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— TOP STORY
Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Crimson Trace Corporation, manufacturer of laser sighting systems and tactical lighting for firearms, for $95.0 million, subject to certain adjustments, utilizing cash on hand. | For More...

— BOATING
BoatUS has surveyed its BoatUS Dispute Resolution files to identify eight trouble spots that boaters needing work done should know. | For More...

— COMPETITION
Rinehart Targets and the Rinehart R100 are pleased to announce the addition of the Crested Butte, Colorado shoot to the 2016 schedule. This event will take place on August 13th and 14th at the Crested Butte Mountain Resort. | For More...

— COMPETITIVE SHOOTING
The Mason-Dixon Clay Busters picked up their second national title, in the Collegiate Division, with their 275 target win in Doubles Skeet at the 2016 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships in Ohio. They also won the Trap title. | For More...

The Kosko Dust Devils out of Indiana outpaced the Ben Avery Clay Crushers of Arizona to take the Rookie Division title in Doubles Skeet with 232 total targets at the 2016 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships in Ohio. | For More...

Just four clay targets separated the Lake Oconee Shotgun Team from the Haywood Young Guns, but that was enough to give Lake Oconee the win and the national title in the Intermedia/Entry Level Division in Doubles Skeet at the 2016 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships in Ohio. | For More...

North Scott shooters Jaydon Biles, Jacob Dies and Thomas Keeshan managed to take the 2016 SCTP Nationals by storm. The trio won the Doubles Skeet title after helping their squad-mates pick up both the Trap and Doubles Trap titles. All told, the North Scott Trap Team claimed five national titles during the 2016 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships in Ohio, making them the winningest team at the event. | For More...

The JV squad for the Lake Oconee Shotgun Team won a second national title in Doubles Skeet for the Georgia youth shooting team with their 266 target victory in the Junior Varsity Division at the 2016 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships in Ohio. | For More...

Led by the division's Top Gun honoree, the Central Falcons out of Wisconsin took the Doubles Skeet Varsity Division title at the 2016 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships in Ohio by breaking 280 of 300 targets. | For More...

The top male and female athletes in Doubles Skeet were recognized by the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) at the 2016 National Team Championships for their outstanding individual performances in each of its six competitive divisions. | For More...

Tactical Solutions is proud to announce that the 2016 NSSF Rimfire Challenge NW Regional Championship is gaining sponsors. Caracal, Bank of the West, Gemtech, Silencer shop, Sonic Boom, Unique AR's, MCM Firearms, Tandemkross, Sherman Williams Paint, Snake River Yamaha, and Silverline Films are signed for the event. | For More...

— EVENTS
Visitors to Indiana's Ouabache State Park can create their own music concert as part of Art in the Park programs on July 30 and Aug. 13. | For More...

Raccoon State Recreation Area will host an all-ages Centennial Bicycle Parade on Saturday, Aug. 6, to celebrate 100 years of Indiana State Parks. | For More...

UM Tactical will be at the upcoming Southeast Shooting & Outdoor Convention which runs July 28-31 in Jacksonville, FL. This marks the first time the R.A.G.E. system will be shown at the Southeast Convention. | For More...

— FISHERIES
A new rule effective August 22, 2016, will extend the existing commercial shrimp permit moratorium for an additional 10 years, until October 26, 2026. | For More...

— GRANTS
The Michigan DNR's Lake Michigan Coastal Program is now accepting pre-proposals from eligible applicants for the 2017 Coastal Grants Program Funding Cycle until Sept. 16. | For More...

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources yesterday announced the next round of funding for the department's Aquatic Habitat Grant Program, which is focused on funding projects that protect intact aquatic habitat and rehabilitate habitat that's become degraded. | For More...

— HUNTING
British Columbia resident, Michael Swyers was honored on July 16 for extraordinary ethics in a hunt that ultimately produced an impressive Rocky Mountain goat scoring 55-6/8 B&C points. | For More...

— INDUSTRY
NexbeltTM (www.Nexbelt.com), "The Belt With No Holes" announced today that they are expanding their markets in the U.S. and seeking experienced Outdoor Sales Reps in key demographic areas due to the overwhelmingly positive response they received to their new Realtree Camo and Concealed Carry Belts. | For More...

