Guns don’t have to be loud. An inventor by the name of Hiram Percy Maxim understood this fact over a century ago when he was awarded his first patent for a firearm silencer in 1909. Sold over the counter at sporting goods retailers, hardware stores, and in mail order catalogs, these “Maxim Silencers” cost as little as $3.00, and promised a more pleasant experience for the shooter and everyone around them. Sportsmen and hunters freely enjoyed the benefits of silenced shooting until 1934 when this right was violated by an ill-conceived piece of legislation called the “National Firearms Act” (NFA). This law created a number of unreasonable barriers to silencer ownership that are still in place today, including a $200 per-item tax; a sum equivalent to over $3,500 in today’s dollars.
Despite these antiquated laws and draconian restrictions, silencer ownership is spreading like wildfire across every facet of the hunting and shooting community. In 2015 we aren’t slowing down. With grass roots education initiatives and strong support for advocacy groups such as the American Suppressor Association and National Rifle Association, SilencerCo is fighting every day to win back your rights that were stolen in 1934.
The key to a fun and successful cold-weather camping trip is typically described in two words: stay warm. A long day of ice fishing, hiking, hunting or backpacking will come to an uncomfortable and potentially hazardous end if your sleeping quarters do not provide enough warmth for you to rest easy.
Shivering and chattering teeth are the first signs of mild hypothermia. This spasmodic reaction is your body trying to warm its core while reminding you to get somewhere with more heat as soon as possible. If the contractions stop before you warm yourself up, it’s a sign of more advanced and dangerous hypothermia. These three tips will ensure a comfortable camping excursion in freezing temperatures.
All the tricks and technology in the world can’t beat good old-fashioned layering as a first line of defense from the elements. Put your long johns and thermal shirt on before the sun goes down, so your body keeps the heat it already has versus trying to warm itself up when the temperature drops. Wool socks are best, with a second pair of cotton socks underneath for extremely cold nights.
A long-sleeved shirt and fleece sweater will provide warmth and comfort while sleeping. Camouflage pants made of fleece-like Microtex material are the perfect all-purpose pants for your daytime activities and for sleeping at night. A wool stocking hat and water-resistant fleece gloves should also be worn to prevent heat from escaping your body. Lauren Greenway of Wilderness Medical Center in Salt Lake City told Live Science that eating a large meal before bed helps the body stay warm longer. Proper hydration is also key to maintaining heat.
Mr. Heater Little Buddy
Never burn propane in an enclosed area. This is especially true for stoves and hot plates that emit a lot of carbon monoxide. The Mr. Heater Little Buddy is safe to use indoors because of its 99.9 percent burning efficiency, which allows very little waste to escape into the air. The unit also has a low-oxygen sensor that will automatically shut down the heater if levels drop below 18 percent.
The Little Buddy will produce heat for upward of five hours on a one-pound propane cylinder. They are safe to use right in your tent. Despite all the built-in safeguards, it’s best to partially open the roof vent or windows in your tent for ventilation. A cheap CO detector is also a good just-in-case safeguard.
Therm-A-Rest NeoAir XTherm Pad
No matter how well a sub-zero rated sleeping bag is made, it still has to lay on a hard, freezing cold ground. The best part about Therm-a-Rest’s NeoAir XTherm Inflatable Pad is that it weighs less than a pound and takes up very little space in your backpack.
The XTherm provides four layers of heat-trapping reflective barriers that insulate you completely from the ground. The stuff sack doubles as a pump sack to help inflate the pad quicker and more efficiently. Those who don’t mind carrying the extra weight can get a separate battery-powered pump for even faster inflation. The XTherm comes in four sizes and includes a repair kit for emergency fixes.
Your mind is also an effective tool for keeping warm. Think warm thoughts and focus on the positive aspects of your surroundings. Cold-weather camping will eventually becomes second-nature for those who prepare properly.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry, today announced it would join Orchid Advisors in joint sponsorship of the annual Firearms Industry Compliance Conference to be held May 11- 13, 2015 at the Marriott’s Orlando World Center Resort. The 2015 conference brings together firearm manufacturers, importers, exporters, distributors, dealers and regulators such as the DOJ and ATF to answer the question, “How can I optimize compliance?”
