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PECAN ISLAND – On Tuesday, Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana’s REEF Louisiana Program, Shell and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) began construction on the Rawls Reef Complex, a new set of nearshore artificial reefs in Vermilion Blocks 119 & 124. The project is named in honor of well-known outdoorsman and conservationist, Jim Rawls.

Following a short dedication ceremony at Sea Trout Marina in Pecan Island, more than 50 of Rawls’ friends and family members, CCA volunteers and partners braved choppy seas to be on site as the largest of the recycled platforms was deployed in about 75 feet of water.

“This is amazing,” said Rawls’ daughter Kylee Rawls Courville, while watching the recycled platform being lowered into the gulf. “Our dad loved these waters, and spending time with friends and family fishing these spots. I know he’s looking down today with a smile on his face.”

CCA Louisiana and their partners are building 5 individual reef sites using pieces of decommissioned platforms and a variety of concrete “materials of opportunity.” The materials being deployed this week include recycled platform jackets, a helipad, a large concrete platform, and several highway barriers, catch basins and other concrete construction materials that were made available to CCA and approved for use on the project.

The reefs will replace lost habitat in depths ranging from 75-80 feet, where oil and gas platforms have been removed. The sites in VR 119 & 124 were chosen by local anglers since the platforms that once stood there were favorites for red snapper and mangrove snapper anglers, as well as divers. Each of the new reefs will sit roughly within the footprints of the old platforms and will be designed to optimize the water and bottom conditions with the hopes of creating the best possible fish habitat.

CCA Louisiana President John Walther was on hand at the event, and explained the importance of the new REEF Louisiana initiative.

“Marine reefs are some of the most abundant and productive habitat on the planet, and we lose that vital habitat every time a platform is removed,” he said. “At a time in Louisiana where we are losing so much habitat so quickly, it is critical that we do our part to replace as much as we can. That’s why we are out here today.”

Walther also talked about the efforts of all who worked together to make this happen.

“We’ve been working on this nearshore concept for years, but really gained momentum over the past year with the help of some incredible CCA volunteers and our partners at Wildlife and Fisheries,” said Walther. “Add in the commitment of a partner like Shell and local partners like DLS, Road Rock and others, it brings us to where we are today. This is a huge team effort, and it will pay benefits for generations of fish and anglers.”

LDWF Deputy Secretary Rob Shadoin attended the event and said that he and the Department were proud to participate in such an important effort.

“We are so pleased to partner with an organization like CCA and an industry leader like Shell to turn this vision into a reality,” said Shadoin. “I would also like to thank the Rawls family for allowing us to honor Mr. Jim in this way.”

Pam Rosen, Social Investment Manager for Shell, said that the company has a long-standing commitment to Louisiana’s coast, and projects like this one are a wonderful way to give back.

“Shell is dedicated to Louisiana and the communities across the coast. Our employees live, work and raise their families here, so it is only natural that we participate in critical habitat programs like this,” she said. “We would like to thank the Rawls family, CCA and all of the volunteers and partners who have made this possible, and for including Shell in the effort!”

Wildlife and Fisheries Commissioner Chad Courville (pictured), who is also the son-in-law of Mr. Rawls, was on hand for the dedication. He talked about how this project was special to him because of the man Jim Rawls was.

“One of the things I will always remember about Mr. Jim was his absolute commitment to excellence, both as a businessman and an outdoorsman,” said Courville. “It’s very fitting because this project is being completed by partners like CCA, Shell and others who are also obviously committed to excellence.”

Courville, who was one of the originators of the REEF Louisiana nearshore reefing concept, said this was a project he and Rawls had discussed shortly before Rawls passed away in August of 2018.

“Mr. Jim and I fished these spots for years, and when the platforms were removed, it was really disappointing to us all,” said Courville. “He asked me if I could talk to CCA to do something about all the platforms being removed, and so I did. At that point, the CCA REEF Louisiana Program was born, and barely a year later we are here dedicating this project in his honor. It’s just incredible the way this group get things done.”

