Matt Neuling arrowed and landed a state- and world-record-size bighead carp on July 24th. The 125-pound, 5-ounce behemoth is the largest bighead ever taken in Missouri and has been confirmed by the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) as an official state record in the alternate methods category. It’s also a potential bowfishing world record; the Bowfishing Association of America‘s existing world record bighead is a 104-pounder caught by William Barr in West Virginia last year.
Boone and Crockett Club Hosts 20th Anniversary Celebration of the American Wildlife Conservation Partners; Schoonen Elected as 2022 Chair
MISSOULA, Mont. – The Boone and Crockett Club hosted more than 50 of the nation’s top hunting conservation organizations that work together through the American Wildlife Conservation Partners (AWCP) as they celebrated two decades of collaboration on wildlife policy. The event at Club headquarters in Missoula, Montana, celebrated accomplishments since the first meeting convened in 2000, which the Club also hosted. The actual 20th anniversary celebration had to be postponed last year due to COVID travel restrictions.
The partner organizations have delivered recommendations to six incoming or returning Administrations and Congresses through the Wildlife for the 21st Century agendas that are the foundation for AWCP policy work. Each year, the coalition has submitted numerous letters to policy makers to outline positions on key issues—430 over the 20 years of work.
The celebration took place during the AWCP annual summer meeting where partners discussed current priorities such as conservation funding, migration corridors, climate and infrastructure policy, forest health, and much more. As the meeting concluded yesterday, Club chief executive officer Tony Schoonen was elected to chair the partners starting in January 2022.
“Since the Boone and Crockett Club first hosted these top hunting-conservation organizations two decades ago, the American Wildlife Conservation Partners has played a critical role on wildlife and land conservation efforts. We had two mottos at the first meeting: ‘We believe in magic,’ and ‘It is amazing what can be accomplished when there are no concerns about who gets the credit,’” commented James F. Arnold, president of the Boone and Crockett Club. “This belief has served as a foundation for AWCP and is critical to our success of working together to support conservation, hunting, trapping, and land stewardship. The Club considers this common cause among today’s leaders as important as any of the accomplishments in the last 130-plus years and we believe this partnership is essential to carry forward wildlife conservation policy.”
By 2000, the sporting conservation community recognized that America’s hunting traditions were being challenged and pulled in multiple directions by many forces. In spite of great successes in restoring wildlife—especially game species—over the past 100 years, the changing social landscape made clear the necessity of facilitating a new federation of hunter/conservationist organizations seeking a common national agenda for wildlife. This would require building unity among wildlife organizations and increasing their collective effectiveness. Club members saw that a conservation partners’ summit would advance these ends and extend the great conservation legacy begun by Theodore Roosevelt, Gifford Pinchot, and other visionary conservationists in 1887. That summit 20 years ago led to the founding of AWCP.
Since that first meeting, AWCP organizations have continued to meet at least twice a year to discuss action items to improve conservation policy and have shared those policy priorities through Wildlife for the 21st Century and letters that outline policy positions. Today, AWCP is made up of 50 organizations that represent the interests of America’s millions of dedicated hunter-conservationists, professional wildlife and natural resource managers, outdoor recreation users, conservation educators, and wildlife scientists. Recently passed laws like the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act, the Great American Outdoors Act, and the American Conservation Enhancement Act are just a few of the accomplishments that can be directly linked to AWCP policy efforts.
“We are honored to host the American Wildlife Conservation Partners as we all celebrate our great accomplishments over the last two decades,” Schoonen said. “We continue to believe in the magic that can happen when we work together as a hunting conservation community and I look forward to chairing AWCP in the coming year as we work to address the challenges that are facing all of us who care about wildlife and wild places.”
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) announced today that for the second quarter of 2021 the Company reported net sales of $200.1 million and diluted earnings of $2.50 per share, compared with net sales of $130.3 million and diluted earnings of $1.05 per share in the second quarter of 2020.
