MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2023

Remington Ammunition announced that RCBS and Redding Reloading Equipment have introduced new die sets compatible with the new groundbreaking straight wall cartridge, 360 Buckhammer.
The Hillsdale Action Shooting Team earned its second consecutive national championship at the Scholastic Action Shooting Program’s College Nationals in Talladega, Alabama.
Chuck Cranford, 56, of Albertville, AL, was the High Overall competitor in the Main Event category of the most recent National Sporting Clays Association match held at the Talladega Marksmanship Park in Alabama. Cranford reached a total score of 97 out of 100 for the win.

Hinterland Outfitters: the Go To Source for Optics

Hunting optic technology has skyrocketed in popularity. Across the sector, recent advancements in glass and optic technology will carry the avid hunter for the next 20 years. New and innovative products are hitting the market in rapid succession. 

A few short decades ago, if you asked an experienced hunter what hunting optics were on the market, they were likely to respond with scopes, early development binoculars, and rangefinders. Visit any good online retailer; there are now laser products, trail cameras, night vision, and thermal imaging with massive accessories.

Blackhawk tactical athlete Zach Rodman finished in second-place at the Tactical Games 2023 New Mexico Regional event held at the NRA Whittington Center in Raton.
Primary Arms Government has announced its attendance at the upcoming International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association2023 Annual Conference and Expo at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri.

Maxim Defense announced that they will be exhibiting at the 2023 “The Gathering” Firearm Range Day and Expo presented by Palmetto State Armory on Friday, March 24th and Saturday March 25th in Clinton, SC.
A powerhouse in the industry-wide support of youth shooting sports, Larry and Brenda Potterfield have confirmed their attendance of the inaugural ACUI/SCTP College National Championship.
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Comfort, performance, functionality, fit, features, cost, and style – by any metric, the all-new FTX family of products is the pinnacle of outdoor all-weather gear with options that fit your needs and lifestyle.
Yamamoto Baits announces the stateside debut of the Yamatanuki. Wildly popular in Japan, the Yamatanuki is widely credited as the bait that started the trend of “heavy” soft plastics.

Mec-Gar USA donated $3500.00 to the Firearms Policy Coalition Action Foundation, an organization dedicated to fighting for Second Amendment rights throughout the nation. Mec-Gar’s donation was raised through their sales of their 1911 .45 ACP magazine with the text of the 2nd Amendment laser engraved thereon.
Field Ethos officially announces Shane Meisel as President. Meisel joined the FE team earlier last summer as the CMO.
Evernham’s team will oversee the growth and expansion of The Headrest Safe Company’s accounts in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Illinois, Wisconsin, North & South Dakotas, Minnesota, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas by developing and implementing key strategic incentives.
Outdoor Channel ended February ranked among some of the top basic cable networks in several key demographics.

Designed as the ultimate long-range, high-performance riflescope, the German Precision Optics SPECTRA 6X 4.5-27x50i SFP has been built to give premium performance for those who hunt game in environments where shooting at extended ranges is often required.
Worldwide sport optics manufacturer Hawke Sport Optics is remaining a Whitetails Unlimited National Sponsor.
As part of the Scholastic 3-D Archery’s  Eastern Indoor National Championship at the Owensboro (Kentucky) Convention Center, S3DA had a conservation booth to make S3DA members, parents, and coaches aware that the program is actively promoting bowhunting and conservation activities to bridge the gap between target archery and hunting.
Krieghoff International sponsors all three of the FITASC events at this year’s 2023 NSCA U.S. Open. The U.S. Open main FITASC event, designated as the Krieghoff FITASC Grand Slam, kicks off the 2023 tour.

The Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks State Trails Advisory Committee (STAC) will meet March 22 and 23 at the Great Falls Region 4 office.
On March 14, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Acting Executive Director Dr. Thomas Eason and Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Shawn Hamilton participated in a flyover to observe current red tide conditions firsthand and meet with local stakeholders. 
The recently released Michigan Invasive Species Program 2022 Annual Report highlights recent successes, outlines what’s needed to meet future challenges, and points to simple steps everyone can take in actively protecting the outdoor places and experiences.
On this episode of The High Road, Keith brings his friends out to one of his favorite places to hunt, the G2 Ranch in Pearsall, Texas.

