WED | JUNE 7, 2023

Easton Archery’s Acu-Carbon process is a continuous-fed, single-die manufacturing method that produces uniform shafts and eliminates the need for spine and weight sorting that can plague accuracy-seeking archers and bowhunters.
Nosler Sponsored Shooter James Rowe and teammate David McNeil finished in fourth at the Leupold Relentless Rifleman NRL Hunter match.
Team Winchester member and International Skeet shooter Dania Vizzi claimed silver at the recent 2023 USA Shooting National Championships in the Women’s Skeet event.

On the weekend of May 13-14, the Civilian Marksmanship Program hosted the second installment of the new Talladega Quarterly Matches, with over 60 competitors attending the event. Making an impression was Chase Turner, 46, of Atlanta, GA, who claimed both the Service Pistol and .22 Rimfire Pistol EIC events.
Primary Arms Government has announced its attendance at the upcoming Ohio Tactical Officers Association 2023 Tactical Operations and Public Safety Conference, which is to be held in Sandusky, Ohio.
Mesa Tactical announced the availability of the new line of SureShell shotshell carriers with an integrated Trijicon RMR reflex sight mount for the Beretta 1301 tactical shotgun. These SureShell shotshell carriers accept Trijicon RMR reflex sights that co-witness with the shotguns’ factory ghost ring sights, a key requirement from multiple police agencies.

The Galco KingTuk Cloud hybrid IWB holster is now available for the Shadow Systems DR920 pistol. The holster’s comfort level comes from its innovative backing plate, composed of a ballistic nylon front over a closed cell foam body.
The Backdraft OT from Tagua Gunleather offers a fast draw in a quality holster that ensures safety. The Backdraft OT features an open-top design that keeps the trigger guard covered.
Dead Air Silencers is proud to announce that their new Mojave 9 silencer has been selected as one of On Target Magazine's Best of SHOT ‘23.

Legacy Sports International introduces three new Cerakoted colors for their POINTER Side-by-Side shotguns in their ‘bringing back the basics’ collection.
Norma Precision Inc announces the launch of its new Dealer Locator feature on
Blackhawk is proud to sponsor tactical athlete Jared Halbert for the 2023 Tactical Games season. This season, Halbert is competing in both individual Men’s Elite events as well as Men’s Elite Team events with Blackhawk teammate Zach Rodman.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation applauds Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey for signing into law protections against state-funded contracts with corporate entities that hold discriminatory policies against politically-disfavored industries, including the firearm industry.
Target Sports USA takes pride in its exceptional work culture, as evidenced by the commitment of its employees who have been with the company for a long time, some even over a decade.
Sports South announces the availability of the new Springfield Armory SAINT Victor 5.56, Law Tactical Folder. The Law Tactical Folder retains the same features and specifications of the Saint Victor series, including a free-floating handguard, enhanced trigger, ambidextrous controls, and other enhancements that make it suitable for tactical and defensive applications.

CrossBreed Holsters now offers a broad range of its popular holster systems for Anderson Manufacturing's new Kiger 9C and Kiger 9C Pro 9mm pistols. CrossBreed is offering a deep bench of its top EDC Kydex and leather hybrid holster plus several of its modular and soft holster systems.
To honor the service of our nation’s military and law enforcement professionals, Daniel Defense has released a new Global War on Terror rifle package. This commemorative rifle package is available for purchase only by active-duty and retired military and law enforcement professionals, U.S. veterans, and those who diligently and selflessly served our nation in times of need.
MDT announces the launch of the new MDT Carbon Fiber Vertical Grip. It pairs nicely with the HNT26 (or any other MDT chassis) to offer weight savings and a more natural hand position for perfect shots.

Blaser announced the new B2 riflescope line. Featuring world-class German optical performance designed to accommodate thermal clip-on devices, these all-purpose hunting scopes are made in Germany and available in 1-6x24 iC, 2-12x50 iC, and 2.5-15x56 iC models.
For the first time in over 50 years Weatherby will introduce a new centerfire rifle action, the Model 307. Meant to complement the historic Mark V and Vanguard lineups, the Model 307 is a 2-Lug, fully cylindrical action compatible with many aftermarket accessories.
HeadHunters NW, an executive recruiting firm focused exclusively on talent acquisition for the shooting, hunting, and outdoor industry, recently launched two new episodes of the HeadHunters NW Podcast. One features Brenda Weatherby, the Director of People and Culture for Weatherby, Inc., and the other welcomes Ryan Repp, Founder of Repputation Marketing.

