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News | Wednesday, January 16, 2019

XS Sights Next Gen Big Dot Shotgun Beads

XS Sights is pleased to introduce its newest Big Dot Shotgun Beads for home defense in tritium and non-tritium models. These next generation sights for shotguns incorporate the company’s glow technology to make them the brightest sights in any lighting conditions.

Viridian Weapon-Mounted Cameras at LVMPD Range Day

Viridian Weapon Technologies will be exhibiting the FACT Duty Weapon Mounted Camera at the 2019 Las Vegas Metro Police Department Range Day held on January 21 in Las Vegas, NV. Admission to the event is free for all active and retired Fire Department, EMS, Military, and Law Enforcement officials.

Vortex Fury HD 5000 Rangefinding Binocular

Vortex’s all-new Fury HD 5000 10x42 Rangefinding binocular is capable of ranging reflective targets to 5000 yards with an improved, fast readout. The illuminated right barrel display is can be set to yards or meters.

FightLite MXR

FightLite Industries announces the official production launch of its caliber and magazine convertible FightLite MXR. It’s a multi-caliber, pistol cartridge platform that is primarily chambered for 9mm NATO and is caliber convertible at the user level without tools to include .22LR, 9mm NATO, .357 Sig, .40 S&W, 10mm, 45ACP and FN 5.7 x 28mm.

DeSantis Gunhide Variable 13 Holster

DeSantis Gunhide announces the Variable 13 holster – a flat molded OWB holster that can be configured for right- or left handed users. The removable and reversible belt loops allow changing sides, with a straight or FBI cant.

Real Avid Official Gun Cleaning Supplier of Industry Day

Real Avid, the Gun Cleaning Supplier of Industry Day at the Range, will be demonstrating their gun cleaning products on the event before the SHOT Show. Real Avid will have two gun cleaning outposts with a variety of new items.

Otis Announces 2019 SHOT Show Booth Specials

Otis Technology and Shooter’s Choice are excited to announce its presence at the 2019 Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show in Las Vegas. The Otis & Shooter’s Choice booth can be found in the same location as the Otis booth in prior years, at booth number 14213.

SIG SAUER 2019 Product Catalog

SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to announce the availability of the official SIG SAUER 2019 Product Catalog. The SIG SAUER 2019 Product Catalog is a comprehensive review of all SIG SAUER pistols, rifles, ammunition, electro-optics, suppressors, airguns, accessories, and the SIG SAUER Academy including new product releases for 2019.

Galco Royal Guard 2.0 for Glock 43 and 43X

The Galco Royal Guard IWB holster has been improved and Galco has added fits for the Glock 43 and 43X. The holster is made from premium horsehide and has the rough side of the leather out for greater stability inside the trousers.

Crimson Trace Position: Manufacturing Engineering Tech

Crimson Trace is seeking candidates for a Manufacturing Engineering Technician in the Wilsonville, Oregon location. The incumbent is responsible for performing diverse and complex technical assignments in support of manufacturing and product development.

Volquartsen Black Mamba 22 LR Target Pistol

The Black Mamba is the latest addition to the Volquartsen Firearms pistol lineup. It combines features from the Scorpion 22 LR Target Pistol along with the push button takedown functionality of the Ruger MK IV 22/45 frame.

Hogue Inc., Unveils 2019 New Product Line-up at SHOT Show

Hogue Incorporated will be displaying their 2019 new products at SHOT Show, held January 22-25, 2019 at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Umarex Exhibiting at SHOT Show

Umarex will be exhibiting at the 2019 Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show in Las Vegas. On display will be Umarex Airguns, Axeon Optics, Elite Force Airsoft, and the new Exude Series high performance lights from Optical Dynamics.

Action Target Genesis Target Retriever

Action Target announced the Genesis target retriever for indoor ranges. Designed to reduce range maintenance, streamline system control and enhance the shooter's experience, the software monitors the target retriever and detects bullet strikes to the target carrier.

