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News | Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Rio Ammunition announces the launch of new packaging to support the NRA

The new Rio Patriot Pack features a distinctive outer sleeve design holding one hundred 12-gauge cartridges that are designed for wing and target shooting.

Dickinson Arms Launches New Website

Full line shotgun manufacturer Dickinson Arms has launched a comprehensive new website designed to help hunters and shooting enthusiasts find the ideal Dickinson shotgun for their specific needs, tastes and shooting style.

Galco Adds Fits for the Quick Slide Holster

Galco Gunleather announced new gun fits for the second-generation Quick Slide. Recently introduced fits include the large-frame Glock .45/10mm, Glock 42, S&W M&P service series, S&W Shield, and SIG-Sauer P938.  

Concealed Carry Fashion Show Returns to the NRA Carry Guard Expo in Richmond

Scheduled for Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, Virginia, the Concealed Carry Fashion Show will showcase the Expo’s top concealed carry products and demonstrate the features and benefits to an audience of firearm enthusiasts and industry media.  

MidwayUSA Names Schwartz as Advertising Manager

MidwayUSA is excited to announce Jarrod Schwartz will assume the position of Advertising Manager. Jarrod has been with MidwayUSA for more than 8 years and has worked as an Internet Advertising Specialist, Content Specialist, and most recently as the Content Manager in the Product Development Department. 

Grizzly .45 Colt +P Ammunition

The Grizzly .45 Colt +P loads are heavy rounds not intended for the newer Vaquero, smaller-frame style revolvers. Heavy loads include Grizzly’s .45 Colt +P factory loaded ammunition with precision-cast 300-grain LFNGC bullets loaded to 1,250-fps velocity.

Lyman Products Commemorative Lyman Sharps Carbine

Lyman Products unveiled the new 140th Anniversary Lyman Sharps Carbine Model in April of 2018. The limited-edition model is now shipping to distribution throughout the United States. The 140 rifles will be serialized from 1 to 140. 

Long Range with Thompson Center - on Guns & Gear

This week on Guns & Gear, get long range ready with Smith & Wesson's Performance Center T/C LRR. Plus, Kimber's Aegis Elite, HEVI-Shot's HEVI-Duty Centerfire ammo, the seven-shot GP100 from Ruger, and SIG's M400 SDI rifle. 

Federal Premium Expands Load Options for Black Cloud

Federal Premium has added new shot size offerings to its improved Black Cloud line. This includes various new loadings of shot size No. 1 and No. 3 in both 12- and 20-gauge.  The new loads are equipped with the new FLITECONTROL FLEX wad.

Wilson Combat: Introducing the 300 HAM'R

Wilson Combat is pleased to announce the availability of the all new 300 HAM’R cartridge, rifles, loaded ammunition, barrels, components and accessories. 

SIG SAUER Raises $40,000+ for HAVA at Annual Charity Golf Tournament

SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to announce it raised over $40,000 for the Honored American Veterans Afield organization at the 2018 SIG SAUER Charity Golf Tournament held Friday, August 3rd at Pease Golf Course in Newington, New Hampshire. 

AO Coolers Cares

When New Roots approached AO Coolers to help out, AO did just that by stepping up to fill an important need in the country of Haiti. AO sent several different styles of soft sided coolers to be used by New Roots on their quest to improve the quality of life for many on the island.

This Week on Gallery of Guns

Tune in Thursday, August 23rd at 9:30pm Eastern for another episode of Gallery of Guns Television. Two handgun options will be on display with the S&W M&P Mod 2.0 five inch and the Springfield 911. 

USA Shooting Aiming for 2020 Vision with Fundraising Stop in Tar Heel State

The stage is ready and the targets have been set as countdown has begun in anticipation of the National Sporting Clays Cup fundraiser next Thursday in the Tar Heel State.  

2018 Bianchi Cup on Shooting USA

The barricades, the plates, the practical, and the mover Shooting USA is at the 40th year of the Bianchi Cup. Plus, the breech-loading Maynard Carbine is one of History’s Guns.

Shooter’s World of Phoenix Hosting Apex Showcase

Apex Tactical Specialties will be holding another Apex product installation and showcase event from 10:00am to 2:00pm this Saturday, August 25, at Shooter’s World in Phoenix, Arizona.

Century Arms WASR Underfolder AK Rifle

Century Arms has announced the release of the underfolding variant of the highly popular WASR AK rifle. The new underfolder version provides a compact option.

Federal Premium Adds to Hi-Bird Upland Shotshells

Federal Premium has added new shot sizes to its popular Hi-Bird line of upland shotshells. The loads combine speed, hard-hitting pellets and a specialized wad to fold the highest doves, crows and pigeons, as well as pheasants and the most challenging upland birds. This includes various new 12-gauge loadings of shot sizes No. 4, 5 and 8. 

2A Armament XLR Rifle Overview

 2A Armament introduces two lightweight, high-powered XLR rifles . Available in  6.5mm Creedmoor and .308, these AR10's are built for serious hunters and shooting enthusiasts.

Galli Joins Gun Digest

Gun Digest Media LLC, publisher of Gun Digest the Magazine and Gun Digest books, has recently announced the addition of Frank Galli, editor of, as a regular contributor and columnist for Gun Digest the Magazine.

Vihtavuori Launches Rebate on Smokeless Powder

Vihtavuori, manufacturer of the world’s highest quality smokeless powder has announced the launch of the “Today is a Vihtavuori Day” rebate, offering up to $60 back with the purchase of up to twelve pounds of smokeless powder.

