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News | Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Brown Signs California Gun Restraining Order Bill

Yesterday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a measure which allows family members to ask judges to remove firearms from relatives who appear to pose a threat. Prior to the measure's passage, Connecticut, Indiana and Texas were the only states where law enforcement officials could seek a judge's order allowing them to seize guns from people they deem to be a danger. The California measure expands the scope by allowing relatives to seek the same restraining orders. Under the bill, whomever seeks the restraining order would be required to sign an affidavit under oath. Falsifying an affidavit is a misdemeanor. A court hearing is mandated within 14 days of the order's issuance to allow the gun owner a chance to argue they pose no danger. Previously, officials could only seize guns from those convicted of felonies, violent misdemeanors, under a domestic violence restraining order or determined to be mentally unstable. Sam Paredes, executive director of Gun Owners of California says the organization feels the law "just misses the mark and may create a situation where law-abiding gun owners are put in jeopardy."

Brown also signed SB505, a companion measure that will require law enforcement officials to develop policies that encourage officers to search the state's database of gun purchases as a regular part of routine welfare checks.

Doug Koenig Championship Season Presents Florida Lake Gators

This week, Doug travels to the freshwater lakes in Ocala, Florida with his sons and sports training Coach John Schaeffer to fill gator nuisance tags. Over the course of two days, the crew sets off on a Jon boat during daylight hours glassing for 25' baited buoy lines amongst lily pads and downed trees.

Bushnell Tactical Team Wins 2014 Sniper Adventure Challenge

Bushnell is proud to announce that Bushnell Tactical Team member Tom Fuller and his partner Dave Steinbach were the winning team in the 2014 Competition Dynamics Sniper Adventure Challenge which was held September 5-7, 2014 in Douglas Wyoming.


SWAROVSKI OPTIK NORTH AMERICA is pleased to announce the new STR 80 spotting scope. Offering HD optics and an illuminated reticle, the STR 80 is excellent for estimating distance and will allow you to see targets at long range.

"CDNN Sports" Partners "NRANEWS Cam & Co."

Sportsman Channel has entered into a new sponsorship deal with CDNN Sports during the network's show - NRANEWS Cam & Co. The announcement was made yesterday by Sportsman Channel Vice President of Business Development Graig Hale.

Weatherby® Supporting Chris Kyle "Seal on the Mountain Hunt"

Weatherby® has partnered with Base Camp 40, Warriors In The Wild to provide rifles for the Chris Kyle "Seal on the Mountain Hunt," which includes four Medal of Honor recipients and three other military veterans. Offers Front Line's Kydex® New Generation Holsters at 20% Off

For those looking for the strength and durability of Kydex® combined with the fit and comfort traditionally found only in leather holsters for concealed carry, Front Line suggests one of the models from their new generation holsters system the KNG. Available now in a wide range of models and styles at, consumers are invited to take 20% off for a limited time.

CrossBreed Holsters Moves into New Facility

Under the direction of Carol Craighead, along with several members of the family and many long time employees, CrossBreed Holsters has continued to grow. This made it necessary to move yet into an even larger facility in July of 2014. The new facility is a tribute to founder Mark Craighead and the achievement of his dream.

Umarex USA Supports American Airgun Field Target Association

In support of the airgun shooting sports, Umarex USA, Inc. donates a laminated RWS Model 54 air rifle to the American Airgun Field Target Association (AAFTA) for auction at the 2014 AAFTA Nationals being held at the Evans Bridge Field Target Range in Heflin, Alabama, October 3- 5, 2014.

Team SureFire's Mike Voigt & Maggie Reese Conquer USPSA Nationals

SureFire congratulates Team SureFire members, Mike Voigt and Maggie Reese on their outstanding performance at the USPSA Handgun Nationals. Mike Voigt took home the High Senior Trophy in Open Division and placed 12th overall, while Maggie placed 3rd in the Ladies Category of Production Division.

