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News | Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Ruger Extends the "2 Million Gun Challenge"

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is excited to announce the extension of the 2 Million Gun Challenge to Benefit the NRA - which is now the 2.5 Million Gun Challenge. Between the 2015 and 2016 NRA Annual Meetings, Ruger met the challenge goal of selling two million new firearms, for a total donation of $4,000,000 to the NRA-ILA.

September Issue of S.W.A.T. Magazine

The September issue of S.W.A.T. features the CZ-USA 805 rifle, how to be a successful instructor, a comparison of the Zenith MP5 and SIG MPX and the Inland Mfg. M1 Carbine -- and more.

Gander Mountain Supports NSSF's 2016 #GUNVOTE Campaign

Minneapolis-based specialty outdoor retailer Gander Mountain, in partnership with the National Shooting Sports Foundation, announced its alliance with the NSSF's 2016 #GUNVOTE campaign to support the association's voter education efforts throughout the course of the election year.

Cabela's Outdoor Fund Partners with USA Youth Education in Shooting Sports

Cabela's Outdoor Fund has presented USA Youth Education in Shooting (USAYESS) with a $35,000 grant to be used for the USAYESS Family Outdoor Experience Program.

Swab-its Adds FDM Tactical To Growing List of Dealers

Swab-its®, the makers of Bore-whips™, Bore-tips® and Gun-tips™, announced the addition of FDM Tactical of Hopewell, Virginia to their growing list of retailers carrying the Swab-its line of firearms cleaning products.

Davidson's Delivers and Extends the "Ruger 2 Million Gun Challenge"

Davidson's accepted Ruger's challenge at the 2015 NRA Annual Meetings and pledged to donate one dollar to the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action for each new Ruger firearm it sold within the challenge period.

Leupold Expands Tech Service Phone Hours

Leupold & Stevens, Inc. has expanded the hours of its Tech Services call center, making it even easier for Leupold owners to access the product expertise of the services staff.

Trijicon MRO Wins Award

Trijicon Inc. is pleased to announce their Miniature Rifle Optic (MRO) has been awarded the Firearms Industry Choice Awards Optic of the Year. The Firearms Industry Choice Awards' product evaluation process is designed to determine the best product of the year in several categories.

American Marksman Great Lakes Regional Championship

American Marksman is hosting the Great Lakes Regional Championship on July 30-31 at the Walter Cline Range in Friendship, Ind. A new concept television show and target shooting competition, American Marksman is offered by Outdoor Sportsman Group and is sponsored by Crimson Trace.

Lehigh Defense Solid Copper Wide Flat Nose Bullets

Lehigh Defense is introducing a line of Wide Flat Nose (WFN) bullets. These bullets eliminate the chance of lead fouling and, as they're not lead, require no gas check. These require no bullet lube.

ATA Names Dan Forster Director of Government Relations

The Archery Trade Association (ATA) has hired Dan Forster as its director of government relations. Beginning October 1, Forster will work in tandem with Mitch King, who has served in that role since 2007.

PolyOne Acquires Gordon Composites

PolyOne Corporation, a premier global provider of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions, announces the acquisition of Gordon Composites, the leader in producing high-performance composite technology for bow limbs for the archery industry. Many of the industry's leading bow companies rely on Gordon Glass to provide durable and reliable limbs.

Honor Defense's Gary Ramey Elected to Citizens Academy Alumni Association Board

Gary Ramey, President of handgun manufacturer Honor Defense, located in Gainesville, Georgia, was recently elected to the FBI Atlanta Citizens Academy Board of Directors. The FBI Atlanta Citizens Academy Alumni Association is a nonprofit organization separate and apart from the FBI.

IPSC Tactical Shotgun Championship on Shooting USA

Shooting USA goes to the Rockcastle Shooting Center for the IPSC Tactical Shotgun Championship. History's Guns examines the German FG-42, then Byron Ferguson shows how to shoot targets out of the air at his Bow School.

Tonight on American Rifleman TV

This week on American Rifleman TV, we continue our look at the Men and Guns of the Pacific War, and our crew was on hallowed ground—ground on which more than 6,800 Americans gave their lives--the black volcanic ash of the beaches and rocky crest of Mount Suribachi of Iwo Jima.

