FRI | MAY 27, 2022

In observance of the upcoming Memorial Day holiday we will not be publishing any Outdoor Wire Digital Network services on Monday, May 30. We will resume our normal publishing schedule on Tuesday, May 31, 2022.
The John A. Halter Shooting Sports Education Center hosted the 2022 Michigan Junior Olympic Shotgun Championships on May 21-22. The event was hosted in partnership with USA Shooting and was open to the public.
Southern Hospitality is alive and well within the quaint town of Fort Mill, South Carolina. The staff at Fort Mill Bowhunters 3D Archery Club provided the more than 100 South Carolina S3DA archers an interesting but challenging 3D course.

Team SK’s Kaitlin Benthin brought home the Lady’s Championship title for the second year in a row at the Area 8 Steel Challenge. She also advanced to Grand Master in Rimfire Rifle Open and Pistol Caliber Carbine Open classes.
More than two hundred young archers flocked to the Daviess County Gun Club in Maceo, Kentucky, for the Kentucky S3DA Owensboro Archery Club 3D Regional Tournament.
Colt Team Captain, Mark Redl was introduced to USPSA competitive shooting in 1989 and instantly fell in love with the sport. He will be on hand for a meet & greet at the Colt booth, #2614, during NRA's Annual Meetings in Houston.

Vista Outdoor shooting accessories brands, including RCBS, Champion Range & Target, Butler Creek and Hoppe’s, are attending the NRA 2022 Show, which takes place in Houston.
Galco Holsters will exhibit at the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Houston, TX. Please visit to see the Concealable 2.0 and WheelGunner 2.0 belt holsters, High Ready Chest Holster and more.

DeSantis Gunhide invites attendees to check their booth at the NRA Annual Meetings and Events in Houston. Some holsters will be available for sale at an NRA show discount.

SA Consumer Products announces a partnership with Vista Outdoors and the Federal Cartridge Company to license the Remington brand for the In-Home Secure Storage Category. The new safe line will be shown at the NRA Annual Meetings.
Bushnell is attending the NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits. This year’s attendees are encouraged to visit Booth # 2423 to check out Bushnell’s latest optics including an accurate laser rangefinder and two new micro red dot sights optimized for personal protection.
HEVI-Shot HEVI-Bismuth along with other products from the company will be on display in booth #2423, May 27-29, 2022, at the 2022 NRA show held at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas.
Patriot Ordnance Factory Inc will be in attendance at the 2022 National Rifle Association Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Houston. They will showcase all their latest firearms, accessories, and products, in addition to their legacy offerings, in booth number 1023.
Buck Knives announces that the company will be attending the upcoming Blade Show on June 3-5 in Atlanta’s Cobb Galleria.
Holosun offers the EPS (Enclosed Pistol Sight) and EPS Carry pistol reflex optics. Essentially the same, their dimensions are only marginally different -- the EPS for range/duty pistols, the EPS Carry for concealed carry guns.

Elite Survival Systems’ Avenger Gun Pack is designed to be carried with the handle, over the shoulder with a strap that's provided, or on belts.
MidwayUSA is pleased to announce the promotion of Jared Griffin to Logistics Manager. Jared started his career with MidwayUSA in June of 2016 as a Human Resources Specialist.
AMERIGLO announced its new partnership with Outtech Inc. Effective immediately, Outtech will provide exclusive sales representation of the AMERIGLO product line in the U.S. market.

