Smith & Wesson to Launch Fall Fashions


Somewhere between 15 million and 20 million American women have something unexpected in common: They all own guns. But a quick visit to the local sporting goods store reveals something else these women have in common: nothing stylish to wear while packing heat. This fall, Smith & Wesson aims to remedy that problem when it rolls out its first apparel line—one that includes a dedicated ladies collection. “Whenever a woman puts function and fashion on equal footing, she’ll be delighted wearing Smith & Wesson,” said S&W marketing chief Harry Falber.

Scuttling camouflage and reflective orange fabrics in favor of classic twill in colors like “calvary” blue and “carbon” gray, the collection is being made by military outfitter Wild Things LLC, whose in-house designer Julie Golob (herself a world champion shooter) drew from Smith & Wesson’s 160-year history for inspiration. Buttons are shaped like the bases of bullets and the zipper pulls resemble revolver hammers. Jackets also feature “concealed carry pockets” perfect for a 357 Magnum—or an iPhone.

“We’ve had an enthusiastic response from women who told us, ‘I can finally wear this product,’” said Wild Things CEO Ed Schmults, who is quick to remind that the new collection (which runs from $78 range pants to $258 shooting jackets) is also aimed at Second Amendment fans who happen to be men.


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World Greatest selects Bear Archery

Evansville, IN — In 2011 The World Greatest, a TV show which airs on the ION Network set out to find the world’s greatest archery company and after the selection process was complete one company stood out amongst the rest…Bear Archery.

Bear Archery was founded in 1933 by Fred Bear whom many consider to be the “father of modern-day bow hunting”. Bear Archery started in the corner of a small shop in Detroit, MI upon expansion was moved to Grayling, MI and eventually moved in 1978 to Gainesville, FL.

“Fred Bear paved the way for all of us, his devotion and passion for the sport of archery is still a driving force behind our company today” stated Jason Pickerill, Marketing Manager for Bear Archery

Today Bear Archery is headquartered in Evansville, IN, and continues to manufacture in Gainesville, FL. Bear Archery is the leader in manufacturing high-end archery equipment including youth bow sets, traditional and compound bows and accessories under the Trophy Ridge brand.

“Being chosen as the world’s greatest archery company was no surprise to me, given the level of commitment our employees display every day at work. Our people participate in the sport, we live it every day and strive every day to be the best.” stated Jack Bowman, Vice President and General Manager for Bear Archery.

About Bear Archery:

Bear Archery manufactures and distributes a full-line of archery products including compound bows, traditional bows, quivers, arrow rests, fiber optic sights, stabilizers, broadheads and other related accessories under the Bear Archery, Trophy Ridge and Rocket Broadheads brands. For additional information regarding Bear Archery or Trophy Ridge, please visit, or

Gun Removed from Astros Throwback Jersey

The Houston Astros are celebrating the franchise’s 50th anniversary this season and what better way to commemorate this special occasion then to have players don throwback uniforms for Friday home games?

There’s no doubt that the throwbacks would spark fond memories for lifelong fans that have followed the team over the years.

But, Houston we have a problem.

That is, the throwback jerseys are not authentic replicas.  An emblematic part of the uniform was omtted: the smoking revolver.

See, before the Houston Astros were the “Astros,” they were known as the Houston Colt .45s, which was the team’s name for the first three years of its existence.

And the team’s original uniform (as you can see by the pictures) had a smoking colt revolver right under the letters: “Colts,” with the gun smoke forming the letter “C.”

Why was the gun removed from the throwbacks?

Well, Astros fan James Crabtree, outraged by the decision, wrote a letter to the team and to MLB commissioner Bud Selig requesting answers.

He got one from Mike Acosta, the Astros’ authentication manager, who told him, “During our discussion with Major League Baseball, it was expressed to us that we could wear the uniform as long as the pistol was removed. We realize this changes the original design, but we still want to honor the Colt .45s. We are also under an obligation to follow Major League Baseball’s requests.”

To translate, MLB is arguing that in today’s politically correct times it would be offensive to the public if there was a firearm on the front of a baseball uniform (yes, even in a gun-loving state like Texas).

But putting politics and political correctness aside, there’s another point to be made about the throwback uniform: the aesthetics.  That is, they look stupid without the gun.

As one ESPN blogger said, “What’s the point of having a “C” formed by a whisp of gun smoke when there’s no gun to produce the smoke?”