KCCL Orange Crushers Take Collegiate Div. Skeet National Title

The KCCL Orange Crushers from Michigan took the Collegiate Division title in Skeet during the week-long shooting competition at the 2016 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships in Ohio.

Central Falcons of Wisconsin Win High School Div. Skeet National Title

Breaking 589 of their 600 targets in Skeet, the Central Falcons of Wisconsin won the High School Division title following competition at the 2016 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships in Ohio.

Kosko Rookies Claim Second Skeet National Title

Following up their national title run in Doubles Skeet, the Kosko Dust Devils of Indiana powered their way to a second title, breaking 471 targets in Skeet to win the Rookie Division in competition at the 2016 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships in Ohio.

Haywood Young Guns (Tenn.) Take Intermediate/Entry Level Div. Skeet National Title

The Haywood Young Guns out of Tennessee delivered big for the Volunteer State with their Skeet title win in the Intermediate/Entry Level Division at the 2016 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships in Ohio.

Virginia's Ft. Lee Dusters Take JV Division Skeet National Title

Virginia's Ft. Lee Dusters took the Junior Varsity Division Skeet title with a final target count of 565 during the week-long competition at the 2016 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships in Ohio.

Varsity Skeet Win Gives Georgia's Lake Oconee Third National SCTP Title

Following a shoot-off with the Central Falcons of Wisconsin, the Lake Oconee Shotgun Team from Georgia claimed the Varsity Division title during the week-long competition at the 2016 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships in Ohio. The win is Lake Oconee's third following the team's Intermediate/Entry Level and Junior Varsity Division title wins in Doubles Skeet.

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 2016 National Team Championships for their outstanding individual performances in each of its six competitive divisions.

Ken Jefferies & Associates Adds Field & Stream as Stocking Dealer for Mission First Tactical

Ken Jefferies & Associates, LLC, a leading manufacturer's representation and marketing firm with the outdoor and shooting sports markets, proudly announces Field & Stream has signed on to become a Stocking Dealer carrying rifle and carbine accessories from Mission First Tactical.

Smith & Wesson to Acquire Crimson Trace Corporation

Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Crimson Trace Corporation, manufacturer of laser sighting systems and tactical lighting for firearms, for $95.0 million, subject to certain adjustments, utilizing cash on hand.

SureFire Announces Partnership with Sportsmen's Alliance

SureFire recently joined the Sportsmen's Alliance as a business partner at the $10,000 Leader's Club level. The partnership serves as testament to SureFire's commitment to protecting the interests of the outdoor community.

UM Tactical at the Southeast Shooting & Outdoor Convention

UM Tactical will be at the upcoming Southeast Shooting & Outdoor Convention which runs July 28-31 in Jacksonville, FL. This marks the first time the R.A.G.E. system will be shown at the Southeast Convention.

DeSantis Holsters for Taurus Millennium G2 Pistols

DeSantis Gunhide announced 12 new holster fits for the Taurus PT111/PT140 Millennium G2 pistols. These include the Nemesis pocket holster, the Cozy Partner and the Mini-Scabbard, among others.

CCRKBA: Clinton Delegate in Shooting, Resigns

A Pennsylvania woman who would have been a delegate for Hillary Rodham Clinton at this week's Democratic National Convention is to be in court this week, facing charges of attempted murder in the shooting of her husband. According to the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, the defendant allegedly pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary some years ago and was allegedly prohibited from possessing a firearm.

HIVIZ Bids Farewell to Military Hero, Scott Steiert

Scott Steiert, decorated Special Forces war veteran with multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and HIVIZ OEM Sales manager, is moving on. HIVIZ announced that, effective August 1st, Scott will be joining Northern Red Training as a tactical trainer.

2016 NSSF Rimfire Challenge Gains Sponsors

Tactical Solutions is proud to announce that the 2016 NSSF Rimfire Challenge NW Regional Championship is gaining sponsors. Caracal, Bank of the West, Gemtech, Silencer shop, Sonic Boom, Unique AR's, MCM Firearms, Tandemkross, Sherman Williams Paint, Snake River Yamaha, and Silverline Films are signed for the event.

