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News | Friday, December 19, 2014

Expert Panel Predicts Demand for 2015 during NASGW & Growth Strategy Partners Webinar

What will demand look like in 2015 and beyond? How do businesses plan for and manage this demand? These were some of the questions posed to five industry expert panelists during a NASGW sponsored webinar provided by Growth Strategy Partners. Jeff Creamer, Executive Director at Sig Sauer; Frank Harris, Vice President at Kahr Firearms Group; Chris Carlberg, Sales Manager at Bill Hicks and Co.; Miles Hall, President, H&H Gun Range and Jim Curcuruto, Director of Research at the National Shooting Sports Foundation provided their perspectives as it applied to their individual businesses.

NSSF Sends HAVA $10,000 Holiday Greeting

Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA) has received a special holiday donation from the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) in support of its mission to assist disabled veterans and injured active duty military in rebuilding their confidence that the best of life is ahead of them despite their disabilities.

Crimson Trace "Man Cave Makeover" Sweepstakes

Crimson Trace offers one more reason to get excited about the season-and green and red laser sights: the Crimson Trace Man Cave Makeover Sweepstakes. The Grand Prize package includes a Grizzly 75-quart Crimson Trace Custom Cooler, a CMR-205 Rail Master Pro red laser sight and light combo unit along with great items from Tactical Taylor, BLACKHAWK and other manufacturers.

XLR Industries adds Gibson to 3 Gun Team

XLR Industries ( has added Travis Gibson to its competitive 3 gun team.

Beretta USA Presents Next Generation Handgun to the Department of Defense

After delivering over 600,000 M9 pistols to the DOD and on the heels of being awarded a new contract for up to 100,000 M9s, Beretta USA announces the presentation of the M9A3 to the US Army. The M9A3 introduces major improvements to the M9 that will increase the operational effectiveness and operational suitability of the weapon.

Sportsman Channel's "Guns & Ammo" Fires up for Season 13

On Monday, December 29, Craig Boddington and Kyle Lamb, hosts of Sportsman Channel's award-winning Guns & Ammo, kick off a new season with more gun talk and firearm know-how. Decades of firearm experience return for the season premiere of Guns & Ammo at a new time - 9 p.m. ET on Sportsman Channel.

Rick Hacker Shares 50 Firearms You Should Own

50 Famous Firearms You've Got to Own: Rick Hacker's Bucket List of Guns, the latest offering from Gun Digest Books, details Hacker's personal picks for the best all-around firearms for shooting, investment, collecting, self-protection and plinking.

New Book From Gun Digest Offers Concealed Carry Education

For anyone who has ever had questions about concealed carry, the Gun Digest Shooter's Guide to Concealed Carry has the important answers, offering a crash course in concealed carry with information on everything from selecting a firearm to training to be prepared for the unexpected use of lethal force. (MORE)

New Gun Digest Book Explores Customization Options for AR-15

Whether you are new to AR-15 fandom or a lifelong enthusiast, Kevin Muramatsu's new book, Gun Digest Guide to Customizing Your AR-15, is sure to inspire firearm owners to reexamine their gun's potential and range.

George Zimmerman Calls in Live to Armed American Radio

During this week's Armed American Radio national broadcast, host Mark Walters and his on-air guests, self-defense expert Massad Ayoob, Gail Pepin and Claude Werner were surprised when they received a call from George Zimmerman.

USA Shooting Names Coaches of the Year

Todd Graves, USA Shooting Shotgun Coach and In Kim have been named USA Shooting's National Coach of the Year and Developmental Coach of the Year honors, respectively.

Bersa Firestorm. 380 Once Again California Compliant

Eagle Imports, Inc., the exclusive distributor of Metro Arms, Bersa, Comanche and Grand Power firearms products, announces the return of the Firestorm. 380 Concealed Carry for sales in California.

CMP Awards Over 800 Talented Youth

The Civilian Marksmanship Program is proud to recognize the pinning of over 800 young marksmen with Junior Distinguished Badges in the Three-Position Air Rifle program.