Hornady recall

Hornady issued a recall of seven lots of its FTX Custom pistol ammo, according to a press releaseissued by the company on Wednesday.

Citing excessive chamber pressures, Hornady is recalling the 500 S&W 300-grain ammo from lot numbers 3101327, 3110256, 3110683, 3110695, 3110945, 3111388, and 3111885, all of which were shipped Sept. 9, 2010, and Oct. 17, 2011. Lot numbers can be found on the lower portion of the box label (see photo).

The company advised that use of the product could result in firearm damage and/or personal injury.

According to the press release, all other lot or item numbers are not affected by the recall and require no action. Those who own any of the lot numbers are advised to contact Hornady at (800) 338-1242. The company will make arrangements related to the return and replacement of the ammo.

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There has been plenty of ink spilled over which handgun is the best for this purpose or that one for decades now and frankly I’m growing a tad weary of this discussion.  Now it’s not that I don’t have my favorites, it just seems to me that, with manufacturers coming out with “new” self-defense guns every other week, debating handguns is an exercise in futility and I often get that sense of “hey, I read this before” when I come across an article on the subject.  There’s a lot more to self-defense than the gun and what is not always written about however is some of the greatest bullets that have been loaded into these rounds and how they came to be:

1.  Lyman Mould #358429, 173-grain Semi-wadcutter in .38

Lyman Mould #358429.

One of the most celebrated bullets in Shooterdom (more so because it would lead to innovation) came about in 1928 from the mind of Elmer Keith. The Lyman mould #358429 was a 173-grain semi wadcutter and it was the first bullet in .38 caliber to use a beveled crimping groove and a large capacity square cut lube groove.

This bullet was selected for the .38/44 loads that were the predecessor to the .357 Magnum. At velocities of 1,200 fps when cast correctly they work very well on big game and even though they won’t fit in the older recessed cylinders of the Smith & Wesson N-frame .357 Magnums when seated at the crimp groove, they are still popular after over eighty years.

2.  Ideal Mould #429421, a Flat-nosed SWC, in .44

Ideal Mould #429421.

Another Keith design (and one that debuted before the #358429 in 1928) was a .44 caliber bullet that would universally become known as the Keith bullet. Elmer did not like how the round nosed lead bullets performed on game though, despite the fact that he had become infatuated with how they behaved during casting, loading and shooting.  In kind, he wanted to retain the good qualities of these bullets while at the same time creating a projectile that punched larger, cleaner holes upon impact, so he designed what by the 1950s became known as the #429421, a flat nosed SWC.

Elmer used the basic design of the 429336, preserving the bullets ogive, meplat and weight.  He, however, beefed up the rear grease groove in order for it to take more lubrication and changed the forward grease groove to a beveled crimp groove.  The bullet proved to be extremely accurate on both targets and game out to longer ranges than previously thought possible for a handgun.

The round proved itself on North American game animals, so much so that it is still one of the most popular bullets for both the .44 Special and the .44 Magnum. For those that did not like the standard semi wadcutter, Keith designed a hollowpoint that proved even deadlier.

3.  Lyman Mould #358156 160-grain Semi-wadcutter in .357 Magnum

Lyman Mould #358156.

Elmer Keith did not design all the world’s great handgun bullets (though he designed more than a few), and one such bullet, the most popular cast bullet to date for the .357 Magnum, came to shooters courtesy of Ray Thompson following World War II.

Lyman mould #358156 was a 160-grain gas checked semi-wad cutter that employed dual crimping grooves reminiscent of earlier Cramer-style bullets designed by Ross Sernow.  The concept of two crimping grooves was originally utilized to reloaders could load and crimped .357 Magnum in .38 Special brass (casings for the .357 Magnum were scarce in those days so shooters would seat with .357 Magnum bullets long in .38 brass, crimping in the bottom of the two crimp grooves).

Today, these two grooves work well for handloaders who want to duplicate the old .38/44 loads by also using the lower crimping groove.  This method saves case capacity and keeps the pressure inside the case down. The semi wadcutter has been known for its accuracy in nearly all guns that it is used for as well as its penetration while the hollowpoint version is devastating on game with good expansion.

4.  Super Vel’s Original Jacketed Hollowpoint

Super Vel’s Original Jacketed Hollowpoint.

One bullet that handgun shooters have long taken for granted though few know the history of is the classic jacketed hollowpoint and we have a man by the name of Lee Jurras to thank for what is now considered a staple of the firearms and ammunitions industries.