This is the second CCA REEF Louisiana Project, and the 26th reef project by CCA Louisiana in recent years, representing more than $11 million in habitat creation. It will be CCA’s third reef project built on the site of removed oil and gas platforms. The first was the “Pickets Reef” complex in Ship Shoal Block 26 (built in 2014), one of the most popular and productive projects ever completed by CCA. The second was the Ted Beaullieu Sr. Artificial Reef Complex built in South Marsh Island Block 233 in June, 2019. Anglers have already reported speckled trout catches from the Beaullieu Reefs.

Funding for the Rawls Reefs comes from CCA Louisiana, Shell, CCA’s Building Conservation Trust and LDWF’s Artificial Reef Trust Fund, as well as individual gifts from CCA Louisiana REEF Club members. In-kind donations are being provided by DLS Energy, Road Rock Recycling, EMC Diving Services, Phoenix International Holdings and others.

Construction of the Rawls Reef Complex should take about two weeks. When construction is completed, CCA will publish GPS coordinates for each of the sites.

CCA’s REEF Louisiana Program is working on plans for additional reefs where platforms have been removed, including projects in Eugene Island Blocks 51 and 74, West Delta and hundreds of other sites across the Louisiana Coast. For more information about REEF Louisiana, please contact David at 225-952-9200.

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About CCA Louisiana

In its 36th year, CCA Louisiana is the largest marine resource conservation group of its kind in the state. With more than 30,000 members and volunteers in 30 local chapters, CCA has been active in state, national and international fisheries management issues since 1977. Visit www.CCALouisiana.com for more information.

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Laramie, Wy – It was a successful weekend for Team HIVIZ shooters, Jerry Miculek, Lena Miculek, Lanny Barnes, and Becky Yackley at the 2019 IPSC World Rifle Shoot held in Sweden, August 3-10.

Jerry Miculek took first place in the Open Semi Auto Super Senior Division. For the Ladies, Lena Miculek took home the Silver Medal followed by Lanny Barnes with Bronze and Becky Yackley in 6th place in the Ladies Open Semi Auto Division. The 3 ladies teamed up with Ashley Rheuark who placed first in the match to bring home the Gold in the Ladies Team event.

Over 600 shooters from 37 countries took part in the Rifle World Shoot. The largest national teams were represented by countries such as, Sweden, Norway, Russia and Germany.

The International Practical Shooting Confederation was founded in 1976 as a shooting sport and today recognizes all the main shooting disciplines – handgun, rifle shotgun and action air.

IPSC also emphasizes procedures for safe gun handling and strict adherence to the rules governing the sport. In IPSC courses of fire, the results are calculated by dividing the competitor’s target score by the time taken to complete the course of fire. The shooter must be the most accurate and fastest to win.

 

About Hiviz Shooting Systems – Hiviz Shooting Systems’ vision is to improve the art of shooting. Whether it’s in the field, at the range, or for personal defense, our carefully engineered line of sights and recoil pads are designed to help shooters experience the thrill of outstanding marksmanship. HIVIZ Shooting Systems manufactures high quality Fiber-Optic Sights, tritium sights, recoil pads and accessories for the shooting industry. For further information regarding HIVIZ products, visit the company web site at www.hivizsights.com

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Idaho Fish and Game Commission recently opened a coho salmon fishing season until Oct. 13, or until further notice. Fishing is open on the Clearwater River from its mouth upstream to Memorial Bridge seven days per week, and from Memorial Bridge upstream to the confluence of the Middle Fork Clearwater and South Fork Clearwater rivers four days per week (Thursday through Sunday). The North Fork of the Clearwater is also open those same four days per week with special restrictions.

Daily bag limit is two coho salmon, six in possession, and there is no season limit for 2019. Anglers must have a valid salmon permit.

Coho salmon with or without an adipose fin can be harvested. Please be aware that steelhead and fall Chinook salmon occur in these waters and anglers should know how to identify these three species. For full season and rules information see the coho fishing rules webpage.

