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News | Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Ruger Mourns Death of Former CEO William B. Ruger, Jr.

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) mourns the loss of William B. Ruger, Jr., former Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Ruger. Mr. Ruger, who was the second CEO of the Company and the son of the Company's founder, passed away this past weekend.

Spirit of Blue Tourniquet Grant to KSP

The Spirit of Blue Foundation announced that it has awarded the Trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder Memorial Safety Grant to the Kentucky State Police Foundation to outfit all 1,000 troopers and officers of the Kentucky State Police with lifesaving tourniquets inside of rugged duty belt cases.

TacSol X-Ring Rifle in Mossy Oak

Tactical Solutions announced that the newest version of their X-Ring Takedown Rifle decorated in Mossy Oak Original Bottomland is now shipping. This version of the X-Ring was unveiled at the NRA Show this year.

Mammoth Teams with U.S. & Texas LawShield

U.S. & Texas LawShield is pleased to announce that Mammoth has joined their list of 2A Member Perk preferred partners as well as a U.S and Texas LawShield Facility partner. 

Otis Announces Ripcord BOGO

Otis is excited to announce that it will again offer a buy one, get one free promotion on its Ripcord line of products.  This consumer promotion will run 9/17/18 through 10/01/2018. 

SAF, Defense Distributed Add Defendants in Amended Lawsuit

 The Second Amendment Foundation and Defense Distributed have amended their lawsuit to include four more state and local officials, accusing them of “unconstitutional prior restraint” by attempting to prevent online sharing of 3-D firearms printing technology despite a Justice Department settlement of a lawsuit earlier this summer.

Detroit Police Department S.W.A.T. Adopts SIG SAUER M400 Rifles

SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to announce the Detroit Police Department has adopted the SIG SAUER M400 Rifle for their SWAT officers.

Federal Premium Shooters Vincent Hancock and Caitlin Connor Crowned World Champions

Federal Premium Ammunition sponsored shooters and brand ambassadors Vincent Hancock and Caitlin Connor each won gold medals and were crowned world champions at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Championship in Changwon, South Korea, held August 31 to September 15, 2018.

Benelli Invitational Raises $85,000 for Freedom Hunters

For the fourth consecutive year, the Benelli USA Invitational Shoot drew shooters from across the outdoor industry and the mid-Atlantic region, raising $85,000 for Freedom Hunters to support outdoor opportunities for combat veterans, active duty military personnel and military families.

Memphis Campaign Targets Illegal Gun Purchases

The National Shooting Sports Foundation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) are reminding the public in the Memphis area that stiff penalties are in place for individuals convicted of such purchases via a month-long public awareness campaign.

McMillan Adds In-House Videos to Social Media Channels

McMillan® Fiberglass Stocks has released videos across their social media platforms that provide insight into a new product that will soon hit the market, and a deep look into the McMillan production facility.

SureFire Introduces 1000 Lumen E2D Defender

SureFire announces the launch of two new E2D Defender flashlights: the single output E2D Defender® Tactical and the dual output E2D Defender® Ultra.

This Week on Shooting USA- Bushnell Precision Rifle

This time, the Pros help the Amateurs take on the challenges of Precision Rifle Shooting at the GAP Grind. Then the CMP Goes West to the Desert for their Western Games.

This Week on Gallery of Guns TV

The Thursday, September 20 episode of Gallery of Guns Television on Sportsman Channel features Linda Powell from Mossberg with a classic, wood stock, bolt action hunting option; the Patriot Revere family along with range reviews from Diamondback, Weatherby, Henry and a Davidson's Exclusive Ruger that is Cool to Own.

Davidson’s Gallery of Guns Offers Exclusive Ruger SR1911 NRA Special Edition Pistol

Davidson’s Gallery of Guns is showcasing their NRA pride by offering a special edition NRA Ruger SR1911 pistol exclusively via and Davidson’s Dealers nationwide.

Lena Miculek Attends SIG SAUER Maine Shooting Sports Experience

Team SIG shooter Lena Miculek recently participated in the SIG SAUER Maine Shooting Sports Experience to benefit the Pine Tree Council of the Boy Scouts of America. The SIG SAUER Maine Shooting Sports Experience raised over $120,000 for programs benefiting youth through Maine Scouting.

Union Sportsmen’s Alliance Holds Get Youth Outdoors Day

More than 60 youths learned about conservation and hunting while experiencing the thrill of the shooting sports firsthand Sunday, September 16 during the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance (USA) 7th Annual Get Youth Outdoors Day at Wild Marsh Sporting Clays in Clear Lake, Minnesota.

Kahr Firearms Group Sponsors NRA World Shooting Championship

Kahr Firearms Group is proud to announce its sponsorship of the NRA World Shooting Championship in Glengary, WV from Sep 20-22.

Starline Rolls Out .222 Remington Brass

Starline Brass has added another rifle caliber, the .222 Remington “Triple Deuce,” to their growing line-up of high quality rifle brass.

Media Insights from Southwick Associates

Since 2010, Southwick Associates’ Media Monitor (SAMM) has provided outdoor media insights to subscribers. In the latest issue, SAMM now includes greater insight into social media influencers of the sportsmen and women community.