Starline Brass to Exhibit at 2019 SHOT Show

Starline Brass will be exhibiting at the 2019 SHOT Show in booth #4258 on the lower floor of the Sands Convention Center. Starline will be showcasing their newest rifle brass offerings including .224 Valkyrie, .30-30, .348 and .375 Winchester, 5.56x45mm, and .222 Remington.

Savage Package Guns Combine Value and Performance

Savage has expanded and upgraded its lineup of XP package guns, making it easier than ever for hunters to take a rifle from the box to their blind. Savage will have these new firearms on display in Booth No. 14551 at the 2019 SHOT Show, January 22-25 at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Paul Chartier, Tom Gresham Join NSSF’s Board of Governors

The National Shooting Sports Foundation is pleased to announce that Paul Chartier and Tom Gresham and have been appointed to its Board of Governors.

AAC Jaeger 30

The AAC Jaeger 30 provides sound and recoil reduction on single-shot or bolt action rifles chambered up to 300 Win Mag. It features a Grade 9 Titanium mount and blast chamber.

Speer Introduces New Look, Logo and Online Sales

In 2019, Speer customers will see a new, fresher, more aggressive logo that sets its products apart from others in a crowded field. Another new step involves improved packaging for Speer ammunition and components.

Southwick Associates at SHOT Show

Southwick Associates will be attending the NSSF’s SHOT Show this month to help businesses better understand their market and new opportunities through customized, intelligent market research.

Kalashnikov USA Seeks Design and Mechanical Engineer

Kalashnikov USA is expanding their engineering department, and looking for a motivated, hands-on Engineer, with a background in the Firearms Industry, to join the team in sunny Florida.

IDPA Nationals at Talladega on Shooting USA

It’s the IDPA Nationals with the best shooters in Defensive Pistol Competition. The CMP Ranges at Talladega host the challenges designed to simulate real world threats. And there are now new divisions to better represent the CCW guns being carried on the street.

Meopta USA Sport Optics Hires Simpson Sales Company

Meopta USA Sport Optics has hired Simpson Sales Company, Inc. as its sales agency for the Southeastern United States - AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA and WV.

Overstreet and Murray Join SSSF Board of Directors

12th Sargent Major of the United States Marine Corps, Gene Overstreet and White Flyer National Sales Manager Phil Murray have recently joined the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation Board of Directors.

Gamo Swarm Whisper

The new Gamo Swarm Whisper is available in .177 and .22 calibers and is the most-advanced, fastest-shooting multi-shot break-barrel you can buy for under $150.

Predator Pursuit TV’s Jeff Thomason at Pulsar Booth

If you will be in attendance at the 2019 SHOT Show, make plans to stop by Pulsar’s booth #11924 to meet Jeff Thomason from Predator Pursuit TV. A master predator hunter, Jeff will be in the booth on the SHOT Show floor Wednesday, January 23rd from 3:00-4:00 pm.

Daisy Outdoor Products and Gamo Outdoor Renew Hunter Education Sponsorship

Daisy Outdoor Products and Gamo Outdoor USA have renewed their category-exclusive sponsorship of Hunter’s Handbook, the official student publication of the International Hunter Education Association for 2019-2020.

Vermont Fish & Wildlife Grants Available to Improve Shooting Ranges

Vermont Fish & Wildlife is offering shooting range improvement grants to encourage upgrades of shooting ranges for enhanced safety and operation. The Shooting Range Improvement Grant Program seeks grant applications from clubs and government agencies involved in the operation of shooting ranges, including archery ranges.

Velocity Outdoor Names Dave Jenner as VP, Product Development

Velocity Outdoor announced the promotion of Dave Jenner as Vice President of Product Development. Dave’s responsibilities included developing, maintaining and growing key customer relationships and identifying new business opportunities.

Mauser 18 Available in 6.5 PRC

Mauser’s award-winning Mauser 18 bolt-action rifle is now available in a 6.5 PRC chambering with prices starting at $699.

SureFire Celebrates 40 Years

SureFire, LLC is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year as the manufacturer of innovative illumination tools, suppressors, and tactical accessories. The company was founded in 1979 as Laser Products Corporation.

