— AIRGUNS —
HatsanUSA’s new H-1911 is a semi-automatic, CO2-powered, pellet repeater with an innovative dual-rotary magazine. It features an all metal slide and rifled steel barrel.
— AMMUNITION —
Inceptor Ammunition has added a 7.62x39mm and 223 Rem offering to its Short-Range Rifle Sport Utility Ammo lineup. The SRR combines a patented injection-molding process and bullet design with copper-polymer materials.
— BOATING —
Anyone who became the proud owner of a new boat over the holiday season is encouraged to attend one of the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s (AZGFD) free safety education courses.
— CHARITIES —
The 7th Annual Casting for Hope Presented by MasterNymph, a “gold-level” competition that has recruited many of the best anglers from all over the country, is set for April 13-15, 2018.
— COMPETITION —
CMP Competition Rules for 2018 have now been finalized, approved by the CMP Rules Committee and released for use in governing this year’s competitions.
— ENFORCEMENT —
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife is joining more than 20 states in the adoption of a wildlife K-9 program.
— EVENTS —
Fly fishing aficionados, gear up for trout season and transport yourself to some of the most exotic angling destinations on Earth as the preeminent exhibition of fly fishing cinema, the acclaimed Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T), returns March 20-21, 7:30 p.m., to the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
— FIREARMS —
New for 2018, Taurus USA expands their 1911 line-up with the debut of their compact Taurus 1911 Officer. The Taurus 1911 Officer model in .45 ACP is a concealable 6+1 round pistol with a 3-1/2” barrel and an overall length of 7.2 inches.
Century Arms has announced the release of a new 9mm AK-based pistol, the Draco NAK9. The magazine well allows for compatibility with Glock 17 and Glock 19 magazines.
— GEAR —
DoubleStar Corp unveils the Noogie “ABO” Assisted Bottle Opener. Made from ½” thick durable 6061-T6 aluminum, the Noogie is coated with Type III anodizing, providing it with extra strength around the cap contact location.
— INDUSTRY —
CSSI, Chattanooga Shooting Supplies, Inc. has made several executive changes to further strengthen the organization and its focus on the customer.
Brandlive, Inc. announces a live video partnership with AmmoLand Shooting Sports News.
Retailers from across the US voted for the best new outdoor products at the recent Big Rock Sports shows in Raleigh, North Carolina and Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) and OUTTECH INC. announced a strategic partnership between the two groups on January 11, during the Innovations party at the Archery Trade Association show in Indianapolis, Indiana.
NRA Publications recently announced that the Bergara Rifles B-14 Hunter was chosen as Rifle of the Year by the American Hunter editorial staff. The Golden Bullseye will be awarded in May at the NRA’s Annual Meetings in Dallas, Texas.
Melissa Boudoux has been named communications manager, and Jonathan Mehall becomes media relations coordinator.
Callis was recently honored at the 2017 Region II Best of National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA) Awards. The Best of NAMA awards celebrate and recognize the best of the best in agri-marketing.
Bear Archery announces a partnership with bowhunter Beka Garris for 2018. Garris will provide social media and blog support for Bear Traditional Bows, Bear Compound Bows, Trophy Ridge Accessories, and Cajun Bowfishing.
Kent Cartridge has announced the appointment of Alan Corzine to the position of President and COO of North American Operations. Corzine comes to Kent Cartridge with an engineering background and over 30 years of worldwide experience in the small caliber ammunition industry.
Bear Archery announces the hiring of Ryan Shutts to serve as the director of product management.
— INDUSTRY INSIGHT —
New research on women’s participation in shooting sports shows significant increase from previous reports. The study found the current growth in participation since reported by the National Shooting Sports Foundation in in 2015 has increased as much as 189% in some disciplines, with target shooting for fun the leading activity across all disciplines.
— JOBS —
Outdoor Edge is currently seeking an international sales manager. The position will be located at the company headquarters in Denver and will report directly to the vice president of sales and marketing.
Steyr Arms announced that the company is searching for qualified candidates to staff its new firearms production facility in Bessemer, Ala., which will be operational later this year.
— NEW PRODUCTS —
Traditions™ has expanded the Outfitter G2 rifle line for 2018, adding 450 Bushmaster and 444 Marlin calibers, along with a youth model in .243.
Wicked Ridge Crossbows introduced its new Warrior Ultra-Lite model last week during the 2018 ATA Trade Show. The next generation Warrior model is 1.25” shorter, ½-pound lighter, 4” narrower, and 30 feet-per-second faster than its predecessor.
The functional design of the NWTF Impact Vest gives hunters a versatile, lightweight, sit-anywhere hunting vest-ready at the flip of a seat.
FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLIR) announces the FLIR Breach™ multifunctional thermal imaging monocular and three new night vision product families that will debut at the 2018 Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show in Las Vegas.
The Weekender™ Professional Gunsmith Kit from Birchwood Casey® comes with 27 professional gunsmith selected tools and a durable hard case in a high-quality kit that ensures shooters have what they need to keep their firearms running smoothly at the range or in the field.
