MON | JULY 22, 2019

Federal introduced BYOB rimfire ammunition in buckets and bottles, bulk packs that stack, store and carry easily. They’re loaded with high-quality 17 HMR, 22 LR or 22 WMR rounds.

KC Eusebio and Sal Luna of the Atlanta Arms Shooting Team took 1st and 2nd place respectively at the US IPSC National Champions last weekend in Frostproof, Florida. Both shooters dominated with Atlanta Arms Elite and Premium line of ammunition.

One of the most popular attractions at the Scholastic Clay Target Program National Championships each year is the elimination style competition called Last Competitor Standing – often called “Annie Oakley.” For the last two years, SCTP has found a modern day Annie Oakley at Wednesday nights’ competition in a young lady named Reanna Frauens.

Twelve athletes, including six 2016 Paralympians, have been named to the 2019 U.S. Parapan American Games Team for Shooting.
Kahr Firearms Group announced that the Limited Edition 25th Anniversary K9 pistol is now shipping.  Each 25th Anniversary gun is a K9 pistol, in 9mm and made entirely from stainless steel. The guns are custom machined with front and rear slide serrations, slide cut-outs and an engraved commemorative “25 Years” logo. 
Boyds offers 9 different stock shapes for the T/CR22. These include the modular At-One stock with its push-button adjustability and the traditional Monte Carlo-style of the Rimfire Hunter stock

Christine Lycans is the new Territory Sales Managers for Legacy Sports Int. in the Southeast covering Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee. She will be working with the Buy Group members and Independent Dealers.
Otis is proud to announce it was selected by Barrett as the cleaning kit included with their MRAD rifle system as part of the recently awarded Advanced Sniper Rifle System.
Summit Outdoors selected RubLine Marketing as Agency of Record. RubLine Marketing will collaborate and create content to support and grow the brand awareness of Summit Outdoors, LLC.

CrossBreed Holsters has been working with Kimber to provide several holster options for their newest handgun, the EVO. Models include the MiniTuck, Appendix Carry, Freedom Carry and more.
RSR Group, Inc. announced its Summer E-Show begins Tuesday, July 23rd at 11:00 a.m. ET, and concludes on Friday, July 26, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. ET. This unique online event allows dealers to take advantage of incredible deals and savings.
Blaser USA announced a special promotion in partnership with Minox Optics. From July 15, 2019 through December 31, 2019, customers who purchase any new Mauser or J.P. Sauer and Sohn rifle from an authorized dealer’s in-store inventory will receive a coupon code for 50% off the online purchase of one Minox optic.  

Media 360 announced the premiere issue of GUNS DIY, Journal for the Do-It-Yourself Firearm Enthusiast. The magazine is now available on newsstands around the U.S.


Taking a page from the National Rifle Association’s own playbook, disgruntled members and contributors have sent members of the Board of Directors a letter of demands, along with a spreadsheet naming each of the 76-members, and rating them “A” through “F” for the performance of their duties.

The rating system, which dissident representative David Dell’Aquila describes in the accompanying letter to the members, is designed for “grading the members of the Board of Directors similar to how the NRA grades those seeking or currently in public office.”

We have obtained a copy of both, and verified their authenticity through Mr. Dell’Aquila.

According to the dissidents’ grading chart, an “A” grade was given to Board members who have “advocated the replacement of Mr. LaPierre, and/or publicized one’s removal from committee(s) due to questioning leadership, spending policy, etc.”

An “F” was given to a Board member who “supports Mr. LaPierre and his leadership time with insufficient oversight.”

The letter accompanying the grade sheet tells board members their current grade is “dynamic” and can consequently “go from an “A” to “F” and vice versa.”

A none-too-subtle suggestion to raise one’s grade would be the request for “an independent audit, etc.” In other words, the dissidents, at least in this phase of their campaign, seem more intent on the removal of Mr. LaPierre and his leadership team than punishing the individual members of the board.

For the intransigent Board Members who continue to insist they were “inappropriately graded” the letter cautions them to “be prepared to substantiate to the objective ‘eye’ what you have done to excise this metastasized cancer” (essentially, the LaPierre administration).

