WED | FEBRUARY 26, 2020

Federal ammunition adds to its bulk ammo lineup with three new 420-count packs of 223 Rem. and 5.56x45mm FMJ to keep range time going strong all day long. The product is available in 223 Rem. and 5.56x45mm 55-grain or 5.56x45mm 62-grain.
Nosler announced this year’s new bullet offerings. New products include the AccuBond-Long Range, the Reduced Drag Factor and the “Varmageddon” bullet lines.
Hoppe’s announced that its No. 9 Gun Bore Cleaner has been named “GRAY’s Best” in the Vintage product category by Gray’s Sporting Journal.

The B-14 Wilderness Series was introduced with four different models: the Terrain, HMR, Ridge, and Hunter in popular new calibers such as, the 6.5 PRC, 300 PRC, 28 Nosler, along with standard calibers like the 6.5 Creedmoor, .308 Win, 7mm Rem. Mag, and .300 Win Mag.
Eight American rifle and shotgun athletes earned prestigious U. S. Distinguished International Shooter Badges in 2019 with international championship performances that gave them the 30 or more International-Excellence-in-Competition credit points required to receive the Badge.
Sharon Wallace, German Precision Optics (GPO) USA- sponsored 3-D archer kicked off the season by winning the Women’s Pro division at the Archery Shooters Association (ASA) Hoyt Pro/AM tournament held in Foley, Ala. last weekend.

Legacy Sports International will be attending and displaying at the upcoming Kinsey’s Dealer Show Feb. 28th to Mar. 1st at the Hershey Convention Center and Lodge in Hershey, PA.
AirForce Airguns and its sister companies Rapid Air Weapons, and B.K.L. Technologies, are exhibiting at the IWA Outdoor Classics 2020 trade show on March 6-9, 2020 in Nürnberg, Germany.
Primary Arms Optics announced that it would be attending both Enforce TAC Expo and IWA OutdoorClassics in Nuremburg, Germany. The company will be highlighting many of the new optics that form the backbone of this year’s catalog.

Franklin Armory has expanded its model lines to fit the needs of straight-wall hunter’s. Newly chambered options in 350 Legend will come in three new models, the M4-HTF R3 XTD, XO26 R3, and CA12.
RISE Armament announced that the Watchman rifle and pistol, chambered .223 Wylde, will now be available to consumers. It comes standard with a RISE match-grade trigger and a free-floated 416R stainless steel barrel.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation announced that it has expanded its library of +ONE Movement promotional resources. Launched in 2019, the +ONE Movement is a nationwide initiative that encourages hunters and target shooters to introduce someone new to firearms and the shooting sports.

Comp-Tac Victory Gear recently received three product recommendations in the National Tactical Officers Association’s “Member Tested and Recommended” program. Products evaluated included the Kydex Tourniquet TACO, Kydex Handcuff TACO and the Warrior Holster.
Trijicon, Inc. announced the selection of the Trijicon Variable Combat Optical Gunsight 1-8x28 riflescope as the U.S. Marine Corps’ Squad Common Optic. The $64,000,000 contract award will begin with delivery of units in 2020.
Capstone Precision Group, part of the Nammo Commercial Business Area, has been awarded the sub-contract by Ultra Defense Corporation to load the non-standard Advance Sniper Rifle ammunition contract that provides ammunition for the USSOCOM Advanced Sniper Rifle program.

1791 Gunleather presents Smooth Concealment Fair Chase Holsters made from fair chase Deer hide. The holster includes a sweat guard and a reinforced metal clip for a comfortable appendix, inside the waistband carry.
Real Avid introduces a bench top aid for AR15 armorers and DIY builders with the Master Armorer’s Mat. Protect your firearm parts and stay organized with this protective mat and built-in storage tray.
Streamlight Inc. introduced the Sidewinder Boot, a compact, hands-free right angle military light that features a red slide-in-place filter. It includes a spring steel clip that fits to MOLLE or helmet mounts, and uses easily sourced AA alkaline or lithium batteries.

