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News | Friday, June 2, 2017

GLOCK Launches Annual Safety Pledge Drive

GLOCK, Inc. continues to spread the message of firearm safety with the annual GLOCK Safety Pledge Drive. This year's #FollowTheFour movement coincides with June National Safety Month and will run from June 1, 2017 through June 30, 2017.

The Comp-Tac Victory Gear Story

Comp-Tac owner Gregg Garrett started out building holsters every night. When possible, he mixed in some weekend competition, where other competitors saw his effective, low-cost holsters at work. The result was more business and the company now known as Comp-Tac (Competition and Tactical).

Barrett REC7 DI Available in Pistol Configuration

Barrett has now created REC7 DI AR-style pistol. Incredibly light, it features a customizable direct impingement platform and can be adapted to your specific preferences.

This Week on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk

This week, Tom talks with the 2017 Bianchi Cup champ, plus, range reports, and more on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk, the original nationally-syndicated radio talk show about guns and the shooting sports.

MidwayUSA Celebrates 40 Years of Serving Customers

On June 18, 2017, MidwayUSA will celebrate its 40th year of serving customers. Today, MidwayUSA occupies a 21-acre campus in Columbia, Missouri and has become one of the leading internet retailers in the outdoors industry.

HIVIZ LITEWAVE Rear Sight for Kimber 1911 Pistols

HIVIZ Shooting Systems has introduced a new LITEWAVE rear sight for Kimber 1911 pistols. Paired with a HIVIZ Kimber 1911 LITEWAVE front sight, it makes a bright sighting combination.

No. 3 Daniel Defense Chevrolet Camaro at Dover Speedway

Daniel Defense is pleased to announce the debut of the No. 3 Daniel Defense Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR XFINITY Series OneMain Financial 200. The race will take place at Dover International Speedway on Saturday, June 3.

Ammo & Reloading Market In Shooting Industry's June Issue

The June issue of Shooting Industry features up-to-date perspectives on three key segments of the market: ammo and reloading, optics and hunting-related products.

NRL announces Butch's Oklahoma Shoot precision rifle match

The National Rifle League announces that the sixth match of the 2017 NRL season will take place September 9th - 10th in Woodworth, OK.

Ruger Announces Executive Appointments

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) announces the following executive appointments: Sarah F. Colbert as Vice President of Administration, Robert J. Werkmeister, Jr. as Vice President of Marketing, and Michael W. Wilson as Vice President of Mayodan Operations.

Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office Selects SIG SAUER P320

SIG SAUER, Inc. announced the selection of the striker-fired P320 pistol as the sidearm choice for the Santa Barbara County (Calif.) Sheriff's Office. The agency is comprised of more than 700 regular employees and more than 200 volunteers.

Ruger American Rimfire Stainless

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. is proud to introduce the Ruger American Rimfire Stainless. In response to customer feedback, Ruger engineers have created a stainless steel configuration of this popular rifle in three calibers -- .22 LR, .22 WMR and .17 HMR .

Sponsors Announced For New NRA Carry Guard Expo This Summer In Milwaukee

The National Rifle Association announces the inaugural NRA Carry Guard Expo, scheduled for Aug. 25-27 at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Event sponsors include Ruger, Daniel Defense, SecureIt, Winchester Ammunition, Kahr Arms, Browning Ammunition, Kel-Tec, and Shooting Illustrated.

Adam Burt Appointed GM of JP Enterprises

Former president of Blue Book Publications, Adam Burt has been appointed General Manager of JP Enterprises, Inc., now in its 26th year of business. Prior to joining JP Enterprises, Mr. Burt was the president and minority owner of Blue Book Publications, Inc.

TGD Adds Tac-Shield Gun Belts

Tactical Gear Distributors announced the availability of the Tac-Shield Tactical Gun Belt to its product offerings. The line of the 1.75" mil-spec webbing belts, with the Cobra buckle, will be available from their retail partners.

Walther Mail-In Rebate Promotion

Walther Arms, Inc. announces a $100 Cash Back Mail-In Rebate for select purchases of new products between June 1, 2017 – September 15th, 2017. Eligible Walther handguns include the PPQ M1, PPQ M2, PPQ Navy, PPQ 45 and more.

Leupold Pro Doug Koenig Posts 18th Bianchi Cup Win

Leupold & Stevens, Inc. honors Doug Koenig on his 18th Bianchi Cup championship, continuing his domination of the premier action pistol match. After qualifying with a score of 1918, with 175 X ring hits, Koeing finished the Colt Championship Final with a perfect score of 1920 and 184 X's.

