FRI | MARCH 1, 2019

On Thursday, February 27, 2019, Butler County Common Pleas Court Judge Charles Pater ruled against the parents and in favor of Madison Local Schools, saying the Buckeye Firearms Association’s FASTER training for teachers was sufficient for legal carry in schools.
Federal is bringing back its Barnes Triple-Shock X rifle loads. The all-copper hollow point bullet groups tightly at long range and delivers consistent, lethal expansion.
SIG SAUER, Inc. is now offering component cases in 270 Win and 30-06 Springfield for precision handloaders. Currently, all SIG SAUER rifle component cases are unprimed and available in bags of 50.

George Ryals IV joins USA Archery as the new Paralympic Head Coach with over 25 years of experience in teaching and coaching archery, extensive experience in archery product design and exceptional skills in team building.
Davidson’s, a top firearms wholesaler, is pleased to announce it received the 2018 Premium Partner Award from Federal Ammunition and the 2018 Top Performer Award from Savage Arms.
Registration for the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s 2019 National Trophy Pistol and Rifle Matches opens today. The annual event, held at the Camp Perry National Guard Training Base since 1907, will be entering its second year of enhanced events, featuring original CMP matches and traditional events.

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is proud to announce that Team Ruger claimed a first-place win at this year's Winter Range SASS National Championship of Cowboy Action Shooting held at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix, AZ.
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is pleased to announce that Team Ruger started its 2019 season strong with two divisional wins at the first match of the year. Team members Dave Olhasso and James McGinty each earned a divisional win at the 2019 IDPA Arctic Blast Regional Championship held at the Wilkes-Barre Rifle and Pistol Club located in Hunlock Creek, PA.
The Ammo Can Mini is the latest release from MTM, designed as a compact bulk ammo storage can that is smaller and lighter for better segregation of bulk ammo. The downsized military style can stores up to 700 rounds of 9mm ammo and is tall enough to allow most handgun magazines to fit in the can.

The 4-in-1 Tool for Glock from Real Avid holds four essential tools for any Glock owner. With this tool you can remove pins, change out front sights, remove slide lock spring and locking block and adjust aftermarket rear sights.
MTM announces the USA made 5-Can Ammo Crate Mini, designed to hold five MTM Ammo Mini Cans for storing and organizing ammunition. The 5-Can Ammo Crate Mini includes five MTM Ammo Mini Cans that fit securely within the rugged polymer crate to form a compact storage space for ammunition and/or accessories.
Tactical Solutions has named Korth Group as the official distributor in Canada. Korth Group will be stocking a full, TacSol line, including a complete line of X-Ring Rifles with the all-new X-Ring VR at the forefront as well as a complete accessory line.

Warne Scope Mounts is pleased to announce its 2018 award winners for exceptional sales growth. Warne also named its 2018 Representative and Representative Group of the year.
Celerant Technology announced that their eCommerce platform, Cululus eCommerce, now offers a pre-populated database of archery-related products and accessories from Kinsey’s.
Taurus is excited to announce the implementation of the company's new Limited Lifetime Warranty. Taurus customers will be pleased to learn that certain Taurus handguns, previously covered under a one-year warranty, will now be covered under a Limited Lifetime Warranty.

