IDPA’s Joyce Wilson To Keynote 2013 A Girl & A Gun National Conference

by Editor 11. March 2013 07:39
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AUSTIN, Texas – Julianna Crowder, president of A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League, announced that Joyce Wilson, executive director of the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA), will be a keynote speaker at the inaugural A Girl & A Gun National Conference, Presented by Smith & Wesson.

As executive director of IDPA Wilson has guided the organization’s transformation into the fastest growing shooting sport in America, managed a member-driven review and update of the IDPA Rule Book and overseen the work on a new, soon to launch IDPA.com website that will provide greater value and support for IDPA clubs, match directors and the organization’s 21,000-plus members.

“As the only woman heading up a major shooting sports organization, Joyce Wilson has an impressive record of accomplishment and a unique perspective on the important role women play in the firearms community. We’re very pleased to have Joyce as our keynote speaker and know that our conference attendees are in for a real treat,” said Julianna Crowder.

The 2013 A Girl & A Gun National Conference, Presented by Smith & Wesson, will take place March 22-24 at T.I.G.E.R. Valley, the premiere training facility in Central Texas located in Waco. Bringing together some of the top women in the shooting industry, the conference offers participants training sessions, live-fire instruction and presentations on topics relevant to women participating in the shooting sports today.

The sold-out conference has received a great deal of support from a growing list of firearms industry sponsors including Comp-Tac Victory Gear, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the Outdoor Wire Digital Network, Taurus and presenting sponsor Smith & Wesson, among others.

A Girl & A Gun Women's Shooting League is a ladies-only organization established by women shooters for women shooters for the pistol, rifle and shotgun sports. Founded in February of 2011 in Austin, Texas, A Girl & A Gun today has more than 1,000 members and 28 clubs in 11 states, making it the fastest growing women’s shooting organization.

For more information on the 2013 A Girl & A Gun National Conference, Presented by Smith & Wesson, or to find a club near you, visit www.AGirlAndAGunClub.com. You can also join the conversation online on Facebook or by following @AGAGClub on Twitter.

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NSSF Signs On To Sponsor 2013 A Girl & A Gun National Conference

by Editor 7. March 2013 09:45
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AUSTIN, Texas – Julianna Crowder, president of A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League, announced that the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry, will sponsor the Welcome Dinner at the 2013 A Girl & A Gun National Conference, Presented by Smith & Wesson.

The 2013 A Girl & A Gun National Conference, Presented by Smith & Wesson, will take place March 22-24 at T.I.G.E.R. Valley, the premiere training facility in Central Texas located in Waco. Bringing together some of the top women in the shooting industry, the conference offers participants training sessions, live-fire instruction and presentations on topics relevant to women participating in the shooting sports today.

“The National Shooting Sports Foundation has led the way in fostering programs specifically designed to bring more women into the shooting sports, as well as the firearms industry, and A Girl & A Gun is extremely grateful to NSSF and its members for their generous support,” said Julianna Crowder.

NSSF is the latest in a growing list of firearms industry sponsors supporting A Girl & A Gun’s inaugural national conference. Additional sponsors include Comp-Tac Victory Gear, the Outdoor Wire Digital Network, Taurus and presenting sponsor Smith & Wesson, among others.

"Women are participating in target shooting and hunting in unprecedented numbers, making this conference very timely and important," said NSSF Director of Recruitment and Retention Melissa Schilling. "We applaud A Girl & A Gun for all it has done to promote the safe and responsible use of firearms, and for encouraging women to share their enjoyment of the shooting sports with others."

A Girl & A Gun Women's Shooting League is a ladies-only organization established by women shooters for women shooters for the pistol, rifle and shotgun sports. Founded in February of 2011 in Austin, Texas, A Girl & A Gun today has more than 1,000 members and 28 clubs in 11 states, making it the fastest growing women’s shooting organization.

For more information on the 2013 A Girl & A Gun National Conference, Presented by Smith & Wesson, or to find a club near you, visit www.AGirlAndAGunClub.com. You can also join the conversation online on Facebook or by following @AGAGClub on Twitter.

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Cabelas.com Now Stocking Swab-Its® Brand Bore-tips™ For Firearms Cleaning

by Editor 6. March 2013 08:30
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Super Brush, makers of Swab-its® brand firearms cleaning swabs for every job, announced that Cabela’s, the World's Foremost Outfitter® of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is now stocking Swab-its brand Bore-tips™ at Cabelas.com.