“We are pleased to further our relationship with NSSF,” says Jon Rydberg, CEO of Orchid Advisors. “Orchid brings the only dedicated focus to solving firearms industry challenges with process and technology. NSSF’s involvement in the conference will add critical insight for participants on evolving firearm and ammunition regulation and add a more balanced discussion across the manufacturer-distributor-dealer environment.”
Larry, Keane, NSSF Senior Vice President, Assistant Secretary & General Counsel says, “NSSF is pleased to join with Orchid Advisors to co-sponsor this important and timely conference because it will offer the practical, operations-oriented solutions to our member base that we strive to provide.”
Rydberg adds, “We are pleased that ATF is committed to the annual Firearms Industry Compliance Conference series. This provides a valuable opportunity for industry members to interact directly with senior ATF personnel on compliance topics.”
Last year’s speakers and attendees included the following firearm companies, regulators and trade groups, among others. Walmart, Remington Outdoor Company, Smith & Wesson, Mossberg, ARC Worldwide, Davidson’s, Lipsey’s, Big Rock Sports, Colt, Ruger, Century Arms, FN America, Troy Industries, Kimber, Taurus, ATF, NSSF, F.A.I.R. Trade, US Customs and Border Protection and the National Firearms Dealer Network.
Participants who wish to attend the event can register here: orchidadvisors.com/FirearmsComplianceConference2015. Discounted registration is available to all NSSF members on the registration page.
Sponsor, exhibitor and speaker requests should be submitted online prior to March 12, 2015. In addition, industry participants may submit requests for the ATF-delivered presentations to 2015FICC@orchidadvisors.com.
Highlights from last year’s event can be found on the Orchid Advisors website, http://www.orchidadvisors.com.
Definition of Armor Piercing:
(B) The term “armor piercing ammunition” means—
(i) a projectile or projectile core which may be used in a handgun and
which is constructed entirely (excluding the presence of traces of other
substances) from one or a combination of tungsten alloys, steel, iron,
brass, bronze, beryllium copper or depleted uranium; or
(ii) a full jacketed projectile larger than .22 caliber designed and intended
for use in a handgun and whose jacket has a weight of more than 25
percent of the total weight of the projectile.
How to Contact the BATF:
CONTACT THE BATF:
ATF email: APAComments@atf.gov
Fax: (202) 648-9741.
Mail: Denise Brown, Mailstop 6N-602, Office of Regulatory Affairs, Enforcement Programs and Services, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, 99 New York Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20226: ATTN: AP Ammo Comments.
Steve Sanetti, President and CEO of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), delivers his remarks at the 2015 SHOT Show’s State of the Industry event.
NSSF is the trade association for the firearms industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of more than 10,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers. For more information, visit http://nssf.org/.
Two of Knife Rights requested Knife Law Reform bills passed a major hurdle Thursday in Oklahoma. House Bill 1460 (Knife Rights’ Knife Law Preemption bill) passed the Oklahoma House Public Safety Committee by a vote of 8-1 and House Bill 1911 (Knife Rights’ Switchblade Ban Repeal bill) passed by a vote of 9-1. Both bills will now head to the House floor for a vote before they head to the Senate.
Knife Rights would like to thank Don Spencer, Vice-President of the Oklahoma Second Amendment Association, for working closely with us in support of these important knife law reforms
Knife Law Preemption prevents a patchwork of local ordinances more restrictive than state law which only serve to confuse or entrap law-abiding citizens traveling within or through the state. Preemption ensures citizens can expect consistent enforcement of state knife laws everywhere in a state.
Knife Law Preemption is Knife Rights’ signature legislative initiative and is the essential foundation for improving knife laws and protecting knife owners. Knife Rights passed the nation’s first Knife Law Preemption bill in Arizona in 2010 and has since passed preemption bills in Georgia, Kansas, New Hampshire, Tennessee and Utah.
