FRI | NOVEMBER 3, 2023

Cuda, maker of a comprehensive line of fishing tools, is now part of the GSM Outdoors family. This acquisition fills a vital need in GSM’s growing fishing portfolio.
GSM Outdoors announced the acquisition of Camillus Cutlery, a quality knife maker.

MGE Wholesale has announced an Exclusive Offer for FFL Dealers to purchase a limited quantity of Barrett M107A1 .50BMG rifles resulting from an International Military Contract overrun. These rifles are packaged with the features and testing requirements specified in the original International Military Contract.

These Military Barrett M107A1 .50BMG rifles have a Black CeraKote finish, serialized and matched upper and lower receivers, 29” fluted barrel with 1:15 twist, military chamber, 27 MOA picatinny rail, extendable titanium bipod and monopod, Otis Cleaning kit, custom fit Pelican 1750 case, CAGE Code label, and two 10 round magazines. Per the original Military Contract, each Rifle System is shipped with a factory mounted, leveled and trued Leupold MARK 5 HD 5-25x56mm PR2-MIL Reticle scope and Leupold IMS mount. Each Rifle has been Factory bench tested with additional Military Level gauging and inspection verifying accuracy to specific Military Requirements. A matching serialized Certificate of Authenticity is included with each rifle.

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Team USA got off to a flying start on Wednesday on day one of the archery competition at the Pan Am Games, as both the men and women recurve and compound teams all qualified for their respective gold medal matches.

Hornady 7mm Precision Rifle Cartridge has been recognized as Best New Ammunition by the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers in Partnership with the Professional Outdoor Media Association.
Nosler is proud to announce the recent success of sponsored shooters Tim and Regina Milkovich at the Back to CowTown Accurized AR Match. The competition, held at the CowTown Range in Peoria, Arizona, showcased the skills of the Milkovich duo and the performance of Nosler products.
Team Remington competed at the Nationals with Remington’s line of Premier target shotshells including the Premier STS, Nitro 27 and Nitro Sporting Clays and finished at the highest levels.

FightLite® Industries is excited to announce its participation in CANCON 2023, to be held on November 10-11, 2023, at the 17 South Rod and Hunt Club in Richmond Hill, Georgia.
At the request of our customers, American Defense MFG is now offering the new Vortex Defender-CCW Mini Red Dot Sight packaged with the Lightweight QD Mounts.
Dryshod presents the Arctic Storm Winter Boot to deliver unmatched warmth and protection, ready to conquer the cold. Since extreme cold often means extremely slippery condition, the Arctic Storm comes with a DS1 outsole for aggressive traction on challenging terrain.

The National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers announces donations to six shooting sports industry organizations: The National Shooting Sports Foundation, Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation, Walk The Talk America, the Youth Shooting Sports Alliance, the American Suppressor Association, and The Second Amendment Foundation.
The HuntStand app is important for mapping out a solid game plan, and when it's time to close the deal, HuntStand relies on a select handful of specialized tools that have earned their trust.
Primary Arms is proud to announce the promotion of Aaron Whatley to the position of Vice President of Merchandising. With over 11 years at Primary Arms, Aaron has played a pivotal role in the company's evolution from its modest beginnings to its current status as a prominent manufacturer, retailer, wholesaler, and government supplier.
TrueTimber has partnered with Canadian owned and operated Moosehead Breweries to unveil new camouflage packaging for one of their largest outdoor lifestyle beer brands, Alpine Lager.
The Protect Liberty Political Action Committee (PAC) launched with the express goal of electing candidates who are dedicated to preserving and protecting liberty, freedoms and the Constitutional rights of all Americans. This especially includes the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.
NSSF® and the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) announced a cooperative effort to promote firearm safety and secure firearm storage — via NSSF’s Project ChildSafe® program — to NWTF members and their families.

Following are the results of the Firearms and Ammunition Excise Tax (FAET) collections report for the 2nd Quarter Calendar Year 2023. These figures cover the period of April 1, 2023, through June 30, 2023
The October 2023 NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 1,370,719 is an increase of 8.3 percent compared to the October 2022 NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 1,265,311. For comparison, the unadjusted October 2023 FBI NICS figure 2,194,313 reflects a 11.4 percent decrease from the unadjusted FBI NICS figure of 2,475,869 in October 2022.
FALCO® Holsters expresses its commitment to sustainability by incorporating officially certified biodegradable leather into its entire leather holster collection. While traditional leather is inherently biodegradable, FALCO’s leather undergoes a process that ensures minimal ecological impact.

Springfield Armory® is proud to be a prominent supporter of Hillsdale College through its sponsorship of the Hillsdale College Action Shooting Team. And with the strong support of Springfield Armory, the school’s Action Shooting Team has earned two national championships at the Scholastic Action Shooting Program’s College Nationals — the first in 2022, and the most recent this year.
Franchi is pleased to announce the hiring of Robert (Bob) Kaleta as the Franchi Product Manager. In this role, Bob will oversee the Franchi firearms product line as well as manage gear and accessories across all Benelli USA brands.
The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation, Inc. is seeking candidates for General Manager of the Prairie Grove Gun Club, located at 1420 County Road 276, Columbia, MO.

