WED | JANUARY 13, 2021

The Civilian Marksmanship Program announced its new Smallbore Postal Competition, set to begin in January 2021. The event will feature 3-Position and Prone matches, fired from a distance of 50 feet, and is open to both Adult and Junior athletes.
PROOF Research’s sponsored shooting team member Austin Orgain won the Armageddon Gear Cup Match at the end of Oct. 2020 and took home the Precision Rifle Series Pro Series Golden Bullet award for top honors in Dec. 2020.
Nearly 1,200 acres of vital elk winter range in northern New Mexico is now permanently protected and opened to public access. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation worked with the Bureau of Land Management and three families to make it happen.

Leica Sport Optics has announced its support of the Wild Sheep Foundation, by signing up as a Platinum sponsor of Sheep Week, which this year takes place virtually from Jan 11 to 16, but the virtual platform will be accessible until Feb 16.
Savage Arms announced the release of their IMPULSE Big Game rifle line. An American made rifle, the new entry features a straight-pull action.
Refined and modernized for the 21st century, Galco's Miami Classic II shoulder holster system carries a handgun in a horizontal position for a very fast draw. It also orients its double spare ammo carrier in a horizontal position.

SPORT RIDGE AR front and rear sights are shipping now. Made from aircraft-grade aluminum, they lock in the upright position and the rear sight fits under most optics.
Primary Arms Government is now a primary distributor for TRIARC Systems and will be carrying the complete line of TRIARC rifles, pistols, and parts.
Primary Arms has unveiled their new company logo, which will represent Primary Arms across their optics, retail, wholesale, and government divisions.

Hornady has been selected as the winner in three categories of the 2021 Predator Xtreme Readers’ Choice Awards.
Mossberg’s newest autoloader, the 940 JM Pro competition shotgun, has been recognized as the 2021 Shooting Illustrated Shotgun of the Year, presented by the National Rifle Association Publications.
SIG SAUER Academy announced that the New York Division of Criminal Justice Services has approved the SIG SAUER Academy Semi-Automatic Pistol Instructor Course for their Armed Guard Instructors. The New York DCJS is a statewide multi-function support agency.
Everest announced that they have formed a new partnership with Adaptive Training Foundation through their philanthropic program, Everest Gives Back. The multi-faceted program will provide charitable contributions and generate awareness for the organization.
Southwick Associates announces that Dr. Lou Cornicelli has joined Southwick Associates as a Senior Analyst.

Shine United, a Madison, WI-based agency, announced its partnership with Silencer Central, a manufacturer and seller of silencers.

Camfour is actively hiring experienced and successful sales representatives to accelerate its growth in FL and TX. The goals of this position are to increase sales to existing and new dealers.
Knife Rights’ Ohio Knife Law Reform Bill, SB 140, was signed yesterday by Governor Mike DeWine. The law will take effect on April 10, 2021. Existing law remains in effect until that time.
A 61 percent increase in homicides last year is proof that Seattle’s egregious tax on firearms and ammunition sales amounts to a fraud and should immediately be repealed, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said.

Primos Hunting will introduce a host of new products along with extensions to the brand’s popular lines of hunting blinds, decoys and game calls during the ATA 2021 Online tradeshow.
The Thorogood Realtree EDGE camo Infinity FD Rubber Boot has leading edge technology that bolsters performance and enhances comfort.
Plano Synergy has launched a new, easy way to navigate through 2021 new hunting products. The new microsite features new products from the many Plano Synergy family of brands covering archery, waterfowl, deer and turkey hunting, and more.
Pulsar unveiled the Thermion XM30 3.5-14x Thermal Riflescope. It guarantees adult-sized heat signature detection up to 1,400 yards away, day or night.
USA Shooting announces Buddy DuVall as Chief Marketing Officer. In his new role, DuVall will oversee USA Shooting’s marketing effort, partnerships, sponsorships, and fundraising to support USA Shooting athletes at the highest level.
National Rifle League announced that Bushnell is Title Sponsor of the inaugural 2021 season of NRL HUNTER. NRL HUNTER will host 9 hunting matches, culminating in the NRL HUNTER Championship.
In this week's episode of American Rifleman TV, NRA rules for safe gun handling are discussed. Also, the Hornady 6mm ARC is featured and the Soviet Degtyaryov DP-28 is on "I Have This Old Gun."
Shooting USA covers the challenge for precision rifle shooters at steel targets sized to simulate the vitals of western game animals – at the Hornady Precision Hunter Challenge.

