Volume 25, Number 3 April/May 2017


SUFFIELD, Connecticut – April 20, 2017 – Savage Arms is proud to announce champion shooter, trusted outdoor communicator and noted competitive shooting authority Patrick Kelley has joined the iconic American firearms manufacturer’s extensive pro staff as a brand ambassador. “Kelley’s competitive shooting experience spans several decades and runs the entire gamut of the shooting sports,” said Bill Dermody, Savage Firearms Sr. Product Manager. “We look forward to working with him as a Savage Arms Brand Ambassador, but also utilizing his considerable firearms knowledge and experience as we bring new products to the shooting public.” Patrick Kelley has earned numerous first-place… [Read More]



HatsanUSA has announced the release of the groundbreaking Hatsan Barrage, an all-new semi-automatic air rifle available in both .117 and .22 calibers. The Hatsan Barrage is a Pre-Charged Pneumatic (PCP) air rifle with a gas operated, semi-automatic action.  It comes with a 500cc volume air bottle mounted to the forearm. The barrel is fully shrouded, precision rifled and choked for optimal shot count, accuracy and sound moderation. The Hatsan Barrage utilizes a tactical ambidextrous stock with thumbhole and Picatinny-style rail beneath the forearm. It includes three magazines (14-shot .177 caliber and 12-shot .22 caliber) and quick-fill nozzle. Also included with the… [Read More]


WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (April 20, 2017) – Colt is pleased to congratulate Team Colt shooter Maggie Reese as she achieves the title of 2017 Ladies National Champion in Open Division at the USPSA MultiGun Nationals, April 14-16 in Boulder City, NV. This is Reese’s fourth win in this competition, previously having won in 2009, 2010, and 2015. “Another outstanding performance from Maggie,” said Paul Spitale, SVP at Colt. “We are so proud of the excellence that Maggie continues to achieve on the competitive field through her passion and hard work. It’s something that all of us here a Colt draw… [Read More]


EDGEFIELD, S.C. (April 2017)—Becky Humphries, the new CEO of the National Wild Turkey Federation, announced Mandy Harling as the director of Hunting Heritage Programs. In her new role, Mandy Harling will supervise the staff and programming for hunting heritage, the NWTF Winchester Museum and education and outreach on the NWTF’s Hunting Heritage Center in Edgefield. “The NWTF has a deep tradition of creating outdoor opportunities through the efforts of our passionate volunteers and generous partners. I’m honored to be entrusted with leading our R3 (Recruitment, Retention and Reactivation) efforts and confident that our work to save the hunt will help… [Read More]


Melville, NY (April 19, 2017) –  Nikon Sport Optics has officially announced the introduction of its highly anticipated binocular with a built-in 1900-yard laser rangefinder. The new LaserForce rangefinder binocular combines superior optical quality, ergonomic single-hand control, technologically enhanced features and a 100% backing with Nikon’s No-Fault Policy. This combination equates to a highly efficient, must-have optic for results-driven hunters and shooters. LaserForce features a laser capable of ranging distances from 10-1900 yards* with instantaneous readouts on a crisp OLED display. Distances are displayed in 0.1 yd increments to 100 yards, and 1-yard increments over 100 yards. The OLED display… [Read More]


Rogers, AR (April 12, 2017) – Daisy Outdoor Products, the most-recognized name in airguns worldwide, today announced a partnership with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to promote safety and education in the shooting sports to today’s youth. This agreement makes Daisy the official airgun of the Boy Scouts of America. The Boy Scouts of America, the largest youth organization in the country, in association with Daisy, will provide local councils and camps throughout the country with safety-oriented experiences and lessons that are both exciting and educational. “There is no doubt that more people have learned how to shoot with… [Read More]


