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Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Approves Big Bore Airgun Hunting

Sunday, May 20th, 2018

LITTLE ROCK, AR (May 18th, 2018)– The Arkansas Game & Fish Commission has unanimously passed new general hunting regulations that allow the use of big bore air rifles for harvesting whitetail deer during modern gun season. This rule change, effective immediately for the upcoming hunting season, will allow pre-charged pneumatic airguns .40 caliber and larger which produce muzzle energy greater than 400 foot-pounds to be used in hunting whitetail deer. Additionally, the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission requires that the projectile used in these big bore air rifles be capable of expansion upon impact with its target.

While most states do allow hunting of small game with air rifles, Arkansas is the 10th state that has approved the use of big bore air rifles for hunting big game species.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission’s research, study and proactive approach regarding the allowance of highly effective big bore air rifles for hunting Arkansas whitetail.” said Richard Turner, President of Umarex USA. “The timing is perfect for the introduction of the .50 caliber Umarex Hammer which we’re making at our facility in Fort Smith, Arkansas”

The world’s most powerful production air rifle, the Umarex Hammer, is being made by airgun manufacturer, Umarex USA, based in Fort Smith, Arkansas. This pre-charged pneumatic air rifle generates up to 705 foot-pounds of energy at the muzzle and has been used on hunts for several large deer species including red stag, fallow, and axis buck. The .50 caliber Hammer has also been used to harvest an American bison, Canadian black bear, wild hog, African simitar oryx and wildebeest.

Umarex developed the .50 caliber Hammer to offer hunters an alternative to firearms and archery for the safe and humane harvesting of big game species. The Hammer allows hunters a quieter experience when compared to either primitive or modern rifle platforms. Hunters who can no longer manipulate the draw of a bow or crossbow will be able to continue hunting with the power of air!

This regulation change goes into effect immediately for the 2018 season in the state of Arkansas. Umarex USA is working in conjunction with the Airgun Sport Association and many state regulatory agencies in an effort to open big bore air rifle hunting in states where it is not currently allowed.

About UMAREX USA

Umarex USA, Incorporated is one of North America’s fastest growing outdoor sport and recreation companies. Umarex USA innovates, develops and markets products under brands owned or licensed by its parent company, UMAREX GmbH & Co. KG. Such brands include Axeon Optics™, Beretta®, Browning®, Colt®, Elite Force®, GLOCK®, Heckler & Koch®, Hornady®, IWI®, Optical Dynamics™, Ruger®, RWS®, Smith & Wesson®, UMAREX®, Walther® and others. For additional information regarding Umarex USA visit UmarexUSA.com.

Colonial Williamsburg Marks Memorial Day Weekend with Free Military Admission, Commemorative Service

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

Home Depot Foundation Funds Free Admission for Active duty Military, Veterans, Reservists, Retirees and their Dependents May 25-28

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (May 17, 2018) – Colonial Williamsburg honors American military service Memorial Day weekend May 25-28 with free admission tickets for active duty military, reservists, retirees, veterans, National Guard members and their immediate dependents thanks to a $100,000 grant from The Home Depot Foundation.

Tickets issued through the Honoring Service to America program include admission to dozens of Historic Area sites including iconic attractions and trade shops plus historic gardens, interpretive programs and the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. The program has distributed more than 28,000 tickets since 2014 and is part of The Home Depot Foundation’s philanthropic mission to improve the homes and lives of service members, veterans and their families.

“Colonial Williamsburg’s Honoring Service to America program aligns with The Home Depot Foundation’s commitment to improve the lives of military families,” said John E. Ellington, director of finance and grants administration for The Home Depot Foundation. “It is an honor to provide military families an opportunity to visit Colonial Williamsburg and immerse themselves in the history of a nation for which they sacrifice so much.”

“Colonial Williamsburg is extremely grateful to The Home Depot Foundation for its continued support of the Honoring Service to America program,” said Elisabeth Reiss, wife of Colonial Williamsburg President and CEO Mitchell B. Reiss, and leader of the Foundation’s military outreach efforts. “Colonial Williamsburg is honored to host military families this Memorial Day weekend—and every day of the year—as our nation reflects upon the heroic sacrifices military families have made throughout history and continue to make today.”

Service members need not be present for qualifying guests to receive free Honoring Service to America tickets, which are provided to dependent family members of currently deployed troops with appropriate identification. Veterans who separated before retirement can bring a copy of their honorable discharge paperwork, form DD 214, as identification of service. These weekend-long admission tickets are available at all onsite ticketing locations.

A Memorial Day commemorative service will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on May 28 to honor fallen service members. A procession with the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums and Military Programs staff will begin at the Governor’s Palace and proceed to Bruton Parish Church, ending at the Capitol. Remarks, placement of wreaths and ceremonial musket volleys honor soldiers of the American Revolution, the Civil War and other conflicts. This service is free and open to the public.

Military guests and their families are encouraged to stop by Colonial Williamsburg’s new military information desk at the Colonial Williamsburg Regional Visitor Center and the Liberty Lounge, a complimentary space for ticketed military guests to relax and recharge in the Historic Area. In addition to complimentary and discount admission for military families year-round Colonial Williamsburg is proud to offer military discounts on all Colonial Williamsburg hotels, dining, retail, golf and spa.

For more information about “Honoring Service to America” tickets and program, telephone 855-296-6627 or visit www.colonialwilliamsburg.com/military. More information is also available by following Colonial Williamsburg on Facebook and @colonialwmsburg on Twitter and Instagram.

Vickers Tactical Slide Racker for the Gen5 Glock Models

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

TangoDown™ Inc. is pleased to announce the latest addition to the Vickers Tactical™ lineup!

Introducing the GSR-04 Slide Racker for all current Gen5 pistols! The GSR-04 offers serrated wings which allow for easier slide retraction in non-ideal situations: wearing gloves or sudden “tap/rack” manipulation. Made from tough, stainless steel & injection molded glass reinforced nylon. Installs in minutes, without any weapon modifications

Fits Gen5 Glock™ 17/19/19X/26/34
Fits most Gen5 Glock™ models with 1.00 slide width
Color Availability: Black
OA Length: 1.187
Width: .620
Weight: 1oz
TangoDown™ Part Number: GSR-04
MSRP: $18.95
Made in the USA

For more information, visit: tangodown.com/shop/vickers-tactical-slide-racker-gen5-glock-gsr-04/

Customer Questions: sales@tangodown.com/a>

Savage Introduced New MSR and Rascal Rifles at 2018 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits Show

Friday, May 11th, 2018

WESTFIELD, Massachusetts – May 10, 2018 – Savage unleashed a flurry of new high-performance firearms at the 2018 NRA Meetings and Exhibits Show in Dallas, Texas. The new models unveiled include the MSR 15 Long Range and MSR 15 300 Blackout Pistol, along with the Rascal FV-SR, Rascal Target and Rascal Target XP.

The MSR 15 Long Range is built to with a 22-inch stainless steel barrel deliver pinpoint precision at any distance. Savage engineers tuned barrel length specifically for the 224 Valkyrie cartridge to achieve peak accuracy at extreme range. The MSR 15 Long Range barrel is also topped with a two-port muzzle brake mounted with Savage’s proprietary taper-lock interface. The brake allows shooters to adjust recoil impulse and stabilize the muzzle for faster, more accurate follow-up shots.