Doubles Skeet Finish Gives Mason-Dixon Clay Busters Second National Title

The Mason-Dixon Clay Busters picked up their second national title, in the Collegiate Division, with their 275 target win in Doubles Skeet at the 2016 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships in Ohio. They also won the Trap title.

Kosko Dust Devils Rookie Squad Takes SCTP Doubles Skeet National Championship

The Kosko Dust Devils out of Indiana outpaced the Ben Avery Clay Crushers of Arizona to take the Rookie Division title in Doubles Skeet with 232 total targets at the 2016 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships in Ohio.

Lake Oconee Takes Intermediate/Entry Level Div. Doubles Skeet National Title

Just four clay targets separated the Lake Oconee Shotgun Team from the Haywood Young Guns, but that was enough to give Lake Oconee the win and the national title in the Intermedia/Entry Level Division in Doubles Skeet at the 2016 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships in Ohio.

Doubles Skeet Helps North Scott Earn 5th National Title at 2016 SCTP Championships

North Scott shooters Jaydon Biles, Jacob Dies and Thomas Keeshan managed to take the 2016 SCTP Nationals by storm. The trio won the Doubles Skeet title after helping their squad-mates pick up both the Trap and Doubles Trap titles. All told, the North Scott Trap Team claimed five national titles during the 2016 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships in Ohio, making them the winningest team at the event.

JV Squad Wins Second Doubles Skeet Title for Lake Oconee at 2016 SCTP Nationals

The JV squad for the Lake Oconee Shotgun Team won a second national title in Doubles Skeet for the Georgia youth shooting team with their 266 target victory in the Junior Varsity Division at the 2016 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships in Ohio.

Wisconsin's Central Falcons Varsity Shooters Take Doubles Skeet Title at 2016 SCTP Nationals

Led by the division's Top Gun honoree, the Central Falcons out of Wisconsin took the Doubles Skeet Varsity Division title at the 2016 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships in Ohio by breaking 280 of 300 targets.

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

The top male and female athletes in Skeet were recognized by the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) at the 2016 National Team Championships for their outstanding individual performances in each of its six competitive divisions.

Nexbelt Seeks Outdoor Sales Reps

Nexbelt, "The Belt With No Holes" announced that they are expanding their markets in the U.S. and seeking experienced Outdoor Sales Reps in key demographic areas due to the overwhelming response they received to their new Realtree Camo and Concealed Carry Belts.

Michigan's KCCL Orange Crushers Win Intermediate/Advanced Div. Skeet National Title

The Intermediate/Advanced Division squad picked up a second Skeet total for Michigan's KCCL Orange Crushers during competition at the 2016 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships in Ohio.


AR-15 Accessories

Taken down for the trigger change, this carbine features the off-set selector the Axiom pistol grip and adjustable stock, the universal single point sling adapter and part of the STORM sling.
It's been nearly a month, but a group of media attendees recently traveled to Montana with BLACKHAWK! looking at the company's new apparel line, among other products. The clothing was innovative and more will follow about it. What struck me though was the increasing line of AR accessories.

Now we're not supposed to dwell on the fact that BLACKHAWK! is part of Vista Outdoor – they are – but among others supporting their efforts in displaying their AR wares was Federal Premium Ammunition and Bushnell, both part of the aforementioned Vista Outdoor. Now that the corporate stuff is out of the way, let's look at the goodies.

I'm not a real supporter of putting crap on an AR and making it weigh-in within ounces of a loaded and slung BAR from the early 20th Century. Starting with the rifles, they were the Palmetto State Armory PA-15 "Freedom" model 16" carbines. The barrels are marked for 5.56, with a twist rate of 1:7", quick enough for heavy bullets. Since we were using American Eagle 55 grain FMJ, the modern military rate of twist wasn't relevant. The gun was stock, with the "F" marked front sight base, the carbine gas system and the mil standard size buffer tube. We turned to the additions.

