WED | SEPTEMBER 14, 2022

Congratulations to Erich Mietenkorte on sweeping the Washington Smallbore Silhouette State Championship. Mietenkorte scored first place in both the Smallbore Hunter Rifle and in Smallbore Standard.
Hornady congratulates international shooters on their performance at the International Precision Rifle Federation’s World Championship, August 6-12, 2022, in France.
Team Beretta shooters recently achieved 8 podium wins during the 2022 Southeast Regional Championship held at Cross Creek Clays in Palmyra, TN.

Team Beretta shooter JJ Racaza recently placed second overall and first in the Grand Master division at the 2022 USPSA Carry Optic Nationals held at CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park in Talladega, AL.
The second leg of the 2022 Lapua Monarch Cup kicks off September 17-18 in Saltillo, CH, Mexico. Held at the Club De Tiro Saltillo Safari, this will be the second opportunity for silhouette competitors to accrue points in hopes of winning the coveted Lapua Monarch Cup Championship title.
Big game hunting seasons are opening everywhere and one thing every hunter needs along with a firearm or bow, and the accompanying ammunition or arrows, is a knife. As the professionals at Buck Knives remind us, when the critter is down, the work begins. The correct knife makes everything easier.

ISOtunes Sport announced that the company has renewed its partnership with outdoor influencer Jess Bond. Aa long-time hunter and avid shooter, Jess is a great fit for propelling the ISOtunes Sport brand.
Military Products, Inc. announces the addition of Andrea Reed as Marketing Communications Director. Andrea will lead the new Retail Promotions Program.
MidwayUSA is pleased to announce the promotion of Dan Stokes to Director of Software Development - Products. Dan began his career at MidwayUSA in April 2007 as an Application Developer after earning his BA in Computer Science from Columbia College.

September 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the return of archery to the modern Olympic Games. After a hiatus of 52 years, archery returned to the Games for the 1972 Munich Olympics and has remained a core Olympic sport ever since.
The Second Amendment Foundation filed a federal lawsuit challenging a new gun control law adopted in New York State following the Supreme Court’s nullification of its previous concealed carry statute that required “proper cause,” alleging the state’s new statute is just as unconstitutional as the previous law.
Aguila Ammunition has introduced the newest addition to the centerfire line; the 9mm, 124 grain Jacketed Hollow Point. It features a velocity of 1,150FPS and flawless functionality.
The Ravin Rangefinder reads distances up to 1,200 yards and adjusts for angles, increasing your chance for a successful shot. It is equipped with a backlit LCD display for easy reading in varied conditions.
Beretta announced that the A400 Upland shotgun is now offered in a 28 gauge model. The A400 Upland has been built specifically for hunters looking for the best shooting experience from a refined gas-operated 28 gauge action.
Riton Optics introduces the 5 Tactix 1-6x24 Thunder Ranch. The feature-rich, low power variable optic (LPVO) was developed in partnership with Clint Smith from Thunder Ranch.

This September, Primary Arms Government is giving away a top-of-the-line Evolve Weapons Systems E-15 Enhanced AR-15 decked out with optics and accessories from premium brands like SureFire, Blue Force Gear, Lancer Weapons Systems, Expo Arms, and Primary Arms Optics.
ZeroTech Optics Teams with CANIK Firearms and Crossbreed Holsters on an “ultimate sidearm package giveaway. The winner receives a Canik SFx RIVAL, Thrive HD 1x28 RDS, a gift card from Crossbreed Holsters and one from Ammunition Depot.
American Handgunner Editor Tom McHale explores the Wilson Combat SFT9 9mm in the Nov/Dec issue’s cover feature. Also, Jeremy D. Clough showcases the impeccable talent of L.W. Seecamp in “Master Gunsmith’s One-Of-A-Kind.”

FMG Special Projects Editor Roy Huntington opines on the Gemini Customs’ Ruger GP100 in his feature in the Nov. issue of GUNS Magazine. Also, John Taffin explains “The Ultimate Loading Guide'' for black powder sixguns. has recently added the ReadyWise storefront to its marketplace. ReadyWise offers affordable and dependable emergency meal prep products. announced the addition of the XPRIT electric bikes storefront. XPRIT offers electric bikes for all lifestyles and budgets – from commuters to off-road and rural.
It’s time for a Shooting USA update on FASTER, a program that has now trained more than 3,000 teachers and administrators who are now carrying in nearly 300 school districts across the country.

