News | Friday, October 2, 2015

Shooter Kills 13, Wounds 20 in Oregon College Shooting

A 20 year old man went on a shooting rampage yesterday at southwestern Oregon's Umpqua Community College, killing at least thirteen people and injuring 20 others before he was killed in an exchange of gunfire with police. According to police reports, the shooter reportedly opened fire into a crowded section of Umpqua's Snyder Hall with a "long" gun". The Community College says it has only a single security officer on duty at a time and that officer isn't armed.

Try Old West Action Shooting at Nebraska G&P's Outdoor Education Center

Try your hand at Old West action shooting at Lincoln's Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center on Sundays from October through March.

Erin Kennedy to Lead Marketing at Barrett Firearms

Barrett Firearms Manufacturing, Inc. announces the selection of Erin Kennedy as Director of Marketing, effective August 1, 2015.

Krivohlavek Sets Record at Nebraska Youth Smallbore Silhouette Invitational

Kylie Krivohlavek of Seward set an event record by hitting 39 of 40 targets to win the 2015 Nebraska Youth Smallbore Silhouette Invitational at Pressey Wildlife Management Area south of Broken Bow on September 26.

Beat the Boogeyman with LaserLyte's Low-Light Laser Color Guard Kit

LaserLyte®, innovators in firearms laser technologies, are now offering a complete low-light practice kit that combines two of the most innovative laser training tools into one colorful package. The Laser Color Guard Kit is the perfect solution for training when the sun goes down and the boogey man comes out.

Legacy Trails' Alli Armstrong Wins US Intercollegiate Archery South Regional Title

Legacy Trails team member Alli Armstrong recently won the women's bowhunter division at the US Intercollegiate Archery South Regional Championship in Frankfurt, Kentucky.

This Week on NRA Women TV's "Tips & Tactics" with Kristy Titus – Sight Picture

This week on NRAWomen.TV's newest video series – Tips & Tactics with Kristy Titus, learn how to master sight alignment for better downrange shots and improved accuracy.

Tucson to Host 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Shotgun

The best shotgun competitors in the nation are set to arrive in Tucson, Arizona, ready to compete in the first stage of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Shotgun, October 9-17. The Road to Rio and the 2016 Olympic Games officially begins in a familiar place for the USA Shooting Team -- on a range in which perfection is demanded.

Boyds Introduces Benjamin Marauder Airgun Hardwood Replacement Stock

Boyds has recently introduced Benjamin Marauder and Benjamin Marauder Gen 2 Airgun replacement gunstocks in their Pro Varmint and Varmint Thumbhole designs.

Industry Day at the Range 2016 Announces Supporting Sponsors

With the eleventh-annual SHOT Show® Industry Day at the Range™ approaching on Monday, January 18, 2016 many Supporting Sponsors have renewed their sponsorship for this premiere industry event.

Safariland Acquires Majority Ownership Interest in Rogers Holster

The Safariland Group announced that it has acquired a 65 percent ownership interest in Rogers Holster Company, LLC., a designer and manufacturer of firearm accessory products including holsters and components. Safariland has signed option agreements to acquire the remaining 35 percent of Rogers Holsters Co. from other Company employees and expects to exercise those options by the end of the year.

Midsouth Shooters Supply Announces Sponsorship of Crawfish Cup NRA Action Regional Championship

Midsouth Shooters Supply is proud to announce the Title Sponsorship of The 2016 Crawfish Cup NRA Action Pistol Regional Championship.

Otis Technology Announces Ripcord BOGO

Beginning October 1 and running through December 31, 2015, Otis is offering a mail-in rebate for its BOGO promotion. Consumers can purchase a Ripcord through any authorized retailer, either in- store or online, and complete the mail-in rebate form to receive a free Ripcord (.223 cal, .30 cal, 9mm, .45 cal or 12 ga).

Verizon Adds Outdoor Channel to List of Dropped Channels

Verizon, the cable, mobile and internet provider, has dropped Outdoor Channel from its television carriage service. Verizon's latest action against the Outdoor Sportsman Group Networks – the world's largest aggregator and content provider for outdoor lifestyle programming – has raised the ire of outdoor enthusiasts across the country including AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. "We have more than six and a half million members who make the outdoors an important part of their lives," said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. "We are disappointed that Verizon has chosen to take these actions against Outdoor Channel and Sportsman Channel. Working people can't be silenced by big corporate interests, and will stand up to fight back against this unfair move by Verizon."

