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News | Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Final Edition of Wires for This Week

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, today's edition is the final edition for this week. We will resume our normal distribution schedule on Monday, December 1, 2014. We wish each of you a happy holiday.

Galco Gunleather Scores Brilliance Award from Optics Planet

Galco Gunleather, the world leader in leather and thermoplastic holsters, has received the Brilliance Award from OpticsPlanet Inc. for it's Miami Classic II shoulder holster.

Leapers Introduces UTG True Huntress Female Sporting Vest

Designed for the outdoors, styled for women and tailored to the adventure at hand, the new adjustable fit Leapers UTG True Huntress sporting vest and series of products are sure to meet the needs of female shooting sports enthusiasts and outdoor seekers alike.

Kinsey's Announces Full-Time Position Opening

Kinsey's Inc., is seeking qualified candidates for the full-time position of Customer Care/Archery Tech Support Specialist.

Beretta U.S.A. Debuts the New 486 Shotgun Designed by Marc Newson

Following on the heels of its European launch, the shotgun, which resulted from this exceptional collaboration makes it debut at a private event in New York City early next month.

Stark Equipment Offering Black Friday Sale All Weekend Long

Now's the time to upgrade your AR or AK rifle or pistol with Stark Grips. The company's offering a weekend long sale on all Stark products purchased only through the online store at

The Amazing NXG Airgun Giveaway

Umarex USA has announced the celebration of Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday with the Amazing NXG Airgun Giveaway that will make eight shooting sports fans very, very happy.

FAB Defense Selects Epicosity as Marketing Agency of Record

Worldwide tactical and weapon accessories company, FAB Defense announces a new creative and strategic partnership with the South Dakota based outdoor marketing and advertising agency, Epicosity.

Kahr® Arms Offers a Gift This Holiday Season

During this season of gift-giving, now is the time to purchase any Kahr Premium Series product and qualify for a free Kahr E-Gift Card worth $50.

Chris Cheng is Asking for Your Stuff to Shoot Out of X Products Can Cannon

Chris Cheng, History Channel's Top Shot Season 4 Champion and NRA NEWS Commentator, is seeking items to shoot out of a X Products Can Cannon, as he reported in his latest The Firearm Blog post:

LaserLyte® Receives Patent for Center Mass Laser

LaserLyte® is proud to announce that the Center Mass laser has been assigned a US patent. The Center Mass laser system offers users a choice between two laser patterns: single dot or the popular Center Mass pattern.

Mossberg Reorganizes International Sales Team

O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc announces the hire of Breeanna Leiderman in the newly-created role of International Sales Manager and the expansion of sales responsibilities for the company's Vice President of Sales, John MacLellan

General Dynamics, Smith & Wesson Partnering on Modular Handgun System

General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems and Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. are partnering to pursue the U.S. Army's Modular Handgun System (MHS) solicitation to replace the M9 standard Army sidearm.

2014 Masters International Shooting Championship on Doug Koenig Championship Season

Returning to familiar grounds, Doug Koenig travels to Barry, Illinois to compete in the Masters International Championship. The difficult course of fire encompasses three stages, Precision, Action and Long-Range. Don't miss this episode to see if Doug can successfully repeat his dominating performances there.

Beretta USA Releases Premium-gun Artistic Film "Human Technology".

Beretta USA announces the release of "Human Technology," an artistic short film detailing the production of the company's premium guns-from the raw-material stage to the finished product. Available on Beretta's website [], the short film comes from the renowned Ancarani art-movie studio and features a specially-composed soundtrack by Bartolomeo Sailer.

Total Source Distribution, LLC Exclusive Distributor of Battle Rifle Company Rifles

TSD, LLC. announces their exclusive offering of Battle Rifle Company's BR4 Attaché and BR4 Trooper. The feature packed Battle Rifles have evolved from over 20 years of experience to bring it all into one precision package for use under any condition.

Apex Offers Free Shipping for Online Orders November 26 through December 1

Starting today, Wednesday, November 26, and running through Cyber Monday, December 1, Apex Tactical Specialties is offering free shipping on all orders from their online store at In addition, any order over $100 will receive a free Apex embroidered patch.

Panteao AR15 Rifle & Carbine DVD Available Exclusively from the NRA Store

Panteao Productions is happy to announce the availability of the AR15 Rifle & Carbine DVD at the NRA Store. This ninety minute DVD produced exclusively for the NRA was done with the intent of presenting the AR15 rifle and carbine platform in a clear and straight forward manner.

Great Deals on Black Rifle Parts & Glock Mags at Brownells

Brownells caps its "Back In Black Rifle Event" with Black Rifle Friday sales featuring even more incredible bargains on AR-15 parts and accessories, plus discounts on Glock® magazines, 1911 barrels, ammunition, reloading equipment, trail cameras and action cameras. Popular Emergency and Survival Gear products will also be marked down.The sale starts at 12:01 AM on Black Friday, November 28.

SIG SAUER® Launches Redesigned Web Store with New Items, Free Shipping

SIG SAUER, Inc., has launched a redesigned, feature-laden new web store, just in time for SIG SAUER® fans to get their holiday shopping started. To celebrate the launch, SIG SAUER is offering free shipping on all orders placed between November 25 and December 2, 2014.

This Week On ShootingUSA - 35th Anniversary of Bianchi Cup and Remembering an Old Friend

It's the championship of NRA Action Pistol, better known by the name of the trophy, the Bianchi Cup. It's the richest and most prestigious match in the handgun shooting sports. And we'll take time to remember our late friend Tom Knapp, who died far too early at the age of 62. Watch Tom set his world record and hear from Tom's friends and others he influenced in his shooting career.

