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News | Friday, January 12, 2018

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Volquartsen Firearms Brings Back the Summit

Volquartsen Firearms is proud to announce that it is now producing the Summit 22 LR Bolt-Action Rifle. Volquartsen Firearms has worked out an arrangement with Primary Weapons System to continue production of the original Summit design. 

NRA to Donate More Than $25,000 to Central PA Law Enforcement Agencies

The National Rifle Association will donate $25,220 to two law enforcement agencies in the central Pennsylvania region that contribute to public safety and community service. These donations are made possible through fundraising efforts at NRA’s annual Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, and continues the tradition of support for the men and women of Law Enforcement across the country by the NRA.

Ruger Donates .44 Carbine to Benefit SASP

The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation announced that Ruger Firearms has generously donated a 25th Anniversary .44 Carbine Rifle to benefit their Scholastic Action Shooting Program.

Big Announcement from Ruger on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk

It’s a big announcement and new product releases from Ruger, a new gun safety book for children and parents, and more, live this week on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk Radio, the original nationally-syndicated talk show about guns and the shooting sports.

DeSantis Infiltrator Air, IWB Holster

The DeSantis #M78, Infiltrator Air, IWB holster is adjustable for both height and cant. The front holster component precision-molded Kydex and the back component is all synthetic and “breathable” material. 

CORBON/Glaser Under New Ownership

CORBON/Glaser has announced that TA Perrine has taken over as the new owner of the company. CORBON will exhibit atBooth #16727 at the 2018 SHOT Show.

CCI Ammunition Launches Two New Rimfire Loads

 CCI Ammunition is pleased to announce two new rimfire hunting loads during the 2018 SHOT Show. The newest loads are Mini-Mag 22 LR 40-grain Segmented Hollow Point and 17 HMR 17-grain VNT Tipped.

Vanguard Named Official Optics Company of Realtree Outdoors

Vanguard announced their exclusive partnership with Realtree as the new official optics, hunting packs and supports sponsor for Realtree Outdoors.

Hornady Wins 2018 NRA Golden Bullseye Award

NRA Publications recently announced the winners of the 2018 Golden Bullseye Awards and Hornady 5.56 NATO 75 gr. InterLock HD SBR ammunition was named Ammunition Product of the Year by Shooting Illustrated magazine. 

Streamlight Introduces Stylus Pro COB

Streamlight Inc. introduced the Stylus Pro COB, a sleek, compact USB rechargeable work light. The pen-sized light includes a pocket clip and integrated magnet for hands-free lighting, and a micro USB port that gives users the flexibility of on-the-go charging.

Tactical Solutions Introduces RIDGE-LITE Upgrade

Tactical Solutions is proud to introduce the RIDGE-LITE barrel and rail upgrade for the Smith and Wesson SW22 Victory Pistols.  The RIDGE-LITE barrel upgrade is designed to replace your factory barrel to reduce weight, increase accuracy, and improve reliability.

SIG SAUER Introduces the P938 Stand

SIG SAUER, Inc. introduces a special edition of its P938 platform designed to honor America and our flag, as well as show support for our nation’s veterans and first responders who protect and defend our freedoms every day.

DoubleStar International Announces the Brimstone Folding Knife

DoubleStar International is pleased to announce the launch of the Brimstone Folding Knife. DoubleStar has collaborated with Mike Vellekamp of V Nives, LLC to develop the Brimstone Folding Knife to look and feel like a custom knife without the custom price or wait.

Savage Arms Expands Rifle Lineup

Savage Arms is pleased to expand its firearms geared to left-handed shooters with the release of additional options in centerfire target, hunting and rimfire rifles. Savage Arms will launch the new southpaw-friendly models at the 2018 SHOT Show.

Oakwood Controls SPORTSMAN H-BAR Portable Electronic Target System

Oakwood Controls is proud to announce the launch of the Sportsman H-Bar at the Dallas Safari Club’s Annual convention last week.  The H-bar is a portable electronic target system for live fire practice at any distance. 

Alliant Powder Will Launch Two Improved Reloading Propellants at the 2018 SHOT Show


Alliant Powder will launch improved Red Dot and Green Dot reloading powders during the 2018 SHOT Show (Booth No. 14551), January 23-26 at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

SIG SAUER’s “We The People” 1911 Mar/Apr American Handgunner

The “We The People” 1911 from SIG SAUER takes the lead in the March/April issue of American Handgunner. This month’s “Tactics & Training” column addresses an important question about selecting a back-up gun: should it be a primary or secondary gun? 

New Gamo Bore Air Rifles in .35 and .45 CALIBERS

The new Gamo TC35 (.35 caliber) and TC45 (.45 caliber) share the same top-of-the-line features: a 480CC Carbon fiber air cylinder fillable to 250 bar, an adjustable 2-stage trigger, in-line valve system, integrated suppressor and a Weaver Rail System for mounting optics.

