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News | Friday, May 25, 2018

Ballistic’s Best Magazine Awards Federal Premium 224 Valkyrie

Athlon Outdoors' Ballistic magazine editors recently recognized Federal Premium’s 224 Valkyrie with an Editors' Choice award for Best New Cartridge in its inaugural issue of Ballistic's Best


FBI 9MM Contract Awarded to Winchester Ammunition

Winchester Ammunition was recently awarded a contract from the Federal Bureau of Investigation for its duty and frangible training 9MM pistol ammunition. Winchester also received a contract from the FBI as the primary source for .40 S&W pistol ammunition in fall, 2017.  


Alabama S3DA Holds 3-D State Championship

Alabama S3DA held their 3-D State Championship at Autauga County Bowhunters in Prattville, Alabama. Alabama S3DA is set to hold two Outdoor Regional eventsSaturday, May 26, 2018 in Cullman, AL and Pensacola, FL.


The Affects of “Export Control Reform” Rules

The U.S. Departments of State and Commerce have published proposed new “Export Control Reform” rules that will transfer export control of semi- and non-automatic firearms, components and related ammunition from ITAR to the Export Administration Regulations. The new rules will effect numerous other changes in the export control regime that currently applies to the firearms and ammunition industry.


U.S. LawShield Announces Partnership with Jessie Harrison

U.S. LawShield is proud to announce their partnership with world renowned competition shooter, Jessie Harrison. Jessie will be speaking at several U.S. LawShield events throughout the country in 2018.


Larry Vickers Joins Cordova Coolers as a Brand Ambassador

Cordova Coolers recently announced that Larry Vickers of Vickers Tactical has joined the Cordova Coolers team as a Brand Ambassador. 


Register Now for CMP’s June D-Day Rifle and Pistol Matches

The Annual John C. Garand D-Day Anniversary event will be held June 8-10, 2018, at the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) Talladega Marksmanship Park in Alabama.


Howard Leight by Honeywell Lends Support to NSSF’s First Shots Program

The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®) is pleased to announce that Howard Leight by Honeywell has agreed to be the official eye and hearing protection sponsor for the organization’s First Shots program. 


Mississippi 3-D State Championship

Mississippi S3DA held their first Indoor Shoot this past December and their first 3-D State Championship on May 19th, 2018 in Jackson, Mississippi with several archers present from 3 different clubs. 


Indiana S3DA Northern Regional Tournament

Indiana S3DA held their Northern Regional 3-D Tournament at Bass & Bucks Hunting and Archery Pro Shop in Wabash, Indiana with approximately 228 shooters participating from 11 different clubs and teams.


Lead Time on iota Custom Stocks Drops

Due to an increase in manufacturing capabilities and efficiencies, iota Outdoors is pleased to announce a reduction in lead time for custom stocks by more than 50%. Customers can now expect shipment on custom stocks 2.5 weeks from order date, down from 6 weeks. 


Inceptor® Ammunition Announces New Online Store and Redesigned Website

Inceptor Ammunition brand announces a new ecommerce platform that will allow customers to purchase their favorite Inceptor products directly from the manufacturer. 


No Shooting Wire on Memorial Day

In observance of Memorial Day, the Shooting Wire will not issue on Monday, May 28. We will resume our normal schedule on Wednesday, May 30.


Hornady Provides Rapid Rack to French Military

Hornady Manufacturing Company has struck a deal to sell more than 90,000 of its Rapid Rack empty chamber indicator / load-assist devices to the French Ministry of Defense through the company’s French distributor, Sidam SAS.


Alabama Archers Win Top Honors at National Championship

It was a very good year for Alabama’s student archers at the National Archery in the Schools Program Eastern National Championship. Placing in the top five of their shooting categories were two Alabama teams and four individual students. 


Tactical Solutions Shooting Team Success at European Steel Championships

Tactical Solutions Shooting Team posts big success with two 3rd place medals at the recent European Steel Challenge Championships. Mike Gallion, Chris Mitsuoka and Trenton Mitsuoka from Team TacSol competed in the Open and Rimfire Open Pistol Team Divisions.


Federal Premium Gold Medal Sierra MatchKing 224 Valkyrie

Federal Premium launches a new load in 224 Valkyrie aimed at long-range target shooters with its release of 90-grain Sierra MatchKing. The bullet design has a sleek boat-tail that maximizes ballistic coefficient. 


Ed Brown Products Introduces the K1 Field Knife

Ed Brown Products, Inc. teamed up with the craftsmen at Winkler Knives USA and master bladesmith Jason Knight to introduce the Ed Brown K1 fixed blade knife. The K1 field knife is lightweight and the perfect companion in the field or on the range.


USA’s Junior Shotgun Team Program Performs in Porpetto

It was a grand performance by the American contingent of 12 junior shotgun competitors bound for World Championships later this summer after competing in a warm-up Grand Prix match in Porpetto, Italy, May 19-22. 