For the six months ended July 3, 2021, net sales were $384.4 million and diluted earnings were $4.66 per share. For the corresponding period in 2020, net sales were $253.9 million and diluted earnings were $1.91 per share.
The Company also announced today that its Board of Directors declared a dividend of $1.00 per share for the second quarter for stockholders of record as of August 16, 2021, payable on August 27, 2021. This dividend varies every quarter because the Company pays a percentage of earnings rather than a fixed amount per share. This dividend is approximately 40% of net income.
Chief Executive Officer Christopher J. Killoy commented on the financial results for the second quarter of 2021, “The continued strengthening of our workforce, our increased productivity, and strong demand allowed us to achieve outstanding financial results. The dedication and commitment of our over 1,900 hardworking employees resulted in our seventh consecutive quarterly increase in production, and the continued reduced level of Ruger inventory at the independent distributors and in our warehouses is indicative of strong consumer demand for our firearms.”
Mr. Killoy continued, “New product development remains among our highest priorities. On the heels of the successful MAX-9 pistol launch earlier this year, we introduced the Ruger LCP MAX, a 380 Auto pistol, in June. This is the latest offering from the Ruger LCP family, which has set the standard for personal protection pistols for over a decade. We are hard at work on additional exciting new products, including the return of Marlin lever action rifles, which we plan to begin shipping in the fourth quarter.”
Mr. Killoy made the following observations related to the Company’s second quarter 2021 performance:
- The estimated unit sell-through of the Company’s products from the independent distributors to retailers increased 13% in the first half of 2021 compared to the prior year period. For the same period, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (“NICS”) background checks (as adjusted by the National Shooting Sports Foundation) decreased 5%. The increase in the sell-through of the Company’s products compared favorably to the decrease in adjusted NICS background checks and may be attributable to the following:
- Strong consumer demand for the Company’s products,
- Increases in production for each of the past seven quarters, and
- Introduction of new products that have been met with strong demand.
- Sales of new products, including the Wrangler, the Ruger-57, the LCP II in .22 LR, the PC Charger, the MAX-9 pistol, and the LCP MAX represented $77.9 million or 22% of firearm sales in the first half of 2021. New product sales include only major new products that were introduced in the past two years.
- During the second quarter of 2021, the Company’s finished goods inventory and distributor inventories of the Company’s products decreased 7,800 units and remain significantly below pre-COVID-19 pandemic levels.
- Cash provided by operations during the first half of 2021 was $76.2 million. At July 3, 2021, our cash and short-term investments totaled $173.6 million. Our current ratio is 3.7 to 1 and we have no debt.
- In the first half of 2021, capital expenditures totaled $11.5 million. We expect our 2021 capital expenditures to total approximately $20 million, most of which relate to new product introductions.
- In the first half of 2021, the Company returned $27.6 million to its shareholders through the payment of dividends.
- At July 3, 2021, stockholders’ equity was $319.1 million, which equates to a book value of $18.14 per share, of which $9.86 per share was cash and short-term investments.
Today, the Company filed its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the second quarter of 2021. The financial statements included in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q are attached to this press release. – View Release
Tomorrow, August 5, 2021, Sturm, Ruger will host a webcast at 10:00 a.m. ET to discuss the second quarter operating results. Interested parties can access the webcast at Ruger.com/corporate or by dialing 855-871-7398, participant code 7094764.
The Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the second quarter of 2021 is available on the SEC website at SEC.gov and the Ruger website at Ruger.com/corporate. Investors are urged to read the complete Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the second quarter of 2021 to ensure that they have adequate information to make informed investment judgments.
About Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc.
Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. is one of the nation’s leading manufacturers of rugged, reliable firearms for the commercial sporting market. With products made in America, Ruger offers consumers almost 800 variations of more than 40 product lines. For more than 70 years, Ruger has been a model of corporate and community responsibility. Our motto, “Arms Makers for Responsible Citizens®,” echoes our commitment to these principles as we work hard to deliver quality and innovative firearms.
