Big Daddy Unlimited announced that the popular range and media event, Epic Shoot, will return for its fourth straight year on November 11-12 in Fleming, Georgia. This interactive showcase brings together industry-leading manufacturers with media influencers and VIP guests.
Today, the Rapala #WeAreCollegiateBass Podcast will be talking with the coach and team members from 19th ranked LSU-Shreveport.
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Quality-made in the USA, the Traditional Series from ThermaSeat has been a hunter favorite for over 30 years.
Galco has improved their decade-old Vertical Holster System, which had been field proven in use by military personnel and law enforcement. The VHS 4.0 brings a reshaping/redesign of the harness straps, replacement of harness screws with a key-hole harness fastener attachment, and the addition of an innovative new tie-down system.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission bear check station to be operated in Forest County during the four-day firearms bear season, Nov. 20-23, is changing locations to the Farmington Township Volunteer Fire Company in Leeper.

Steelhead Outdoors was recently named the first-place winner in the Scott Country 2021 Fast-Track Challenge.
Remington Firearms (RemArms) will locate its global headquarters and open a new advanced manufacturing operation as well as a world-class research and development center in LaGrange, Georgia. Through these projects, RemArms will invest $100 million and create 856 jobs over a five-year period in Troup County.
Alan Mossberg, Chairman of O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc., passed away at his home, surrounded by close friends and family. He was 89 years old.
Brownells will donate a percentage of sales during Veterans Day week to Special Operations Wounded Warriors, a 501(c)3 charity dedicated to helping Purple Heart recipients of the Special Operations community.

Big Daddy Unlimited announced that Thomas Alan Graves, inventor and patent holder for the positive displacement trigger reset system, is attending the company’s annual “Epic Shoot” range and content-creating event in Fleming, Georgia on November 11-12, 2021.
Leupold & Stevens, Inc. is pleased to announce that the Leupold DeltaPoint Micro has been named “Optic of the Year” by Guns & Ammo magazine. The DP-Micro mounts directly to the rear sight dovetail and sits at the same height as factory iron sights.
Easton Archery is expanding and increasing capacity at their Salt Lake City, Utah manufacturing facilities to increase output to meet the demand for Easton products.
Last week, FFL dealers from around the country attended CumulusClientCon21, the 1st annual Cumulus Retail Client Conference hosted by Celerant Technology. The 2-day virtual event offered more than 20 technical sessions, workshops and keynote speakers on topics ranging from new in store technology, range management, ATF compliance, digital commerce, and distributor integrations.

The all-new J-Braid x4 Multi Color introduces a metering feature, line colored in Orange, Blue, Pink, Green and Purple with 1-meter indicator (Yellow-Black-Yellow) and 5-meter indicator (Yellow-Red-Yellow) and measured in 10-meter increments.
With a .245 standard diameter, VForce arrows are constructed of 100% carbon fiber for unmatched durability. The high-performance arrows come spine aligned by the dozen and are weight matched to ±0.5 grains for tight groups and ultra-accurate consistency.
The Warden Chest Holster is available in three fully adjustable sizes to fit nearly any handgun, with or without a light/laser attachment.
Steiner brings durability and ruggedness to pistol red dots with the new MPS -- Micro Pistol Sight. A 2.05-ounce, all-metal optic, the MPS features a 3.3 MOA reticle and an enclosed emitter.

To celebrate Smith & Wesson's historic move from 2100 Roosevelt Ave, in Springfield, Massachusetts to its new headquarters in Maryville, Tennessee, Smith & Wesson has released 2,100 limited edition M&P15T II engraved rifles.
The Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS) seated the organization's elected and reelected Board members recently during its Fall Members Meeting.
The nineteenth annual African Wildlife Consultative Forum, hosted this year by the Botswana Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism’s Department of Wildlife and National Parks in Kasane, is now underway in Kasane, Botswana.
Stocking stuffer ideas from NBEF start at $2.00. The National Bowhunter Education Foundation (NBEF) offers an array of caps, shirts, money clips and patches for avid bowhunters.