The first order of business with the carbines was to confirm zero. They'd been bore-sighted and it was short work to get the piece ready to go.
Starting at the front, the BLACKHAWK! crew is making a Quad Rail forend – in the era of Keymod and the M-LOK. Waiting for the dust to settle in terms of new front attachment points and using something with currently broad applicability makes sense. BLACKHAWK! makes low-profile rail covers to add some comfort to the rail space that's left empty. A rail mount thumb rest/barricade stop will appeal to some, as will their sling mounts. The Quad Rail Forend has the push-button sling swivel attachment points at the rear on either side – a very smart move if you like two-point slings and I do. As I've had to go to shooting left side when using irons to see the front sight, I'm spending more time using long guns "wrong handed."

They have a vertical grip that fits on the rail. In the package are two caps, one long and one flush-mounted making a shorter grip. I'm all about minimizing bulk and snag potential so I discarded the long cap. An off-set flashlight mount for 1" diameter flashlights and a rail mount front sling adapter rounds out the gear for the front end.

Moving back, we have the BLACKHAWK! Off-Set Selector. This is an interesting gizmo. A member of the BLACKHAWK! design team noted that, ergonomic as the AR-15 controls are, a better move was to add material to the selector. The thumb rides higher as the lever is built-up and simply closing the thumb as when making a fist presses the lever up to "fire." It's a nice touch and takes little getting used to – I find it impinges a little on the top of the trigger finger but it doesn't interfere with firing. They have their Off-Set Selector in a bilateral ("ambi") version, which I'm now trying out. Being newly moved to the "wrong side," I find it nice to have a selector on each side.

Frank Borelli,, confirms the PA-15/BLACKHAWK! carbine he's using is properly zeroed. The BLACKHAWK! gear didn't add lots of weight and it all served a purpose: making the rifle better to use.
BLACKHAWK! has a new AR trigger. In a world where we're apparently surrounded by trigger snobs, we have to have lighter crisper triggers and this company is no exception – except they moved toward durability long-term more than a feather-light target and competition rig. The AR BLAZE trigger is cut to approximate the duty style mil standard trigger in terms of geometry. The surface technology they used, boron concentrated into the surface of the steel, makes it slick without added lubrication. The harder surface is helpful in minimizing wear. The trigger has a crisp break, less creep in a smoother press. They have two spring set-ups, one for duty and the other for target. As they passed out the reduced power spring, I asked them to keep mine – I stick with the duty spring weight.

To all this, they added the new – and not yet available Knoxx Axiom A-Frame AR Stock and the Axiom AR Pistol grip. The stock includes Knoxx Gen III enhancements, with the new recoil pad and ambidextrous QD sling mounts. Available in four colors, it's a nice modern adjustable stock.

The pistol grip features an improved grip angle – closer to vertical – and a nicely done palm swell. The gripping surface is textured for improved hold and there are four color options to match the Axiom stock. These new enhancements are made here in the states. The universal single point adapter, attached to the rear of the lower, and the STORM single point sling completed the rifle enhancements.

Bushnell provided the AR Optics 1-4x24mm rifle scope with BDC reticle. This reticle is coarse but easily seen, as befits its mission as a close to moderate range optic. The zero magnification setting works quite well when using it as a reflex sight and it can be quickly adjusted to its maximum power setting to enhance target identification.

The PA-15 rifles consumed a large amount of American Eagle ball ammo and were, at times, shot very quickly. As expected, they ran without surprises. I can testify that the one I shot easily outshot me. The new pistol grips and stocks were simply terrific in handling. The off-set selector was a neat addition and I'm looking forward to adding them to other carbines.

I was asked by a local gunshop licensee if BLACKHAWK!/Palmetto State Armory would offer a carbine set up in the way these were: new stocks, pistol grips, selectors, forends, BLAZE triggers, slings – the works.

How about that BLACKHAWK! and Palmetto State?

BLACKHAWK! isn't sitting still. They continue to innovate and excel at product development while they increase the amount of their gear made stateside – all the while, identifying and executing improved manufacturing techniques.

For more information, see their website.

-- Rich Grassi

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