Though the concept of a hollow, soft alloy bullet had been toyed around with in the form of Express bullets from the late 19th century on, Lee was the first person to put a jacket on a hollow point bullet and then load them to velocities that would allow them to expand reliably.  At the time, the cartridge was so revolutionary, it would outpace even its creator in popularity, leading to both the success and ultimate downfall of Jurras’ ammunition company, Super Vel.

Lee founded Super Vel in 1963 and, in it’s only ten years of operation, the company would sell over three hundred million cartridges, outselling at times the big ammunition companies that had been around for decades. Their early jacketed hollowpoints immediately inspired copycats and led the way for a new generation—new genre even—of jacketed hollowpoints, often marketed as “humane bullets” for their enhanced lethality. However, to keep up with their own lightening growth and stay competitive, Super Vel began to rely more heavily on outsourcing and the company was forced to close its doors in 1974.

5.  Ideal Mould #452424 Semi-wadcutter in .45 Colt SWC

Ideal Mould #452424.

The last bullet is yet another Keith design and even though it goes by the same name and is as popular today as it was when it came out, these are not the same bullet. After his successes with his .44 and .38 caliber bullets in 1928, Elmer Keith set out to make a .45 Colt SWC version which would become known as the #452424 and since the 1930s, this bullet has gone through more “wardrobe changes” than Lady Gaga.

So how are the originals different than the Keith .45 Colts we can get today?  Well, the differences very much underscore the divide between the designer, an artesian dedicated to his craft and the performance of his wares, and the manufacturer, often with allegiances profitability and consistency.

Elmer originally designed all of his semi wadcutters with square cut grease grooves so the bullet could hold more lubricant in an effort to increase accuracy—which by all accounts it did.  At some point in time though in the bullets long manufacturing life, Lyman changed the grooves to a more rounded design so that they would drop from the mould a bit easier, expediting mass production. Another change later on was to make the meplat slightly smaller, likely a cost cutting maneuver.

While the bullet is still an excellent design and is great for hunting and target practice it still was not quite what Elmer had designed back in the day. However it is considered the best all around .45 Colt bullet weighing around two hundred and sixty grains.

Guns can be great and there have been many but the bullet coming out of it has to be reliable too and over the years there have been many great handgun bullet designs. Some have proven to be just as popular as they were when they were first introduced while others have pointed the way to bigger and better things that may be still to come.


Although Santorum had planned to hold his rally at the H&H Ranges, crowds forced the candidate to a larger venue, but not before Santorum stopped by as promised. H&H photo

Miles Hall of H&H Shooting Sports Complex in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma has had quite a hectic last 60 hours or so. On Wednesday, he let me know was frantically involved in last-minute planning to accommodate Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum’s Oklahoma City rally.

At that time, Hall was realizing the logistical challenges (OK, it’s probably a nightmare) of handling a political event in a shooting facility. But the Santorum campaign appeared to be rolling with the punches as well, telling Hall that anyone who met the Oklahoma concealed carry regulations would be welcome to exercise that right during Santorum’s visit.

On the surface, it seemed to be a dream photo opportunity for a conservative candidate: a long-established shooting facility with firearms and archery lanes -along with one of the nation’s leading shooting sports retailers. What better place to remove any doubt as to your candidate’s strong position in support of the Second Amendment and gun rights, right?

OK, not everything turns out as planned. Sometimes, turning out a crowd can be too-successful. And that happened in this instance. Late Wednesday afternoon, Hall sent me a note that – based on crowd estimates – the Santorum campaign was being forced to relocate the rally to a nearby location. Nearby, but across the interstate.

So….Hall and his staff hustled to get several hundred flyers printed to give rally attendees who showed up at H&H but needed to get across the interstate.

Ever the candidate, Santorum did pause long enough to visit with owner/founder Miles Hall and even work in a little politicking. H&H photo.

Hall seemed a bit disappointed, but relieved that H&H wasn’t going to be swamped by crowds, security and all the network media that accompany any presidential contender – especially one who’d just pulled off a primary hat trick.

And Santorum didn’t forget Hall or H&H. Prior to his rally, he paid H&H a visit, albeit a short one. While there, he affirmed his recognition of a perfect location for a photo op. “I wish we could have had the rally here,” Santorum told Hall, “this would have been perfect.”

“I’m impressed,” Santorum said, “it’s easy to see why gun ownership is so strong here- and I stand tall with the Second Amendment.”