Responding to feedback from smaller retailers, Apex Tactical Specialties is pleased to announce new, lower minimum order amounts for firearms and accessory retailers. Apex has also launched its Apex Range Program which is designed specifically for stocking dealers with shooting ranges.
Last week, YouTube announced that going forward all strikes against videos that violate Community Guidelines will now carry the same punishment: a temporary ban from YouTube activity, with the length of time increasing with the strikes., the leading digital platform for hunters and shooting sports enthusiasts, welcomes gun-related YouTube channels that promote legal firearms, demonstration of their use and lawful sales.
Visit ERGO International’s booth at IWA (Hall 5, Booth 220) March 8-11 where you can get hands-on and test some of the highest quality grips, rail systems, stocks, and accessories available to the firearm market.
Streamlight Inc announced that Washmon Sales Group has been named the company’s 2018 Sales Rep Agency of The Year for the Sporting Goods market. Washmon Sales Group is a manufacturers’ representative agency based in Rockwell, TX.
TacSol announced its headlining new product of 2019, the X-ring VR series of rifles at SHOT Show 2019. As part of the company’s trending complete firearm initiative, TacSol began developing and offering to the public complete rifles in 2011 and the X-Ring VR has been very well received.
Nielsen-Kellerman announces the recent purchase commitment for nearly 2000 Blue Ocean megaphones by the Department of Defense. The devices will be used by the US military for organizational, safety, and other training purposes.
Chattanooga Shooting Supplies continues to expand its dealer base and its exclusive product offerings. The latest addition is an exclusive Ruger Precision Rifle with a Battle-Worn American Flag Finish.
Action Target Inc. announces a new organizational structure. Action Target is now organized into three strategic business units: Shared Services, Core Products, and Range Services.
Streamlight Inc. introduced the TL-Racker, a compact, lightweight 850-lumen forend light, designed to replace forends on Mossberg 500/590 and Remington 870 pump-action shotguns.
Clenzoil announced their new and improved Marine and Tackle 12 oz Aerosol can. It is equipped with dual action spray that offers the option of a precision stream or fan-shaped spray.
This candidate must possess a working knowledge of process development, lean manufacturing techniques and a strong background in metal removal. This engineer will be asked to mentor Manufacturing Engineers as well as Design Engineers.
Ruger needs a Manufacturing engineer responsible for developing, maintaining and improving manufacturing and assembly processes, equipment and tooling, sequence and flow of operations for the effective utilization of personnel, material, machines and facilities necessary for the production of firearm components and firearms in their Mayodan, NC manufacturing facility.
Walk the Talk America, a non-profit initiative supported by Eagle Imports, is promoting mental health awareness. The organization announces its Mental Health Flyer Program, supplying a mental health awareness flyer to purchasers of Eagle Imports firearms.
Eagle Imports announced completion of an agreement with the Slovakian pistol manufacturer, Grand Power. The contract for US distribution exclusivity ends March 14, 2019. At that time, all customer service, warranty and technical requests will go through Grand Power.
XTech Tactical is now shipping its MAG47 10/30 (MSRP $29.95) as its introduction of the “Commufornia Special” magazine line. The MAG47 is now available for those in states that currently do not permit standard capacity magazines.
Meopta USA Sport Optics is pleased to introduce a straight-body model of its award-winning MeoPro HD 80 spotting scope. Originally available in angled-body only, the MeoPro HD 80 spotting scopes feature a one-piece design with a fixed 20x – 60x eyepiece.
Nikon proudly introduces the new performance benchmark for its family of dedicated hunting riflescopes: the all-new PROSTAFF P3. This next generation of PROSTAFF riflescope was designed to deliver Nikon’s legendary optical performance and mechanical consistency over a lifetime of tough hunting use.
Olin Winchester, LLC is recalling 3 lots of 38 Special 130 Grain Full Metal Jacket centerfire ammunition, Symbol: USA38SPVP, Lot Numbers: KF21, KL30 and KM52 -- Winchester has determined the above lots of 38 Special ammunition may contain incorrect powder charges.
Crimson Trace announced that it is offering a $50 consumer rebate on select Crimson Trace laser sights. The Crimson Trace laser sights eligible for the rebate under this offer must be purchased between March 1, 2019 and April 30, 2019.
It’s the need for important discussions concerning law enforcement interaction with African-Americans who carry concealed firearms, a federal judge’s ruling on Trump's bump stock ban, a new AR upper and classic carbine, and more, this week on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk Radio.
Four Indiana Fish & Wildlife Area shooting ranges are adjusting their normal operating hours beginning March 1. Holiday hours are also being changed.

Enduring weather similar to this photo from Chuck Haggard? It's not too early to get ready for Spring.

We’ve had six measurable snows this season – thus far – and that’s a five-year record for this locale. It’s a wet season, so the ranges will be as much like swamps as the federal legislature is.

Take this time to get ready for the change in seasons – and, with hope, the passage of the torrential rainfall being seen across the South.

Among the many things we can do to prepare is target repair. If you have target frames that need replacement of parts – clips, furring strips, bolts – or you want to re-use cardboard USPSA or IDPA targets, these are things you can prepare now for use later. Action Target is a good source for target facers. Use spray glue or the simple stapler to rejuvenate these targets.

The range bag is often used as a "carry-all" as well as a support for shooting from the bench. Think it's time to go through that range bag, get rid of stuff you don’t use and straighten it up?

It’s also a good time to strip out that range bag. If you’re like me, it becomes a carryall until one bag becomes two, then three – increasing the load to take to the range. I’ve added tools, firearms lube, a range rod, staplers, staples, timer, batteries – and more and more.

If you’ve not used something in that bag for the past year, it’s time to consider whether it’s a good idea to keep in that bag. I’ve consolidated three range bags down to two, while keeping a chronograph in the third for those ammo test occasions.

Aside from tools, target and gun repair items and batteries, consider insect repellent – like politicians, they’ll be back – and a medical kit.

Do your rimfires get a lot of use? Mine do -- and I'm not good about maintaining guns. The foul weather times are here for us to get those rimfires -- fun guns like the Ruger Mark IV (above) and business guns like rimfire trainers from Tactical Solutions and Advantage Arms -- below.

Rimfire guns can be finicky – that’s because 22 ammo is generally pretty dirty, especially compared to centerfire guns. I know it’s a bad thing, but I’m not a big fan of firearms “cleaning.” I expect lots of guns get worn out by cleaning more than by shooting. That’s backwards.

The exception is with rimfire guns. The outside-lubed lead bullets can be pretty nasty. Now CCI is making the “Clean-22” round and I’m hoping to get to check those out as soon as I can find them. In any event, it’s a good time for letting some of those metal parts soak and get all the crud and corruption off of them.

Using laser training modules or non-firing gun models with lasers are attached are good to knock the "rust off" the skills from a long winter.

Finally, there’s dry practice. The usual safety rules apply: we don’t take phone calls, we don’t have other people around, we don’t have any ammo around – we “make ready for dry practice,” use a safe direction and do dry practice only – for about ten minutes. Boredom can set in pretty quickly, increasing risk.

Using the laser training cartridge and target from LaserLyte or a nonfiring model – like a Ring’s Blue Gun with Crimson Trace Lasergrips attached – is even better.

When you complete dry practice, put the target away, put the model or training cartridge away and tell yourself ‘dry practice is over.’

If you practiced with the same gun you carry, you need to “make ready for live fire.” Better yet to secure the practice gear and make sure your mind is right – you don’t want that last quick draw, that last ‘dry snap.’

It’s all part of getting ready for more hospitable weather and a new season of shooting.

- - Rich Grassi

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