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News | Friday, May 22, 2015

No Wires on Monday

In observance of the Memorial Day weekend, there will be no wires published on Monday, May 25. Our normal schedule resumes on Tuesday, May 26.

Versacarry Hires Blue Ridge

Versacarry announces Blue Ridge Marketing as its sales representation for the southeast region of the United States.

Knife Rights' Knife Owners' Protection Act Clears Senate Hurdle

Knife Rights' Knife Owners' Protection Act, S. 1315 (KOPA), cleared a critical hurdle Wednesday when it was voted out of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. Passage by the Commerce Committee sets the measure up for consideration by the full Senate.

TriStar Arms Launches New Website

TriStar Arms is proud to announce the launch of its completely redesigned website -

Armalite National Match Rifles Available Now

For more than a decade, Armalite rifles in both the AR-10® and M-15™ platforms have decorated the firing line as the choice of some of the best shooters on the National Match circuit.

The Mako Group Products Available for Purchase at Field & Stream

Field & Stream, the hunting, shooting, fishing and camping offshoot of the popular Dick's Sporting Goods will be carrying The Mako Group's top products from FAB Defense accessories and the Mepro M21B from Meprolight.

Rifles and Shotguns for Lefties - This Week on GUNTALK® Radio

It's rifles and shotguns for left-handed shooters, a North Carolina gun rights group's fight with a billionaire, and more, this week on Tom Gresham's GUNTALK® Radio, the original nationally-syndicated radio talk show about guns and the shooting sports.

Apex Offers Free Shipping This Memorial Day Weekend

Starting today, Friday, May 22, and running through Monday, May 25, Apex Tactical Specialties is offering free shipping this Memorial Day weekend on all orders from their online store at In addition, any order over $100 will receive a free Apex embroidered patch.

Team Sig Starts Accumulating Victories

Team SIG shooters racked up more victories with the P320® modular handgun in National Rifle Association Action Pistol and United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) matches over the past weekend.

Defend and Carry Launches Website

Defend and Carry, offering news and reviews from the world of concealed carry and defensive firearms, has officially launched its website.

Armed American Radio Brings Hard-Hitting Talk to Daytime Talk Radio

The redefinition of daytime conservative talk radio is well underway as AAR Daily Defense with Mark Walters completes its second month on air.

Smith & Wesson Helps Local Charities with "Night of Laughter"

Frank Santorelli brought his comedic talent to Springfield, Massachusetts recently to help raise funds for two important local charities at the fourth annual Night of Laughter, sponsored by Smith & Wesson.

Walker's New Ultimate Power Muff Quads Now Shipping

Walker's® Game Ear®, the shooting and hunting industry pioneer in hearing protection, is now shipping all models of their new Ultimate Power Muff Quads Series with 9x hearing enhancement.

MidwayUSA Brings on TMS Outdoors

MidwayUSA announces TMS Outdoors as one of the newest additions to their Camping and Survival product offering.

Steel Will Knives Announces Adept 1010

Steel Will Knives announces their newest tactical series knife, the Adept 1010.

Gun District Goes Mobile™, the groundbreaking social media community established for firearms and outdoor enthusiasts, yesterday announced the much anticipated launch of mobile Gun District apps for iPhone and Android phone users.

Registration Open for 14th Annual Firearms Import/Export Conference

To help federal firearms license holders and other members of industry, a joint presentation of the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the FAIR Trade Group will take place August 4-5 at the Renaissance Washington, D.C., Downtown, 999 Ninth St., NW.

NSSF's Where to Shoot App Helps You Locate Ranges

More shooting ranges exist in your area than you probably realize. Search for them and find what they have to offer with the popular Where To Shoot app developed by the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

KRISS USA Becomes Supporting Sponsor of SHOT Show® Industry Day at the Range™

SHOT Show® Industry Day at the Range™ is pleased to welcome their newest Supporting Sponsor, KRISS USA.