Volquartsen Firearms adds to their pistol lineup with the new Mini Scorpion 22 LR. The 3" Scorpion LLV has been combined with the Volquartsen lightweight VF Target Frame in the 1911 grip angle to create a very lightweight and extremely accurate 22 LR.
The 10mm SIG SAUER P320-XTEN COMP is the first carry-size P320-XTEN from SIG SAUER and delivers significant recoil mitigation without sacrificing the power of 10mm required for the backcountry.
HEVI-Shot released two new product line additions to its HEVI-XII Waterfowl lineup. The new load options are 410 bore, 1/2-ounce, 3-inch, in shot size No. 5 or 7, with a muzzle velocity of 1,250 feet-per-second. HEVI-XII is the original 12-g/cc density, tungsten alloy recipe from HEVI-Shot.

Bear & Son Cutlery announced it has entered into a licensing agreement with BLACKHAWK®. With this brand licensing partnership, Bear & Son Cutlery is now producing BLACKHAWK® branded entry, survival, and cutting tools—some of which are made in the USA at the company's Jacksonville, Alabama, manufacturing facility.
New revelations in the aftermath of the mass shooting which took 18 lives in Maine provide growing evidence authorities failed when they might have prevented the deadly attack, the Second Amendment Foundation is noting, while criticizing calls for a slate of new, restrictive gun control laws.
Mossy Oak is excited to announce its new partnership with Popticals, the innovative eyewear brand that prioritizes quality, durability and portability. The collaboration introduces an exciting range of compact sunglasses featuring Mossy Oak's iconic Break-Up Country pattern.
Episode #183 of Riding Shotgun With Charlie is now available. In this episode Charlie Cook heads to Murfreesboro, Tennessee to meet and ride with Jim Shepherd, the publisher and founder of the Outdoor Wire Digital Network.
Just in time for the holidays, PARD Optics is offering some exciting 4th quarter promotions for Black Friday and Christmas. These specials are scheduled to run through December 31, 2023.
Black Friday is just around the corner, and Bear Creek Arsenal is excited to announce exclusive deals for this year’s shopping extravaganza -- starting today.
Now on Gun-control advocates keep insisting that certain rifles have no hunting purposes and that banning these so-called “weapons of war” will greatly reduce violent crime. Both contentions are easily proven false.
The secret for hunters trying to harvest a mature buck is patterning does. Does will need nutrients during this time, and not everyone has access to large grain fields. Big & J can attract does and keep them coming to a reliable food source.
“North America’s Favorite Hunting Couple,” Ralph and Vicki Cianciarulo are entering their 23rd season on TV with their fan-favorite television series, The Choice with Ralph and Vicki, airing Sundays at 12 p.m. ET on Outdoor Channel.

There’s no doubt the Biden administration hates the gun industry. President Biden displays the hate openly, declaring the firearms industry ‘the enemy” and using every every opportunity to go after an entire industry.

Fortunately, he, like other anti-gunners, has fought most of the battles over their own fatal terrain: the enumerated right to keep and bear arms. It has been upheld, repeatedly, by the Supreme Court. Yet they continue to throw contorted logic and impenetrable red tape at lawful gun owners. Despite consistently losing in the courts, they persist.

Last Friday, the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security announced a surprise “pause” on new export licenses for “certain firearms, related components, and ammunition.”
Last Friday, the administration applied a lever to gun owners that’s not subject to the courts as the Commerce Department and its Bureau of Industry and Security announced a 90-day “pause” in the issuance of new export licenses involving “certain firearms, related components, and ammunition.”

While the Bureau of Industry and Security called the “pause” temporary, it quickly pointed out that “The Department may take additional steps to further U.S. national security and foreign policy interests.”

The reasoning behind the decision? To enable the Commerce Department to “more effectively assess and mitigate risk of firearms being diverted to entities or activities that promote regional instability, violate human rights, or fuel criminal activities.”

As explained to me, this “pause” is “a political play to curry favor with anti-gun groups”. Making the gun business a little more difficult and expensive are bonuses.

Unfortunately, this latest move is completely within Commerce Department purview. No appeal, no right to sue, and noassurance that this won’t be escalated to cover existing licenses. In fact, they can use the pause to question and pause licenses that are already approved. All they need is “reasonable cause” to suspect the transaction and they can delay it. If given the opportunity, they’ll find something that’s “reasonable” -at least to them.

In this move, they’ve found a way to punish without scrutiny and little fear of repercussions or reprisal. As explained it to me, the only hope is application of the two things that appear to get every administration’s attention: political pressure from voters and funding threats from Congress.

