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News | Friday, July 29, 2016

Youngest Springfield Armory Shooters Make Big Showing At USPSA Area 1 Championships

At just 12 and 13 years old, Justine and Jalise Williams are making a splash in the competitive shooting world. At the recent Berry's USPSA Area 1 Championships, Justine Williams claimed the High Lady prize and top B class honors in the Production Division. Older sister Jalise earned High Junior and top B class shooter in Single-Stack Division.

Stevens Introduces Its First Semi-Automatic Shotgun

Stevens is proud to offer its first semi-automatic shotgun, the new 12-guage S1200. The S1200 provides reliable, inertia driven semi-automatic performance at an attractive price.

MidwayUSA Brings on Superlative Arms

MidwayUSA is pleased to announce Superlative Arms as one of the newest additions to their Gun Parts product offering. Superlative Arms is a manufacturer of high quality firearms components with over thirty years of aerospace engineering and manufacturing experience.

Hornady Contributes $250,000 to NSSF's 2016 #GUNVOTE Campaign

The National Shooting Sports Foundation announced that Hornady Manufacturing has joined NSSF's #GUNVOTE Chairman's Club, committing $250,000 in support of the association's critical voter registration and education campaign. This is the largest donation the #GUNVOTE campaign has received to date.

Ken Jefferies & Associates Signs Dunham's Sports As Mission First Tactical Dealer

Manufacturer's rep group Ken Jefferies & Associates has signed Dunham's Sports and its 200 retail locations to become Mission First Tactical stocking dealers.

Doug Koenig Championship Season: Just One Shot

Doug Koenig Championship Season is now on Pursuit Channel, Friday nights at 10:00 pm EST as part of the NRA Freedom Friday lineup. Doug and his son Zach travel to La Pampa Province in Argentina for a Red Deer Stag hunt.

BLACKHAWK! New Apparel Line Available In Stores

BLACKHAWK!'s new apparel line is now available in stores. The line features 14 new clothing styles and 10 new headwear options.

Midway Foundation Matches $200,000 in Donations

The MidwayUSA Foundation has matched $194,394 in donations to youth shooting teams for the month of June. This money will benefit 98 youth shooting teams that are part of MidwayUSA Foundation's Team Endowment Account Program.

Sightmark Core SX

The Sightmark Core SX series offers specialized riflescopes tackling a wide range of shooting and hunting applications. All Core SX scope models are IP67 waterproof, dustproof, shockproof and fog proof.

Winchester Adds Two New Calibers to Varmint X Lineup

For 2016, hunters can expect two new calibers to join the already robust Winchester Varmint X centerfire rifle portfolio with the addition of the .17 Hornet and .22 Hornet.

GeoTrek Trekking Poles & GeoPath Hiking Staff

Constructed of rugged, high-grade aluminum, the GeoTrek Trekking poles and GeoPath Hiking Staff come equipped with easily adjusted twist-locking mechanisms for quick length adjustments, durable anti-shock technology with interior springs, and non-slip grips for reliable trail performance.

Lyman Products EyePal

It's tough to see the sights and the target when aiming a rifle, handgun or bow. The Lyman Products EyePal attaches to your protective eyewear and provides a small image where everything is in focus.

GOAL Fires Back at AG Healey This Week on GunTalk Radio

A Massachusetts gun rights group fires back at their Attorney General's directive on semi-autos; steel-core gun belts for a secure carry setup; and more, this week on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk® Radio, the original nationally-syndicated radio talk show about guns and the shooting sports.

Next Week on Guns & Gear

On next week's episode of Guns & Gear, it's an explosive Liberty Safe torture test. Then, Springfield Armory shows off their latest caliber and color for the XD-S line. Plus, go wireless with Crimson Trace's LiNQ system for ARs, and more.

Next Week on GunVenture

Next week on GunVenture, an episode from the First Person Defender series shows how a web developer, with some shooting experience and limited training, responds to a gunfight at a local store.

Armed American Radio Poised for Growth

With the Sunday broadcast already airing on nearly 200 radio stations in hundreds of cities across the country and the daily program now in dozens of cities five days per week, Armed American Radio and parent company USCCA are moving to rapidly expand the reach of both shows.

Scholastic 3-D Archery (S3DA) Names Bretsch Iowa State Coordinator

Scholastic 3-D Archery has named Ross Bretsch as the new S3DA Iowa State Coordinator.

Pope and Young Club Supports National Archery in the Schools Volunteers

The Pope and Young Club Conservation, Education and Outreach fund has awarded a grant to the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP). The grant helped provide food vouchers to the NASP volunteers throughout the 2016 season.

Hogue Inc Laser Enhanced Grips for Smith & Wesson Revolvers

Hogue, Inc., is proud to announce the newest additions to their growing line of Laser Enhanced (LE) Grips. Revolver grips for Smith & Wesson's round butt K/L and J Frames are now in stock.

