FRIDAY, MAY 22, 2020

No Wires on Memorial Day
In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, no wires will be published on Monday, May 25, 2020. We will return to our normal schedule on Tuesday. Time-sensitive material for the holiday weekend must be submitted no later than 4p.m. Eastern on Thursday, May 21 to assure inclusion in Friday’s editions.
Operation Dry Water and the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) are reminding boaters during National Safe Boating Week, May 16 – 22, 2020, to boat sober this summer.
With the Nationals Championships for Smallbore Rifle Silhouette cancelled in Canada, USA, and Mexico, the 2020 Lapua Monarch Cup has been postponed until 2021.
The Stevens 301 Turkey is a light, fast-handling shotgun that’s perfect for those who appreciate the challenge of the .410. A single-shot break action shotgun, it features a removable optics rail.

All CZ P-10 semi-automatic pistols feature a swappable magazine release, which operates smoother than the ambidextrous release of the past. Just a few minutes' work reverses the release, so lefties can hit the release with their thumb from the right side of the pistol.
A surplus of rainbow trout will give anglers additional trout fishing opportunities in northern Indiana over Memorial Day weekend, May 22 - 25.
Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson has issued a proclamation that anyone may fish in Arkansas without a fishing license or trout stamp from noon Friday, June 12, through midnight, Sunday, June 14.

FLW is set to return to tournament competition next week in Florence, Alabama, with the three-day Toyota Series event at Pickwick Lake, May 28-30.
If putting locally sourced, nutritious meat on the table while enjoying Utah’s beautiful outdoors sounds good to you, take note that the application period for Utah’s 2020 antlerless hunts opens soon.
The Texas Veterans Commission has awarded Primary Arms recognition within the “We Hire Veterans” program. This program acknowledges Texas businesses that go above and beyond in hiring veteran employees.

DeSantis Gunhide is partnering with ExpertVoice, a leader in digital-based retail training.
SAR USA by Sarsilmaz wants to thank our veterans and ensure customers that they are working diligently during this pandemic.
Dale Stockton was named Board Chairman of the Spirit of Blue Foundation. Recently voted onto the Board, Dale is a veteran of the law enforcement community, having retired at the rank of Captain with the Carlsbad (CA) Police Department.
Thor Industries (NYSE:THO) announced it has published the RV industry’s first comprehensive report detailing North American RV consumer travel and purchase intent since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. has announced the immediate availability of a free add-on for Cervelle’s Merchant Magic POS solution. The new add-on enables “one click” integration between Merchant Magic ™? and AmmoReady’s rapidly growing, gun store ecommerce and dropshipping platform.
As Memorial Day approaches, Leupold & Stevens, Inc., longtime partner to the United States military and dedicated supporter of veterans across the nation, is proud to highlight its partnership with The Mighty Endeavor by remembering the award-winning film, “Shepherds of Helmand.”
Utilizing patented fiber optic technology, Meprolight's engineers combined tritium with fiber optics to create the FT Bullseye, a single rear micro red-dot style sight that works day or night—no batteries needed.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Russellville Project Office has closed the swimming areas at Piney Bay and Shoal Bay parks located on Lake Dardanelle, until further notice. The temporary closure is the result of higher than acceptable E-Coli levels.

Fishing & Hunting Texas is back with a new episode. Clark Wendlandt starts off with how he sets up his boat and electronics. This can mean all the difference when it comes to fishing.
The Second Amendment Foundation says that if state agencies and officials around the country that are responsible for issuing concealed carry licenses or permits are not taking new applications because of the COVID-19 outbreak, they should not arrest people for carrying without a license/permit.
The Combat Handguns July/August issue will bring some of the most in-depth reviews of the SIG Sauer P320, Springfield XD-M, and Taurus TX22.Also featured is an article covering five DIY upgrades for a S&W Shield.
The Summer 2020 issue of Guns of the Old West features an homage to “Gunsmoke,” a TV western that was the longest running nighttime television drama. We also get a glimpse at some new Old West guns premiered at this past January’s SHOT Show.

In the latest issue of Tactical Life, the focus is on information readers need the most during the pandemic. This includes ammunition for rifles, a test of Hornady’s latest long-distance rounds, a close look at the Springfield Armory Elite Tactical OSP and more.
For the cover of Skillset Magazine’s summer 2020 issue, they reached out to someone who constantly puts himself in the line of fire when it comes to the Second Amendment, but never seems to get hit: Colion Noir.
The Concealed Carry Handguns issue of Personal Defense World features guides on the best carry pistols that won’t break your budget, the top holsters of 2020, and how to dress to defend yourself no matter the weather.
Tune in to this week’s Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World Radio show as host Rob Keck is with the 2019 Bass Masters Fishing Classic Champion and current points leader of the Bass Pro Tour, Ott DeFoe.
For Memorial Day weekend on America Outdoors Radio it’s a profile of Prairie Wildlife, named the 2020 Orvis Wingshooting Lodge of the Year.
It’s the importance of good training, new forms for gun buyers, the art of gunsmithing in modern times, and more, this week on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk Radio.
Iowa has a wide variety of outdoor activities to spend your weekend, whether it be camping, visiting state parks, swimming at the beaches, or paddling and boating. The Iowa DNR reminds everyone to obey all laws and rules—that includes physical distancing guidelines—while enjoying Iowa’s outdoor recreational activities.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission is reopening shooting ranges on additional state game lands in counties upgraded to the yellow phase in the state’s three-phase matrix to ease COVID-19 restrictions. Those counties include: Adams, Beaver, Carbon, Columbia, Cumberland, Juniata, Mifflin, Perry, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming and York.
Everest, the marketplace that connects outdoor retailers and manufacturers with customers who love to hunt, shoot, fish and camp, has announced the addition of several new brands to the Everest family.
Celerant Technology announced a new online platform for multi-store retailers that virtualizes their physical stores. The platform quickly creates a virtual store based on inventory at each individual store, and simplifies same day curbside and in store pickup.
The very popular diamond search field at Crater of Diamonds State Park will open today with some restrictions, announced Stacy Hurst, secretary of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism.

