Inter-Con Security Systems, Inc. announces the acquisition of the Peacemaker National Training Center in Glengary, West Virginia. The acquisition of this world-class training facility positions Inter-Con as the industry leader in the provision of fully-customized, highly sophisticated security and training services.
The Bassmaster High School Series will include four regular-season events. The one-day tournaments will be: February 27 on Harris Chain of Lakes, May 2 on Lake Cumberland and June 26 on Lay Lake, site of four Bassmaster Classics. A June 12 event will also be held on a northern fishery to be announced soon.
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Now available in black in addition to tan, Galco’s Phoenix belt holster can be worn strong side or crossdraw at the user’s discretion.
Indiana DNR is accepting applications for reserved spring turkey hunts today (Jan. 4) through February 22, 2021.
MidwayUSA announces the release of "Our First Distribution Center - Part One", a short story by Larry Potterfield, Founder and CEO of MidwayUSA.

Kelly Brand Management has partnered up with American-made, business, Beavertail Products. 
Springfield Armory has been awarded the 2020 “Best Overall New Product” Vendor Award for the Hellcat series of micro 9mm pistols from Crow Shooting Supply and Brownells.
Eric Suarez, a former public relations manager for Remington Arms, announced the creation of Red Cell Media, a public relations and marketing consulting company headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama.
From Canada to New Zealand, Riton Optics is now available from distributors in five of the seven continents.

Springfield Armory announces their Model 2020 Waypoint bolt-action rifle has been chosen the NRA Publications’ American Hunter 2021 Golden Bullseye Rifle of the Year.
Riton Optics is excited to announce RSR Group as the newest distributor of Riton products.  By partnering with the RSR Group, Riton Optics is able to expand its reach to more dealers across the country. 
Riton Optics announced Eric Hickman as the new Brand Manager for Riton Optics. Within this position, Hickman is focusing on marketing programs, such as the ProStaff, brand ambassador and influencer programs, as well as the industry relations.
After years of using the Hunter’s Kloak synthetic scents in Odin’s Innovations time released delivery, the brands are combining.

Leupold’s DP-Micro mounts directly to the rear sight dovetail and sits at the same height as factory iron sights. The red dot aligns with the front sight, delivering rapid target acquisition and improved accuracy. Launch-day models fit all non-MOS Glock models and the Smith & Wesson M&P line of handguns.
Gemtech Suppressors announced that it has released the Gemtech Integra 15-22, a new integrally-suppressed upper receiver designed for .22 LR.  Built for use exclusively with Smith & Wesson’s M&P15-22 rifle, the Gemtech Integra 15-22 ships as a complete upper receiver group.
The SLx MD-20 has an enhanced emitter, providing an ultra-bright reticle with a 50,000-hour runtime on medium settings. With an MSRP of $149.99, the SLx MD-20 Microdot is now available and shipping to customers.
Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever have announced the retirement of Rick Young, longtime Vice President of Field Operations. Young ended his 34-year career with the organizations at the end of the calendar year.

The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) announces the recent publication titled “Best Management Practices for Trapping Furbearers in the United States” in Wildlife Monographs.  
In 2021, the National Rifle Association celebrates 150 years of service as America’s oldest civil-rights organization. Founded in 1871 by Civil War veterans, the NRA has protected Second Amendment freedoms, taught marksmanship and gun safety and helped to pass self-defense laws across the country.
Banded Holdings Inc. recently renewed its support for California Waterfowl’s mission to grow the state’s waterfowl populations, wetlands and hunter-conservationist communities.
Northwestern Outdoor Radio kicks off the new year with Casey Kaiser and some overland travel and camping adventures in the remote deserts of Southeast Oregon.

Outdoor Products Innovations (OPI) LiDCAM+ is available in Mossy Oak Break-Up Country camouflage, with units currently priced at $109.99.
Final deer harvest numbers for 2020 will not be available for a few more weeks, but the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department says the final tally will be around 18,000 deer, the second highest total since 2000. Those deer will provide approximately 3.6 million servings of local, nutritious venison.
Indiana Conservation Officer Josh Thomas, who serves Jefferson County, has been selected as the 2020 District 9 Indiana Conservation Officer of the Year.
The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department has developed a new initiative to acquire and restore wetlands in response to funding from the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Lake Champlain Basin Program

Educators for preschool-aged children are invited to the virtual “Birds and Books” educator workshop Jan. 19, which focuses on using literature books to teach science concepts.
Disrupted last year by the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual sale of tree and shrub seedlings from the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Howard Nursery will return in 2021
Severe drought conditions on the island of Molokai have Hawaii officials dealing with the deaths of axis deer, a non-native species.
Now through February 1, Michigan hunters are encouraged to apply for their spring turkey hunting license.

Today, "The High Road with Keith Warren” is bringing you a bucket list hunt from a chopper as Keith shows you one of the most effective ways to eliminate feral hogs- from the air.
Join hunter and forager, Daniel Vitalis, on a culinary journey through the mountains, woods and waters on Outdoor Channel’s new series, WildFed, premiering tonight (Monday, January 4) at 7 p.m. ET. 
Wild sheep advocates are celebrating a successful trap and transfer and the establishment of a new bighorn population in Montana's Little Belt Mountains. The Wild Sheep Foundation (WSF), Montana WSF (its state chapter), domestic sheep producers, and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks have been working for the past several years to reintroduce bighorn sheep into new suitable habitats.

Our last feature of 2020 wasn’t a normal holiday message. Since 2020 wasn’t a normal year, so we probably shouldn’t have expected otherwise. In a “normal” year, we would have wished each other the best and moved on to holiday stuff.

