FRI | JUNE 21, 2024

Badlands has announced the release of its new UV Hoodie just in time for summer. The UV Hoodie features a UPF 50 UV protection rating, as well as lightweight, moisture-wicking synthetic fabric construction to keep you cool and comfortable, especially in that 50- to 80-degree range.
Rifle and pistol athletes of all ages gathered at Camp Perry in Port Clinton, Ohio, at the Gary Anderson Competition Center and Petrarca Range to compete in the 18th Annual Camp Perry Open. The event was attended by individuals and teams from 19 states.
Team Berger member James Fox won the Washington State High Power Championship for a third consecutive year competing with factory Berger ammunition. Fox, secured first place in standing, rapid fire sitting, and rapid fire prone disciplines, all with Berger ammo, to win the Championship Aggregate for Across-the-Course (XTC).

Team Federal continued its astonishing performance this year by capturing gold and bronze medals at the ISSF World Cup in Lonato, Italy, held June 10-19, 2024. Team Federal’s Vincent Hancock and Austen Smith won gold in Mixed Team Skeet for the United States, just as they did at the same venue last year. Smith also captured a bronze medal in Women’s Skeet.
Dead Air Silencers announces our participation at Ohio Suppressor Fest 2024, the largest suppressed-only event in Ohio. The event will take place at the Black Wing Shooting Center in Delaware OH on June 22nd, 2024, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
At the 2024 Daisy Nationals, the excitement will be at all-time highs as competitors compete for continuing education money for the first time in the 57-year history of the event. And this year’s special guests are pretty cool, too.

Heartland Public Shooting Park will host the 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships on June 23-28, 2024, in Grand Island, NE. The 4-H National Championship will draw nearly 1,000 competitors from over 40 states across the country to compete in nine different shooting sports.
Volquartsen Firearms continues to expand its line of precision parts with the return of the Firefly Bolt for the 10/22® platform. This bolt upgrades the Ruger®10/22® for optimal subsonic performance.
Samson Manufacturing has released their new Picatinny Side Folding Stock Adapter. It is compatible with any 1913 receiver to a MCX/MPX style stock.

HIVIZ® Shooting Systems is excited to announce the introduction of their new Stocking Dealer and Range programs. Dealers may now sign up to become HIVIZ Stocking Dealers with this one-time per year purchase program.
Davidson’s announced the addition of Kimber Manufacturing to its firearms product line category. Davidson’s dealers will now be able to access Kimber’s quality firearms while still enjoying Davidson’s 90+ years of distribution and customer service experience.
The Biden re-election campaign has launched a 30-second television advertisement touting Joe Biden’s gun control crusade, which the Second Amendment Foundation says is the president’s desperate reaction to SAF’s own national television effort showing him admitting he wants to ban modern semi-auto rifles and 9mm handguns.
Kimber Mfg. announces a strategic partnership with Davidsons, adding Davidsons to Kimber’s sales distribution.
The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) has filed a federal lawsuit challenging Pennsylvania’s prohibition against allowing young adults aged 18 to 20 from acquiring a license to carry a firearm (LTCF) for personal protection. The case is known as Brown v. Paris.
The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) has filed an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court supporting Hawaii resident Christopher L. Wilson’s petition for a writ of certiorari in his challenge of the Hawaii state Supreme Court’s decree that individual citizens in the Aloha State do not have the right to carry firearms for self-defense outside their homes.

Night Fision is pleased to announce the first variation in the series of their newest product, the Optics Mounted Stealth Sights, are now live on their website. Designed to solve the problem for firearms that have omitted a rear dovetail, the sights mount using the same screw path used for the optic.
SnapSafe® Premium Welded Safes provide peace of mind and valuable security, built with state-of-the-art materials and superior craftsmanship. By combining the durability of plate steel with rugged welded construction, SnapSafe® premium welded safes offer protection for a variety of household valuables.
Bond Arms has taken all the things firearms enthusiasts love about the Rowdy, including its solid frame, quality engineered parts, and the power of the .45 Colt or .410 bore. But they didn't stop there. They’ve improved it, enhancing the quality and comfort with the new Rowdy XL.