The Company may, from time to time, make forward-looking statements and projections concerning future expectations. Such statements are based on current expectations and are subject to certain qualifying risks and uncertainties, such as market demand, sales levels of firearms, anticipated castings sales and earnings, the need for external financing for operations or capital expenditures, the results of pending litigation against the Company, the impact of future firearms control and environmental legislation, and accounting estimates, any one or more of which could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. The Company undertakes no obligation to publish revised forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date such forward-looking statements are made or to reflect the occurrence of subsequent unanticipated events.
In days of old — you know, back when I was a kid — learning about the magical plant called touch-me-not was something that happened with country kids at an early age. It was just part of my hunting, fishing, camping, and hiking upbringing.
The parent, or maybe an aunt, uncle or grandparent doing the introduction, would ask the child to touch one of the plant’s half-inch-long seed pods. The child would hesitantly touch the tiny bean-like pod and it would burst, shooting its seeds in all directions. What usually followed was a curious child eagerly searching for more pods to touch — so much for the plant’s name.
NRA’s American Rifleman Announces 2021 Golden Bullseye Award Winners
Fairfax, Va.—American Rifleman, the world’s oldest and largest firearms authority, has announced the winners of its 2021 NRA Golden Bullseye Awards.
Now in their 19th year, the NRA Publications Golden Bullseye Awards acknowledge the finest products available in the shooting sports. The winners are selected by a seven-member committee consisting of editors, graphic designers and veteran NRA Publications staff, representing more than a century of collective experience in the shooting and hunting industry.
To qualify for consideration for a Golden Bullseye Award, a product must have been:
Recently introduced and available to consumers prior to the selection of the
·Golden Bullseye Awards
Used/tested by a staff member or regular contributor to the magazine and/or affiliated media
Reliable in the field, meeting or exceeding the evaluator’s expectations
Innovative in design and function
Readily perceived as a value to the purchaser
Styled in a manner befitting the shooting and hunting industry and, perhaps more importantly, its enthusiasts
“In the uncertain year of 2020, companies with in the firearm industry continued to innovate,” said Editor in Chief Mark Keefe. “The selection process was a challenge due to the many excellent products introduced that we evaluated in American Rifleman magazine, for “American Rifleman Television” as well as AmericanRifleman.org for NRA members.”
American Rifleman 2021 Golden Bullseye Award Winners
Rifle of the Year – Benelli Lupo
Handgun of the Year – Ruger 5.7
Tactical Gun of the Year – Springfield Armory Saint EVAC
Ammunition Product of the Year – Federal Premium Terminal Ascent
Shotgun of the Year – Rock Island VRBP 100
Optic of the Year – Pulsar Thermion XG50
Accessory of the Year – Hornady RaPID-Safe Ready Vault
Ugly Stik World’s Largest Santa Claus Bass Tournament Sets World Record
MOORESVILLE, N.C. — ‘Twas 13 days until Christmas, on Lake Norman they met, hundreds of Santas with a world record to set. They rode upon boats instead of old sleds while visions of big bass danced in their heads.
The Ugly Stik World’s Largest Santa Claus Bass Tournament lived up to its name, drawing 298 anglers to compete in a one-day bass fishing tournament dressed as the fabled Christmas icon. The event, sponsored by famed fishing rod maker Ugly Stik, took place on Lake Norman and establishes a new world record for the largest fishing tournament contested by anglers dressed as Santa Claus. In addition, participants in the record-setting event donated an estimated $15,000-plus worth of new toys to Toys for Tots to help make Christmas possible for area children.