The BATFE seemed to have assumed that’s what we would all do. So they tried to slide a fast one by us. But it didn’t work.

Instead of quietly getting their “Objective Factors for Classifying Weapons with ‘Stabilizing Braces’” into the federal register, they received nearly 72,000 comments, despite an abnormally short 14-day comment period.

In response to that unanticipated outpouring, the ATF folded like a stabilizing brace.

Their final communications for 2020, was entitled: “General Notice: Withdrawal of Guidance: Objective Factors for Classifying Weapons with “Stabilizing Braces”.

While we celebrate the timely demise of “guidance” that raised more questions that it provided answers, please note a parting note in the Withdrawal Notice:

“The withdrawal of the guidance does not change any law, regulation or legally binding requirement.”

All that’s missing is “So there” and a foot stomp.

Celebrate the fact your comments made the difference. But realize they’ve set a tone going forward.

No bureaucrat likes being told no. Especially after seemingly trying to rig a mandated process in their favor.

Yet, another government comment period ends today. It’s important, too. Unlike the ATF’s rule, this one is pro-firearms industry. It’s the Proposed Rule to End Banking Discrimination Against the Firearms Industry.

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency has proposed it to ensure fair access to banking services by the firearms industry.

If you remember the Obama administration’s unmasked efforts to “encourage” banks to end relationships with “undesirable businesses” via Operation Choke Point, you know the what it’s designed to remedy.

Yes, Choke Point was discovered, and ostensibly ended, but the discrimination has quietly continued.

The new rule will set penalties for continuation of that discrimination.

But comments must be made today at:

Peacemaker National Training Center in West Virginia was the home for our first Starlight 3-Gun Championship. Today, it’s announced that it has a new owner, Inter-Con Security.

While we were on hiatus, we learned Peacemaker National Training Center in Gerradstown, West Virginia, is getting new ownership. The McCullough family has sold the 800+ acre shooting facility to Inter-Con Security, a large, privately-held California company.

Peacemaker was the site of our first Starlight 3-Gun Championship. And it has hosted many other national competitions. We enjoyed our time there. Inter-Con’s acquisition is based on their positive experiences there, too. You can read more about that acquisition in today’s news section.

Leupold’s announcement of their new DeltaPoint Micro is also in today’s news section.

As you’ll read in the Leupold release, the new DeltaPoint Micros will initially be available for S&W and Glock pistols. As you’ll see in the accompanying image, it doesn’t look like any other optic. The battery actually hangs off the non-business end of the slide.

The new Leupold DeltaPoint Micro gives a new-and very different- look to my M&P Shield (above). “Hanging” the battery from the back is different, but it doesn’t take long to get past the look and realize it gives real shooting advantages. When mounted on a full-sized pistol (below), it’s not so ungainly looking. It works in either configuration.

I was offered- and received- a test unit just before our holiday hiatus. I decided to mount it on my first-generation M&P Shield. The inability to put an optic on it had become a real problem. To the point it was resting in my safe, not riding in the holster where it accompanied me for several years.

The problem wasn’t the Shield, it was my aging eyeballs. I can’t see the sights well enough to shoot it accurately. And I believe that no matter how much you like a gun, you shouldn’t carry it unless you can operate it accurately.

So I’d benched the Shield for two other pistols: either a Springfield Armory Hellcat or a SIG SAUER P320 RXP.

Both have slide-mounted optics. Either enabled me to shoot faster and more accurately than my Shield, despite my having far more trigger time on the Shield.

Even without a lot of range time in on the DP-Micro equipped-Shield, I’ve shot it enough to realize I’m more accurate -and considerably faster than with iron sights. No more “searching” for a front sight. Now, I’m using dry-fire practice to “re-learn” the Shield with this new optic.

While the Shield looks “different” with the optic, it fits the same (familiar) Fobus holster. I appreciate that.There’s no desire to add another “used to fit” holster to the box in my garage.

In the process of my changing out the rear sight, I confirmed something I’ve suspected for some time: I’m no gunsmith.

After watching videos and reading manuals, I felt capable to remove the rear sight and replace it with the DP-Micro mounting plate. Doing that means dealing with the plunger safety spring Smith & Wesson locates under their rear sights. After loosening the (tiny) set screw in the rear sight, I used a Real Avid Master Sight Pusher to remove the rear sight, being very careful to make certain not to let the spring or its cover escape.

Despite looking “different” the Shield still works in its familiar holster (above). A major improvement (below) is the red dot that sits directly over the big-dot front sight. Shooting in low-light, if the Micro failed, I could use the rear sight as a pseudo-ghost ring rear sight.

After cleaning the sight channel and making certain the mount fit, I began the re-assembly. And promptly launched the plunger spring into the stratosphere. It apparently burned up on re-entry.

After moving everything around my work bench and sweeping the floor with magnets, it never reappeared. But I did find a couple of long-lost screws from other projects.

The disappearance caused a real delay in my test and evaluation process. Heavy volume in the shipping world meant “overnight delivery” of three replacement springs (I’m not a gambler), took three days.

That delay dropped me off the reservation list at the range. Instead of three range sessions, I got one. That meant no drawing and firing practice, only limited 5, 7, and 10 yard slow-fire.

And that means no carry evaluation -yet.

Here’s my short range observation: the 3MOA dot sits right on the front sight. It’s not difficult to make accurate shots.

It shouldn’t be difficult to draw and fire quickly, but I don’t know that for certain, despite the fact I’ve drawn and fired the same pistol from the same holster hundreds of times before.

Comfortably carrying the Shield again will require considerably more training time.

No knock whatsoever on the new optic, it’s solid.

But confidence in my ability to “run a gun” only comes with practice.

We’ll keep you posted.

—Jim Shepherd

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