From Smith & Wesson Corp. - National Rifle Association Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre Visits Smith & Wesson® Headquarters

Smith & Wesson headquarters Springfield, Massachusetts - Smith & Wesson Corp. announced that Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President and CEO of the National Rifle Association (NRA), visited the company’s Springfield, Massachusetts, headquarters today to meet employees and to tour the company’s manufacturing operations. During his visit to the 162-year old firearms manufacturer, LaPierre was presented with a $600,000 company donation by President and CEO, James Debney. Debney also announced that Smith & Wesson will expand its support of the NRA by adding a company-paid annual NRA membership to its Employee Benefit Program for all fulltime employees beginning in 2015.

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From Crosman Corp. - Crosman Opens Registration for 2014 Field Target Championship

Northeast Regional Field Target Championship at CrosmanRochester, New York – Now in its fifth year, the Northeast Regional Field Target Championship (NRFTC) is the country’s largest regional championship with nearly 100 shooters participating in nine shooting disciplines. Open to professionals, amateurs and families, the NRFTC offers a challenging yet forgiving shooting course in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York State. The event will be held on the campus of Crosman Corporation in Bloomfield, New York from July 11-13 and is now open for registration.

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From Walther Arms - Small. Accurate. Reliable. Walther Introduces A New State-of-the-Art Concealed Carry Pistol.

Black state of the art Walther Arms CCPFort Smith, Arkansas - Utilizing the new Walther SoftCoil™ gas- delayed blowback technology, Walther Arms, Inc. has introduced its latest concealed carry firearm – the CCP.  This concealed carry semi-automatic pistol comes chambered in 9mm and is the ultimate concealed carry pistol.

Weighing only 22.33 ounces when empty, the CCP’s Soft Coil™ gas-delayed blowback system uses gas pressure from the ignited cartridge that is directed through a small port in the barrel (in front of the chamber) to slow down and delay the rearward motion of the slide. This is accomplished by means of a piston contained inside of a cylinder located under the barrel that opposes the rearward motion of the slide until the gas pressure has declined - after the bullet has left the barrel - hence allowing the slide to end its rearward motion, opening the breech and ejecting the empty cartridge case.

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From Sportsman Channel - Sportsman Channel Releases New Promo for “Amazing America with Sarah Palin”

New Berlin, Wisconsin - Sportsman Channel, the leader in outdoor television for American sportsmen and women is releasing the second promo for the network’s new show, “Amazing America with Sarah Palin.” The fast-growing outdoor lifestyle network will premiere “Amazing America with Sarah Palin,” on April 3 at 8 p.m. ET.

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From Blaser-USA - Bockdrilling BD14: THe Awesome Trinity>

Blaser's BOCKDRILLING BD 14

New lockup, new barrel adjustment, new elegance. Blaser redefines the concept of a “Bockdrilling”

San Antonio, Texas - The innovative design of the thermostable barrels makes the BD 14 a state-of-the-art masterpiece: a skillful combination of tradition and technology.

The “Bockdrilling” is, put simply, an O/U Rifle-shotgun combination with a smaller caliber rifle-barrel that blends in harmonically on the side. The barrel arrangement has been perfected by Blaser allowing for an extremely slender receiver and making the BD 14 exceptionally huntable.

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From Gamo - GAMO® launches new Whisper G2™ air rifle, headlining GAMO® Outdoor USA's 2014 Product Lineup

Gamo's new Whisper G2™ air rifle line

Fort Lauderdale, Florida – Gamo® Outdoor USA (www.gamooutdoorusa.com), world renowned manufacturer of high-end adult air guns is launching the new Whisper G2™ air rifle line.  The second generation Whisper™ air rifle features the latest in Gamo technology – the Turbo Stabilizing System™. Designed to control the aggressiveness of the firing cycle – it brings the spring to a controlled stop within the chamber - adding more velocity, decreasing vibration, thus reducing recoil.

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From Yamaha Outdoors - Yamaha Donates SE Viking to SEAL-Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation

Tactical Black Viking to be Auctioned at Foundation Event to Raise Funds for SEAL Families

YAMAHA ANNOUNCES NEW TACTICAL BLACK VIKING EPS 4X4Cypress, California - Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., has donated a new Special Edition Tactical Black Viking EPS SxS vehicle to the SEAL-Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation. The Assembled in U.S.A. Viking will be auctioned at an upcoming Foundation fundraiser near San Diego with proceeds going to the organization’s mission of supporting SEAL members’ families.

The SEAL-NSW Family Foundation is a San Diego based 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization that raises awareness and funds for special programs in direct support of the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) families on a local, national and global scale. Details about the upcoming fundraiser on March 22 are at http://supportourwarriors.org/.

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From USA Shooting - USA Shooting Pistol Selection Match Set to Get Underway with Much at Stake

2013 National Champions Sandra Uptagrafft, Jason Turner, Teresa Chambers and Emil Milev look to begin 2014 with a Pistol Selection Match that will lead them to spots on World Cups, World Championships and Championship of the Americas Teams. Colorado Springs, Colorado - The ranges of the USA Shooting Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., will come alive over the next week with 40 of the best pistol athletes in the country coming together for a chance to represent the USA Shooting Team at upcoming events including World Cup USA, the World Championships and the Championship of the America’s (CAT).  

The action gets underway Tuesday, February 25 with Men’s Rapid Fire Pistol and Women’s Air Pistol. Fifteen athletes will emerge as the leading candidates for both World Championship and CAT selection, though the second of the two-part qualification won’t take place until May. The top-three athletes in each of the five pistol events contested are assured a spot on the World Cup USA roster and will shoot in Ft. Benning, Ga., during the March 27-April 4 event. 

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How one writer created a blaster that would pass the muster at Tatooine's Mos Eisley Cantina

A working version of Han Solo's blaster from Star Wars Bob Boyd built what every eight-year-old boy wanted back in 1977 — Han Solo's blaster

Building a Live-Ammo-Firing Han Solo Blaster
Harrison Ford carried a paperweight in the Star Wars films. Here's how a sci-fi fan created a working blaster if his own.

The 2013 holiday season was quite joyous for sci-fi film fans when one of the most-iconic prop guns—the blaster Harrison Ford wielded as the galactic smuggler turned hero, Han Solo, in “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi”—went to auction a mere four days before Christmas. Fetching $200,000, the nonfiring replica undoubtedly made a heck of a stocking stuffer for one lucky earthling, who wished to remain anonymous. While I can understand wanting to own something used by a particular movie star or in a particular film, I have a hard time wrapping my brain around paying six-figures for a paperweight, particularly when it doesn’t even emit colorful bolts of matter-disintegrating light—or have the ability to fire live ammunition, like the one I built for a fraction of the price.

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