Lyman Products Unveils New Products and Line Additions

Lyman Products will be showcasing a variety of new products and line additions for their Lyman, TacStar, Pachmayr, A-Zoom and Butch’s brands during the 2019 SHOT Show.

Gun Talk’s Tom Gresham Appointed to NSSF Board of Governors

Tom Gresham, host of Gun Talk Radio and founder of Gun Talk Media, has been appointed to the Board of Governors of the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

Magnum Blend in Mossy Oak Obsession NWTF Edition

Environ-Metal , Inc., makers of HEVI-Shot announced Magnum Blend in Mossy Oak Obsession NWTF Edition in time for turkey season. They are available in a 5-count box of 12-gauge 3-inch, #5,6,7, 2oz. load and a 20-gauge 3-inch, #5,6,7, 1-1/4oz. load.

SAR Partners with Weatherby Foundation

The Student Air Rifle Program announced partnership with the Weatherby Foundation to implement SAR in Texas. Weatherby Foundation provided SAR with a $20,000 grant used to purchase SAR equipment kits for Texas Schools.

Hornady 6.5 PRC Ammunition Product of the Year

The Hornady 6.5 PRC has been named the 2018 American Hunter Ammunition Product of the Year as part of the National Rifle Association Publications Golden Bullseye Awards.

HEVI-X in Mossy Oak Camo

ENVIRON-Metal, Inc. will begin shipping new HEVI-X in Mossy Oak Bottomland and Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Blades limited edition boxes.

Olympic Hopeful Nic Moschetti at ALLEN Booth, SHOT Show

Nic Moschetti is a shooter with aspirations of making the Olympic Games as an International Skeet Shooter. He will be conducting a “Meet & Greet” in the ALLEN Booth (#14522) at the 2019 SHOT Show.

SAR Expands to Texas

The Student Air Rifle Program is expanding to Texas with a sustainable partnership. The Texas State Rifle Association Foundation is partnering with SAR.

Taurus Expands 856 Lineup

Taurus has expanded the 856 revolver line with the 856 Ultralight, an aluminum frame 6-shot 38 Special revolver. Four optional anodized coatings include Azure, Bronze, Burnt Orange, or Rouge aluminum.

Breakthrough Clean Technologies to Exhibit at SHOT Show

Breakthrough Clean Technologies will be exhibiting at SHOT Show 2019 January 22 – 25 at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, in booth #1706.

HEVI-Shot HEVI-X Strut

HEVI-X Strut from HEVI-Shot is a tungsten-based turkey load that offers higher energy on target than lead due to a higher launch speed. Available in 12 gauge, 20 gauge and 410.

New Ownership at Head Down Firearms

Head Down Firearms is heading into the new year with a new team, headed by new ownership. The company was recently purchased and restructured by a new group with a passion for firearms and an aggressive vision for the future.

Lyman Products to Attend SHOT Show® Industry Day at the Range™

Lyman Products- an innovator in the field of case preparation and reloading- will be attending Industry Day at the Range™, on Monday, January 21.

Taurus Move Earns GEDA Special Recognition

Following the announcement of the upcoming relocation of the Taurus manufacturing and operational headquarters in the U.S. from Miami, Florida, to Bainbridge, Georgia, the Georgia Economic Developers Associations gave the Development Authority of Bainbridge and Decatur County, Georgia, special recognition during its Annual Awards luncheon.

Two Texas Companies join forces for SHOT Show 2019

AirForce AirGuns of Burleson and Sellmark Corporation of Mansfield, are proud to announce a partnership for SHOT Show 2019, which includes packages for dealers with exclusive pricing.

ENVIRON-Metal: New Bullet and Ammunition Products

ENVIRON-Metal, Inc., makers of HEVI-Shot will begin shipping new HEVI-Duty frangible, nontoxic bullets and ammunition. The bullets are “no ricochet, steel-safe,” nontoxic (including primer) and inexpensive.

