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News | Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Prime Archery Welcomes Damsbo To Competitive Team

Prime Archery is excited to welcome professional archer, Martin Damsbo, to their competitive archery team as the newest Prime Pro.

NRA Foundation and NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund Join #GivingTuesday

The NRA Foundation and NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund have joined thousands of other nonprofit organizations in the fundraising campaign #GivingTuesday, which will occur this year on December 1.

SIG SAUER Introduces WHISKEY5 and WHISKEY3 Hunting Riflescopes

SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to introduce its new category of hunting riflescopes from the all-new SIG SAUER Electro Optics line. The WHISKEY Series is one of several product families contained within the new SIG SAUER offering of high performance optics.

Head Down Black Friday Sale

Head Down's annual Black Friday sale will begin this Friday (11/25/15) at midnight and will run throughout the day. On Friday, all firearms sold will include a free Cerakote job in your color of choice ($100 value).

AMI Announces New Partnership With Chattanooga Shooting Supply

Advanced Munitions International LLC (AMI) announces their new collaboration with Chattanooga Shooting Supply who will be a full line distribution partner with AMI brands that includes HPR Ammunition, EMCON and BlackOps.

Rinehart Offers Easy-Change Covers For Rhino Bag Targets

Rinehart Targets®, designer and manufacturer of sculpted archery targets, is now offering replacement skins for both the 22- and 26-inch Rhino Bag™ targets.

Atlanta Arms Launches Don't Get Trampled Black Friday Promotion

Atlanta Arms is launching their Black Friday promotion today through November 30th with a Springfield XDS 45 and tshirt giveaway.

Rogers Holster offers New QD Mount for Trijicon MRO Sights

The Rogers Sight Mount (RSM) is a versatile, quick-detach mount for any Red-Dot optics with a picatinny rail attachment. The RSM allows the user to quickly detach and reattach their optic without the need for cumbersome fasteners or tools.

Boyds Introduces Savage A17 Hardwood Replacement Stock Options

Boyds has recently introduced Savage A17 replacement gunstocks in their Classic, Featherweight Thumbhole, Heritage, Platinum, Prairie Hunter, Pro Varmint, and Varmint Thumbhole designs. The new rifle from Savage is the first high-performance semi-automatic rimfire specifically designed for the .17 HMR cartridge.

Brownells New Product Review

This week's New Product Review from Brownell's features the Magpul Hunter 700 Magazine Well, the Wilson Combat/Vickers Tactical 1911 Duty magazine, the Hogue OverMolded Ruger 10/22 Takedown Stock and the Ruger Moon Clip Case.

Bill Hicks & Co. New Distributor for 2A Armament

2A Armament has announced that Bill Hicks & Co., Ltd is a new distribution partner. Bill Hicks & Co., Ltd. offers more than 30,000 products from 300 well established and respected manufacturers in the hunting and shooting sports industry.

Accu-Grip Low Cost AR Accuracy

Accu-Grip ( adjustable trigger length AR-15 grips increase accuracy and semi-auto fire volume, resulting in greatly improved shooter accuracy and fire volume capability.

This Week on GUNTALK Radio

It's new ammo from a legendary rock star; holsters to fit your favorite lasers; great deals on ammo, lasers, gear, and guns; and more, this week on Tom Gresham's GUNTALK Radio, the original nationally-syndicated radio talk show about guns and the shooting sports.

Wilson Combat CQB Commander

The long-awaited Wilson Combat CQB Commander has a full size grip frame and 4.25" slide and bushing barrel. It's their first mid-size pistol model in this specific format and -- being a CQB, this Commander is loaded with their most sought after custom enhancements desired in a hard use carry gun.

Pyramyd Air Named to 2015 Bizrate Circle of Excellence

For the fifth consecutive year, Pyramid Air, the world's largest internet airgun retailer, has been awarded the BizrateCircle of Excellence Award. The award recognizes online customer satisfaction scores as rated by millions of online buyers.

Heritage Showcases Site-Wide Online Black Friday Discounts

Heritage Manufacturing, Inc., an American legend in single action revolvers, announces their site-wide online only Black Friday special.

