FRI | APRIL 5, 2024

Primos® Hunting earned its fifth consecutive title with Primos Trigger Sticks being voted the Readers’ Choice Gold Award for Best Shooting Sticks for 2024 by the readers of Predator Xtreme® magazine.
Krieghoff International proudly acknowledges the achievement of several of its shooters who have secured positions in the prestigious 2024 National Skeet Shooting Associations Krieghoff All-American Teams.
The Hillsdale College Shotgun Team earned its first-ever Division II national championship title at the Association of College Unions International and Scholastic Clay Target Program National Championship in San Antonio. The 16-person team competed in Division II against 19 other programs and earned multiple individual and team awards.

Nosler, Inc. extends its congratulations to Sponsored Shooter Nick Gadarzi for his success at the 2024 Snake River Standoff. Gadarzi’s performance secured him first place, with an impressive score of 189, leaving a 5-point gap between him and the second-place contender.
April 22 is the last day to register for the Professional Outdoor Media Association’s Annual Meeting, held May 6-8 in Pinewood, South Carolina, hosted by the South Carolina Waterfowl Association.
SAR Firearms announced their attendance at the 2024 NRA World Shooting Championship held April 3rd through April 6th at Camp Atterbury in Edinburgh, Indiana. This championship is designed to test individuals through multiple different disciplines over a period of three days of shooting.

Bear Creek Arsenal’s 5.56 options all strike a harmonious balance between manageable recoil and effective stopping power. For those seeking a nimble and maneuverable firearm, Bear Creek Arsenal offers from 7.5 to 12.5-inch barrel, as well as a 14.5-inch that can be pinned and welded. When precision matters most, opt for our 16 to 24-inch barrel configurations.
Gear up and enjoy the outdoors in the new Realtree Regatta canvas tent by White Duck Outdoors. Decorated in Realtree EDGE camo, this canvas tent is designed for durability, comfort and concealment for the camper, glamper or hunter.
Known for durability, competitive pricing, and exceptional craftsmanship, Millennium Treestands® offers ground units, elevated blinds, and tree platforms, each designed with the hunter's evolving needs in mind.

Safariland® announces the release of its new limited edition holster lineup featuring the Chocolate Chip camo pattern. Designed to deliver unparalleled protection and performance, these holsters are now available in the 6354RDS, 6304RDS, and 6354RDSO.
Luth-AR announces its latest giveaway for the month of April 2024. This month, participants have the chance to win a fantastic prize package consisting of a Chubby Grip™ and a Lower Enhanc-AR™ Kit.
Dead Air Silencers announced its sponsorship of Kalash Bash 2024, the premier event celebrating all things Kalashnikov in Texas. Kalash Bash brings together enthusiasts, industry leaders, and the firearms community for a weekend of shooting matches, camaraderie, and celebration of the iconic Kalashnikov platform.
SIG SAUER is proud to officially launch The Objective; the go-to industry resource for cutting-edge innovation in the world of military small arms technology. This official blog from SIG SAUER is purposed to showcase the work of the SIG Defense team and the elite Special Weapons Group within SIG SAUER.
In a landmark partnership designed to bolster the sport of archery across all levels, USA Archery announced a multi-year agreement with DataCore Fund Services. This collaboration, valued in the six figures, is set to fuel the sport's growth from grassroots to elite levels, further establishing archery's presence nationwide.
The German-made Liemke LUCHS-1 has been named “Best Clip-On Thermal” by Outdoor Life.

The Project ChildSafe® Foundation wrapped up its Project ChildSafe Safety Sweepstakes with a drawing for nine great prizes involving thousands of participants who generously donated to support Project ChildSafe’s work of providing firearm safety resources throughout the U.S.
The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) is pleased to announce that Luth-AR has joined the organization as a corporate partner at the Silver level.
Vortex performance sunglasses are here to bridge the gap between hyper-tactical eyewear and uncomfortable safety glasses, delivering UV and ballistic-rated protection, comfort, versatility, and casual style.

Freedom Munitions is beefing up the X-DEF defense line with the addition of a powerful .44 Magnum cartridge. Designed for defense, this .44 Mag cartridge utilizes a brass case with X-Treme Bullets’ copper plated, 240 grain X-DEF hollow point expanding bullet and is loaded with premium, low-flash powder.
The new Bayou Camo pattern on the ADM UIC MOD-2 features different shades of green and grey to help blend in with forests, swamps, and bayous. The UIC MOD 2 is their flagship rifle which features patented fully ambidextrous controls which allows you to actuate the bolt catch and release along with magazine release from both sides.
Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc. announced the release of four TN Special Makeup pistols from the M&P9 M2.0 and Shield Plus series.This new offering includes two 3.1-inch barrel M&P9 Shield Plus micro-compacts with and without a thumb safety, a 4-inch barrel M&P9 M2.0 compact with a thumb safety, and a 4.25-inch barrel M&P9 M2.0 full-size, also with a thumb safety.