The MSR 15 Long Range also features a custom-length gas system, paired with a low-profile adjustable gas block, that is enclosed by a true free-float handguard. The gas block can be adjusted for optimum cycling of the full range of bullet weights and tuned for use with a suppressor.

For its part, the MSR 15 Blackout Pistol, equipped with KAK Shockwave Brace, takes full advantage of the 300 Blackout’s adaptability to a wide range of hunting, self-defense and tactical situations. The AR Pistol uses a pistol-length gas system so shooters can utilize suppressors and reliably cycle subsonic ammunition without adding length and weight. Plus, its 10.5-inch melonite QPQ coated barrel’s 5R button rifling provides both accuracy and maneuverability, while a full suite of accessory upgrades make it easier and more comfortable to shoot.

Savage’s new Rascals are pint-sized powerhouses designed to take the industry’s safest micro rimfire to new heights. The new rifles can shoot 22 Short, 22 Long or 22 Long Rifle ammunition. These single-shot rifles feature Savage’s user-adjustable Accu-Trigger system. Like the original Rascal, they cock by lifting the bolt and unload easily—without pulling the trigger. The design also builds superior shooting skills thanks to full-size rifle features.

The Rascal FV-SR enhances accuracy with a heavy barrel with a threaded (1/2-28) muzzle and sports a tough synthetic stock. The Rascal Target features a precision hardwood stock, heavy 16 1/8-inch barrel, one-piece Picatinny rail and is also threaded muzzle for accuracy and adaptability.

The Rascal Target XP offers all the Rascal Target amenities in a ready-to-shoot package that comes with a mounted and bore-sighted 4x32mm scope, as well as a bipod sling swivel stud mount.

Part No. / Description / MSRP
22947 / MSR 15 Long Range, 224 Valkyrie, 22-inch barrel / $1,849
22933 / MSR 15 Blackout, 300 Blackout, 10.5-inch barrel / $1,099
13834 / Rascal FV-SR Black, 22 S, L, LR, 16.125-inch barrel / $219
13835 / Rascal FV-SR Pink, 22 S, L, LR, 16.125-inch barrel / $219
13823 / Rascal Target, 22 S, L, LR, 16.125-inch barrel / $314
13824 / Rascal Target XP, 22 S, L, LR, 16.125-inch barrel / $399
13836 / Rascal Target XP LH, 22 S, L, LR, 16.125-inch barrel / $399

To learn more about Savage, visit www.savagearms.com.

Lone Star Armory, LLC Weapons To Appear In ‘Escape From Tarkov’

Thursday, May 10th, 2018

‘Escape from Tarkov’ developer Battlestate Games announced a partnership with Texas-based Lone Star Armory, LLC to feature the firearm manufacturer’s weapons in their game. The full release can be read below:

The Lone Star Armory, LLC weapons to appear in Escape from Tarkov

Battlestate Games studio would like to announce the start of a partnership with Lone Star Armory, LLC, which specializes in building the finest and most reliable, accurate, and versatile firearms.

High standards of quality, experienced professionals and attention to detail are the traits that Lone Star Armory, LLC has in common with Battlestate Games, who thoroughly recreate the real weapon systems in Escape from Tarkov.

“We are facing two major challenges, said Nikita Buyanov, the head of the studio. — First of all, it’s the ultimately accurate representation of the weapon models in the game, but, equally, an important task is to convey the authentic thrill of using it.”

To successfully address these challenges, Battlestate Games specialists pay utmost attention to the preparatory phase, closely cooperating with the manufacturers. Any smallest detail can become crucially important for passing the final test – for consistency of a real in-game experience.

The partnership between Lone Star Armory, LLC and Battlestate Games turns a new page in the development of first-person shooter games, bringing us to a new level of realism.

Andrew Brady, the President of Lone Star Armory, LLC, offers his thoughts on the partnership. “We are incredibly excited to get a chance to work on the Escape From Tarkov Project with Battlestate Games. The qualities and desire that drive Battlestate Games to create the most realistic first-person shooter gaming experience parallel our commitment to manufacturing the finest and most reliable, accurate, and versatile firearms. The attention to detail when creating in-game models, mechanics, and visuals they employ is spectacular. We at Lone Star Armory, LLC strive to make our products the absolute best and continually improve them in any way that we can, Battlestate Games has proven that they share the same values.”

www.lonestararmory.us

www.battlestategames.com

SIG SAUER Academy to Host Second Annual SIG SAUER Aiming for Zero Charity Match

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

Newington, N.H. (May 8, 2018) – The Second Annual SIG SAUER Aiming for Zero Charity Match is set to take place at the SIG SAUER Academy in Epping, New Hampshire, Friday, May 18th – Sunday, May 20th. Aiming for Zero is a division of the Active Heroes Foundation whose mission is to reduce veteran suicide and assist military families.

“SIG SAUER is committed to ensuring America’s Veterans have every resource available to them to be successful when they return from service and throughout their life,” said Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President of Commercial Sales, SIG SAUER, Inc. “This important partnership ensures that one hundred percent of the proceeds raised from the SIG SAUER Aiming for Zero Charity Match will go towards much needed veterans services provided by the Active Heroes Foundation. It’s an honor for us to host this match at the SIG SAUER Academy.”

The SIG SAUER Aiming for Zero Charity Match will be a mix of IDPA, USPSA, and Steel Challenge with an Iron Sights division, a PCC division, and an Optics/Open division. There will be ten challenging stages for participants to compete including paper, stainless steel, and falling steel. The cost to participate in the 2018 SIG SAUER Aiming for Zero Charity Match is $95 and registration is available online at matchreg.com. There will be an onsite raffle throughout the match sponsored by industry partners and area businesses.

The SIG SAUER Academy is located at 233 Exeter Road, Epping, New Hampshire. For complete match rules and specific details visit matchreg.com.

To learn more about the HAVA organization visit honoredveterans.org

About SIG SAUER, Inc.
SIG SAUER, Inc. is a leading provider and manufacturer of firearms, electro-optics, ammunition, Advanced Sport Pellet (ASP) airguns, suppressors, and training. For over 100 years SIG SAUER, Inc. has evolved, and thrived, by blending American ingenuity, German engineering, and Swiss precision. Today, SIG SAUER is synonymous with bar-setting quality and innovation which has made it the brand of choice amongst the U.S. Military, the global defense community, law enforcement, competitive shooters, hunters, and responsible citizens. Additionally, SIG SAUER is the premier provider of elite firearms instruction and tactical training at the SIG SAUER Academy – a world class, state-of-the-art, 140-acre training facility. SIG SAUER is headquartered in Newington, New Hampshire, and has more than 1,700 employees across eight locations, and is the largest member of a worldwide business group that includes SIG SAUER GmbH & Co. KG in Germany, and Swiss Arms AG in Switzerland. For more information about the company and product line visit: sigsauer.com.

SIG SAUER Electro-Optics Transforms Hunting With The Launch Of BDX

Friday, May 4th, 2018

Newington, N.H. (May 4, 2018) – The SIG SAUER Electro-Optics division today unveiled their all new Ballistic Data Xchange (BDX) rangefinders and riflescopes with integrated Applied Ballistics® and wireless Bluetooth® technology. This groundbreaking BDX technology enables interoperability and key ballistic holdover information to be exchanged wirelessly between SIG SAUER BDX Electro-Optics products. The foundation of the BDX system was designed for simplicity and ease of use. SIG SAUER BDX requires no new learning, and uses the same tools hunters and shooters have been using for years.