ETS Group, maker of durable polymer magazines and speedloaders welcomes Wylie Smith as the National Sales Manager at ETS Group.
In an effort to continue expanding, enhancing, and perpetuating youth shooting sports activities, MidwayUSA Foundation has hired Yim Szeto as Program Manager.
Country music sensation and well known sportsman Lucas Hoge puts Remington Ammunition to work during Season 3 of his exciting television show, Hoge Wild on the Sportsman Channel.
B&T USA announced a key partnership with firearms distributor Orion Wholesale, a fast growing distributor in the shooting, hunting, and outdoor space.
Chattanooga Shooting Supplies is excited to announce the hiring of Charlie Belknap Hauan. Charlie is experienced as a Sales Representative at both the manufacturer level and, most recently, within the distribution channel.
Buck Knives announces that the company seeks to hire several employees in its Post Falls, Idaho headquarters Marketing Department. Those job openings include: Communication Coordinator, Social Media/Community Coordinator, and a Graphic Design Intern.
"Legitimate, law-abiding American gun owners are today as outraged and saddened as everyone else by the horrible acts of a crazed murderer in Uvalde, Texas. The Second Amendment Foundation and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms join our fellow citizens to grieve the unimaginable loss suffered by the Uvalde community and the citizens of Texas."
"The government has no duty to protect you—you are, and always have been, your own first responder. There will always be weapons in the hands of evil. The only question is whether you are armed and ready to defend life and liberty against that evil. The fundamental human right to keep and bear arms does not come from the government or the Constitution. Our rights exist because we are human, and FPC will continue to defend and restore them."
Taurus launches the first in a new series of handguns with the introduction of the 856 Executive Grade revolver. The 856 Executive Grade features all-stainless-steel construction with an exquisite hand-polished satin finish and Altamont walnut grips.
The Walther Magnum Pistol (WMP) 22 magnum semi-automatic is a high quality, lightweight, easy-to-shoot and affordable pistol. The magazine catch has four activation points to release the 15-round standard capacity magazines.
FN America, LLC introduces the FN 509 Midsize Tactical. The FN 509 Midsize Tactical is the ideal combination of FN’s full size tactical slide, equipped with the versatile Low-Profile Optics-Mounting System, and the midsize grip frame.
Federal Ammunition is unveiling its new 22 WMR load at the 2022 NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits. Punch 22 WMR is propelled at extreme velocities and engineered to minimize expansion to hit critical penetration depths even through short-barrel handguns.
SIG SAUER is pleased to introduce the P320-XTEN featuring all the performance and reliability of the P320 chambered in the very formidable 10mm caliber.
Berger has enhanced the capabilities of their record-breaking 375 caliber 407 Grain Extreme Long Range (ELR) Match Solid projectiles.
Anderson Manufacturing, a major manufacturer of AR components and accessories, announced the launch of its latest generation of affordable AM-10 complete rifles.
The first factory-custom variant of the G3 9mm defensive handgun, the Taurus G3 Tactical is a full-size polymer striker-fired pistol that visually sets itself apart from the standard Taurus G3 with its receiver in Magpul FDE and slide complemented with an element-resistant Patriot Brown Cerakote finish.
Mossberg has redesigned their MC2c (compact) 9mm pistol with an optic-ready slide that allows for the direct mounting of micro-dot optics (Shield RMS footprint) and increased capacity with its double-stack magazines.
The new CZ Scorpion 3+ Pistol will be available this summer in a limited production run. It has a 7.8 inch barrel, ambi-controls and weighs 5.3 pounds.
As part of the 2022 new product lineup, Remington Ammunition announced the introduction of 10MM AUTO throughout its trustworthy personal defense lines of Golden Saber Bonded, Golden Saber Defense and Golden Saber Defense Compact.
Kid Rodeo is an unfiltered docu-series following six youth rodeo athletes as they pursue their rodeo dreams of fame and fortune. The first season is now available for streaming on MyOutdoorTV.
NASP announced an addition to national in-person competitions - all archers competing were eligible to be randomly selected for up to 120 $500 college scholarships.
SilencerCo will be giving away a “suppressor a day” at the NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Houston, Texas, from May 27th to May 29th. Attendees who stop by the SilencerCo booth (# 2432) can enter for the chance to win a free suppressor.
It’s the newest guns and latest announcements from the NRA Annual Meetings in Houston, this week on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk Radio.
Tisas USA, importers of such popular products as their PX-9 GEN3 and expanding line of 1911’s is pleased to announce the free “Tisas Lifetime Service Plan”. Tisas Lifetime Service Plan will cover any defect in material or workmanship for the lifetime of the product.
Stay home on Sunday nights to kick back with Outdoor Channel for best-in-class adventures with some of the most well-known personalities on outdoor television.
Predator Pursuit, airing on Sportsman Channel on Mondays at 10 p.m. ET, is a rare blend of fast action predator hunting and educational material all rolled into one.
 

As we go into this Memorial Day weekend, there really aren’t many high-minded words left that haven’t been uttered in anger or anguish by this troubling week.

Despite the horror of the week, Memorial Day weekend is a holiday set aside to remember those who died serving in our armed forces.

This year, given the opportunity to say anything to them, I’d apologize. We’ve made a mess of things. And as a result, we’ve lost our confident stride, the strong set of our collective shoulders, and most alarmingly, the thankfulness that should accompany a country as blessed as ours.

Rather than united and thankful, we are divided and disgruntled. Some take offense at any perceived slight, always on the alert for something - anything- to be angry about.

Others see unlimited entitlement, with nothing required in return.

Few seem to fully appreciate our our good fortune.

Even fewer of us realize our good fortune is a two-edged sword.

We believe that “from whom much is given, much will be required” while we simultaneously give thanks for those who gave “their last full measure of devotion” to gift us with our easy lives.

Pardon me for quoting two disfavored sources (the Bible and Abraham Lincoln, respectively).

But both thoughts are as true today as when they were first spoken.

If quoting the Bible offends, the same words were quoted in 1961 by John F. Kennedy when he referred to qualities of great leadership.

In today’s sound-bite driven society, quotations are routinely pulled out of context.

Not my intent. In fact, my goal’s just the opposite. I want Mr. Lincolns words completely in context.

It is important to remember things weren’t going well for Mr. Lincoln or the country in 1863.

Lincoln was speaking in the middle of turmoil, not after things resolved.

The United States was unquestionably divided. Few countries had ever survived such division.

Despite that, Lincoln dedicated a battlefield turned burial ground with a closing thought that echoed his hope for the future -and recognition of the unfinished work remaining:

“It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Abraham Lincoln

One final thought on Lincoln.

He didn’t live to see his words come true. He spoke them with no idea he would become another of the war’s casualties. But he believed the goal to be worth the toll.

These random thoughts are offered unapologetically and absent any veiled intent. If you’re like me, you’re tired of entendre.

Our times are troubled, but history makes the case that trouble comes to all.

What matters is how we respond.

Discouraged? Don’t despair.

Despite reporting more tragedy than I care to remember but won’t ever be able to forget, I haven’t lost faith - in any sense of the word.

Neither should you.

But never lose sight of the fact that before those we remember this weekend sacrificed, they were no different from us.

They believed in the American idea. They died protecting it. This weekend, we have an obligation to remember that sacrifice.

Afterwards, we have an obligation to work toward the preservation of the country they gave “their last full measure of devotion” to preserve - for everyone who comes after us.

If we don’t, we’ll learn what happens if we receive much, but forget the obligation that accompanies blessings.

— Jim Shepherd

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