Doug Koenig Championship Season Presents Maine Black Bear

This week on Doug Koenig Championship season, the hunting gear and Doug's TenPoint Venom™ Crossbow is safely packed in the truck with the GPS set for due north, the North Woods of Maine.

Hogue Inc Announces Automatic Retention Carry Holsters

Hogue, Inc., America's premier manufacturer of firearm grips, stocks, AR components, knives, holsters, gear and accessories is proud to announce their line of automatic retention carry holsters for a wide variety of handguns.

Student Sues Texas College Over Gun Rights Sign

Blinn College student Nicole Sanders filed a First Amendment lawsuit against the public institution near Houston, Texas after being told by an administrator last February that she would need "special permission" to display a gun rights sign and collect signatures for her student group on campus.

Wiley X Reminds Americans to Honor the True Meaning of Memorial Day

On Monday, May 25, Americans coast to coast will celebrate Memorial Day with picnics, parades and perhaps a family trip to the lake or seashore. Wiley X reminds everyone that the real significance runs much deeper.

Gold Tip Shooter Wins First Leg of IBO Triple Crown

Gold Tip and Bee Stinger pro shooter Levi Morgan added another championship to his quickly growing 2015 resume this weekend when he won the first leg of the IBO Triple Crown in Bedford, Indiana. Morgan's win came in a shoot-off with fellow Gold Tip Pro Tim Gillingham.

Magnum Research® Introduces Exciting Animal Print Desert Eagles

Magnum Research introduces their latest two animal prints, the Kryptek Highlander and the Snakeskin, available in either .50 AE or .44 Mag.

Whitetails Unlimited Provides $75,000 in NASP Grants

During the past fiscal year Whitetails Unlimited provided more than $75,000 in grant funding to school systems for the National Archery in the Schools Program. In addition, WTU became a scholarship sponsor for the NASP National 3-D Tournament held in Louisville, Kentucky, earlier this month.

Swanson Russell Announces New EVPs, SVPs

Swanson Russell announces four new executive vice presidents and four new senior vice presidents.


Competition: Today - and Tomorrow

As I'm fumbling my way through this year's edition of the Bianchi Cup, I'm noticing something that augurs well for the future of shooting sports. No, it's not new equipment, it's new faces. Bianchi may have lost a step or two, but it's still bringing in new faces.

Wednesday evening, I spent a couple of minutes talking to one of them. He was a longtime competitive shooter, but had never shot "a Cup type" match.

"I thought it would be super slow feeling," he said, "I shoot IDPA, USPSA, and 3-gun matches. The idea of shooting six shots in 6, 7, even 8 seconds sounded really slow."

So his impression after having shot The Mover and The Falling Plates?

"Holy cow," he replied, "it wasn't slow. The draw stroke and the basics might be the same, but there's a world of difference from just trying to get 'hits' on targets. I've shot plate racks for years, but the idea of the rack timing me while we kept moving further and further back got them pretty small- really fast."

Other new shooters are fresh-faced juniors still blessed with eagle eyes and cat-like reflexes. The fresh-faced juniors I've watched like Tiffany Piper, Lewis Surgi and Colton Cerino are all grown-up today, but I've seen some really good, really young shooters.

A good sign for shooting sports in the long run-even if it emphasizes the fact I carry the "Senior" classification. For "seniors" the good news represented by our new juniors brings some bittersweet.

Two of the foreign gentlemen I've come to consider friends have made their annual trip to Bianchi a part of their lives for many years. This week, each of them quietly informed me this would be their last Bianchi.

"I'm going to concentrate more on my family," one told me, "I have grandchildren who may want to learn to shoot- later- but they want their grandfather around to teach them to fish now. And I want to do that, even though I'll really miss my friends here."

As a proud new grandparent, I "get" that. But as a competitor who realizes that aging eyes and aching muscles won't ever be able to produce the scores I aspire to shoot, I'm not ready to give up shooting sports, although I'm leaning toward promoting them more than participating.