How does BDX work? The BDX rangefinder and riflescope system is simple, fast, and intuitive. Simply download the “SIG BDX” app available for Android or iOS smartphones, pair the KILO BDX rangefinder and SIERRA3BDX riflescope, set up a basic ballistic profile, and then you’re ready to shoot or hunt. Once you are in the field, range your target as you normally would, and the KILO BDX rangefinder will utilize onboard Applied Ballistics Ultralight™ to instantly send your dope to the scope via Bluetooth. Using your basic ballistic profile the ballistic solution is calculated for your target and will instantly illuminate on the BDX-R1 Digital Ballistic Reticle with windage and elevation holds in the SIERRA3BDX riflescope. A blue LED on the riflescope power selector indicates that the BDX system is paired, and when the reticle has received new ballistic holdover and windage data from the rangefinder.

“Rangefinding riflescopes of the past have had two major shortcomings: they are either big, boxy and heavy, or extremely expensive,” said Andy York, president, SIG SAUER Electro-Optics. “The revolutionary and affordable BDX system packs advanced ballistics technology into a simple platform that looks just like the rangefinder and riflescope that every hunter is using today. It is extremely simple to use; range a target, put the digital ballistic holdover dot on target, pull the trigger, impact. Incredibly accurate and extremely simple, just connect the dot.”

The BDX family of rangefinders includes: KILO1400BDX, KILO1800BDX, KILO2200BDX, KILO2400BDX, and KILO3000BDX rangefinder binocular. These rangefinders include many of the legacy features that the KILO name was built on: Lightwave DSP™ digital rangefinder engine, Hyperscan™ with 4 times per second scan rate, RangeLock™, and the Lumatic™ auto-adjusting display.

Available in 3.5-10x42mm, 4.5-14x44mm, 4.5-14x50mm, and 6.5-20x52mm, the SIERRA3BDX riflescopes have the look, feel, weight, and size of traditional riflescopes. They feature HD glass for superior resolution and optical clarity, 30mm main tubes, side-focus parallax adjustments, and the LevelPlex™ digital anti-cant system. The BDX-R1 Digital Ballistic Reticle is the evolution of holdover, providing a ballistic solution out to 800 yards with 1 MOA of accuracy.

Rounding out these superior features is SIG SAUER’s kinetic energy transfer indicator: KinETHIC™. KinETHIC provides assistance in assuring an ethical hunt by indicating when energy on target drops below a threshold that can be set by the hunter using the BDX App.

“Ethics in hunting are a contract we make with ourselves based on the standards we as sportsmen adhere to as a group, what we feel good about personally, and respect for the game and our hunting traditions,” said Andy York president, SIG SAUER Electro-Optics. “KinETHIC is a feature that asks the hunter to make an educated and ethical decision beforehand by taking into consideration what the velocity and energy capabilities of your bullet and load are to deliver a killing shot. It then lets you know if the shot you are about to take will fulfill this contract. If not, it provides a visual affirmation to stalk-in closer. Knowing your maximum effective hunting range is more than just knowing what you can hit.”

KILO BDX Rangefinders starting at $299.99 MSRP
SIERRA3BDX Riflescopes starting at $599.99 MSRP

Available at dealers July, 2018.

All SIG SAUER Electro-Optics are covered by the SIG SAUER INFINITE GUARANTEE™, and electronic components under our LIMITED 5-YEAR warranty. Please see sigsauer.com for full details.

About SIG SAUER, Inc.
SIG SAUER, Inc. is a leading provider and manufacturer of firearms, electro-optics, ammunition, Advanced Sport Pellet (ASP) airguns, suppressors, and training. For over 100 years SIG SAUER, Inc. has evolved, and thrived, by blending American ingenuity, German engineering, and Swiss precision. Today, SIG SAUER is synonymous with bar-setting quality and innovation which has made it the brand of choice amongst the U.S. Military, the global defense community, law enforcement, competitive shooters, hunters, and responsible citizens. Additionally, SIG SAUER is the premier provider of elite firearms instruction and tactical training at the SIG SAUER Academy – a world class, state-of-the-art, 140-acre training facility. SIG SAUER is headquartered in Newington, New Hampshire, and has more than 1,700 employees across eight locations, and is the largest member of a worldwide business group that includes SIG SAUER GmbH & Co. KG in Germany, and Swiss Arms AG in Switzerland. For more information about the company and product line visit: sigsauer.com.

Springfield Armory Severs Ties with Dick’s Sporting Goods

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

GENESEO, IL, (05/03/18) – Springfield Armory is severing ties with Dick’s Sporting Goods and its subsidiary, Field & Stream, in response to their hiring a group for anti-Second Amendment lobbying.

This latest action follows Dick’s Sporting Goods’ decision to remove and destroy all modern sporting rifles (MSR) from their inventory. In addition, they have denied Second Amendment rights to Americans under the age of 21. We at Springfield Armory believe that all law abiding American citizens of adult age are guaranteed this sacred right under our Constitution.

It is clear where Dick’s Sporting Goods and its subsidiary, Field & Stream, stand on the Second Amendment, and we want to be clear about our message in response. Their position runs counter to what we stand for as a company. At Springfield Armory, we believe in the right and principles fought for and secured by American patriots and our founding forefathers, without question. We will not accept Dick’s Sporting Goods’ continued attempts to deny Second Amendment freedoms to our fellow Americans.

www.springfield-armory.com

ASP Introduces Blue Line Accessories

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

Appleton, WI, April 30, 2018— Armament Systems and Procedures (ASP) has introduced a collection of products featuring the well-known “thin blue line” design, universally recognized as a tribute to the contributions and sacrifices of law enforcement. The company’s new Blue Line Collection includes a Sapphire rechargeable clip-on flashlight (MSRP $24), a pair of multi-tool, liner lock pocket knives with integral handcuff keys ($32-$45), tactical belts ($20-$21), a logo cap that fits ASP Friction-Loc Batons ($17), and two different swivel handcuff keys ($22). Each is decorated using cloisonné enameling—a deep, permanent, heirloom-quality process that results in a finish that won’t fade or wear off, unlike painted or screen-printed surfaces. The flashlight and knives also have brightly-polished metal accents.

“ASP is single-minded in its focus on—and dedication to—law enforcement officers,” says Daryell Harmon, the company’s Vice President of Law Enforcement Sales, and a retired police officer. Harmon says that in addition to manufacturing products centered on officer safety, the company provides training programs to law enforcement around the world, at no cost to officers or agencies. “Everything we do revolves around these professionals, and these small commemorative products are just another way of showing it.”

For more information, or to find a distributor or dealer, visit asp-usa.com.

Steiner Introduces Next-Gen S-Series Prism Battle Sights

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

S432 and S332 on display at 2018 NRA Annual Meeting

GREELEY, Colo. (May 1, 2018) — When rapid target acquisition determines victory or defeat, shooters demand the fastest and easiest-to-use optics available. With an emphasis in speed and simplicity, Steiner introduces the next generation of prism battle sights: the S432 and S332, bringing shooters a wider field of view, larger eye box and greater eye relief than predecessors.

The compact S332 and S442, 3x and 4x magnification respectively, give shooters mid-range supremacy with astonishing fields of view of 12.9 yards and 15.4 yards at 100 meters. An unrivaled 80 mm of eye relief allows getting on target even when perfect positioning is not possible.

A large eye box and quality glass provides brilliant clarity in all environments while simple rotary digital controls located on the side make adjusting windage, elevation and reticle brightness convenient. Both sights come with the easy-to-use rapid dot reticle.