Additionally, they’re told to “provide past proof or in the future, proof that you have undertaken your duties faithfully as a member of the Board of Directors.”

To those members of the Board and its Executive Committee to “continue to argue that these allegations in the media are false” there’s a simple statement:

“that ‘train has already left the station.” It is immaterial, at this point, not only to our rank-and-file members, but to the anticipated 65 million Republican voters in the 2020 election, and both the attorneys general from New York and Washington, D.C.”

So what do these dissident contributors and grassroots supporters want?

According to their letter, these are their expectations:

“several votes of ‘no confidence’ for Mr. LaPierre, each NRA officer, and Mr. Josh Powell. In addition, they will be requesting a vote to obit an independent financial audit from one of the ‘Big Four’ accounting firms.”

Further, the letter to the individual board members reminds them that “I don’t know anything about that,” “that is the first time I’m hearing it,” and “I trust Wayne completely”…. “are not deemed within the law as valid acceptable legal defenses. It is your responsibility to know and take the necessary actions to obtain such knowledge.”

The letter also reminds the 76 members that their failure to meet their fiduciary obligations are “subject to personal liability.”

The letter closes with a statement that the “total amount of funds being withheld from the NRA is $162,237,723.” According to Dell’Aquila, those funds include planned giving, plus “membership fees not being renewed, advertisements in NRA magazines, cash donations, etc.”

I communicated with Dell’Aquila regarding the letter, and it’s closing statement “This concludes Phase 3”. I asked, directly what, exactly, that meant.

He explained that the dissidents have a planned four-phase grassroots campaign. In Phase 3, he continued, it was “still possible to handle the problems of the NRA internally”. By “handling the problems” I’m presuming he meant the Board taking the necessary steps to remove Mr. LaPierre and those current officers and directors with obvious conflicts of interest.”

Phase 4, he explained, would involve more drastic measures, and “would be difficult to stop once begun.”

Having spoken with several current and former board members, it would seem that their single greatest fear is being realized. They’re being individually identified and called to account for the NRA’s current situation. What remains to be seen is whether the dissidents intend to pursue a “Phase 4” of their campaign, potentially seeking to attach personal liability for what has now become a highly-documented and very public pattern of profligate spending by the management.

With the dissidents having issued their individual grades, it also seems passive, anonymous membership on the group that is supposed to provide oversight of the massive organization is no longer possible.

Each board member, from Joe Allbaugh to Donald E. Young is listed in the “Grade Sheet.” It also notes along members of the Executive Committee, former presidents, Email/Contact information for each member when available, and their Grade and the Rationale behind it.

A grade key explains the grades as:

A- advocates the replacement of CEO LaPierre and/or publicized one’s removal from committee’s due to questioning leadership, spending policies, etc.

B- removed from committee(s) due to questioning leadership, spending policies, etc, but is not publicized

C- Insufficient oversight/direction to CEO LaPierre

D- Recently added to a committee(s) to limit oversight and fortify CEO LaPierre’s power

F- Supports CEO LaPierre and his leadership team with insufficient oversight

As you have probably surmised, former presidents and current members of the Executive Committee all received “F” grades. Those include: Thomas Arvas, Kenneth Blackwell, Allan Cors, Charles Cotton, Sandra Froman, Carol Frampton, Marion Hammer, Graham Hill, Susan Howard, Curtis Jenkins, David Keene, Tom King, Willes Lee, Current President Carolyn Meadows, James Porter, Peter Printz, Todd Rathner, Wayne Ross, William Satterfield, Ronald Schmeits, John Sigler, Dwight Van Horn, and Blaine Wade.

Only one former president received an “A” grade: Oliver North, the disposed president who is now involved in counter lawsuits over his removal from that position after his calling for independent investigation of the organization’s finances.

At the opposite end of the scale, “A” grades were given to: Dan Boren, Bob Brown, Timothy Knight, Duane Liptak, Sean Maloney, Oliver North, Esther Schneider, and Allen West.

A majority of the board received “C” ratings, based on what the dissidents say is their ongoing insufficient oversight and direction to LaPierre.

The National Rifle Association nor any of the 76 board members have responded publicly to the latest shot in what is becoming an increasingly public fight.

We’ll keep you posted.

—Jim Shepherd

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