The first round of aerial treatments to slow the spread of gypsy moths in Huntington and Porter counties was completed Thursday, May 21.
Louisianans purchased thousands more fishing licenses during the first month and half of Gov. John Bel Edwards COVID-19 pandemic-fighting stay-at-home order than they did during the same time in 2019.
Be sure to register your watercraft and purchase an Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) decal online to be ready to enjoy the weekend.
As Vermont anglers and boaters celebrate the unofficial start of summer, and with one of the busiest times on the water over Memorial Day weekend, Vermont Fish & Wildlife is working quickly with its contractors to place portable restrooms at its fishing access areas across Vermont.
Beginning May 22, most DNR campgrounds, property-operated cabins and camper cabins, inns and restaurants will reopen. These changes are part of Stage 3 of Gov. Holcomb’s Back on Track plan.
Due to COVID-19, Memorial Day will be memorable in ways people hadn’t anticipated, but fishing will remain a favorite activity across Idaho during the holiday weekend.
Those lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the Northern Goshawk, a magnificent forest raptor, or know where they nest, are asked to report their observations as part of a collaborative project involving the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission is accepting grant applications to promote outdoor recreation facilities and amenities for political subdivision parks and outdoor recreation areas through the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
Georgia Game Wardens will be patrolling all state waterways, making sure the thousands of recreation seekers are lawfully enjoying themselves. This year, however, they have an added responsibility – making sure everyone is complying with the social distancing executive order.
Go fishing with fan-favorite guides as they search for their best honey holes every Sunday on Sportsman Channel with Sunday Anglers at 2-6 p.m. ET.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is reminding the public that it’s waterbird nesting season. Many Floridians and guests are returning to the state’s beaches to celebrate Memorial Day weekend but this is also a critical time for Florida’s vulnerable wading birds, shorebird and seabird populations.

With declining populations and a contracted range, northern goshawks have become rarer sights in Pennsylvania. Those who are lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the magnificent forest raptor, or who know where they nest, are asked to report their observations as part of a collaborative project involving the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

Factories have been humming for the firearm and ammunition industry. Business has been brisk over the past couple months. Even ranges that were forced closed by the coronavirus pandemic are starting to reopen their doors. For two months, America has been cooped up but life still seems to move at a dizzying pace.

But not on Memorial Day. On Monday, May 25, we pause.

Sure, businesses will be open. Even gun stores and ranges. Some will be open for the first time in months. It’s easy to understand why America is eager to get back to what life was like before lockdowns, facemasks and social distancing.

On this day, though, we pause.

Even if it’s for a moment. Maybe just an hour. Maybe it’s the quiet reflection with a couple close friends who share an understanding that in those moments nothing really needs to be said. They just know that on Memorial Day, we pause.

This year, Memorial Day is certainly different. This is a day normally spent decorating the headstones of lost friends. Arlington National Cemetery, where many of my fellow Marines, sailors, soldiers and airmen are buried, is closed to all but immediate families. Those families will spend time with their lost loved ones. That doesn’t subtract from the debt of gratitude felt by those of us who served with them feel. The fallen swore an oath to defend our nation, our Constitution, our way of life and to defend one another. They fulfilled that oath to their last breath.

They gave the very best of who they were so we could be the very best of who we are. That is reflected in the character of our industry that continues to serve our nation’s military and during this time of crisis, has served our communities. Our industry, the firearm and ammunition industry, is full of veterans. My own experience isn’t unique. It’s not extraordinary. It is, however, fortunate. It’s made me, and our nation, deeply humbled and grateful.

We are an industry with an umbilical connection to our military. The factories that produce our favorite sporting rifles, shotguns and handguns also produce the arms our servicemembers carry into war. The flags that fly in front of our businesses are reminders of the terrible cost of freedom. The rights and freedoms we enjoy today are purchased with a heavy price. It’s truly a debt that cannot be fully repaid.

So, we pause. In that quiet moment, we remember. While we mourn their loss, we celebrate that such men and women lived. We also celebrate that in that brief time they lived, we lived alongside them. We heard their laughter. We comforted their pains. We shared their burdens and in their sacrifice we share their legacy.

We pause to treasure their memory. We pause to honor their commitment, even to the point of their own lives. It is entirely appropriate that, in the midst of a pandemic fighting a virus and the fears and concerns that go with it, we remember those who knew the dangers, who knew the fear and who knew the cost. Yet, they braved ahead anyway.

They are in our hearts. Forever young. Forever loved. Forever honored.

On Memorial Day, we pause because for however brief, we walked in the company of heroes. On Memorial Day, we honor them.

— Mark Oliva

Mark Oliva is the Director of Public Affairs for the National Shooting Sports Foundation. He is a retired Marine Master Gunnery Sergeant with 25 years of service, including tours in Iraq, Afghanistan, Haiti, Albania, and Zaire.

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