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News | Friday, August 18, 2017

USCCA to Sponsor Reception at Gun Rights Policy Conference

The United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) is hosting a Saturday evening reception during this year's Gun Rights Policy Conference, September 29-October 1, 2017 in Dallas, Texas.

Norm Crawford Wins Wimbledon Cup

With a winning shoot-off score of 100-5X, Norman Crawford won his second consecutive Wimbledon Cup Championship. Crawford used the same PROOF Research barrel he used in 2016 to earn a cup victory — the first achieved with a carbon-fiber-wrapped barrel.

Kansas Ranges: August is National Shooting Sports Month

The National Shooting Sports Foundation has announced that August is National Shooting Sports Month. There are five Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) shooting ranges operated by friends groups within state parks or on wildlife areas.

This Week on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk

This week, Tom talks campus carry, competition shooting, the importance of training, the legal battle for gun rights, and more, on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk, the original nationally-syndicated radio talk show about guns and the shooting sports.

First Bergara Experience Concludes

With the first Bergara Experience under their belts, Bergara Rifle is preparing  for the two remaining events this year. The initial event was held at Woody's Hunting and Rifle Club, south of Raleigh, North Carolina, on Aug. 5.

Leupold VX-6HD: Editor's Choice

Leupold & Stevens, Inc. has been awarded an Editor's Choice award from Petersen's Hunting for its VX-6HD riflescope. The VX-6HD features an electronic reticle level, which flashes when the rifle is canted more than one degree off level.

Redding Die Sets for the 33 Nosler

Redding Reloading Equipment is offering a full compliment of die sets for the new 33 Nosler Cartridge. The new die sets will be offered in Standard Full Length, Standard Neck and Deluxe.

XS Sights Launches Trainer Program

XS Sights is launching a Trainer Program, allowing shooting instructors to receive a free set of night sights for their training handgun or a blue demo gun equipped with night sights. XS also offers promotional materials including a banner and training materials.

M&P15T Rifle with Crimson Trace LiNQ

Smith & Wesson Corp. announced introduction of the M&P15T rifle complete with a factory installed Crimson Trace LiNQ laser sight and light system.

Rio Ammunition Expands its Sales Team

Rio Ammunition, Inc added three experienced staff to its growing sales force. Sales and service demanded the expansion of the sales and product management team.

Daniel Defense Launches New Cerakote Rifle Finish

Daniel Defense has expanded its line of Cerakote rifle finishes with the addition of CERAKOTE® ELITE DANIEL DEFENSE® DEEP WOODS™. The new Deep Woods finish is more durable and features greater abrasion resistance than previous Cerakote finishes.

Armed American Radio Adds New Affiliates

Armed American Radio continues its expansion across America's airwaves with the addition of three new affiliates. These stations are in Grand Junction, Co., Glenwood Springs, Co. and Fort Smith, Ark.

IBO Outdoor World Championship

On August 11th and 12th, 2017 IBO held its annual IBO Outdoor World Championship at Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania. During the championship the NASP/IBO 3D Outdoor World was also conducted with 236 archers from 12 states competing.

Crimson Trace Laserguard for Ruger's LCP II

Crimson Trace is now manufacturing two new Laserguard laser sights: The LG-497 with red laser diode, and the LG-497G with green laser diode. Both laser sights are designed for a precision fit onto Ruger's popular LCP II compact semi-auto pistol.

TROY FDE Summer Sale

TROY has taken 25% off select Flat Dark Earth accessories for a limited time. BattleSights, BattleRails and accessories, including PDW and Tomahawk Stocks, Slings and BattleMags for your 5.56 and 7.62 rifle and carbine.

Attend the Concealed Carry Fashion Show at the Inaugural NRA Carry Guard Expo

The 2017 NRA Carry Guard Expo Concealed Carry Fashion Show is scheduled for Friday, August 25, at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Fashion Show will showcase the Expo's top concealed carry products and demonstrate the features and benefits to an audience of firearm enthusiasts and industry media.

