MON | MARCH 2, 2020

Registration is now open for the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s 2020 Travel Games – featuring a variety of rifle and pistol events held around the country throughout the year.
Registration for the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) 2020 National Trophy Pistol and Rifle Matches is open. The annual event features traditional marksmanship events and an established lineup of CMP’s own competitions that will carry the precedent of the National Matches through the next decade.
Dryshod, maker of performance waterproof footwear for work and outdoor recreation, has developed a new waterproof work boot with enhanced toe room for all-day-wear comfort.

BaseMap Hunting & Fishing is excited to announce their partnership with Ralph and Vicki Cianciarulo from Archer’s Choice to showcase how the most up-to-date and advanced hunting app available can benefit hunters across the nation.
Camfour Inc and Hill Country Wholesale, leading distributors of firearms and shooting related accessories, is seeking an experience and self-directed Buyer/Product Line Manager.
The Washington state "Spring Blade" (Switchblade) Knife Ban Repeal bill, SB 5782, was reported out the House Civil Rights & Judiciary Committee by a 12-3 vote with a  "do pass" recommendation.  Next step would be a vote by the full House.

Luth-AR announces that the new MBA-5 Buttstock is now available in Flat Dark Earth for AR rifles.It's designed to fit either Mil-Spec or commercial carbine buffer tubes.
Ed Brown Products, Inc. announced a new program for their retail customers and dealers. Beginning March 1, all orders over $100 will get free shipping, including firearms.
TriStar Arms' new website is now live. This update makes for simpler browsing, is mobile friendly, and includes multiple options for purchasing.

Axeon Optics announced the arrival of the Dog Soldier Predator Scope. It is made in conjunction with the "Dog Soldier," Steve Criner. He worked closely with Axeon in developing a tough scope that would be ideal for predator hunting in unforgiving conditions.

The Civilian Marksmanship Program is in search of individuals to serve as members of the Support Team during the 2020 National Matches rifle and pistol events, held in July and August at the historic Camp Perry National Guard Training Base in Ohio.

Springfield Armory announced the M1A Gear Up Promotion for 2020.  Customers who purchase any new Springfield Armory M1A rifle between March 1, 2020 and May 31, 2020, are eligible to receive two 20-round magazines and an M1A scope mount for free.



The long-range trend has made its mark on a number of segments, like high-end optics — as well as firearms, ammunition and other must-have accessories. In the March issue of Shooting Industry, dealers share how they assist customers in their journey to make hits at longer ranges.
The MidwayUSA Foundation announced their largest cash grant payout to youth shooting teams. Over $3.4 million in cash grants have been distributed to 951 youth shooting teams across the country. 


I recently received a call from a fellow gun-crank about my age. He’d seen on social media a mention that Herrett’s Stocks, Inc. was headed out of business. I followed up with a call to the company. The response I got was that the owner is 70 years old, feels the need to retire. The company had been for sale for a year and there had been no serious inquiries.

I responded that I’d hoped someone would at least negotiate an arrangement licensing the designs for alternative manufacture or sale of the production facility.

The original call I’d gotten was from someone like me who’s been watching the brands from our youth go extinct. In an industry founded by individuals who made their mark and didn’t sell their companies but flourished anyway, the time comes when the entrepreneur (or family of the founder) needs to step out. That’s happening again.

My experience with Herrett’s was, sadly, limited to only a few samples of the art. I have a set of Shooting Stars on a Smith & Wesson 4” M10 round-butt and a set similar to Herrett’s -- but a different maker -- on a vintage Colt Python. These American Walnut open-back stocks – they are stocks, not “grips,” grip being something you do – have hand filling swells on both sides and a butt extended below the revolver frame. The stocks on the old Model 10 feature Herrett’s high relief skip checkering.

Herrett’s is also known for making the Jordan “Trooper” stock to the specification of Border Patrol Inspector/USMC-R Colonel Bill Jordan as well as revolver stocks designed by Walter Roper.

Another company, now long-gone, was mentioned on the call: Gil Hebard Guns of Illinois. I knew the company only as the vendor who really accelerated my move into handgun shooting. He sold guns – one of the few places in those days you could get Smith & Wesson revolvers without paying “retail PLUS” – but also parts, shooting and reloading gear, even holsters. I’d not known, until I read this editorial in Shooting Times, that Gil was not only a world-class shooter but an innovator in the shooting sports. I read his book Pistol Shooter’s Treasury years ago, using it as a source to learn about actually shooting well.

The Shooting Times piece mentions his innovations, like the use of over-the-head ear muffs for hearing protection (early 1950s) and his contact with the David Clark Company that led to their investment in ear pro for shooters, the “Straightaway” earmuffs. Another bit of genius was the use of optics on pistols . . . at Camp Perry . . . in the mid-1960s.

Yep, back in the LBJ days, someone had already discovered the use of optics for shooting match advantage using 22, “midrange” (38, wadcutter) and “hardball” (45, ‘service’) pistols.

While youngsters (those under age 50) decry all of us old-timers as “fudds,” they’re forgetting – just like we did at their age – that they’re standing on the shoulders of giants.

Giants like Steve Herrett, Gil Hebard, Bill Jordan, Charles A. Skelton, Jr., Elmer Keith, John Wooters, Jeff Cooper – and more. They are the parents of this legacy and we the beneficiaries.

It’s something to keep in mind as we watch yet another great company go. I can only hope that someone will pick that product line up and run with it.

- - Rich Grassi

Event Calendar

IWA OutdoorClassics

International trade fair for hunting, shooting sports, equipment for outdoor activities and for civilian and official security applications, in Nuremberg.

Western CMP Games & CMP HP Rifle Matches

Marksmanship 101 class, Ben Avery Shooting Facility, Phoenix, AZ

For more information on the Marksmanship 101 Classes, including links to registration, visit the CMP website at

One Man Shoot Announces 9th Annual Sporting Clays Fundraiser For Prostate Cancer Research and Awareness

Riverside Sporting Clays, 52400 Hwy. 16 Denham Springs, LA 70706

The One Man Shoot is a family friendly sporting clays competition for four person teams that raises funds for Dr. Oliver Sartor’s Prostate Cancer Research Fund at Tulane Cancer Center. for more details and a full event schedule. For additional information, please contact: Amy Kellogg,  or call 504.717.1328; 225.753.8722

APRIL 17-19
NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits

Music City Center - 201 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203 -

Eastern CMP Games & CMP HP Rifle Matches – Camp Butner, Butner, NC

Marksmanship 101 Class CMP

For more information on the Marksmanship 101 Classes, including links to registration, visit the CMP website at

MAY 16-17
Ridgway Rifle Club – Ridgway, PA

CMP Marksmanship 101 Class

For more information on the Marksmanship 101 Classes, including links to registration, visit the CMP website at

MAY 29
Camp Atterbury – Edinburgh, IN

CMP Markmanship 101 Class

For more information on the Marksmanship 101 Classes, including links to registration, visit the CMP website at

Shooting Wire - 2271 N Upton St., Arlington, VA 22207
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