Rossi Offers Black Friday Online Savings

Rossi offers Black Friday deals where customers can save 40% off retail price at their online store.

CMMG Announces New Lineup

CMMG has unveiled the Mk47 line-up featuring a KRINK-style muzzle device. Similar to the original Mk47 MUTANT design, these new rifles are built around the 7.62x39mm caliber and feature a shortened AR-10 sized bolt carrier group paired with a unique upper and lower receiver to minimize weight and increase ergonomics.

Black Friday Deals on Taurus® Magazines and Select Accessories- Online Only

Taurus® starts the holiday season off with savings by offering Black Friday specials on magazine and accessories purchases to their online guests.

Wilshire Gun Joins 2A Armament Retailers

2A Armament, the maker of precision AR15 rifles and accessories has announced that Wilshire Gun has joined its list of qualified retailers.

Cartridge Comparison Guide Completes Poster Series for Wildcat and Proprietary Cartridges

Cartridge Comparison Guide, the ultimate hunting & ballistics source built to help shooters maximize their benefits from cartridge capabilities and ballistic understanding, has just completed their series of Wildcat and Proprietary Cartridge Posters.

Liberty Ammunition Offers 15% off Ammunition Purchases Black Friday Through Cyber Monday

Liberty Ammunition is offering 15 percent off all online ammunition sales, plus buy two boxes of the same caliber and receive a free apparel gift, at from Nov. 27 - 30, 2015.

Mako Group 30% Off Black Friday Sale ends Monday

The Mako Group's Annual Black Friday Sale of 30 percent off is going on now and ends Cyber Monday at midnight.

FBI selects Aimpoint Micro® Sights for use by elite teams

Aimpoint has announced that the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is now issuing Aimpoint Micro Series Sights to agents in the Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) and Defensive Systems Unit (DSU).

Veazie Police Department Receives Safety Equipment Grant From The Spirit of Blue Foundation.

The Spirit of Blue Foundation announced yesterday that it has awarded a Safety Equipment Grant to the Veazie Police Department (VPD) for the purchase of two AR-15 style rifles chambered in .223/5.56mm and essential accessories, valued at $3,713.30.

New Leaders Going Into Holiday Break In Crosman National Field Target Series

Hans Apelles of Somers, New York leads all rifle shooters with 256 points, all done with a Crosman 1720T pistol fitted with the shoulder stock that comes with the airgun. Craig Evans of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania leads the pistol competition with 200 points.

FTI/Tetra® Gun Care Signs Covey Sales & Marketing Rep Group for Midwest Territory

FTI, Inc., a pioneer in advanced lubrication and cleaning technology through its Tetra® Gun professional gun care product line, is pleased to announce the signing of Covey Sales & Marketing as its new regional sales representative group for the Midwest U.S. region.

TROY® Sale Days with TRXtreme Carbine, Site Wide Discounts, Free Shipping

TROY® announces Sale Days for the Holidays, Wednesday, November 25 – Monday, November 30, 2015. Shoppers at will receive 20% off site wide and free shipping on orders over $50 with special value discounts on Black Friday and Cyber Monday (limited exclusions apply).

Self-Defense Training Tips – Next Week On Guntalk

Next week on GUNTALK: Two top trainers – Greg Lapin with VATA Group, and Chris Cerino of Cerino Consulting and Training Group - demonstrate self-defense training skills.

Ruger's American Rimfire – Next Week On Guns & Gear

Next week, Guns & Gear features the Ruger American Rimfire; a full line of gun lubes, including the popular EWL, fromSlip2000; Safari ammo from DoubleTap Ammunition; Timney Triggers' Ruger American trigger; a Crimson Trace Training Tip; and more.

Steyr Arms Launches Its New Website in Time for Black Friday/Cyber Monday Specials

Steyr Arms announced yesterday that the company's website and online store have been completely redesigned and are up and running just in time for Black Friday and Cyber Monday specials.

STEINER OPTICS' M5Xi Riflescope Wins a 2015 Optics Planet Brilliance Award

Optics Planet recently chose Steiner Optics' M5Xi Military 1-5x24 riflescope as the recipient of the Brilliance Award for Best Premium Tactical Scope of 2015.