The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies enthusiastically commends Congress for passing the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (HR 3684), which will support fish and wildlife resources and ecosystem resiliency while driving economic recovery and creating high quality jobs through new and reauthorized conservation programs.
Delivering improved content and enhanced user-experience, the new MDF website showcases the organization, how it conserves and educates, and how you can become involved.
Safari Club International is fighting against Big Tech censorship on behalf of hunters across the country. If you haven’t already, now is the time to sign onto SCI’s “Petition to Stand Up to Big Tech” at
With a focused drive to support the next generation of waterfowl hunters, Ducks Unlimited has renewed its sponsorship of the Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP), increasing its support as a new Gold Level sponsor.

During the week of Veterans Day (Nov. 7th - 13th) customers at all U.S. Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s locations will have the chance to “round-up at the register,” with 100 percent of proceeds going to support Folds of Honor and the educational opportunities they provide.
The Madison River Work Group will review goals, administrative rules, recent fish surveys, a recreational survey and outfitter use data when they meet tomorrow (Wednesday, November 10) in Bozeman.
The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is asking hunters to participate in its annual deer hunter effort and sighting survey.
Following a petition and legal victory from the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Monday proposed protecting the alligator snapping turtle under the Endangered Species Act as a threatened species.

Patoka Lake is hosting an archery lesson for beginner to intermediate archers on Saturday, Dec. 11 from 10 a.m. to noon inside the Patoka Lake Nature Center.

Editor’s Note: This feature first appeared in our companion service, The Shooting Wire

What (sadly passes) as “news media” has presented a regular load of non-news about the heartbreaking accidental killing of Director of Photography Halyna Hutchins and critical wounding of Director Joel Souza on the set of a movie being … shot … on October 21, 2021.

A lot of the “news” coverage – which leaves out incidentals like “when-where-why-how” – centers around “who is at fault?”

We won’t dally around with that here. There’s enough heat shedding absolutely no light and we won’t add to it. As to culpability, that’s for the triers of fact, not us. There are ongoing investigations. The people and state of New Mexico have gone to a lot of time, effort and expense to enact and enable laws (civil and criminal), recruit, hire, train and deploy peace officers and county prosecutor/district attorney offices as well as an Attorney General – not to mention the potential civil litigants and their attorneys – to attempt to unravel this mess. As to the potential for the insurer of the production to investigate, quite separately, the possibility of not paying claims on the basis of any alleged failures to follow “best practices,” I’ll let those better educated consider that.

An image from a TV screen, from an old Perry Mason TV show ... mind the muzzle, Mr. Berger! Below, "the Rules" as formulated by the API/Gunsite founder, Jeff Cooper.

The issue for enthusiasts – both consumers of the outdoors and shooting industries and members of those industries – is how to keep from having a #newmexicomoment of our own.

First, we don’t rely on the word or belief of others as to the condition of any firearms within our reach and grasp. We look to Jeff Cooper who came down from the mountain with the tablet upon which the first four of our Rules were imprinted.

Rule One – All guns are always loaded.

This isn’t a matter for debate or discussion. It’s not “treat guns as if” because that allows some possibility, however remote, that “Murphy” didn’t show up to mess up the works. We don’t allow for the possibility. If the chamber is flagged, the gun is field stripped into components, if it’s tagged, taped and locked open – we still follow the rest of the Rules that follow.

Because all the Rules follow from Rule One. “Which commandment, out of all of them, do we have to follow?” – Rule One.

Because all guns are always loaded, we practice muzzle discipline, Rule Two – Never let the muzzle cover anything you don’t want to destroy.

Don't guess the gun's condition -- observing Rule Two, check the damn thing. Note the hand is behind the muzzle. Below, ensuring the gun is empty is best done twice: once by looking and again by feeling for a cartridge.

