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TUESDAY, JULY 23, 2019

- ARCHERY -
The SEVR Titanium 2.1 was made for hunters seeking a premier product with maximum cutting diameter. Ti 2.1 is available in NEW 125-grain 8-32 thread or in 100-grain 8-32 and 100-grain Deep Six.
Easton has made their standout quiver even more functionally diverse with the introduction of the Elite in a takedown version.
- BOATING -
The new video Know Before You Go: Keeping You, Your Crew, Your Boat and the Environment Safe aims to help recreational boat owners safely prepare for operating in NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries, sometimes found far offshore in remote, stormy locations.

- CONSERVATION -
The revamped Elk Camp, presented by Yeti, and the inaugural Mountain Festival, fueled by MTN Ops, took place July 11-14 at Canyons Village in Park City, Utah.
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation provided $233,726 in grants to fund 22 habitat stewardship and hunting heritage projects in Idaho.

- EVENTS -
At the "Suvoyuki Day" Festival at Homolovi State Park on August 3, gain insight into the lifestyle, language, celebrations history of the Hopi Tribe and learn about etiquette on Hopi lands.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department will hold multiple life jacket exchange events, allowing people with old, worn out life jackets to swap them for a new one (while supplies last), at area lakes Saturday, July 27 and Aug. 3.

- FISHERIES -
The recreational harvest of greater amberjack will reopen in Gulf state and federal waters Aug. 1. This season is scheduled to remain open through Oct. 31 in state and federal waters.
- FISHING TOURNAMENTS -
Rob Beglin, of Pawleys Island, South Carolina, and Eric Gobbett, of Georgetown, South Carolina, weighed a two-fish limit that totaled 8.03 pounds to win the final regular-season event for the Atlantic Division of the IFA Redfish Tour on July 20, at Georgetown, South Carolina.
Dave Jaskiewicz, of Wando, South Carolina, measured a combined limit of 52.25 inches to win the final regular-season event for the 2019 Atlantic Division of the IFA Kayak Fishing Tour on July 21 at Georgetown, South Carolina.
- GEAR -
The new ALPS Outdoors Renegade X is a compression stuff sack that is also waterproof, providing a lightweight, small-footprint solution for dry gear storage.

- HUNTING -
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department now has information on its website about the 2019 controlled waterfowl hunts at Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area in Addison and Mud Creek Wildlife Management Area in Alburgh.
The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources is recommending slightly more cougar permits and slightly fewer bobcat permits for the 2019-20 hunts, and is asking for the public’s feedback.
The Indiana General Assembly passed a new law this year that is now in effect (Senate Enrolled Act 363) requiring a Hunting Guide License for those that provide hunting guide services for money or other goods or services (barter or trade).
- INDUSTRY -
RISE Armament is pleased to announce that RSR Group, Inc., a leading distributor of shooting sports products, is now carrying RISE Armament products.

For the 2020 model year, Ranger’s enhancements to its legendary bass boat line include more muscle, more vibrancy and greater factory-rigged capability.
AmChar Wholesale, a New York based distributor focused on bringing unique and innovative products to the outdoor industry, is proud to announce the recent hire of Patrick Dispenza.
High Speed Gear has been awarded the contract to provide Infantry Combat Equipment, Marine Corps Systems Command with 150,000 double rifle magazine pouches. The HSGI X2R TACO MOLLE Pouch was chosen for its preferred functionality, versatility and weight.
The National Association of Police Equipment Distributors (NAPED) and North American Association of Uniform Manufacturers and Distributors (NAUMD) announce the merger of NAPED within NAUMD’s Public Safety Suppliers & Retailers Division effective August 1, 2019.

- JOBS -
The International Game Fish Association (IGFA) is searching for an Executive Director to manage the day-to-day operations of the leading conservation-based recreational angling organization.
- MEDIA -
Rapala will be joining the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series as a sponsor, and along with that will become the title sponsor of the Rapala #WeAreCollegiateBass Podcast.
- NEW PRODUCTS -
Show the world where you'd rather be with Contender inspired performance tees from Kluch.
Floatation iQ has partnered with Mossy Oak to help people take their summertime adventures to a new level of fun. Now available, an all-new line of aquatic products designed to help users make the most out of summertime.

