First-Ever Hornady Rifle is 2015 SHOT Show Auction Gun

Grand Island, Nebraska–The first and only firearm ever manufactured by the Hornady Manufacturing Company will be featured as the 2015 SHOT Show rifle and made available to Hornady fans around the world on www.GunBroker.com.

Recognized for decades as one of the most respected and innovative names in ammunition and reloading equipment manufacturing, Hornady has placed its name on a firearm for the first and perhaps only time in the company’s history.

“We don’t mean to alarm our friends at Remington, Winchester or Ruger. Hornady has no plans of going into the gun business,” commented Hornady President, Steve Hornady in announcing the gun. “The concept of creating a one-of-a-kind Hornady rifle has been percolating for several years and we are excited to make “The Hornady Number One” a reality for 2015– especially since the gun has been selected as the 2015 SHOT Show Rifle.”

Hornady has teamed with the Hunting Heritage Trust and some of the most innovative and respected names in the shooting sports industry to create “The Hornady Number One”. The rifle is a hunting-style bolt action in .300 RCM caliber with serial number H-001.

Bill Wiseman & Company, Inc. of College Station, Texas crafted the precision barrel and action of this special rifle. “It’s a genuine honor and it’s also been fun to be a part of this historic project,” commented Wiseman founder, Bill Wiseman. “Our Wiseman barrels have earned a bit of a reputation for accuracy. Now I guess there will be at least one other rifle out there as accurate as our Texas Safari rifles.” Three test-firings of “The Hornady Number One” using 180-grain SST, 165-grain GMX and 150-grain SST Hornady cartridges produced groups between ¼” and ½” at 100 meters.

The gun will be equipped with two separate custom-fit stocks, one for shooting and one for display. A select American Walnut stock was selected, fitted and appropriately checkered by Clem Boyd of Lucid Solutions for those occasions when the gun will be on display.

“When we were contacted about the possibility of creating a presentation-grade walnut stock for this first-ever Hornady rifle, it took us about three seconds to say ‘yes’,” reported Boyd. “We have great respect for the Hornady name. Lucid assembled a seasoned, five-person team for the project. Their job was to design a functional walnut wooden stock that would frame the symmetry of the Wiseman barreled-action. Several weeks of design went into a Solidworks 3-D cad model before the group made any CNC machine cuts. The stock was produced from a XXX walnut blank grown in the Great American Heartland and selected for the vertical-line color pattern. The stock shape incorporates the natural hex design of the receiver. Linear lines from the Monte Carlo cheek-piece to the stock tip flow uniformly and thru the curvature of the free floated barrel.

The Hornady name was inlayed into the stock using African padauk wood wafers. The Padauk wafers were also used as grip cap and butt pad spacers. The padauk reddish/orange color pays tribute to the well-known Hornady color scheme.

For those occasions when the high bidder might elect to use his Hornady in the field or on the range, the rifle will have a second, custom-fit Hogue camo stock from Hogue, Inc. of Paso Robles, California.

When the high-bidder does take his Hornady to the field or firing range, he will be able to rely on the legendary accuracy and reliability of Leupold optics. After reviewing options, the team at Leupold suggested a top-end VX-6 in 2.5x 12, 42mm with classic Duplex reticle. The Leupold is mounted using Talley rings and integral base.

It was only fitting that the job of completing the project with appropriate engraving was entrusted to David Baron and Baron Engraving of Trumbull, Connecticut. No company has engraved more SHOT Show firearms than Baron Technology. “We’ve had the privilege of designing and engraving more than a dozen SHOT Show rifles, shotguns, handguns and knives but it’s a unique privilege to be asked to help craft “The Hornady Number One,” said David Baron, Baron President.

To complement the Hornady package, the gun will be delivered with a case of Hornady .300 RCM cartridges with each box in the case signed by Hornady President, Steve Hornady. In addition, the high bidder will receive a signed Letter of Authenticity from Hornady.

The rifle will be displayed at the SHOT Show and ultimately in the home or office of the high bidder in a custom glass and walnut display case by Scout Products of Webb City, Missouri. At the SHOT Show, the gun will be displayed at the GunBroker.com booth, # 15147. The gun may be viewed at GunBroker.com at http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=458970823

In keeping with SHOT Show auction tradition, this Hornady SHOT Show rifle will be auctioned exclusively at GunBroker.com. The online auction will conclude at 5:00 pm Eastern Time on Friday, January 23, 2015, the final day of the 2015 SHOT Show.