It’s not “don’t point the gun” – that’s an active and intentional act; too often, it becomes an act of carelessness, lack of discipline, allowing the muzzle to cover something we really don’t want to shoot. That’s why “holstered handguns are safe.” If it’s not in your hand, you’re not unintentionally, thoughtlessly covering something precious and important to you. So, the handgun should be (1) in the holster, (2) at a ready position with the muzzle covering the safest available direction and practicing trigger finger discipline, or (3) aimed in at an appropriate target, with an appropriate backstop, whilst in the process of shooting. Otherwise, it should be in a locked container, which we’ll get to in a moment.

As to that pesky trigger finger, the human hand is designed in such a way that when any fingers close, they all tend to close. For us, that’s a problem. When handling firearms of any type without any intention to morally, ethically and legally shoot it, the trigger finger should be “at register.” Register is the furthest point on the gun away from the trigger/trigger guard that doesn’t compromise the control of a firing grip.

Rule Three, “Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target,” was a relative late-comer to the “tablet.” When discussing the Rule (which is a mnemonic, short-hand as a reminder – not the whole Rule), I make it a point to note that we’re not touching the trigger until the muzzle is covering something we can shoot (or must shoot) and we have formed the intention to shoot; no ‘gunpoint’ allowed.

Need to demo/practice/set up a shot? Show the form with empty hands, as shown by Massad Ayoob, here instructing a class. Below, high register of the trigger finger is shown while re-holstering a loaded gun. The trigger finger is on the ejection port; thumb on the back of the slide keeps it forward during insertion into the holster and ensure the trigger finger is high on the gun.

Following Rule Two as it does, the statement of intention is critical. I have, over the early years of a career as a peace officer, allowed a pistol (and shotgun) muzzle to cover someone I didn’t shoot. I also found that gunpoint was a really bad idea in every single case. Using Rule Three as “the safety” – like that incredibly stupid meme of the clown holding his index finger out and saying “This is my safety” or words to that effect – was not the solution. The solution was Rule Two.

Rule Three means the finger goes to the trigger when the muzzle gets into the target that I’m going to shoot. That’s when the trigger is touched.

How about when I go to disassemble my favorite modern defense pistol, you might ask. The Rules are the Rules. You have to touch the trigger to disassemble some modern handguns. The rest of the Rules are in place: magazine out, slide locked to the rear. Look for ammo, touch to feel if there’s ammo. Don’t just glance.

The muzzle is directed into the safest available direction – not as one FBI agent found out at a city range at one’s own leg. At this point, I almost compulsively check the chamber again. – Sorry, can’t help it. Then and only then will I put the striker at rest.

When the sights on the ethical, legal, moral target – the finger is on the trigger – because, at this point, we are shooting. Otherwise, keep your finger at register.

Rule Four: Be sure of your target. Know what’s behind it, on either side of it. Clear your line of fire; if in doubt, DON’T SHOOT. Your target – or the backstop beyond it – has to contain the round you fired. Perforations are possible. One happened in the #newmexicomoment. For that reason, plot the shot; what happens to the projectile if it perforates the target and continues downrange? Is anyone back there?

There was no photographer ahead of the muzzle; there's a remote camera -- a good idea that should be adopted by purveyors of make-believe.

Finally, a newer Rule and one critical to safety: Rule Five – Maintain control over your defense gear – including firearms. “Maintaining control” means (1) know where it is, (2) know its condition, (3) keep it secured, locked away from children and idiots. People like to complain about “safe storage” laws and demand the ability to keep firearms salted around their abode “just in case.” When asked, “Why don’t you simply wear the gun at home,” the response is one of exasperation. “I shouldn’t have to.”

Well, you do. Keep it on your person or lock it up.

It’s fashionable to bash an antigun performer who, using a gun, killed someone by accident. That’s not the value paid for in blood.

The value is in having the lesson reinforced. Follow the Rules.

-- Rich Grassi

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