Bianchi Cup volunteers put down special adapters that widen the shooter's box on The Barricades. The minor adjustment allows wheelchair competitors to actually get to the edge of The Barricades. OWDN photo.
And I'm encouraged by the fact that while shooting sports were once pretty inflexible when it came to any sort of changes -especially the minor accommodations necessary to include people who wanted to shoot but faced physical challenges -that's no longer the case. Shooting really is opening itself up to everyone.

My aged friends have contributed to the survival of shooting sports around the world. These younger shooters represent the new faces of the sport. But it's not an oil-and-water mix. Sure, our lame jokes get big eye rolls from the youngsters, but when we're together, old or young, pierced and tattooed or bald and bespectacled, we're just shooters. And there's no shortage of conversations about topics that would cause some nervous throat-clearing in other settings. But we're all together because of a common love: competition shooting. That commonality is the lubricant that gets us through our many differences - we need to get as many people as possible "lubricated" by recreational shooting.

If you're doing what you love, weather only slows down the process. Pro shooters Maggie Reese and Michael Voigt waited out the weather alongside the rest of us - and kept us smiling, too. OWDN photo.
Today, most of you are prepping for what most Americans consider to be the "official opening of summer". Many of us forget the holiday was created to recognize the absolute sacrifices others have made to give us long, free weekends.

The observations of Bianchi competitors from other countries keep the significance of this coming holiday fresh in my mind.

"We saw that motorcycle group called 'Rollling Thunder' pass on their way to Washington wile we were coming to Columbia," one told me, "It's good that you Americans haven't all forgotten."

"In my country," he said, "we forgot. And we lost a lot of things, including many of our rights. If you Americans forget, we all lose. If you want to tell your readers one thing- I hope you'll tell them that a lot of the rest of the world is still counting on them."

He's right. Have a great, safe weekend with friends and family. But don't forget why this is a national holiday.

We'll be keeping an eye on things over the weekend, so we'll keep you posted.

--Jim Shepherd

May 20-23
Green Valley Rifle & Pistol Club, Columbia, MO
May 23-24
Coshocton Sportsmen's Club, Coshocton, Ohio
May 30
Blue Grass Sportsmen's League, Wilmore, Kentucky
May 31
Dragoon Trail Chapter - Izaak Walton League, Elkhart, Iowa
May 30-31
Augusta Archers, Staunton, Virginia
May 30-31
NRA Whittington Center, Raton, NM
May 29-31
Heartland Public Shooting Park, Grand Island, NE
May 31
World Shooting Complex, Sparta, IL
May 30-31
CrossRoads Shooting Sports, Johnstown, Iowa
Jun 1-3
Savannah, Georgia
Jun 6-7
Hamilton Rod & Gun, Sturbridge, Massachusetts
Jun 12
Schultz Resort Rod & Gun Club, Muskego, Wisconsin
Jun 19-20
Western Wayne County Conservation Association, Plymouth, Michigan
Jun 19-20
Como, Mississippi
Jun 20-21
Coon Hunters Association, Batavia, New York
Jun 28
South Central Gun Club, Freetown, Indiana
Jun 26-28
Knoxville, Tennessee
Jun 27-28
Straight Thru Archery, Aurora, Minnesota
Jul 4-5
Capital City Bowmen, Olympia, Washington
Jul 13-18
World Shooting and Recreation Complex, Sparta, Illinois
Jul 18-19
NFAA Headquarters, Yankton, South Dakota
Jul 25-26
Sparta Rod & Gun Club, Sparta, Wisconsin
Aug 1-2
Bass and Bucks, Wabash, Indiana
Aug 15-16
Saginaw Field and Stream, Saginaw, Michigan
Aug 13-16
NRA Whittington Center, Raton, NM
Aug 29-30
Echo Valley Archers, Fayette, Iowa
Sep 11-13
Tusco Rifle Club, New Philadelphia, Ohio
Oct 10-11
Louisville, Kentucky
Oct 9-11
Old Fort Gun Club, Fort Smith, Arkansas

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