FRI | MARCH 20, 2020

Federal Ammunition announces availability of Top Gun 100-Packs -- each containing four 25-count boxes of consistent Top Gun target loads. The rounds feature hard lead pellets, reliable Federal primers and specialized wad columns.
Nosler announces the addition of 6mm Creedmoor, 115 grain RDF, to the Nosler Match Grade Ammunition line.
As more restrictions have unfolded this week, Concerns of Police Survivors was one of several organizations to cancel their public event in Washington, D.C., in May for National Police Week.

Team Vihtavouri member, Evil Roy (Gene Pearcy), recently brought home two national titles from the 2020 Winter Range SASS National Championship of Cowboy Action Shooting in Phoenix, AZ.
Action Target Inc. announces a new teaming agreement with CoverSix Shelters. CoverSix provides customizable and scalable modular structures to defense, military, and training groups around the world. The two companies are working together to provide customers with world-class modular shooting range systems and turnkey solutions.
Montana Outdoor Group, a private investor group, acquired Montana Rifle Company in early 2019, has announced its immediate closure pending fiscal restructuring.

Military Products, Inc., the parent company of the TAC SHIELD brand, is excited to announce their new distribution partnership with Sports South
Media Lodge’s “What’s Hot in Freedom” initiative helps companies stay in front of customers. It will use the Media Lodge network access to ensure new product announcements get out.
To support local restaurants and first responders, CMMG will be providing lunch between 12:30pm – 1:30pm Central time, to all Boonville, Missouri first responders for the next two weeks.


Sportsman’s Warehouse Holdings, has bought Field & Stream locations in Crescent Springs, Kentucky, and Kalamazoo, Michigan, from Dick’s Sporting Goods.
Galco announces availability of the Combat Master outside-the-waist concealment holster made for the HK VP9 pistol. A professional-grade belt holster of premium steerhide, the Combat Master is a high-riding pancake-style holster.
The STR-I Compact is available with a 13-round magazine and a 10-round magazine for those that live in capacity-restrictive states. The Stoeger STR-9 Compact will be available at dealers and retailers in May.
Bear & Son Cutlery is excited to announce that sporting goods retailer Scheels is now carrying a broad lineup of Bear & Son hunting, tactical, and everyday carry knives.
In the early stages of the company’s growth, Bill Jordan, Realtree founder, realized he needed to promote the brand himself to be successful. One of the architects of those successful strategies, David Blanton, is on the “It’s Federal Season” podcast hotseat for this entertaining episode.
In accordance with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ recommendations designed to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has closed shooting ranges and will restrict general public walk-in traffic at facilities statewide.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has closed the Olofson shooting range, near Big Creek State Park, and the Banner shooting range at Summerset State Park, through March 31.
The Hammond Cove Shooting Range in Hartland, Vermont will re-open for the season on Thursday, April 2, at 10:00 a.m.
All Indiana DNR Fish & Wildlife Area (FWA) shooting ranges, excluding the one at Tri-County FWA, will resume normal operating hours.

Launching this August, the Leica Calonox will be available in two versions: As a pure hand-held observation device – The Leica Calonox "View" - and as a mounted device on a riflescope – The Leica Calonox "Sight".
Featuring 6x zoom and reticle illumination in a 30mm design, Amplus combines high quality optical performance in a feature rich and robust construction for everyday all-around use.
Primary Arms Optics has opened pre-orders for the brand-new GLx 2x Prisms, GLx 2.5-10x44 ACSS Raptor M2 FFP, and GLx 4-16x50 MIL DOT FFP.
It’s a gun restoration expert who’s ready to answer old gun questions, the upcoming Presidential election, a new concealed carry manual, confronting Joe Biden, and more, this week on Tom Gresham's GUNTALK Radio.
While the CSF offices in Washington remain closed through March 27, the CSF continues its efforts to make a positive impact for America’s sportsmen’s community through these challenging times.

The stories going around about the non-gun owning public swamping gun stores – particularly but not always in infringing locales like California, New Jersey and others – are all over social media. They’ve generated two lines of response.

One is like that of ace-trainer and exasperated gun owner John Farnam. The story he tells on his (currently via email only) “DTI Quips” is of a ‘progressive’ type who asks what gun he should buy “for home protection.” The response is frustrated bemusement; this fellow who considered us all as paranoids and who knew the government would “be there” when he was in need, now wants to join the brigade.

As John notes, it’s a little late for that. The ship sailed – without you. Maybe next time, you could actually think for yourself. John, while sympathetic, can’t help this fellow. Perhaps no one can – now.

The response in social media was measured in levity – they thought we were crazy – and in disgust. The disgust part was typified by one common-tater (thanks, Claude!) who noted that we can use this as an opportunity for outreach, to increase our numbers. It strikes me that it could be like welcoming California types to Colorado . . . so they can vote the same infringement nonsense into Colorado law they had in California . . .

But, hope springs eternal, it was said. In keeping with that, there’s a new page on Facebook, started by Claude Werner, to address the questions potential (or actual) new gun owners have: New Firearms Owner Information Page.

It seems that buying the gun, ammo and whatever support gear the newly enlightened thinks they need isn’t enough. We know that reading the manual is unlikely – so maybe social media outreach would help.

It certainly won’t hurt. Along with NRA Safety Rules and the Metro DC Police Online Safety Course linked in the page, there’s safety info from NSSF on safe storage. Sure, he’s linking stuff that’s already out there – but he’s putting it in one place where all (who care to) can find it. And I get the feeling he’ll be adding to it.

So there may be some time off for some folks while some of us continue to work away. Consider it time for a new skill. Or to add to skills you already have. Concerned about a lack of ammo? Claude also has his 1000 Days of Dryfire page on Facebook. That’s a good place to check in as you develop gun handling and precision without the use of ammo.

It’s a time of great change – but when isn’t? You can work to improve our image with the non-(but soon to be) gun owning public and increase your skills – or you can binge watch whatever passes for TV programming these days.

Stay safe.

- - Rich Grassi

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