We’ll keep on top of this one. And you can read the FAQs and “guidance” for yourself here.

We’re also hearing there are potential gunpowder price hikes ahead. Nitrocellulose, essential to the manufacture of several lacquers and paints, is also a primary ingredient of modern gunpowder. Like primers, nitrocellulose is one of those essentials manufactured in a very few locales.

Smokeless gunpowder is significantly more powerful than the black powder it replaced. It’s also more stable and can be rolled into sheets, molded or extruded into various sizes and shapes. Those sizes and shapes control the burning characteristics. Consequently, it’s used in everything from traditional ammunition to rockets.

But it’s not always associated with things that go “boom.” Collodion, a nitrocellulose solution, is used in topical skin applications (Liquid Skin) as well as the application of salicylic acid, the active ingredient in Compound W wart remover.

This concludes the basic science lesson. But it’s not the end of the story.

According to our sources, significant nitrocellulose price increases are probable. This isn’t a scare tactic to start your rushing to buy powder - or ammunition. It’s just one more bit of uncertainty on our horizon.

There’s a court date looming in New York City that every NRA member is keeping an eye on. On January 8, the State of New York (represented by Attorney General Letitia James) will face off with the National Rifle Association (represented by William Brewer). Finally, they’re scheduled to appear in open court. When oaths are sworn, all the he said/she said will stop. Finally, we’ll see the “facts of the matter” -not each side’s heavily “spun” interpretations.

The fate of the 150-year old NRA literally hangs in the balance. New York, charging ongoing and unmediated malfeasance by its leadership, has sued to dissolve its charter- in essence, to kill it as a corporation.

We’ve spoken with confidential sources on both sides. To me, it appears that only New York State is looking forward to the trial. Barring an eleventh-our “deal” on the courthouse steps (not an impossibility), the NRA will be looking to win a civil case that has already burned through nearly $100 million dollars in members’ dues and contributions.

The “ongoing NRA trouble” has divided the industry, fractured friendships, and generally caused turmoil throughout the entire gun community. The tens of millions spent on legal fees, and settlements of other lawsuits and such, has effectively removed one of the most effective lobbying groups from two election cycles.

Those are all wins for anti-gun groups, so AG James, despite having never gone to trial, is already scoring points with her constituents. The controversies have also caused many NRA supporters, including major industry companies, to close their wallets.

Again a win for the New York supporters.

With the NRA’s distractions, other 2A organizations have rushed to fill the void. They’ve had varying measures of success.

One that’s gotten a lot of attention of late is the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Work of the NSSF’s Political Action Committee has recently been praised as being “extremely effective” by groups that watch that sort of thing.

Now, as you’ll see in today’s news section, the NSSF has formed a Super PAC, the Protect Liberty PAC.

The NSSF’s new Protect Liberty PAC is designed to elect “viable candidates” who will protect the firearms and ammunition industries as well as defending “Americans’ freedoms enshrined in the Bill of Rights.”
So, you ask, what’s the difference between the NSSF’s existing PAC and the Protect Liberty PAC? In a standard Political Action Committee, expenditures and contributions to campaigns are capped. PACs are limited to a maximum of $5,000 per election per candidate or $15,000 to a party committee.

A “super” PAC is an independent expenditure only political committee. Super PAC can receive unlimited contributions from individuals, corporations, labor unions, and other PACs for the purpose of financing independent political activity. It can’t contribute directly to a federal campaign.

“Supers” can spend unlimited amounts of their funds on independent campaigning in federal races. Think ads communicating a message that “expressly advocates in support or opposition to a specific candidate’s election.”

They can’t endorse you, per se, but they can run ads that make your opponent look like a bad choice based on their positions on various issues. One way to get a hint as to whether a campaign message is from a candidate or an outside group (like the Super PACs) is to listen for “I’m so-and-so, and I endorsed this message.” It won’t be there on Super PAC ads.

To end the week, Ruger’s Q3 earnings and call reporting results yesterday were the formal acknowledgement of what we’ve all recognized: the industry has slowed.

Ruger reported a drop of just over $19 million dollars in sales for Q3, 2023 ($120.9 million versus 2022’s $139.4 million). For the first nine months of 2023, Ruger’s net sales have come in at $413.2 million, with diluted earnings of $2.13 per share. In a year where stocks have been doing their best roller-coaster imitations, that’s solid performance.

Ruger CEO Chris Killoy calls the current market conditions “a challenging, promotion-rich marketplace.” In other words, competitors were offering a variety of discounting offers to retailers. Ruger, historically, has resisted the heavy discounting offered by other companies working to “make their numbers.”

Ruger, with no debt, cash in the bank, and new products that represented nearly twenty-three percent of sales through the first three quarters of 2023, is in an enviable position.

That’s it. If you have the chance, get out this weekend and enjoy the outdoors. Dress appropriately.

Back next week.

—Jim Shepherd

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