WED | NOVEMBER 15, 2023

Damian Ross, founder of The Self Defense Company, has brought to market a series of patented backpacks specifically engineered to keep people safer when facing elevated threats. Coming in three different sizes, the Bodyguard Armored Backpacks appear like any other backpack but convert instantly into a bulletproof vest.
MDT is excited to announce the acquisition of Warhorse Developments, a name synonymous with precision and quality in the world of shooting bags. The company introduces the MDT Shooting Bag lineup.

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.

Sightmark’s Wraith Mini 2-16x35mm digital riflescope has received Guns & Ammo’s “Tech of the Year'' award for 2023. The Wraith Mini 2-16x35mm thermal riflescope stood out among its competitors thanks to its exceptional combination of digital infrared (IR) technology and a 384x288-resolution thermal sensor.

VKTR announces that the VK-1 piston-driven rifle system is a finalist for the 2023 edition of Ballistic Magazine’s "Ballistic's Best Readers' Choice Awards”. Voting for “Ballistic's Best Readers' Choice Awards” is open from November 13th through December 31st, 2023 at Ballistic Magazine.
Fiocchi congratulates Shea Self, member of the Fiocchi Pro Team, on her win at the Kings Cup. Shea secured the win for the Ladies Kings Cup this year and achieved an impressive tie for the overall title with a perfect score.
Congratulations to Team Lapua’s Keith Trapp winning the 2024 Mid-Range F-Class National Championship. Trapp won Mid-Range in F/TR Rifle class with a grand aggregate score of 1776-87X. He also won a Silver medal in the Long-Range F/TR Championship.

Nosler’s Firearm Technician, Zane McCoy, recently showcased his skills at the 16th annual “The Fastest Gun Alive- World Championship of Cowboy Fast Draw” hosted by The Cowboy Fast Draw Association held in Fallon, Nevada.
The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute, Inc. will for the first time have an exhibition booth at the SHOT Show, the world's largest trade show for shooting, hunting, outdoor and law enforcement products and services.
Volquartsen Firearms adds to their straight-pull toggle bolt action rifle lineup with the addition of the Summit 22 WMR and Summit 17 HMR.

The M360 is designed to provide 360 degrees of shooting ability no matter the choice of weapon. Archery hunters will love the fold-up M300 seat and the ability to shoot in every direction. Firearm and crossbow hunters will find the ability to stay seated and quietly spin 360 degrees.
Galco's Triton 3.0 Kydex IWB holster is now made to fit the HK VP9 pistol. The holster features a raised sweat guard and is cut low for pistol-mounted optics.
The Assassin 18’ Single Ladder comes with the patented Millennium-style ComfortMax seat with lumbar support that will fold in both directions. Ideal for all day sits, the full platform and footrest provide ample room for both sitting and standing.
Archery hunting success starts with a foundation in good shooting, and for young hunters, that means a bow suited to their size and strength. Barnett understands the needs of the aspiring archer and builds compound and recurve bow models for kids, big and small.
Easton arrows are made in the USA. Hunters may not know that as they draw an Easton arrow, the shaft on their rest came off the production line in Salt Lake City, Utah — the only dedicated arrow factory in the United States. Using their unique manufacturing position, Easton is taking their message to the bowhunting community through their “Made-in-USA” campaign.
Powder Valley continues to add to its roster of products with new offerings from Dillon Precision.

GOSAFE Technologies, Inc., a new firearm security company focused on products, training and risk mitigation, announced its strategic partnership with Global Defense, a provider of comprehensive global solutions to the firearms and defense industries.
David Stanley has officially announced his retirement as President at Stanley Sports Supply at the end of 2023, marking the culmination of an illustrious 50+ year career in the fishing tackle industry.
Federal Ammunition renewed its national sponsorship of Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever earlier this year which included its title as the Official Ammunition Sponsor of The Habitat Organization. The renewal continues a partnership that has existed since the mid-1980s between the ammunition manufacturer and North America’s foremost upland habitat conservation group.