Sellmark to Exhibit at NBS 2017

Sellmark is proud to announce participation in the upcoming Fall Nation's Best Sports Show in Ft. Worth, Texas from August 23 -26, 2017 at the Fort Worth Convention Center.

Birchwood Casey's Silhouette Hostage Paddle Target

Birchwood Casey adds a new dimension to handgun or rifle training with the Silhouette Hostage Paddle Target. The target is constructed of tough, 1/2" AR500 steel.

STI International Costa H.O.S.T. Optic/Suppressor Ready Pistol

STI International has teamed up with Chris Costa to design the new Costa series of pistols. The Costa H.O.S.T. pistol comes ready to run right out of the box with the new Vortex Viper red dot sight and tall Tritium sights that will function when a suppressor is attached to the gun's pre-threaded barrel.

ERGO Appreciation Sale

During the month of June, ERGO is running an Appreciation Sale of 20% off everything in their online store and free shipping on all orders over $50.

Century Arms Announces New C308 Rifle Package Facebook Giveaway

Century Arms has teamed up with industry partners to offer a new heavy rifle package giveaway on Facebook, running from June 1-30, 2017.


Team CMP Feature – Johnny Fisher

The Civilian Marksmanship Program's (CMP) Travel Games event season is now underway. CMP Travel Games, featuring a variety of rifle and pistol competitions and clinics, are scheduled throughout the year around the country to allow civilian and military enthusiasts of all ages and from all areas to take part in the fun and challenging matches exclusive to the CMP.

Competing at each Travel Games event are members of Team CMP – composed of accomplished rifle marksmen, hand-picked by the CMP to serve as ambassadors to the sport. Team CMP was assembled in May 2016 by CMP's Talladega Marksmanship Park range master Sara Rozanski in an attempt to build a group of elite civilian competitors. Along with a knack for competitive shooting, Team CMP members are carefully selected from individuals who want to inspire and guide other civilians on and off the firing line.

Recently, members of the team sat down and answered questions about themselves to give us a better look into their journeys as riflemen. Read below to find out more about the individual talent taking the firing line for Team CMP!

And if they're taking the line next to you at the next Travel Games event, feel free to ask them questions of your own!

NAME: Johnny Fisher

AGE: 42

HOMETOWN: North Hollywood, California

Fort-Angeles is a 100-yard reduced course range that is part of the larger Angeles Shooting Ranges in Sunland, California. A handful of different clubs shoot Highpower almost 40 weekends a year on that range. Tommy Temple (Chief Range Officer for CMP Travel Games) runs most of these matches when we are in town. He and I will also get together some weekday mornings before work for some early morning practice. Gallons of sweat has sunk into the dirt on that special little range. Much of my own – but many times over that of my friends and the betters that have come before us.

California has a rich history in Highpower competition. I am very privileged to be able to shoot with so many talented shooters so frequently and so close to where I live. The Burbank Rifle & Revolver Club hosts some great full-course matches with some really wonderful people. The Southern California Golden Bears host some of the best reduced course matches around. The Coalinga Rifle Club hosts our State Championships and fields our Junior (California Grizzlies) and Adult (Coalinga Killer Rabbits) California State Teams to Nationals every year. I'm surely biased, but doubt one could find greater talent anywhere than that range behind the oil fields in Coalinga.

I attended a Project Appleseed weekend clinic about 6 years ago knowing absolutely nothing and having never even heard of this kind of shooting. The history and shared experience of American marksmanship really spoke to me. I picked it up pretty quick and immediately started volunteering and apprenticing to become an Instructor. There's always more to learn each and every day – but I can say that I have used every single piece of instruction that I picked up in Appleseed each and every time I shoot. It's a fabulous introduction to solid shooting fundamentals and an experience not soon forgotten in hearing those stories.

I've done some stuff but it feels like nothing compared to my teammates' accomplishments. Not to get corny, but to me, the biggest honor is that I get to do this at all. That, and seeing those I've helped from the start reach their goals. There is really nothing else like that in the world.

After a meaningful success of some sort (be it a major competition or even just a single string of fire in practice), I'll take a picture of my equipment with the targets downrange before I pack up. These go into a gallery on my phone. I'll reflect upon them the morning of a match that has skewed my perspective or might have me thinking I should be nervous.