Central Falcons of Wisconsin Take Third National Title at SCTP Championships

Wisconsin teams swept the top four spots in the High School Division in Sporting Clays, with the Central Falcons taking the title, at the 2016 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships in Ohio. This is the third national title the Falcons have won at the youth shooting event.

Florida's FishHawk Dynasty Rookies Cruise To Sporting Clays National Title

By an 85 target margin, the FishHawk Dynasty squad from Florida cruised to victory, and a national title, in the Rookie Division in Sporting Clays at the 2016 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships in Ohio.

Lake Oconee Takes Fourth National Title With Intermediate/Entry Level Div. Sporting Clays Win

Lake Oconee Shotgun Team's Intermediate/Entry Level Division squad picked up their second national title, adding Sporting Clays to their Doubles Skeet title, and brought the overall team's total of title wins to four at the 2016 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships in Ohio.

Florida's Young Guns At Quail Creek Win Intermediate/Advanced Div. Sporting Clays National Title

Florida's Young Guns At Quail Creek picked up the first of two national titles in Sporting Clays with their 513 target run in the Intermediate/Advanced Division at the 2016 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships in Ohio.

JV Division Sporting Clays Win Gives Young Guns At Quail Creek Second National Title

Breaking a total of 524 targets, the Junior Varsity Division squad for the Young Guns At Quail Creek out of Florida won the team's second national title in Sporting Clays during the week-long competition at the 2016 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships in Ohio.

Rocky Mountain Clay Busters Score Varsity Div. Sporing Clays National Title

The Rocky Mountain Clay Busters out of Colorado broke 545 of 600 targets to hold off squads from Florida and Georgia on their way to winning the Varsity Division title during competition at the 2016 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships in Ohio.

Sporting Clays Earns Mason-Dixon Clay Busters Third Collegiate Div. National Title

With a national title already in Trap and Doubles Skeet, Pennsylvania's Mason-Dixon Clay Busters outgunned Jacksonville University and the KCCL Orange Crushers on the Sporting Clays course to win their third Collegiate Division title at the 2016 Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) National Team Championships.

SCTP Announces Sporting Clays Top Guns From 2016 Nationals

The top male and female athletes in Sporting Clays were recognized by the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) at the 2016 National Team Championships for their outstanding individual performances in each of its six competitive divisions.

SIG SAUER 9mm V-Crown Named Ammunition of the Year

SIG SAUER 124gr 9mm V-Crown Elite Performance Ammunition was named 'Ammunition of the Year' at the 1st Annual Firearms Industry Choice Awards held July 21-23, 2016 at the Rockcastle Shooting Center in Park City, Kentucky.

CrossBreed Holsters for M&P45 Shield

CrossBreed Holsters announces new holsters fit for the M&P45 Shield. These include the SuperTuck, MiniTuck, Appendix Carry, Freedom Carry and others.

CCRKBA Rips Gun Ban Proposed By Northwest Gun Prohibition Groups

The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms blasted two prominent Pacific Northwest gun prohibition lobbying groups for proposing legislation aimed at penalizing law-abiding gun owners for the crimes of racist cop killers and home-grown terrorists.

Mec-Gar USA Announces New 'Pocket Pistol' Magazine

Mec-Gar USA is proud to announce the addition of a six-round Taurus 738 magazine to its product line. The Taurus PT738, sometimes called the 738 TCP, is a popular pistol in the fast-growing .380ACP pocket pistol market.

Century Arms Exhibiting at The Southeast Shooting & Outdoor Convention

Century Arms will be displaying new products from the Red Army Standard AK-47 and Canik Pistol lines at The Southeast Shooting and Outdoor Convention in Jacksonville, Florida from Friday, July 28 through Sunday, July 31.

Noveske a Sponsor of NSSF Rimfire Challenge

Tactical Solutions is proud to announce Noveske Fireworks LLC will be a Platinum Sponsor of the 2016 NSSF Rimfire Challenge NW Regional Championship August 13th and 14th at the Parma Rod and Gun Club.

Smith & Wesson Expands Relationship with Smith & Wesson Historical Foundation

Smith & Wesson Corp. announced that it has expanded its long-standing relationship with the Smith & Wesson Historical Foundation, an organization founded to preserve, organize and digitize original Smith & Wesson factory records. The Smith & Wesson Historical Foundation will assume full responsibility for the company's Letter of Authenticity process.

MGM Steel Target Provider of NSSF Rimfire NW Championships

MGM Targets is proud to announce its involvement as the Official Target Supplier and sponsor of the 2016 NSSF Rimfire Challenge NW Championship on August 13th and 14th, 2016 at the Parma Rod and Gun Club, Parma, Idaho.

