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News | Monday, October 24, 2016

Does Your Closed Captioning Company Understand You?

Jonna B. Sada has announced the launch of Caliber Captioners, along with a team of transcription and captioning experts, who bring more than 30 combined years of experience captioning hunting, shooting, and outdoor-genre TV shows.

Apex Headed To Shockwave In The Desert III

Apex Tactical Specialties announced they will be attending the third Shockwave In The Desert, The P3W Awakens. Billed as "a gun show that you can shoot at," Shockwave In The Desert takes place October 29 and 30 at the Cowtown Range in Peoria, Arizona. Apex staff will be on hand with demo guns for test fire, parts kits for purchase at show special pricing and on-site parts installation services.

Remington's Bunting Wins High ALL Around World Skeet Championship

Remington Arms Company's ("Remington") own Jay Bunting recently won the HAA World Skeet Championship. The event was held at the National Gun Club on October 3-8, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas.

Winchester to Deliver First Ever 'All Digital' Series: Winchester Life ™

Winchester Life, the first all-digital series in the brand's history, debuts on Wednesday October 26 on The series highlights this way of life and the hardworking men and women that live it every day. The hosts will take a back seat to the beauty of small town America and locations where hunting and shooting sports are treasured pastimes.

Walther Launches Blue Line PPQ to Support Law Enforcement

Walther Arms, Inc announces the auction for the "Blue Line" PPQ, a one of a kind custom Walther PPQ M2 .40 S&W.

NSSF Offers Assistance to Firearms Retailers and Shooting Ranges in Wake of Hurricane Matthew

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), has announced a disaster relief effort to help its members whose businesses were impacted by Hurricane Matthew.

Brownells New Product Review

This week's Brownells New Product Review with Merchandise Manager Paul Levy features the Device MFG AR-15 Upper Receiver Fixture, P&S Products M5 Rail Adapter, and more.

Aimpoint 3X-C Magnifiers

The new Aimpoint 3X-C Magnifier, which debuted at SHOT Show 2016, is now available from authorized Aimpoint dealers.

Urban Carry Introduces G2 Holster Line

Urban Carry and their unique line of below-the-waistband holsters are launching the next generation in Urban Carry holsters today: The G2.

Leupold Seeks Experienced Social Media Strategist

Leupold & Stevens, Inc., is seeking an experienced social media strategist to join its global marketing team at the optics manufacturer's Beaverton, Oregon, headquarters.

Marketing Communications Manager: Crosman Corporation

Crosman Corporation, the world's largest designer and manufacturer of airguns and ammunition is looking for a Marketing Communications Manager. In this role, you are responsible for creating and executing the communications and outreach strategy for the company, including traditional and social media, public relations, and the web and e-commerce platform.

Team Hogue Takes Top Honors at 2016 NSSF Rimfire Challenge World Championship

Team Hogue sponsored shooters had a strong showing at the 2016 National Shooting Sports Foundation Rimfire Challenge World Championship. Defending champion, 17-year-old phenomenon Kolby Pavlock backed up his past victory with another title beating fellow Hogue shooter Trenton Mitsuoka by 2.52 seconds over 16 difficult stages. Cheyenne Dalton won the Ladies Limited Division world title as well as 3rd place in the Junior Limited Division.

First Person Defender: Season 3 - Situational Awareness

If you saw the attacker coming, if you saw the signs of imminent danger, if you heard the shots fired, would you be ready? Through force-on-force training simulations, two First Person Defender participants will see exactly how important situational awareness is when it comes to self-defense.

Alpha Dog Silencers Signs Evernham Sales

Alpha Dog Silencers, makers of the Alpha Series Pistol Suppressor line, has secured Evernham Sales Associates as their Central Region sales representative team for the states of IN, IL, OH, MI, MN, WI, ND, SD, MO, IA, NE, KS, TX, AR, LA, OK.

Gander Mountain's Paducah Store and Waterfowl Season

Gander Mountain is helping the Paducah community prepare for the November 24 official opening of the waterfowl hunting season with a full day of pro-staff led seminars, kids' build-a-call activity, gift with purchase for the first 100 who spend $25 and a chance to win a $500 Gander Mountain gift card.