TrueTimber has announced its partnership with DemerBox, the makers of the ultimate outdoor Bluetooth speaker, with the introduction of the DemerBox DB2 in TrueTimber Rift.
MM Mineral Blocks are the ideal choice when mineral sights need to be moved or removed. This product provides the benefit of needed minerals in a convenient and portable 25lbs block.
Timney Triggers, announced today its latest trigger in the People’s Choice Line of Excellence Triggers – The Hit.
Crank up the action in the Habit Men's Bohannan Creek Performance Shirt in Realtree Fishing Pattern colors. This stylish shirt will ensure you look and feel great during your time out on the water.

Hawke® Optics brings an all-new, premium-preforming binocular to the market with the Frontier HD X. The HD X is a compact, budget-friendly binocular that will shock you from the moment you hoist it to your eyes.
CanCooker is all about simple, healthy, and convenient cooking, accommodating any lifestyle from everyday, to weekend, and especially the adventurous lifestyle.
- ORGANIZATIONS -
Natalie Brockman, S3DA veteran, recently participated in USA Archery team trials for members to represent Team USA at the World Archery 3-D Championships in Lac La Biche, Canada. She was rewarded with a place on the team.
The National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers, the association representing shooting sports wholesalers, manufacturers, and their trade partners, announced a donation to the National Shooting Sports Foundation to support their GunVote program.

 

The National Shooting Sports Foundation announced that it has chosen the winners of its 2019 Patron Member Scholarship Contest. The annual competition is open to Patron company members, their employees and family members, with a total of $60,000 in college costs awards divided among 25 winners.

 

The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) held its 7th Annual Fundraising Gala July 16 at AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, D.C. More than 200 attended the event, raising nearly $200,000 in net proceeds to help unite the union community in providing access to the outdoors, opportunities for all, and preserving North America’s outdoor heritage.
- SPONSORSHIPS -
Whitetails Unlimited President Jeff Schinkten has announced that Big Tine, makers of high-quality supplements and attractants, has renewed as a Whitetails Unlimited national sponsor.
- STATES -
The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) and Arizona State Land Department (ASLD) has announced completion of a protocol that clarifies standards under which motor vehicles may properly access State Trust land.
- TELEVISION -
This week, Chad Stevenson shows how two archery setups, one from tree stand and one from a elevated blind, both produce trophy whitetail bucks that never knew what hit ‘em.
Season six of “THIRTEEN” from Drury Outdoors follows seasoned hunters, Terry, Matt, Taylor and Mark, as they navigate the highs and lows of the 13 phases on Drury’s THIRTEEN airing Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on Outdoor Channel.
- WASHINGTON -
The most recent iteration of the “Conserving Ecosystems by Ceasing the Importation of Large Animal Trophies Act” H.R. 2245, “CECIL Act” had a hearing in the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Waters, Oceans, and Wildlife on July 18. The Government of Zimbabwe opposed the proposed Bill as there is no conservation that can be supported through removing the significant incentives that are promoting conservation.
 

Last week, I had the opportunity to join a group of writers to get check out new products from Silencerco (and others) in Utah. Having been grounded since an accident in April, it was nice to be able to get back on the road and in the field. It was also a stark reminder that shooting skills are definitely something you can lose if they’re not regularly exercised.

It was also good to get a closeup look at one of the companies that’s been on the cutting edge of suppressor technology for a long time. Seeing their manufacturing facilities first-hand helped me understand why they truly believe their products to be among the best in their category.

Silencerco uses combinations of high-tech machinery and skilled workers to make certain each of their products is exactly as promised. Jim Shepherd/OWDN photo.

It was explained to me during my conversations with their leadership that they’re seriously focused on three elements: People. Passion. Precision. And that focus is obvious in the attitudes from the board room to the fabrication shops. Their employees enjoy their workplace, and it’s no exaggeration to equate a happy workforce with solid products.

In conversations with the writers, president Jonathon Shults told the Silencerco story, from its founding “in my garage with Josh Waldron” to the present day. And in sharing the story, he had no problem acknowledging the company, like others, had hit its share of bumps along the way. Today, however, he says the company- and the silencer industry - seems to be “on the way back” as consumers have gotten off the sidelines on purchasing decisions.

A lot of that reluctance, he acknowledged, was attributable to an overly-optimistic impression the the government was going to - finally- acknowledge silencers as safety devices they are, and remove them from the restricted category.