Ruger Announces Trade-In Promotion for Hammer-Fired LC9s

Ruger announces the launch of the LC9® Trade-In Promotion. Now through December 31, 2015, retail customers can trade in their used, hammer-fired LC9 at their local firearms retailer toward the purchase of a new LC9s® striker-fired pistol and receive a $100 gift certificate code for, Ruger's online sportswear and accessories store.

Sign Up Now for the CMP's 2015 Gary Anderson Invitational

Junior air rifle marksmen are invited to participate in the 2015 Gary Anderson Invitational, to be held Dec. 4-5 at the CMP South Range in Anniston, Ala., and Dec. 5 at the newly expanded Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center in Camp Perry, Ohio.

Winchester Safes Announces Grand Opening of Automated Production Facility Expansion

Winchester Safes announces the Grand Opening of its automated production facility in Fort Worth, TX. The new fabrication equipment, in addition to the existing fully automated powder-coating system, raises the gross potential output to over 600 safes per

Stag Arms now offers ready to go hunting solutions

Stag Arms now offers a ready to go out of the box solution specifically designed for medium to large game hunters. Based upon the right-hand Stag 7 and left-hand Stag 7L rifles Stag Arms has added a 3x-9x power hunting scope and mount combination to the rifles which are respectively named the Stag 7-S and Stag 7L-S.

Team MGM Targets Dominate Day or Night at NRA Worlds & Starlight

5 NRA World Shooting Championships came to Peacemaker National Trading Center, in Glengary, WV, the 24-26 of September. Team MGM had 8 shooters in the top 20 including High lady, Dianna Muller, and 2nd junior, Wyatt Gibson.

Mepro Sting Now Available to U.S. Law Enforcement and Military Personnel

Meprolight is proud to announce that the Mepro Sting is now available to U.S. law enforcement and military personnel

Hogue Introduces The EX-F02 Fixed Blade Knife

Hogue Incorporated is proud to announce the release of the EX-F02, featuring a polymer/OverMolded® rubber hybrid handle with a blade fashioned from A2 tool steel.

Atlanta Arms Announces New Online Specials

Atlanta Arms is offering free shipping on 9mm 115gr FMJ Select cases and $200 cases on 300 Blackout 125gr/168gr, from October 1st through October 5th.

Head down products Hosts free shipping weekend

Head Down Products will be hosting a free shipping weekend this weekend on all web orders placed through

Gun Champions and Gun Finishes - This Week on GUNTALK Radio

It's Dick Heller, a gun rights champion, shooting champion Bruce Piatt, winning ways to protect your guns, and more, this week on Tom Gresham's GUNTALK® Radio, the original nationally-syndicated radio talk show about guns and the shooting sports.

Higher-Output SureFire X300 Ultra WeaponLight Accommodates More Firearms

SureFire has released a new and improved version of its best-selling X300® Ultra WeaponLight for handguns and long guns. This new model—the X300U-B—produces an additional 100 lumens of output from its solid-state LED.

NEET Archery Products Newest Sponsor of S3DA

NEET Archery Products has stepped up to help grow archery and bow hunter numbers by becoming the newest sponsor of Scholastic 3-D Archery (S3DA).

Weatherby Introduces 6.5-300 Weatherby Magnum

Weatherby introduces their new 6.5-300 Weatherby Magnum, featuring 3 different options in loaded ammunition combining the exceptional terminal ballistics of Barnes® and Swift™ bullets, these loads range from 3,531 feet per second to 3,395 feet per second at the muzzle.

NSSF Offers First Shots "10 Years & 10 Prizes" Sweepstakes

The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®) announces the opening of the First Shots "10 Years & 10 Prizes Sweepstakes" to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of NSSF's First Shots program. The sweepstakes is open now and runs through December 15.

