Industry Steps Up for STEP OUTSIDE
Team Ruger, pictured above,
successfully defended its Industry Class trophy at this year's
Shooting Industry Masters. Team DPMS
continued as the undefeated champion in the Open Class. "Our thanks
go out to all the teams who competed. We also thank Randy Luth and
his team at DPMS for all their support as the event’s hosts," said
Tom von Rosen, FMG Publications publisher. Pictured are Randell Pence,
Ruger executive director of sales and marketing; Robert Stutler,
vice president of operations - Prescott; Kevin Reid, assistant
general counsel; and Steve Sanetti, president.
ONCE AGAIN, SHOOTING INDUSTRY MASTERS HITS THE MARK . . .
Leaders from across the firearms industry came together in St. Cloud,
Minn., Sept. 22-24 to compete in the fourth annual three-gun Shooting
Industry Masters to benefit NSSF's
STEP OUTSIDE program. The event was sponsored and produced by FMG
Publications. "STEP OUTSIDE provides the framework for shooters and
hunters to introduce someone -- often
a friend, co-worker or family member --
to shooting and hunting," said Chris Dolnack, NSSF senior vice
president. "Thanks to FMG, we raised over $11,000 that will increase the
reach of STEP OUTSIDE. By the end of this year, STEP OUTSIDE will have
helped introduce 500,000 new shooters and hunters to our sporting
traditions. That's 500,000 potential new customers and, according to
follow-up surveys with past STEP OUTSIDE participants, that translates
into over $234 million in sales for our industry." Match sponsors of
this year's event included DPMS Panther Arms, Black Hills Ammunition,
Winchester Ammunition, Howard Leight, Action Target, Champion Traps &
Targets, Smith & Wesson, Sturm, Ruger & Co., Brownells, Aimpoint,
Benchmade and FMG Publications. A total of $11,435 was raised for STEP
HOUSE PASSES ATF REFORM BILL . . . With a 277-131 vote, the U.S.
House of Representatives last week passed
the "Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF)
Modernization and Reform Act of 2006." The legislation, which represents
a major advance in protecting the rights of firearms retailers, now
heads to the Senate. Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Chuck Schumer
threatened to stall Senate consideration. The bill will bring
ATF enforcement actions and provide ATF with additional compliance
tools short of license revocation.
See how your
representative voted on HR 5092 and
FAMILIES AFIELD REACHES 5 MILLION POTENTIAL MENTORS . . . Fall
hunting seasons are barely underway. But for NSSF, the National Wild
Turkey Federation and U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance, 2006 is already
being remembered as a trophy year. The "trophy" is actually a
collection of recent legislative and regulatory successes creating
new opportunities for families to hunt together. Across 11 states,
about 5 million licensed hunters―more than a third of the U.S.
total―now have more opportunities than ever to introduce their sons,
daughters or other newcomers to the sport.
'SHATTERING NEGATIVE PERCEPTIONS OF GUNS' . . . "Some 1,500
young Tennessee shooters are shattering more than clay targets.
They're shattering negative perceptions of guns and shooting,"
writes The Tennessean's Larry Wood. The Scholastic Clay Target
Program, he writes, is "evidence that with proper education,
supervision and care, guns are safe." As SCTP continues to grow each
year, it is producing a growing number of positive stories in the
media about youths, firearms and safety. A great example: On
Nashville's WKRN, the evening news featured an encouraging story of
a young female shooter that attended SCTP's recent Junior Olympic
Watch the video here.
NSSF's Scholastic Clay Target Program
will hold its first SCTP International Shotgun Championships Oct.
6-8 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
SCTP GOES OLYMPIC-STYLE . . . Nearly 100 youths will travel to
Colorado Springs, Colo., this weekend to compete in the Scholastic
Clay Target Program's first SCTP International Shotgun
Championships, an event the U.S. Olympic shotgun coach says he is
very pleased to see. The event will include team competitions in the
versions of trap and skeet, both of which are shot in the
Olympics and at other world events. "When I look at the people who
are trying to make our Olympic team or world championship team, I've
got 120. That's nationwide. In Italy, they've got 80,000 to 90,000,"
said Lloyd Woodhouse, U.S. Olympic and national shotgun team coach. Woodhouse
said SCTP's growth and its participants' increasing involvement in
the international games are encouraging. "To potentially have 8,000
kids to draw from, it's the most marvelous thing in the world,"
Woodhouse said. This year, there were 8,300 youths from 41 states
that competed in SCTP trap, skeet and sporting clays, a 40 percent
increase from 2005.
ILLINOIS SELECTED FOR WINGSHOOTING USA TEST MARKET . . . Illinois
has been selected as a special testing ground
for NSSF's fledgling
Wingshooting USA campaign. Nationally, Wingshooting USA launched last
year to help activate latent hunters by raising awareness of today's
bird hunting preserves through a free, searchable Web site,
series of Wingshooting USA ads are running in sporting magazines and on
outdoor television programming. Also to air nationally this fall and
winter is a unique half-hour TV special. For the Illinois-specific
campaign, NSSF will launch a separate, targeted, print and TV
advertising blitz during the last four months of 2006. The goal is
measuring the ads' cumulative impact on hunting participation in the
JEFF COOPER DEAD AT 86 . . . John Dean "Jeff" Cooper, noted
firearms expert who is commonly referred to as the father of the
modern technique of handgun shooting, died Sept. 25 at his home in
Arizona. He was 86. "Jeff Cooper was a great teacher, innovator and
advocate for gun safety. He and his Gunsite Ranch have made a
lasting contribution in the use of small arms for personal defense
by the military, law enforcement and civilians," said Doug Painter,
NSSF president. Read the
Los Angeles Times' obituary for Cooper.
CONGRESS PASSES LANDMARK DISASTER RECOVERY LEGISLATION . . .
Congress on Friday passed a measure to prohibit the confiscation of
legal firearms from law-abiding citizens during states of emergency,
reports NRA. H.R. 5013, the "Disaster Recovery Personal Protection
Act," was introduced in the House by Congressman Bobby Jindal (La.)
passed the House on July 25 with a 322-99 vote. Sen. David Vitter (La.)
introduced the Senate version of the bill, which the Senate passed
84-16. The bill now heads to President Bush.
2006 GUN RIGHTS POLICY CONFERENCE A SUCCESS . . . The 2006 Gun
Rights Policy Conference, held Sept. 22-24 at the Renaissance Charlotte
Suites Hotel in Charlotte, N.C., was an informative success, reports the
Second Amendment Foundation. The conference included speeches by many
prominent figures defending gun rights and was recorded by Charles
Heller of Liberty Watch Radio. The recording is available on a single
disc for $21. A recording of all conferences, from 2003 through 2006, is
available for $35. To order, send cash or check to: Charles Heller, 7311
E. Brooks Dr., Tucson, AZ 85730. Include name, mailing address, city,
state, zip code, phone number and e-mail address. The 2007 GRPC will be
held Oct. 5-7 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
SCI EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TO RETIRE . . . Tom Riley, Safari Club
International executive director, has announced his retirement effective
Sept. 30. During his tenure as executive director, SCI enjoyed growth in
membership as well as record-breaking revenue and attendance at SCI's
SCI's press release.
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