Coho anglers should keep their eyes out for a new state record fish. The catch-and-release record for coho is still vacant, and the certified-weight coho record is 11.75 pounds. To submit a weight record, the fish must be weighed on a certified scale. Here’s information about how to submit a state record.

Coho were reintroduced into the Clearwater River system by the Nez Perce Tribe, and Idaho held its first coho sport fishing season in 2014.

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GENESEO, ILL. – The countdown is coming to an end. Springfield Armory® will be revealing a class leading firearm today, September 25th at 9 a.m., Central Standard Time, at FiercelyDefend.com.

“This is the first step in a new direction for Springfield Armory,” says Dennis Reese, CEO of Springfield Armory.

This new gun is the result of years of painstaking development and engineering in addition to intensive collaboration with top engineers and subject matter experts. The result is a firearm that will be the definitive offering in its category.

Tune in to FiercelyDefend.com at 9 a.m. CST today to find out everything about this impressive new product.

About Springfield Armory®

In 1794, the original Springfield Armory began manufacturing muskets for the defense of our young, free Republic. The Armory functioned as a firearms supplier for every major American conflict until 1968 when the government sadly closed its doors. In 1974, nearly two centuries after its inception, Springfield Armory Inc. in Geneseo, Ill. revived the iconic heritage of the Armory to carry on its legacy.

We strive to honor this responsibility as guardians of the original Springfield Armory legacy by manufacturing the highest quality firearms to enable responsible citizens to preserve their right to keep and bear arms in the defense of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

With an unmatched emphasis on craftsmanship, performance and exceptional customer service, our mission is to forge superior firearms and provide the tools necessary to defend individual freedoms and equality for those who embrace the rights and principles secured by our Founding Fathers. For more information, please visit us at: springfield-armory.com.

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2020 U.S. Olympic Trials for Archery Heats Up with Stage 2 in Texas

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials – Archery continues this week in Texas with the second of four stages of competition. Here’s what you need to know to follow the action:

Trials Process – Nomination

To be nominated to the 2020 U.S. Olympic Archery Team, archers must compete in the Trials as set by USA Archery and the U.S. Olympic Committee. For the Tokyo 2020 Games, there are four stages of the Trials, and participation is open to any USA Archery member who is also a citizen of the United States.Trials events include ranking rounds, team round simulation, head to head elimination rounds, and round robin match play. The total points accumulated from each event will determine the final rankings for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials.

Then, based on how many quota spots the U.S. has earned for the 2020 Olympic Games, USA Archery will nominate archers to the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee to fill those spots. So, a nation must earn their spots for the Games, and then in the U.S., the archers compete in the Trials to determine who will fill those quota spots. Right now, the U.S. has earned one men’s spot from Brady Ellison’s gold at the 2019 World Archery Championships, and one women’s spot from gold in the mixed team event at the 2019 Pan American Games, contested by Ellison and Casey Kaufhold.

The U.S. will have another chance to qualify full teams of three men and three women at World Cup Berlin in June 2020.

The Stages

  • Stage 1: August 15-16, 2019 – Dublin, OH
  • Stage 2: September 28, and September 30-October 1, 2019 – College Station, TX
  • Stage 3: April 8-11, 2020 – Chula Vista, CA
  • Stage 4: May 25-26, 2020 – Newberry, FL

All archers from Stage 1 are eligible to continue to Stage 2, however, there is a minimum qualifying score, set by World Archery, that must be achieved after June 10, 2019 and by the September 28th qualification round of the second stage. For men, this score is 640 and for women, it is 605 and it can be shot in any 72-arrow, 70m Round at a sanctioned STAR FITA.

After this qualification round, archers will be cut to the top 16 men and women who have achieved the MQS based on cumulative Trials points. At the event in Chula Vista, cuts will be made in each category to the top 8 archers, who will continue to the fourth and final stage. From there, archers will be nominated to the team to fill the U.S. quota spots.