New Archery Range Open at Ohio's Maumee Bay State Park

A new archery range is now open at Maumee Bay State Park, located at 1400 State Park Road, Oregon. The entrance to the range is just past the park office on Park Road 1.

Nebraska: Carmin Wins Director’s Cup Archery Tournament

Matt Carmin of Doniphan won the Third Annual Director’s Cup archery tournament Aug. 18 at the Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln. Sixty-six archers of all skill levels gathered for the only archery tournament of its kind in the region.

Crow Shooting Supply Becomes Beretta Trident Distributor

Crow Shooting Supply is now a “Trident Distributor”  for Beretta, offering the widest selection of pistols, rifles and shotguns from the world-famous, 500-year old company.

Turnbull Joins NSSF Awareness Campaign for Suicide Prevention

Turnbull Restoration is proud to announce that they are joining with the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to bring more attention to the mental health issues that lay behind so many of the firearm related tragedies we all read about.

Doug Koenig’s Championship Season on Pursuit Channel

Doug Koenig’s Championship Season captures Doug fighting off multiple Zombies at Hornady’s Pandemic 2018 match. Then, Doug takes a break for a behind the scenes factory guided tour at Hornady Manufacturing in Grand Island, NE.


Grizzlies Fire New Record Score in Junior Competition at 2018 National Trophy Rifle Matches

Editor's Note: Today's feature comes to us from the Civilian Marksmanship Program. 

CAMP PERRY, Ohio – Junior athletes raised the competitive bar during the 2018 National Trophy Rifle Matches, as one team’s members collectively registered a new National Record score with their noteworthy performances.

California Grizzlies Shilen earned the coveted Minuteman Trophy as the High Junior Team during the National Trophy Team (NTT) Match, with an overall aggregate score of 2894-86x and a Top 10 finish. Team members Koa Van Hoven, Miles Grove, Loet Van Hoven, Justin George, Amber Kingshill and Nathaniel Nye surpassed the old high score of 2889-80x, which was set back in 2016 by another California Grizzlies team. Team coach of CA Shilen was Kaitlyn Bispo, and Jim O’Connell served as team captain.

In individual competition, winning the Col. Bill Deneke Trophy as the top overall junior of the President’s 100, National Trophy Individual (NTI) and the National Trophy Junior Team events was Luke Rettmer, 19, of Ferndale, WA, with a score of 1270-39. Rettmer was only nine points shy of the National Record score, set by Liam McKenna at last year’s National Matches.

The Top 6 junior competitors of the aggregate are named to the honorary National Junior Highpower Team. The 2018 members, along with Rettmer, were Loet Van Hoven of San Rafael, CA, Thomas McGowan of Hortonville, WI, Justin George of Corcoran, CA, Alex Vitous of Martinton, IL, and High Junior winner Kade Jackovich of Mesa, AZ.

Rettmer used his completed White Oak upper, barrel and a White Oak Leupold scope to nab the High Junior title of the President’s 100 Match – the only junior to make the accompanying Top 20 Shootoff – with a score of 380-9x.

“It’s always my goal to go up on stage (at National Matches), every year, and I’ve done that every year except my first year,” Rettmer said, with confidence.

Last year, he was the overall NRA Junior National Match winner. He returned to Camp Atterbury in Indiana to compete in the NRA National Matches in 2018 before heading to Camp Perry and won the High Junior honor for Long Range and Across the Course.

“But this was the one that I wanted,” he said, referring to his CMP success. “This was the only major junior award that I haven’t accomplished yet, so I definitely wanted that one the most.”

He spoke favorably of the unanticipated conditions this year at Camp Perry, known for its challenging weather, saying, “This is actually, as far as I can remember, the calmest wind I’ve seen here in a long time.”

In the National Trophy Junior Team Match, Rettmer joined forces with Washington Warriors teammate Jordan Freed to claim the overall win, with a score of 966-25x.

Born and raised in Washington, Rettmer began smallbore shooting at age 11 and became distinguished in the discipline just a few years later. He then moved onto highpower shooting, Across the Course and Long Range for the national “Young Eagles” Under-21 team.

He’s been to the National Matches six times and won the silver medal in the U21 Long Range World Championship, held at Camp Perry in 2015. He has also competed in Canada. From here, he plans on attending the Long Range World Championships in New Zealand in January/February 2019 as a coach and competitor.

“Unfortunately, the service rifle is going to have to take a little bit of a break,” he said. “But, service rifle will always be there.”

National Junior Team member Kade Jackovich, 19, earned the Golden Eagle Trophy as the highest junior competitor of the National Matches, collecting a score of 1269-40x in the President’s 100, National Trophy Team and NTI aggregate. He was named High Junior in the NTI Match with an outstanding score of 492-15x.

A talented competitor himself, Jackovich has earned Distinguished Badges in both Service Rifle and Junior Three Position Air Rifle. He is currently attending Northern Arizona University where he is a member of the Army ROTC and the color guard.

In air rifle, Jackovich took first place in the Air Force sporter JROTC Regional Service Championships in 2017. That same year, he went on to earn second at the CMP Three-Position Regionals.

As a member of the Arizona Scorpions Junior High Power team, he has earned a spot in the President’s 100 as one of the Top 100 competitors overall in 2015 and 2018. Also in 2015, he and teammates Zac Clark and Sarah Nguyen overtook the NRA’s Whistler Boy honor and set a new National Record in the match that had stood since 1999.

This year, Jackovich and teammate Donnie Smith earned second in the Junior Team Match, just five points behind the Washington Warriors.

For a complete list of results, visit the CMP Competition Tracker page at

Photos of the National Matches can be found on the CMP Zenfolio page for viewing and free download at  

By Ashley Brugnone, CMP Writer 

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