Scott Steiert, decorated Special Forces war veteran with multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and HIVIZ OEM Sales manager, is moving on. HIVIZ announced that, effective August 1st, Scott will be joining Northern Red Training as a tactical trainer. | For More...

SureFire recently joined the Sportsmen's Alliance as a business partner at the $10,000 Leader's Club level. The partnership serves as testament to SureFire's commitment to protecting the interests of the outdoor community. | For More...

Ken Jefferies & Associates, LLC, a leading manufacturer's representation and marketing firm with the outdoor and shooting sports markets, proudly announces Field & Stream™ has signed on to become a Stocking Dealer carrying rifle and carbine accessories from Mission First Tactical (MFT). | For More...

— NEW
This year. Browning's Platinum Series Spec Ops FHD trail cameras have been equipped with a series of new features designed to continue taking the Browning Trail Camera experience to unprecedented heights. | For More...

— NEW PRODUCTS
New to the extensive line of Browning knives are the Steel Sharp models available in fixed blade skinner and fixed blade drop point models. | For More...

Rage is now offering a wide collection of Rage logoed apparel for both men and women. The new line is designed to deliver a unique combination of style and comfort while showing off brand loyalty any time of the year. | For More...

You can coax pressured, call-shy bulls in close with the new Duel Game Calls Pro Series Bugle.
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— ORGANIZATIONS
A Pennsylvania woman who would have been a delegate for Hillary Rodham Clinton at this week's Democratic National Convention is to be in court this week, facing charges of attempted murder in the shooting of her husband. According to the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, the defendant allegedly pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary some years ago and was allegedly prohibited from possessing a firearm. | For More...

DSC recently hosted a breakfast that raised $60,000 for the Republican National Committee and Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump. The candidate's son, Donald Trump Jr., served as guest speaker at the breakfast and assured the more than 150 attending DSC members that his father's administration would advocate for hunting and sustainable use. | For More...

— PARTNERSHIPS
Cabela's Outdoor Fund has presented USA Youth Education in Shooting (USAYESS) with a $35,000 grant to be used for the USAYESS Family Outdoor Experience Program. | For More...

The National Park Service (NPS) and the Smithsonian are celebrating the NPS centennial with the opening of a new photography exhibit, "100 Years of America's National Park Service: Preserve, Enjoy, Inspire," at the National Museum of Natural History on August 4, 2016. | For More...

— PRODUCT NEWS
DeSantis Gunhide announced 12 new holster fits for the Taurus PT111/PT140 Millennium G2 pistols. These include the Nemesis pocket holster, the Cozy Partner and the Mini-Scabbard, among others. | For More...

— STATE PARKS
The public is invited to Pokagon State Park this Sunday, July 31, to help dedicate a new "pocket museum" that will tell the story of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). | For More...

— STATES
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is holding public workshops to share information about and solicit comments on the proposal to designate new Critical Wildlife Areas and modify five existing CWAs throughout the state. | For More...

Overlooking the Grand Canyon on Wednesday, multiple sportsmen's groups met with Senator John McCain to discuss their opposition to designating the Grand Canyon Watershed National Monument, which would greatly impact access to hunting and fishing, and the Arizona Game and Fish Department's ability to properly manage wildlife. McCain says he'll fight the proposed designation. | For More...

— TELEVISION
This week on Scott Linden's Wingshooting USA TV, some of the best hunting dogs in the country are challenged at the Invitational test of the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association. | For More...

— WILDLIFE
Visitors to Indiana Dunes State Park can witness the banding of hummingbirds for scientific research on Aug. 13. | For More...

— WORKSHOPS
Learn about the monarch butterfly and how to help conserve the species during a "Monarch & Milkweed Workshop" on Sunday, Aug. 21, at Indiana's Ouabache State Park. | For More...

FEATURE
Beyond The Top Story
With yesterday's late-afternoon announcement by Smith & Wesson announcing their planned acquisition of Crimson Trace Corporation, the Wilson, Oregon company that has lead the industry in the development and popularization of the laser on firearms, the entire industry was in a word..surprised.

