Federal Premium Signs Champion Shooter Julie Golob as Brand Ambassador

by Editor 31. October 2014 16:24
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Federal Premium® Ammunition is proud to announce it has partnered with champion shooter Julie Golob. The accomplished U.S. Army veteran will showcase Federal Premium as a sponsored shooter and serve as a brand ambassador.

“We’re excited and honored to welcome Julie to our team,” said Federal Premium Marketing Director Jason Nash. “Her background and accomplishments are impressive. She fits our brand perfectly and relates well to the next generation of shooters.”

Golob has won more than 120 championship titles in seven different action-shooting disciplines, making her one of the most accomplished professional shooters in the world. The mother of two most recently returned to the International Practical Shooting Confederation’s World Handgun Championships. This competition marked her fifth World Shoot. Golob was the top American finisher in the ladies production pistol division, despite the fact she took a significant amount of time off from training and competing to be with her six and 18-month old daughters. Golob placed third and also helped Team USA take home a bronze medal.

She is also the author of “SHOOT: Your Guide to Shooting and Competition.” The book serves as a valuable resource for current shooting-sports enthusiasts and is an excellent guide for newcomers.

Golob is also a proud veteran. She joined the U.S. Army’s Action Shooting Team in 1995, and was named its Female Athlete of the Year in 1999. Today, when she isn’t shooting competitively, she spends her time hunting and sharing recipes she has created using wild game.

“Julie loves to shoot and share her experiences in competition shooting, hunting and the outdoors,” Nash said. “She excels at encouraging others, especially women, to give these activities a try. We couldn’t be happier to have her on board to promote our products and the shooting sports.”

As part of the partnership, Golob will use Federal Premium ammunition in competition and on hunts. She will also wear the Federal Premium logo prominently on her competition shooting shirt and represent the brand in marketing materials.

For more on Federal Premium, go to www.federalpremium.com.

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Cleaning Airguns Just Got Easier Thanks To Bore-whips From Swab-its

by Editor 28. October 2014 11:14
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Swab-its®, makers of the popular Bore-tips® and Gun-tips® firearms cleaning swabs, announces all new Bore-whips™, the lint-free and reusable foam swabs designed specifically for cleaning .17 air guns and firearms.

“As a long-time competitive shooter, I know the importance of maintaining your equipment for peak performance. Effectively cleaning air rifles has always been a challenge up until now. With new Bore-whips, shooters of all ages can easily and quickly clean their .17 caliber air rifles and pistols regardless of design,” said Michele Makucevich of Swab-its.

Bore-whips Features:

– Tight bore-fitting 360-degree cleaning surface
– One piece pull-through design
– Functions as an empty chamber indicator
– Lint-free
– Washable and reusable
– Available in packs of three
– Part # 42-0017
– MSRP $9.99

Bore-whips, along with Bore-tips and Gun-tips, provide gun owners with superior firearms cleaning versatility giving hunters, sportsmen, and gunsmiths the ability to protect and preserve their firearms like never before.

With Swab-its, you Clean It Like You Mean It.

For more information on Bore-whips and the complete line of Swab-its lint free, reusable gun cleaning swabs, visit www.Bore-tips.com.

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Starline Brass Set To Appear On Fox Business Network

by Editor 23. October 2014 15:20
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Starline, America’s leading handgun brass manufacturer, is proud to announce it will be presented in an upcoming production of Manufacturing Marvels®, airing on The Fox Business Network® at approximately 8:30-8:44p.m. CST on Monday, October 27.

Produced by award winning producers Bob and Jerry May and narrated by nationally acclaimed voice talent John Criswell, the 2-minute Manufacturing Marvels® production spotlights Starline among American manufacturers in a multitude of industries, and is scheduled to air this week.

Marvel Production Group, LLC (MPG) visited the Starline manufacturing facility in Sedalia, MO on October 13, where they were immersed in the company’s production and manufacturing methods. While on-site, MPG saw the extensive series of steps each piece of Starline brass goes through before being shipped out. MPG also saw Starline’s custom tooling, which enables them to manufacture over 80 different cartridge cases to the highest quality standards.

“We were extremely excited when Manufacturing Marvels® approached us about featuring Starline on their production. We thought this would be an excellent opportunity to show the world how much attention and detail goes into making a piece of cartridge brass,” said Robert Hayden Jr., Vice President of Starline. “From raw material to finished product, our tooling and processes are one-of-a-kind. We’re proud to have our plant showcased on Manufacturing Marvels® on The Fox Business Network®.”