As part of their extensive selection of firearms maintenance supplies, Cabela’s offers Bore-tips in all six caliber configurations for purchase online at www.Cabelas.com. Bore-tips will also be featured in Cabela’s 2013 Spring Catalog.

“Cabela’s is one of the most respected and trusted retailers among America’s outdoor enthusiasts. Millions of hunters and shooters depend on Cabela’s for their equipment needs and we are pleased to announce that our customers can now turn to Cabela’s to stock up on Swab-its brand Bore-tips,” said Cathy Desorcy, product manager for Swab-its.

Designed to be lint-free and reusable, foam Bore-tips from Swab-its provide the ultimate in barrel bore cleaning with their tight bore-fitting 360-degree cleaning surface, delivering improved barrel cleaning and maximum lubrication. Bore-tips are available in a six-piece pack in .357cal/9mm, .22cal, .243cal, or .30cal, and in a five-piece pack for either .40cal or .45cal.

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

For more information about Cabela’s, or to place an order, visit www.Cabelas.com or call (800) 237-444 to speak with a Cabela’s customer service representative. For more information on the complete line of Swab-its lint free, reusable gun cleaning swabs, visit www.swab-its.com.

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Smith & Wesson Congratulates Competitors of 2013 IDPA Indoor National Championships

by Editor 27. February 2013 17:40
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (February 27, 2013) – Smith & Wesson Corp. today announced the successful completion of the 16th Annual International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) Indoor National Championships. Held at the Smith & Wesson Employee Shooting Sports Center in Springfield, Massachusetts, this year’s match featured over 320 competitors from across the United States, three foreign nations and the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico. The IDPA Indoor Nationals have long been recognized as one of the inaugural matches of the competitive shooting season with five division titles and 11 special category winners being awarded after three days of intense, but friendly competition.

The 2013 match lived up to its reputation with many competitors calling this year’s event one of the most technically difficult matches in IDPA history. After the final score was calculated, some of the shooting industry’s most prominent names appeared atop their respective leaderboards. Past IDPA Champions including Smith & Wesson’s own Jerry Miculek, Dan Burwell and Josh Lentz were able to capitalize on what some may call home-field advantage by winning titles in the Custom Defensive Pistol (CDP), Enhanced Service Revolver (ESR) and Stock Service Revolver (SSR) divisions.

Competing in the revolver division, it was no surprise to see Team Smith & Wesson members leading in almost every category. Team member Josh Lentz was able to reclaim the SSR title for a third time at the Indoor Nationals. Lentz used a Smith & Wesson Model 686 for this year’s win. Jerry Miculek once again took to the podium as the ESR champion, his seventh consecutive title in the match. In the history of the Indoor Nationals, Jerry has remained undefeated in this division using his Smith & Wesson Model 625.

In the CDP division, not only did Dan Burwell earn top honors, but he also secured another Distinguished Master (DM) classification. With this win, Burwell is now a triple DM in ESP, SSP and CDP. He is the second person in history to earn the prestigious classification in all three semi-auto divisions in the sport. Also to be congratulated, David Olhasso placed second DM and third overall in the CDP Division. Both used Smith & Wesson M&P45 pistols.

Outside of Smith & Wesson’s shooting team, defending Stock Service Pistol (SSP) champion Robert Vogel re-captured the division title while earning the fastest overall time (154.37) for a fifth consecutive year. Rounding out this year’s division winners was Brandon Wright, who used a Smith & Wesson M&P Pro in 9mm to earn the Enhanced Service Pistol (ESP) title and DM classification.

“The IDPA Indoor Nationals are considered by many to be one of the most prestigious and well-organized matches of the competitive shooting season,” said James Debney, President and CEO of Smith & Wesson. “This recognition is a direct result of the tireless efforts made by numerous people including event coordinators, safety officers, volunteers, and sponsors. Through their dedication and that of IDPA, Smith & Wesson has had the distinct honor of hosting this match for six consecutive years. On behalf of our company, I would like to congratulate all of the division and special category winners as well as those individuals working behind the scenes that have made this match a championship unlike any other.”

IDPA and Smith & Wesson also welcomed 27 military veterans, including wounded warriors and disabled shooters, to compete in this year’s match. Team Smith & Wesson member and adaptive athlete Trevor Baucom was once again seen making his way through the 12 challenging stages of fire. The proactive steps taken by the IDPA and Smith & Wesson for greater involvement of disabled shooters in competitive matches have allowed the shooting industry to further extend its welcome to all competitors. A sport based with roots in concealed carry, Baucom opted to compete with an M&P Shield in 9mm in the match, marking the first time the compact 9mm has been used at the IDPA Indoor Nationals.

