Team Krieghoff’s Lauren Burge broke 447 out of 450 targets landing her a spot in the top 10 overall and earning her the Lady HOA Champion Title at the World Skeet Championships.
Registration is now open, though nearly filled, for the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s annual Gary Anderson Invitational, set to be held Dec. 5-6, 2020, at the electronic air gun ranges located within the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center in Ohio and the South Competition Center in Alabama.
Shoot Like A Girl’s Coast to Coast Tour is traveling to Cabela’s in Garner, North Carolina this weekend for a free interactive event that introduces women to the shooting sports in a fun, safe and comfortable atmosphere.
Ozark Folk Center State Park is holding a virtual craft showcase on our Facebook page Oct. 5-16, 2020. Craft Village artisans share videos of their shops, their creative processes, and the items they make and sell.
Davidson’s, a top firearms wholesaler, has teamed once again with long-time industry partner Ruger to offer an exclusive version of the Wrangler 22LR single-action revolver. It has a Plum Brown Cerakote coating on the frame and 4 5/8” non-tapered barrel.

Taurus is offering the popular Raging Hunter big-bore revolver in a "ready-for-the-field" complete hunting package. For the kickoff, Taurus has launched the Legendary Hunter Giveaway in conjunction with Leupold and Hornady.
Chambers County Public Fishing Lake near Lafayette, Alabama, will temporarily reopen on October 15, 2020. The lake will remain open through March 14, 2021.
The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department recently certified a record fish entry for a 19.36-pound lake trout caught in Lake Champlain in August.
The Indiana DNR will stock 300 rainbow trout at Shoaff Park in Fort Wayne and 200 trout at Memorial Park in Huntington. The trout will range from 12 to 14 inches long.

Buddy Gross is hoping everything’s cool at the Guaranteed Rate Bassmaster Elite at Chickamauga Lake; but not for any concern over camaraderie or sportsmanship. Rather, the Elite Series rookie from Chickamauga, Ga., is eager for a healthy dose of the seasonal chill.
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If you have an AR-15 style rifle collection, you need the White Label Armory Home Builder's Parts Kit. This kit contains every small component necessary for keeping your personal armory running.
Utahns can begin submitting applications for 2021 sportsman permits on Oct. 21. To be included in the permit drawing, you have to submit your application no later than 11 p.m. on Nov. 10.
Michigan's Independence Hunt, which offers firearm deer hunting for people with disabilities, will open statewide on private lands Oct. 15-18.

SIG SAUER, Inc. announced an expansion of its New Hampshire operations to the city of Rochester, New Hampshire. The company is poised to acquire a multi-building campus in Rochester, to relocate its Dover operation and expand overall New Hampshire operations.
Bangers LP, a leading shooting sports distributor, is pleased to announce the hiring of Chris Davenport to serve as a Buyer within their purchasing team.
The Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute (SAAMI) has announced Texas-based True Velocity has been approved as SAAMI’s newest member. True Velocity will have full voting rights, and members of True Velocity’s leadership team will be named to sit on SAAMI committees in the coming weeks.
Armament Systems and Procedures has hired John Brownlee as Director of Government Sales. Brownlee brings to the role twenty years of sales and management experience — half of them in the public safety industry.

Primary Arms Government has announced the hiring of Richard Evans as the Government LE Sales Agent for the US Central Region.
Celerant Technology is excited to be celebrating its 21st anniversary. During a time when the Internet was just taking off, the company was founded to help dealers expand past their storefront.
Pietta USA/EMF, a leader in refined, historical firearm reproductions and quality, innovative, modern firearms has named Chattanooga Shooting Sports as an official Distributor.
As Major League Fishing (MLF) continues to experience success in television ratings and viewership, events and level of performance by its professional anglers, MLF President and CEO Jim Wilburn took a few minutes from his busy schedule to discuss 2020 and beyond.

Built with public submissions, the Invasive Species Resource Center will hold information created by state and federal agencies, researchers, non-governmental organizations and local counties and lake associations providing quick access to those who need it.
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Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s is gearing up for the holiday season across America, hiring 7,000 seasonal workers at a National Hiring Day event on Thursday, Oct. 15.
The popular Iowa Habitat and Access Program (IHAP) is accepting applications from landowners interested in receiving technical assistance and financial incentives in exchange for allowing hunters to access the improved area.
Colder temperatures this weekend mean it’s time to start pruning oak trees with minimal to no risk of spreading oak wilt. The best way to prevent the spread of oak wilt is to prune during the tree(s) during dormant season.

As part of an ongoing national effort to help prevent illegal "straw" purchases of firearms, the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are reminding the Richmond public that stiff penalties are in place for individuals convicted of such unlawful purchases.
Systems like Millennium Marine's SpyderLok Track System allow anglers to quickly and easily attach, remove and reposition rod holders and accessories.
Federal Ammunition introduces the industry’s only ammunition truly designed for optimal cycling and overall performance from the time-tested, lever-action rifle platform. Shipments of this product have begun to arrive at dealers.
Chris Hildebrandt has been named Ducks Unlimited (DU) Great Plains Region’s Director of Development (DoD) of the Year.

