MON | NOVEMBER 6, 2023

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Century Arms has been honored with the prestigious title of "2023 NASGW Importer of the Year" by the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers in partnership with the Professional Outdoor Media Association.

In the world of concealed carry, Walther has long been synonymous with precision, reliability, and unmatched craftsmanship. With a legacy that spans generations, Walther has once again set a new standard with the PD380, a compact .380 ACP pistol that embodies the perfect fusion of power and ease of use.

At the heart of the PD380 lies its unrivaled ease of use, carefully engineered to ensure an experience like no other. Boasting minimal recoil and an effortless-to-rack slide, even those new to shooting can confidently handle without any compromises… The Walther PD380 grants you the experience to embrace every shot, free from concerns about high-recoil, ensuring each moment on the range or in the field becomes an absolute pleasure.

Weatherby’s recently released Orion SxS was recognized as the Best New Shotgun of 2023 at the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers Caliber Awards Banquet.

DeSantis Gunhide announced new holster fits for the S&W Equalizer pistol, with or without an optic mounted. These include the #137 Slim-Tuk, #D94 Cazzuto and #195 Veiled Partner.
Gun Tote'n Mamas announces the GTM-116 Waist-Sling. It is available in lavender, black cowhide and the iconic Distressed Buffalo.  
X-Vision Optics launches a United Way Campaign Kickoff, Raise Your Hand for The Health, Education, and Financial Stability. With high hopes of raising more funds than last year, the campaign will accept donations until November 10th.

Primary Arms announced the appointment of Joyce Banda as the company's Chief Financial Officer. Joyce, a dedicated and accomplished professional with over a decade of experience at Primary Arms, has proven herself as a dynamic leader and strategic thinker.
Beretta announced a new collaborative partnership with Bass Pro Shops and TrueTimber Camo, delivering a technical waterfowl clothing collection that will be exclusively sold at Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s locations and online stores.
Precision firearms, firearms parts and accessories manufacturer Maxim Defense will be sponsoring and exhibiting at the 2023 CANCON Fully Suppressed Range Day event this weekend at the 17 South Rod & Gun Club in Savannah, Georgia.

Mission First Tactical  will be exhibiting at the 2023 CANCON Fully Suppressed Range Day event November 10- 11 at the 17 South Rod & Gun Club in Savannah, Georgia. 
QuietKat announced its participation and donation to the Boot Campaign's annual Boot Salute Online Auction, taking place from November 1st to November 11th. The Boot Campaign's Boot Salute Online Auction is a significant event that seeks to uplift and provide assistance to our brave veterans.
Safariland’s  newly redesigned, RDS compatible, IncogX  has been named Holster of the Year by Guns & Ammo.
Springfield Armory’s Echelon™ 9mm pistol has won the 2023 NASGW-POMA Caliber Award for “Best New Handgun”, as selected by an independent panel of 18 judges out of a large number of submissions.
Alpha Silencer introduces the new Alpha Titan, a lineup of ultra-light, high performance, user-serviceable titanium silencers. These are available as the Titan 223, Titan 30, Titan 9 and Titan 45.
Federal Ammunition adds the new 360 Buckhammer cartridge to its Power-Shok product line. 360 Buckhammer is a brand new straight-wall cartridge recently launched by Remington Ammunition. It is specifically designed for lever-actions and is deadly-accurate past 200 yards.

Luth-AR announced the launch of their latest innovations, the 14.5" chrome-lined SOCOM profile barrel and the 14.5" chrome-lined SOCOM profile complete upper assembly, both with "F" marked front sight tower.
Brownells announced the release of the BRN-4 Upper Receiver, now available as an assembled upper. This highly anticipated upper is designed to fit both HK416-style and standard AR-15 lowers.
Benelli in partnership with Banded, recently released In Our Blood, a short film highlighting the passion and dedication of the guides at Louisiana’s Honey Brake lodge. The film provides a behind-the-scenes look at a year in the life of a waterfowl hunting guide and underscores Benelli’s brand positioning of passion, precision, and performance.

