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News | Friday, March 16, 2018

Leupold Upgrades Thermal Line

Leupold & Stevens, Inc. has upgraded its award-winning thermal imager line with the introduction of the LTO-Tracker HD and LTO-Quest HD.

Samson Manufacturing Announces New Website

Samson Manufacturing announced the release of a new and improved website. The new website features faster search results, enhanced security during checkout and more.   

NSSF Praises House Passage of STOP School Violence Act

The National Shooting Sports Foundation praised passage of H.R. 4909, the STOP School Violence Act of 2018. The legislation passed the U.S. House of Representatives in an overwhelming bipartisan majority. Identically–titled legislation is being considered in the U.S. Senate. 

Leupold VX-Freedom Named New Product of the Year

The VX-Freedom from Leupold & Stevens, Inc., was named the “New Product of the Year” for the optics category at the 2018 Worldwide Spring Show in Reno, Nev. earlier this month. 

Galco Holsters for the Ruger Security-9

Galco Gunleather announced multiple belt holster fits for the newly-released Ruger Security-9 pistol. These include the Avenger, Concealable, Hornet and others.

Lyman Brass Smith Precision Funnel Set

Lyman’s Precision Funnel Set is made to be completely static free, with no more powder clinging to surfaces. The set comes with inserts for 22, 243/6mm, 25/6.5mm, 270/7mm, 30 and 338 caliber rifle cartridges.

Apex Exhibiting At 2018 Arizona Game and Fish Dept. Outdoor Expo

Apex Tactical Specialties will be taking part in the 2018 Arizona Game and Fish Department Outdoor Expo, exhibiting on the shooting ranges during the March 24-25 event at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix.

Century Arms Canik TP9SA Mod.2 Pistol

Century Arms has released a new addition the Canik TP-series handgun line, the TP9SA Mod.2.   Enhancements include a flat top slide allowing for better sight acquisition and a top-slide-mounted disassembly button. 

Hi-Lux MTD30 Red Dot Turkey Scope

Don’t finish patterning your turkey load without a Hi-Lux MTD30 Red Dot Scope on your turkey gun. The MTD-30 is a zero-magnification electronic reflex type sight that is parallax free - allowing you to quickly get on the bird and quickly take the shot. 

Sightmark Pinnacle 5-30x50

Reviewers from the National Tactical Officers Association membership evaluation program have announced their findings on the Sightmark Pinnacle 5-30x50 riflescope. The Pinnacle took home an overall score of 4.4 with perfect scores from one reviewer in 8 categories. 

U.S. District Court Denies Mass. AG's Motion to Dismiss Suit

A U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts judge has denied state Attorney General Maura Healey’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit brought by four federally-licensed Massachusetts firearms retailers and the National Shooting Sports Foundation, challenging the overreaching “Enforcement Notice” issued by her office in 2016 that deprived the retailers of their due process protections. The suit, which seeks declaratory relief and a permanent injunction enjoining enforcement, can now move forward. 

Vertx Launches Tactical Gloves Line

Vertx announces the launch of a new tactical glove line. This new line of gloves consists of four innovative styles including the VaporCore Shooter, Rapid LT, FR Assaulter and FR Breacher. 

Thermal and Night Vision for Home Defense

As prices decline, night vision and thermal devices become more common as a part of home defense planning. It’s of prime importance to identify the potential threat and FLIR provides a number of products to meet that need.

U.S. District Court Denies Mass. AG's Motion to Dismiss Suit

A U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts judge has denied state Attorney General Maura Healey’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit brought by four federally-licensed Massachusetts firearms retailers and the National Shooting Sports Foundation, challenging the overreaching “Enforcement Notice” issued by her office in 2016 that deprived the retailers of their due process protections. The suit, which seeks declaratory relief and a permanent injunction enjoining enforcement, can now move forward. 

Gun Digest Seeks Managing Editor

Caribou Media - Gun Digest seeks candidates for their Gun Digest the Magazine publication and related online content. This is a full-time position in the Appleton, Wisc. office.

Federal Premium Receives Five-Year Duty Ammunition Contracts

Federal Premium has secured a significant ammunition contract with the Swedish Police Authority, Danish National Police and Norwegian Police. These forces have committed to a five-year contract beginning in 2018 for the delivery of 223 Rem./5.56x45mm Tactical Bonded and 308 Win. Tactical Bonded Tip ammunition.