FMG: How To Be A Good Gun Store Customer

FMG Online Editor Mark Kakkuri hosts a forum on "How To Be A Good Gun Store Customer" — referencing a video from Roy's Insider Tips, featuring American Handgunner Publisher Roy Huntington. In the online exclusive, Kakkuri lays out the fundamentals of how to conduct yourself in a gun shop.

Midland-Odessa Campaign Targets Illegal Gun Purchases

As part of an ongoing national effort to help prevent illegal "straw" purchases of firearms, the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are reminding the public in the Midland-Odessa region that stiff penalties are in place for individuals convicted of such purchases.


National Match Competitor Fires Rare Pistol Pertinent to CMP History

By Ashley Brugnone, CMP Writer

Will used the 1911 pistol in the President's 100 and National Trophy Individual matches.
CAMP PERRY, Ohio – Will Murray, 39, of Charleston, S.C., was an elated and wide-eyed visitor to Camp Perry during the 2016 National Trophy Pistol Matches. His first time ever attending the event, he had never even competed in a Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) competition in his life yet still arrived with a fascinating piece of its past – one that heralded what the organization is today.

As an assistant coach for the Citadel Pistol Shooting team, which trains a gaggle of junior marksmen throughout the year, Will is vastly familiar with the sport of shooting and the reputation of the National Matches, but he had always been unable to make the trip during the summer to the "World Series" of marksmanship.

"I've been trying to get here for about 15 years," he said with a grin.

Compelled by the decision to finally fulfill his dream this year, Will packed up his car and drove 15 hours non-stop to the National Matches. And when it came to what gun he would fire when he got there, he only had one in mind – a 1911 pistol originally purchased from the Anniston Army Depot in Alabama, where the CMP first planted its roots exactly 20 years ago.

Amazingly, Will also still has the original receipt given to his uncle on the day it was purchased.
"I thought that it would be cool to bring it back to a CMP program for a national event," he said. "What better timing. I've always wanted to shoot this event, I've got a pistol that came from the program, you know, so I said, 'Let's make it happen.'"

Will's uncle, Neil J. McDaid, bought the pistol in 1960 for the bargain price of $12 while taking classes in Alabama and on duty in the Army – back when the CMP was known as the Director of Civilian Marksmanship (DCM). As a big supporter of gun ownership and the programs affiliated with promoting the practice, Will's uncle had aspirations of traveling to Camp Perry with the pistol himself, but, sadly, passed away three years ago without ever setting foot on its soil.

"It's another one of those things that he would've loved to have come to, and it is his pistol that he passed down, so it's kind of neat that we're doing something that he always wanted to do," Will said.

The 1911 pistol was purchased by Will's uncle from the Anniston Army Depot in Alabama back in 1960.
Will arrived Friday evening after a long and exhausting ride – just in time for the armorer to inspect the 1911 and clear it for competition the next day. Certainly one of the most interesting items on the firing line, he competed with the pistol in the President's 100 and National Trophy Individual matches.

"It shoots beautifully. I'm the limiting factor, not the pistol," he joked. "But all of the CMP parts performed flawlessly."

His uncle had made modifications to the 1911, including the installation of an aftermarket safety that gave Will some trouble during the match. While shooting, his thumb slightly engaged the safety – creating an unfortunate jam in his rhythm.

"If it had been the military one, it would've been fine. But it just barely nudged up, so the slide locked and it prevented me from getting the rounds off in time," he said with disappointment in his voice.

"It happened twice, so I'll come back with a different safety – a better one," he joked. "It really is a top performer. I really am the weakest link in the chain."

Will Murray visited the National Matches for the first time this year. With him, he brought his daughters (Carolina, Aurora and Stella) as well as a unique piece of CMP history.
Besides the alluring piece of firearm history, Will also brought his daughters to the event: Carolina, 9, Aurora, 7, and Stella, 5.

"I wanted them to see that, even though I didn't do as well as I wanted – I wanted them to see first-hand what it takes to compete on the National Level," he said. "I mean, if I can do it, they can do it. And it does take dedication and hard work to even come to the event."

Will has already begun to show his girls the fundamentals of marksmanship and the safety aspects of being a responsible shooter by getting them involved with airsoft guns. And when they get older, they'll have a unique learning tool in the CMP 1911.

"It's definitely going to stay in the family," he said.

Also in the family collection are the rifles Will's Uncle Neil purchased during his lifetime: two CMP Springfields 1903A3 and five M1 Garands, all of which Will plans to bring to future National Matches.

"We're definitely going to come back. Port Clinton is so nice, and everyone up here is just fantastic," he said. "We'll definitely be back – for sure."

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

Christine Elder
CMP Communications Manager
(419) 635-2141, ext. 711

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