After its air date, the video will be featured on Starline’s YouTube Channel and www.starlinebrass.com. There are already several videos on their website about handloading ammunition for beginning and expert reloaders, cleaning used brass, and informative videos about high performance cartridge cases.

Starline is a family owned business that prides itself on producing the highest quality brass cases available. For more than 30 years, Starline’s unique manufacturing process and commitment to their team of employees has distinguished Starline from the competition.

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Apex Tactical Specialties, 10-8 Performance Introduce M&P Replacement Base Pads

by Editor 22. October 2014 09:30
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LOS OSOS, Calif. – Apex Tactical Specialties and 10-8 Performance have teamed up to introduce polymer replacement base pads for owners of the popular Smith & Wesson M&P pistol.

Improving on the original factory version, the Apex 10-8 M&P Base Pad and Retainer Set features a low profile design that dramatically reduces snagging on clothing and while drawing from magazine pouches. Its scalloped front and sides make it easier to grip the seated magazine when removing it from the pistol frame. The heavy-duty polymer construction provides for added durability and the 10 numbered dimples allow for easy identification when working with multiple magazines.

The Apex 10-8 M&P Base Pad incorporates Apex’s patent pending retainer plate design which utilizes a split locking stud that secures the base pad to the magazine and prevents lateral movement and unintentional unlocking that can lead to catastrophic disassembly upon impact.

“The new Apex 10-8 M&P Base Pad and Retainer Set is ideal for the competitive and recreational shooter. Those using their M&P pistol for everyday carry, or on duty, will appreciate both its low profile, snag-free design as well as the durable polymer construction,” explained Scott Folk, vice president at Apex Tactical Specialties.

Sold in packs of four, the new Apex 10-8 M&P Base Pad and Retainer are available now from ApexTactical.com.

Features and Specifications:
– Low profile design (15% shorter) reduces snagging on clothing and while drawing from magazine pouches
– Scalloped front and sides allow for easy gripping while removing from the frame
– Heavy duty polymer construction provides for added durability
– 10 numbered dimples for easy magazine identification
– Patent pending retainer plate design
– Split locking stud prevents lateral movement and unintentional unlocking that could result in catastrophic disassembly of the magazine
– Fits Smith & Wesson M&P full length pistol magazine bodies in 9mm, .40 S&W or .357 Sig
– Easy to install (watch the installation video)
– Does not increase ammunition capacity of any M&P magazine
– Weighs .24oz (Base Pad and Retainer Plate)
– Apex Part #: 100-036
– MSRP: $34.95 for a pack of four

For more information on Apex parts and services, visit www.ApexTactical.com, like Apex Tactical on Facebook or follow @ApexTactical on Twitter. Instructional videos on the installation of Apex parts are available on Apex's YouTube channel.

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Team Blade-Tech Sweeps the Trophy Table at 2014 Washington State IDPA Championship

by Editor 16. September 2014 16:48
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Blade-Tech was honored to be the overall executive match sponsor of the 2014 Blade-Tech Washington State IDPA Championship. The Tier 3 IDPA Championship match was hosted at the RENTON FISH & GAME CLUB INC, on August 16th & 17th. One hundred and fifty scored shooters participated in the event, shooting stages that were very challenging and well developed, something we have come to expect at this venue.

We’d like to formally congratulate our Team shooters Nils Jonasson, Brett Russo, Cody McKenna and Danielle Vermeulen for wins in their respective divisions and classes. Nils was the high overall shooter and was recognized as the “Enhanced Service Pistol” Division Champion. Nils won the ESP division by the smoking hot margin of 52.12 seconds over the second place finisher with a final time of 188.72.

Cody McKenna took overall shooter in the “Stock Service Pistol” Division and was named Division Champion. Brett Russo, Took 1st Place Expert in “ESP” and Danielle Vermeulen won the “High Lady” title. Each Blade-Tech team member used our Classic OWB holsters and our new Team Gear magazine pouches. This new pouch design was developed to complement the mechanics of a shooters reload at IDPA and concealed carry events. We are excited by the reception this offering has received.Look for it in upcoming IDPA gear guide.

Blade-Tech would like to extend our thanks to David McClure, Match Director, Tim Smith and Alan Feucht and the entire match staff for putting on an outstanding event in Blade-Tech’s home State of Washington. “We were delighted with the great hospitality, the quality of the match and the professionalism of the Range Officers.

Blade-Tech is a staunch supporter of the shooting sports the NRA and our Second Amendment rights.

