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News | Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Greensboro Police Department Choose GLOCK

GLOCK, Inc. is pleased to announce that Greensboro Police Department in North Carolina has selected GLOCK as their sidearm of choice. Greensboro recently transitioned to the GLOCK 19 Gen5 with Ameriglo BOLD sights.

Guntec USA Celebrates its 30th Anniversary

Guntec USA celebrates their 30th Anniversary. The company wasn’t always in the firearms industry; rather the company was a prominent player in the automotive industry.

HAVA Launches Long Range Shooting Program

Honored American Veterans Afield announces the launch of a new long-range shooter training program through its Learn to Shoot Again division. This new precision rifle program began in Leesburg, FL with a full 3-day class that trained 11 injured veterans to shoot effectively out to 900 yards.

Mossy Oak Designated Official Camouflage Partner of NRA

Mossy Oak and the National Rifle Association have united in a relationship that aims to express support for the long-term preservation of our hunting heritage and outdoors lifestyle.

ERGO Welcomes Rocky Mountain Rubicon Sales Reps

ERGO announces the addition of Rocky Mountain Rubicon to its growing list of experienced and respected independent sales reps. Rocky Mountain Rubicon joins Evernham & Associates and Southern Outdoors Group, rounding out representation in key US regions.

Firefield BattleTek Laser/Flashlight

Firefield introduces its new BattleTek Sights. The Firefield BattleTek Flashlight with green and IR laser, Flashlight and Flashlight with green laser all offer a 150-lumen flashlight.

Accura Outdoors Expanding Products to Retail and Consumers

Accura Outdoor is now offering its entire line of pistol and rifle bullets to consumers and retail across the nation. Accura is best known for creating the PowerBelt bullet for muzzleloaders.

Williams (AZ) PD Implements Viridian Weapon-Mounted Camera

Viridian Weapon Technologies announces that the Williams Police Department, located just west of Flagstaff, Arizona, has deployed the FACT DutyWeapon-Mounted Camera.

ZEISS Seeks Qualified Candidates for Territory Account Manager Position(s)

Carl Zeiss SBE, LLC is seeking qualified candidates for the Territory Account Manager position(s), for Sports Optics, for the Consumer Products business group.

Competitor Casey Reed Takes a 1st Place with Syntech Action Pistol Ammo

Federal Ammunition employee, competition shooter and brand ambassador Casey Reed won first place in the Limited 10 Division at the recent 2018 United States Practical Shooting Association Nationals, presented by Federal Ammunition. The competition was held in Polk County, Florida on October 20 to 28, 2018.

Doug Koenig’s Championship Season

Doug Koenig’s Championship Season, now in its eighth year on Pursuit Channel finds Doug competing at the 40th NRA Bianchi Cup held at the Green Valley Rifle and Pistol Club in Missouri.

German Precision Optics Signs MWS

German Precision Optics, USA announced that MWS, an independent manufacturer’s sales representative agency, has been appointed to handle sales of the company’s optics lines in a 24-state territory.

Howard Leight by Honeywell UVEX

New Howard Leight UVEX Hypershock, Acadia, A1500 and A700 Sharp-Shooter models feature durable, lightweight frames with well-contoured temples that fit comfortably under shooting muffs and tough, scratch-resistant lenses that meet or exceed rigid ANSI 787+ high-velocity impact standards.

Ti Outdoors Releases New Content for Live-Fire Gaming System

Ti Outdoors is keeping content fresh with another new game release for the V23 Live-Fire gaming system. This past month, Ti Outdoors sent out a game update of 5 additional games for the V23, including Halloween games, zombies, and even a retro arcade game that can be shot with live ammo.

Atlanta 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 Atlanta area that stiff penalties are in place for individuals convicted of such purchases. 

AXIS Point of Sale Automates Inventory Orders From 14 Distributors

Retail Technology Group announces the release of AXIS Auto-Order, the automated inventory replenishment module for the company’s flag ship software solution for shooting sports retailers and range operators, AXIS Retail Management System.

Snowy Mountain Rifles- First Year Exhibitor at 2019 SCI

Snowy Mountain Rifles is looking forward to being an exhibitor for the first time at the 2019 SCI Hunters’ Convention in Reno, Nevada, Jan. 9-12, 2019.

SureFire SOCOM260-TI & SOCOM260-RC2 Suppressors

SureFire, LLC announced the launch of two suppressors for 6 mm, 6.5 mm and .260 caliber weapon systems: SureFire’s SOCOM260-Ti, which is best suited for bolt-action rifles, and the versatile SureFire SOCOM260-RC2 suppressor for 6mm,  6.5 Creedmoor and .260 caliber, semiautomatic rifles. 

SIG SAUER Sweepstakes for ZULU9 Binoculars

Register today for the SIG SAUER November Sweepstakes and a chance to win a pair of ZULU9 binoculars now through Friday, November 16, 2018. ZULU9 binoculars offer 15x56mm HDX and are manufactured using high quality glass, fully multi-coated Spectracoat lenses and phase-coated Abbe-Konig prisms.

Krieghoff International Shooter Frank Thompson Takes Gold

Krieghoff International announced that a second gold medal and 2020 Olympic slot in the shotgun sports was earned by Frank Thompson over the weekend at the CAT Games. 

Bear OPS AC-550 Tactical Automatic Knife

Bear & Son Cutlery's Bear OPS division, which creates specialized military and law enforcement duty-grade knives, has released a new AC-550 series Bold Action automatic knife. This new AC-550 is a full-sized pocket-carry tactical knife with a closed length of five inches.   

Sightmark’s Bubble Level Ring

Sightmark introduces its newest products, the 30mm Bubble Level Ring and 34mm Bubble Level Ring. Bubble rings are designed to indicate whether a riflescope is mounted properly and level on the firearm.