Who to Watch and How to Follow

Results from Stage 1 are available online for the Men and Women. As the Trials continue, follow scores on USA Archery’s Live Results Page. Following the first stage, the top 16 men and women earned .25-4 points in quarter point increments, plus up to 6 bonus points for high scores. With how many points are left in the Trials and how few have been awarded thus far, anything can happen, but there are some early standouts.

World Champion, World No. 1 and five-time World Cup Final Champion Brady Ellison broke several world records this year, including a 702 72-arrow round at the World Archery Championships. The three-time Olympic Medalist is a strong favorite for the men. Ellison’s World Championship teammates and staples on the World Cup circuit this year Jack Williams and Tom Stanwood are currently 3rd and 4th in the Trials. 16-year-old Josef Scarboro was a surprise, coming in 2nd at the first stage, but he backed it up with mixed team silver at the World Archery Youth Championships last month, and Cadet world record holder Joonsuh Oh is 5th ahead of London 2012 team silver medalist Jacob Wukie.

At just 15, youth standout Casey Kaufhold is the leader of the women’s trials. Kaufhold has also set several national and world records this year as a young trailblazer, who could become the youngest Olympic archer since medalist Denise Parker in 1988. 5-time Olympian Khatuna Lorig, and Rio 2016 Olympian Mackenzie Brown are still in the mix, sitting 7th and 9th respectively. Eliana Claps, who has appeared on several world teams for the U.S. over the past quad is currently 2nd, while compound star Crystal Gauvin is chasing Olympic dreams in 3rd. Alexandria Zuleta-Visser is 4th, just ahead of Erin Mickelberry, who has been a regular for the U.S. on the world circuit this year.

As the Trials continue, follow USA Archery on FacebookTwitter, and Instagramfor updates from the events. Official photos are posted regularly to USA Archery’s photo site.

About USA Archery

USA Archery is the National Governing Body for the Olympic sport of archery in the United States. USA Archery selects and trains Olympic, Paralympic, World Championship, and World Cup teams, as well as developing archery at the grassroots level across the United States. For more information, visit www.usarchery.org.

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Diesel Outboard Undergoing Developmental Tests- CAMO NEWS

 

Swedish company Cimco Marine AB is working on a new-generation 3.0-liter diesel outboard with six cylinders, and two turbochargers. The foundation for the motor is being supplied by BMW. Internally, Cimco is calling it the Bison project. Production is scheduled to begin in Spring 2020.

“The Bison project is proceeding with unchanged intensity,” Per Wigren, project manager at Cimco Marine AB, said in a statement. “Identified improvement potential from the first sea-going concept prototype is now being fully implemented in the next generation prototype. The Bison P1A will be delivering 300 hp on the propeller shaft.”

Development of the OXE Diesel 300 has reached the second prototype phase. In the first set of prototypes, the motor was tested in cells and on the water. The next generation is expected to go through ocean testing in July.

Cimco Marine says the OXE Diesel 300 should consume about 40 percent less than a comparable 300-hp gas outboard. The company also claims that carbon dioxide will be reduced by more than 35 percent and carbon monoxide will be cut by 99 percent while nitrous oxide will be decreased by 70 percent.

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COLUMBUS, Georgia — The CUGA WATERFOWLER dog vest in Realtree MAX-5 provides serious protection for the active dog.

The CUGA WATERFOWLER has been designed to be adjustable to fit dogs from 30 pounds to 85 pounds. With 6 inches of hook for securing the two inches of loop material, the vest is adjustable to fit most dogs in the appropriate size range with no buckles or straps, but is plenty secure to pull the dog from the water. The harness fits multiple breeds and body styles of dogs, including anything from Boykins to all the retrieving breeds.

The CUGA WATERFOWLER is designed with a double layer of Black 1000 Denier Cordura® from the top of the breastplate through the belly. The Realtree MAX-5 500 Denier Cordura around the body offers camouflage without overheating the dog like a neoprene vest would on those warm days in warm waters. The ergonomic vest is designed a little shorter in the underbelly, so the dog won’t have a hind leg get tangled while swimming.