DeSantis Gunhide announces their new #L28 Women’s Gunnybag. The Gunnybag is a well-designed and fashionable handbag.
A high-end spotter, without the high-end price tag, the new-for-2018 Viper HD Spotting Scope Series has an HD optical system coupled with lenses fully multi-coated with XR coatings. Exterior lenses are protected by ArmorTek - an ultra-hard, scratch-resistant fluorine compound that repels oil, dirt and the corrosive salts of fingerprints.
— OPTICS —
Strike Eagle Riflescopes from Vortex assist in executing technically complicated, long-range shots - for a trim, lightweight, durable optic - making them the ideal choice for value-minded shooters who already shoot long range.
The Vortex Optics Crossfire Red Dot is a daylight-bright, 2-MOA dot optic that features 11 intensity levels of brightness. The included, skeletonized, mount offers two mounting-height options.
— ORGANIZATIONS —
Riding a wave of conservation success, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation enters 2018 with 227,650 members, marking its ninth consecutive year of record membership growth.
Realtree, the world’s leading camouflage company, continues its legacy of strong backing for conservation by renewing a corporate partnership with Delta Waterfowl.
Jerry Wydner, executive vice president of Hunter Safety System, has been named as the winner of the 2018 Whitetails Unlimited Hunting Heritage Award – Individual, for leadership and accomplishment in the areas of conservation, education, and the preservation of the hunting tradition.
— SHOOTING GEAR —
Lyman Products is proud to introduce the New Brass Smith All-American 8 Turret Press. The extra-large 8 station turret is machined out of heavy duty cast iron. It is equipped with an easily removed turret bolt which makes swapping turrets simple.
— SHOT SHOW —
Sports Afield Gun Safes partnered with world renowned artist Mike Lavallee of Killer Paint to create a one of a kind, Americana-themed custom made in the USA safe. It will be auctioned off at a later date for charity, but on display in Booth 16341 during this year’s 2018 Shot Show in Las Vegas.
Remington Cutlery will unveil the first group of products under the official license of Buck Knives, Inc. at SHOT Show 2018 next week in Las Vegas.
MOJO is set launch an all new line of Spinning Wing Decoys at SHOT Show 2018 along with their first bag and accessory line products.
FN America, LLC will host Black Rifle Coffee Company in its booth at the 2018 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, Jan. 21 – 25, 2018. Black Rifle Coffee Company will be serving a limited-edition FN SCAR® Mission Adaptable Blend, available only by visiting FN’s booth during the show.
Starline Brass will be exhibiting at the 2018 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, January 23-26 and invites attendees to visit them on the lower level at Booth #4258.
The Safariland Group invites SHOT Show attendees to its booth events throughout SHOT Show - Tuesday, January 23, through Friday, January 26 at booth #12762. This year’s schedule is highlighted by the SAVES CLUB tribute on Jan. 24 at 3 p.m. marking the 2000th life saved by The Safariland Group.
XS Sights will have a new booth location at the 2018 SHOT Show. The company is moving from the lower level to the main floor of the Las Vegas Sands Convention Center and will be in booth #16054. XS will be displaying its popular F8 Night Sights, including new F8 models for the Smith & Wesson M&P pistols and SIG SAUER P320 striker-fired pistols.
Vanguard will launch new riflescopes in the Endeavor RS series at the 2018 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. All the new riflescopes as well as additional new products from Vanguard will be on display at Booth No. 14825.
SureFire, LLC is proud to announce they will be exhibiting a plethora of lumens, at the 2018 NSSF SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. SureFire will be displaying handgun weaponlights with 1,000 lumens, hand-held lights with 1,200 lumens, and long-gun weaponlights with 1,500 lumens.
Oakwood Controls is proud to announce their participation at The SHOT Show 2018. Visit booth #20657 for the latest live-fire Electronic Target Systems.
Attendees of the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show) will have the chance to use their sneakers for more than just traversing the show floor by running in the 3rd Annual Moose on the Loose 5K hosted by Julie McQueen on Monday, January 22 at 4 p.m.
— STATES —
The fifth annual Louisville Deer & Turkey Expo returns for three days of all things deer and turkey huntingJanuary 26-28 at the Kentucky State Fairgrounds Exposition Center.
If you caught a big fish in 2017 and want to enter the NH Fish and Game Department’s Trophy Fish Program, applications must be submitted by January 31, 2018.
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is hosting several public discussion sessions on Vermont’s fishing regulations. Department officials are hoping to engage anglers in a discussion and gather public opinion on the state’s baitfish rules. The first meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 30 at the Springfield Middle School (Springfield), and additional meetings are expected to follow in the Burlington area and in the Northeast Kingdom in February.
The public is invited to cut certain downed trees in designated areas at Shakamak State Park for firewood.
To spotlight Georgia’s fascinating past, State Historic Sites are offering free admission on Sunday, February 11. The event is part of Georgia History Festival’s statewide celebration of “Super Museum Sunday.”