NRL Joins with Border War Rifle Series

The National Rifle League announced its partnership with Border War Rifle Series. BWRS matches are predominantly designed for the use of a bolt action precision rifle capable of dialing distances to 1000 yards.

SCTP Kicks Off CZ “NexGen” Project

In support of the Scholastic Clay Target Program, CZ-USA and Wingshooting USA are giving you and your kids two more reasons to go shooting and hunting.

GSM Acquires Ammo Pal

GSM Outdoors announces its acquisition of AmmoPal. This new product, designed for shotgun hunters and target shooters, will reside under the company's Shooting Made Easy brand.

Deer-Lightful This Week on Guns & Gear

This week on Guns & Gear, gear up for your hunt with Timney Triggers TIKKA T3 trigger, the Ruger American Rifle with AR/AI mags, Honey Badger hunting ammo from Black Hills Ammunition, the TRP RMR 10mm from Springfield Armory, and SIG's BDX scope, and cases from Pelican.


Washtenaw Club Hosts First Remote Small Arms Firing School

Editor's Note: Today's feature comes to us from the Civilian Marksmanship Program.

YPSILIANTI, MI – Despite unrelenting humidity and temperature hovering at 90 degrees, 34 members and guests of the Washtenaw Sportsman’s Club fired a highly-successful Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) Small Arms Firing School (SAFS) on Sunday, August 26, just outside of Ann Arbor.

It was the first remote, or stand-alone CMP SAFS entry-level training and Excellence-In-Competition (EIC) rifle match outside of the United States Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) school at the National Matches or similar course conducted at CMP travel games held at locations across the country. Of the 36 competitors, 34 had not earned any EIC points yet.

“Fortunately we had no wind for the competitors to contend with; but unfortunately, we had no wind to help keep the competitors cool,” said Sara Rozanski, CMP Highpower Rifle Coordinator, and captain of Team CMP, the program’s competitive rifle team.

The CMP school at Washtenaw used the same curriculum used by the CMP at its travel games locations during the year in Oklahoma, North Carolina, Alabama, Vermont and Arizona. The school and match are geared toward aspiring highpower rifle competitors who have little or no match firing experience. The in-class curriculum and firing line training stresses the cardinal rules of firearm safety, match procedures normally found in a three-position event and coaching of techniques designed to improve marksmanship skills.

Washtenaw Sportsman’s Club provided 10 assistants, coaches and safety officers in combination with members of Team CMP’s Rozanski and Nick Till – both veteran top-tier National Match-level competitors. That core group assisted greatly in conducting a match that hosted many first-time match shooters.

After three-plus hours in the classroom, attendees took to the Washtenaw rifle range where they received practical position training for prone slow-fire & rapid-fire, sitting or kneeling rapid-fire and the most unstable position – standing slow-fire, frequently called off-hand. Students were also coached in the use of the web or leather rifle sling, loading procedures and match-shooting conduct.

The added benefit to the SAFS rifle event is the awarding of four Excellence-In-Competition points of the 30 possible that may be accumulated in a shooter’s career, culminating in the award of a Distinguished Rifleman badge – considered one of the highest honors a rifle competitor may aspire to win. In any CMP-sanctioned EIC event, the top 10 percent of eligible competitors in a match will be awarded points or “legs” as they are sometimes called.

At Washtenaw, the top three overall competitors were eligible for and were awarded four introductory EIC points.

The match winner, Charles Zielski, 39, of New Berlin, WI, fired a score of 382-13X of 400 possible. His string of 100-5X in prone slow-fire, 99-4X in prone rapid-fire, 96-3X in sitting rapid-fire and 87-1X in standing slow-fire earned him top honors.

In second place, also winning 4 EIC points, was Keith Weller, 51, of Mequon, WI, with an overall score of 379-9X. George Firn, 36, of Ypsilanti, MI, placed third and he also took home 4 EIC points with an overall score of 378-13X. First “leather” or fourth place went to Timothy Jones, 52, of Brownstown, MI, with a score of 375-9X. Jones won an X-ring tiebreaker for fourth place over Cullen O’Brien, 44, of Manchester, MI, who also fired a 375 with 5 center X’s.

The high junior in the match was Nathan Abrams, 15, of Petersburg, MI, and the high woman was Miki Marciniak, of Macomb, MI.

This successful remote SAFS event will take its Washtenaw momentum to the Florida National Guard’s Camp Blanding Joint Training Center on November 3-4, 2018, west of Jacksonville. Registration for the Camp Blanding event is now open. Visit to register.

The CMP is in the process of scheduling additional SAFS courses and matches in various locations across the U.S. in 2019 and beyond. It is anticipated the CMP will conduct three or four remote SAFS events each year in addition to its travel games schedule and USAMU-led SAFS programs at Camp Perry each July during the National Matches.

For results and more information, click on the following link to access the CMP Washtenaw event on our Competition Tracker:

Photos may be viewed at

By Steve Cooper,

CMP SAFS Instructor & Marketing Manager

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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