Crimson Trace Offers Concealed Carry Checklist

As more Americans are carrying concealed firearms for self-defense, questions arise on what items—beyond a firearm—should be carried to be better prepared for all most situations. Crimson Trace offers this easy-to-follow checklist with guidance points to help aid with preparations.


Ruger Enters Ammo Business

On Monday, Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc (NYSE:RGR) will announce has become is the latest major firearms manufacturer to jump into the ammunition business.

Ruger's initial entries into the ammunition marketplace will be in the most popular person-defense calibers.
The announcement will detail a new line of Ruger-branded ammunition in the popular personal defense calibers: .380 Auto, 9mm, .40 S&W and .45ACP calibers.

With this arrangement, Ruger joins Sig Sauer in the recent vertical integration of ammunition into their product lines.

There is, however, one major manufacturing and positioning difference between the two: Ruger has chosen a lead-free copper alloy/nylon binder bullet technology versus the more traditional lead-based projectiles.

Ruger's new lead-free ammunition will be produced under a licensing agreement with Savannah, Georgia-based PolyCase Ammunition. The Outdoor Wire Digital Network first reported on the company's new ammunition and the implications of their innovative manufacturing processes across the outdoor product categories in April of this year.

Ruger's ammo line will weigh less than traditional lead projectiles and use significantly higher velocities to compensate for those lighter weight bullets in overall effectiveness, while the faster ammunition will actually offer a reduction in perceived recoil.

The Ruger 9mm ARX round weighs 74 grains; Sig's variety of 9mm rounds begin at 115 - through 147 grains.

Having spent time testing the PolyCase ammunition (largely in Ruger firearms), I know the reduction in felt recoil isn't just hype.

While firing PolyCase ARX ammunition in calibers ranging from .380 in small concealed carry pistols (including a Ruger's LCP) up to .458 SOCOM in modern sporting rifles, the lessened felt recoil was noticeable while a shift in the point of aim was not while swapping between the ARX and "traditional" ammunition.

Likewise, testing the high-speed/light-weight bullets in ballistic gelatin under FBI test protocols produced more than acceptable penetration and excellent weight retention. A reduced permanent wound cavity seemed to be offset by the the terrific shock produced by the high-speed rounds. Additionally, the rounds were reduced to a powder when fired into steel and other hard targets, further reducing the dangers of over-penetration in self-defense situations - the initial positioning for the Ruger branded product line.

All these characteristics mean Ruger can offer their popular pocket pistols and revolvers along with an environmentally sensitive, custom-designed, Ruger-branded ammunition that is more pleasant to shoot in those small guns.

In testing last December (top), PolyCase ammunition produced extremely high velocities with its lightweight ARX bullets while simultaneously meeting FBI penetration test standards (below). OWDN photos.

The small .380 pistols like the Ruger LCP are excellent for concealment or discrete carry, but it's no secret they're not especially pleasant to shoot. Reduced recoil ammunition could actually remove one of the major obstacles to practicing with them- their decidedly "snappy" recoil.

There will undoubtedly be a discussion among the more technically inclined concerning the ARX bullet's inability to create a permanent wound cavity comparable with the traditional lead bullets. That argument may be less important with consumers simply because the ammunition's reduction in felt recoil will allow shooters to shoot more rapidly- and accurately- if the need arises.

On Wednesday evening, I spoke with PolyCase co-founder Paul Lemke about what the new licensing agreement, and asked what it would mean for the PolyCase brand.
"We're still selling PolyCase ammunition," Lemke told me, "and it won't mean our Inceptor ARX, Inceptor RNP, Inceptor TNP and Inceptor Firefly ammo won't be available. It's still being sold to buyer groups and independent dealers around the country."

What it does mean, however, is that PolyCase will go from being a small manufacturer with a limited penetration to the licensee-producer for a long-established company with major distribution abilities. "Ruger has the solid distribution system we so-desperately needed," Lemke told me, "and great leadership that worked with us to build a relationship that would work for all of us."

According to Lemke, the Ruger ammunition is already shipping and should be available from a variety of distributors and dealers around the country shortly.

And what's next for PolyCase?

Lemke's playing that one close to the vest, although he says there are "some very good things coming down the pipe."

We'll keep you posted.

--Jim Shepherd

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