DeSantis Sof-Tuck 2.0

The DeSantis Sof-Tuck 2.0 is a polyurethane lined leather IWB holster with a reinforced holster mouth. It’s available in a range of sizes.

Norma BONDSTRIKE Extreme Hunting Ammo

Norma is pleased to introduce BONDSTRIKE Extreme – a new line of hunting ammunition designed for extreme long-range accuracy and excellent performance on game at all distances.

Lone Wolf Distributors at SHOT Show

Lone Wolf Distributors is blowing the lid off the Glock aftermarket parts game this SHOT Show in Las Vegas NV. Dealers are encouraged to stop by Lone Wolf’s booth #20237 and discover three new LWD profit building opportunities to offer their customers.

Federal Syntech Ammunition Options

Federal is introducing three new types of Syntech ammunition: Syntech Defense, Syntech PCC and Syntech Training Match. These will all be on display in Booth No. 14551 at the 2019 SHOT Show, January 22-25 at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

2019 Hodgdon Basic Manual

Published by Hodgdon Powder Co., the 2019 Hodgdon Basic Manual features more than eight thousand loads for Hodgdon, IMR and Winchester Smokeless Propellants.

Savage Expands AccuFit Family of Rifles

Savage continues to expand its line of purpose-built AccuFit bolt-action firearms with new models for Western hunters and turkey die-hards. Savage will have these new firearms on display at the SHOT Show.

DeSantis Inner Piece 2.0 Holster

The DeSantis Inner Piece 2.0 is a padded ballistic nylon IWB holster designed for appendix carry. The Tuckable 360 C-Clip allows adjustment for both height and cant.

CMP Releases 2019 Competition Rules

CMP Competition Rulebooks that will govern all CMP sponsored and sanctioned competitions in 2019 have now been approved by the CMP Board’s Rules Committee and posted on the CMP website.

American Outdoor Brands Acquires LaserLyte

American Outdoor Brands Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: AOBC) announces its Electro-Optics Division, Crimson Trace Corp., has completed the purchase of substantially all of the assets of LaserLyte, a provider of laser training and sighting products for the consumer market.

Leupold Announces BX-2 Alpine Binocular

Leupold & Stevens, Inc., announces its new BX-2 Alpine binocular, designed from the ground up to deliver the relentless optical performance that Leupold products are known for, all in a package that’s firmly value-priced.

Burris Optics and USA Shooting Find What Matters with New Partnership Agreement

Burris Optics has found what matters by announcing a new partnership agreement effective immediately with USA Shooting. As the presenting sponsor, USA Shooting will announce the monthly Burris Best, spotlighting the top athletic performance of a USA Shooting Team athlete.

Legacy Sports International Announces New SHOT Show Booth Location

Legacy Sports International, Inc., leading U.S. importer of firearms and shooting accessories, will be exhibiting among 1,600 exhibitors at the 2019 SHOT Show® in Las Vegas. Legacy Sports International has moved booth locations and is now located on the top floor at booth number 15727


Banks Speak on Credit Cards & Guns

When American Banker gets involved in a conversation regarding banks and their roles in commerce and society, bankers -and financial types- listen. For those of us who don’t have active roles covering that beat, it’s easy to presume that all bankers are lining up in what will be another attempt to regulate the financial aspects of “the gun question.”

Here are some of the responses AB is getting to the suggestion that credit card companies should monitor - and report (of course)- suspicious activity by cardholders. “Suspicious activity” in this instance means buying anything to do with guns and ammunition. And buying it legally.

One reader mentioned a point that’s apparently ignored in the latest campaign to disenfranchise the gun industry and gun owners: no matter what your position on guns, there is nothing illegal about buying them.

“While the idea that gun purchase sku level data is available is hopeful - sku level data for cards is pretty messy if it exists at all. What is with the idea that BANKS should police LEGAL behavior? As abhorrent as it may seem, stockpiling a bunch of weapons is legal in this country. What other LEGAL behaviors should we have banks policing? If you want this be ILLEGAL, then lobby against assault weapons. You don't want bank risk departments legislating. PERIOD."