Designed to operate in the most demanding conditions, the S-Series battle sights are 100-percent fog proof, shockproof and waterproof up to 33 ft.

S432 SPECIFICATIONS:
4x Magnification
Weight 25 ounces
32mm objective lens diameter
Overall length of 5.7 inches
FOV 12.9y @ 100m
>7mm exit pupil
3.15 inches of eye relief
-3 to +3 diopters
Waterproof/fogproof/shockproof
CR2032 battery
Item No. 8794
MSRP: $1,249.99

S332 SPECIFICATIONS:
3x Magnification
Weight 21.6 ounces
32mm objective lens diameter
Overall length of 5.7 inches
FOV 15.4y @ 100m
9.5mm exit pupil
3.15 inches of eye relief
-3 to +3 diopters
Waterproof/fogproof/shockproof
CR2032 battery
Item No. 8793
MSRP: $1,299.99

Follow Steiner on social media, including Facebook at www.facebook.com/SteinerOpticsUSA and Instagram at @SteinerOpticsUSA.

https://www.steiner-optics.com/

New SIG SAUER Airguns on Display at the NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Dallas

Monday, April 30th, 2018

Newington, N.H. (April 30, 2018) – The new SIG SAUER ASP20 break barrel air rifle, 1911 We The People BB Pistol and X-Five ASP Air Pistol will be among the many high-performance airguns on display in the SIG SAUER booth (#6220) at the 2018 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Dallas this weekend. Available in .177 and .22 calibers, the highly anticipated ASP20 features the airgun industry’s most advanced trigger system and delivers down-range power and accuracy with the lightest cocking effort in its class, making it ideal for hunting small game. This is the first SIG SAUER airgun to be built at SIG SAUER’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in New Hampshire and many of the company’s firearms technologies were used in the design and production of this impressive break barrel air rifle.

“Airguns are excellent training tools and a lot of fun to shoot, and we welcome NRA members and their families to the SIG SAUER booth to check out our latest offerings like the 1911 We The People BB Pistol, X-Five ASP pellet pistol and ASP 20,” said Joseph Huston, Vice President and General Manager of the SIG SAUER Airgun Division. “The ASP20 is unique – a true game changer in the break barrel market with its unrivaled trigger system and GlideLite™ cocking mechanism which cocks the ASP20 at 33 lbs. versus the standard 48-52 lb. cocking rate typically found in break barrels in this power range. We are also offering it with a SIG SAUER WHISKEY3 ASP 4-12×44 Adjustable Objective riflescope.”

NRA members who are eager to get in a little target practice during the weekend can visit Pyramyd Air’s indoor airgun range in Ballroom C of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center where the SIG SAUER MPX ASP air rifle will be available to shoot.

The Pyramyd Air range is open from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 3, from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 4 and Saturday, May 5. On Sunday, May 6, the range will be open from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Admission is free and NRA safety officers will be on hand to help youths and others who might need assistance on the range.
For more information on SIG SAUER airguns, visit sigsauer.com/airguns.

SwampButt Underwear Offers Royal Baby Lifetime Underwear Supply

Friday, April 27th, 2018

This presser’s a little out there, but it’s funny, and all true operators and tac fans like having dry underwear, so it’s appropriate enough:

April 26, 2018 (Lake Jackson, TX) Often, births are occasions for gifts. Other times, multiple births result in companies giving lots of their goods to the lucky families who welcome 4, 5, 8 and sometimes more babies in a single birth. Cases of baby milk, freight cars full of disposable diapers (known as nappies in the U.K.) and container ship loads of ‘baby wipes’ arrive with great ceremony, covered by reporters who document the joyously grateful parents. But not so the newest member of the U.K.’s royal family who with his parents Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge left St. Mary’s Hospital in London empty handed.

Number Three Child Deserves Better

This shoddy treatment of (new prince’ name here) motivated the makers of SwampButt Underwear™ to offer the newest member of the UK’s royal family the gift of a dry backside, for life. For (new prince’ name here) the company is willing to supply its moisture wicking performance underwear to (new prince’ name here) for his entire life, or until the company is no longer solvent. “Maybe since (new prince’ name here) was the third child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the public was bored by them, but we just aren’t sure why they were ignored, especially by marketing minded companies like ours,” said company owner Rufus (Dana) Horatio. “Maybe the specter of baby three was enough of a good thing; sort of like all those boring moon landings we had here back in the 1970’s. After the first moon landing, man, what a snooze fest.”

Bollocks To Those Cheeky Monkeys

The company is making the generous offer in the hope of making up for the thoughtless companies in the U.K. (known there as ‘wankers’) who seem to have ignored the (new prince’ name here) arrival. The company also hopes to ride the wave of free publicity that (new prince’ name here) gains here in the U.S. While no one at SwampButt Underwear could figure why Americans were so interested in the birth of (new prince’ name here) they were more than willing to glom onto a cheap opportunity for free promotion. Plus, the whole generous gift thing, that too.

A Refusal To Simply Bugger Off

The company’s owners were in radical agreement that the newest arrival of the royal family was worthy of a lifetime supply of SwampButt Underwear. “We were gob smacked when (new prince’ name here) and his parents were stiffed by all those wankers over there,” mused anglophile and corporate spokesman Nick Heraldson. “It’s bog-standard behavior on their (U.K. business) part, an occasion about which they should all be chuffed; what the bloody hell?”

Once the company receives the proper permissions from the Royals, the shipments of free underwear will begin. “We think delivering our SwampButt Underwear to Kensington Palace with make a great photo opportunity,” Heraldson said. “Plus, the whole generous gift in the face of businesses there ignoring (new prince’ name here) birth. For shame. We are so much better than them.”

To Learn More

To learn more about (new prince’ name here) follow his naming at: http://time.com/5254319/prince-william-royal-baby-name-hint/. To learn more about SwampButt Underwear, go to www.swampbutt.com.

FBI Awards Contract for up to $19 Million of Specifically Designed Federal Premium Training Ammunition

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

ANOKA, Minnesota – April 26, 2018 – The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has awarded Vista Outdoor a contract to supply FBI and other Federal Government Agencies with a high-performance Federal Premium 9mm handgun training round specifically designed to support their mission.

The IDIQ (indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity) contract, which has four option years, is for up to $19 million in 9mm handgun training rounds. This ammunition is built distinctively to FBI’s specifications using Federal Premium’s precision manufacturing and testing methods, innovative technology, and industry-leading components.

“We are extremely proud of this important contract, which continues Federal Premium’s long-running tradition of supplying law enforcement, military personnel and civilians worldwide with the most reliable ammunition possible,” said Federal Premium President Jason Vanderbrink. “This high-value, optimized training round utilizes a new match-grade bullet designed specifically for the FBI to maximize accuracy, along with Federal Premium’s Catalyst lead-free primer formulation to provide reliable, consistent ignition.”

Since 1922, Federal Premium Ammunition has been a staple for shooters wanting high-quality shotshell, centerfire and rimfire ammunition. The company’s relentless pursuit of excellence and innovation has resulted in numerous technological breakthroughs, such as the patented Catalyst primer used in the new FBI training round.

The extremely clean-burning Catalyst primer creates more uniform and complete propellant combustion, yielding minimal velocity variation and consistent bullet launch for improved accuracy. It is also non-hydrophilic, so it does not attract water molecules like DDNP-based mixes found in most lead-free primers, resulting in better reliability. The Federal Premium proprietary Catalyst primer provides the cleanest, most consistent ignition possible.