Smith & Wesson would like to congratulate and recognize all of the Division Champions and Special Category Winners:

CDP Champion: Dan Burwell
ESP Champion: Brandon Wright
SSP Champion: Robert Vogel
ESR Champion: Jerry Miculek
SSR Champion: Josh Lentz
High Senior: Scott Warren
High Lady: Randi Rogers
High Law Enforcement: Robert Vogel
High Press: Austin Prouix
High Industry: Robert Vogel
High International: Luis Ricardo Zanotti
High Junior: Austin Prouix
High Military: Barton Nanney
High Military Veteran: Rob Tate
Most Distinguished Senior: Dan Smith
Most Accurate: Juan Carlos Gonzalez Valdez

Photos Courtesy of Yamil Sued and Jim Scoutten

About Smith & Wesson
Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: SWHC) is a U.S.-based leader in firearm manufacturing and design, delivering a broad portfolio of quality firearms, related products and training to the consumer, law enforcement, and military markets. The company's brands include Smith & Wesson®, M&P® and Thompson/Center Arms(TM). Smith & Wesson facilities are located in Massachusetts and Maine. For more information on Smith & Wesson, call (800) 331-0852 or log on to www.smith-wesson.com.

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Brilliant Backstraps Announces Personalized Backstraps For Springfield Armory’s XDm & XDs Pistols

by Editor 19. February 2013 11:53
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LEAGUE CITY, Texas – Giving your Springfield Armory XDm and XDs pistol that personalized look just got a lot easier with Brilliant Backstraps’ custom-decorated backstraps.

Known for their uniquely decorated backstraps for the Smith & Wesson line of M&P pistols, Brilliant Backstraps is expanding its offerings to include the popular Springfield line of XD models that feature a removable backstrap.

“Ever since launching Brilliant Backstraps for the Smith & Wesson M&P, customers, and especially women, have been asking us for personalized options for their Springfield Armory XD models. We’re pleased to announce that fans of our Brilliant Backstraps can now pre-order any one of a number of designs for the XDm and XDs,” said Tracy Hughes, founder of Brilliant Backstraps.

Brilliant Backstraps for the XDm and XDs are now available for pre-order at BrilliantBackstraps.com.

In addition to the new options for the Springfield XDm and XDs models, and the Smith & Wesson MP line, Brilliant Backstraps offers personalized grip plates for the Sig Sauer P226 and P229.

For more information or to order your own Brilliant Backstraps, visit www.BrilliantBackstraps.com, or follow them on Facebook at facebook.com/BrilliantBackstraps and Twitter at @BrillBackstraps.

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Magpul's Denver Post Ad

by Editor 19. February 2013 10:05
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Magpul Industries, a Colorado company fighting the state's proposed magazine ban, ran the following full-page ad in the Denver Post.

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Make Your Voice Heard Through NSSF Legislative Action Center

by Editor 13. February 2013 17:54
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Through its online Legislative Action Center, the National Shooting Sports Foundation offers a convenient way for supporters of the Second Amendment to urge their legislators to oppose severely restrictive firearms bills that have been introduced in the U.S. Congress and in many states.

NSSF's Legislative Action Center is the industry's one-stop hub for finding contact information for federal and state legislators, learning about newly introduced firearms legislation and taking action--sending a letter or making a phone call to lawmakers. Visitors can use both the Research State and Federal Legislation and Industry-Relevant Federal Legislation tools for tracking alarming efforts to restrict ownership and use of semiautomatic rifles and ammunition.

Restrictive gun-control legislation has been introduced throughout the country, including in the U.S. Congress and in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland, Minnesota and New Jersey. Other states are expected to follow suit. New York has already hastily passed new anti-gun laws, the severe impacts of which are only just being realized. In response, firearms owners are turning out by the thousands at state hearings, but just as important is letting legislators know by letter or phone call that these proposed bills are misguided, unwarranted and an assault on Second Amendment rights.

NSSF's Legislative Action Center provides a core letter, which can be expanded and personalized, that urges legislators to not waste time and public resources on reinstating failed gun-control measures, such as the so-called "assault weapons ban." For a decade, the ban restricted the sale of semiautomatic rifles and limited magazine capacity to 10 rounds, but according to a U.S. Department of Justice study, the ban did not reduce crime. And since the ban expired in 2004, violent crime has declined.

