News | Friday, April 24, 2015
As firearms industry executives descended on Washington for the seventh annual Congressional Fly-In, pro-gun legislators took advantage of the opportunity to remind execs of their support for one of the country's few growing industries.
For the second year HPR® will be supporting the Shooters for Hooters event held in McDonough, Georgia at the American Heritage Gun Range on Saturday, April 25 ( https://shootnscoreit.com/idpa/match/639/).
Designed around the concept of Diligentia, Vis, Celeritas, the motto of the I.P.S.C (International Practical Shooting Confederation) - meaning Accuracy, Power, Speed, the new DVC Limited and Open competition pistols are designed to win matches right out of the box.
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE-RGR) announces the Mini-14® Tactical rifle in 300 AAC Blackout. This newest version of the Mini-14 rifle features an optimized gas port that reliably cycles with both supersonic ammunition and subsonic ammunition when a sound suppressor is installed.
Legacy Sports introduces the new Nikko Stirling Panamax Series of Rifle Scopes. The Panamax scopes were designed to be light in overall weight and offer an extremely wide angle field of view having a 20% larger viewing picture than other 1" main tube scopes.
American Hero Promotions announces the Mid-Atlantic Arms Expo in Ocean City, MD at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center. Set for Veterans Day weekend, November 6-8, 2015, the event is offering free exhibit space to manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors signing up by May 15 .
The Leupold® Mark AR® MOD 1 has been awarded the 2015 Golden Bullseye Award from the editors of the NRA's Shooting Illustrated as the magazine's Optic of the Year.
Armalite announces its addition of the University of Florida 3-Gun Team to its Ambassador Program for the 2015 shooting season.
Owners and managers of shooting ranges and shooting clubs are always looking for ways to generate new business that also add value to their customers' experience. RTS, Reactive Target Systems by FAB Defense, is a winner—on both counts.
With a quick setup A-frame design of heavy corrugated cardboard, the new Rigid™ Clay Holder Stand from Birchwood Casey® is designed to withstand multiple trips to the range. The die-cut holes will hold eight standard size clay targets on one side and four on the other.
TriggerTech, manufacturer of high-end firearm and crossbow trigger systems for both aftermarket and OEM, has partnered with Blue August, a Jackson, TN based marketing and public relations firm to assist them with editorial relations and branding efforts.
L.T. Wright Handcrafted Knives' Creative Director, Jessica Elias, will become the first woman to ever compete in Nationals at the Bladesports Competition on Saturday May 2nd, 2015, at the Ozark Folk Center, Mountain View, Arkansas.
Nevada gun owners are urged to contact members of the Assembly Judiciary Committee about SB175 and SB 229.
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) will announce its financial results for the first quarter and file its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q on Monday, May 4, 2015, after the close of the stock market.
...It's God, Guns and Guts this week on The Revolution presented by Outdoor Channel. Get advanced shooting tips from the experts to improve accuracy, firearms safety, breaking bad shooting habits, the latest in concealed carry news and much more.
Remember the name – Elizabeth Marsh. She's got game and this week the 16-year-old Arkansas native proved it in Women's Rifle competition to kick-off the 2015 National Junior Olympic Championships (NJOSC). First, she took the gold medal in Women's Air Rifle, then completed her domination with a Smallbore (.22 caliber) score better than the current world record.
Alien Gear Holsters has recently launched a more user-friendly website design. The new site allows customers to better access and navigate aliengearhosters.com on their mobile phones, tablets and other smart devices.
To commemorate the fifty years of dominance of the Winchester AA shotshells, the "ultimate target" load is releasing a special 250-round commemorative wooden box containing 10 boxes of AA 12-gauge 1 1/8 oz. 8-shot, a favorite for trap, skeet or sporting clays.
FMG Publications Online Editor Mark Kakkuri helps readers stay up-to-date on the latest products, uncovering helpful concealed carry features as well as sharing his favorite finds. After a visit to the NRA Annual Meeting in Nashville, Kakkuri tests a holster and a rifle case.