Civilians and other Law Enforcement agencies looking for similar high-performance primers in their range ammunition can find it in Federal’s full lineup of lead-free American Eagle and Syntech ammunition. The polymer-encapsulated Syntech bullet prevents metal-on-metal contact between the bullet and bore, which can shorten barrel life and rob accuracy, while also eliminating copper and lead fouling. Combined with specialized clean-burning powders, your gun will stay cleaner longer, so you can shoot more – and shoot better.

Federal Premium is a brand of Vista Outdoor Inc., an outdoor sports and recreation company. For more information on Federal Premium, go to www.federalpremium.com.

The Wisconsin Trigger Company Expands Youth Match Shooter Sponsorship with Youth Shooter Certificates

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

Watertown, WI – Each year The Wisconsin Trigger Company sponsors a number of youth national match shooters with their Youth Shooter Certificates. These certificates make M-K style triggers available to youth shooters at a significantly discounted rate. This program has allowed The Wisconsin Trigger Company to become the trigger sponsor of several top junior teams around the country.

In 2017, The Wisconsin Trigger Company introduced the M-K X trigger. In the hands of their sponsored shooters, the M-K X performed remarkably well.

2017 Sponsored Shooter Achievements

• Wisconsin Junior Force team wins 6-man and 2-man National Championships at Camp Perry.
• Wisconsin Trigger sponsors 12 of the top 20 junior shooters at Camp Perry.
• Five shooters who received their Distinguished Rifleman Badge on stage at Camp Perry, including one of the Wisconsin coaches, were using Wisconsin Trigger Company triggers.
• Texas junior shooter, Madison Butler, set a new world record with a score of 498-24X.

This year, The Wisconsin Trigger Company is expanding their sponsorship of junior competitors by offering 10 of their M-K X triggers at an extremely discounted price. If you or someone you know is a junior competitor and would like more information on receiving a discount certificate, please contact The Wisconsin Trigger Company.

In addition, The Wisconsin Trigger Company would like to expand their trigger sponsorship by a full junior team, or two, in the 2018 season. Please contact The Wisconsin Trigger Company for more information.

The Wisconsin Trigger Company would like to thank all the junior competitors, coaches, and parents that made the 2017 season so successful for the M-K trigger systems. Without their hard work and dedication, none of this would be possible.

The Wisconsin Trigger Company will be introducing several new products this year. We are looking forward to an even more successful 2018 season.

The Wisconsin Trigger Company:

The Wisconsin Trigger Company is a family owned and operated manufacturer of AR-15 trigger systems and other shooting accessories. For more information, visit www.wisconsintrigger.com or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WisconsinTriggerCompany and Instagram at @wistrigger.

Shell Shock Technologies Sponsored Shooter John Vlieger Places 2nd Overall at USPSA Area 6 Championship

Friday, April 20th, 2018

Vlieger placed second in Open Division and Second Overall at the 2018 USPSA Area 6 Championship, held in Okeechobee, Florida, April 12 – 15, 2018.

Westport, Conn. (April 2018) – Shell Shock Technologies, LLC., an early stage technology and manufacturing company focused on developing innovative case technologies for the ammunition industry, is pleased to announce its sponsored shooter John Vlieger finished in 2nd Place in the Open Division and 2nd Place Overall at the 2018 USPSA Area 6 Championship, held at the OK Corral Range in Okeechobee, Florida, April 12 – 15, 2018. Vlieger finished with 1375 match points, only 24 points behind the match winner.USPSA-area6.jpg

“My 9mm major ammunition loaded with Shell Shock Technologies NAS3 cases performed to the standard once again. I had the confidence to focus on my match execution, not whether or not my ammunition was going to be there with me,” commented Vlieger.

Vlieger has fired over 15,000 rounds of ammunition with Shell Shock Technologies’ NAS3 cases since becoming sponsored in 2017 and plans to continue using it.

The 2018 USPSA Area 6 Championship, otherwise known as the GLOCK® Area 6 Championship, runs 12 stages throughout scenes of the Wild West.

Vlieger can be seen competing next at the Battle of the Bluegrass IX at the Bluegrass Pistol Club in Wilmore, Kentucky, April 20 – 21, 2018.

About Shell Shock’s NAS3 Cases:

Shell Shock’s NAS3 9mm cases are 50 percent lighter than brass cases, offer greater lubricity and will not abrade, clog, foul, wear-out or damage breach and ejector mechanisms. The cases offer greater corrosion resistance, tensile strength (2x stronger) and elasticity than brass. NAS3 cases will not split, chip, crack or grow (stretch) and are fully reloadable (using S3 Reload dies) and can be reloaded many more times than brass cases. NAS3 cases have been tested successfully by customers to pressures over 70k psi. NAS3 cases can be picked up with a magnet. The head can be colored for branding purposes and easy load identification.

NAS3 is “Best in Class” for maintaining consistent velocity between rounds. In an independent test performed by H.P. White Laboratory (a major munitions testing facility), rounds fired using NAS3 cases achieved a velocity standard deviation of 0.093 FPS (124-grain FMJ bullet, 4.2 grains Titegroup powder, 10 rounds, extreme variation 3fps).

To learn more about Shell Shock’s revolutionary technology, visit www.shellshocktech.com

About John Vlieger:

John Vlieger began seriously competing in the action shooting sports in mid-2014 while stationed at Fort Richardson, Alaska. When relocated by the Army to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Vlieger found easier access to the larger matches across the Eastern United States and competed in over 15 major pistol events in 2015. Initially focused on Limited Division with iron sights, Vlieger found his calling in Open Division. Relocating to Lexington, KY in 2017, his efforts have redoubled to improve his skills. He has since completed over 50 major-level matches with multiple regional and state titles under his belt. Vlieger plans to compete at over 20 competitions in 2018.

Sold-Out Women’s Firearm Training Conference Begins Thursday

Monday, April 16th, 2018

AUSTIN TX – A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League (AG & AG) is welcoming 350 participants, 100 instructors and staff, and more than 50 vendors to its 6th Annual National Training Conference, which begins Thursday in Burnet, Texas. The Presenting Sponsor of the event is CZ-USA Firearms. This marks the second year of the partnership between these two respected brands in offering this annual training conference.

The 6th Annual National Conference Presented by CZ-USA will take place from April 19-22, 2018, at Reveille Peak Ranch. Attendees will rotate through six to eight 3-hour training sessions on a wide range of topics. Sporting Clays Champion and Guinness World Record Holder Dave Miller of CZ-USA will be teaching sessions throughout the weekend as part of the all-star lineup of professional instructors.

“We are honored that CZ-USA is our Presenting Sponsor for our National Conference,” says AG & AG Founder Julianna Crowder. “With its quality craftsmanship in all firearms platforms and involvement across many shooting sports, CZ-USA is in line with our mission of Education, Recreation, Competition, Community. We are grateful for their support,” said Crowder.

The event welcomes women from 80 chapters and 30 different states. Ages range from 13 years old through mid-70s, and training sessions are tailored for beginners through expert-level marksmen. Sessions include training on all firearms platforms, as well as force-on-force, unarmed defense, long-range shooting, 3-gun competition, self-defense, lectures, rifle building workshops, and more throughout 36 bays, 3 classrooms, and several meeting spaces.