Starline Brass Shooting Sports Month Promotion for Veterans

August is the National Shooting Sports Foundation's Shooting Sports Month. To tie into it, Starline has developed a Shooting Sports Month promotion that will help support our veterans through America's Mighty Warriors and promote shooting sports and the hobby of shooting.

MidwayUSA Now Offering Swenson Glock Barrels and Slides

MidwayUSA is pleased to announce the addition of Glock Barrels and Slides to their existing offering of Swenson products. Swenson Glock barrels are precision machined from stainless steel and finished with melonite for wear and corrosion resistance.

Viridian to Display New Technologies, Offer Giveaways at NRA Carry Guard Expo

Viridian Weapon Technologies will attend the NRA Carry Guard Expo in Milwaukee, Wisconsin August 25-27. The Viridian booth (#1018) will offer attendees first-hand looks and interaction opportunities with their newest, most-advanced lights and lasers.

Federal Premium Introduces Edge TLR All-Range Hunting Ammunition

Federal Premium Ammunition announces Edge TLR, a full line of rifle ammunition combines the features of top match bullet designs with the industry's best bonding technology.

Fox Builds on Legacy of Craftsmanship with New A Grade Series Shotguns

For 2017, the new Fox A Grade Series presented by Savage Arms continues this heritage of craftsmanship with shotguns that handle gracefully, point naturally and hit hard. Shipments of these fine firearms are now being delivered to dealers.


William Keil Winner of CMP/Springfield M1A Match at Camp Perry

CAMP PERRY, Ohio – Overtaking the Springfield M1A Match fired at the 2017 National Rifle Matches was William Keil, 46, of Omaha, NE, with a score of 377-6x. He initially thought his score was only average – never dreaming that he could be the champion of the event.

"I felt good about my shots. I was holding very well, but I did not think at all that I was going to make the cut," he said of his performance.

After the match was over and he had moved on with the rest of his day, a good friend of his sent him a text and said, "Congratulations on the M1A Match!" He didn't know what it meant until he took a look at the results list and found his name right at the first position.

"It shocked me," he said. "Being at the top of the list is just – wow, I've never had that."

Keil grew up with guns and joined the military, where he was in the 82nd Airborne for four years. In 2001, he began competitive shooting competitions back home at Eastern Nebraska Gun Club. He's been competing in CMP and other matches consistently ever since then, for over 15 years now.

This year serving as his eleventh trip to the National Matches, the M1A Match was his first win. He also earned 10 total leg points during this year's Nationals with his M1A in the National Trophy Individual Match, where he shot a 478. He now only has two points left to earn before he'll receive his Distinguished Rifleman's Badge.

"Going Distinguished is very important to me. But this win really confirms that shooting the M1A – you can do it. Even when everyone is switching to the scoped AR's, the M1A is still functional and you can still win matches with it." he said.

High Junior of the event was Brendan Clark, 14, of Brighton, MI. High Woman was Hanne Brantner, 47, of Waynesboro, PA, with William Aten, 65, of Kingwood, TX, earning the title of High Senior.

The Springfield M1A Match, sponsored by and conducted in collaboration with Springfield Armory, was added to the CMP National Match events in February and provides an additional way for competitors of all ages and experience levels to enjoy the world of marksmanship. The match is set to return in 2018, with plans to be a permanent staple in the CMP National Match lineup.

"CMP is very happy to partner with Springfield Armory Inc. to conduct the Springfield M1A Match," said Christie Sewell, CMP Programs Chief. " We had a great turnout with 446 registered competitors. We lost some competitors due to bad weather in the morning, but the match was a great success. We are looking forward to a bigger and better match next year. Next year's Springfield M1A match will have a full day on Rodriquez range"

To view a complete list of results for the Springfield M1A and all other National Matches, visit

Photos of all of the National Match events can be found on the CMP Zenfolio page:

- - Ashley Brugnone, CMP Writer

The Civilian Marksmanship Program is a federally chartered 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation. It is dedicated to firearm safety and marksmanship training and to the promotion of marksmanship competition for citizens of the United States. For more information about the CMP and its programs, log onto

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