Sightmark T-3 and T-5 Magnifiers

Sightmark T-3 and T-5 Magnifiers provide 3x or 5x magnification in a straight tube optic system .7-.8” shorter than their predecessor.  They  feature a locking quick detach and flip-to-side mount, allowing rapid transition between the magnifier and sight.

What’s Your Gun Worth? – on Tom Gresham’s Gun Talk

Finding out what a gun is worth from the experts, dissecting the law enforcement response in Parkland, and a women’s shooting group leader responds to the notion that it’s not practical for women to carry guns, this week on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk, the original nationally-syndicated radio talk show about guns and the shooting sports. 

2018 Summer Junior Air Rifle Camps

Registration for the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s 2018 Air Rifle Summer Camps is now officially open. Running from June to August, the vigorous 9-week schedule includes a mix of camps and clinics formatted to train high-school age (9-12 grade) junior shooters on intermediate and advanced air rifle marksmanship skills.

Ruger Donates Early 10/22 to Benefit SASP

Ruger Firearms has generously donated an early model 10/22 Carbine rifle to benefit the Scholastic Action Shooting Program. The rifle is being auctioned now through March 28, 12:30 PM eastern time.

Gear Up for Competition Season With Ballistic

The Ballistic ballistic calculator application is powered by the JBM Ballistics Engine, one of the most accurate ballistic engines available. Ballistic comes with a library of 5,300 projectiles and loads, along with performance data from both manufacturers and military testing. 

Ed Brown Product Announces Trade-up Program

Ed Brown Products announced a new Trade-up Program, allowing customers the opportunity to trade-up to their dream gun for less than they ever thought possible. 

Hatsan Break Barrel Repeater Shown at IWA

Hatsan announced a repeating break barrel air rifle they call SpeedFire. The SpeedFire is unique to Hatsan’s catalog with its multi-shot magazine and automatic loading mechanism.  


Viridian Renews Multi-Year Sponsorship of PDN Tour

Viridian Weapon Technologies has renewed its partnership with the Personal Defense Network Training Tour as a primary sponsor for 2018. The defensive training tour begins this week, with more than 100 planned classes in over 60 locations across the country.

Savage 110 Long Range Hunter

The Savage 110 Long Range Hunter’s AccuFit system lets you easily customize the length-of-pull and comb height for a personalized fit, while the user-adjustable AccuTrigger offers a crisp, clean pull. 


Junior Jadelynn Kendall Finds New Confidence Through Air Rifle Team


Editor’s Note: Today’s Feature is from the Civilian Marksmanship Program.

At first glance, Jadelynn Kendall looks like any other air rifle competitor. She carries her equipment into the range, sets up her gear and takes the firing line, just like all of the other members of her Marion High School Army JROTC sporter rifle team. Only her second year in the sport, she’s still learning the ropes.

“I’ve always been nervous to try new things,” she said.

Despite her fears, the 15-year-old from Indiana has come a long way. Her high school years were preceded by days of hardships and growth, but her teammates and those around her have helped to give her the confidence to stand strong – both on the leg she was born with and on the prosthetic she conceals beneath her clothing.

Because though appearing the same on the outside, Jadelynn is actually unlike anyone else. She is equipped with a powerful character that, despite being constantly given extra challenges through her disability, allows her to take on the world one step at a time.

When she was only five years old, Jadelynn's leg was damaged in a horrific accident. Doctors and nurses worked hard to save it, but they were unsuccessful. They had to amputate. The loss of part of her body and the addition of a new prosthetic leg to fill the void left young Jadelynn in a new world of both physical and emotional struggles.

“There’s been a lot,” she said. “Most of it was relearning everything that I had already learned to do. That was hard. But once I got the hang of it, it was okay.”

“Accepting the fact that it’s not going to come back was hard too,” she admitted. “But once I accepted it, I felt a lot better.”

The acknowledgement within her mind allowed the rest of her body to move forward as well. She discovered activities she enjoyed and clung to them – refusing to let a small physical difference set her back.


She grew to love swimming and became a member of a team for a few years, where she would swim without her prosthetic. The experience taught her balance as she stood on the starting block, with only one leg, to begin a race. Jadelynn has also tried volleyball to test her athleticism.

While she worked to understand her new life, others around her had to do the same – and some cowardly refused to. Jadelynn admitted that she was bullied in school because of her prosthetic and had to move around before she discovered a school where she could be accepted. That’s when she found Marion High School.

She found encouragement there through friends and adult leaders. She is currently a member of her school choir, and she takes a Chinese class that’s led by an instructor who, according to Jadelynn, makes learning fun.