Learn more at AGirlandAGun.org/conference

About A Girl & A Gun

A Girl & A Gun (AG & AG) is a membership organization whose events have been successful stepping stones for thousands of women into the shooting community and fostered their love of shooting with caring and qualified instructors to coach them. AG & AG breaks barriers for women and girls in the area of self-defense and in pistol, rifle, and shotgun shooting sports by welcoming beginners to learn the basics of safe and accurate shooting and providing experienced shooters with advanced-level opportunities. The club has more than 5,000 members in 48 states and hosts recurring Girl’s Nights Out at more than 150 ranges throughout the nation.

Outland Equipment’s Multi-Mission Axes

Friday, April 13th, 2018

Built for the unforgiving environments encountered by military, law enforcement and emergency response professionals, Outland’s American-made Multi-Mission Series axes are reliable tools for rescue and survival situations.

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Outland Equipment Multi-Mission Axe (MMA) 1503

Mont Vernon, N.H. (April 2018) – Although axes have been used throughout history as a tool and weapon, little has changed over the millennia in its design. For today’s first responders, military and law enforcement professionals, the axe is still a primary tool for rescue, breaching and survival scenarios. Outland Equipment designs and manufactures state-of-the-art axes and knives specifically engineered to meet the critical demands of those that go in harms’ way.

“A go-to tool for responding to emergency situations,” Chris Aiston, CEO of Outland Equipment, said. “We design these tools for those who operate in harsh environments where failure means disaster. They cut, pound and pry, facilitating structure and vehicle forcible entry and egress. Whatever a first responder requires his tool to do, the MMA series is there to complete the mission and save lives.”

Outland has produced three Multi-Mission Axes (MMA) that not only perform the requirements of an axe, but also integrate other functionality including hammering, prying, cutting seatbelts, cutting sheet metal and working with hex fasteners. The MMA 1502, 1902 and 1503 are all made from a single piece of hardened S7 tool steel, a steel formulated to withstand extreme shock and impact.

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Outland Equipment Multi-Mission Axe with extended handle 1902

The head of the MMA series features a 3.9 inch cutting edge with a bolt-on hammer and hex nut tool. The MMA 1502 and 1503 are 15 inches in length, a size convenient for carry and maneuvering in tight spaces. The MMA 1902 with its 19 inch length provides enhanced reach, impact force and leverage. The tail of the MMA 1502 and 1902 feature an angled pry bar, seatbelt cutter and sheet metal cutter. The MMA 1503 tail features an angled pry bar, seatbelt cutter and a hex wrench for urban and residential environments.

The handle grips are made of G10 material, a fiberglass-based epoxy resin that is not only extremely rugged but also impervious to moisture and chemicals, important factors for rescue operators. The handle has been shaped to offer the operator multiple hand positions to optimize a positive grip for the job.

All of Outland’s MMA axes are covered with a Modular Sheath that allows for easy access, quick deployment and multiple carry options. The axe is secured in the sheath using an internal latch and two BioThane® Coated Webbing straps. Carry options are endless for the operator, as the Modular Sheath accepts accessories for mounting on a belt or MOLLE gear, can be bolted to a vehicle or worn on a shoulder strap.

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VERTX SOLVES COMMON CONCEALED CARRY PROBLEM WITH NEW LINE OF INNOVATIVE SHIRTS

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018

New WeaponGuard™ Feature Reduces Abrasion against the Skin

Cincinnati, Ohio – Vertx® announces the launch of its new line of shirts designed to comfortably carry concealed weapons and gear. The collection includes the new Guardian button-down style shirt and the Assessor polo. Both shirts are part of the Vertx® VaporCore™ line, which includes garments powered by 37.5® Technology woven into their fabric, assisting to regulate the body’s core temperature. The WeaponGuard™ feature protects wearers from skin irritation caused by carrying concealed weapons without an undershirt.

“Abrasion to the skin is a real problem for concealed carriers and wearing additional layers is not always an option,” said Justin Roberts, Vertx Brand Manager. “Our line of WeaponGuard™ shirts was designed in collaboration with end-users to develop a solution to this common challenge.”

Guardian Shirt – The Guardian shirt features a semi-compression WeaponGuard™ layer that begins at the lower chest and continues to the waist. This under layer is designed to comfortably guard the skin from chafing caused by concealed weapons, without having to don additional layers. The Guardian shirt has a button-front, pullover design for effortless donning, which includes snap button closures at the bottom of the garment that provides easy access to concealed weapons. Hidden body-side front plackets provide the wearer additional on-body space for weights or loading essential escape and evasion tools. The Guardian shirt is available in two solid colors and two modern plaid patterns in both long and short sleeve.

Assessor Polo – The Assessor polo features a traditional polo design with an athletic fit. The polo also has a semi-compression under layer that is designed to remain tucked into the pant, protecting the wearer from skin irritation caused by concealed carry. The short-sleeve Assessor polo is available in three heathered colorways.

Both garments feature a WeaponGuard™ under layer that is constructed with VaporCore™, powered by 37.5® Technology, which responds to the wearer’s body heat to regulate relative humidity and core temperature within their microclimate. This interaction keeps the body at its ideal performance levels of 37.5˚C and 37.5% humidity. Each shirt features underarm gussets for freedom of movement and were specially designed for ease of clearing and drawing concealed firearms.

Both garments are now in stock and are available for purchase. For information regarding the Guardian shirt and Assessor polo, visit Vertx.com.

Helle Knives of Norway Unveils Latest Survivorman Knife

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

Wabakimi knife designed and field-tested in cooperation with Les Stroud

Holmedal, Norway – (April 10, 2018) – Building on an 85-year tradition handcrafting knives designed and tested in the outdoors, Helle unveils its latest collaboration with Les Stroud, star of Survivorman. Named for the vast wilderness park in Ontario, Canada, the Wabakimi knife is designed for self-reliance in nature.

The third in a series of Helle knives designed with Les Stroud, the Wabakimi combines Helle’s 85 years crafting traditional Scandinavian knives with Stroud’s mastery of primitive skills. The latest addition is a medium sized, well-balanced knife small enough for hip carry, yet amply sized to make precise cutting and long carving sessions comfortable and efficient.

The new knife fits between the larger, best selling Temagami (2010), a practical wilderness knife, and the light and compact Mândra (2017) neck knife. The Wabakimi combines the advantages of the Temagami’s ergonomic handle and long, pointed blade with the Mândra’s rounded shape. Featuring a three-quarter, partial tang reinforced with two robust pins, the handle is made from curly birch wood with a lanyard hole and a 3.3-inch drop point blade using Helle’s renowned triple laminated steel.

The new design was conceptualized over several months and handmade prototypes from the Helle factory in Norway were sent to Stroud for extensive field-testing in Alaska. Each prototype received further adjustments and refinements based on invaluable feedback from Stroud. This approach of researching, prototyping, field-testing and refinement constitutes the heart and soul of the Helle design philosophy.

In 1994 Stroud spent a year living close to the land and surviving using only what nature provided in Wabakimi, part of Canada’s far northern boreal forests. “The Wabakimi wilderness helped shaped my path and set in motion a life celebrating nature and wilderness,” says Les Stroud. “With these experiences in mind, and working closely with my friends at Helle, we have created a knife worthy of this remote, wild place.”

”The Wabakimi knife represents nearly a decade working closely with Les,” adds Anders Haglund with Helle of Norway. “From our first meeting in 2009, to creating a collection of world renowned outdoor knives, we’ve come a long way both personally and professionally. We’re excited to see where the next journey leads.”