NSSF welcomed the re-introduction of H.R. 1614, the Range Access Act, in the U.S. House of Representatives by U.S. Rep. Blake Moore (R-Utah). H.R. 1614 would increase and improve outdoor recreation opportunities across the nation while improving infrastructure and driving economic growth in rural communities.
The National Deer Association has joined a coalition of timber companies and conservation organizations formed to fight chronic wasting disease (CWD) among deer in the Southeast. 

The following is the second in a short series about small businesses that started, grew and thrive in the shooting sports community of Cowboy Action Shooting. While these aren’t gun, ammo or even holster companies, they each play a vital role in the Cowboy Action ecosystem.

Kathy Tarantino, who goes by ‘Victorian Traveler’ in the Cowboy Action world, made it very clear to me that she and her husband Jerry are not carpetbaggers. They make what you would call a ‘carpet bag’ but she prefers the more polite term, victorian luggage.

There is no mistaking that distinctive look of a carpet bag. As soon as you see it you know what it is and from what era it’s design came from. Photo by P. Erhardt

For those not familiar with the term, carpetbagger has two meanings, and neither of them is particularly pleasant. The first, and more modern meaning is political and describes a candidate who seeks election in an area where they have no local connections.

Imagine being from Illinois or Arkansas but running for officer in say…New York. One might call you are carpetbagger.

The more derogatory usage describes a person from a northern state who traveled to the South after the Civil War to profit from the Reconstruction. Watch enough cowboy movies and you’ll spot more than a few carpetbaggers among the characters.

But in this case, we’re talking about the actual carpet bags themselves that Kathy and Jerry make and sell at matches like End of Trail. And the story of how their company started is literally torn from the pages of a Hollywood movie script.

Jerry Tarantino, ‘James Butler’ among fellow SASS members, was part of the additional crew as a buckaroo in a little movie in 1993 called Tombstone. Yeah, that Tombstone.

Jerry Tarantino still looks like he’s just walked off the set of Tombstone. His time in one of the most iconic, and popular, gunfighting films led he and wife Kathy to start their victorian luggage business. Photo by P. Erhardt

While visiting Jerry on the set, Kathy saw that plastic bags people used to hold things were prohibited because they were out of place on a western set. If one was accidentally left in a shot it could create significant problems.

You know what wouldn’t be out of place on an old west set? That’s right, a carpet bag…err, victorian luggage.

A year later, Kathy and Jerry were full-time in the victorian luggage business with Kathy doing the sewing and Jerry finishing the bags by installing all the hardware. As they explained to me, Kathy bakes the cake and Jerry puts the frosting on it.

And after 37 years of marriage, they make one helluva manufacturing tag team. During my visit I had a question for them, but before I could finish the sentence Kathy answered, “I’m the boss.”

Kathy Tarantino runs the show, choosing the fabric patterns and sewing the bags before handing them off to husband Jerry for finishing. Photo by P. Erhardt

I knew the answer, Jerry certainly knew the answer, and probably everybody that walked into their tent knew that Kathy runs the show. And it’s an impressive show.

The Victorian Traveler tent at End of Trail was a showcase of their bags, and their handcrafting prowess. They started back on the road to have fun and see old friends, which brought them here to the Ben Avery ranges in north Phoenix. While I chatted with Kathy about the origins of the business, Jerry sat at his workbench installing hardware on one of their bags.

Jerry does the finishing work on each bag, adding rivets, handles, leather straps and buckles. The final touches that make each bag the epitome of Victorian era luggage. Photos by P. Erhardt

Their victorian luggage ranges in size, and in pricing from $225 to $285. They offer a variety of colors and patterns. I even saw one – and only one – bag in a beautiful black leather. It had relocated across vendors’ row to the Hunters HD Gold tent, and more specifically Brian Conley’s personal collection.

The heart wants what the heart wants, and trust me, that bag was well worth wanting.

Cowboy Action Shooting isn’t just about the shooting, but more about the Cowboy lifestyle. And you can’t be a cowboy traveling the West without a rugged bag made from a piece of carpet.

And for those, both cowboys and cowgirls, needing to complete their look, and travel in style, Kathy and Jerry Tarantino have just the bag you need…excluding that gorgeous black leather bag, of course.

Next week we take a look at our final stop along vendors’ row at End of Trail and another artisan and their thriving cowboy business.

– Paul Erhardt, Managing Editor, the Outdoor Wire Digital Network

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