From there, we moved to the reason for the trip to Utah: the opportunity to actually spend some time on targets with new products.

And the suppressors weren’t the only new products we had the opportunity to give a try. And we shot everything from .17HMRs up to big-bore .338 Lapuas rifles, pistols, and pump and semi-automatic shotguns -without the normal heavy hearing protection. All possible because of the significant noise reduction capabilities of Silencerco products.

Winchester supplied a quantity of their new 350 Legend ammunition- and we ran lots of rounds through one of Ruger’s new Hawkeye rifles equipped. It was certainly more fun with one of Silencerco’s cans instead of bulky hearing protection (although most of us do wear lighter in the ear protection regardless). It’s a very legitimate candidate for a hunting rifle, and it’s very likely we’ll be seeing that caliber in a variety of modern sporting rifles.

In fact, the story of the 350 Legend is intertwined more closely to the modern sporting rifle than you might imagine. It’s a story worth repeating.

Some states, including Ohio and Illinois, require straight-walled hunting cartridges.

Winchester staffers started wondering about how to meet that requirement and potentially incorporate more modern rifles. I’m drastically oversimplifying the story, but the net/net is the .350 legend is essentially a cut-off 5.56 case with the largest caliber bullet possible at the front. It’s within the specifications for the .357 Magnum cartridge, so it meets the requirements for hunting. And since it’s essentially a modern sporting rifle cartridge, it’s pretty likely there will soon be a variety of uppers on the market. In the meantime, I was told there are around a dozen rifle companies already offering 350 Legend caliber bolt guns.

Yamil Sued putting rounds through a Ruger Hawkeye Hunter in Winchester's new 350 Legend caliber. At distances out to 250 yards, it's definitely a hunting option. We pushed the rifle out beyond 400 yards, but wouldn't recommend it for game at that range. Whatever the range, a suppressor makes the experience far more pleasant -and less injurious to your hearing.

The 350 Legend is one of those ideas that will have many wondering if it’s a solution in search of a problem. It’s definitely not. It offers more energy than the ubiquitous 30-30, the 300 Blackout or .223 Remington, less recoil than a 450 Bushmaster, and 20% more penetration than a .243 Winchester cartridge, with 20% more penetration. It’s a very legitimate hunting round. My most likely application would be hog hunting, but deer inside that 250-yard range would likely be anchored by well-placed shots.

My most eye-opening experience was hanging a Silencerco Salvo 12 suppressor on a Benelli semi-automatic shotgun. Since I’m essentially pointing a shotgun, not aiming, I found the additional length of the suppressor to actually be helpful in breaking my bad habit of aiming when I’m shotgunning. It would certainly make shotgun competitions more pleasant for spectators and participants.

The biggest new “reveal” in the trip (that I can talk about) was the Non-NFA version of Silencerco’s Maxim 9 integrally suppressed 9mm pistol. Because we were using suppressors at all the other shooting positions, we ran the new unsuppressed version with a Omega 9K suppressor, but it’s really a 9mm pistol with a threaded barrel, unlike the Maxim 9 it now complements.

Silencerco officially unveiled their new Non-NFA Maxim 9mm pistol during our visit. Although we fired the pistol suppressor, it will be sold as a non-NFA pistol with a pre-threaded barrel. As you can see from the photo, the pistol's barrel and red dot sight do not move during firing. That fixed barrel also eliminates the piston need on a suppressor as well. All photos by Jim Shepherd/OWDN.

Their initial version of the Maxim 9 was the first holster-ready, integrally suppressed 9mm pistol in today’s marketplace. The new and still unnamed Maxim will offer the same ease of maintenance, simplicity when field stripping and out-of-the-box accuracy (it is a very accurate pistol) as the integral Maxim 9, but is minus the tax stamp and paperwork burden of the NFA.

There are still more items in the Silencerco pipeline, but they’re not yet ready to announce them.

But we’ll keep you posted.

— Jim Shepherd

OUTDOOR WIRE
Event Calendar

JULY 30 - AUGUST 1
Import/Export Conference

Washington, DC (Website)

AUGUST 1-3
Boone and Crockett Club's 30th Big Game Awards

Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium, Springfield, Missouri, https://www.biggameawards.com/

 
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