ANOKA, Minnesota – April 17, 2017 – Federal Premium Ammunition is pleased to announce it has expanded its American Eagle Varmint & Predator lineup with new 90-grain 6.8 SPC and 6.5 Grendel loads. The loads combine accuracy, consistency, reliable performance on target and an affordable price tag to create the perfect round for the avid varmint hunter. Shipments of these new products are being delivered to dealers. New American Eagle Varmint & Predator loads feature reloadable brass and Federal primers with a jacketed hollow point or Tipped Varmint bullet, depending on caliber. Both designs expand explosively on impact for maximum… [Read More]


April 2017 – ELEY, the top choice in ammunitions for Olympic competitors, announces the recent launch of their easy to navigate website, www.eleyammunition.com. The simple design mirrors ELEY Ammunition, straight forward, reliable and accurate. The easy to navigate website format allows for a basic self guided tour for exploring the widely sought after ammunition. At the shell of the webpage, users will find direct links to all ELEY products, dealer locations, and other important information. Under the test facility tab, consumers can find valuable information describing the testing procedures ELEY uses and why it’s so accurate and reliable. One click… [Read More]


WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (April 13, 2017) – Colt, the company whose Gold Cup® has long been the pinnacle of performance in the world of competitive shooting, is pleased to announce the next generation Gold Cup Trophy. Updated to meet the desires of today’s elite shooters, the pistol is a modern take on the stalwart classic performance firearm that has helped so many competitive shooters achieve victory over the past century. “We started the development of the newGold Cup® Trophy when I decided to compete in the Bianchi Cup,” said Mark Redl, Team Colt Shooter and Product Manager for Colt. “Everything about this… [Read More]


BESSEMER, Ala. (April 12, 2017) — In response to an overwhelming number of requests for a longer top rail for its legendary AUG A3 M1 bullpup platform, Steyr Arms announced today that it is now in full production of a Long Rail version of the rifle. Offering 25 numbered slots, the new Long Rail version provides a significant increase in surface area to use both optics and back-up iron sights. The top rail on this new Long Rail version of the AUG A3 M1 rifle boasts two more slots than the original flat-top AUG A3 SA but is still the… [Read More]


EUSTIS, FL –  Ridge Footwear announces the launch of a new, redesigned website at www.ridgefootwear.com.  The redesigned site has an updated, clean, and uncluttered layout with improved functionality and enhanced rich content focused on Ridge Footwear’s product information, industry news, press releases, and information on current promotions. The new redesigned website, just launched, offers quick and easy access to essential information and products, while offering a view of the Company’s culture and mission.  The Ridge Footwear website is now mobile responsive, making navigation and functionality seamless and easy. “One of our top goals was to create a user-friendly experience so… [Read More]


MIDDLEFIELD, OH – Demonstrating its ongoing commitment to growth and customer satisfaction, Flambeau Outdoors is pleased to announce new partnerships with two of the nation’s oldest and best-positioned sales agencies, Duncan-Lewis, Inc., and Thomas F. Gowen & Sons. “Flambeau was founded in 1947 by a pair of brothers who hand built their own injection molding machine, and through constant hard work and pure determination, it has grown into an international business, serving wholesale and retail consumers across a broad spectrum of interests,” said Flambeau President Chris Gurreri. “Flambeau Outdoors is proud to partner with Dunkin-Lewis and Gowen & Sons. We’re… [Read More]


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (April 10, 2017) –Smith & Wesson announced today that Matt Spafford has been promoted to Media Manager, Firearms Division, effective immediately.  In this new role, Spafford and his team will be responsible for growing relationships with key media contacts, managing professional sponsorships, and overseeing marketing communications to promote future growth of the Firearms brands. “We are very excited to have Matt Spafford transition to his new role as Media Manager,” said Shaun Phelan, Director of Marketing for Smith & Wesson. “Matt’s passion for the industry and diverse marketing experience will significantly benefit our media relationships and help to… [Read More]