Realtree is the world’s leading camouflage designer, marketer, and licensor with over 1,000 licensees utilizing the Realtree camouflage brand. Thousands of outdoor and lifestyle products are available in Realtree camouflage patterns. In addition, Realtree is committed to supporting individuals and groups that work to ensure our outdoor heritage, the conservation of natural places, and the wildlife that resides there. Find Realtree on Realtree365FacebookInstagramTwitter and at Realtree.com.

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Pictured: Queensland, Australia native Carl Jocumsen won the Cherokee Casino Tahlequah Bassmaster Elite at Lake Tenkiller with a total of 54 pounds, 15 ounces.

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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Relentless determination and commitment to his game plan paid off big for Carl Jocumsen, who turned in a catch of 19 pounds, 12 ounces on Championship Sunday and scored a career-defining victory at the Cherokee Casino Tahlequah Bassmaster Elite at Lake Tenkiller.

His four-day total weight of 54-15 was worth $100,000 and made a nice birthday gift for the Queensland, Australia angler, who turned 35 Sunday.

Jocumsen said his first Elite win — which is also the first by an Aussie — has been a lifelong dream.

“Since I was four years old, I’ve loved fishing and I’ve dreamed of the day I would do this,” Jocumsen said. “Today is that day. This is a lifetime of work; a lifetime of passion and loving this sport with every ounce of my body.”

Yesterday, after placing third and trailing leader Kyle Monti by 4-8, Jocumsen boldly stated that he believed he was on the fish to win. He predicted he needed five keepers to have a legitimate shot, and he blew away that expectation with a limit of 19-12 that ranked as the tournament’s heaviest single-day catch.

Jocumsen’s winning program stood out from much of the field, in that he committed his tournament to fishing offshore. Relying heavily on his electronics to break down the lake and identify the most promising spots, he targeted six different offshore drop-offs with brush and other cover.

Day 3 revealed a particularly productive piece of cover that delivered his final-round magic.

“I used my Humminbird 360, side imaging and mapping to break down this lake in two and a half days. I stayed out here from daylight until dark,” Jocumsen said. “Yesterday afternoon, I found this one tree off this island. It was one late in the day, and I caught one keeper. But I said, ‘I want to hit this early on the final day to see if they’re biting.’”

His intuition was spot-on, and Jocumsen experienced a phenomenal morning that saw him catch four quality largemouth by 8:30, including three in span of approximately seven minutes. Jocumsen would suffer through a long dry spell before completing his five-fish limit, but the 4-pound smallmouth that sealed his fate gave Bassmaster LIVE viewers a look at pure bass fishing emotion.

“I’ve waited my life to catch that fish,” said a visibly emotional Jocumsen. “I had gone three hours without a bite and I said, ‘It can’t go down this way. I have to finish it.’ When I caught that smallmouth, the weight of the world came off my shoulders.”

Adding a 5-pound largemouth late in the day increased Jocumsen’s total and gave him a 3-pound, 10-ounce margin of victory.

Jocumsen, who will marry fiancee Kayla Palaniuk in two weeks, caught all of his bass on a 3/4-ounce Molix football jig with a green pumpkin Strike King Rage Craw trailer. He made a couple of brief visits to fish the bank, mostly to let his offshore sites rest, but did all of his heavy lifting offshore.

In second, Day 2 leader Chris Zaldain of Fort Worth, Texas, switched tactics Sunday and caught a limit of 14-7 to finish with 51-5. After focusing mostly on running shallow points for smallmouth the first three days, Zaldain spent the first half of the final day throwing a 1/2-ounce Santone wobblehead jig with a green pumpkin creature bait trailer.

“I caught two 16-inch-plus largemouth in the morning, and that kind of relaxed me to go fish all new water and search out those smallmouth,” he said.