Automatic (switchblade) knives are legal in 38 states (some with restrictions) and 26 states have no restrictions whatsoever on these knives. Seven of those 26 states have been added by Knife Rights since 2010. Knife Rights passed the nation’s first repeal of a switchblade knife ban in 2010 in New Hampshire and has since passed repeal of switchblade bans (and repealed other knife restrictions) in Alaska, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas. In Washington state knifemakers can now legally manufacture automatic knives.
ABOUT KNIFE RIGHTS
Knife Rights (www.KnifeRights.org) is rewriting knife law in America™, aggressively fighting for a Sharper Future™ for all knife owners. Knife Rights is dedicated to providing knife owners an effective voice to influence public policy. In the past four years, Knife Rights has passed pro-knife legislation in 11 states and prevented anti-knife legislation in four states. Knife Rights is also the lead plaintiff in a federal civil rights lawsuit against New York City.
PSE has added an exciting new addition to its 2015 Pro Series line with the Decree HD, an all-in-one bow designed for the shooter that loves range and 3D archery as much as they love to hunt. According to Blake Shelby, VP of Sales and Marketing for PSE, the Decree HD serves a consumer base that has had to compromise for far too long.
“Specialized bows almost always make sacrifices,” says Shelby. “Speed bows mean a sacrifice; if you want a deep valley, there is a sacrifice. If you want to hunt, you sacrifice range ability. With the new Decree HD, you don’t have to make these sacrifices. PSE has developed an all-around bow that delivers high-performance at all levels.”
Featuring a 35″ Axle-to-Axle and a 6-1/2″ Brace Height, the Decree HD looks to find that sweet spot archers are looking for in a do it all bow, and thanks to PSE’s acclaimed HD cam, the Decree HD boasts an 80% letoff and shoots a fast-but-smooth 342 fps. The bow is also available in Mossy Oak’s brand new Break-Up Country pattern.
Also coming hot on the heels of PSE’s ATA announcement of the Decree HD is the news that the Vector 310 and Dream Season RDX 365 crossbows have hit the PSE line. Designed for small-framed archers, the Vector 310 crossbow from PSE is a compact 32″ in length, and easy to tune with a two-turn weight adjustment. This compact crossbow also packs some power, firing bolts at up to 310 fps.
For the more experienced crossbow shooter, PSE also is introducing the Dream Season RDX 365. Teaming up with Drury Outdoors, PSE has delivered a field-serviceable crossbow built on an independent machined-aluminum barrel and composite stock for a perfectly balanced, accurate shot. Add to that a 3 lb. trigger and a speed of 365 fps, the Dream Season RDX is a crossbow to be reckoned with for 2015.
“We knew that our crossbow offerings for 2015 needed to be something really special,” continued Shelby. “With the compact Vector and precision Dream Season RDX joining the affordable Fang in our crossbow line, we literally have a high-performance crossbow for any customer. I would gladly put our crossbow line up against any other line-up in the market.”
According to PSE, the Decree HD, Vector 310, and Dream Season RDX will be available soon, so contact your local PSE dealer for more information, or visit www.pse-archery.com
Remington Outdoor Company has addressed the long rumored fate of Para USA. There have been rumors floating around that they would be going under for quite some time. Remington stated that Para USA will no longer function as its own separate company, and all Para USA products will be sold under the Remington umbrella instead. Remington will be integrating the Para USAdouble-column 1911-style pistols into the Remington 1911 line.
See the press release issued by Remington Outdoor Company on Feb 9th:
At Remington Outdoor Company (“ROC”) we develop, manufacture and market the highest quality firearms, ammunition, and related products. We have built ROC by acquiring and cultivating great brands and products, such as the Remington 870 and 700, DPMS rifles, AAC suppressors, Barnes Bullets ammunition, Para USA handguns, and more while continuously investing in our people and facilities. In 2011 Remington re-entered the handgun market with the critically acclaimed R1 1911, an updated version of the 1911 Remington made for the US government in World War I. Most of ROC’s new product launches and acquisitions have gone well, but they aren’t always perfect and, candidly, we did a poor job with the Marlin factory relocation and the R51 launch. These were expensive but valuable lessons.
