WED | JANUARY 8, 2020

Georgia State's Paulding County Parks and Rec Explore Archery Program began with USA Archery's Explore Archery Grant Program and has blossomed with success in its first year of implementation
SIG SAUER, Inc.announced that the SIG SAUER P320 XFIVE Legion pistol and SIG SAUER Elite Hunter Ammunition have each been recognized with a 2019 Editors’ Choice Award from ON TARGET magazine.
The Hornady 300 PRC has been named the 2020 American Hunter Ammunition Product of the Year as part of the National Rifle Association Publications' Golden Bullseye Awards.

SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to announce the SIG SAUER P320 XCOMPACT has been recognized with a 2019 Ballistic Best Reader’s Choice Award for “Best Compact Semi-Auto.”
The editors of On Target magazine recently announced they had selected the new Rock River Arms .450 Bushmaster LAR-15M rifle for their 2019 Editor's Choice Award.
Elevate Archery hosted the 1st Indoor Regional of the 2020 season in New London, Wisconsin. More than 200 spectators were on hand to watch 74 archers compete for awards and a chance to qualify for the Wisconsin S3DA Indoor State Championship coming up on February 29th, 2020.

Hunter and host of The High Road, Keith Warren is appearing at Sellmark’s booth #4332 at the Dallas Safari Club’s 40th Annual Convention and Exposition on January 11, 2020.
Bushnell will showcase new laser rangefinders and host celebrity appearances during the 2020 ATA Show, which runs January 9-11 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
HogSWAT, a tactical hog control company based out of southwest Georgia, announced that they will be exhibiting at the NRA Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Internationally renowned hunter and conservationist Jim Shockey will sign autographs from 1 to 2 p.m. on Jan. 9, at the Hornady booth at the Dallas Safari Club Convention and Sporting Expo.
TriStar Arms is pleased to announce the arrival of its new Trinity line of over/under shotguns. These shotguns offer CNC-machined aluminum or steel receivers hand detailed with old-world craftsmanship.
The Smith & Wesson Performance Center announced that it has introduced a full line of Performance Center M&P M2.0 pistols with a variety of competition-ready enhancements. Chambered in 9mm and 40 S&W, the new Performance Center M&P M2.0 pistols are available with either a 4.25” or 5” barrel in a variety of configurations.

The Safariland Group announced that it completed the sale of its KleenBore brand of firearms cleaning accessories to Pro-Shot Products. Financial terms were not disclosed.
The ALLEN Company has introduced 8 new archery brands to deliver innovative products to an industry that demands constantly updated offerings and fresh brand stories.
Velocity Outdoor is pleased to announce that Nick Andrews is joining the company as Vice President of Marketing. In this role, Andrews will lead the development and implementation of the company’s overall marketing plans and strategies.

Outdoor Sportsman Group is seeking an Ad Sales Marketing Director to create and develop advertising sales programs and materials across our print, digital and social platforms.
Galco is excited to introduce the QuickTuk Cloud inside the waistband holster for Smith & Wesson J-frame revolvers. It  uses an innovative backing plate composed of a ballistic nylon front over a closed cell foam body.


Apex Tactical Specialties, the leading designer and manufacturer of aftermarket drop-in firearm parts, announces available Apex upgrades for the new FN 509 Compact MRD.

GEMTECH Suppressors announced that it has introduced a new, modular 9mm suppressor – the GEMTECH Lunar 9. It provides flexibility, with an innovative tube design that allows it to be quickly converted from a 7” suppressor to a shorter 4.7” suppressor.
Speer is introducing several new, high-performance products at the 2020 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Attendees who stop by Speer’s booth will get a first look at the all-new Gold Dot Carry Gun, Gold Dot 5.7x28mm, and Gold Dot Rifle Personal Protection ammunition.
CrossBreed Holsters marks the launch of the all-new M&P9 Shield EZ pistol by offering a lineup of Crossbreed holsters custom-fit for this new single-stack handgun.
The 17 WSM model is the latest addition to the Volquartsen Summit line of straight-pull bolt action rifles. The Summit 17 WSM features a stainless steel action, Ruger 6-round rotary magazine, and Volquartsen Laminated Wood Sporter Stock.
Chattanooga Shooting Supplies has launched aggressive dealer promotions, CSSI Exclusives, manufacturer stocking dealer programs, and package incentives during their 2020 online E-Show, which runs until January 10, 2020.
The Nightforce ATACR 1-8x24 F1, selected for the Squad-Variable Power Scope component of the USSOCOM MAS-D Optics family, has reached Full Rate Production status. It will augment the M4A1 and similar small arms systems throughout USSOCOM.
The Sightmark Element Mini Solar red dot is a compact sight which combines efficient solar cell technology with additional battery power to deliver a clear 3-MOA red dot in virtually any environment.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation has announced that NSSF’s Board of Governors has voted to add the title and duties of Chief Executive Officer to Joseph Bartozzi’s current and ongoing responsibilities as the association’s President. The change became effective Jan. 1, 2020.
The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation‘s Vision 2020 campaign raised $215,465 thanks to the teams and donors who participated in 2019. 