Today's feature is from the US Fish & Wildlife Service.

The grand re-opening event for South Cushman Shooting Range with Stutzman Engineering, Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor, Great Northwest, Inc., Alaska Department of Fish & Game, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks & Recreation on August 24, 2022.

To play baseball you need a field. To practice or compete with a firearm, you need a locally accessible shooting range and state wildlife agencies, including the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G), are stepping up to the plate and addressing this necessity.

The need for target shooting ranges has grown as the number of firearms owners increased over the past decade, nationwide, and participants are more diverse than ever. Recent research by Responsive Management in 2021 revealed that participation in target shooting increased 63 percent from 34 million participants in 2009 to 56 million in 2020. Since the start of the Covid pandemic in March 2020, 10 million Americans purchased their first firearm. They are buying rifles, shotguns, and handguns for hunting, target shooting, and protection. Regardless of their use, the owners need local ranges to become familiar and proficient with their new firearms.

To meet this growing demand, state fish and wildlife agencies have, over the last four years, built 42 new ranges and completed 170 range upgrades or expansions that are available for public use. These projects were all funded by excise tax dollars collected from manufacturers of firearms, ammunition, and archery products through the Wildlife Restoration (Pittman-Robertson) Act.

The Fairbanks North Star Borough, South Cushman Shooting Range located in Fairbanks, Alaska, is a fresh example. For many years the range has been a staple for recreational target shooters, hunter education, private training classes, law enforcement agencies, and hunters looking to zero in their rifles prior to moose and caribou hunts. The range is visited more than 100,000 times each year, and with that comes plenty of wear and tear.

The ADF&G and the Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks and Recreation Department (PRD) commenced range renovation planning in 2019 that started with a wish list of improvements. Access and safety figured prominently.

“We knew we had a special opportunity to provide users with a new and improved facility that they would be excited about visiting,” said Brian Charlton, PRD Superintendent. “Our list of enhancements was long, but we focused on improving safety, accessibility, a restroom, and providing sheltered space for classes and year round shooting in inclement weather”.

Renovations include a new rifle range shelter roof, refurbished shooting benches, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant benches, hard surface pathways, new and ADA-accessible parking areas, concrete ADA accessible paths connecting firing lines to the restroom and parking, a concrete vault toilet, side berms at the rifle range to protect those using the pistol range and surrounding areas, and a center berm at the rifle range to create two separate and improved areas for hunter education and other training. Total estimated project cost: nearly $1.3 million.

“Our agency was able to provide 75 percent of the funding by utilizing Pittman-Robertson dollars,” said Eddie Grasser, ADF&G Division of Wildlife Conservation Director. “We needed to come up with the remaining 25 percent in match funds and the Fairbanks North Star Borough was able to provide that. It is a terrific example of how partnerships can get more accomplished than what could have been done individually.”

“With so many hunters in Alaska, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program is pleased to have been able to assist our partners in making an upgraded and safer range facility available in time for hunting season. The Wildlife Restoration program funds not only shooting ranges, but research and management of thousands of species across the nation – all funded with excise taxes on firearms and ammunition,” said Sheila Cameron, the Alaska Regional Manager of the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program.

The range held its grand re-opening on August 24, 2022 and was opened to Fairbanks community use on August 26, 2022 appropriately, during National Shooting Sports Month. More good news lies ahead. The ADF&G plans to upgrade the Alaska State Parks Stiles Creek Shooting Range in the Chena River State Recreation Area next year.

The supply of shooting ranges must meet demand. Many state wildlife agencies are taking advantage of Wildlife Restoration funds and there are several dozen new range projects nationwide in progress in 2022 and more are planned.

To find a range near you check your state wildlife agency website or visit Be sure to ask someone new to come with you on your next trip to the range.

Jim Curcuruto is the Executive Director at Outdoor Stewards of Conservation Foundation.

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