Zaldain added three smallmouth to his final bag. He caught those with a Megabass Spark Shad swimbait on a 1/8-ounce Megabass Okashira Screw Head.

Cory Johnston of Cavan, Cananda, finished third with 48-6. For the first three days, he spent most of his time working covered boat docks with jigging spoons and a Neko rig. But today’s conditions kept the fish from positioning in predictable spots, so Johnston switched to his backup pattern.

“With the cloudy skies, the fish didn’t position on the boat slips like I needed them to, so I ended up cranking rock banks with squarebills,” Johnston said. “I caught one in a boat slip on the Neko rig and the rest came on squarebills.”

In the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Race, Scott Canterbury took the lead with 761 points. Canterbury finished 19th this week, but maintained a slim advantage in the points race, which will be decided next week at the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship on Lake St. Clair.

Zaldain follows closely in second with 752, while Johnston is third with 747. Stetson Blaylock of Benton, Ark., is fourth with 741 and Drew Cook of Midway, Fla., is fifth with 733.

Cook also leads the DICK’S Sporting Goods Rookie of the Year race.

2019 Bassmaster Elite at Lake Tenkiller Title Sponsor: Cherokee Casino Tahlequah

2019 Bassmaster Elite Series Platinum Sponsor: Toyota

2019 Bassmaster Elite Series Premier Sponsors: Abu Garcia, Berkley, Humminbird, Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro Boats, Power-Pole, Skeeter Boats, Talon, Triton Boats, Yamaha

2019 Bassmaster Elite Series Supporting Sponsors: Bass Pro Shops, Carhartt, Lowrance, Mossy Oak Fishing, T-H Marine, Academy Sports + Outdoors

2019 Cherokee Casino Tahlequah Bassmaster Elite At Lake Tenkiller Host: Cherokee Nation Entertainment, LLC

About Cherokee Nation Entertainment
Cherokee Nation Entertainment is the wholly owned gaming, hospitality, retail and tourism entity of the Cherokee Nation, the largest tribal government in the United States. The company currently operates Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa; nine Cherokee Casinos, including a horse racing track; three hotels; three golf courses; and other retail operations. For more information, visit www.cherokeecasino.com.

About B.A.S.S.
B.A.S.S. is the worldwide authority on bass fishing and keeper of the culture of the sport, providing cutting edge content on bass fishing whenever, wherever and however bass fishing fans want to use it. Headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., the 510,000-member organization’s fully integrated media platforms include the industry’s leading magazines (Bassmaster and B.A.S.S. Times), website (Bassmaster.com), television show (The Bassmasters on ESPN2 and The Pursuit Channel), radio show (Bassmaster Radio), social media programs and events. For more than 50 years, B.A.S.S. has been dedicated to access, conservation and youth fishing.

The Bassmaster Tournament Trail includes the most prestigious events at each level of competition, including the Bassmaster Elite Series, Basspro.com Bassmaster Opens Series, TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Series, Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops, Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors, Bassmaster Team Championship and the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing, the GEICO Bassmaster Classic.

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National Shooting Sports Month – The Best Way to Grow the Shooting Sports – CAMO News

 

 


 

 

August is almost here—otherwise known as “National Shooting Sports Month,” designated three years ago by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). Whether through target shooting at a favorite range, plinking in a backyard with friends and family, competing in a match or preparing for the fall hunting season, the month-long celebration acknowledges a common passion, and calls for welcoming and mentoring new shooters into the fold as we promote safe participation in all firearm-related activities.

Now the NRA—which has long promoted mentorship for those entering the shooting sports—is lending its support to this initiative, partnering with NSSF as it encourages shooting ranges, firearm retailers, public and private shooting clubs, shooting sports organizations and fish and wildlife agencies to collectively focus their attention on the fun and excitement of target shooting. To this end, hundreds of events are planned nationwide, along with many “Gearbox Giveaways.”