MidwayUSA Foundation Hosts Partners Conference

Over sixty people gathered in Columbia, Missouri October 14th and 15th to celebrate the youth shooting sports industry. The MidwayUSA Foundation hosted partners from across the nation at its annual Youth Shooting Partners Conference.


Editor's Notebook: Internets, Rights, Opinions and Hurt Feelings

Repeated from our service, Tactical Wire, last year, this is something I re-read periodically. Like most folks, I find the need for the reminder.

Some of the faux-controversies on the web are similar to those in print publications -- which guns are best/worst, what calibers/cartridges will "get you killed on the street," and other detritus. Consider your responses -- or whether to respond -- to keep clear of such claptrap.
While we're fond of citing Rule 1: All guns are always loaded, there's a Rule 1 to the internet as well: Slow to type.

I'll explain. I recently got dragged into a rant by a knowledgeable gent who was outraged by an act of irresponsibility and he took the occasion to note the incident with a derisive tone. "Friends of friends" who'd been tagged took that opportunity to take offense at his offense. Things quickly went wrong and there was some animated debate. In public. On the internet.

Slow to type.

It's kind of like "look before you leap," "think before you speak," and other cautionary notes. When I raise that as a possibility, it's a rare time I don't get "schooled on the First Amendment."

These constitutional scholars, like the current resident of 1600, wouldn't know the United States Constitution from a roll of Charmin. Here's the deal on 1A: you have the right to free expression, freedom of speech and all that entails – until you don't. I'm no longer a minion of the government and represent it in no way at any time: you don't have the right of free speech in regards to me. Say what you will about the government – I do – and you may be considered loutish, stupid, poorly spoken or ill-mannered, but you're supposed to be held harmless regarding criminal prosecution for the act.

There are those who have been incarcerated – in one case recently discussed, for life – for writing things about which the "G" disapproved. But that's the exception.

Like any other power, the power to speak freely comes with responsibility. Fail to use that power responsibly, suffer the consequences. Consider this in the age of the troll – a sharp retort to "put someone in his place" can be used against you later. When you try to come off as the responsible, cool-headed, law-abiding citizen and the opposition paints you as a loose cannon, how does that play to your "rights?"

You might want to consider that: the other side always has operatives out engaging gun-related sites and profiles with silliness hoping to make one of our people go off and act a fool. You're never really anonymous on the 'net – and your words never completely disappear.

The words you put on the internet are discoverable evidence in criminal and civil cases – not sure those "constitutional scholars" referenced above ever considered that. Now, I am no lawyer – and I don't give legal advice. This is some friendly advice from someone who's been there, done that.

If you can't say something nicely, stick a sock in it. Take up crocheting. Go for a walk. Hell, go soak your head, just don't post something nasty.

Four rounds in two seconds from ready at 20 feet, even with an "ancient" design is clearly doable -- and a standard controlability test. Don't let an 'internet expert's' opinion cause doubt if you can do the deal.
People in our circles have firmly held convictions about important things: natural rights of man, role of limited government in a free society and free economy, not leaving our succeeding generations with mountains of unpayable debt – and we have convictions about "which cartridge/caliber/bullet type is best in what kind of gelatin, carried in what holster, the gun's too small, the gun's too big . . . " blah-blah-blah.

It was tedious in the gun magazines, but like 'reality TV,' it yielded big numbers in sales. Still does today, I'm sorry to say. Dave Campbell, outdoorsman, writer, editor, photographer and one of the greatest guys in the industry, recently noted the "1911 v. Glock" thing is analogous to the teenagers arguing about Ford vs. Chevy.

Like those teens, such controversy says more of maturity level than expertise.

Similarly, if you want to dress up and play solider at a training class when your real job is a CPA, it's your world – live like you want to live. If you want to build skills to save your life, choose your training provider accordingly.

Just remember, when you lose your temper on line and put it out there for everyone to see, those words will come back to you again and again. Just hope it's not displayed for a jury tasked with judging your acts to be responsible or irresponsible.

-- Rich Grassi

Dec 6-11
CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park, Talladega, Alabama

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