American Outdoor Brands, Inc. last week honored its employees who served to protect our American freedoms. The company recognizes the positive impact its employees have on the success of its business and employs individuals from various backgrounds, including American veterans.
Faxon Firearms announced its partnership with the prestigious WorldWide Buy Group. With this collaboration, WorldWide Buy Group members will now be able to exercise their exclusive membership benefits when purchasing Faxon Firearms' products.
Celerant Technology announces it is now an Accredited Business by the Better Business Bureau (BBB). Earning the title of Accredited Business requires an organization to meet the highest standards of conducting business in an ethical and honest fashion.

The CZ 600 AMERICAN is a modern, American-style bolt-action centerfire rifle that’s equipped with a beautifully crafted Turkish walnut stock with a fleur-de-lis on the grip. Available in a wide range of calibers, from .223 Rem to .300 Win Mag, it is ready to meet the needs of a wide range of hunters and sport shooters.
Dead Ringer’s Super Freak Extreme mechanical broadhead is built to pair with today’s high kinetic energy bows and create devastating wound channels for short tracking jobs.
SIGHTRON announces the launch of the new S-TAC 1-6x24 AR1 LPVO riflescope, an excellent choice for modern sporting rifles chambered in .223 / 5.56mm. The S-TAC AR1 reticle is purpose-built for modern sporting rifles chambered in .223 and 5.56mm.

The new GoCube from Mammoth Coolers is compact enough to carry into the backcountry yet robust enough to keep contents cool during all-day outings.
The 2024 LIFT checks all the boxes. At sub-4 pounds, this next generation of hunting bows uses the new SwitchWeight X Cam -- delivering speeds up to 348 FPS while remaining quiet. The LIFT features reimagined RPD limbs and a new top axle system for lightweight stability.
Springfield Armory announced the release of three new color options — Desert FDE, OD Green and Gray — for the popular 16”-barreled Hellion 5.56mm bullpup platform.
XS Sights is now offering its new R3D 2.0 dual-illumination, tritium night sights for HK pistols. Designed to improve speed and accuracy in all light conditions, these second-generation R3D notch and post sights for personal defense are ideal for those looking to upgrade their factory sights.
Mathews and Mossy Oak have partnered to bring to life a new Bottomland bow; Mathews 2024 flagship bow, the LIFT, will feature the timeless Mossy Oak Bottomland camouflage pattern.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has discounted its annual passes for the Banner and Olofson shooting ranges for 2024 by $40 making it the perfect gift for the hard-to-buy-for member of the family.
Bear Creek Arsenal will be launching an in-store pickup service for online orders. Customers can now shop online from the comfort of their homes and pick up their purchases at the store on Fridays from 9 am-2 pm EST.
FALCO® Holsters introduces alluring gift boxes for custom Premium Leather Holsters priced at $150 and above, just in time for the holiday season. This exclusive offer extends across their entire collection of premium leather holsters. Orders completed by December 6, 2023, will be elegantly packaged in a gift box, ensuring timely delivery for Christmas.
This week, Target Sports USA is launching an extraordinary Mystery Bundle Deal #1, exclusively designed for our customers and AMMO+ members. Valued at $120, this exclusive bundle can be yours for only $39.99, with free shipping for AMMO+ members.
The Civilian Marksmanship Program takes over as the sanctioning body for Action Pistol competition, with support for the historic Bianchi Cup Championships of the discipline.


Strange title for a shooting feature – but based on recent events and my curiosity, apt.

For Merriam-Webster, the artifact is something that makes humans unique, fashioning tools to accomplish objectives. Going back around 700,000 years, early populations sharpened stone to use as axes. To quote –

The roots of artifact mean basically "something made with skill;" thus, a mere stone that was used for pounding isn't an artifact, since it wasn't shaped by humans for its purpose—unlike a ram's horn that was polished and given a brass mouthpiece and was blown as part of a religious ritual.

The definition is a simple object showing human workmanship or modification as distinguished from a natural object; something characteristic of or resulting from a particular human institution, period, trend, or individual; something or someone arising from or associated with an earlier time especially when regarded as no longer appropriate, relevant, or important …

And I add: something from that earlier time that’s revered.