In the wake of recent attacks against religious communities in both Texas and New York, the USCCA announced that it has launched a national donation campaign to help support both religious communities throughout the month of January. The USCCA will give all profits from its new book — Keeping Your Church Safe — to the community of the West Freeway Church of Christ (White Settlement, Texas) and organizations within New York City’s Jewish community.
Primary Arms has announced the start of a new Rifle Giveaway, which will run through the remainder of December. This custom-build home defense AR15 is chambered in 5.56x45 and features top products from Geissele Automatics, Trijicon, Zev Technologies, and Cloud Defensive.
Primary Arms has announced the start of a new AR15 Special Purpose Rifle Giveaway, which will run through January. This custom-built precision AR15 comes chambered in 5.56x45 and features products from Geissele Automatics, Modlite Systems, Cross Machine Tool, Magpul, Scalarworks, and more.
Gun Digest Media has named Phil Massaro Editor-in-Chief of Gun Digest, as the industry-leading volume heads into its 2021, 75th edition.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation is pleased to announce that the United States Concealed Carry Association will be the official sponsor of the 2020 SHOT Show New Product Center.


Shooting USA covers the Hornady Precision Rifle Challenge, a competition that’s exploring the new limits on ethical long-range hunting. And then it’s intensive training days, teaching competition at the Max Michel Pro Shooter Experience.
The National Rifle Association invites high school sophomores and juniors across the United States to apply for the 2020 National NRA Youth Education Summit, an expenses-paid, weeklong educational experience in Washington, D.C. Attendees will compete for up to $50,000 in college scholarships.

The New Year hits like a storm. There are new products, retail promotions and responses to gun-grab attempts like the nonsense happening in Virginia. This news briefing is an attempt to sort a few things out.


From PHLster Holster, we have this bit of information: “We hardly ever do sales and promotions here at PHLster, but I believe this is an exceptional circumstance. From now until SHOT Show (Jan 21) anyone who orders an X300 or TLR-1 Floodlight or Spotlight will automatically receive in their cart a free corresponding ARC Enhanced WML Switch kit. At the end of the promotion, we're donating 10% of the proceeds to the VCDL to help them fight the ridiculous gun control measures in Virginia.”

European American Armory Corporation, importers of handguns, rifles, and shotguns, announce an affordable alternative to the traditional 1911 brands: the EAA Girsan MC1911 Match and Match Elite pistol. The EAA 1911’s are loaded with features, accuracy, detail, and performance.

Stephen Hall was selected from a large number of very deserving candidates as “Top 20 Under 40 Leaders” by The Business Times. Stephen has years of experience in the shooting industry. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer at Hall-N-Hall Consulting, a family-based firm in Edmond, OK.

Lucas Oil Outdoor Line, makers of lubricants and cleaning products, has announced it is actively seeking manufacturer rep groups in the Western, Southeastern, TALO and Midwest regions of the United States.

Vortex announced their high-end tactical optic, the Razor HD Gen III 1-10x24. It’s a first focal plane optic coupled with the EBR-9 MRAD and EBR-9 BDC MOA reticles, to ensure all reticle hold points are usable throughout the complete zoom range.

Benchmade Knife Company made two exciting announcements about the new 535BK-2 Bugout and 537GY-1 Bailout variants. The Bugout family and the subsequent 537 Bailout models were designed to be a tough, lightweight carry option for folks looking for performance but who also wanted to shed unnecessary ounces. The Bugout was designed to be a go-to for backpackers and outdoor adventurers and last year’s 537 Bailout was a response from law enforcement and military, requesting a similar concept for their needs. Outfitted with woodland green anodized aluminum handles, and a CPM-M4 blade, this Bailout has a carbide glass breaker tip on the pommel for an additional touch of preparedness.

According to a story in the Washington Times, background checks on “gun purchases” totaled 28.3 million . . . in 2019. This occurred as Democrat presidential candidates uniformly called for increased regulations on ownership, possession and carry of firearms. The previous record was 27.5 million set during 2016 – an election year. A gun control organization adviser noted that FBI background check data are misleading as NICS is also used for “permit checks and rechecks” for concealed carry permits . . .

- - Rich Grassi

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