The Hartford Courant is reporting that a deal is imminent for “100 percent of the equity” in Colt Holding Co., owner of the gun company the Courant describes as “an American legend and Connecticut fixture for 175 years”.

Ceska azurejvka Group, SE (better known as CZ) says it has reached an agreement on the “outline” of a deal with the West Hartford, Connecticut company. In fact, the deal has already been announced in more than one foreign news service. While the Czech group seems confident in the likelihood of a deal, the two companies have apparently agreed to allow review and due diligence to continue through the end of the month.

Meanwhile, the shutdown by GoDaddy has roiled the internet since the gun forum received notice it was summarily being shut down. We have been told that while the move was sudden, it wasn’t exactly unexpected.

In fact, wheels were already in motion to find another hosting location when the 24-hour notice was received. Regardless, the sudden- and total-shutdown by GoDaddy caused no small amount of consternation before a new “First Amendment friendly” host was located.

Today, while conversations in the industry have re-focused on political changes in Washington, there’s equal concern regarding the apparent ease at which big tech companies (Amazon/AWS, Google, Apple, Twitter and Facebook) have decided to decided what constitutes “acceptable” free speech.

“If you don’t toe their party line,” said one CEO, “there’s never been any doubt that they could make life inconvenient for you if they chose. What’s worrisome today is the fact they’re acting without any hesitation, and there’s virtually no recourse. There’s certainly no immediate course of action.”

Many people today consider these tech giants to be public utilities.

That’s wrong-headed. They aren’t public utilities.

The local, state and federal regulations under which they operate aren’t designed to protect the public.

Few (if any) of us have really read their Terms of Service for internet providers, phone companies or computers before clicking on the contract box that says (usually twice to eliminate any doubt) “I have read and agree to the Terms of Service.”

If we had, we’d be considerably slower to agree. They are one-way agreements.

You agree to their rules. If you don’t follow their rules, they will deny you their service.

And as learned yesterday, being turned off doesn’t earn an explanation. They simply shut you down.

And as Parler discovered last week, they don’t much care how loudly you complain- or to whom.

After being booted from Amazon’s AWS service, Parler was also summarily booted from both the Apple and Google Play stores, essentially closing down the Twitter alternative.

To the companies who chose to exercise what was essentially the death penalty, it was their contribution to stifling an organization they felt didn’t sufficiently moderate “extreme” content.

To Parler CEO John Matze, it was something entirely different: a flagrant attempt to shut down the “closest thing to competition Facebook or Twitter has seen in many years.”

He also says he believes Apple, Google and Amazon “worked together” to make certain they didn’t have any competition.

Parler’s not back online- yet, but it appears to have turned to the one internet solutions provider that has become home to others, including Gab and

That provider, Epik, says there’s no “agreement” in place with Parler, only a service agreement. That’s not unusual with any of the companies, including GoDaddy.

Epik, however, defended the idea that Parler - and by extension other companies like suddenly facing these shutdowns- have been unfairly targeted:

“it is clear there is an artificial standard that many now want to apply. The staggering size of Twitter and Facebook alone, have made real change or accountability almost impossible, as the political interests and objectives of their own executives end up creating an undeniable double standard for both policing and enforcement.”

Epik statement

Parler has filed suit against Amazon for antitrust violations, and is asking a judge require Amazon to reinstate their service as litigation works through the court system.

Is all this drama only a hint of things to come?

There’s no definitive answer, but preparations are underway industry-wide for a “new reality.”

If the first two weeks of January are any indication, doesn’t look to be smooth sailing ahead for the industry. This “new reality” means refocusing on potential political problems as a Biden administration will -eventually- turn its attention toward increasing regulations on law-abiding gun owners.

Right now, they’re distracted by a myriad of other, more pressing issues.

That’s giving the industry some much-needed time to try and focus on an area that wasn’t a prime concern under the outgoing administration.

Organizations ranging from conservation groups to the National Shooting Sports Foundation are working to retool plans, realign staffing and get ready for some sobering “new realities”.

As the work progresses, we’ll keep you posted.

— Jim Shepherd

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