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News | Friday, April 24, 2015

Firearms Industry Execs in DC for Congressional Fly-IN, Cleveland Shoots Itself in Foot for Industry Summits

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.


HPR Continues Support for "Shooters for Hooters'" Focus on Breast Cancer Awareness

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/).


STI Introduces Two New Competition Pistols With The DVC Series

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.


Ruger Mini-14 Tactical Rifle Now Available in 300 AAC Blackout

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.


New Panamax Series of Rifle Scopes from Nikko Stirling

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.


First Mid-Atlantic Arms Expo Offering Limited-Time Free Exhibitor Space

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 .


Leupold® Mark AR® MOD 1 Awarded 2015 Golden Bullseye

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 Names the U of Florida 3-Gun Team to Ambassador Program

Armalite announces its addition of the University of Florida 3-Gun Team to its Ambassador Program for the 2015 shooting season.


RTS Targets: Ideal for Shooting Ranges

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.


Birchwood Casey Introduces The New Rigid Clay Holder Stand

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 Hires Blue August

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's Jessica Elias Will Become First Woman to Compete in Bladesport's Nationals

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 CCRKBA Members Encouraged to Contact Assembly About Senate Bills

Nevada gun owners are urged to contact members of the Assembly Judiciary Committee about SB175 and SB 229.


Ruger to Report Q1 2015 Earnings on May 4

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.


This Week on The Revolution...

...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.


Marsh Doubles to Dominate Women's Rifle at NJOSC

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 Launches New Mobile Website

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.


Five Decades of Dominance- Winchester AA

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: ConSEAL Holster and Red Oxx Rifle Case Reviews Online

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 Partners with AcuSport Corporation

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 Radio Welcomes Four New Stations

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 Hosting Free Firearms Training May 1-2

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.


WDFW Hosts Meetings on Target Shooting Proposals for Wenas Wildlife Area

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.


Firearms Industry Honors U.S. Rep. Luetkemeyer as 2014 Legislator of the Year

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 Returns as Ammo Sponsor of JR Shoot

Winchester Ammunition has returned for its sixth consecutive year as Official Ammunition Sponsor of the Jack Robertson Invitational Sporting Clays Shoot.


High Caliber Gifts Offers Engraved Guns as Graduation Gifts

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.


NRA Unveils New Look and Video for Eddie Eagle

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 Releases Fits for the Glock 43

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 to Expand National Sales Organization

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.


Road Show Continues for USA Shooting's Shotgun Athletes

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 XR Series Subcompacts Featured in Pocket PISTOLS 2015 Buyer's Guide

Boberg Arms Corporation's XR45-S subcompact is featured on the cover of the Pocket PISTOLS 2015 Buyers Guide.


FEATURE

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.


Apr 25
Sig Sauer Academy, Epping, New Hampshire
Apr 25-26
Lake Guntersville, Alabama
May 2-3
Prairie Grove Shotgun Sports, Columbia, Missouri
May 5-8
NRA Whittington Center, Raton, NM
May 5-8
NRA Whittington Center, Raton, NM
May 7-9
Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center, Louisville, Kentucky
May 16-17
Kentucky's Salato Nature Center, #1 Game Farmfarm Rd, Frankfort, KY
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 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

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