IWI US, Inc
., a subsidiary of Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) Ltd.
, is proud to partner with AcuSport Corporation to distribute its full product line of iconic brands-TAVOR SAR, Galil ACE, UZI PRO and Jericho to customers within the United States.
Tom Gresham's GUNTALK is pleased to welcome four new stations –WYRD FM in Greenville, SC; KAXA FM in Mountain Home, TX; KHJQ FM in Leakey, TX; and KFEQ AM in St. Jospeh, MO - as the newest affiliates of GUNTALK!
Bass Pro Shops stores across the country will host Set Your Sights events May 1-2, 2015, which feature free firearms seminars
, giveways, and chances to win a Savage Arms 64 Black .22 L.R. rifle and a Caldwell shooting rest.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will hold public meetings April 29 and 30 to discuss options for improving safety, reducing fire risk, and addressing other concerns associated with target shooting at the Wenas Wildlife Area between Ellensburg and Yakima.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry, honored U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.) as NSSF's 2014 Legislator of the Year.
Winchester Ammunition has returned for its sixth consecutive year as Official Ammunition Sponsor of the Jack Robertson Invitational Sporting Clays Shoot.
Traditional graduation gifts of cash, watches or pen and pencil sets are all very nice-- but they are usually soon forgotten. The gift of an engraved firearm is also a tradition in some families and instead of being soon forgotten becomes a family heirloom passed down through generations.
The National Rifle Association has unveiled a brand new look for its Eddie Eagle GunSafe® program, featuring a modernized video and message from the gun accident prevention program that seeks to help parents, law enforcement, community groups, and educators navigate a topic paramount to our children's safety.
Galco Gunleather introduces holster fits for the new Glock 43 in the company's extremely popular KingTuk™, Summer Comfort™, Pocket Protector™, along with a wide assortment of other belt, IWB, ankle and shoulder holster options.
ARES Defense Systems, the country's leading manufacturer of innovative, mission-configurable firearms, parts and accessories is continuing its sales organization expansion throughout 2015 and is looking to hire manufacturer rep groups to cover key distributors and retailers in the TALO and Western regions.
The traveling roadshow continues for USA Shooting's shotgun athletes as they move on to the third ISSF World Cup Competition in Larnaca, Cyprus.
Boberg Arms Corporation's XR45-S subcompact is featured on the cover of the Pocket PISTOLS 2015 Buyers Guide.
Just A Good Shooting Story
Editor's Note: Several months ago, we told you a story that was set at the Fittleworth Rifle Club (actually the Mounteney Jephson Rifle Club in Fittleworth) in the United Kingdom. Fittleworth's John Gilbertson, shortly before his 90th birthday had put one of his regular drubbings on all the smallbore shooters. Not just at Fittleworth, but across the entire country. We struck up distant friendships through that story, and today, we're sharing another story from Fittleworth. Because of the concern over firearms ownership, we aren't using last names, but we thank Sean for allowing us to share the story of how shooting has restored hope for his dad. It's the kind of story many of us know, but few of us share. That's unfortunate, because it proves shooters are regular people- no matter how others try to demonize or marginalize us.
Yesterday I went clay shooting with my farther. There's nothing unique in that I hear you say. But I'd disagree.
Just over twelve years ago, my father suffered a massive and near fatal heart attack, and whilst recovering from this trauma further complications ensued, double pneumonia, M.R.S.A, and finally a series of major strokes.
The strokes took the heaviest toll.
My farther, for all of his life an outdoorsman, had been hunting shooting or fishing right from a boy. The last stoke robbed him of his sight, leaving him initially totally blind.
He was in a really bad way, so much so, that he demanded that all his guns and rifles were got rid of, and that he would never shoot again. He was in a very dark place, and over the months that followed my mother nursed him back to health.
During this time the wonder that is the human body, slowly started to repair itself. Two years down the line he had regained a small amount of vision in his right eye, but his left eye was, at best, a blurred mass of light.