The Remington Model 1911 R1 Tactical Series

The Model 1911 R1 Tactical is now available at retail.  The guns feature a match grade trigger, 5-inch match grade stainless steel barrels and the frame and slides are tuned for consistent performance.


NSSF's Project ChildSafe Named Finalist for National Safety Council Award

Project ChildSafe, the firearms safety education program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, was honored to be named among finalists vying for the National Safety Council’s 2018 Green Cross for Safety Awards. NSSF and Project ChildSafe’s selection as one of three finalists for the Excellence in Safety Award recognized the program’s continued commitment to helping prevent firearms accidents, thefts and misuse. 


Memorial Day Weekend Sale at Creedmoor Sports

Creedmoor Sports is offering good deals this weekend in honor of Memorial Day. Consumers can earn Double Points with their Creedmoor Cash program and be on a fast track to redeeming gift certificates. Also, there is free shipping on all orders over $49.


Redding Premium Expander Die for 10mm Auto

The 10mm is back and is a great cartridge. Redding has added a Premium Expander Die for the caliber and it uses a specially designed expander plug coated in titanium nitride.  


Oregon S3DA 3-D State Championship

Cascadian Bowmen hosted the 2018 Oregon S3DA 3-D State Championship in Noti, Oregon. Approximately, 31 archers from 4 different clubs participated in this event.


Michigan S3DA Hosts 3-D and Outdoor Regional Qualifiers

Michigan S3DA held their 3-D Regional on May 19th and their Outdoor Regional on May 20th at West Michigan Archery Center in Rockford, Michigan.


Crosman All-American Field Target Championship

Register for the 2018 Crosman All-American Field Target Championship. CAAFTC will be held July 20-22, 2018 in Rochester, NY. Dedicated air gun competitors from around the globe can continue to register for the three-day competition which features multiple shooting matches including the main two-day rifle event. 


SIG SAUER Promotes Hana Bilodeau to Director, Training and Special Events

SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to announce the promotion of Hana Bilodeau to the position of Director, Training and Special Events. In her new role Bilodeau will serve as a liaison between sales, marketing, and product management to ensure alignment of product information and messaging throughout the retail experience. 


FEATURE

Holiday Eve Reflection

It's no longer called Decoration Day. Not many outside the south probably even know what a “Decoration Day” is- or that not all of them were mandated holidays. Some of us remember gathering at our churches, having services, eating lunch, then visiting the graves of departed family members. We celebrated those who went before us. Those whose hard work and sacrifice made our various situations possible.

There aren't nearly as many solemn celebrations  like these as there were when I was growing up. But whether you observe it or not, this holiday commemorates much more than the official kickoff weekend of summer. 

Memorial Day was originally designated to honor the Union dead from the Civil War. It was expanded in World War I to include all Americans who died in military service to their country. 

Today, it is more commonly remembered as the weekend of the running of the Indianapolis 500 and/or the beginning of summer. True to that model this year, schools in our area finish today, freeing kids for another summer of fun. Like youth, unfortunately, their summers aren’t as long - or nearly as carefree- as the ones older people like me remember. There are entirely too-many pressures on today’s kids. There are also entirely too-few parents teaching them how to cope with times when things don’t go their way, tragedies happen or they don’t like the way people in charge are doing their jobs. But that’s a topic for another conversation.

Just down the road from our new home in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, is the Stones River National Battlefield. Walking its restful vistas, it’s almost unimaginable that 24,645 soldiers were killed, wounded or captured on the same ground where I walk to relax.  

Wandering the adjacent military cemetery, it’s brought into harsh focus by row upon rows of simple white markers. The cemetery’s large- and full- the only soldiers buried there died in the fields where the community bikes, hikes, wanders and watches wildlife. Their sacrifice is brought into focus  when I realize that without their deaths this park wouldn’t exist.

Without the sacrifice of our military, virtually nothing we enjoy today would exist. And this weekend’s the time to remember that- and to remind those who follow us. 

As a Memorial Day tradition, some Americans will visit cemeteries and memorials to place wreaths in honor of fallen friends, relatives and comrades.  It's the weekend that all national cemeteries sprout small American flags. The weekend when my young daughters used to say the “flags are blooming." 

It is the continuation of a tradition of honoring the fallen that dates to the Greeks. They honored their dead, especially their heroes, with chaplets of laurel and flowers. 

We are enjoying this holiday weekend with our families, and hope you have the same privilege. There will be no wires on Monday, but we will be back on Tuesday, May 29, with our full editions. 

Over the weekend, I hope you’ll take a moment to say a prayer of thanks for those who died in service, and will add a prayer of protection for those now serving.

This is the weekend we should remember this truth: "all gave some; some gave all." 

To each of them, our sincere thanks.



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