Outdoors Tomorrow Foundation, the leading provider of outdoor skill, safety and conservation curriculum to schools nationwide, hosts its annual Outdoors Adventure Cup sporting clays shooting competition November 3, 2021 at the Defender Outdoors Clay Sports Ranch.
Taurus Shooting Team Captain Jessie Harrison swept the Ladies division at the USPSA Race Gun Nationals held at the CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park in Alabama, October 22-24.
Hillsdale College welcomes veterans and community members to an open shoot at the John A. Halter Shooting Sports Education Center on Saturday, November 6. Veterans will receive free rounds of trap, skeet, 5-stand, Olympic bunker, or sporting clays. All others are welcome to shoot at the regular price.
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Blackhawk announces new handgun fits for the Stache IWB and T-Series  L2C Overt holsters. 
Nebraska’s deer hunters are reminded that in-person check stations will be used during the November 13-21 firearm season this year.

Australia’s REDARC, a leading authority in power management and towing innovation will the SEMA show in 2021. REDARC’s booth and representatives can be found in the West Hall at booth 60227.
Registration is now open for POMA's 16th Annual Business Conference happening June 14 - 16, 2022 in Kalispell, Montana. 
Federal Premium Personal Defense Punch 22 LR has been presented with the Caliber Award in the Best Ammunition New Product category by the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW), in partnership with the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA).
SOUSA Optics, formerly Sun Optics USA, will be announcing new products and incentives through their partnership with Laura Burgess Marketing (LBM), an industry PR company.

Elite Survival Systems is seeking representatives in the following territories: AK, AZ, CA, CO, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY, and Canada.
lue August, LLC announces a new relationship with RSW Group and its companies RSW Aviation, Profense, and North Star Arms.
Pendleton Whisky has been named as the official whisky of Western Sports Foundation (WSF), the non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the overall success of western sports athletes by advancing their wellbeing. 
Lyman Products knows the past two years have been tough on everyone. Since the gift giving season is almost upon us, the folks at Lyman decided to give away the ultimate gift.

November’s feature “Gunsmithing Profits” shares perspectives on the merits of in-house gunsmiths from Bill Wilson (Wilson Combat), Gene Kelly (American Gunsmithing Institute) and Arkansas-based Gunsmith Don Keller.
This week’s Northwestern Outdoors Radio wewill introduce you to Rich and Sena Wheeler, the couple behind Sena Sea Seafood that delivers wild caught Alaskan seafood directly to your door.
Trulock Chokes believes in their product so much that they offer a lifetime warranty and 100 percent satisfaction guarantee on all their products.
Kreighoff’s new KTW Pro extended thin wall choke tubes are designed specifically for the K-80 Parcours models and were launched first at the NSCA National Championships in San Antonio, Texas.

Designed with the home builder in mind, AFT stands for Assemble for Thyself. The P80 AFT Kit contains all the necessary components to build a complete, serialized PFS9 or PFC9 pistol quickly and easily.
Dryshod's new Steadyeti features a Vibram “Hellcat” Arctic Grip outsole giving this boot exceptional traction on wet ice along with the durability and comfort you have come to expect.
Indiana’s Patoka Lake is hosting a naturalist-led Tranquility Hike on Saturday, November 13.
On this episode of The High Road with Keith Warren, Keith heads to his favorite place to hunt in the world, Legends Ranch.


By midweek, we should have some indication of just how deeply the Supreme Court’s willing to dive into New York state’s gun registration requirements. Saying the high court’s going to do something isn’t something I’d ordinarily try to predict, but the mere fact they’re taking a Second Amendment case under consideration after assiduously avoiding them for several years indicates it’s not a case if “if” it’s a matter of “how much”.

Before the confirmations of Associate Justices Kavanaugh and Coney Barrett, Chief Justice John Roberts has worked to keep the Second Amendment out of his court. During that time, however, various circuits have offered a number of convoluted opinions and rulings that have alternately frustrated or infuriated Justice Thomas. Now, with another pair of apparently like-minded justices on the bench, the CJ has found himself unable to avoid the issue.

In fact, the Second Amendment won’t be on trial this time. Instead, New York State will be. OK, not the entire state, but the gun rule that requires applicants for a concealed carry permit to show some special need to exercise what is a specifically enumerated right according to the United States Constitution.

The issue, then, isn’t the right to own firearms, that’s established and stipulated by both sides. For New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, it’s just how much jurisdiction New York has when it comes to restrict that right. As some legal experts have observed, the court essentially remind the government that it is designed to be a “servant of the people, not the master.”

If the Supreme Court goes that far, which is a possibility, laws in several other states could be invalidated. That’s because for almost a century, the New York law has been used as a basis for their own restrictions.

The NASGW brought some much needed personal interaction to the industry last week. And those Supreme Court arguments were prevalent in lots of conversations. To say the industry’s hopeful is probably an understatement. But the fact the court was willing to hear the case was reason enough for optimism.

But NASGW also gave at least a preliminary indication of what might lie ahead for the gun business in 2022. While news isn’t all positive when it comes to inventory or supply chain issues, indications are that while 2022 might be considered a “slowdown” -it would only qualify when compared to the boom that was 2021.

By any other standard, 2022 looks like it will be another solid year - if the industry can navigate through the supply chain issues plaguing manufacturers, distributors and retailers everywhere.

Talking with the various attendees, the number one concern of every manufacturer, distributor and wholesaler was the same: supply chain crunches.

The fact that the delivery system is struggling is no surprise to anyone. Downgrades in service from UPS, Fedex and commercial carriers have been happening for weeks. They simply lack the ability to keep up.

Before you blame your local grocer for not having some of your favorite items, consider the supply chain issues that will likely get worse before they get better.

Digging deeper, however, there are even more fundamental issues. The delivery issues aren’t just an issue for finished goods, they’re a primary reason finished goods can’t seem to get finished.

One smaller gun company executive explained the challenges they’re facing.

“We order raw materials to make our components. They arrive three days late due to shipping delays. That delays our manufacturing process, which in turn delays our shipping the machined parts to the company that does our protective plating,” she explained, “They get our parts, but they sit two more days because they’re waiting on the chemicals to arrive for the plating machines. Now our three day delay is five days -and it’s no one’s fault.”

But getting the parts plated simply starts the “delay chain” running in the other direction.

If , for example, the shipper takes three days rather than the pre-covid “normal” of one day, the assembly process to make finished guns is also delayed.

And lag time between order and delivery grows.

That’s not the end of the challenges.

Cardboard, specifically the kind mandated for shipping firearms or ammunition, has been in short supply. If the cardboard’s not available, box making is delayed.

Finished products can’t be shipped without the appropriate boxes..and the delays grow.

Today’s “global manufacturing” issues are why several manufacturers tell me they’re taking some processes back in-house.

Not because they want to, because they feel there’s no other way to get goods out faster.

Manufacturers also tell me they’re taking all sorts of interim steps to address supply chain issues, from stockpiling cardboard and raw materials to putting their own delivery trucks on the road.

As it was explained to me by one exasperated exec, “there’s no simple answer. And we’re pretty convinced the supply chain won’t get back to normal before late ’22 or early ’23-at best.”

With dozens of container ships sitting offshore filled with tens of thousands of shipping containers stranded aboard them, it’s no wonder stores nationwide are short on everything from strapping tape to holiday decorations. When the containers finally do get ashore, there’s still the problem of having enough drivers, trucks and container transports to get them to distributors already looking at growing space in their warehouses.

As one marketing director told me in Columbus, “Holiday gift-giving is going to be problematic this year- at best.”

We’ll keep you posted.

— Jim Shepherd

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