One day, about five years ago he asked about his gun collection, we told him that it was right where he had left it, and was just waiting for him to say the word and we could go shooting together again.
This was the first sign of interest, and in the ensuing years we gently dropped hints that maybe he could give his shooting another go.
About two months ago a family friend, put one of their friends in touch with Dad. This person was interested in shooting, had brought all he gear, gun included, but was not having any success.
He had been to over a dozen places and everyone had told him different things, and now he was totally confused.
Dad was hesitant to take it any further, being as how he was now registered as blind.
Mum and I pushed the matter, after all he been recommended by their friend, and he had been until his illness a good shot at clays and game, had taught clay shooting, both trap and skeet, at a local private school and had shot for a living.
In the end he caved in to the pressure, and said that he would try to help this person, provided that he was able to shoot and hit what he was aiming at; that's the deal!
So last Sunday, twelve years after his illness, aged 80 years old, my Dad picked up his shotgun and went clay shooting.
I walked with him to the first stand, right up until he got into the cage I could tell he was a little nervous. He placed two cartridges in the shotgun, raised the stock to meet the barrels, pulled the gun close into his body, assumed his distinctive shooting posture, and called pull. A small black disc came spinning straight toward him, about 20 yards out and 25 feet in the air. A loud report was heard and the disc broke into a dozen or more pieces. At the sound of the shot, another disc appeared from behind a hedge rising into the bright clear blue sky. This was on Dad's completely blind left side, he knew roughly were it was coming from, and after some searching managed to acquire sight of the target, which by now had climbed to around 60 feet and was about 10 yards in front, another report bellowed from his gun, and again the target broke into many pieces. The grin that appeared on his face was priceless, he was two for two. He broke the gun and continued to shoot the required targets for the stand.
Two hours later, with the course completed, we went back to the club house to see how well he had done.
His score for the round 19 ex 40, and as he said "not bad for an old blind guy." When we arrived Dad was a little apprehensive, not sure if he was still able to shoot. When we left I could see a side of him that I'd not seen for a long time, and already asking when we could go again.
It took a long time to get Dad back, but with patience and support, shooting truly is a sport for all regardless of age or infirmity.
Sig Sauer Academy, Epping, New Hampshire
Lake Guntersville, Alabama
Prairie Grove Shotgun Sports, Columbia, Missouri
NRA Whittington Center, Raton, NM
NRA Whittington Center, Raton, NM
Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center, Louisville, Kentucky
Kentucky's Salato Nature Center, #1 Game Farmfarm Rd, Frankfort, KY
Green Valley Rifle & Pistol Club, Columbia, MO
Coshocton Sportsmen's Club, Coshocton, Ohio
Blue Grass Sportsmen's League, Wilmore, Kentucky
Dragoon Trail Chapter - Izaak Walton League, Elkhart, Iowa
Augusta Archers, Staunton, Virginia
NRA Whittington Center, Raton, NM
Heartland Public Shooting Park, Grand Island, NE
World Shooting Complex, Sparta, IL
CrossRoads Shooting Sports, Johnstown, Iowa
Hamilton Rod & Gun, Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Schultz Resort Rod & Gun Club, Muskego, Wisconsin
Western Wayne County Conservation Association, Plymouth, Michigan
Coon Hunters Association, Batavia, New York
South Central Gun Club, Freetown, Indiana
Straight Thru Archery, Aurora, Minnesota
Capital City Bowmen, Olympia, Washington
World Shooting and Recreation Complex, Sparta, Illinois
NFAA Headquarters, Yankton, South Dakota
Sparta Rod & Gun Club, Sparta, Wisconsin
Bass and Bucks, Wabash, Indiana
Saginaw Field and Stream, Saginaw, Michigan
NRA Whittington Center, Raton, NM
Echo Valley Archers, Fayette, Iowa
Tusco Rifle Club, New Philadelphia, Ohio