Shoot Like A Girl Founder and President, Karen Butler, is honored to be a guest speaker at the sixth annual Shoot4Shelter sporting clay tournament fundraiser, hosted by Downtown Rescue Mission in Huntsville, Alabama.
POMA's Friends and Family Auction ends October 15th at 9 pm EST, which means you've only one day left to bid on trips, guns, ammo, cleaning kits, optics, fishing gear, advertising, personal coaching from industry pros, and more.
The American Fly Fishing Trade Association has announced the results of its 2020 Board of Directors election.
Skull Hooker, makers of innovative brackets and stands to display European mounts, has renewed as a Whitetails Unlimited national sponsor.
SAR USA by Sarsilmaz announced that they have partnered with FMG Publication’s American Handgunner magazine for the ultimate “Win It Before It Launches, SAR USA Pistol Giveaway Package” promotion.
This week, Outdoors Radio features Wildlife Research Center director of marketing Paul Marion, bowhunting expert Bernie Barringer, wildlife photographer and author Tim Flanigan and archery expert JC Chamberlin.
Yamaha Marine’s “Why Wait for Spring” fall savings event gives customers three great opportunities to add value to new, eligible Yamaha four-stroke outboards purchased from Oct. 13, 2020 through Nov. 24, 2020.
The Realtree Road Trips Crew will be outfitted in ArcticShield apparel and footwear when their newest adventures are showcased on Realtree 365. T
Members of the Mississippi Forestry Commission’s (MFC) Urban Forest Strike Team are being deployed to south Alabama to assist state and federal officials with Hurricane Sally damage assessments.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources will hold a public meeting on October 28, 2020 at the Lake Wapello State Park Lodge, next to the beach area.
Viewers interested in creepy, fun, exciting and adventurous holiday programming will want to make sure they tune into Sportsman Channel beginning on Halloween.
Shooting USA features the fastest organized form of plinking with .22 Rimfire, shooting steel plates for time at the Rimfire Challenge World Championships.
This week on Guns & Gear, CZ-USA’s P10 pistol series is featured. Also, see SureFire's hearing protection, Springfield Armory's XD-M Elites, Glock's G44 .22 LR and more.

In today’s news section you’ll see the announcement of Federal Premium ammunition’s new HammerDown Ammunition. But the general announcement that the ammo’s now available doesn’t really do it justice. This is ammo designed to make your lever gun run more efficiently.

No, it’s not a weak car-like analogy, it’s recognition of the fact this ammunition has been designed to get the best performance possible out of one of the most-established rifle platforms around.

The stuff’s tuned for lever guns. That’s the long and short of it. The velocities are designed to give the best performance possible through the lever action barrel lengths.

To get a better handle on the “how” of this stuff, I talked with Federal and found out what they say makes HammerDown different from other ammunition- including those specifically aimed at lever guns.

First, it was designed in collaboration with Henry Repeating Arms. Henry’s the category leader in lever actions today. Their Big Boy All-Weather and Big Boy Steel guns are very popular with hunters. And, as I was reminded, Henrys, like HammerDown, are made in America.

HammerDown’s cases feature a different geometry on the front face of the case rims to help with cycling. The molecularly bonded bullets are especially good at retaining weight with increased velocity and penetration abilities.

The initial calibers cover the most popular lever cabers: 327 Federal Magnum, .357 Magnum, 44 Rem. Magnum, 30-30 Winchester and 45-70 Government. The initial launch announcement promised .45 Long Colt, but I’ve been told it won’t be available before 2021. You can also expect to see .35 Remington and .444 Marlin next year as well.

But I’ve also been reminded that HammerDown is engineered for all lever guns. They’ve chamfered the cases of all the calibers and applied a specialized geometry to the front face of the case rims to improve cycling in all lever actions.

There’s also some metallurgical magic at play as all the calibers feature molecularly bonded bullets. I won’t pretend to know what that means, other than it’s supposed to add (significantly) to retained weight and expansion -big deals in hunting bullets. And since many of those calibers are traditionally handgun calibers, they’ve beefed up the bullets and stepped up velocities to get better performance (penetration) out of longer barrels. The 357 magnum, for instance, was up-weighted from 158 to 170 grains.

And while we’re talking bullets, the entire range is either Bonded Soft Point (.357 Magnum, .44 Rem Magnum, 30-30 Win and 45-70 Government) or Bonded Hollow Points (327 Federal Magnum and .45 Long Colt when available). As far as performance, the 30-30 load had 100-percent retained weight after being shot through 10-percent ballistic ordinance gel at 100 yards.

The weight accompanies some pretty hefty velocity increases-while staying inside industry standard velocity and pressure specs from SAAMI. Still, stepping up .357 Magnum from 1,180 fps to 1,610 fps or amping up .44 Magnum up to 1710 fps from 1,250 fps is a big jump.

If you’re in a straight-wall hunting state, this will give you yet another acceptable option.

HammerDown is a rifle cartridge, despite many of the calibers being considered handgun loads. That’s one reason the HammerDown is in the familiar “long, flat” rifle caliber packaging.

In keeping with the “rifle ammunition” tradition, the HammerDown won’t be packaged in the traditional pistol-caliber boxes. It will be in traditional long, flat rifle ammo boxes. MSRPs on all calibers is $19.99 except 45-70 Government. That retails at $38.99.

I’m all for the development of specialized ammunition for lever guns, especially when it increases performance. I got back into shooting sports through cowboy action shooting nearly two decades ago, but cleaned and stored my lever guns when I moved into more modern competitions. As a member of the generation that revered cowboys as folk heroes, it gives me a reason to pull those lever guns out of the back of my safe and get them back where they belong: on the range and into the brush.

We’ll keep you posted.

—Jim Shepherd

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