Since the Scholastic 3-D Archery program held its very first 3D National Championship with less than 200 archers from only Kentucky, Indiana, and Illinois competing, the program has exploded over the past ten years and now has more than thirty active state chapters.
Following the clarification by a federal judge regarding the scope of a preliminary injunction in the Second Amendment Foundation’s case against the Biden administration’s new “arm brace rule” – that it applies to SAF members – interest in membership was so heavy during the first 24 hours it crashed the website.
Smith & Wesson announced that former CEO and longtime board member Michael F. Golden passed away unexpectedly on June 5th, 2023. Mike was a pivotal member of the Smith & Wesson family for many years and served as President and Chief Executive Officer from November 2004, until September 2011 and remained Co-Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors until present day.

SilencerCo is bringing the heat with another BOGO offer. This year, the “Spectacular SilencerCo Summer Buy One, Get One Free Extravaganza Super Terrific Fun Sales Event” (don’t forget to breathe) is the biggest sale yet.
The Armory Life announced the release of the Summer 2023 issue of The Armory Life print magazine, featuring a cover story interview with MACV-SOG’s Major John L. Plaster. This quarterly print magazine complements the daily digital content available on
FMG Special Projects Editor Roy Huntington examines the Henry Homesteader 9mm carbine in the August issue of GUNS Magazine, finding “old-school looks (in) a modern utility-gun package.”
Beretta USA is pleased to announce that the company will be hosting its annual Warehouse Sale on June 9 and 10, from 9 am to 5 pm at the Gallatin Civic Center (210 Albert Gallatin Ave, Gallatin, TN, 37066).
Power Rack Deer Mineral from Antler King is loaded with the nutrients deer need for a healthy immune system and optimal herd health.
Sports South offers the Diamondback Firearms Limited Edition Storm Trooper Battleworn Tactical Pistol. This exceptional firearm features a limited edition Storm Trooper Battleworn White Cerakote finish.
Bear Creek Arsenal produces classic rifles that, while made with modern materials, are nostalgic replicas of classic Eugene Stoner designs. Their classics are made to AR15 mil-spec standards with some options including a removable A2 carry handle and an A2 fixed buttstock.
Holosun is stepping up its game with the release of its 507 Competition optic. The 507Comp pistol optic features a large 1.1” x 0.87” objective lens for enhanced shooting performance and Holosun’s new Competition Reticle System, available with a red or green LED.
Rifle shooters – whether hunters or competition shooters – have to have a rifle that fits them exactly and the stock has to be precisely inletted for the barreled action, or consistent precision accuracy is not possible. That’s where a custom rifle stock is a foundational part of the rifle build.
Of all the divisions of USPSA competition, two of the most popular are also two of the newest, Production and PCC, that’s Pistol Caliber Carbine. The two divisions are paired together for the final National Championships of the year at the CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park.

In today’s news section, you’ll see Smith & Wesson’s formal announcement of the unexpected death of former Smith & Wesson CEO and longtime Vice Co-Chair of their Board Michael F. Golden. He passed away on June 5th, 2023. Golden, the former CEO of Smith & Wesson (2004 to 2011), was an “outsider” coming to S&W from Stanley Works Company, and a prior stint at Black and Decker.

He also came to Smith & Wesson at a time when the iconic gun company was, in the words of one longtime acquaintance, “a helluva mess from the former British owners.” Consequently, some industry observers thought Golden would be a “three-and-out” leader…if he managed to hang in there for three years.

Golden proved them all wrong, and breathed life into S&W at a time when their product line consisted of “a bunch of old revolvers from 75 years ago and some not-so-good clunky semiautos that no one wanted.”

They were also virtual pariahs in the industry, as the previous owners had cut a deal with the Clinton administration, alienating all but the most faithful S&W fans.

Mutual friend Buz Mills of Gunsite Academy broke the news of Golden’s passing, reminding me that Golden had “reinvented S&W - everything from manufacturing to marketing- with a Midas touch.”

He also reminded me the Golden era at S&W was the time when the “American Glock”-the Smith & Wesson M&P pistol - was introduced, the stock climbed to record levels, and stodgy old S&W even rolled out their own line of AR-style rifles.

“He,” Mills told me, “Wasn’t just a great businessman, he was a true friend to me, a mentor to many, and was blessed with a great family.”

Can’t think of a better way to be remembered.

Services for Michael Golden will be held at St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church, 225 Seven Farms Drive, Daniel Island, South Carolina, on Friday, June 9 at 1:00 p.m.

-- Jim Shepherd

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