GoPro Introduces Hero4 Action Cam

GoPro's Emmy®Award-winning imaging technology combines with enhanced ease-of-use and powerful new features such as 4K30, 2.7K50 and 1080p120 video capture (Black) and built-in touch display convenience (Silver), to make it easier than ever for consumers to self capture and share stunning, professional quality content of their favorite experiences.

Project Appleseed Rifle Marksmanship Course Set for Wyoming Antelope Club in Clearwater, Florida

A Project Appleseed marksmanship clinic will be held October 25-26 at the Wyoming Antelope Club in Clearwater, Florida.

George Zimmerman Speaks Exclusively on Armed American Radio

On Sunday, October 19, George Zimmerman, who put the right of self-defense in the spotlight when he shot and killed Trayvon Martin, will tell his story in excruciating detail for the first time in an exclusive live discussion with host Mark Walters on the nationally syndicated Armed American Radio program. Exonerated in court, Zimmerman's life was turned upside down by the experience.


Between The Berms: Best Practices

Where do you find best practices?

For a lot of people running matches, clubs and entire shooting sports, best practices is a street. A 'Best Practices Street' to which there is no access from 'Not Invented Here Avenue.'

I'm always fascinated by what people are doing to improve their programs and spend a lot of time picking their brain to learn how they came to their ideas.

Equally fascinating, but also quite horrifying, is talking to those that seemingly have no desire to improve their program or are so enamored with what they have achieved thus far that they are sure nothing more can be done to improve.

Both stun me as I work under the impression that everything can be improved so why wouldn't you continue looking for good ideas.

Of course, not everything can be implemented, because time, available volunteers or funding are too limited. But for those that are always looking for improvement, these are simply obstacles around which to find a path. And these people usually find that path.

For the 'this is good enough' crowd, or the 'not invented here' visionaries, the obstacles are more like impenetrable barriers. They point to the barriers and use them to end any argument. Usually this is preceded by the phase, "You have to understand...."

The reality is that the only thing to understand is that there is always a path to take to succeed and that it often requires simply listening to the ideas of others.

Yesterday I was sent the match book for the California State IDPA Championship. Everybody that has ever attended a major competition has seen a match book. They are nothing special, usually printed in black and white, and are often discarded after the match.

What was different with the one for the California match is that it is an ebook. Last year they went to a digital match book and shooters had no problem with it. As Sean Young explained after sending the link, everybody has a printer at home, or a smartphone or tablet on which to view the program. And he's right.

The obvious benefit to a digital version is that it eliminates the printing costs. If your match has 200 to 300 shooters this can be a sizable line item in your match budget. The additional benefits of this kind of match book are being able to include content you wouldn't normally when restricted by a page count limitation.

For instance, including a registry of past winners lets shooters know who the odds on favorites are in the match. For sponsors, extra content can mean hyperlinks to various social media outlets like Facebook or Twitter. At a large enough match using the unique competitor number could unlock a one-time online discount from a sponsor, thus providing them a more appealing return for their support.

The digital match book isn't a new invention, for sure. But in the case of the California match it is well executed. I sent the link to Jon Wolfe who is preparing for the S&W Live Free Or Die state championship in New Hampshire later this month. Always on the lookout for a good idea, Jon immediately saw the value in going with a digital format.

The content possibilities with a digital match book are almost endless and can be tailored to fit your match's varied needs. It just takes some good ideas and the willingness to move forward.

Finding good ideas is one thing. Sharing them is another. There are a lot of smart, creative people running matches and shooting leagues around the country. The trick is gathering together their good ideas and compiling them into a best practices library for others.

Whether your issue is recruitment and retention of new shooters, maximizing volunteer participation, providing greater sponsor value or simply getting your shooting program off the ground, the truth is out there if you look for it.

And it's a lot easier to find than you long as your route to Best Practices Street doesn't take you to Not Invented Here Avenue. That's a dead end.

- Paul Erhardt, Editor, the Outdoor Wire Digital Network

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