The U.S. Justice Department reported that Fares Abdo Al Eyani, 41, of Oakland, California, was sentenced to 12 months and a day in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiring to export defense articles and attempting to export defense articles.
German optics brand Leica announced the launch of its latest innovation in the world of precision rangefinding, with the Rangemaster CRF Pro. Leica’s new third generation monocular combines cutting-edge laser rangefinding performance with integrated, top-tier ballistics calculation capabilities.
On Thursday, March 21, Joseph M. DeCosta passed away. He was 91. For 30 years, Mr. D. was the man who made the National Matches happen. He would arrive in May, two months before the Matches started, and leave in September, a month after they ended.

HeadHunters NW announces the release of the latest episode of the HeadHunters NW Podcast. Hosted by Shaylene Keiner, President of HeadHunters NW, Episode #028 features Jeremy Rosenberg, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for SureFire.
To continue serving a range of customer interests, dealers will find the April issue of Shooting Industry packed with products across several strong sales categories.
Plan to attend the 2024 National NRA Foundation Banquet and Auction as the official kick-off event to the NRA’s 153rd Annual Meetings and Exhibits. The NRA Foundation extends its gratitude to Henry Repeating Arms for their role as the Premier Sponsor of the event. Additionally, we appreciate the support of Blue Ridge Knives, Century Arms, Kimber, Sig Sauer, and Taurus as Contributing Sponsors. We are also pleased to acknowledge GunBroker for their participation as the Bag Sponsor.
MyOutdoorTV has the cure for cabin fever with 35 epic new hunting, fishing and outdoor adventure shows and new seasons released this spring at
Known for his eccentric personality and unique approach to hunting shows, Brian “Pigman” Quaca, host of Pigman: The Series on Sportsman Channel, has been changing the face of outdoor television with his unyielding enthusiasm and innovative show concepts every Sunday night at 8:30 p.m. ET.

When I hear “First Lady” a few names instantly pop into mind: Nancy Reagan, Rosalyn Carter and Laura Bush for the FLOTUS-type first ladies, and my late friend Phyllis George for her time as First Lady of Kentucky.

No matter which one pops into my head, I never picture any of them as answering the question “Shooter ready?”

This week, I’ve added another first lady to my list of names: Janet Holcomb, the current First Lady of Indiana — wife of Governor Eric Holcomb.

Janet Holcomb, First Lady of Indiana, makes no apologies for her love for hunting and shooting sports. Indiana photo with permission.

She, like the other first ladies referenced, is confident, poised and a terrific partner for her husband.

Unlike many other first ladies, however, Janet Holcomb has absolutely no problem acknowledging two of her favorite activities: hunting and shooting.

In fact, I met Holcomb as she was prepping for the cowboy action stage of the NRA’s World Shooting Championship now underway at Camp Atterbury, Indiana.

Indiana’s First Lady Janet Holcomb wasn’t traveling with a security contingent, handler, or other PR type. She was attending as a competitor. During the safety brief (top) she listened and prepped for her turn to shout “well, wet my whistle” and begin the cowboy action course of fire (bottom). Jim Shepherd photos.


For the past seven years, Eric and Janet Holcomb have presided over a home state resurgence. Today, Indiana has a vibrant economy, a budget surplus and a tourism resurgence.

As she told me, they are continuing the economic recovery begun by Holcomb’s predecessor, Mitch Danielson.

Our first conversation was interrupted, but not by an assistant, a handler or political aide. In fact, Janet Holcomb wasn’t accompanied by any factotums, assistants or handlers.

The interruption came from a range officer telling us that the “shooter was on deck” and needed to be prepping for the cowboy action stage as the volunteers and range officers were “wringing out” the stages in preparation for the competition which formerly gets underway on Wednesday.

Janet Holcomb is first Indiana’s first lady, but on Tuesday she was one of the shooters helping prep the stages. The fact she’s a shooter likely doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone who knows much about her.

She’s also an accomplished hunter who grew up on a horse farm outside Muncie and credits that upbringing, 4-H Clubs and Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana for her down-to-earth demeanor and abilities that enabled her to successfully work in the family business (R&R Engineering). Today, she says she enjoys cooking, reading, gardening, riding horses and bicycles and “anything that involves being outdoors” including fishing, hunting -and shooting.

One of Holcomb’s passions is shooting and teaching personal protection to women. She’s a certified pistol instructor, and has led shooting classes throughout the state where she’s partnered with the Indiana National Guard and local law enforcement. She’s told me she also works to get young people involved in shooting sports.

When it was her turn to shoot, Holcomb quickly dispelled any idea that she was unfamiliar with firearms. From quickly running the lever action rifle (top) to putting five rounds into the steel targets with a Henry revolver (bottom), she had no problem “running the gun.” Jim Shepherd photos


When I asked her what was ahead for the Holcombs in 2025 (term limits prevent Eric Holcomb’s running for re-election), she told me they “hadn’t really talked about what they’d be doing job wise” -but she was quick to tell me that she had some definite plans when it came to her time afield. With two legs of a sheep grand slam already completed, she has two trips on the schedule to hopefully complete her grand slam.

It was another interesting conversation with a fellow shooter…but it was certainly a “first” with any first lady. You can read the entire conversation in today’s edition of QA Outdoors.

As always, we’ll keep you posted.

— Jim Shepherd

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