Silencer Shop announces the exclusive launch of the CAT NOAH, a cutting-edge suppressor from Combat Application Technologies (CAT). Available solely at Silencer Shop, the CAT NOAH is Combat Application Technologies’ new 6mm silencer.
SnapSafe® Premium Welded Safes provide peace of mind and valuable security, built with state-of-the-art materials and superior craftsmanship. By combining the durability of plate steel with rugged welded construction, SnapSafe® premium welded safes offer protection for a variety of household valuables.
Pulsar announces the release of a critical new security update, version x.x.100, designed to protect all current Pulsar devices from escalating cybersecurity threats. This significant firmware upgrade will enhance user protection, improve device stability, and ensure compliance with the latest Internet of Things (IoT) regulations.

Silencer Central announces an expanded partnership with onX Hunt. From June 21, 2024, to July 18, 2024, onX Hunt Elite members can get a FREE Tax Stamp with the purchase of any BANISH suppressor priced $849 or higher.
Hornady® Reloading offers a wide range of case prep tools available to produce high-quality brass consistently. The Lock-N-Load® Power Case Prep Center is a one-stop solution to case prep.
Silencer Central announces its role as the presenting sponsor for the upcoming Dallas Safari Club (DSC) Foundation annual Gala dinner and fundraiser. The event will take place on June 22, 2024, at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel.

 

The Paris Olympic skeet team. L to R, Conner Prince, Vincent Hancock, Austen Smith, and Dania Vizzi. The skeet team will be joined by four trap team members in Paris this summer. Photo by Joshua Schave
Eight shotgun athletes earned their spot to represent Team USA at the Olympic Games Paris 2024, July 26- Aug. 11. The athletes are as follows: Vincent Hancock, Conner Prince, Austen Smith, Dania Vizzi, Derrick Mein, Will Hinton, Rachel Tozier, and Ryann Phillips.

Hancock, of Eatonton, Georgia, qualified in Men’s Skeet and is looking to make history at the Games. Hancock is a four-time Olympian and a three-time Olympic gold medalist, (Beijing 2008, London, 2012, Tokyo 2020). If Hancock earns a fourth gold medal in Paris, he will become the sixth athlete ever to win the same individual Olympic event four times and only the fourth American to do so after Al Oerter, Carl Lewis and Michael Phelps (and the first in shooting). Hancock will also be competing in Mixed Team Skeet with Smith, an event making its Olympic debut.

Prince, of Burleson, Texas, is joining Hancock on the Men’s Skeet Olympic team. Paris will be Prince’s Olympic debut where he will also compete in Mixed Skeet Team with Vizzi. He saw an impressive season in 2023 winning two medals at the International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) Rabat World Cup. Prince got his start in the sport of shooting through his high school’s Spartan Clay Target team and in 2018 Hancock became Prince’s coach. Hancock now trains and coaches Prince and Smith at his North Lake Shooting Sports Range in north Texas.

Smith, of Keller, Texas, will be making her second Olympic appearance in Paris. The Tokyo 2020 Olympian qualified for Paris in Women’s Skeet. Smith will also pair up with Hancock in Mixed Skeet Team in pursuit of winning two medals at the Games. Smith, who is currently studying aerospace engineering at the University of Texas at Arlington, has been on fire in the international shotgun scene. She earned two gold medals at the 2023 ISSF World Championships, (Women’s Skeet Team and Mixed Skeet Team), and a bronze medal at the 2023 Pan American Games. She was most recently crowned champion in Women’s Skeet at the 2024 ISSF Baku World Cup.

Vizzi, an Odessa, Florida, native, is making her first Olympic appearance in Paris. Vizzi qualified in Women’s Skeet and will also be competing in Mixed Skeet Team with Prince. Vizzi actually grew up dancing competitively and turned down an offer for the Juilliard Dance Intensive to focus on her shooting career. Vizzi has excelled in the international scene since then. She has racked up over 20 international medals to include world champion in 2017 and World Cup champion in 2023. Vizzi, who attended the University of Florida, is looking to add an Olympic medal to her impressive hardware collection.