Last year, more than 1,000 calls came into Arizona's Operation Game Thief hotline, plus submissions via the online form. They contributed to 76 citations being issued statewide for wildlife issues including the illegal take of big game, fishing violations and the unlawful killing of raptors.
One half hour after sunset tonight (Wednesday, January 17, 2018) the hunting of all mountain lions in Montana hunting districts 530 and 590, in portions of Fergus, Golden Valley, Musselshell, Petroleum, Big Horn and Yellowstone counties, will close.
More than $240,000 from Ohio’s Waterways Safety Fund is being provided to support 10 community boating safety education programs this year, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
The Indiana Natural Resources Commission (NRC) has approved two new nature preserves during its regularly scheduled meeting at Fort Harrison State Park, increasing the number of state-designated sites protected by the Nature Preserves Act to 284.
At its December 8, 2017 meeting, the Board of Land and Natural Resources approved an increase in the annual commercial marine license fee, from $50 per year to $100.
— TELEVISION —
This week, Shooting USA reports on the USPSA Optics Nationals -- Race Guns, Carry Guns with red dots, and PCC, Pistol Caliber Carbines. Plus, Royal Range, the first five-star range in the country, built from an abandoned movie theater.
— WILDLIFE —
According to a new study from the U.S. Geological Survey and EcoHealth Alliance, the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome, a deadly disease of hibernating bats, spreads rapidly by way of bats, then establishes and persists in soil and on walls of underground hibernation sites.
Not Your Average Archer
Editor’s Note: Today’s feature was provided to us by the National Archery in the Schools (NASP) program.
Since the National Archery in the School’s Program inception, back in 2002, thousands of kids from all over the world have flocked to this unique and competitive sport. Not only has NASP® given students a new sport to enjoy, but it’s also been recognized for building confidence, improving academic excellence, and allowing students to make long-lasting friendships. The program has truly become the largest non-profit and equal opportunity archery program in the world. Kids from different backgrounds, ethnicity, and physical abilities are all able to participate in this program, and one student archer in particular is creating quite the buzz in the archery world!
Faith Oakley, a junior at Bethlehem High School in Bardstown, Kentucky is not your average archer. She began shooting with NASP® in the fifth grade, but actually got her first taste of archery at summer camp the year prior. “At summer camp, my cabin would to go to the archery range once a day. The coach there asked me if I wanted to shoot. I was hesitant at first, but she offered to hold the bow for me while I drew back the string and aimed. When we went to shoot with the team, my first arrow was a bulls-eye.” Oakley says, “I was so proud of myself, that I immediately wanted to shoot again. When I got home, I told my parents I wanted to shoot archery in the fifth grade.”
Images by Michael Clevenger of the Louisville Courier- Journal via NASP with permission.
Oakley’s determination and dedication to this sport over the years has earned her many achievements like attaining ninth place at the 2017 NASP® World Tournament, and she has been named, “One of the World’s Top Teen Archers”, but it has not come without challenges.
Oakley has a birth injury known as ERB Duchenne Palsy. It is a condition that causes nerves to be pulled away from the spine. For Faith Oakley, it makes it impossible for her to use her right arm. Since it is impossible for her to pull the bowstring back with her arm, she uses a rectangular nylon mouthpiece to pull back the string. As you can see from the achievements above, Oakley does not let her physical challenge define her. Faith’s coach of three years, David Carrico, can also attest to her determination. “Faith is like any other teenager. She has her good days and bad days. When it comes to archery, she has the drive to be the best!” According to Carrico, when Faith was in middle school and when she found time, she would often participate in the high school archery practices. It’s no wonder she has achieved such high honors and titles with her history and continued tenacity for the sport.
Images by Michael Clevenger of the Louisville Courier- Journal via NASP with permission.
When Ms. Oakley was asked if she had any advice for other youth contemplating archery, her response was nothing short of inspiring. “If you are a student who is thinking about starting anything, especially NASP®, but feel like it might be too difficult for whatever reason, I beg of you to take that dream and run with it.” She also added, “I was scared out of my mind to start a sport where the majority of people competing were able-bodied, but I am so glad I did. If I had given into that fear, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I am no different than you. If you have a dream, go for it!”
For Faith Oakley, archery is a sport that has “grown it’s roots deep in to her core.” Not only has the sport increased her patience, discipline, strength, and stability, it has given her numerous opportunities for the future. After graduation, she plans on attending a college that has an archery team and possibly trying out for the USA Para-Olympics Archery Team, as well. She also plans on pursuing a degree in Education. According to Oakley, no matter where the future takes her, archery will always play a role in her life.
-- Brittany J Jones
Sands Expo Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, Texas
Jan 28-Feb 2
Isaac Davis Memorial Range, Wacissa, Florida
Jan 31-Feb 3
Las Vegas Convention Center, 3150 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, Nevada
Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Salt Palace, Salt Lake City, Utah
Clark County Shooting Range, Las Vegas, Nevada
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