Traditional, large-scale holiday events in the era of Covid aren’t feasible, creating a lack of public Christmas celebrations and leaving holiday-related charities with enormous shortfalls. However, in 2020, more than 13 million Americans returned to fishing after a prolonged absence or tried the sport for the first time as people became reacquainted with how fishing fills a specific niche in modern life. By nature, fishing is an activity that lends itself to social distancing, plus it connects people with the outdoors, which has proven benefits for the mind and body. Combining Christmas with fishing resonated with anglers in the Carolinas and across much of the South.
“This year especially, we felt people needed an event like this one. It’s hard to see so many Santas in one place and have a bad time. Ugly Stik has always been about having fun and just catching fish—and what a better example of that than this,” said Ugly Stik Vice President of Marketing Jon Schlosser. “We’re excited by the turnout and proud to own the world record but we’re even more excited to help bring Christmas to so many kids who might not otherwise have one this year.”
The Ugly Stik World’s Largest Santa Claus Bass Tournament followed prescribed social-distancing procedures, which included best practices refined by multiple tournament organizations as fishing tournaments have safely taken place around the country. Participants were provided neck gaiters designed to look like Santa’s beard to cover their mouth and nose while weigh-in times were staggered to remove contact between two-angler teams.
Salt Lake City, Utah – Easton introduces a new addition to the FMJ flagship line. The 4MM FMJ offers the most penetration and is precision made in the USA for the most accurate hunting arrow on the market. FMJ is the Archery industry’s flagship hunting arrow and offers the highest level of penetration. Dual material carbon/aluminum construction guarantees precision for accuracy.
The 4MM Full Metal Jacket has been updated with a new spine configuration, an all-new 8-32 point outsert system and redesigned graphics. The standard 8-32 thread point outsert optimizes front-of-center for easier broadhead tuning and more durability. Full Metal Jacket arrows are clearly field-proven big game arrows for hunters seeking critical penetration in archery hunting. In an effort to provide bow hunters the highest level of lethal hunting results, Easton has united carbon and aluminum materials into one arrow—the FMJ or Full Metal Jacket. The FMJ arrow combines a full metal jacket over an ultra-micro diameter carbon core that results in the most advanced penetrating arrow ever available to bowhunters. FMJ arrows pull more potential energy from the bow and increase penetration by focusing their mass into a smaller diameter and reduced surface area. This results in less friction during flight for higher speed and more kinetic energy downrange. The ultra-micro diameter also penetrates with less friction within the target for more pass-through impacts to take down game quickly and hasten recovery. The slick aluminum surface further reduces friction for even more penetration, and it offers noticeably easier extraction when pulling shafts from practice targets.
FMJ 4MM come pre-installed with 4MM nocks and includes Easton’s new Aluminum point outsert. Compatible with standard thread 8-32 broadheads and field points. Available in the most popular hunting spine sizes: 250, 300, 340, and 400. Offered in both ±.003” standard and ±.001” Match Grade straightness configurations.
·4MM ultra-micro diameter carbon core with an 7075 alloy jacket
·Pre-installed 4MM nocks
·4MM 8-32 aluminum point outserts included (50 grains)
·Straightness ±.003” standard & ±.001” Match Grade version
·Made in USA
·Spine sizes: 250, 300, 340, and 400
·MSRP: $159.99 (Standard) 6-pack fletched
$179.99 (Match Grade) 6-pack fletched
Summit Outdoors continues its trend as one of the fastest-growing outdoor brands with its acquisition of Ghost Blind Industries, the maker of popular mirrored hunting blinds.
Fort Wayne, IN– Leading outdoor product manufacturer Summit Outdoors announced the acquisition of Ghost Blind Industries, Inc. The addition complements existing products owned by the outdoor group by adding innovative mirrored blind technology to the already robust lineup of hunting blinds and components.
Ghost Blind Industries, Inc operates out of Marietta, Ohio, and manufactures various hunting blind products. The portability, instant set up, and unique concealment garnered attention from hunters and helped Ghost Blind quickly acquire a name for itself in the hunting space. The Ghost Blind product line of mirrored blinds includes the original Predator, the Phantom, the 6-Panel blinds, as well as the Octagon Box Blind kit, and an assortment of accessories for each.