OK, it was a political candidate’s rally, so no big deal, right? Not exactly. It was a candidate running for the presidential nomination visiting a shooting facility-and bringing the media circus into a shooting facility with him. For many of the media, it was probably an eye-opening experience. Especially when they had the opportunity to see that “normal” people own firearms, shoot guns, and even attend political rallies -without shooting anyone, including themselves.

–Jim Shepherd

Arrows Flying in Statewide Student Archery Competition

Though Oklahoma’s popular archery hunting seasons for species like deer, black bear and antelope are done for the 2011-12 season, some might say the state is still “in the thick of archery season” – at least if you are involved with the Oklahoma National Archery in the Schools Program.The program, operated by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and often referred to as OKNASP, is hosting regional shoots across Oklahoma throughout February in which 2,500 students are competing for a spot in the upcoming annual state shoot. Three regional shoots have already been held in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, and two more are scheduled before the end of the month – one Feb. 15 at the Stephens County Fair and Expo Center in Duncan, and another Feb. 29 at the McAlester Expo Center in McAlester.Those that advance from the regional shoots will be invited to the State Fair Park in Oklahoma City for the state shoot March 28, where an estimated 1,200 students from across Oklahoma will shoot for prizes and awards.

Over 310 schools across Oklahoma participate in the program (OKNASP), which features in-class curriculum and a season of practice and competition in their respective schools.

“Coaches have told me time and again that this program has helped every child see success,” said Justin Marschall, OKNASP coordinator for the Wildlife Department. “From the typical athletic student to the child that does not usually excel in most other sports, archery is allowing all students to compete on a level playing field.”

Marschall said the regional shoots currently underway speak to the growth of the OKNASP program during its eight years of existence.

“This is the second year that we’ve held regional qualifiers across the state, and we’re seeing about a 25 percent increase in growth from last year’s regionals,” Marschall said. “Holding regional shoots helps make the number of shooters at the state shoot more manageable, but another upside is that they provide another fun and challenging opportunity for the students to shoot competitively against other schools.”

OKNASP partners state wildlife agencies, schools and the nation’s archery industry to introduce students to the sport of archery. The Archery in the Schools curriculum is designed for 4th-12th graders and covers archery history, safety, techniques, equipment, mental concentration and self-improvement.

Students in 4th-12th grade who are currently participating in OKNASP at their schools also are eligible to participate in an essay contest coordinated by the Wildlife Department in conjunction with the 75th anniversary of the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program. Five winners will be selected, and they will receive a free Oklahoma lifetime combination hunting and fishing license courtesy of Oklahoma Archery, to be presented at this year’s state shoot. Log on to for full details.

The OKNASP program can be followed on Facebook at and additional information about the program and the Wildlife Department is available at


About the Program:

“The OAIS program allows our special needs students to participate on an even playing field with their peers.”
– Carla Buck, Physical Education Teacher, Mustang Public Schools“Teaching Archery to Elementary & Middle School students has added diversity and excitement to P.E. class! It has brought our students, parents, teachers & community together & the excitement is contagious! ”
– Misti Mitchell-Bain, Comanche Public School Physical Education Director/Teacher

“While teaching the OAIS course curriculum I noticed that student attendance was near 100 percent and the students’ self discipline was greatly improved.”
-Colby Cagle, Teacher, Bethel Public Schools
Schools across the country are discovering an exciting new program that hits the bullseye in meeting the physical education needs of their students. Through the Oklahoma National Archery in the Schools (OKNASP) Program, students have the chance to excel today, tomorrow and throughout a lifetime in the unique sport of archery. The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP), of which OKNASP is a part, is a coordinated effort and partnership between schools, state wildlife agencies and the nation’s archery industry.

In Oklahoma, OKNASP promotes physical education by providing target archery training to the state’s youth.

Designed for 4th-12th graders, the curriculum covers archery history, safety, techniques, equipment, mental concentration and self-improvement.

How can your school join the program? Teachers attend an eight-hour National Archery Association training class taught by certified Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation instructors. They return to their schools fully prepared to teach the two-week archery course to their students.

What is required of teachers? Teachers must simply attend a free one-day workshop conducted by OKNASP certified instructors.  Topics covered will include range set up, running a safe archery range, building student skills, equipment maintenance and more.  If you are interested in attending a workshop, please contact the OKNASP coordinator.  Once a teacher has completed the training course, their school is eligible to purchase an equipment kit.

Contact Coordinator Justin Marschall at 
(405) 522-1857