“NRA welcomes the opportunity to partner with NSSF on this initiative, as it speaks to the core mission of NRA and its members,” said Joe DeBergalis, executive director, NRA General Operations. “Anyone who was mentored into the shooting sports understands how important it is to pay it forward, and should invite others to share in the enjoyment of firearms and hunting. It is through our qualified mentorship of newcomers that our passion and pastime will live on indefinitely.”

It’s easy to take part in this initiative. Here’s how:

  • Join fellow sportsmen and sportswomen at the range in August for some well-deserved trigger time. Find a range near you with this NRA search tool.
  • Become an active participant in NSSF’s +ONE Movement, a nationwide campaign working to advance mentorship in hunting and the shooting sports by encouraging experienced shooters, hunters and firearm owners to take a new shooter to the range or field and allow them to experience first-hand what makes these pastimes so enjoyable.
  • Go to LetsGoShooting.org to discover the ranges and retailers in your area for this year’s celebration.
  • Participate in NRA’s Mentor Initiative, launched in 2015, which asks all NRA members to make a date to take new shooters to the range.
  • Download a copy of “NRA Guide For New Shooters”.
  • Learn about NRA American Hunter’s “Join the Hunt” initiative in which the focus is to offer guidance to the many Americans who may become hunters but lack a proper introduction to this pastime.
  • Log on to NRA Shooting Sports USA’s“Coming Events” page for NRA-sanctioned competitive shooting matches.
  • Be an NRA Recruiter – NRA has room for all types of people to recruit new members. Read the descriptions and decide which one sounds the most like you.
  • Become an NRA Instructor and reap the rewards of training and mentoring new shooters.
  • Volunteer for NRA in your community.
  • Participate in one of the many women’s programs, like the Women’s Wilderness Escape or a Women on Target Instructional Shooting Clinic.
  • Attend a local Friends of NRA event.
  • Build the next generation of hunters by signing your child up for the Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC).
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SureFire, LLC, manufacturer of the world’s finest—and most innovative—illumination tools and tactical products, has launched an informational video on its revolutionary Optimized Bolt Carrier (OBC).

The SureFire OBC is designed to greatly increase the reliability of an M4/M16/AR variant during both unsuppressed and suppressed firing. The OBC comes as a package with the OBC bolt carrer group as well as buffer and buffer spring. This patented design makes numerous improvements to the standard Mil-Spec full-auto bolt carrier group starting with delayed unlocking of the bolt during the firing sequence. This delayed unlocking is a result of a lengthened cam pin slot and our neutrally balanced counterweight. This delay allows expanding gases more time to exit the bore, lowering chamber pressure by 15%, which not only reduces wear and tear on parts, but also reduces back-pressure gases exiting the ejection port.

Next the shortened gas carrier key in conjunction with shorter buffer allow a 60% increase in stroke. This increase in stroke gives the magazine more time to feed, which can be essential as gas ports erode and magazines become dirty from austere environments. This additional stroke also provides smoother and more reliable feeding due to increased inertia when the OBC picks up a round from the magazine.

The previously mentioned neutrally balanced counterweight works three times in the cycle of operation. First the counterweight delays unlocking, as mentioned before. Secondly, the counterweight keeps the carrier group to the rear for additional time, allowing more time for reliable feeding of ammunition from the magazine and nearly eliminating bolt-over-base malfunctions. Lastly, this counterweight improves carrier and barrel extension lock-up, nearly eliminating bolt bounce. The OBC also reduces felt recoil, allowing for better tracking of sights and more control of the weapon when firing. Coated with an advanced anti-friction coating, the OBC resists friction during use and makes cleaning easy. For the ultimate in reliability, choose the SureFire OBC.

About SureFire—Located in Fountain Valley, California, SureFire, LLC is the leading manufacturer of suppressors, high-performance flashlights, weapon-mounted lights and other tactical equipment for those who go in harm’s way, or anyone who demands the ultimate in quality, innovation, and performance. SureFire illumination tools are used by more SWAT teams and elite special operations forces than any other brand. SureFire is an ISO 9001:2008-certified company.

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