarr to a precision pistol competition.

Mule Deer Foundation Donates $150,000 to Shooting Team Endowments

The Mule Deer Foundation (MDF) is donating $150,000 to the MidwayUSA Foundation to support youth shooting sports programs across the country.

Pulsar Nominated for OpticsPlanet Brilliance Awards

Pulsar announces its recent nomination in the Night Vision category of the 2014 OpticsPlanet Brilliance Awards.

Tactical Solutions Joins Growing List of Rimfire Challenge Sponsors

The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®) announcesTactical Solutions as a Bronze sponsor to the NSSF Rimfire Challenge

Tactical Gear And Training Featured In The American Handgunner Tactical 2015 Special Edition

Quality training and top-grade gear are the two most important aspects of preparation for any scenario, and the American Handgunner Tactical 2015 Special Edition provides invaluable information on all things tactical

JROTC Air Rifle This Week on American Airgunner

This week on American Airgunner TV, Rossi Morreale visits a high school JROTC air rifle team in his hometown of Fort Smith, Arkansas. Rossi talks with the youth and their coaches about the opportunities and rewards that come from sporter and precision air rifle competition.

Sig Sauer Academy Returns to Sponsor IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals

The Sig Sauer Academy, one of the nation's leading firearms training facilities offering a comprehensive program of more than 60 courses for the armed professional and responsible citizen, is returning as a major sponsor of the upcoming Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals.

GLOCK Returns as Major Sponsor of IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals

GLOCK, the nation's leading pistol provider to American law enforcement agencies and maker of some of the most popular pistols used in the shooting sports, is back as a major sponsor of one of IDPA's most popular new championships, the Smith & Wesson Back Up Gun Nationals.

ZEISS Takes Petersen's Editor's Choice Award with New TERRA 3X Riflescope

Carl Zeiss Sports Optics, the world's leading manufacturer of high performance sports optics, has won the 2014 Annual Petersen's Hunting Editor's Choice Award for the new TERRA 3X 4-12x50 riflescope.

Basic Firearms Safety A MUST for Hunting

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission's Home From The Hunt (tm) campaign encourages hunters to take the proper precautions with firearms to be safe during time spent outdoors.

Crimson Trace Honors Media Members

Crimson Trace recently honored two shooting sports media members for professionally communicating about concealed carry techniques and self-defense firearms.

Join Ralph & Vicki for Kids Living the Dream

This week on The Choice TV, join Ralph and Vicki and the kids living the hunting dream. To continue this great lifestyle, they have to get the kids out in the field to hunt, fish, camp, and enjoy the outdoors. Youth deer seasons and swine fever is what it's all about to continue the legacy.

Realtree®'s "The 15-Yard Files" Webisode Exceeds One Million Views

Realtree's "The 15-Yard Files" webisode, featured on, has shattered the million view mark in just a year.

Buck Daze Hunt on Backwoods Life

It's all for a good cause -raising money for the Southwest Georgia Academy - but it's also a great chance for the Backwoods Life crew to discover the incredible whitetail deer hunting of south Georgia. See the action this week on Sportsman Channel.


Where's Winchester? Finding Cowboy Guns in Odd Places

Winchester Model 1866 Yellow Boy (modified), .44 rimfire.
The Western is dead, right? In the 1980s, many historians predicted the decline of the genre; therefore, this assertion should be true. But recently, it seems the western is everywhere. While science and apocalyptic fiction may seem an odd bedfellow for the western, finding old west remnants in 'new frontiers' has become a veritable 'Where's Waldo'; only instead of an awkward man in a striped hat, you just have to locate a cowboy gun.

Westerns have evolved significantly over the years, from classic melodrama to adult psychological drama. However, at its core, it always has been a reflection of American spirit. After the Civil War, Americans sought to reconcile their fractured country by establishing a national identity. Creating a singular American identity across a diverse population, however, is no easy task. It can be formed through a group phenomenon that embodies both the past and present, known as collective memory. In the late 19th century, writers and novelists, like Mark Twain, began romanticizing the frontier. The result was a fictionalized frontier mythology. This myth permeated collective memory and became an outlet for Americans to turn 'tragedy of war into triumph'.

Wild West Shows, dime novels, and eventually western films helped disseminate American ideals into collective memory by employing a series of mnemonic devices such as firearms. In fact, cowboy guns have become so prevalent in Hollywood that twenty-three models of Winchesters have been featured in movies, television and video games, with the Model 1866 alone appearing in over 29 major motion pictures. Interestingly, these guns reinforce memory so extensively that they appear in films set before they were invented and can serve as a trigger regardless of whether they appear in traditional or nontraditional settings.

Winchester Model 1892 (without shortened barrel), .38 WFC.
Throughout the 20th century, the western underwent a drastic evolution that reflected cultural shifts. But by the 1980s, historians believed the genre would be unable to remain relevant and compete with increasingly popular new frontiers like science fiction; a genre that predates the western by centuries and is not distinctly American. Sci-fi may stray light-years from traditional westerns, but it, like frontier fiction, has been successful at reinventing its narratives to embrace change and in many cases, has begun to emulate western cues. No show holstered the dissonance of futurism and the old west quite like Joss Whedon's 2002 cult hit, Firefly. The show was set in an untamed part of the galaxy in the wake of civil war. The actors clothed head-to-toe in western apparel, carry futurized western firearms. One character even carried a short-barreled Winchester Model 1892; the same 'prop' used in Steve McQueen's 1957 show Trackdown.

Sci-fi was not the only genre to contain the western spirit; apocalyptic fiction as early as the 1968 film Night of the Living Dead, used Smith & Wesson Revolvers and Winchester Rifles. More recently, AMC's The Walking Dead directly has applied the western framework to zombie mythology. The show set in Atlanta after the outbreak of a virus, centers around Rick Grimes: a sheriff who is disillusioned by actions he has made to ensure his family's survival. From Grimes' sheriff uniform to his Colt Python Revolver, the character is reminiscent of Eastwood-esque anti-heroes.

Colt Python Elite Model Revolver, .357 mag.
Zombie fiction still utilizes its fair share of modern rifles, but cowboy guns remain prevalent. Even Shaun of the Dead, an apocalyptic satire akin to Blazing Saddles that takes place in England, retains ties to the American frontier. In the movie, a pub is named the "The Winchester" because of a Yellow Boy mounted to the wall that is ultimately used to save the lead character's life.

Works of popular culture often emerge to rectify and understand issues of national identity. As circumstances around us change, identity is reinvented and remembered differently. It makes room for new inventions and shifting attitudes but will never fully forget the past. The western continues to thrive in traditional and nontraditional venues because cowboy guns and other recognizable devices are engrained in our collective memory as an enduring symbol of American spirit.

-- Ashley Hlebinsky

Ashley Hlebinsky is deputy curator of the Cody Firearms Museum

Images courtesy of Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody, Wy, USA; Gift of Olin Corporation, Winchester Arms Collection, 1988.8.168, 1988.8.265. Gift of Colt's Manufacturing Company, 2003.20.1

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