We support shooters and events in multiple shooting disciplines and are very happy to announce that we have committed to sponsor this match again in 2015”. Check us out on our website and on Facebook.

Blade-Tech on the Web: WWW.BLADE-TECH.COM

See us on Facebook: WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/bladetechind

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Dillon Precision Releases 101 Classic Firearms by John Marshall

by Editor 11. August 2014 10:30
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Dillon Precision announces the release of John Marshall’s new book 101 Classic Firearms: A Chronological Foray into the Golden Years of Firearms Development, a compilation of the author’s popular articles appearing in The Blue Press since 2007.

“Fans of John Marshall’s column in The Blue Press won’t want to miss out on their copy of 101 Classic Firearms. Each page is packed with the rich history and effortless story telling that makes John so popular with readers,” said Mark Pixler, editor of The Blue Press.

“As a fan of John’s wonderful writing, putting this book together for Dillon was a labor of love,” added Pixler. “101 Classic Firearms is sure to be a welcome and prized addition to the library of any serious firearms aficionado.”

Published by Dillon Precision, and printed and bound in the USA, 101 Classic Firearms is a high-quality full color 11.5” x 9” hardcover with 224 pages packed full of insights and history on some of the world’s most important firearms.

Included in Marshall’s review of classic firearms are the famed Colt Single Action Army, the Mauser Model 98, the Luger P.08 Pistol, the U.S. Model 1903 Springfield Rifle, the Smith & Wesson Perfected Target Pistol, the Colt 1911 and the U.S. Model of 1917 “Enfield” Rifle, to name a few.

101 Classic Firearms: A Chronological Foray into the Golden Years of Firearms Development is available online from Dillon Precision for $29.95 (stock #40133). Also available is an autographed by the author version for $34.95 (stock #97130).

Dealers interested in carrying 101 Classic Firearms can contact Dillon Precision at 480-948-8009.

101 Classic Firearms: A Chronological Foray into the Golden Years of Firearms Development by John Marshall

Dillon Precision
ISBN: 978-0-692-24636-8
Price: $29.95 (stock #40133), $34.95 Autographed (stock #97130)
Hardcover: 11.5” x 9”
224 Pages

For more information, or to order your copy of 101 Classic Firearms: A Chronological Foray into the Golden Years of Firearms Development, visit www.DillonPrecision.com.

About the Author
John Marshall is an accomplished photographer and freelance writer whose articles have appeared in The Blue Press, The Gun Digest, Guns & Ammo’s Handguns, and American Gunsmith. An expert on firearms, he is also a member of the Remington Society of America, the Smith & Wesson Collectors Association, the Smith & Wesson Historical Foundation and the American Gunsmithing Association. He is also an endowment member of the National Rifle Association.

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Mastering the IDPA Classifier by Duane Thomas

by Editor 8. August 2014 14:22
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IDPA Master, former Washington State IDPA Custom Defensive Pistol State Champion, and noted gunwriter Duane Thomas has written Mastering the IDPA Classifier, a book of tips and tricks on how to improve your performance on the IDPA classifier. This is the first and only time an IDPA Master has written a detailed collection of pointers on how to excel at the most varied and comprehensive test of fast gun handling and defensive marksmanship skills available to the normal, self-defense oriented, citizen shooter. Originally presented in serialized form in Dillon Precision Products’ magazine-format catalog, The Blue Press, this content has now been expanded, revised and collected in e-book form.

From Mastering the IDPA Classifier’s Introduction, Thomas says, “The purpose of this book is to share with you the little tips and tricks I have developed, over coming up on two decades of shooting the IDPA classifier. These are the things I see shooters, over and over again, get wrong at the lower skill levels. It’s not that they can’t shoot. It’s not that they don’t have the skill set already in place to be scoring in the next rank above where they will actually, finally wind up placing. Most people are actually much better shooters than they realize. It’s that they don’t know the little tricks that can carve huge chunks of time off any particular string. These are the things IDPA Masters know, that maybe you don’t. However, when you’ve finished reading this book, you will know them, too.”

Mastering the IDPA Classifier, lavishly illustrated with 70 full-color photos, is available as a downloadable e-book for $9.95 through www.Self-Defense-Handguns.com.

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Alien Gear Holsters Introduces The Cloak Tuck 2.0

by Editor 15. July 2014 11:05
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HAYDEN, Idaho – Alien Gear Holsters recently announced the launch of their newest product, the “Cloak Tuck 2.0”. This patent pending, Neoprene Composite Holster is Alien Gear Holsters’ most comfortable and stable holster yet. This inside the waistband (IWB) hybrid holster features a light weight design with a soft neoprene body-side layer that forms perfectly to your hip and provides more comfort than you’ve ever felt in a holster.