In 2012, with a goal of expanding its handgun line, ROC acquired Para USA (“Para”), a company that specialized in the production of competition, high capacity, and double action 1911-style pistols. Following Remington’s acquisition, Para, which had been experiencing quality control issues, saw a steep decline in warranty claims.
In 2014, ROC announced its new, world-class firearms center of excellence in Huntsville, Alabama. Here, Remington is integrating product development, engineering, production, and quality control – a first in Remington’s 200-year history. The integration of modern sporting rifles, suppressors, and Remington pistols commenced immediately, and Para is scheduled to move to Huntsville next month.
Para’s products have a strong following due to their key technical and performance features, which are different than many 1911s, including Remington’s own R1 line. ROC intends to keep these features and benefits that our customers have come to trust, while transferring Para’s operations to Huntsville and rebranding Para to Remington. We have learned from our mistakes, listened to our customers, and have a clear plan to smoothly integrate Para. This includes keeping popular Para products, characteristics, and names such as the “Warthog,” while improving quality with state-of-the art machining and engineering in Huntsville, AL.
Further, ROC will recognize and continue to support Para’s Lifetime Warranty promise on all Para handguns.
For assistance with Para warranty inquires, please call 888-999-9386 or email us at email@example.com
The Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF) is joining forces with Project ChildSafe to help promote responsible firearm handling and storage.
“Our shared history with the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation makes this partnership a natural fit, and SSSF’s many student athletes are outstanding ambassadors of safe firearms handling and storage for young people and adults,” said Steve Sanetti, president and CEO of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), which launched Project ChildSafe in 1999.
SSSF is focused on sharing the tradition of shooting sports with future generations. It encourages safe and responsible firearm handling through its team-based shooting training, which allows student athletes to learn, practice and compete in programs like the Scholastic Clay Target Program and Scholastic Pistol Program.
“With more than 12,000 student athletes participating on over 800 teams across the country, we cannot overstate the importance of safety education as a component of the shooting sports tradition,” said Ben Berka, SSSF’s President and Executive Director. “By working with Project ChildSafe to pass this education through our athletes to their families and their communities, we can foster safe enjoyment of the shooting sports and take steps that can directly help prevent firearm accidents.”
NSSF, the trade association of the firearms industry, launched Project ChildSafe in 1999 as a nationwide initiative to promote firearms responsibility and encourage proper storage of firearms when they are not in use. Its mission is to help prevent firearm accidents through the distribution of safety education information and free firearm safety kits—which include a cable-style gun lock. Through vital partnerships with law enforcement agencies across the country, Project ChildSafe has distributed more than 36 million firearms safety kits and gun locks to gun owners in all 50 states and five U.S. Territories.
SSSF joins a growing list of leaders in the hunting, conservation and shooting sports industries that have endorsed and supported Project ChildSafe’ s mission and its message of “Own It? Respect it. Secure it.”
The Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show) rang up its second highest attendance ever at the Sands Expo Center Jan. 20-23, giving the industry a very good indicator that a strong sales year lies ahead.
Long a bellwether for the industry’s prospects, the SHOT Show brings together buyers and sellers from the United States and more than 100 countries. Total attendance for the 2015 SHOT Show was nearly 64,000, second only to last year’s record-setting event, where nearly 67,000 came through the turnstiles. Lower attendance reflected strengthened pre-screening of attendees to enhance the overall experience of both exhibitors and buyers.
“We know from long experience that attendance at the SHOT Show is a reflection of the state of our industry,” said Chris Dolnack, NSSF Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. “This second highest attendance is in keeping with what we saw in the past year — that our industry is in good health and that manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers have a positive outlook for this year.”
NSSF®, the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry, owns and sponsors the SHOT Show.
From the opening bell, the show floor hummed with traffic. Cindy Daniel, Executive Vice President of Daniel Defense, a major sponsor of the SHOT Show, said, “It’s been a very busy show. We’re optimistic that with the good vibe we’re seeing on the floor sales will pick up again and we’ll have a solid year.”