Just In Time For Black Friday Sale, Comp-Tac Victory Gear Offers Blue Kydex

Comp-Tac Victory Gear, is offering 20% off all products starting Wednesday, November 26 , through Monday, December 1, 2014. Customers can enter the code: THANKS-2020 during check out to receive the discount on all products including the brand new Kydex color: Blue.

Wiley X Partners With Remington On New Eyewear, Ear Protection

Wiley X, Inc. announces a partnership with Remington Outdoor Company for the manufacture of a full line of Remington-branded eyewear and hearing protection for shooting, hunting sports and outdoor activities as well as a separate series of "Lifestyle Sunglasses".


Between The Berms: Here Come The Mustangs

Cal Poly, home to the Mustangs, is an engineering powerhouse with U.S. News & World Report ranking it the best engineering school in the Western United States in its 'America's Best Colleges' report.

California Polytechnic State University also features outstanding Architectural and Agricultural programs. Located in San Luis Obispo, in California's scenic Central Coast region, it boasts a great college town atmosphere.

It also boasts one of the newest, and soon to be up-and-coming, collegiate shooting programs in the country.

Late last school year, students formed the Cal Poly Marksmanship Club and on short notice grew to 50 members.

Not too shabby for a state college in the most gun unfriendly state in the union.

This year the club received a major boost from the industry through a one-time $10,000 grant from the National Shooting Sports Foundation's Collegiate Shooting Sports Initiative, reflecting both the foundation's commitment to the shooting sports and, perhaps, the industry's desire to make shooting more popular in the Golden State that has been less than 'Golden' when it comes to anything gun related.

When school came back in session in late September the Cal Poly Marksmanship Club was ready and in two short months has managed to register 57 official, dues-paying members. Club officials are looking to reach an ambitious 150 members by the end of the school year.

At its range nights, held at the San Luis Obispo Sportsmen Association (SLOSA) ranges, they pulled in over 70 attendees for the first event of the year and have averaged around 45 since.

Matt Theiss, Mechanical Engineering major and industry liaison for the Cal Poly Marksmanship Club, helps direct students during the club's first range night event. Photo by P. Erhardt

Realizing that $10,000 doesn't go very far in this day and age of high priced ammo, club officials are working on a plan to turn their program self-sufficient in the coming years.

To make their NSSF seed money go further, the Cal Poly Marksmanship Club has purchased firearms at reduced distributor pricing through the help of Apex Tactical Specialties where Randy Lee, founder and president, is a Cal Poly Engineering School alum and committed to providing whatever support the club needs.

Since member dues will only go so far, the club is looking to field teams to compete in the Scholastic Pistol Program and the Scholastic Clay Target Program to take advantage of the unique fundraising opportunities generously provided by Larry and Brenda Potterfield through their MidwayUSA Foundation.

Because of the aforementioned draconian gun laws passed by the oh-so-well intentioned Golden State legislators, no doubt eager to pave that proverbial road to Hell, Californians are severely limited to what model handguns they can purchase. Case in point, America's most iconic firearms brand, Smith & Wesson, is now limited to just two semi-auto models in the state: the very compact M&P Shield and the SD VE.

S&W, along with Glock, is a charter sponsor of the Scholastic Pistol Program and has offered teams their most popular competition model, the M&P. However, that's now not an option in California so Cal Poly has been forced to go with the SD and has reached out to Smith & Wesson for help in that area.

To raise the club's profile on campus and at the range, the Cal Poly Marksmanship Club is producing a club t-shirt for members. The design is pending approval by school officials who may or may not be enthusiastic about guns and/or the second amendment, and potentially blind to the irony of limiting expression of the second amendment by restricting the first amendment. Go figure.

But, undeterred the club plans to move forward with a t-shirt design and is looking to the locally-based firearms industry leaders, Apex, Hogue and Weatherby, to help underwrite the cost of the club's shirt...once it's approved.

Cal Poly Marksmanship Club officers address a packed lecture hall during the first club meeting of the year. Photo courtesy of Matt Theiss

A second t-shirt is in the planning stages with the hope that the sale of it to the greater firearms community will generate much needed funds to fill next year's coffers and support an active competition program.

The ability to sell club merchandise, such as hats and t-shirts, with the school logo and colors is heavily restricted by the schools which ferociously guard their trademarks and the resulting revenue from licensing. Unfortunately this limitation on the use of the logos hampers the funding ability of clubs which could easily generate financial support from firearms owners around the country eager to showcase pride in the various collegiate shooting programs.

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the Cal Poly Marksmanship Club's plans, and one that could truly set it apart from other collegiate shooting programs around the country, is its desire to bring in outside speakers. Because this is an engineering school, and the club has several engineering students involved in it, the notion of having industry engineers come and present at the school opens up the speaker program to far more than just the club itself.

And more importantly, the club could turn into a recruiting center for the overall industry making it a very popular club among all students within the engineering school, especially those about to graduate and looking for that first job.

The next great firearm design engineer could be among those students flocking to the Cal Poly Marksmanship Club's meetings. Photo courtesy of Matt Theiss

An active and growing shooting club in California's collegiate system. A club whose leadership is looking for ways to fundraise and sustain itself into the future. And a student group that is looking to become a conduit to firearms industry recruiters...

Yeah, here come the Mustangs. Now, who wants one of those shirts?

- Paul Erhardt, Editor, the Outdoor Wire Digital Network

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