WED | SEPTEMBER 16, 2020

The first Craftsman Collection PCP-powered air rifles from Benjamin are in the field and delivering impressive reviews. The Cayden, Akela and Kratos feature exotic-figured Turkish Walnut stocks, resulting in a premium offering at an affordable price point.
After members expressed concerns over the initial date for the Professional Outdoor Media Association’s 2021 conference, the new date has been changed to June 15-17, 2021 in Franklin, Tennessee.
Shoot Like A Girl is taking the Coast to Coast Tour to Bass Pro Shops in Pearl, Mississippi this weekend for a free interactive event that introduces women to the shooting sports in a fun, safe and comfortable atmosphere.

Davidson’s, a firearms wholesaler, has partnered with Colt and Baron Engraving on an exclusive project to honor Samuel Colt.The Government 1911 Samuel Colt Limited Edition is based on the Series-70 O1911C Government Classic model.
DRG Manufacturing LLC. announced its recent hire of Jason Curns, who will join the DRG team as COO working in their corporate office in Lake Zurich, Illinois.
Orchid Solutions announces the launch of Orchid Pay and Orchid Gun Show. The new products provide new and expanding firearm merchants with a simple and low-cost method for selling firearms and accessories while providing their customers with the best possible check out experience.

Galco announced that Michelle Viscusi is their newest brand ambassador. Michelle is an Army National Guard vet and appeared on The History Channel's TV series Top Shot.
Sellmark Corporation announced its participation in the GunBroker Charity Auction. This auction will benefit the Dallas Chapter of Brotherhood For the Fallen, an organization dedicated to supporting the families and departments of police officers that have been murdered in the line of duty across the United States.
Blaser Group announced Derek Paul has joined the company as North American Director of Sales. In this role, Paul will be responsible for all commercial sales activities for Blaser, Mauser, Sauer, and Rigby rifles and Minox optics throughout North America.

RSR Group, Inc. welcomes Aero Precision, Inc. products to its offerings. Aero Precision manufactures mil-spec parts and accessories, AR-15 upper and lower receivers as well as VG6 Precision muzzle devices which are now available for purchase through RSR Group.
Primary Arms has announced the promotion of Wilson Calil from Senior Digital Marketing and Acquisition Manager to Director of Inbound Marketing. In this role, Wilson will be overseeing important inbound marketing initiatives and strategies.
The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action announced a new donation match campaign with Kimber Manufacturing. The firearms maker has generously pledged to match up to $200,000 in donations made to NRA-ILA through Nov. 15.
Sellmark Corporation announced its participation in the GunBroker Charity Auction to benefit the Texas Game Warden Association. The TGWA is dedicated to wilderness conservation and introducing children to the value of land and wildlife.
Springfield Armory CEO Dennis Reese is proud to announce the hiring of Russell H. Datson IV as Vice President of Sales. Datson will be working closely in this new role with Peggy Hickenbottom, Vice President of Distribution & Customer Service.
The revelation that anti-gun-rights billionaire Michael Bloomberg plans to spend $100 million in Florida to guarantee that important swing state goes to Democrat Joe Biden is proof the former vice president is “bought and paid for,” the Second Amendment Foundation said.

Karl Rehn, of KR Training, partnered with national preparedness trainer and author Paul Martin to develop a series of videos aimed at helping citizens quickly and effectively better prepare themselves for a wide spectrum of perils.
Scholastic 3-D Archery is proud to announce Matthew Green as the South Carolina S3DA State Conservation Outreach Coordinator. Matthew will work alongside South Carolina State Coordinator, Sheila Tadlock to provide S3DA clubs and teams across the state with archery, hunting, and conservation-related activities.
GUNS Magazine Old West: History, Guns & Gear Volume 2 explores the guns of the time, including some unusual samples like the Army’s last flintlock pistol. has announced its Veteran’s Team sponsorship of the Houston Safari Club Foundation’s Annual Sporting Clays Tournament.
This week, Shooting USA covers the challenge for precision rifle shooters in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. And there’s a pro tip from the Army Marksmanship Unit for hunters on Point Blank Zero.
This week on Guns & Gear, it’s Deer Week. Check out the Compass II & Venture II from Thompson/Center Arms, Sig Sauer's SIERRA6BDX riflescope, Ruger’s 6.5 PRC Hawkeye Long Range Hunter – and more.

The thirty-fifth Gun Rights Policy Conference will be kicking off later this week. This year, despite the pandemic, there’s no real excuse for your not being in attendance for at least a part of the event.

