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News | Friday, October 20, 2017

ThermoBlock Shooting Bags

ThermoBlock Shooting Bags, with built in "heat-shield" and 2x thicker ballistic woven fabric, are superior to traditional shooting bags when bench-resting MSR-type rifles. Made by the Allen Company, are durable and heat resistant.

American Outdoor Brands Seeks Engineering Project Manager

The Engineering Project Manager will manage all aspects of firearms product development projects, from beginning to end, with direct responsibility for project execution while leading indirect cross-functional team(s) to accomplish specific objectives in a given time frame and with available resources.

Pavlock Takes First at 2017 Rimfire Challenge

Congratulations to Team Volquartsen shooter Kolby Pavlock, who led the way as he finished first overall for an impressive third consecutive year at the NSSF's 2017 Rimfire Challenge World Championship.

Crosman Awarded JROTC Contract

Crosman Corp. announced that it has once again been awarded the contract to be the official supplier of sporter class air rifles for the Army JROTC program. The Army will purchase more than 13,000 Challengers, adding to the more than 4,000 rifles they purchased in 2016.

DoubleStar Unveils the Halcon-X Karambit at NASGW

DoubleStar Corp introduced the Halcon-X "Non-Traditional Karambit" at the 2017 NASGW Expo and Annual Meeting. Developed by DoubleStar Corp. Director of Edged Weapons, Robert Cabrera, the Halcon-X optimizes cutting positions and striking angles for any military or self-defense situation.

Sightmark Takes Awards

Sightmark products won a pair of 2017 Brilliance Awards from Optics Planet. One was for best boresighter, the Sightmark OPMOD G.U.M.B. Limited Edition Green Universal Boresight. Another was for Night Vision, the Sightmark Ghost Hunter Night Vision Goggle Kit.

Defense Technology 40mm Blunt Impact Projectile Collapsible Gel Rounds

Defense Technology announced the release of its 40mm Blunt Impact Projectile (BIP) Collapsible Gel Rounds. This BIP round provides additional less lethal force options for law enforcement and military operators.

Numrich Gun Parts Corporation Launches New Website

Numrich Gun Parts Corporation, America's leading supplier of obsolete and hard-to-find gun parts and accessories, announced the launch of its newly designed website and 'notify me' feature.

Browning Expands Tactical Knife Line

Browning announced growth in their tactical Black Label knife line for 2017. Five new folding liner lock style knives have been added to the Black Label line: The Equal, Eradicate, Freeze Point, Blind Spot and Hysteria.

MidwayUSA Men's Short Sleeve Button-Up Shirt

MidwayUSA announced the addition of the MidwayUSA Men's Short Sleeve Button-Up Shirt. It is constructed from a 55% Cotton, 45% Polyester blend, and features a single chest pocket, pointed collar, and regular fit.

Pursuit Channel Presents Doug Koenig's Championship Season

Doug makes his competition debut at the NRA World Shooting Championship in Glengary, West Virginia. Shooting the Open Professional Division, and using his own firearms and ammunition, Doug's shooting skills are tested during the three day match.

Anteris Alliance to Host Try & Buy Event

Anteris Alliance will host their annual Try & Buy event at the Pro Gun Club in Boulder City, NV, on 21 Jan 2018. The event will bring together the host of Alliance companies and many industry friends as well.

Gellenthien, Brown and Compound Men at the World Archery Championships

Eliminations at the World Archery Championships saw Team USA come out strong, earning two individual shots at bronze. Then in an afternoon of team rounds for the compound archers, the U.S. men's team was on fire and catapulted themselves into the gold final.

Viridian Displays at IACP

Viridian Weapon Technologies' FACT Weapon-Mounted Cameras will be on display at the 2017 IACP Annual Conference and Exposition. During the event, law enforcement personnel in attendance will have the opportunity to interact with Viridian's FACT DUTY camera.

Viridian "Just the FACTs" Episode 3

In the third episode of "Just the FACTs," champion shooter Rob Leatham joined Viridian to discuss a number of topics, including competition shooting, military training, his Springfield Armory career and more.

Crate Club Adds New Offerings

Crate Club September crates made their way to eager gear enthusiasts across the country. Each box included a variety of high-quality tactical and survival gear that is sourced, tested and approved by Special Operations veterans.

Negrini 16407 Ultra-Compact Sporting Case

INTELCASE Company announced the new Negrini 16407 Ultra-Compact Sporting Shotgun Case for air travel. The new Negrini 16407 Sporting Case is constructed with Negrini's patented double-wall ABS technology and fits over-under or side-by-side shotguns with low or high rib barrels up to 34" including extended chokes.

NASGW Announces Awards Winners

The National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW) has announced the winners of their annual Leadership and Caliber Awards.