The reader’s correct - once you begin policing activities you judge to be “abhorrent” where do you draw the line? Banks aren’t part of our legal system, they’re businesses.

Here’s an operational insight that points out another problem in the arguemnt. Mistakes aren’t likely, they’re inevitable:

“Missing is a discussion of what the rate of false positives is likely to be. It is likely to be high, which would not only potentially chill legal activity by law-abiding cardholders but would harm law enforcement by giving them more bad info (on top of the vast majority of SARs that don’t amount to anything), while creating a trove of super-sensitive data that would be very harmful to consumers if a breach were to occur.”

The cause of all this discussion is a column by New York Times financial columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin. In his piece, Sorkin asserts that “many of the killers” (he’s talking about mass shooters) built their “stockpiles of high-powered weapons with the convenience of credit cards.” He went on to try and make the point that it’s a bank’s “duty” to police those purhases.

American Banker carried that argument further, saying that it’s a call to banks “akin to Homeland Security’s summons to patriotic duty: ‘if you see something, say something.’”

Fortunately, their readers aren’t quite as ensconced in the ivory towers as the business writers.

The reality of life, whether these otherwise intelligent reporters realize it or not, is that credit cards are used for all sorts of things that they might not “like”, from cigarettes and lottery tickets to bad haircuts and offensive t-shirts. Some are definitely harmful to your health; others offensive to neighbors, but all of them are - legal.

Seems it’s ok -even in financial journalism - to blur the line between legal and unpopular when you’re virtue signaling.

Banks are frequently pilloried for everything from predatory lending practices to using redlining in realty financing. Frequently, that criticism comes from many of the same people who now using the same “social justice” arguments they often lampoon as “simplistic” or “unrealistic.”

This time, they say, it’s “different” - because the reporting could be used against something they don’t like.

It’s “virtue signaling” at its worst, but advocating masquerading as reporting seems to be the fastest track to the “cool kid circle”.

Meanwhile, the political battle over funding a border wall that has shut down many government services continues.

I’s the most glaring example of an ideological rift that divides Congress. Rather than behaving like legislators - they treat governance like sports. If you can’t get a “W” - just make it as difficult for the other side as possible. And why wouldn’t they? They’ve exempted themselves from virtually every rule that inconveniences “the rest of us.”

Republicans say the country needs the wall. Democrats say no one wants it. So they fiddle as Rome burns.

Yesterday, Gary Ramey of Honor Defense reached out to clue me in to the fact that, despite what you may have heard, many in law enforcement support the border wall.

Not the political appointees - the rank-and-file law enforcement officers who see the impacts of illegal immigration on a daily basis.

Honor Defense is joining with Law Enforcement Today to work toward raising money to build that wall. They’re joining to raise money for the GoFundMe campaign that’s already raised more than $20 million toward a $1 billion goal -to help pay to build a border wall.

Honor Defense and Law Enforcement Today will be auctioning this special edition Honor Defense pistol to help raise funds to build a border wall. The auction runs next week during SHOT Show and bidding starts at $10,000. Image courtesy of Honor Defense.

Honor Defense has contributed a special edition pistol with a serial number they’ve been holding onto for “just such a special occasion” as Ramey explained. The serial number: #000911.

Their “Build the Wall” pistol was specially engraved by Josh Peeks of American Engraver, and has “Secure Our Borders” on one side, with an American flag on the other. The slide top says “The Wall” and features barbed wire tipped with the stars from the American flag. The muzzle says “Making America Great Again.”

You can see more of the pistol shots at: (another title that pretty much sums up their position on Congress).

At this point, there’s no assurance that the GoFundMe campaign will reach its goal. If it doesn’t and the money’s returned to donors, Ramey says the money raised from the auction will be donated to a 501(c)3 charity that supports the families of officers killed in the line of duty.

We’ll all be there at SHOT Show next week, and we’ll keep you posted.

—Jim Shepherd

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