We’re not granting you some sort of one-time-only travel privilege. For the first time in its thirty-five year history, the event’s going to be all virtual.

Having now survived regular “Zooms” and participated in live news events online, I’m not reluctant to say that it’s actually feasible for this kind of event. I’ve taken part in a town hall type event that had more than a thousand simultaneous participants. That convinced me events are “scalable” although I’ve yet to see any numbers making the case that virtual trade shows - a different type of event - can be profitable.

Before the COVID-19 lockdowns, I dismissed nearly all online “events” as gimmicks or something most applicable in small group collaborations.

Virtual learning seems to be very workable. And that’s right in the GRPC’s wheelhouse. This event specializes in bringing experts to educate attendees.

This year’s event is themed around something that’s more than slightly important to anyone who supports the Second Amendment: the coming elections. In fact, this year’s conference theme is Elect Freedom.

You’ll have the opportunity to hear from more than a dozen lawyers who have filed some of the most important- and successful- pro 2A cases across the country, and with a wealth of speakers with names you’ll recognize.

All told, there are 120 speakers touching on everything from what’s happening in their respective states to a coast-to-coast report on guns, gun rights, attacks on the right to keep and bear arms and the growing number of new gun owners.

The conference will run September 19-20, and much of the content - and additional reference material - will be available online soon after the actual event. Several segments sound as if they’ll be interesting discussions. My personal favorite is “The Mob Vs Main Street” but I’ll be speaking in a Sunday afternoon session “Media and Corporate America Attacks on the Second Amendment”.

You can learn more about speakers and the event at: . And it’s still not too late to register to attend this first-ever virtual event.

Speaking of events - virtual and otherwise- we receive a number of emails every day from readers wanting to know “what you’ve heard about SHOT 2021?”

As of today, we know the NSSF and their SHOT working group are moving forward with plans for a 2021 SHOT.

We also know it will be bigger physically, and considerably different experience from previous versions.

SHOT Show 2021 will feature a more expansive and “distanced” layout, with larger aisles, smaller numbers of booth workers. It’s likely that social distancing, sanitizing, masks, and a whole COVID-19 compliance regimen -as is mandated by the state and local governments at the time- will be in place.

The real question that will have the largest impact is this: what will the COVID-19 compliance regulations look like by January 2021? If there are still restrictions on gatherings, it would be pretty tough to have an event the magnitude of SHOT for groups of 50 or fewer attendees at a time.

The other unanswered question we’re asked is should I risk attending.

Unfortunately, that’s nothing we’re in the position to answer for anyone- ourselves included. We have no special insight into the future in light of the pandemic, social unrest or even the weather. And like many others with Las Vegas reservations for SHOT, we’re very aware that the September 30 no-cost cancellation date is just over two weeks away.

Here’s all we can promise: when we know more, we’ll share it with you.

Otherwise, we’re all keeping January 19-22, 2021 blocked out on our planning calendars.

The outdoor industry isn’t the only one wondering about events next year.

Our colleagues over on the golf side of the news house are doing the same wondering and planning as well.

The PGA of America’s 2021 PGA Merchandise Show is set for January 26-29, 2021, in Orlando, Florida. And as of this writing, they’re a go as well. It’s the major event of the golf retail world and SHOT attendees would be right at home wandering their usually crowded aisles.

The PGA SHOW, like SHOT Show Fully Loaded 2021, is advising everyone to keep checking for updates.

And both groups tell us the response from exhibitors is “enthusiastically positive”.

The 2021 Archery Trade Association might not be this spaced out, but social distancing will be encouraged.

That’s pretty much the same thing we’re hearing from two other events: the 2021 Archery Trade Show, set for Indianapolis, Indiana, January 7-9, 2021, and the Dallas Safari Club’s Convention and Expo set for February 11-14, 2021 at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas, Texas.

The Dallas Safari Club’s Convention hopes to be one of the first in the United States to be done under GBAC STAR Accreditation.

Dallas, we’re told, is working hard to become the first destination in the United States to seek Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR accreditation across both tourism and hospitality sectors. To get that accreditation, an organization must have a cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention program, proper cleaning protocols, and highly prepared cleaning professionals. Dallas hotels and the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center (KBHCC) received this top-level rating as “sanitary and safe” but the DFW Airport has also been given the thumbs-up, and American Airlines says it will have accreditation by the end of 2020.

And Indianapolis and the Archery Trade Association are also working to keep things safe for their attendees as well.

In short, the business world’s doing its best to emerge from the bubble.

And, as always, we’ll keep you posted- even though we’re still encapsulated in our bubble.

—JIm Shepherd

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