Safariland VIEVU LE5 Body-Worn Camera

Safariland VIEVU will debut the LE5 body-worn camera at the 2017 International Association of Chiefs of Police annual conference. The technological advances of the LE5 camera provide industry-leading connectivity and adaptability to integrate with radios, smart phones, holsters, vehicles, and other connected communication devices.

SAFARILAND VIEVU ClipLock Universal Mounting System

Safariland VIEVU will debut the ClipLock universal body-worn camera mounting system at the IACP Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This proprietary ClipLock design is integrated into a series of specialized mounting systems, providing officers multiple mounting options to quickly and easily transfer a camera between uniforms.

Leupold Wins NASGW Awards

Leupold & Stevens, Inc. has been recognized as the Optics Manufacturer of the Year by the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers at the body's annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas. In addition, the LTO-Tracker, Leupold's first product in its new thermal optics line, received the Accessory of the Year honors.

New Hornady Products for 2018

Hornady Manufacturing is proud to announce a comprehensive lineup of new and technologically advanced products for 2018. These new ammunition, bullet, reloading and security products will be available from stocking dealers, major retail sporting goods stores and their websites.

Barrett Sponsors 2017 International Sniper Competition

Barrett will participate in the 2017 International Sniper Competition, October 17-21, 2017, as a Platinum Sponsor. The goal of this competition will be to identify the best sniper team from a wide range of agencies and organizations.

Swab-its Sponsors Deadwood Marshals' Hot Lead 2017

Swab-its®, the USA maker of the innovative lint and fiber-free reusable foam Bore-whips™, Bore-tips® and Gun-tips®, is sponsoring Hot Lead 2017 hosted by the Deadwood Marshals and taking place October 27 through 29.

MidwayUSA Foundation Adds $598,500 to Endowments

In September, donations to the MidwayUSA Foundation generated $598,500 in matching dollars. The Matching Program matches contributions to youth shooting team endowments, 2:1, and is possible because of the generosity and passion of Larry and Brenda Potterfield.

Bestselling Author Jocko Willink's "Discipline Equals Freedom" Now Avilable

New York Times bestselling author, former Navy SEAL officer and leadership guru Jocko Willink has released a new book on the importance of mental and physical discipline in everyday life "Discipline Equals Freedom: Field Guide"

Ruger Awarded Firearms Manufacturer of the Year for Eleventh Year in a Row

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is proud to announce that it has been recognized by the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW) as Firearms Manufacturer of the Year for the eleventh consecutive year.

US Archers on Track for Podium in Mexico City

Eliminations at the World Archery Championships yesterday saw Team USA come out strong in the morning sessions, earning two individual shots at bronze. Then in the afternoon, the U.S. men's team catapulted themselves into the gold final set for Saturday.


Williams, Grace Overtake Rifle and Pistol Events as Entries Double at 2017 New England Games

Our feature is from the Civilian Marksmanship Program.

JERICHO, Vt. – Brian Williams, 43, of Granby, MA, followed up his record-setting Garand Match showing at the 2017 National Matches by heading to the New England Games to sweep even more events – coming out on top of the Springfield, Vintage Military, Three Gun Aggregate and Four Gun Aggregate competitions.

"I try not to set too high of expectations, but I'm definitely pleased with how I shot this year at the New England Games," he said. "My goal this year in Vermont was to win the Four Gun Aggregate – that's an award that I respect a great deal. It's hard enough to perform well in any one match, but to be able to put together four good matches with four different guns puts a shooter in a unique position, where one bad match with any given gun can take you out of contention."

Williams, a Massachusetts boy, also bragged on the location of the New England Games, saying, "That facility is so beautiful. I think it's definitely my favorite venue, and it doesn't hurt that it's relatively close to my home."

Combining service rifle and pistol matches with classic vintage rifle competition, the New England Games was held for the second year by the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) as a Northeastern addition to its annual CMP Travel Games lineup. Hosted at the Camp Ethan Allen Training Site in Vermont, the late September setting gave jaw-dropping views of the transforming mountainside in front of the firing line.

Cascading over the pops of the powerful rifles were brighter pops of red, orange and gold hues from the trees in the distance. It was a spectacular backdrop to the growing event in New England – as the number of entries more than doubled from the previous inaugural year with over 600 in total.

Featured this year at the New England Games were CMP's exclusive electronic targets – designed specifically for the organization by Kongsberg Technology Systems. The targets were used during every rifle event of the Games, drastically speeding up match times through prompt, accurate scoring and the elimination of pit duty and allowing more opportunities for guests to shoot and to explore the surrounding areas in Vermont.

"That was one of the biggest surprises here – the electronic scoring. I really think it's a neat aspect and actually allows shooting to move along at a more rapid pace," said Malcolm McIntyre, 48, of Penn Laird, VA, who fired in his first CMP event during the New England Games.