“The Hornady Number One” needs only auction for more than $136,014.00 to break the all-time SHOT Show Rifle Auction record set in 2013.

The SHOT Show auction is administered by the Hunting Heritage Trust for the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF ). All proceeds from the auction will benefit programs to further America’s hunting and shooting sports heritage.

Smith & Wesson's Paul Pluff and A Girl & A Gun's Julianna Crowder
Smith & Wesson’s Paul Pluff and A Girl & A Gun’s Julianna Crowder

AUSTIN, Texas – Julianna Crowder, President and Founder of A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League, announced that the legendary American firearms maker Smith & Wesson will once again be the presenting sponsor of the A Girl & A Gun National Training Conference which is scheduled to take place in the beautiful Hill Country of Texas this coming April 15-19.

“We’re very grateful to have the continued support of Smith & Wesson. With its long history in American shooting sports, Smith & Wesson has never wavered in its support of the woman shooter and has often led the industry in generously sponsoring efforts to bring more women into the shooting sports,” said Crowder.

The Third Annual A Girl & A Gun National Training Conference, Presented by Smith & Wesson, will be held at The Retreat at Balcones Springs with the live-fire range sessions taking place at the Copperhead Creek Shooting Club located just outside Marble Falls, Texas.

“It has been a pleasure working with A Girl & A Gun over the last few years and we’re excited to see this important organization grow. With more and more women becoming firearm owners and turning to the shooting sports, events like the A Girl & A Gun National Training Conference are more important than ever and Smith & Wesson is proud to once again be the presenting sponsor,” said Paul Pluff of Smith & Wesson.

Registration for the 2015 A Girl & A Gun National Training Conference is open to all members of A Girl & A Gun, and members can register online and find conference schedules and lodging information. Women interested in joining A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League and attending the 2015 Conference can find membership information at AGirlAndAGun.org.

A Girl & Gun Women’s Shooting League is a ladies-only organization established by women shooters for women shooters who are interested in developing and improving their pistol, rifle and shotgun skills in a non-judgmental and encouraging environment. Founded in February of 2011 in Austin, Texas, A Girl & A Gun today has more than 2,500 members and 75 chapters in 35 states, making it the fastest growing women’s shooting organization in the nation.

For more information on the 2015 A Girl & A Gun National Conference, Presented by Smith & Wesson, or to find an A Girl & A Gun chapter near you, visit www.AGirlAndAGun.org. You can also join the conversation online on Facebook at Facebook.com/AGirlandAGunClub or by following @AGAGClub on Twitter.

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Crimson Trace, America’s leading brand of laser sighting systems and tactical lights for firearms, now offers one more reason to get excited about the season-and green and red laser sights. The reason: The Crimson Trace Man Cave Makeover Sweepstakes.

Now through January 15, 2015, anyone 18 years of age or older can win a Grand Prize package that includes: a Grizzly 75-quart Crimson Trace Custom Cooler, a CMR-205 Rail Master Pro red laser sight and light combo unit along with great items from Tactical Taylor, BLACKHAWK and other manufacturers. To add to the man cave theme, the grand prize winner will also receive a special Crimson Trace logoed red neon sign, red rubber floor mat, round wall clock, and a Crimson Trace Speed of Light tin sign. The grand prize winner will also receive a T-shirt and hat, a mason jar and coffee tumbler, plus a range bag with picatinny tools, rigger’s belt and bedside holster. A universal laser holster will also be included in the Grand Prize package that has a suggested retail price of $1,500.

The second prize winners (there will be four (4) selected) will receive a new smaller Grizzly™ 16-quart Custom Cooler emblazoned with a prominent Crimson Trace® logo along with a CMR-201 Rail Master red laser sight. The second prize winners will also receive a wall clock and limited edition Crimson Trace Speed of Light tin. Additional gear for these winners include: mason jar, coffee tumbler, riggers belt, bedside holster, laser holster and a small range bag. The second place prize packages have a MSR of $500.