Guns & Ammo Names Leupold Mark 6 3-18x44 2014 Optic of the Year

Leupold & Stevens' Mark 6® 3-18x44mm riflescope has been named Guns & Ammo 2014 Optic of the Year. (MORE)

Mako Recognized As NRA Premier Industry Ally

The Mako Group has been recognized as a Premier Industry Ally of the National Rifle Association. Mako joins firearm industry leaders who are also Industry stalwarts: Remington, Ruger and Brownell, among many others. (MORE)

14 Highlights of 2014: USA Shooting's Year in Review

The world of competitive shooting is an environment in which there is no forgiveness for poor performance and where nothing but big results guarantees you a chance to stand among the best. With that in mind, USA Shooting entered the 20-monty gauntlet of Olympic and Paralympic qualifying with optimism, support and expectation. With 2015 in sight, they know more about where they need to go- and what it will take to get there.

Triggers and Ammo - This Week on Gun Talk Radio

It's a new trigger for Ruger 10-22s, competition and self-defense ammunition, the future of gun rights, and more, this week on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk® Radio, the original nationally-syndicated radio talk show about guns and the shooting sports.

Smith & Wesson Sponsors 3rd Annual A Girl & A Gun Training Conference

Julianna Crowder, President and Founder of A Girl & A Gun Women's Shooting League, announced that the legendary American firearms maker Smith & Wesson will once again be the presenting sponsor of the A Girl & A Gun National Training Conference which is scheduled to take place in the beautiful Hill Country of Texas this coming April 15-19.

First-Ever Hornady Rifle is 2015 SHOT Show Auction Gun

The first and only firearm ever manufactured by the Hornady Manufacturing Company will be featured as the 2015 SHOT Show rifle and made available to Hornady fans around the world on

Warne Redesigns MSR Flat Tops for 2015

For 2015 Warne Scope Mounts has re-designed their aluminum MSR Flat Top Rings to a horizontally split type, similar in style our industry leading 1 piece RAMP & X-SKEL Mounts.

NRA Donates $50,000 to Harrisburg, PA PD

The National Rifle Association announces the donation of $50,000 (from the NRA Foundation) to the Harrisburg, PA Police Department for the purchase of a fully equipped Police Cruiser.

Dates Set for Annual Comp-Tac Republic of Texas IDPA Championship

For the third year in a row Houston-based holster manufacturer Comp-Tac Victory Gear will be the title sponsor of the Lone Star State's top IDPA match, the Comp-Tac Republic of Texas IDPA Championship.

DSC-Backed Bill Offers Constitutional Right to Hunt

A bill filed Wednesday in the Texas legislature proposes constitutional protections for hunting and fishing. Rep. Trent Ashby of Lufkin, Texas, authored the measure, HJR 61, with support and encouragement from DSC.

Browning Grants SPG Browning Pack License

Signature Products Group (SPG) announces that starting January 1, 2015 they will be the official pack licensee for Browning. For 2015, SPG will unveil a completely new line of packs holding true to the Browning tradition of "The Best There Is. " *(MORE)

Guns & Ammo Names Leupold Mark 6 3-18x44mm 2014 Optic of the Year

Leupold & Stevens, Inc., is proud to announce the Mark 6® 3-18x44mm riflescope has been named Guns & Ammo 2014 Optic of the Year. The 2014 award winners were chosen by a select group of staff and contributors from Guns & Ammo magazine.


Housekeeping Before the Holidays

This is our final edition of 2014. And this year, I'm not writing with mixed emotions. I'm very excited at the prospects for 2015, but we need the time off to get everything ready for what is always a hectic January.

The last two years, I've spent a significant amount of time traveling around the country to ask face-to-face what topics are most important to you. In 2015, we'll be responding to your input, and in some new and exciting ways.