"I think it's an excellent idea. It'll involve younger and older shooters and will allow them to stay in competition longer. They won't have to go down and pull butts," he went on to say. "I thought it was extremely easy to use. In fact, I was surprised at the ease of use. To see your shot immediately allows you to adjust your gun, if you choose."

McIntyre, a Marine Corps coach and instructor for over 25 years, was intrigued to see the way technology has changed since his past shooting days. Coaxed into coming to Vermont with a small group of other Marines, his nerves set in as he took the firing line, but, overall, he was excited to be back to join in on the camaraderie that comes with attending marksmanship events.

"Persistence got me here," he said. "Beautiful setting at Ethan Allen Camp. Couldn't ask for better weather, better setting to do this event, so I hope that in the years to come, CMP will keep it here."

McIntyre also hopes to compete in other CMP events during the year and to return to the New England Games, maybe even bringing along his 16-year-old son, Trey – someone he believes will really enjoy seeing the electronic targets utilized on the line.

"I think it's a wonderful thing. Electronic scoring is definitely the wave of the future. If you all (the CMP) keep that up, it's definitely going to bring in more people."

He added, "I think CMP did a wonderful job, from lodging, to food, to the event itself, couldn't ask for more. Overall, I couldn't ask for a better event than what the CMP staff put on. That's awesome."

One of the instrumental forces in getting matches to the New England area was Bruce Reid, a long-time CMP competitor who passed before being able to see his dream realized. To honor his devotion, the Bruce D. Reid Memorial Aggregate award was created by the Vermont State Rifle and Pistol Association and is presented each year to the top competitor in the Carbine, Garand, Springfield and Vintage Military matches. Now, Reid's name will forever live on through the feats of other talented competitors.

This year's Bruce D. Reid Memorial award recipient was, of course, Brian Williams, who accepted his plaque with true gratitude.

"That was a great accomplishment, and I'm glad to be a part of the legacy of a man that did so much to promote the shooting sports and help bring the CMP to Vermont," he said.

In other match results, winning the opening M16 EIC Rifle competition, held during the rifle Small Arms Firing School, was CMSgt Michael Grady, of the U.S. Air Force, with a score of 374-7x.

CMSgt Grady, who drove nearly four hours from the Boston area, says, as a military member, he's grateful for the CMP's new presence in New England, since it's so tough to make it to Camp Perry and other Games matches held around the country. After attending last year's event, he knew he wanted to make the same trip again this year.

"We had such a great time last year. We met so many nice people, the level of competition was excellent, so we said we're definitely coming back – because there aren't that many competitions in New England," he explained. "Very, very happy about CMP Games coming up here."

Clinching the Garand Match at the New England Games was Mike Speary, 43, of Cortland, NY, with a score of 289-3x. Speary was also the overall winner of the T-Class in the Rimfire Sporter competition.

Also winning in the Rimfire Sporter event was MAJ Lynette Farnham, 45, of the Army Reserve National Guard, with a score of 563-10x. Bill Ellis, 52, of Langley, England, came across the pond to top the Tactical Class, with a score of 572-17x.

Shawn Handy, 38, of Williston, VT, finished up the Garand-Springfield-Military rifle award winners as the highest Modern Military competitor, with his score of 293-8x – only one point above the second place individual. Like the Modern Military event, Handy also overtook the EIC Rifle Match, again by only one point, with a score of 481-16x

CDR Thomas Lowry, 54, of the U.S. Navy, claimed the Carbine Match – firing a score of 366-3x.

Winning the Vintage Sniper team match in the manual category was Hard Leg #2, James Horton and Jack Chomko, with a score of 386-14x. PA-West Virginia, Randy Ent and Daniel Fiora, led the semi-auto class, with a combined score of 337-2x.

In pistol action, CW4 Lawrence Grace, 56, of the Army Reserve National Guard, dominated the schedule – winning overall in the As-Issued 1911, 40 Shot and Pistol EIC matches. CW4 Grace and his shooting partner, CW2 Cara Krauss, joined forces to win the Pistol Team Match with a score of 522-11x.

Following close behind in second place of each match was GM1 Charlie Petrotto, 33, of the U.S. Coast Guard, who managed to secure wins of his own in the Military & Police Service Pistol and .22 Rimfire Pistol EIC matches.

The CMP extends a sincere "thank you" to the Vermont National Guard, Vermont State Rifle and Pistol Association and the Burlington Rifle and Pistol Club for being gracious hosts and generous partners in the New England Games event – everything was an overwhelming success.

We hope to see everyone next year!

For a complete list of results, visit

Photos of the event can be found on the CMP Zenfolio page, where they can be downloaded for free:

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

-- By Ashley Brugnone, CMP Writer

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