Crimson Trace Expands Free Batteries for Life Program

Crimson Trace has its Free Batteries for Life program which applies to nearly all the 350-plus laser sights and firearms mounted lights that Crimson Trace manufactures and sells. The company has now expanded that program to include batteries for its recently released red dot sights, plus the nearly dozen new riflescopes with illuminated reticles.

Precision Rifle at The Brawl on Shooting USA

Long range shooting on the clock and under duress is the challenge for riflemen at the Brawl in Texas with shots out to 1,000 yards. Then Colt brings back an icon from Vietnam, the M16A1 Reissue, that’s now for sale in limited production.

Ruger's 9mm PC Carbine on Guns & Gear

This week on Guns & Gear, it’s the 9mm PC Carbine rifle from Ruger, silent shooting with Smith & Wesson's M&P M2.0 with a threaded barrel and Gemtech suppressor, HEVI-Shot's HEVI-Duty shotgun shells, the M600DF rifle light from SureFire, and Sig Sauer’s Elite Copper ammo in 6.5 Creedmoor. 

S3DA Names Gleason as Florida State Coordinator

Scholastic 3-D Archery has named Florence Gleason as the new S3DA Florida State Coordinator.

Team Krieghoff’s DeMichiel Nominated US Sporting Clays Team Captain

Krieghoff International congratulates Kevin DeMichiel, Champion Sporting Clays Shooter, on his nomination as Team Captain for the US Sporting Clays Team. 

B&T USA Contracted to Provide GL06 40mm Launcher to US DHS

B&T USA, LE Division, recently won an IDIQ contract to supply US Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection Agency with B&T’s GL06 40mm Launcher. B&T will deliver 329 of their “Safe Impact Round” launchers to DHS.


Clouds In The Crystal Ball

Yesterday, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) hosted a pair of webinars that looked at the outcomes of last week’s national and state elections and the likely potential impacts that might have in the year ahead.

With the Democratic party now in control of the House of Representatives, the unvarnished truth is that gun owners and the firearms industry should expect noting positive. After all, presumptive House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi has guaranteed that “we’re going after guns right out of the gate.”


Concealed carry reciprocity and the Hearing Protection Act are now officially dead.

The last thing the House is going to approve will be the rights for citizens to move around freely with guns, especially guns with “silencers” on them.

So what might we see? How about House-passed legislation that would limit magazine capacities, restrict modern sporting rifles, ban “bump stocks” and 3D printing technology while mandating “smart gun” technology. And a restoration of funding for anti-gun research. Another likely candidate for introduction and passage: age-based gun bans.

Republicans control of the Senate should prevent the majority of these ideas from becoming law. I say should because there’s no guarantee that some of this legislation won’t get enough bipartisan support to pass both sides of Congress.

The political makeup of the House (above) and Senate (below) indicate the best the industry can hope for over the next two years is a series of hotly-contested ties -and an unending series of hearings from the House of Representatives. NSSF images




On the state side of the political ledger, the picture is no more optimistic. In fact, there’s little that anyone can do to reverse the likely legislative initiatives against guns and gun owners in California, Illinois and New York. In those states, Democrats who have run on platforms of gun control, now hold both the governorships and super-majorities in their upper and lower houses. Legislation passed there will be veto-proof.

In fact, the NSSF’s Jake McGuigan says the loss of “firewalls” - shifts in the makeup of legislatures now mean fewer safeguards against irrational gun legislation. In addition to California, Illinois, and New York, Colorado, Connecticut, New Mexico, Nevada and Oregon now lack enough votes to derail anything from increases in the minimum age of gun ownership to outright bans on categories of guns, magazine capacities or mandated microstamping.

From the NSSF’s perspective, it seems we can look forward to a long list of gun control policies on the state level in 2019. Broken out by policy and state, here are a few:

Age-based gun bans in Connecticut, Maryland, Oregon, Washington, New York, Nevada and New Mexico, bans on certain guns/magazines in Oregon, Illinois, Minnesota and Nevada,

universal background checks in Pennsylvania, New Mexico and Nevada, “smart” gun mandates in New Jersey, and waiting periods on purchases in Oregon and Washington.

So what does all this mean?

If you’re a company located in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, New Mexico, New York, Nevada or Oregon, it’s likely that 2019 is when newly-elected officials will commence efforts to regulate you out of business - or try to make it impossible for you to exist there. And they’ll be using your tax dollars to fund those efforts. I’d be reminding my employees that their tax dollars will be helping fund the efforts to put them out of work, too.

There were state wins last week. North Carolina’s passage of a state constitutional right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife is one example of positive legislation designed protect our heritage, not constrain it.

Washington, conversely, passed significant restrictions on the purchase and ownership of firearms, raising the minimum age to purchase to 21, mandating waiting periods, and setting strict storage requirements.

Nationally, everything isn’t bad. The Senate still must pass House legislation -and the Senate is still in control of the more conservative elements -barring another national tragedy, that is.

But this “new” House of Representatives has promised that “where they can’t legislate, they’ll investigate.” So it’s reasonable to expect seeing plenty of industry faces testifying before hostile committee chairs starting in 2019.

As we hear newly-elected officials telling anyone who’ll listen they’re going into office charged up to pass new “gun laws” it brings up a question: now who speaks for gun owners, hunters, recreational shooters or even people who don’t think that owning a gun automatically means you should be subjected to what are, in effect, discriminatory laws?

You do. That’s never changed. And it’s time that everyone who believes in the right to keep and bear arms step up and demand that legislators - all legislators, from the local courthouse to Congress- start to address the “other” problems blamed on the tools rather than the disturbed people using them.

—Jim Shepherd

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