West Bend, WI – U.S. Senator Ron Johnson and West Bend Mayor Sadownikow will be among the dignitaries in attendance on Monday, April 10th as Delta Defense LLC, which operates the United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA), opens the doors to its new 60,000 square foot headquarters in West Bend, WI. Delta Defense relocated to West Bend after remodeling the former Museum of Wisconsin Art building in November of 2013—and since then has grown tremendously which necessitated the need for a new headquarters building. For the past five years in a row Delta Defense has been recognized as one of America’s fastest… [Read More]


Manassas, VA – April 5, 2017 – Aimpoint, the worldwide leader in reflex sight technology, is proud to announce their new brand ambassador Tatiana Whitlock. She is a nationally recognized firearms instructor, martial arts practitioner, and subject matter expert writer for many firearms related publications. Tatiana has a powerful presence and influential voice in the firearms education and defensive training industry. Mother of two, she is a proud member of the NRA and is heavily involved in the NRA New Energy program of the NRA Women’s Network. “Aimpoint sights are ‘Always Ready’ and ‘Always On,’ and I can’t think of… [Read More]


Jacksonville, Alabama – GATCO® Sharpeners, one of the highest quality products in the manual sharpening industry, introduces the Super Micro-X Sharpener, a must-have tool for all knife enthusiast and active outdoorsman. The Super Micro-X Sharpener is the ultimate touch-up sharpener for maintaining sharp edges on the go. It features a polymer housing which holds two medium rods at pre-set angles to ensure ease and accuracy for sharpening. The two fine sharpening rods are designed for polishing the sharpened edge. For a slip-resistant and firm grip, the Super Micro-X Sharpener has a rubber pad on both outer sides of the sharpener’s… [Read More]


Supporting the Next Generation of Shooters (Miami, FL) –Taurus USA continues their sponsorship of the Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) for 2017. The National Championships take place in July at the Cardinal Shooting Center based in Ohio. Taurus USA not only sponsors two of the four SASP stages, Speed Trap and In and Out, that athletes will be competing at the National Championships in July, but they also donate handguns for the competition that are used throughout the year. In addition, Taurus also sponsors one $1,000 high school senior scholarship for college. “We are proud to support the Scholastic Action… [Read More]


(Miami, FL) –Taurus USA Team Captain Jessie Duff ended her weekend on a high note, taking home her 8th Ladies Open National Title at the 2017 U.S. Steel Nationals. Duff competed in Covington,GA at the South River Gun Club among other top ranking shooting professionals. The Georgia native brought her best to the competition making a lasting impression on those who attended. The high intensity match takes place over the course of three days. The Ladies Open National title was once again secured by Duff after showcasing her ability, dedication, concentration and consistency, making it her 8th Ladies Open title at… [Read More]


Bend, OR – March 23, 2017 –The latest generation of the Nosler® Varmageddon® rifle has been updated with an all new cartridge offering, the 22 Nosler®. Built by Noveske Rifleworks in Grants Pass, Oregon, the Varmageddon® rifle includes features and components typically found only on custom rifles. Offering a 300 fps increase in muzzle velocity over the .223 / 5.56, the 22 Nosler® cartridge brings a new level of performance to the Varmageddon® rifle series. For more information on the 22 Nosler® cartridge, visit www.22Nosler.com.  The Varmageddon® AR in 22 Nosler® is a rifle that is well suited for a wide… [Read More]


ROGERS, AR (April 5, 2017) – Lawrence Taylor, long-time outdoor industry public relations professional, has assumed responsibility for promotion of Gamo Airguns, BSA Optics, Daisy Outdoor Products and New Archery Products (NAP). He follows in the legendary footsteps of Joe Murfin, who retired March 31 after 18 years at the helm of Daisy Outdoor Products, the oldest airgun manufacturer in the nation. “We welcome Lawrence Taylor to our growing staff and to our family of outstanding brands,” said Daisy President Keith Higginbotham. “His reputation and knowledge of the outdoor media and industry will be an asset as we expand our… [Read More]


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