Full details are on the Crimson Trace Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/crimsontracecorp?sk=app_163032157099207&app_data=Man-Cave-Makeover-Sweepstakes

Crimson Trace, based in Wilsonville, Oregon, has been producing laser sights for consumers, military and law enforcement for more than two decades. The company produces six premium product lines, including: the Master Series® laser sights engineered for 1911 pistols, Lasergrips® with Instinctive Activation™, Laserguard®, Lightguard™ with powerful LED white lights, plus the Rail Master® and Rail Master Pros™. The company also offers the affordable Defender Series®. Many of these products are covered under the company’s Free Batteries for Life™ program.

Crimson Trace has undertaken a new campaign that encourages everyone to consider: “have you done everything in your power to defend yourself and what’s yours?” The rallying words are: “In Condition Crimson™, We Stand.” For more details, visit www.conditioncrimson.com or call 800-442-2406.

About Crimson Trace:
Crimson Trace, the acknowledged industry leader for laser sighting systems and tactical lighting for firearms, is based in Wilsonville, Oregon. Its award-winning innovations include Lasergrips®, Laserguard® and Lightguard® –all with Instinctive Activation ™. The company’s product line also includes the Defender Series® and Rail Master® platforms – all are proudly Made in the USA. More details are available at: www.crimsontrace.com or by calling 800-442-2406.

SHOT BUSINESS WINS 2014 FOLIO: AWARD

Congratulations to Slayton White and the team at SHOT Business for winning a 2014 FOLIO Award!

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(NEW YORK – December 22, 2014) SHOT Business magazine received first-place honors for their August 2013 issue in the “B-to-B General Interest/Enthusiast” category of FOLIO:’s 2014 Eddie & Ozzie Awards competition.

The Eddie & Ozzie Awards, presented by FOLIO: earlier this month in New York, is the largest awards competition in media publishing, garnering thousands of entries annually. The Eddie Awards recognize editorial excellence and the Ozzie Awards recognize excellence in magazine design.

“We are honored to have been recognized by FOLIO: with an Eddie Award,” said Slaton White, Editor-in-Chief of SHOT Business. “In an age when the independent shooting sports retailer faces new hurdles nearly every day, SHOT Business’ aim is to give our readers an edge, providing tips from leading industry experts, the latest legislative issues, regional retail analysis, and more.”

The August 2013 issue of SHOT Business focused on gear, including features like “The New World of Airguns,” an in-depth review of the modern high-performance airgun; and “Going Whole Hog,” a retailers’ guide on how to cash in on the booming feral-hog hunt market. It also shared the summer’s most relevant news briefs, what was selling where, new products, the latest from the National Shooting Sports Foundation, and more.
SHOT Business is the modern magazine of the shooting, hunting and outdoor trade industry, designed to equip retailers, manufacturers and sales representatives with expert, real time information that will help them run better, more profitable businesses. The Bonnier Corporation publishes SHOT Business. The Bonnier Corp. is one of the largest consumer-publishing groups in the United States, and is the leading media company serving passionate, highly engaged audiences with more than 30 special-interest magazines and related multimedia projects and events.

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Move over Leno, Mr. Engvall will be taking the stage. The National Shooting Sports Foundation announced that Bill Engvall will be preforming at the 2015 SHOT Show State of the Industry Dinner.

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He’s a hunter. He’s a target shooter. He’s one of the top comedians in America today — and among the busiest. He’ll also be our 2015 SHOT Show State of the Industry featured entertainer.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation is pleased to announce that comedian Bill Engvall will perform at the SHOT Show’s annual State of the Industry Dinner, set for Jan. 20, the first evening of the show in Las Vegas.

Engvall has starred in numerous television shows, including solo specials, and appeared in several feature films. He is perhaps best known as part of the enormously successful Blue Collar Comedy concert films, which have sold more than 9 million units and are some of the most watched movies and special in Comedy Central history. The soundtrack for Blue Collar Comedy Tour — One For The Road (Warner Bros./Jack Records) was also nominated for a Grammy Award. This fall, he appeared on the top TV hit, “Dancing with the Stars.”

“We are extremely happy that Bill Engvall has agreed to perform at the SHOT Show’s State of the Industry Dinner,” said NSSF President Steve Sanetti. “Bill has been at the SHOT Show before and proudly supports America’s hunting and recreational shooting traditions, so he knows that a full house will warmly welcome him.”