Speer to Launch New Products at the SHOT Show

Speer will launch five new products within several lines during the 2018 SHOT Show. These include the new Speer Handloading Manual No. 15 and Gold Dot 200-grain 10mm Auto load for self-defense.

U.S. LawShield Legal Defense Opens in Arkansas

U.S. LawShield is open for business in Arkansas. Covering more than a quarter million people nationwide, U.S. LawShield is proud to offer its program in Arkansas, the state with the second most guns per capita.



Later this morning, Ruger will announce it’s first-ever professional shooting team. 

Ruger’s never had a professional team, but today’s product mix gives them guns capable of competing in everything from cowboy action and rimfire challenge matches to practical disciplines like IDPA and USPSA, Steel Challenge, Bianchi Cup, even long range precision rifle matches.

What will raise eyebrows even higher across the industry is the identity of their new team captain: Doug Koenig.

After fourteen very successful years as a Smith & Wesson shooter, Koenig will now be shooting Rugers. And not just in the practical disciplines. Koenig tells me he’ll be expanding his schedule to include precision rifle competitions.

I spoke with Koenig from the floor of the Archery Trade Association’s show in Indianapolis yesterday afternoon. And it was apparent he’s excited at this new opportunity.

Doug Koenig has confirmed to us that he’s left Smith & Wesson and will captain Ruger’s first-ever professional shooting team. Jim Shepherd/OWDN photo


“I’ve been with Smith & Wesson for a very long time,” he said, “and I want to be really clear about this - they’ve always been good to me.”

But, Koenig said, he sensed that over the past few years the culture at Smith & Wesson had shifted. 

“We were going in different directions,” he explained, “and I’d already told them I wasn’t re-signing this year.  And when I was approached by Ruger, they were interested in my thoughts on guns.”

“And, he said, “their products cover any type of competition, so I’ll be shooting their 1911, their polymer pistols and the Ruger precision rifle.” 

Don’t know if that means Ruger’s going full-tilt into the “race gun” business, but I’m betting there will be at least some new “tweaks” ahead for their 1911s. 

After all, professional shooting teams seem designed to accomplish two things: represent your company and its products as competition capable- and take the things you learn from your professional shooters to incorporate new innovations and ideas into your new -and existing products to make them even better.

Koenig told me that those goals were a deciding factor in his decision to switch. 

“When I talked with Ruger engineers,” he told me, “they asked me what I thought -instead of telling me what they were going to do.”

“So, I told them what I would like to see in a Ruger competition pistol,” he said, “and it seemed like they were really listening.

Confirmation of their attentiveness didn’t take long, he said. 

“A few days after Christmas I got a pair of Ruger pistols with the exact changes I’d talked about already done to them.”

“That,” he told me, “is exciting.”

Koenig’s will to be learning a new company and corporate culture, but not every face he’ll see there will be a stranger. 

Former Smith & Wesson Marketing Director Paul Pluff is now at Ruger. And he’s the executive organizing and supervising Ruger’s first-ever foray into the competition shooting world. 

With Pluff, Ruger’s new shooting team gets the experience of a seasoned firearms professional who has for years been a quiet driving force behind shooting sports.

“We’ve got some exciting things planned,” Pluff told me while hustling through the airport to make a Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation board meeting, “and it’s not all just about the professionals today. We’re going to use our professionals to help recruit, encourage and help with training the next generation of competition shooters.”

Does this mean there we’ll soon see the shooting equivalent of minor-league sports? 

Early to say, but there’s already an industry coalition looking to make the most gun-friendly nation in the world more competitive in international shooting competitions. And another gun company forming a professional shooting team can only help.

USA Shooting hasn’t had a lot of success in Olympic pistol, but is something afoot to “amp up” Olympic shooting sports?


He wouldn’t give too-many specifics, but Pluff made it plain that Ruger doesn’t plan to ease into the shooting sports, or be satisfied with the status quo.

With SHOT now days, not weeks, away, it’s safe to say this big announcement will feed plenty of conversations in Las Vegas. 

As always, we’ll keep you posted.

--Jim Shepherd

Editor’s Note: On Sunday, Ruger’s Paul Pluff will be a guest on Tom Gresham’s Gun Talk radio to talk more about Ruger’s new shooting team. Find out more at

Jan 11-13
Indiana Convention Center 100 S. Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN
Jan 15
Jan 23-26
Sands Expo Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
Jan 28-Feb 2
Isaac Davis Memorial Range, Wacissa, Florida
Feb 3-11
Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Feb 19
Feb 22-25
Clark County Shooting Range, Las Vegas, Nevada
May 3-6
May 19-20
Hallsville, Missouri
May 23-25
Hallsville, Missouri
May 28
Jun 8-10
Mackenzie Center, Poynette, Wisconsin
Jul 4

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