Mein, of Paola, Kansas, is making his second Olympic appearance in Paris for Men’s Trap. The 2022 world champion made his Olympic debut in Tokyo 2020. Mein grew up hunting with his family and began shooting sporting clays at just eight years old. Mein earned a dual scholarship for the baseball and shotgun team at Lindenwood University where he was introduced to the international style of trap and skeet shooting. He transferred and graduated from Kansas State and soon after found himself competing on the international stage. Mein has earned medals at World Cups, World Championships, and Championships of the Americas (CAT).

Trap Paris: The Paris Olympic trap team. L to R, Ryann Phillips, Rachel Tozier, Will Hinton, and Derrick Mein. Photo by Joshua Schave

Hinton, of Dacula, Georgia, is making his Olympic debut in Paris in Men’s Trap. Hinton became familiar with firearms and firearms safety from a young age as he grew up in a family of avid bird hunters and his dad was a bird dog trainer. He competed for the first time in 2007 and made the USA Shooting Junior World Team in 2013. A few years later, Hinton joined the U.S. Army Marksmanships Unit (AMU) where he is currently a staff sergeant. Hinton has seen international success since joining the AMU to include two gold medals at the 2022 Cat Games, and a gold medal at the 2023 ISSF World Championships.

Tozier, of Pattonsburg, Missouri, qualified for her first Olympic Games in Women’s Trap. Tozier, who was an alternate for Tokyo 2020, grew up shooting American Trap with her mother and uncle. She was introduced to the international style of trap in 2010 and has been hooked since. She has over 10 international medals and most recently earned bronze at the 2023 Pan American Games making her a back-to-back Pan American Games medalist as she earned silver at the 2019 Games. Tozier competed on the 2023 World Championship team where she earned a silver medal in Mixed Team Trap with teammate Mein. Tozier is a staff sergeant in the AMU and enjoys weightlifting in her free time.

Phillips, of Gail, Texas, will be making her first Olympic appearance in Paris for Women’s Trap. Phillips, who is currently attending University of A&M Corpus Christi, was introduced to the sport of shooting in the third grade through a Gail, Texas, 4H program. She was intrigued by the sport because it was not a team event, and she didn’t have to worry about the expectations of others. That intrigue turned Phillips into an international shooting star. In 2018 she began shooting international trap and advanced through the ranks. She most recently earned her first international open age category medal at the 2024 ISSF Rabat World Cup. She is grateful for where her career has taken her and appreciates that there is so much more to the world than her “tiny six-man football team town”.

Jay Waldron will be leading the team as the head Olympic shotgun coach for Paris. Waldron is a Barcelona 1992 Olympian and the 1992 Pan American Games champion in Men’s Trap. Waldron has been the USA Shooting national shotgun team coach since 2018. Waldron will be accompanied by Lance Bade and Joe Buffa in Paris. Bade, the assistance trap coach, is a three-time Olympian and a bronze Olympic medalist in Men’s Trap from the Atlanta 1996 Games. Buffa, who will serve as the assistant skeet coach in Paris, is a 1997 Championships of the Americas medalist and a 2001 Americana World Cup gold medalist.

The first shotgun event for Paris 2024 is Men’s Trap on July 29. All finals events will be live streamed on Peacock, NBC’s streaming platform. See the whole Olympic shooting schedule here.

Olympic alternates for the U.S. Shotgun Team are as follows:

  • Men’s Skeet: Phillip Jungman and Dustan Taylor
  • Women’s Skeet: Sam Simonton and Katharina Jacob
  • Men’s Trap: Derek Haldeman and Seth Inman
  • Women’s Trap: Ashley Carroll and Carey Garrison

As of June 14, the U.S. Olympic shooting team consists of 16 athletes and the U.S. Paralympic team of five. View the entire U.S. Olympic shooting team roster here and the Paralympic roster here.

Follow @USAShooting on Instagram, Facebook, and X to stay up to date as the team gears up for Paris 2024.

— Brittany Nelson, USAS Public Relations & Communications Manager

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