Girls With Guns Clothing Introduces Exclusive Black Friday Styles

Starting on Wednesday, November 25, 2015, three brand new Mossy Oak® styles will launch on Girls With Guns Clothing's website,, and in all Sportsman's Warehouse locations that currently carry GWG.

Countdown to Elk Camp: Seminar, Performing Artist Schedule Announced

Four days of hunting seminars and a stage full of country music talent await attendees of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's Elk Camp national convention Dec. 3-6 at The Mirage and Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC).


Thanksgiving Thoughts

This marks the fifteenth year that I've sat at my desk, stared at my computer and wondered how I'm supposed to express what I feel as I watch another year wind down.

The 2015 calendar is winding down while my personal odometer continues to add miles. And I'm even more acutely aware that no matter how I say it, thanks doesn't begin to express what I feel.

At this point in my life, I'm probably more appreciative of every breathing cycle I complete than entire years as a child.

When I was young, I fully expected to live forever. Today, I have neither that mistaken impression or desire. Now, I'm not in any sort of hurry to "shuffle off this mortal coil" but today I realize that none of us are designed to hang around forever.

But I regret having considerably less time to savor every second of what's left than I did when time just couldn't pass fast enough to suit me. That bittersweet realization, like semi-sweet chocolate, is just another of those things that make the sweet that much sweeter.

In 2015 the industry has lost several great men- and women- I've been fortunate enough to have called friends and colleagues. And as we head into the holiday season, I miss each of them. It seems only appropriate to remember those who've gone before us.

Yes, the holidays are meant to be spent with family. To reflect on your good fortune and fondly reminisce about family members no longer gathered around your table-and to celebrate those new arrivals.

This year, we'll be spending our holiday with our first grandchild. I can hardly wait.
And with that admission, I have to say to each of you who told me that "things in your life will realign themselves with grandchildren" something: you were absolutely right.

It's amazing how much another manifestation of the arrival of the inarguable autumnal phase of my own life has energized me.

I'm looking forward to singing silly children's songs, making funny faces and (hopefully) convincing my creaky knees and tired old back to drop to the floor for pony rides. The old bronco won't buck like the one from 30 years younger, but this newest passenger will be just as precious a cargo.

Don't start me on the toys we've already squirreled away for Christmas. I doted on my children, but this grand baby thing is 'way beyond that.

OK, my personal goals have changed- significantly- over the years that have passed. When my daughters were born, I was still determined to get to the top of my profession - and, unfortunately, I wasted some of the early years of their childhood before I realized everything really important was at home- not in the office.

Yep, I'm thankful for my family as we prepare to overindulge in family, food and football this weekend.

But I would be wrong not to say - again - that I'm very thankful for each of you.

Fifteen Thanksgivings later, I'm no longer juggling a "real job" and a fledgling news wire. Heck, I don't even have a "real job" anymore. I look forward to sitting down at my computer and talking (yes, that's what I consider it) with each of you every day.

Your support has made that possible. Because if you weren't here, we wouldn't be either.

And I'm very thankful that today the pronoun "we" isn't wishful thinking. A large measure of our progress is because the"we" of today describes a great collection of subject matter experts.

A single bi-weekly news update has evolved into a digital network of services that will have distributed more than 63,000 news releases and hundreds of features to our subscribers and secondary readers this year.

But I'm also thankful there are other services out there offering news and information in lots of different ways. May sound strange, but I believe a variety of voices is necessary to accurately reflect what's happening in our world. And more than one of those you might consider my competitor I consider friends. We're all on the same side -supporting the outdoors, shooting sports and, ultimately, our uniquely American right to keep and bear arms.

We're not just sitting around being thankful over the next few days. We're working on new things, including growing our latest undertaking- the Starlight 3 Gun Series. Next week, we'll be announcing the initial date and location for the 2016 competition season -and there are still other events to come. Along with other "stuff."

But all that can wait a few days.

Beginning this afternoon, we're joining our families to celebrate Thanksgiving.

And I hope each of you has the opportunity to do the same. And if you know someone who doesn't have family, I hope you'll welcome them into yours.

Happy Thanksgiving, God bless, and we'll be back in your email next Monday morning.

—Jim Shepherd

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