For the past 10 years, Crimson Trace has enjoyed a spectacularly good run- not only developing and selling high-quality, high-demand laser sighting devices, but essentially driving the dialog that has moved the laser from fad or training-only status to it's current position as near-requisite for both defensive handguns and rifles. That's one reason the news of the acquisition was surprising to most of the industry.

Although neither company is commenting beyond the press release - which you can read in today's news section, we're hearing that both sides are excited at the prospect. For Smith & Wesson, it's a statement to the rest of the industry. For Crimson Trace, it's the chance to become more - as an electro-optics division of Smith & Wesson, they have the ability to move into other areas- but bring along their highly successful supplier status with Cabela's, MidwayUSA, Brownells, Optics Planet, and others.

If there's any downside, it could lie in Crimson Trace's OEM business. The company has worked closely with many gun companies, enabling them to simultaneously -or jointly- announce new products. But that's a question that won't be answered overnight. Having spoken with senior executives at other gun companies, it's definitely a wait-and-see situation for them.

The stock market was obviously pleased with the addition of a company with the reputation, products and margins of Crimson Trace to the Smith & Wesson Holdings. S&W stock (NASDAQ: SWHC) closed at $29.37 yesterday, up seventy-two cents per share.

With last week's announcement of the acquisition of cutlery maker Taylor Brands, Smith & Wesson looks to be in the growth mode. And S&W President & CEO James Debby's description of S&W as a company with a "strategy to become a leader in the market for shooting, hunting and rugged outdoor enthusiasts" might point to a broadening of the Smith & Wesson horizons.

As always, we'll keep you posted.
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FEATURE
Crosman Corporation Response to ATA Position Statement on Airbows
Editor's Note: Yesterday, we featured the Archery Trade Association's opinion regarding the Crosman Airbow. Today, Crosman responds.

BLOOMFIELD, NY — Since its introduction in January, Crosman Corporation's Benjamin® Pioneer Airbow® has captured the attention of rifle hunters seeking a safe and efficient entry into the exciting world of bowhunting, and crossbow owners who are drawn to it for its safe and uncomplicated operation. The Archery Trade Association (ATA) recently issued a negative position statement on the Airbow® that contained misstatements about this revolutionary hunting weapon.

Contrary to what the ATA has stated, Crosman Corporation does pay the required excise tax that goes towards conservation efforts supported by Pittman Robertson funds. Although pneumatic weapons are currently exempt from this tax, the arrows used by the Airbow® are subject to the tax. Additionally, because Crosman wants to support conservation efforts along with firearms manufacturers and other archery companies, Crosman is proactively pursuing the removal of the tax exemption for certain large bore pneumatic weapons, including the Airbow®.

The Airbow® may not meet the ATA's definition of "pure" archery equipment; however, hunters that currently use archery weapons and firearms continue to petition their state wildlife and legislative leaders to make it a legal alternative to use in their preferred seasons. Consumers are drawn to the Airbow® because its performance compares closely to, if not exceeds, most crossbows. Furthermore, both consumers and state officials that have experienced the capabilities of the Airbow® firsthand recognize it as a safe alternative to crossbows.

Professional hunter Jim Shockey stated it best in explaining his support of the Pioneer Airbow®:

"Despite equipment innovations over the years, we hunters have learned to coexist. I believe we've become more accepting of each other, no matter what type of hunting tool we choose. And this is a good thing for the future of our hunting heritage. As hunting equipment manufacturers have innovated, the hunting market has grown, more people have jobs in our industry, and wild places and wild animals are better off. More hunters mean more dollars for wildlife conservation."

Two hundred years ago an airgun helped lead the expansion of the West as part of the Lewis & Clark Corps of Discovery expedition. Today, Crosman Corporation continues the exploration of new territory with pneumatic power and the Airbow® is leading the way.

For more information on the Benjamin® Pioneer Airbow® please visit www.benjaminairbows.com. For up-to-the-minute news from Crosman Corporation, follow us on Twitter (@crosmancorp).
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