SEPTEMBER 15, 2020

The Safariland Group congratulates Team Safariland member Rob Leatham for winning the Single Stack event at the 2020 USPSA Classic Nationals at the CMP Marksmanship Park in Talladega, Alabama.
GLOCK and the GLOCK Sport Shooting Foundation will host the GLOCK Annual Shoot XXVII and Gunny Challenge XVI September 18th – 20th at CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park, Alabama.
RSR Group, Inc. begins its 2020 E-Show on September 15, 2020, showcasing virtual booths from the industry’s leading manufacturers. The event runs from Tuesday, September 15th  through Friday, September 18, 2020.

After members expressed concerns over the initial date for the Professional Outdoor Media Association’s 2021 conference, the new date has been changed to June 15-17, 2021 in Franklin, Tennessee.
For the first time in its 35-year history, the annual Gun Rights Policy Conference will be a virtual event held online September 19-20, hosted by the Second Amendment Foundation and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
Davidson’s, a firearms wholesaler, has partnered with Colt and Baron Engraving on an exclusive project to honor Samuel Colt.The Government 1911 Samuel Colt Limited Edition is based on the Series-70 O1911C Government Classic model.

Davidson’s has partnered with Hoppe’s to offer their extensive line of firearms cleaning and care products.The wholesaler will initially carry over thirty of Hoppe’s most popular SKUs with room to grow and expand these offerings.
Orchid Advisors announced that it has expanded to include business technology and firearm payment processing. Orchid Solutions will augment the Orchid Advisors firearms compliance business and will make an announcement next week regarding the launch of its first products.
DRG Manufacturing LLC. announced its recent hire of Jason Curns, who will join the DRG team as COO working in their corporate office in Lake Zurich, Illinois.

Galco announced that Michelle Viscusi is their newest brand ambassador. Michelle is an Army National Guard vet and appeared on The History Channel's TV series Top Shot.
NSSF announced that Otis Technology will be supplying more than 52,500 bottles of hand sanitizer for distribution during the 2021 SHOT Show. Headquartered in Lyons Falls, New York, Otis Technology manufactures a wide variety of firearm maintenance products.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation and Outdoor Sportsman Group announce the SHOT Show New Product Premiere. The collaborative multimedia initiative is made to inform outdoor-sports enthusiasts worldwide about the latest developments in firearms, shooting and hunting products and services.

Democrat Joe Biden’s attempt to exploit the ambush of two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies to push his anti-gun agenda illustrates the intellectual dishonesty of the gun prohibition mindset, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said.
Primary Arms Optics is now shipping the latest generation of their SLx Prism scopes. Slx optics built Primary Arms’ reputation for innovation, reliability and value.
The U.S. Concealed Carry Association is encouraging all responsible gun owners, particularly first-time purchasers, to take the appropriate education and training courses.

Pulsar is pleased to announce the release of two brand-new Thermion thermal riflescope models: the XQ38 and XQ50.
The Springfield Armory SAINT Victor .308 pistol featured in November GUNS puts major-league firepower into an arm-length package. It shines in situations where maneuverability or compact storage are prime considerations.
GUNS Magazine Old West: History, Guns & Gear Volume 2 explores the guns of the time, including some unusual samples like the Army’s last flintlock pistol. has announced its Veteran’s Team sponsorship of the Houston Safari Club Foundation’s Annual Sporting Clays Tournament.

This feature ran Monday in our Outdoor Wire and Shooting Wire services. It's an important story and we wanted to give our Tactical Wire subscribers a chance to help as well -- thanks.

On the morning of August 27, 2020, Hurricane Laura made landfall on the coast of Louisiana. Causing damage across three states, reports indicated that most of the damage was done in Louisiana. Homes were flattened, commercial buildings damaged, parts of coastal Louisiana were swamped and at least six were killed. Power was out over a broad area for extended periods of time.

A lot of people suffered losses. A good many worked to the point of exhaustion helping neighbors and family members in effecting temporary repairs. There was heat and the increased threats of disease in the era of pandemic. It’s a bad time.

Included in the damage was the Southwest Louisiana Rifle and Pistol Club, outside of Lake Charles. Located in a flood plain – it’s handy to have a shooting range on property that can’t be easily developed into residential housing – they took a bad hit. None of the structures could be insured, so it’s on the club to demolish, clear, rebuild and repair.

David Surgi, of Secure Firearms Products, reached out to me to advise of the situation. Home of the “Crawfish Cup,” among other national level matches, the SWLA Rifle and Pistol Club had NRA Action Pistol facilities amongst their range offerings. Buildings, target systems and barricades were damaged.

I’ve never been to the facility, but I’m told it’s comprehensive. It features dedicated ranges including a moving target range, falling plate range, bullseye range, a general shooting range, pistol benchrest range, action pistol barricade/practical range, small bore rifle range, steel bay, and a big bore rifle range.

The pavilion is shown before Hurricane Laura, above, and since the storm, below.

According to a club official, the club regularly hosts one of the largest action pistol regional championships in the country attracting top competitors -- as it takes place approximately one month prior to the Bianchi Cup National Action Pistol Championship. Their action pistol ranges are among the best in the country. They also regularly host state and regional national benchrest association championships and hosted the national championship a few years ago.

Established in 1947, the Southwest Louisiana Rifle and Pistol Club, Inc. is described as “ … a close-knit group of sportsmen and sportswomen that have trained a lot of children since 1947 and they have done a lot of good for their community year after year …”

The damage was itemized as follows:

Rifle shooting shed cover 30% destroyed

60’ x 60’ open-air pavilion destroyed

30 x 30 rifle storage and stat building destroyed.

30 x 50 main workshop, storage and stat building roof destroyed

30 x 50 awning attached to main workshop building destroyed

5 dense wood range separation walls damaged or down (labor intensive)

Main entrance gate damaged

3 of 16 Bianchi barricades are damaged beyond repair

Likely $150,000 to $200,000 damage

Upon initial inspection, most of the target equipment seems to be undamaged.

They have been unable to get into the rooms inside of the building yet to determine damages.

After the disaster, it took little time for Doug Carden to find a way to arrange donations for the club so it could be restored and operations could continue. Dave had me check in with George Mowbray, of the club, for more information about storm damage as well as images of the destruction.

Doug set up a donation site here for those of us in the industry – as well as competitors and well-wishers – to send in some needed relief funds. The range is currently closed for shooting.

In the aftermath of the killer storm, media interviewed people in the area. A number of them noted that Laura was more damaging than Hurricane Rita in 2005 – and that was the most destructive in years. Lots of folks are hurting down there, while the rest of us are distracted by the Washington political circus, the national temper tantrum and fears of infection.

I believe the industry cares and hope we can give these folks a hand.

-- Rich Grassi

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