The largest trade show of its kind in the world and the fifth largest trade show in Las Vegas, the SHOT Show features more than 1,600 exhibitors filling booth space covering 630,000 net square feet. The show, which is a trade-only event, attracts more than 65,000 industry professionals from all 50 states and 100 countries.

Attendance at the SHOT Show is restricted to professionals in the shooting, hunting and outdoor industry. The show is not open to the public.

RED BLUFF, CA – Let’s Ride – Universal Huntress TV, brought to you by Remington®, follows the small-town country girls behind iconic outdoor fashion line Girls with Guns Clothing® as they travel around the globe on the journey of a lifetime.

SERIES PREMIERES MONDAY, DECEMBER 29 AT 8PM PST/11PM EST

UHTV follows Jen Adams and Norissa Harman, the fierce and fashionable duo behind Girls with Guns Clothing [GWG], an everyday outdoor lifestyle apparel company. Their roots are planted deep in the heart of Northern California, where they started GWG in their garage 6 years ago. Now, they’ve taken those roots to the far edges of the earth, and you can find GWG in retail locations worldwide.

After teaming up with outdoor lifestyle moguls Remington Arms®, Mossy Oak®, and Swarovski Optiks®, these country girls are ready to ride off into an African sunset…or take a leap of faith from 10,000 feet. Get ready, the hunting world gets a 30 minute fashion makeover every Monday night at 8PM PST on the Sportsman Channel!

Sisterly love meets heart-pounding excitement as each week, the girls take on new species, new terrain, and new personal challenges, forcing them to test their physical and emotional limits. While Norissa is the careful and cautious planner, Jen fearlessly jumps into whatever wild idea Cameraman Emaneul ‘Kappie’ Kapp throws their way! UHTV isn’t just about hunting the Big 5 or the Dangerous 7 though; along the way, the girls sample exotic cuisine, befriend the locals, and learn that the greatest adventures come when you step outside of your comfort zone.

Joining them on their journey are Emaneul Kapp, the South African-turned-Georgian who films and produces Universal Huntress TV, his beautiful fiancée Chantelle Enslin, the editor of the premier hunting publication ‘Universal Hunter Magazine’, Nashville recording artist and Team GWG pro staffer Morgan Mills, Marius ‘Big Daddy’ Kotze, of the girls’ South African home away from home, Rhinoland Safaris, as well as guest appearances by Jen and Norissa’s avid hunter husbands, Jon O’Hara and Brian Harman, and many others.

The Universal Huntress TV theme song, ‘Let’s Ride’, written and produced by Morgan Mills, featuring country star Colt Ford, will be available to download via iTunes and other digital music download apps by December 19, 2014.

Universal Huntress TV is produced for Sportsman Channel by Universal Sportsman. Executive producers for Universal Sportsman are Emaneul Kapp and Chantelle Enslin, . Media contacts for Sportsman Channel are Tom Caraccioli, 646.996.5316,  and Ryan Nolan, 262.432.9100 ex 117.

Thousands of pounds of venison are delivered by Bushnell employees to Operation Breakthrough, which feeds needy children
Thousands of pounds of venison are delivered by Bushnell employees to Operation Breakthrough, which feeds needy children

Bushnell, an industry-leader in high performance sports optics for 65 years, is proud to once again support Operation Breakthrough as their annual holiday organization.

Operation Breakthrough is a nationally accredited, not-for-profit corporation that was started in 1971 by Sister Corita Bussanmas and Sister Berta Sailer as a response to requests from parents in the central Kansas City area for quality child care for children of the working poor.

The program began with 50 infants, toddlers and preschoolers at 31st and Paseo. In 1976, it expanded to include before- and after-school care. The Center moved to its current location at 31st and Troost in 1981. Since that time, it has added a broad range of social services to meet the needs of the children and their families. In 2006, Operation Breakthrough completed an expansion and renovation project that doubled the size of the facility and increased its licensed capacity from 353 children to over 500.

Since 2009 Bushnell and hunters from Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma have contributed over 5000 lbs. of fresh, organic, sustainable deer meat to the Operation Breakthrough food pantry. This year Bushnell expects to collect over 2000 lbs. of meat and poultry for the center.  At today’s meat prices, that is a six year total of $30,000 worth of free range protein.