Legislators are urged to focus instead on effective solutions that will reduce the criminal misuse of firearms by enforcing existing gun laws, improving the background check database and preventing access to firearms by unauthorized persons, including children, at-risk individuals and prohibited persons.

Use the NSSF Legislative Action Center to call or write your federal and state legislators today and urge them to protect your right to own and use the firearms of your choice for target shooting, hunting, personal and home protection and collecting.

For more information, log on to www.nssf.org.

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Olympic Arms Announces New York State Sales Policy

by Editor 12. February 2013 18:25
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Olympic Arms is a staunch believer in and defender of the Constitution of the United States, and with special attention paid to the Bill of Rights that succinctly enumerates the security of our Divinely given Rights. One of those Rights is that to Keep and Bear Arms.

Legislation recently passed in the State of New York outlaws the AR15 and many other firearms, and will make it illegal for the good and free citizens of New York to own a large selection of legal and safe firearms and magazines. We feel as though the passage of this legislation exceeds the authority granted to the government of New York by its citizens, and violates the Constitution of the United States, ignoring such SCOTUS rulings as District of Columbia v. Heller - 554, U.S. 570 of 2008, McDonald v. Chicago - 561 U.S. 3025 of 2010, and specifically the case of United States v. Miller – 307 U.S. 174 of 1939.

Due the passing of this legislation, Olympic Arms would like to announce that the State of New York, any Law Enforcement Departments, Law Enforcement Officers, First Responders within the State of New York, or any New York State government entity or employee of such an entity - will no longer be served as customers.

In short, Olympic Arms will no longer be doing business with the State of New York or any governmental entity or employee of such governmental entity within the State of New York - henceforth and until such legislation is repealed, and an apology made to the good people of the State of New York and the American people.

If the leaders of the State of New York are willing to limit the right of the free and law abiding citizens of New York to arm themselves as they see fit under the Rights enumerate to all citizens of the United State through the Second Amendment, we feel as though the legislators and government entities within the State of New York should have to abide by the same restrictions.

This action has caused a division of the people into classes: Those the government deems valuable enough to protect with modern firearms, and those whose lives have been deemed as having less value, and whom the government has decided do not deserve the right to protect themselves with the same firearms. Olympic Arms will not support such behavior or policy against any citizen of this great nation.

Olympic Arms invites all firearms manufacturers, distributors and firearms dealers to join us in this action to refuse to do business with the State of New York. We must stand together, or we shall surely fall divided.

Sincerely,

Brian Schuetz
President
Olympic Arms, Inc.

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Brownells Announces 7th Annual Gunsmith Conference & Career Fair

by Editor 6. February 2013 10:27
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If you’re a gunsmith, gunsmithing student or a recent gunsmithing school graduate, don’t miss your chance to interview and network with employers from all around the country. Bring your resume and talk to “big names” in the industry – manufacturers, custom shops, retailers, service centers. Plus you can attend seminars tailored around career and business development presented by industry professionals.

If you’re an employer you’ll have qualified gunsmiths to choose from. Whether you want someone to train in your style or someone who can start generating income right away, they'll all be here.

This is a tremendous opportunity for manufacturers with full staffs to meet with your current and future customers. If you have a special technique for accomplishing a job, we invite you to share it with others in the trade during one of the seminars. You're invited to attend the seminars, too, and learn new ways of generating income for your shop.

Go to www.GunsmithCareerFair.com for more information or to register.

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Comp-Tac Offers Pink Kydex For Your Valentine

by Editor 4. February 2013 07:43
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HOUSTON, Texas - Comp-Tac Victory Gear, a leading manufacturer of holsters and accessories, is offering a special run of gear in Hot Pink Kydex in honor of Valentine's Day during the month of February. This offer is limited to the quantity of pink Kydex on hand.

The colored Kydex will be available for order online or by phone on a first-come first-serve basis beginning Monday, February 4th. There is no extra charge for the special color. Items available in the pink are:

1. The International (body only - mounting gear is still black)
2. The Paddle Holster
3. The Belt Holster
4. The Twin Magazine Belt Pouch
5. The Twin Magazine Paddle Pouch
6. Light Holders
7. Combo Pouch
8. AR Magazine Pouches
9. Single Magazine Pouch
10. Tek-Lok Magazine Pouch (pouch only - Tek-Lok is still black)
11. Beltfeed

All of Comp-Tac's products are available in both left and right handed options.

Combining the pink kydex with black, such as the International's mounting gear or a black belt, promises a striking and stylish look.

For more information on 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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