And, of course, she joined her JROTC air rifle team through a bit of happenstance and the compassion of a leader within the school who is driven to reveal the true potential of all of his students.

While out playing for Cadet Challenge, a physical fitness test for students in the program, an instructor pulled her to the side and asked her about her leg. According to Jadelynn, he said to her, “Well, why aren’t you on my marksmanship team?” She found that she didn’t really have an answer, so she listened to what he had to say.

The man was Lt. Col. David Farlow – coach of the JROTC rifle team. He recognized Jadelynn’s strong disposition, and, without hesitation, knew that he wanted her courage to be a fixture on his team.

He explained their first meeting, saying, “When I mentioned it to her, she said, ‘I have a prosthetic leg,’ and I said, ‘So? Don’t let it be an excuse.’ And she took the challenge.”

He went on, “I don’t believe in limitations. Shooting is a sport that she can shoot in and do well. She can overcome the adversity that she has.”


Since then, Jadelynn has flourished as a member of the air rifle team. She has made new friends and loves traveling to different areas of the country from match to match. Now in her second year as a sporter shooter, she recently had the chance to go to Georgia for the first time and take a tour of the south – also trekking through Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky.

On top of getting to see more of the world, she has also now seen more of the good in people of the world as a member of a group of peers that has been supportive of her from the start.

“They’re really comfortable with me being around, which makes me feel more a part of the team,” she said.

Jadelynn’s newfound confidence has even made her more open to talking about her amputated leg, cracking jokes about about it with her teammates. She makes everyone laugh, trying her best to bring smiles to those around her with her humor.

“We like to think that JROTC at our school, it’s a family. And, family doesn’t necessarily always get along, but family sticks together,” said Lt. Col. Farlow. “And so, we stick together. She has a leavening affect on our team. She’s just a gentle spirit.”

Her will has allowed her to learn quickly in the three-position air rifle sport. She admits that the standing position has been difficult for her, especially with a recent knee surgery on her good leg that left her unable to perform the kneeling position during JROTC Regionals at Camp Perry in February. But, with fortitude, she still competed – firing in the standing position twice instead.

Coach Farlow explained how he stayed optimistic with Jadelynn during the match, saying, “She was really disappointed that she wasn’t going to be able to shoot in a kneeling position [at Regionals]. So I said, ‘Just beat them in the standing.’ She’s a young shooter, still developing. But, she’s a great kid.”

“It takes a lot of practice to shoot,” Jadelynn said. “It’s something you really have to work at to be able to do.”

Along with intense effort and practice, Jadelynn knows a reliable coach is essential for success. With his down-to-earth rapport with his athletes and his ability to really listen to them, Jadelynn confessed that her coach is an impressive figure in her life who has helped her to reach where she is today.

“He’s so funny, and he cares about his cadets. He treats you well,” she said. “He does funny things, and it makes us laugh. He’ll always make you feel better when you’re in a bad mood.”

Farlow said he’s going to try to move her into precision next year, when she’s a junior. If she likes it, she can keep moving up in her abilities and maybe even one day join the Paralympics.

“There are opportunities for her,” he said.

“I’m thinking about it,” Jadelynn said as she laughed.

Though she has struggled in her life from an early age, Jadelynn has found the strength to stand and to not let unfortunate circumstances keep her down. She has set an example for others who may also have an ailment by showing them that with a little bravery and the determination to get the most out of life, anything is possible. And, along with perseverance, having a strong community around you is just as important.

“My friends and family – they’re amazing, and they help me,” she said. “You don’t know what you can do until you try it, and just because you have a disability, you shouldn’t just not try it. You should try it and see if you like it.”

Farlow said of his remarkable athlete, “She has the spirit of a champion. She doesn’t let anything bother her. She’s very hard working, and she’s the most pleasant young lady. She’s just a joy to have on the team.”

As for her future, Jadelynn will try to keep up with her shooting career, but what she’s really passionate about is going to college to learn more about prosthetics. With her personal experiences and resilience, she wants to be able to provide others in her situation with everything her prosthetic has given her since she was five years old – support.

“That’s the plan,” she said, with a smile.

- - Ashley Brugnone, CMP Writer

The Civilian Marksmanship Program is a federally chartered 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation. It is dedicated to firearm safety and marksmanship training and to the promotion of marksmanship competition for citizens of the United States. For more information about the CMP and its programs, log onto

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