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.
Ralph and Vicki invite all to tune into their 18th season of The Choice on The Outdoor Channel. The 7th episode shows the gang with their Brownings patterned for swamp gobblers. 
Deer season is officially underway, and when not in the woods chasing big bucks, tune in to this selection of shows on Outdoor Channel that are sure to stoke “buck fever” in any hunter.


Last Friday, our news feature (which I wrote) said “the fate of the NRA would hang in the balance” when the New York State case against the organization began on January 8, 2024.

That’s not correct.

On March 22, 2023, a New York Supreme Court justice (Joel M. Cohen) struck down Attorney General Letitia James’ attempts to dissolve the organization. In his opinion, Justice Cohen wrote the effort to shut down the Association “ran afoul of common sense, New York law, and the First Amendment.” Getting wrapped up in rhetoric can lead to hyperbole-permissible, even in news writing. Factual inaccuracy, however, is not.

So….the dissolution of the National Rifle Association is not at issue. What will be tried on January 8, 2024 are the charges alleging that the NRA’s four top officials, including longtime head Wayne LaPierre, violated the state’s nonprofit laws by illegally diverting tens of millions of dollars from the group via excessive expenses and contracts that benefitted relatives or close associates.

It’s not the death penalty for the organization, but it may be the last gasp of a long-established board of directors and the organization’s longtime “face.” Before you write to express your irritation over that characterization, realize it’s always a reach between making allegations and proving them. Proven allegations aren’t an indication of persecution, they’re the proof of guilt. Until verdicts are returned, it’s essentially conjecture.

While the legal wrangling has occupied most of members’ attention, there are still annual meetings ahead in 2024. Set for Dallas, Texas, May 16-19, 2024, the annual meetings will still feature exhibits, seminars, and more, including the NRA-ILA’s Annual Leadership Forum.

That segues me directly into another calendar note. In observance of Veteran’s Day, we will not be publishing wires this Friday, November 10. If you have news to distribute in this week’s editions, it must get to us on Wednesday to make Thursday’s final weekly editions.

Speaking of notable calendar events…the NSSF’s “Adjusted” October 2023 National Instant Criminal Backgound Check System (NICS) was up 8.3 percent compared to October 2022’s numbers. The 2022 number, FYI, was up 11.4 percent from 2021.

Spotting a trend? You bet. October’s numbers represent a fifty-first consecutive month of more than one million background checks per month. The NSSF’s Mark Oliva says it demonstrates “the value Americans place on their Second Amendment right” - and the tragedy in Maine and the terrorist attacks in Israel likely motivated some buyers. Oliva says the “horrific attacks on Israel followed by the escalating hate speech toward Jewish Americans, coupled with the tragic murders in Maine, are reminders that every American has the right to legally purchase a firearm to provide for their own defense.”

Oliva’s observation likely isn’t being received well by the ATF’s director. During a discussion called “Gun Violence in America” Director Steven Dettelbach called for strict gun control. That’s a shift from the reluctance to express a position on gun ownership -specifically AR-style “Modern Sporting Rifles - during his Senate confirmation hearings. During the discussion, Dettelbach also said “the president says, and I agree, that we should consider and reinstate a ban on certain types of assault weapons” along with a call for universal background checks.

Last week there were also good news items for our Californian readers. A federal judge has blocked California’s law prohibiting gun shows at county fairs. That ruling by U.S. District Judge Mark Holcomb repeals the 2022 law that banned “any firearm, firearm precursor part, or ammunition” on property within the Orange County Fair. “California’s interest in stopping crimes committed with illegal weapons, as important as it is, cannot justify prohibiting the complete sale of lawful firearms at gun shows,” Judge Holcomb wrote in his opinion. The law is “more extensive than is necessary to serve that interest.”

And in Washington, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments for and against the federal bump stock ban. On Friday, the SCOTUS granted a certiorari petition regarding the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit’s ruling on the BATFE’s Final Rule that banned bump stocks. As has been pointed out, it’s not the only lower court ruling against the ATF’s course reversal on the issue. The Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit also struck down the federal ban in its ruling on Hardin v ATF.

It’s likely there are other surprises out there for all of us this week. And, as always, we’ll keep you posted.

— JIm Shepherd

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