We'll be using the next two weeks to streamline our back-office systems. It shouldn't be obvious, but it will allow our editors to do even more of their great original work. That's because of the streamlined workflows.

That will make a difference - in each of our eight services. No, I didn't miscount.

We're adding another wire to The Outdoor Wire Digital Network in January. It will roll out just prior to SHOT Show.

The new wire is in direct response to your feedback. You've wanted more coverage of "prepping" but with information that's useful in your daily lives, not another list of last-ditch gear and tactics designed for the "end of the world as we know it."

As one reader told me: "I'd like information that makes me better prepared for small disasters we could face on any day, not a recipe for serving the family pet after our supplies run out in the bunker."

I hear that.

So we're taking a different approach, especially compared to most of the "prepper" material you see. I believe you'll like it. If you don't, you'll have the chance to tell me why.

All our subscribers will be sampled-in for the first edition. Telling us if you want to keep it will be your first opportunity at giving us feedback.

In 2015, my primary goal is to give you more opportunities to give us your feedback- to listen more closely and respond accordingly.

We'll offer you opportunities to point us toward stories you think are important. And you'll have the chance to suggest questions you'd like us to ask of people you might not be able to access on your own.

We still have the need for a return to civil discourse, and we think this is a first step.

The ability to unemotionally discuss hot-button issues seems to have been lost in the "mainstream media."

We're going to try and model good behavior and invite "the mainstream" to watch. We're also going to try and gently correct some of their more egregious errors when it comes to shooting, hunting and the outdoors.

Rather than make fun of them, we're going to try to get them to listen -and learn. If they don't, it's on them, not us.

Most of our changes are the direct results of time I've spent with many of you. I've seen how hot-button issues impact your lives.

To guide those efforts more effectively, I have to reallocate my time. And before any of you start celebrating, that is not a retirement announcement.

My travel schedule has been challenging physically (OK, no more rock-climbing), but reinvigorating mentally and emotionally. And it exposed me to "new voices" from around the country.

In 2015, you'll notice new contributors work in the wires.

Some names you may recognize. Others will be emerging voices- energetic newcomers bringing fresh ideas and new perspectives. And their participation will undoubtedly mean more hashtags and communication via social media. Today, those things are necessary to keep you posted.

Expect much more video and audio next year, too. And we're working on live interaction opportunities- because we're integrating more technology into all our services in 2015.

The technology will you opportunities to interact with us -and newsmakers in real-time. It's simpler than it was when we started investigating it more than a year ago.

Not so many years ago The Outdoor Wire was a single outdated PC hooked to a dial-up modem. They both sat on a folding table that was the desk, file cabinet and corporate HQ. The operation was HQ'd in one corner of an unfinished basement.

Each of you helped us become a network of services that have more reach into the outdoors than any other service in the world. When you became readers,the industry realized there was a need to get you reliable information in a timely fashion.

It took three very lean years, but once we won their trust, they began to support us. Their reluctance was understandable. Others had come into the industry, promised plenty and delivered nothing.

So I'm preparing for our a few days away with no melancholy. And we are heading in into what is the most joyous time of the year.

If you're doing well going into the holidays, you know someone who's not. Help if you can; then offer a sincere prayer of thanksgiving for your fortunate situation.

Those roles can reverse.

Over the next few days, I'll get a couple of notes from readers telling me they miss "their wires."

We all enjoy those notes for a couple of reasons. First, it's good to know the work is appreciated. But more importantly, you consider that work to be "your wires". You have shaped them for nearly 13 years - and you're why we are working over the holidays to make the services even more responsive in 2015.

Our first editions of the new year will arrive in your mailbox early on the morning of Monday, January 5, 2015. And we'll get another year underway. I can hardly wait to get started.

Until then, happy holidays, Merry Christmas, happy new year and may God bless you each of you and your families.

Your friend,

Jim Shepherd

Dec 20
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Elm Fork Shooting Sports, 10751 Luna Road, Dallas, TX 75220
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Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
Feb 26-28
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