Said Kort Nielson with Silencer Co., “We’ve been pretty busy, and there hasn’t been much down time. Increasing our booth size and design and its new position in this hall has been good for traffic, but we’re also focusing on education.” Silencer Co. put on two seminars this week for retailers on how to educate customers about suppressors, a fast growing sales area.
The $8 billion industry has seen rapid growth in the last several years, powered by newcomers to the shooting sports. More than 20 percent of firearms owners are in this category, in that they have purchased their first firearm within the last five years.
Women continue to be an undeniable market force. During the show at a packed press conference, NSSF released a new report on “Women Gun Owners: Purchasing, Perceptions and Participation.” Women, whose participation in target shooting and hunting as well as interest in owning a firearm for personal and home protection continues to grow rapidly, now purchase about 25 percent of industry products. “This report will help NSSF members better understand the products and features women want and to continue to serve women of all skill levels,” said Jim Curcuruto, NSSF Director of Industry Research and Analysis.
More than 1,600 exhibiting companies filled the convention center and rooms in the adjoining Venetian Hotel. Total show exhibition space was more than 640,000 net square feet, or 13 acres of product display, with more than 150 new companies exhibiting.
Manufacturers of firearms, ammunition, optics, cutlery, apparel, accessories and law enforcement equipment introduced new products and services that retailers will offer consumers during the course of the year.
On the first evening of the show, more than 2,400 people attended NSSF’s State of the Industry Dinner, where Steve Sanetti, NSSF President and CEO, delivered a well-received speech on the industry’s determination to counter its detractors with facts on firearm safety and deter efforts to burden law-abiding gun owners with unnecessary legislation. “Much of the public and the media are woefully misinformed about who we are and all that we do about genuine gun safety,” said Sanetti, who pointed out to such notable NSSF programs as Project ChildSafe, Fix NICS and Don’t Like for the Other Guy programs.
“Some pundits state that the shooting sports are ‘in retreat,’” said Sanetti. “Well, look at the facts. Last year’s SHOT Show, one of the fastest growing trade shows in the nation, had its highest attendance and satisfaction levels ever; the number of federally licensed firearms dealers is growing; firearm sales experienced the second highest year ever and ammunition sales continue at near record levels; firearms permit and safety classes report long waiting lists; and the number of apprentice hunting licenses increased to well over 1 million. If this is a ‘retreat,’ as those who see no appeal in what we do have alleged, I truly wonder what an advance would look like.”
At the dinner, Richard Lipsey, owner of Lipsey’s, one of the nation’s largest sporting goods distributors, received the prestigious NSSF Ken Sedlecky Award for longterm commitment to the success of the industry and supporting NSSF’s mission to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Mark Keefe, editor-in-chief of American Rifleman magazine, was awarded the POMA-NSSF Grits Gresham Shooting Sports Communicator Award.
Media was out in force again at the show, totaling 2,500, including international press. Some of the country’s most well-known radio personalities, including Mike Gallagher, Lars Larson and Dana Loesch, broadcasted live from the show’s popular “Radio Row.”
Prior to the show, NSSF hosted a fundraising golf tournament to benefit Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA), an industry developed and supported effort to help the healing and reintegration of disabled combat veterans back into normal American life though participation in outdoor events.
The SHOT Show is not just about selling and buying products. The show provides educational opportunities for firearms retailers at SHOT Show University, which was sold out, and at other seminars, and for law enforcement professionals at the Law Enforcement Education Program.
The SHOT Show is managed by Las Vegas-based ConvExx. Major sponsors of the 2015 SHOT Show in addition to Daniel Defense were Outdoor Channel, GunBroker.com, Brownell’s, Gamo Outdoor USA, Georgia Department of Economic Development, Mossy Oak, Trijicon, Smith & Wesson and Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, among others. Ram Truck Brand was the official truck of the SHOT Show. Nissan was sponsor of the show’s press room.
The SHOT Show, the fifth largest trade show in Las Vegas, pumps nearly $90 million in non-gaming revenue into the Las Vegas economy. Next year’s SHOT Show is scheduled for Jan. 19-22 at the Sands Expo.