Pursuit Media, the owner of Pursuit Channel and its digital companion, PursuitUp, has recently joined STIRR, a premier North American streaming platform owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group.
Eagle Industries announced that it has released the fourth edition of its cinematic series Eagle : BEYOND. The new episode, titled DO or DIE, is the latest episode of the series that focuses on top-tier military personnel in their post-service lives.
SIG SAUER Electro-Optics is pleased to introduce the ECHO3 Thermal Reflex Sight. The ECHO3 is a direct view thermal sight, utilizing SIG SAUER BDX technology, with the capability to capture images and record video in eight different color palettes.
Scholastic 3-D Archery is proud to announce Trip Penn as the Georgia S3DA State Conservation Outreach Coordinator. Trip will work alongside Georgia S3DA State Coordinator, Jake Martin and S3DA National Outreach Coordinator, Scott Cronin.
When nearly 180 women from the Cincinnati, Ohio area attended a concealed carry certification class, learning the fundamentals of personal protection with firearms, they “re-defined the term ‘woke,’” according to the chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
Galco announced multiple new holster fits for theSmith & Wesson M&P Shield EZ 9mm pistol line. These include the Combat Master, the FLETCH, the TacSlide and the QuickTuk Cloud IWB.
Long-time Scholastic Action Shooting Program sponsors Federal and CCI Ammunition have continued their support into 2020 as Platinum-Level Sponsors.
This week, Shooting USA looks at single action fast draw when 300 competitors mosey into Fallon, Nevada, dressed to reflect their cowboy alias, and ready to draw and shoot wax bullets from Old West holsters.
Kentucky Scholastic 3-D Archery held their most recent Indoor Regional at Daviess County Lions Club Fairgrounds in Philpot, Kentucky.
Bend Bowmen S3DA club in Bend, Oregon recently hosted the Oregon Scholastic 3-D Archery Indoor State Championship. Oregon S3DA doubled their numbers in participation from last year’s event with sixty plus archers competing.
T.R.U. Ball Archery will be host to a Scholastic 3-D Archery Basic and Advanced Archery Instructor Training Course in Madison Heights, Virginia. Upon successful completion of the course, the candidates earn certification as either S3DA Basic or Advanced Instructors.

You wonder why legislative events in the Commonwealth are in the shape they’re in? We could talk about the urban vs. rural component, a feature in states from New York to Nebraska to Washington, with many in between. There is that, but the problem runs deeper.

Legislators there are doing what the voters want them to do; ‘voters’ is defined as “those who voted.” If you “sat this one out,” or “protest voted for the (non-Republican),” that’s a problem. You can clog Richmond with protestors – and you did – and those inside the statehouse seem to have taken some small note of it. You’ve temporarily avoided the ‘gun ban’ bullet, but it’s not gone forever.

Before someone points out that the party of Lincoln really isn’t much about which to write home regarding the issue of individual civil rights, I have to say that many of them forgot where they came from and they forget who voted them in. Still, the other party is well known now by correspondent Stephen Wenger’s moniker for them, “the Party of Infringement” (#partyofinfringement). Their position is well known, as shown in his news digest recently, when he noted “how solid a plank the eventual eradication of the RKBA is in the Progressive platform.”

There is no relevant Democrat on the national stage who’s not on record as being against the Second Amendment in some manner fashion or form. If that causes one to default to the party of Lincoln . . . then, sadly, it does.

Now someone will point out the position of Ronald Reagan on the subject. "The person who agrees with you 80 percent of the time is a friend and an ally — not a 20 percent traitor . . .” he’s alleged to have said.

More to the point is a similar claim by New York City mayor Ed Koch: “Agree with me on 9 of 12 issues, vote for me. Agree with me on 12 of 12 issues, see a psychiatrist.” There’s something to that. I don’t have to agree with them on everything.

But there are bedrock issues upon which I resist ‘compromise.’ The natural rights of man – that’s human in ‘current-speak’ – are foundational. You want to horse around with various other things or nibble around the edges, let’s talk. If it’s, say, national gun registration -- that’s a NO.

Part of the problem is our lack of engagement. We’re reluctant to engage with people who hate us and that’s exactly where the clown-fringe of the left is; simply read what they say, listen to what they say. Too often, we sink to that level ourselves.

At least I have. That’s not going to move the needle and it needs moving.

In regards to that mindset, I read a book that’s arguably not the most positive toward the Second Amendment generally. Written by a cartoonist, Scott Adams, he explores ‘the bubble,’ the place we all seem to live. We all seem to have our own bubble, though my bubble is different in some measure than yours or his. We get into a circle of ‘reasoning’ which often isn’t – and even if it is reasonable, it’s often not persuasive.

And that gets us to the point. Persuasion is critical. We can’t persuade someone wrapped up in emotion by use of reason, but the clear majority will wander into reason periodically. We do . . . and they’re no less human. You just never know when a particular sample will slip into the mood for reasoned discourse.