“For over 60 years, Summit Outdoors has been focused on developing the most unique and effective portfolio of hunting and outdoor products for our customers. We know the hunting community has high standards when it comes to their gear and the purchases they make. Because of that, we’re committed to offering the best possible products to help ensure every hunter’s success whenever they enter the woods,” said Tony Cronk, Summit Outdoors President. “We are excited to add the Ghost Blind Industries lineup of products to the Summit Outdoors family.
RICE LAKE, WI – American gunmaker Henry Repeating Arms is announcing a large transition in their product catalog with upgrades for their Wisconsin-made lever-action rifles and shotguns and new calibers and configurations for their H015 Single Shot firearms. In total, the announcement is replacing 29 “legacy” models in favor of newly upgraded versions and adding 3 new Single Shots to the Henry lineup.
By popular demand, Henry Repeating Arms is replacing all steel-framed centerfire lever-action rifles and shotguns to include a side loading gate while still retaining the removable tube magazine based on the original Henry rifle patented in 1860. This open-ended magazine design, first introduced with the Henry H024 Side Gate Lever Action in 2019, provides owners with the ability to conveniently load the magazine and keep it topped off through a port in the receiver and safely unload the magazine by twisting out the inner magazine tube. The transition applies to all of Henry’s .30-30 and .45-70 rifles, .410 bore shotguns, and revolver caliber Big Boy rifles in their blued steel, All-Weather, and Color Case Hardened finishes that do not already include a side loading gate.
“Ever since our fans and customers got a taste of a side loading Henry, the requests started rolling in immediately to include this feature on their favorite finish or caliber. These new models are going to make a lot of people very happy, and we are always going to have options for fans of our legacy configuration as well,” states Anthony Imperato, president and owner of Henry Repeating Arms. Imperato continues, “The removable tube magazine is a core part of our product DNA, so that’s not going anywhere, and fans of the classic brass and octagon barrel configurations will always be able to get that from us.”
In addition to the new Side Gate models, Henry is announcing 2 new calibers for the H015 Single Shot Rifle with .350 Legend and .450 Bushmaster. For large game hunters in shotgun-only areas, Henry is also releasing the Henry Single Shot Slug Barrel Shotgun in 12 gauge, which features a fully rifled barrel for use with shotgun slugs and fiber optic sights.
To learn about Henry’s newest releases, visit the New Models category at HenryUSA.com.
BELLEVUE, WA – Attorneys representing the Second Amendment Foundation, National Rifle Association, two Washington state gun retailers and three private citizens have filed an appeal brief with the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in their challenge of gun control Initiative 1639, a measure adopted two years ago in the Evergreen State.
The 45-page brief asserts I-1639 “infringes the rights protected by the Second Amendment and enjoyed by law-abiding adults of all ages. The interstate sales ban violates the Interstate Commerce Clause.” A district court judge in Tacoma dismissed the case in August, and plaintiffs promptly filed notice of appeal with the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court in San Francisco.
The initiative prohibits young adults ages 18-20 from purchasing and owning so-called “semiautomatic assault rifles,” which it defined as literally any self-loading rifle, regardless of caliber. Tens of millions of semiautomatic rifles are in use today by law-abiding citizens of all ages for a variety of endeavors including hunting, competition, predator and varmint control, recreational shooting and personal/home protection.
“We’re asking the Ninth Circuit to reverse a ruling by the lower federal district court, and remand this case back for further action,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “The constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens should never be subject to a popular vote, and we are hopeful the appeals court agrees.”
Plaintiffs are represented by Seattle attorney Joel B. Ard and Spokane attorney David K. DeWolf. The case is known as Mitchell v. Atkins.
Contact: Alan Gottlieb (425) 454-7012
The Second Amendment Foundation (www.saf.org) is the nation’s oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.