All this fresh meat goes to feed the children and families of the center.  Protein is so vital to the development of kids, and often traditional food banks are not able to donate fresh meat items.

The main contact for Operation Breakthrough is Sister Berta Sailer. To learn more about the organization and ways you can help go to http://www.operationbreakthrough.org

Ducks have exponentially better eyesight than humans, with the ability to not only see three times father, but they can also see colors and ultraviolet heat, making it simple to detect movement from far away, as reported by experts in waterfowl biology at Duck Unlimited. This means waterfowl hunters must be totally hidden if they expect a successful trip.

A waterfowl blind doesn’t have to be high tech or expensive; it just needs to blend in and completely conceal its inhabitants. Good camouflage and a tree with hanging limbs can be used as a blind in a pinch and building a temporary waterfowl blind would only take a couple of hours with all materials costing about $50. Of course, you can spend more, but this article will cover the basics and allow you to decide on additional luxuries.

Statutory Restrictions

Though varying from state to state, regulations on duck blinds have become more restrictive in recent years. For instance, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries requires all blinds be at least 500 yards apart unless both licensees have consented.

First-time duck hunters might be less-than thrilled about all of the regulations. If you’re new to building blinds and duck hunting in general, join a local hunting association and enlist the advice of other, more seasoned hunters who can help navigate the system and make your hunting trips as smooth as possible.

Materials and Tools

When selecting a spot for your blind, make sure it faces the opposite direction of prevailing winds in the area. A basic blind requires six to eight wooden fence posts (depending on how many hunters will occupy the blind at once), fencing wire, a plywood floor, nails and cable ties. Tent poles can be used in place of the fence posts for a portable solution. You may need to rent a small stump grinder if you choose a spot that requires you to chop down a tree or two. A chainsaw and sledgehammer will also be needed for this type of setup.

Gather as much natural material as you can to cover the blind: twigs, foliage and grass are highly recommended. You’ll also need a good supply of mud to make everything stick and look as natural as possible. Remember waterfowl will be able to tell if something doesn’t belong.

Construction

The building part is relatively simple once you get past the legalities and choosing the location. Drive the fence posts into the ground, forming a rectangular configuration. Wrap the fencing wire around the posts, nailing it down as you unroll it. Do your best to gather enough natural material to cover the entire blind, so you don’t have to purchase blind grass for concealing the fencing.

The plywood sheet for the floor should be at least 1/2-inch thick to ensure it can support multiple people. Place long tree limbs can be over the top of the blind as a roof, making certain you leave enough of an opening for shooting lanes. This type of blind is meant to be used while sitting down. Of course you still need to wear full camouflage so ducks will not be able to spot you from above.

A makeshift blind like this will not have all the creature comforts of a permanent blind. But if built in the right location, it is just as effective and far less expensive.

RUGER

Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE-RGR) announces the launch of the BX-Trigger™: a light, crisp, “drop-in” replacement trigger assembly that is compatible with all Ruger® 10/22® rifles and 22 Charger™ pistols. The BX-Trigger is a Genuine Ruger Factory Accessory and is the perfect upgrade for all 10/22 rifles and 22 Charger pistol models because of the significantly reduced pull weight of approximately 2.75 pounds (versus 6 pounds on the standard 10/22 trigger).

“We have made continuous improvements to the 10/22 over the years, but the BX-Trigger is an exciting performance advancement,” said Ruger President and COO, Chris Killoy. “The BX-Trigger was designed for easy installation, superior performance, and legendary Ruger reliability. Like the popular BX-25® magazine for the 10/22, the BX-Trigger will deliver the excellence and value that shooters have come to expect from Ruger.”

The BX-Trigger is sold as a complete assembly that “drops in” to replace the existing trigger assembly, with no additional adjustment or “fitting” required. A video of the installation process can be found at Ruger.com/BX-Trigger

Beginning December 19, the Ruger BX-Trigger will be available for purchase directly from Ruger at ShopRuger.com or from local independent firearms retailers.For more information on the Ruger BX-Trigger and other accessories for the Ruger 10/22, or to learn more about the extensive line of award-winning Ruger firearms, visit Ruger.com or Facebook.com/Ruger. To purchase accessories for the Ruger 10/22 or other Ruger firearms, visit ShopRuger.com