President Thomas Tedder explains, “the secret to its improved stability and sturdiness is the inner ABS polymer core. It readily flexes with your body, but won’t sag down with the weight of a handgun (even the heavy ones).”

This new material is completely waterproof, so concealed carry handgun owners never have to worry about corrosive sweat reaching their pistol. It also includes a fully swappable handgun shell for versatility. The “Cloak Tuck 2.0” holster comes equipped with Alien Gear Holsters’ standard nylon clips, designed for 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inch belts, or steel clips that fit belts up to 1 3/4 inches. For enhanced conceal-ability nylon “C” clips and “J” clips are also available as add-on items.

The MSRP for the “Cloak Tuck 2.0” is $35.88 and is now available at AlienGearHolsters.com.

About Alien Gear Holsters
Founded in 2013, Alien Gear Holsters manufactures premium, incredibly comfortable holsters for concealed carry. Alien Gear Holsters are the most comfortable holsters on the planet. Any planet. For more information about Alien Gear Holsters, visit www.AlienGearHolsters.com.

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Comp-Tac’s Gordon Carrell Takes Carolina Cup ESP Title

by Editor 23. June 2014 15:06
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HOUSTON, Texas – With seven division stage wins and the second fastest overall time, Comp-Tac Victory Gear's Gordon Carrell took the Enhanced Service Pistol division title this past weekend at the Carolina Cup IDPA Championship. This marks the fourth time in the past seven years Carrell has won a division title.

Held in Oxford, N.C., the Carolina Cup drew 331 top IDPA shooters including 89 competing in the ESP division where Carrell finished with a final time of 208.58, more than 34 seconds faster than his nearest competitor.

“The Carolina Cup is one of IDPA’s most challenging matches and always draws a number of the country’s best shooters. It’s gratifying to come out of such a difficult match, against a very competitive field, with the title win,” said Carrell, who in addition to competing for Team Comp-Tac is the General Manager at Comp-Tac Victory Gear.

Carrell won the match firing a Smith & Wesson M&P Pro 9mm pistol, featuring Apex parts and outfitted with Warren sights, from a Comp-Tac International holster with Twin Paddle pouch on a Comp-Tac Belt. For concealment he used a custom vest from Armadillo Concealment. In addition to Comp-Tac, Carrell is sponsored and supported by Smith & Wesson, Apex Tactical Specialties, Warren Tactical Sights, Armadillo Concealment, GLC Shooting Academy and Sportsman’s Outlet.

Also representing Comp-Tac in the match was fellow Comp-Tac team shooter Randi Rogers who placed fourth Master and fifth in the Stock Service Pistol division finishing with a final time of 248.75 seconds.

For more information on Team Comp-Tac, and the full line of Comp-Tac Victory Gear holsters and accessories, visit www.Comp-Tac.com, like Comp-Tac on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CompTac, or follow @CompTac on Twitter.

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Old Faithful Holsters Merges with Alien Gear Holsters

by Editor 18. June 2014 09:01
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HAYDEN, Idaho – Old Faithful Holsters, the makers of quality, concealed carry holsters and accessories, announces that they are merging with Alien Gear Holsters, also a manufacturer of concealed carry holsters, to become the leading hybrid holster manufacturer in the United States.

The merger of Alien Gear Holsters, based in Hayden, Idaho, further increases Old Faithful Holster’s share in the concealed carry holster market. “The acquisition is also expected to result in greater efficiencies and significantly increase our market share,” said Thomas Tedder, president of Tedder Industries.

“A merger was arranged between Old Faithful Holsters and Alien Gear Holsters to strengthen our market position,” commented Tedder. “Our combined assets will allow both companies to continue to create quality products, allowing us to pass the savings on to our customers.”

The combined companies now have 45 employees.

About Old Faithful Holsters
Founded in 2010, Old Faithful Holsters is the maker of the popular Stealth Tuck and High Rider concealed carry holsters. Old Faithful Holsters are an online holster store providing the most comfortable, concealable gun holsters available. For more information about Old Faithful Holsters, visit www.oldfaithfulholsters.com.

About Alien Gear Holsters
Founded in 2013, Alien Gear Holsters manufactures premium, incredibly comfortable holsters for concealed carry. Alien Gear Holsters are the most comfortable holsters on the planet. Any planet. For more information about Alien Gear Holsters, visit www.aliengearholsters.com.

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