Wabakimi Knife Specifications:
• Blade material: triple laminated stainless steel
• Handle material: curly birch
• Blade thickness: 3 mm
• Blade length: 3.3-inches
• Handle length: 4.6-inches
• Sheath material: genuine leather
• Weight: 135 g
• MSRP $199

About Helle of Norway
Since 1932, Helle has earned a solid reputation for quality, craftsmanship and producing aesthetically stunning and highly functional knives made to withstand a lifetime of rugged outdoor use. All Helle knives are handcrafted in Norway to exacting standards based on over 85-years of tradition blending form and function. It takes up to 45-manual processes to complete each Helle knife, from sanding and polishing of the handles to forming the Scandinavian ground blades. The result is an authentic, truly one of a kind knife made to last a lifetime of rugged outdoor use. For more information visit www.helle.no.

About Les Stroud
Survival expert, filmmaker, writer, singer-songwriter, speaker and performer best known as the Canadian Screen Award winning producer, creator and star of the hit TV series Survivorman. Les Stroud is the only producer in the history of television to produce an internationally broadcast series entirely written, videotaped and hosted alone. He has been nominated for 26 Canadian Screen Awards and has won for Best Writer (twice) and Best Photography. A celebrated keynote speaker, musician and Globe and Mail best selling author of “Survive! Essential Skills and Tactics to Get You Out of Anywhere – Alive!” and “Will to Live”. A proud member of the prestigious Explorers Club, Les received Fellow (highest rank) of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society. He contributes to dozens of charities and benefits and is an advanced survival trainer for the Canadian Military Armed Forces. For more information visit http://lesstroud.ca/.

UMAREX USA LAUNCHES NEW SHOW ALL ABOUT AIR GUN HUNTING

Thursday, April 5th, 2018

Fort Smith, Arkansas (April 5th, 2018) – Umarex USA, Inc. has launched a new “TV” show—Real Air Gun Hunting, Umarex USA’s foray into digital programming dedicated solely to using air guns as a hunter’s tool.

Real Air Gun Hunting launched April 5th, 2018 on CarbonTV, an app that streams the show on demand. The CarbonTV app can be downloaded for use with many platforms: Apple Store, Google Play, XBOX One, Roku, your SmartTV and Amazon Fire. You can also follow Real Air Gun Hunting on Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.

Outdoor media personality and host of the show, Steve Criner said, “Our mission with Real Air Gun Hunting is to have the most exciting, the most real, and the most duplicatable air gun hunting show ever created. We want to share the excitement and enjoyment of air gun hunting. We want everyone to enjoy airguns, because we believe if you don’t include airguns in your life you are missing out.” He went on to say that hunting with an air gun offers opportunities to get out and enjoy the outdoors in some places that are off limits to hunting with a firearm. Additionally, hunting and shooting with an air gun is the most economical way to shoot that there is. “You’ll always have pellets and you always have air. You don’t have to worry about ammo shortages.” he said.

Those interested in Real Air Gun Hunting can expect to be taken along on hunts for rabbit, squirrel, raccoon, deer, predators, wild boar and other game. Justin Biddle, Director of Marketing at Umarex USA said, “With more and more content being consumed digitally we wanted to add a show to our strategy that was dedicated to the digital arena. And we wanted it to contain both entertaining and informative content that a hunter could relate to. Real Air Gun Hunting is about giving responsible hunters tips and product information that will help make them successful with air guns.”

Outdoors men and women can expect to see Steve, the Dog Soldier, along with other guests, face the normal challenges of the hunt in conjunction with a wide variety of air guns such as the Umarex Gauntlet, Walther Air Rifles and the .50 caliber Umarex Hammer. Viewers will see first-hand how effective air guns are for humane harvesting of many game species commonly found in the wild.

About Real Air Gun Hunting

The mission of Real Air Gun Hunting is to provide hunters and outdoor enthusiasts a glimpse into an ethically responsible hunting lifestyle with Umarex air guns and air gun accessories. You can follow Real Air Gun Hunting on Carbon TV, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.

Federal Expands Lineup of Its Popular Syntech Ammunition

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018

ANOKA, Minnesota – April 3, 2018 – Federal Ammunition is pleased to announce a new addition to its full line of Syntech handgun ammunition. Look for Syntech in a variety of the most popular loads, including the new 124-grain 9mm Luger. Shipments are being delivered to dealers.

Conventional ammunition causes metal-on-metal contact between the bullet and bore, which can shorten barrel life and hurt accuracy. The polymer-encapsulated Syntech bullet prevents this, while eliminating copper and lead fouling. Combined with clean-burning powders, your gun will stay cleaner, longer, so you can shoot more—and shoot better. The exclusive Catalyst primer provides the cleanest most consistent ignition possible—that’s why it received the 2017 NRA Golden Bullseye Award.

Features & Benefits
• New 124-grain 9mm Luger offering
• 2017 NRA Golden Bullseye Award winner
• Polymer-encapsulated Syntech bullet prevents metal-on-metal contact in the bore, eliminating copper and lead fouling, while extending barrel life
• Exclusive primer formulation provides reliable, consistent ignition
• Clean-burning propellants minimize residue and fouling
• Significantly reduces the required frequency of cleaning
• Absence of a copper jacket minimizes splash-back on steel targets
• Less perceived recoil

Part No. / Description / MSRP
AE9SJ2 / 9mm Luger 124 grain Syntech / $18.95

Federal Premium is a brand of Vista Outdoor Inc., an outdoor sports and recreation company. For more information on Federal Premium, go to www.federalpremium.com.

Twelve Open Airgun Athletes Changwon Bound after Rifle/Pistol Spring Selection

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

FORT BENNING, Georgia (March 29, 2018) — Twelve open airgun athletes will compete for Team USA at the 2018 International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Championships later this summer after winning an intense two-part selection match that was finalized today at the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) in Fort Benning, Georgia.

Athletes began their quest during the 2017 Winter Airgun Championships and solidified their standing today at the Rifle/Pistol Spring Selection Match following a two-day match and Final. Team spots were handed out to the top-three finishers in Men’s and Women’s Air Rifle and Pistol. The World Championships will take place August 31-September in Changwon, South Korea.

Four Olympians earned their spots on the team including Nick Mowrer (Butte, Montana), Keith Sanderson (Colorado Springs, Colorado) and Sandra Uptagrafft (Phenix City, Alabama) in Air Pistol along with Lucas Kozeniesky (Fairfax, Virginia) in Men’s Air Rifle.

Of note, all today’s Finals winners across the four Open events were 18 or younger in a great showcase of USA Shooting’s future promise.

The 2012 Olympian Mowrer was dominant across the two matches winning by 28 points in Men’s Air Pistol. Surprisingly, this talented multi-discipline shooter makes his first World Championship after more than eight years on the international competition circuit. James Hall (Anniston, Alabama) earned the second spot in Men’s Air Rifle and makes his first World Championship Team, despite shooting 22 points lower over his two qualification matches at Spring Selection than he did at Winter Airgun.

Making his third World Championship Team where he’ll be competing in his fifth pistol discipline is the three-time Olympian Sanderson. The 43-year-old is the reigning World Cup Finals champion and USA Shooting’s Male Athlete of the Year.

Another notable performance was 18-year-old Jack Leverett’s (Bainbridge, Georgia) Spring match as he finished second overall and was just four points behind Sanderson for open team consideration. He showed he’s in prime form as the 2018 National Junior Olympic Shooting Championship (NJOSC) are next month and will serve as the Junior selection match for World Championships. Challenging him there will be another 18-year-old in Kyler Swisher (Jonestown, Pennsylvania), who was today’s Finals winner.