The book Adams wrote is Loserthink: How Untrained Brains Are Ruining America. Of course, we’re not really ruining anything but our own lives and our own potential. He raises some of the arguments we tend to rely on and tries to demonstrate why it’s not a winning strategy. Consider the slippery slope: this makes it appear that once an infringement is in place it sets the stage for more infringements – that’s our argument and there’s historic evidence in place for its existence.

While the new regulation certainly makes it easier for the next one, it only has to be if enough people call for it. When they become aware of the decided lack of prosecutions under the latest regulation – or the previous one, the one before that and the one before that – it becomes apparent they’re being taken for a ride. Before you say that people aren’t smart enough to see that, consider the reason this book was written in the first place. It’s a best seller because people tend to want to be smart enough to see past that and other con games.

When pressed, the “I passed this new law” argument becomes “I have little control over individual US Attorneys’ offices and individual cases.” You know. It’s not my fault, I did my part. Now, let’s do more!

Consider binary thinking. “Common sense gun restrictions will help prevent the next (fill-in-the-blank)” opposed to “The proposed new law wouldn’t have prevented that particular case.” Scott argues that “friction” – making it tougher for the marginal types to be armed – causes less of them to be armed. This excludes the obvious point that they find other ways; it’s apparently impossible to keep inmates in prisons from fabricating shanks. Adams uses NFA 1934 by saying it’s the ‘friction’ that prevents more crimes with machine guns. Actually, that’s not true either. First, true machine guns are comparatively rare – and can be fairly easily fabricated, but seem to only rarely be illegally made. Why?

Machine guns are of limited utility even in the modern military (excluding crew-served and vehicle mounted applications). The offenders we are facing tend to be people who aren’t out trying to get something that will draw undue attention before they can express their violent criminality.

The ones who do are low-hanging fruit, getting nailed by one of the few infringements that will actually be prosecuted. Still enforcement should be tried; as long as we have NICS, it’d be helpful if those denied would be followed up on and some sanctions exacted. It’s here, let’s see if it could be relevant. Still, the ‘firearm genie’ is out of the bottle. Thinking you can stop it now is profound loserthink.

Speaking of ‘friction,’ there’s another bit of it to be considered. According to FBI-UCR, “Preliminary figures indicate that law enforcement agencies throughout the nation showed an overall decrease of 3.1 percent in the number of violent crimes brought to their attention for the first 6 months of 2019 when compared with figures reported for the same time in 2018. The violent crime category includes murder, rape (revised definition), robbery, and aggravated assault.”

Some of those events involve firearms and the data are trending generally down since the early 1990s. Is NICS the reason? The Clinton gun ban?

I can’t say. I can say that the “shall issue” concealed carry movement began in one of the states with high numbers of crimes involving firearms use – Florida – in 1986. The number of citizens opting to have permits has grown ever since. Perhaps the ‘friction’ of running across the armed citizen when doing crime has slowed it down . . . but correlation doesn’t prove causation. It’s just an interesting coincidence.


Consider your filters, the lens through which you see life. You may not be able to completely escape your bubble – why would you want to? – but you can use clearer filters to see what others think. That’s a start to changing minds.

You can persuade if you learn persuasion. And try to be the person you’d like others to be.

In any event, stay involved. Vote. Encourage others like us to vote.

- - Rich Grassi

Event Calendar

SASS Winter Range Event

29th annual Single Action Shooting Society’s national championship of Cowboy Action Shooting at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility , Phoenix AZ. For more information, visit

IWA OutdoorClassics

International trade fair for hunting, shooting sports, equipment for outdoor activities and for civilian and official security applications, in Nuremberg.

Western CMP Games & CMP HP Rifle Matches

Marksmanship 101 class, Ben Avery Shooting Facility, Phoenix, AZ

For more information on the Marksmanship 101 Classes, including links to registration, visit the CMP website at

One Man Shoot Announces 9th Annual Sporting Clays Fundraiser For Prostate Cancer Research and Awareness

Riverside Sporting Clays, 52400 Hwy. 16 Denham Springs, LA 70706

The One Man Shoot is a family friendly sporting clays competition for four person teams that raises funds for Dr. Oliver Sartor’s Prostate Cancer Research Fund at Tulane Cancer Center. for more details and a full event schedule. For additional information, please contact: Amy Kellogg,  or call 504.717.1328; 225.753.8722

APRIL 17-19
NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits

Music City Center - 201 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203 -

Eastern CMP Games & CMP HP Rifle Matches – Camp Butner, Butner, NC

Marksmanship 101 Class CMP

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MAY 16-17
Ridgway Rifle Club – Ridgway, PA

CMP Marksmanship 101 Class

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