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.
GREELEY, Colo. (November 25, 2020) – Steiner Optics introduces the Cinder Thermal Sight offering enhanced thermal imaging in a sleek, modern thermal sight perfect for rifle-mounted or handheld target acquisition day or night, even in poor weather conditions. Advanced features including Wi-Fi video streaming and Recoil-Activated Video recording make the Cinder an ideal choice for nighttime hunting and shooting.
The Cinder offers 320×240 thermal resolution with enhanced operation by using an optical stabilized and shutterless thermal imaging core and advanced imaging processing from a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU. All images are broadcast on an 800×600 pixel full color OLED display and can be streamed to Wi-Fi devices such as smartphones and tablets using the Cinder app or through an analog video-out port.
Hunters will never miss a shot on video with the Recoil Activated Video (RAV), which automatically saves video from a few seconds before and after the sight detects weapon recoil and, if wanted, images can be geo-tagged with the built-in GPS. A Stadiametric rangefinding reticle allows hunters to estimate distance of targets with known size, and picture-in-picture digital zoom give users an extra bit of confidence with a zoomed-in view of where they are aiming.
Operation of the Steiner Cinder is easy using a five-button keypad located on top of the unit or through the Wi-Fi app.
Users can customize output color including image polarity, 10 color palettes and color selectivity, which when applied only broadcasts thermal signatures in a defined threshold. Simply put, targets stand out in color and the remaining environment is grey. Optimum detection is achieved through additional setting features such auto gain control and precise contrast selectivity.
With the SureShot feature, sighting-in is easy. After the first shot users can adjust the reticle on the horizontal and vertical axis digitally with the sight controls and can select from five different crosshair reticle types. As firmware is upgraded, users can update the optic via Wi-Fi to take advantage of improvements in programing.
For more information on the Cinder thermal sight or other Steiner products contact your nearest Steiner dealer or visit www.steiner-optics.com.
Don’t forget to bring your deer head to a DNR deer check station or drop box to be tested for bovine tuberculosis, especially if you hunt in Alcona, Alpena, Cheboygan, Crawford, Iosco, Montmorency, Ogemaw, Otsego, Oscoda, Presque Isle or Roscommon counties. We need samples from these counties to meet surveillance goals, which will help biologists understand the scale of infection in the local deer herd.
Sixty percent of deer that test positive for bovine tuberculosis show no signs of the disease, so testing is important.
DNR deer check stations are accepting heads for testing. For added convenience, several self-service drop boxes throughout the region are available 24 hours a day for deer head drop-off. The use of a smartphone is required to use the drop boxes. See check station and drop box locations at Michigan.gov/DeerCheck.
ANOKA, Minnesota – – Federal Premium releases its new Swift Scirocco II centerfire hunting loads lineup. The new bullet promises to push effective range to new extremes while delivering a more lethal blow on impact. Shipments of this product have been arriving at dealers nationwide.
“We are happy to have partnered with Swift to load this fantastic long-range hunting bullet. Swift is known for bonded-core hunting bullets and is one of several Swift bullets that we load into our Federal Premium lineup,” said Federal’s Centerfire Rifle Product Manager Eric Miller. “The Swift Scirocco II produces excellent upsets at various distances and is an all-around, good choice for medium and big-game hunting.”
The Swift Scirocco II bullet’s streamlined design and high ballistic coefficient produce flat trajectories, while retaining more velocity and energy downrange. Aided by its proprietary polymer tip, the Scirocco II expands at minimal velocities yet offers high weight retention at close range thanks to its bonded copper jacket.
Features & Benefits
Proprietary polymer tip improves ballistics and initiates low-velocity expansion
Advanced secant ogive maximizes ballistic coefficient
Tapered copper jacket bonded to lead core
High weight retention at close range
Expands reliably at low velocity for long-range terminal effect
Federal ammunition can be found at dealers nationwide or purchased online direct from Federal. For more information on all products from Federal or to shop online, visit www.federalpremium.com.
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) announced today that the closing of its acquisition of substantially all of the Marlin Firearms assets occurred on Monday, November 23. The agreement to purchase these assets emanated from the Remington Outdoor Company, Inc. bankruptcy and was approved by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Alabama on September 30, 2020. The purchase price of approximately $28.3 million was paid with available cash on hand.
Chief Executive Officer Christopher J. Killoy noted the excitement that has permeated the firearms industry in anticipation of the confluence of these two iconic firearms brands, “Since we announced the agreement to purchase Marlin in September, we have heard from countless members of the firearms community – consumers, retailers, distributors, writers, and collectors – who are delighted that legendary Marlin rifles are now part of the Ruger product family. We are excited to start moving these assets to our Ruger facilities and setting up the manufacturing cells that will produce Marlin rifles for years to come. We look forward to re-introducing Marlin rifles in the latter half of 2021.”