WED | MARCH 25, 2020

Privately-held American Holoptics has signed a definitive agreement to acquire EOTech from L3Harris. American Holoptics is a subsidiary of Kouchar Management, whose other acquisitions include Elite Defense and HEL Technologies.
Two higher velocity (1,300 feet-per-second) loads have been added to the Top Gun product line. These are 1-ounce, 12-gauge, 2 ¾-inch loads in shot size 7.5 or 8. Shipments of this product have begun to arrive at dealers.
Since its introduction, 13 Olympic cycles ago, ELEY tenex has helped athletes all over the world win 125 Olympic medals in shooting sports. There are a lot of factors that go into the production of ELEY ammunition.

In light of nationwide efforts to stem the spread of COVID-19, SLG², Inc, DBA: Shoot Like a Girl (SLG), has postponed the upcoming event in Pearl, Mississippi.
Team Bushnell delivered a strong showing at the recent Accuracy International Long Range Classic, earning multiple top place finishes. During the fifth PRS Pro Series competition of the season, Bushnell Pro Shooter Mark Cooper earned First Place in the Tactical Division.
The Owensboro Convention Center was the selected venue for the 2020 Kentucky S3DA Indoor State Championship and boasted a record breaking five-hundred and thirteen archers.

Spencer Sports Center at Wabash Valley College was host to the Illinois S3DA Indoor State Archery Championship. With over six hundred plus spectators, the facility was filled with nearly one hundred fifty competitors from nine clubs and eight teams.
SIG SAUER, Inc. introduces the 716i TREAD, a direct impingement AR-10 platform rifle that provides versatility for long range shooting and hunting while maintaining a lightweight design for easy carry.
MidwayUSA is excited to announce the promotion of Travis Pollard to Merchandising Manager - Shooting. Prior to his promotion, Travis was a Purchasing Specialist for the Ammunition and Reloading lines.

After having been declared an “essential infrastructure business operation” by Governor Mike DeWine, Rocky Brands, Inc. (Nasdaq:RCKY) will continue operations and shipments from its distribution center in Logan, Ohio.
1791 Tactical presents their 1791 Tactical IWB Kydex Holster for the newly released Springfield Hellcat. The RMR/Optic cut accommodates most pistol optics.
Galco Gunleather introduces a wide range of popular holsters for the new FN 503 slim 9mm pistol. They include ankle and pocket holsters as well as inside-the-waist and belt holsters.
Hogue Knives announced their tritium infused Out the Front Automatic Knives. Select Hogue Out the Front Knives have been enhanced by incorporating tritium triggers. Tritium in a knife allows the user to immediately locate and orient the knife in low to no-light conditions.
Blackhawk announced that it has expanded its popular line of T-Series holsters with the introduction of its first Level 2 Compact (L2C) Light Bearing Holster compatible with the Glock 17 and Streamlight TLR-7 and TLR-8 pistol light.
Greg Easton, President of Jas. D. Easton, announced today that Easton’s Vice President of Finance, Aaron Lucky, has been named as the new president of Easton Technical Products effective March 19, 2020.

Reading Archery Club recently hosted the 2020 Pennsylvania S3DA Indoor State Championship. With a packed house of spectators throughout the day, dozens of archers from across the state gathered to shoot their largest indoor event of the season so far.
North Carolina S3DA recently held their Indoor State Championship in Clyde, North Carolina. With over four-hundred spectators in attendance throughout the day, one-hundred and twenty-six archers from ten clubs and teams competed.
Legacy Sports International’s Howa Gen 2 GamePro Scoped Combo Series are in stock and now shipping. All blued barrel calibers are available with threaded barrels and there are stainless offerings in .308 and 6.5 Creedmoor as well.

In addition to continuing to host select Vortex® products in the USA Archery store at a great discount as a benefit to our membership and supporters, Vortex® is increasing their digital presence and sales programs.
SAR USA by Sarsilmaz announces the introduction of new B6C compact pistol frame colors: Flat Dark Earth and OD Green.
While holding banquets in person to raise funds for SCTP scholarships is currently not an option, the SCTP is preparing to launch the latest opportunity to support graduating seniors: the SCTP “Virtual” Banquet


The Second Amendment Foundation is applauding Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s decision to recognize that gun dealers are essential to public safety, and has updated the list of life sustaining businesses to allow Keystone State gun owners to exercise their fundamental constitutional rights.
Primary Arms Optics has opened pre-orders for the brand-new SLx MD-25 Red Dot and 3rd Generation 3x and 5x Prism Scopes.
Shooting USA treks to Utah for the rifle competition that’s exploring the new limits of ethical long-range hunting, the Hornady Precision Rifle Challenge.