I’ve received gifts over my life and I’m grateful. One of my too-often related stories, tells of a Smith & Wesson Model 28 Highway Patrolman received from a close friend many years ago. I’d complained long and loud about a six-inch M28 I’d shot years before – belonging to someone I consider close as well, a brother-in-law.

The “brother-in-law” Highway Patrolman.

A certified good dude, he’d liked guns before from a distance but I think I was the first handgunner to make a dent. To summarize, he’d vastly overpaid for a used M28 at a retail outlet (they have to make a living too). He was anxious to have me shoot it. I did.

I’d seldom had a gun that I could shoot so well with no previous contact. For me, it takes practice and considerable effort. This was effortless.

As the years passed, I’d gotten handy with other guns but my friend never forgot that complaint of mine: the brother-in-law wouldn’t sell and I’d have given him what he had in it.

I’ve told the story before about Mike’s gun show find and I was surprised to be given the Highway Patrolman that I covered here.

Time goes on, as it always seems to, and we get older if we don’t step off. My particular ‘grail’ revolver has come home to me. He tried to ‘gift’ it, but I wasn’t having any of that. It came with a Bianchi belt holster, a high-ride thumb-break, unlined – unlike current production. The leading edge of the holster is left high to protect the adjustable rear sight. It’s a high riding holster with a combination loop; the main belt tunnel is for 2 ¼” duty belts and the slots cut into the belt tunnel fit the 1 3/4” trouser belt.

I wore a holster like this for a four-inch Model 58 41 Magnum and a six-inch Model 19 while on duty.

Top, the M28 received from a friend decades ago, with stocks from Ajax Grips. The recent arrival is below it.

These things aren’t what they are; they’re not what they cost. Perhaps they’re more mementos, something that invokes memories of friends.

That’s what this is. It’s not the thing, it’s who the thing represents.

So what about the brother in law’s Model 28? Like the previously gifted cannon, the serial number comes from a manufacture date range of 1974-1977. Can I ‘guess’ closer?

I could request a factory letter, but I likely won’t. It doesn’t matter. The previously received six-inch M28 arrived fitted with a Pachmayr “Gripper” style stock – I put the nice-looking lumber from Ajax Grips on it. This one has stocks that look like S&W targets – complete with S&W medallions – that someone worked finger grooves into.

Like the other gun, people spoiled by polymer autos and very light snubs would be loath to carry this cannon. It weighs almost 2 ¾ pounds empty. I knew officers who carried guns like this on 2 ¼” duty belts 8-12 hours a day.

The Highway Patrolman revolvers are indeed artifacts – in the sense they are simple objects featuring human workmanship (and, in both cases, very light modification). They’re characteristic of an earlier time, one I remember.

We shouldn’t forget our past. It contains lessons to guide our future. And, while our predecessors had faults, their shoulders are the ones upon which we stand. Failure to learn from them leads to tragic outcomes.

I may never fire this gun, but I’ll remain fond of the friend who entrusted me with it and be just as happy.

Darryl Bolke (above) and Bryan Eastridge announce a new Patreon page, American Fighting Revolver.

In other news, if you like content like this – everyday can be #wheelgunwednesday. We were worried about the old knowledge being lost, but a pair of young law enforcement retirees, Darryl “DB” Bolke and Bryan “With a Y” Eastridge have joined to form a new page on Patreon called American Fighting Revolver. With their combined experience – usage, competition, consulting and gunsmithing knowledge – of over half a century, they provide revolver content to help retain the way of the wheelgun.

The Patreon platform allows posting “in depth articles with great photos, videos, a podcast, chats, and technical information in one location. This should be an invaluable and entertaining resource for the diehard revolver enthusiast and novices alike.” In a message, Bryan said “Darryl and I both are committed to preserve the history, lineage and technical knowledge of the Fighting Revolver for all generations.”

That’s a good thing, one worth doing.

— Rich Grassi

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