Man…what happens on the line stays on the line…

I started basically just traveling around to different Travel Games as a competitor. I come from a culture in Southern California that if you're not shooting, scoring or pulling targets – you're helping. The matches that we all enjoy cannot run on staff alone. It takes the efforts of the competitors to really make things happen. I can be known as somewhat of a busybody, so when the role of Chief Pit Officer came up – I jumped at the chance to see even more of the beautiful ranges and great clubs around the country. That, and Christina Roguski and Amy Cantu of the CMP.

There are many wonderful people that make the CMP possible – but as a competitor, it's Christina who mails you stuff, answers your calls and, along with Amy, takes care of your squadding. They're the first to cheer you on for good days or offer a shoulder on bad days. There isn't much I wouldn't do for either of those two girls. I suppose it's also that they probably just got tired of not being able to tell me what to do – so they recommended me for the job!

Highpower shooters are some of the most colorful people you'll ever meet. Although we seem to all come from all different walks of life, from coast to coast, it's like there is a common thread and bond between Highpower shooters no matter where they come from. This game brings out the best in people – but often not until after being tempted to reveal the worst. This game can get really frustrating and emotional, which means there is a certain amount of self-awareness that I think is required to really want to stay with this sport. It's the journey and the people. There's nothing like it.

Everything we ever do in this sport is just preparation for Team Day. Any day of team shooting will do. Whether it's stepping up to a spot on your main State Team at Nationals, All-Stars traveling around the country, a group of homerange friends or just a pickup-team formed on the line the morning of a match – team shooting is the best. Not only is it the most fun, but it's the most educational experience a Highpower shooter can have – learning from those more experienced as well as teaching those who are just coming up.

Also, the National Infantry Trophy match – the Rattle Battle has a special place in my heart. My understanding is that it's the only game we play that has not changed even one iota since its inception. Same targets, same times, same ammo allotment, same yard lines, same range. The only changes are who is shooting and the rifles we use. That match is 100+ years of dirt under your feet as you and seven friends advance downrange. You dump it all and it's only the hits that count. Binary. It's the No-Limit Texas Hold 'Em of Highpower. Coaching it is even better.

I'd like to help set a new National record in the National Trophy Junior Team Match one day. I'd also like to see the National Trophy Individual match get so many competitors that I'm asked to sit it out to make room for those still in the hunt. That'd be a really good day.

PERSONAL DETAILS (Significant Other, Kids, Pets, Hobbies, Etc):
I am pretty much the luckiest guy I know. So much so that I have it tattooed on my knuckles. Might not be an "everyday" kind of luck – but more of a "when it counts" type of luck. Someone is looking out for me. I've got a beautiful, brilliant and understanding wife with more tattoos than I do that I don't deserve, and a dog that winks at me like he's in on the joke. I'm a sucker for magic tricks and love (read: LOVE) coffee.

Dick Whiting or Jim O'Connell – if you ever end up in the fortunate position of them telling you something, just write it down. You might not understand it at the time, but….they're right, you'll need the information at some point and you'll be grateful you wrote it down. Same goes for Dennis DeMille or Rox. Unless they're smiling when they're telling you…then they're just making fun of you and you'll realize why later.

-- 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

Christine Elder
CMP Communications Manager
Civilian Marksmanship Program
Phone 419-635-2141 ext 711
PO Box 576
Port Clinton, OH 43452

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Talladega, Alabama
Jun 2-4
Cobb Galleria Centre, Atlanta, Georgia
Jun 5-7
Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol, Austin, Texas
Jun 24-26
Duluth, Minnesota
Jul 8-15
Cardinal Shooting Center, Marengo, Ohio
Jul 8-15
Cardinal Shooting Center, Marengo, Ohio
Jul 20-22
Heartland Public Shooting Park, Grand Island, Nebraska
Jul 21-23
Rochester Brooks Gun Club, Rochester, New York
Jun 26-Jul 29
Camp Perry, Port Clinton, Ohio
Jul 27-Aug 1
World Shooting & Recreational Complex, Sparta, IL
Aug 2-12
World Shooting & Recreational Complex, Sparta, Illinois
Sep 20-24
Jericho, Vermont
Sep 21-24
Club Cinegetico Jalisciense AC, Guadalajara, Mexico
Oct 7
Oct 13-23
Ben Avery Shooting Facility, Phoenix, Arizona
Nov 4-5
Poligono 38 Especial

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