The game has changed in Women’s Air Pistol with an additional 20 shots added to qualification, but that didn’t seem to faze Alexis Lagan (Boulder City, Nevada) as she defeated the field by 10 points this match and 18 points overall for World Champs selection. She’ll compete in her first World Championships later this summer.

“With the recent change in Women’s Air Pistol, I think this match was challenging, but also new and exciting,” Lagan said after the match. “We all learned a little something and will be able to work on it as we prepare for Korea. There is a lot of potential on our team, and I cannot wait to see it blossom at the World Championships.”

Joining her will be the 2012 Olympian Uptagrafft while 17-year-old Sarah Choe (Los Angeles, California) continues to show maturity beyond her years in earning her selection as well. She would put the exclamation point on her proud moment with a Finals win earlier this afternoon.

Air Force Academy sophomore Logan Ogden (Galway, New York) is the top overall finisher for World Champs selection in Men’s Air Rifle, narrowly defeating Dempster Christenson (Sioux Falls, South Dakota) by .3 points. Earning the third spot is 2016 Olympian Lucas Kozeniesky (Fairfax, Virginia). Ogden will compete in his first World Championship while Christenson readies for his third straight opportunity with Kozeniesky competing as a junior back in 2014.

Today’s notable performance came from 16-year-old Will Shaner (Colorado Springs, Colorado), who earned the Finals win in Men’s Air Rifle.

In Women’s Air Rifle, Mindy Miles (Weatherford, Texas) is putting the finishing touches on a great collegiate career at Texas Christian University and made that much sweeter today with her top overall selection. She edged fellow TCU alum Sarah Beard (Danville, Indiana) by 9.7 points with Ali Weisz (Belgrade, Montana) earning the final selection spot. Miles will compete in her second World Championship after making the junior final in 2014, finishing eighth. Beard is headed to her third straight World Championship and knows what being on the podium there feels like after earning a prone silver medal in 2010 as a junior.

Reigning Olympic gold medalist Ginny Thrasher (Springfield, Virginia) finished fourth overall for World Champs selection, just .3 points behind Weisz.

Emily Stith (Jacksonville, Florida) was today’s Finals winner in the event and finished third in the Spring Selection Match. This is an impressive performance after spending much of the last few months in Army basic training, forcing to miss Winter Airgun, and just getting assigned to the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit earlier this week.

These athletes join the 24 shotgun athletes that earned their selection to the World Champs Team last weekend in Tucson, Arizona during the Shotgun Spring Selection Match. Read what shotgun athletes are Changwon bound as well in Skeet and Trap.

RESULTS: http://bit.ly/2usBG28
The Spring Selection Match continues Friday with the start of the smallbore (.22 caliber) events in both disciplines including Men’s Rapid Fire Pistol, Women’s Sport Pistol and Three-Position Rifle for both men and women. Another 12 athletes will earn their way onto the team with results carried over from the 2017 Rifle/Pistol Fall Selection Match. Get those results here . . .

Queensland Police Bring Down a Drone Using DroneGun at a Commonwealth Games Venue

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

This post was originally featured on Soldier Systems Daily.

In February 2018, DroneShield was proud to announce that the Queensland Police Service would be utilising multiple units of DroneShield’s DroneGun for aerial protection of the XXI Commonwealth Games in Brisbane. The Australian media is now reporting that a DroneGun has been deployed in a live incident near a Commonwealth Games venue in Brisbane. The media reports indicate that a drone breaching an aerial exclusion zone around the Games’ venues was neutralised using a DroneGun, and the drone operator was apprehended.

 Image: QPS Officer deploying DroneGun MKII (source: www.mygc.com.au)

Peter Beattie AC, Chairman of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation, is reported by the media to have stated that the safest place in Australia during the Games is at the Games. DroneShield seconds that statement, and is proud to be effectively and efficiently contributing to the security of 6,600 athletes from approximately 70 countries and tens of thousands of Australian and foreign spectators.

Oleg Vornik, DroneShield’s CEO commented, “Much of the use of our products is not publicly-known. Security and military agencies rarely comment on deployments and specific incidents. We are proud to have secured the skies for the public at the Games, as is evident from this incident which became public.”

Nikon Announces P-TACTICAL SPUR Reflex Sight

Monday, March 26th, 2018

Melville, NY (March, 2018) – For 2018 Nikon is bringing you its world-renowned optics for the first time in a reflex sight. With the introduction of the SPUR to Nikon’s new P-TACTICAL optics family, you can now enjoy Nikon’s optical quality for a variety of applications. With a 3 MOA red dot, long battery life and an extensive list of features, SPUR is an ideal optic for virtually any firearm platform where fast, reliable, intuitive sighting is desired.

Engineered with fully multicoated lenses and Nikon’s proprietary “TRUCOLOR” coating, which virtually eliminates the bluish tint common to reflex sights, the P-TACTICAL SPUR provides a clear, natural view for both-eyes-open sighting. The SPUR’s 3 MOA dot is adjustable with 10 levels of brightness—the first two settings being night vision compatible — and is centered within a 27mm x 16mm sighting window for an extra-wide field of view with unlimited-and-non-critical eye relief.

Battery life for the P-TACTICAL SPUR is estimated to be 15,000 hours of continuous usage. To provide shooters confidence in their optic being ready in the time of need, the red dot in the display will flash to indicate it is time to change batteries.

To shrug off the constant recoil that occurs in both rail- and slide-mounted applications, Nikon builds the SPUR on a compact (1.8” x 1.1” x 1”), lightweight (1.1-ounce) aluminum alloy chassis that is shockproof, waterproof (IPX7) and extremely durable. The sight includes a removable Picatinny rail mount for fast, easy mounting to MSRs or any firearm with Picatinny rail or base and a protective hood that covers the sight during storage.

Suggested retail price for the new Nikon P-TACTICAL SPUR reflex sight is $219.95. The SPUR and all of its components are covered by Nikon’s 5-Year Warranty.


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Top JROTC Teams Choose Crosman Challenger This Weekend

Sunday, March 25th, 2018

Bloomfield, NY – Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force JROTC Cadets descend upon Camp Perry, Ohio this weekend (23-24 March 2018) to participate in the 2018 All Service JROTC National Championship. The top teams from all branches will be represented by Cadets in the two-day event, Twenty-eight teams and thirty-two individual qualifiers in the sporter class and seventeen teams and seventeen individuals in the precision class have been invited to participate, for a total of 144 sporter shooters and 85 precision shooters.

“For the past several years I’ve had the honor and privilege to work with the JROTC instructors and their cadets.” said Mark DeBoard, Shooting Services Manager for Crosman. “Shooting sports is a mentally tough sport that requires complete concentration, the ability to overcome an errant shot, and the discipline to repeat the good ones. It requires the self-discipline and mental toughness that will accompany these Cadets for life’s journey.”

Participants will compete in sporter or precision classes, taking shots from the prone, kneeling and standing positions. Precision air rifle competition is modeled after Olympic-style shooting with shooters using specialized target rifles and equipment. sporter air rifle is for competitors who prefer to compete with little customization or specialized equipment.

As the primary supplier of sporter class rifles to the Army and Marine Corps JROTC, many of the cadets will be competing with the Crosman Challenger sporter class rifle.