Today's feature is from USA Archery

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado - With this morning's official announcement of the postponement of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games to 2021, athletes, coaches, fans, supporters and staff around the world are coming to terms with this news. While heartbreaking for so many in such varying ways, it is important that this decision was made for the right reasons; to prioritize global health and safety and to ensure a level playing field for all. The Flame will continue to burn, and the Games will go on as a bright light at the end of this dark and confusing time.

3x Olympic Medalist, World Champion, World No. 1 and the indoor and outdoor world record holder Brady Ellison was a strong favorite to bring home gold this summer. Ellison began 2020 with the first ever perfect Vegas 900 shot with a recurve, calling it the greatest accomplishment of his archery career. So hungry for that Olympic Champion title, this news, as Ellison said: "sucks".

Ellison shared: "The Games being postponed is devastating, but it's also an opportunity to have one more year to get even better. I am shooting my best ever right now and really know I had my greatest chance yet at winning gold this year. Now I just have to keep pushing and get even better than I am now.

"There are no limits to the height one can achieve when backed into a corner; the only way out is to fight and overcome. It's now even more important to train hard and to win every event that we can shoot.

"My heart goes out to all the athletes who prepared for this year as their last run or took all the vacation and time to try and make a run at this Olympics that may no longer be able, and their Olympic dreams are done without even having the opportunity.

"With the news of the postponement, we don't have to stress about putting ourselves and our health at risk to train and now everyone can focus on what's important: family and staying safe and getting rid of this virus ASAP. Everyone needs to do their part in this. I am self-quarantined at my house in Arizona and am fortunate enough that I have my own range and can keep my performance up. For everyone who can't go shoot, well the power of the mind and never missing may be more powerful than actually training. All the best everyone."

National and Olympic Head Coach and Team USA's Best Coach of the Year KiSik Lee reacted positively: "I see a lot of archers depressed by the postponement, but we expected it. For me, as a coach, we were really ready to go to Tokyo this summer, and now we have to take this situation, settle down, step back and prepare mentally to go next year. I released a new training program today. I've changed our program 3 times in the last 2 weeks, but now that the Games are officially postponed, we are already putting plans into action to be ready for Tokyo in 2021. Our athletes are safe and healthy and will continue training. This situation is out of our control, but our training is under control; we will move on and be prepared."

Paralympic Head Coach George Ryals IV shared a similar sentiment: "I can see one year as 'more training time', a full cancellation would have been devastating for many athletes. One year means more time for development of additional emerging para archery talent. I see this as an opportunity to make our team stronger and deeper for 2021.

"I know the USA Para Archery team is still training and growing skill. The social distancing and quarantine measures have caused them to be more creative with training plans and focus more on the building blocks of their shot routine. I have already seen some growth in scores from a few team members who have doubled down on training. We will see an even stronger team in 2021 and we can still see the light of the Paralympic Games at the end of the tunnel."

This news is positive for many emerging talents, but is also crushing for athletes who are towards the end of their career. Paralympian Lia Coryell shared: "Probably 90% of the Paralympians have faced a devastating tragedy or injury at some point in their lives and it makes everything relative. This is disappointing but there are more important things in life and the Games will go on next year. Every person is important, not just the athletes."

"But honestly, this doesn't look good for me, because my body is worn out and tired and I don't know if I can train for another year," added Coryell, who is diagnosed with progressive MS. Coryell says a diagnosis won't stop her from trying: "now it's time to put our big kid pants on, regroup, adapt, improvise and overcome...because we are AmeriCANs. #1sport1team1nation."

Paralympian Eric Bennett commented: "I'm probably more pragmatic than most, I think it's a good call as we're seeing around the world, the dangers of not taking this seriously, including in our own country. Postponing is the smartest idea, but it has a lot of downside. The athletes are protecting our health and safety, but this affects our careers. I'm at the tail end of my career, this was very likely my last Games, so it's hard to know I'll have to maintain my highest level for another year but this also gives me one more year to be fully prepared and reach my most competitive level so I have my best opportunity to win gold."

Olympian Mackenzie Brown is also taking the postponement as an opportunity to strive for a better outcome in Tokyo: "I am completely behind this decision to postpone the Games. I believe to be in line with the Olympic spirit, it's in the best interest of the Olympics to be postponed because right now not everyone is able to train their hardest for their Olympic dreams. We are in crazy times right now and it's difficult to keep very optimistic, but I've been training for four years for my dreams and I will continue to train and be ready at any moment to put on my best performance. It's hard to wait for the next competition, but it's what I was born to do in my opinion and I will continue to push on."

USA Archery and the archery community are hard at work to rebuild our Road to Tokyo and hope that everyone takes this time to prioritize health and safety so we can come back stronger and better for Tokyo in 2021.

About USA Archery

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