JANUARY 24, 2023

The Civilian Marksmanship Program’s annual Camp Perry Open is set to resume May 19-22, ready to offer a full schedule of air gun opportunities as well as a corresponding smallbore rifle match – all held at the Camp Perry National Guard Training Facility in Ohio.
Vortex® will attend this year’s Western Hunting and Conservation Expo, February 2nd through February 5th at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
SHOT Show Industry Day at the Range concluded on Monday, January 16 with record breaking attendance of over 3,400. The event had 200 exhibiting manufacturers test firing, demoing and displaying the hottest new products on the market.

HAVA announces another successful and fun HAVA/NSSF Golf Tournament at the world-class Bear’s Best Golf Club in Las Vegas for the 9th year. The Golf Classic drew 34 teams of 136 outdoor industry participants to the Jack Nicklaus-designed club for a fun day of golf and fellowship on January 15, 2023, prior to the industry’s annual Shot Show.
During the 2023 SHOT Show, Brandon Maddox, CEO of Silencer Central, met with Jason Vanderbrink, president of Federal Ammunition to announce Silencer Central’s commitment as the Official Silencer of Federal Ammunition. This partnership also names Federal as the Official Ammunition of Silencer Central.
At the 2023 SHOT Show, Benelli officially kicked off its new Premier Dealer Program with a special reception for its initial participating dealers. To commemorate the inaugural event, Benelli handed Green Top Sporting Goods of Ashland, Virginia, the 2023 Benelli Premier Dealer of the Year award.

Federal Ammunition is now the Official Ammunition of Silencer Central.
Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has joined 15 of his anti-Second Amendment Democrat colleagues in an amicus brief to the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals, asking for a reversal of a district court’s decision to block enforcement of New York’s so-called Concealed Carry Improvement Act.
Remington Ammunition announces their 2023 product lineup. New loads include three 10mm auto pistol rounds, a pair of 32 H&R Magnum rounds, Remington Range in 9mm and 40 S&W, as well as 360 Buckhammer, 35 Remington Core-Lokt loads and more.

HEVI-Shot is proud to be the source of HEVI-Bismuth pellets for new product lines from their partner brands at Federal and Remington Ammunition. This is the first time HEVI-Shot’s proprietary bismuth pellets—cast and alloyed in the U.S.A.—will be available in loaded shotshells from other brands.
Henry Repeating Arms chose the backdrop of the SHOT Show to present a check for $25,000 to the Second Amendment Foundation, making the company a “Gold Sponsor” of the gun rights organization.
Indiana Conservation Officer Tim Janowski has been selected as the 2022 District 10 Officer of the Year. District 10 includes Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Newton, Jasper, Starke, and Pulaski counties.


As the cold oppresses in a not-so-bad (thus far) winter season, it seems that other issues stream in to depress the right-minded.

The day before the pre-SHOT weekend begins, the Brotherhood Against Total Freedom (I’m told it’s what the initials stand for) pushed out their rule that modifies the NFA 1934/1968 Gun Control Act without benefit of the legislative process. I’m told SCOTUS sorted that out in an EPA case handed down in June, but apparently our bureaucratic bosses have declined to consider that a problem.

This is the rule on the, shall we say, ADA-compliant stabilizing brace on guns defined previously by the same ATF as “pistols.” Based on email traffic and social media pronouncements, the lawsuits are being filed with injunctions requested. Meanwhile, the ATF will allow you to file a Form 1 and will waive the $200 transfer tax during the 120 day “shake and bake” period.

Above -- okay, according to ATF? Below, NO-GO? Or does anyone really know? Best to consult with legal experts in the firearms space.

I’m not sure where it says, in NFA 1934, that the tax can be waived by bureaucratic fiat.

For me, it’s not worth the trouble. My medical issues vastly limit shouldering centerfire rifles and shotguns, but a ‘rifle-caliber pistol’ may not be the answer, federal volatility notwithstanding.

The SHOT Show arrived like a belated-Santa Claus with all sorts of new gear to attract the buying public. I’m not sure how the purchasing will go in the coming year, but based on the response to the Monterey Park (California) disaster, there will be plenty of federal and state impetus for normal citizens to buy more guns and ammo.

Speaking of California, with all their state-sponsored oppression of gun rights, the new LA Sheriff announced the gun used in the killings was one of those “evil guns” which the state bans. I guess that’s another "success" for the prohibition team.

Meanwhile, the narrative that it was “white supremacy,” “hate,” “Donald Trump supporters” or whatever the boogey-man of the moment is, was washed away when the identity of the perpetrator was discovered. More, it was said – without receipts – that the attack potentially stemmed from a domestic relations issue, not as some political statement.

We’ll see, but a young “computer coder” was moved to seize the offender’s gun, get it away from him in the struggle and then point the gun at him, as he ordered the killer to leave.

The killer paused, according to the young hero’s story on Good Morning America yesterday. Finally, he was convinced that more shooting was incipient – and heading his way – so he left. The hero of the story, with no weapon of his own, gave his all to save lives. And he did.

According to media accounts (which mean little), the offender killed himself in a vehicle some distance away.

If only he’d done that first.

And the FBI announced their new Law Enforcement Suicide Data Collection initiative. On the heels of the Administration’s plan to stop Border Patrol suicides with therapy dogs, FBI “has been accepting information on suicides and suicide attempts within the law enforcement and criminal justice communities” according to the release.

The aim is to “better understand and prevent suicides among current and former law enforcement officers—as well as corrections officers, 911 operators, judges, and prosecutors.” I’m not sure we need a study or local data collection to figure that out, but at least it moves the FBI away from political activities in the short term.

In any event, we’ll keep our eyes and ears open – and report back to you.

-- Rich Grassi

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