THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2018
Our 4-H teammate Aliyah and her dad tracking squirrels.

Got limb-chickens in your neighborhood? Who you gonna call? Squirrel Masters!

We’re here in the Alabama countryside, about 30 miles west of Montgomery with the folks from Gamo, a gaggle of outdoor TV celebrities, and a posse of young’uns from the Alabama 4-H. Why? It’s time for the annual de-rodenting known as the Gamo Squirrel Master Classic.

They're up there. Just taunting us.

Here’s how it works. Each team is captained by an outdoor television program host and rounded out with a youth member of the Alabama 4-H and some media hacks like me. This year, the Classic featured teams from Realtree (I put that first because we were a shining example of awesomeness), Bone Collector, Buck Commander, Buckmasters, Ralph & Vicki’s Archer’s Choice, and Doug Koenig Championship Season. If any of those sound familiar, it's because you've seen them on either the Outdoor or Pursuit channels.

Even though we were awake at 4am, we didn't manage to make it to the woods until just after sunrise.

I know what you’re thinking. “Great. A bunch of television and outdoor media people. I thought this was supposed to be a respectable event.” Never fear. That’s where 4-H comes in.

Each team featured a member of the Alabama 4-H program.

Following the tragic mass murder in Parkland, Florida, social media giants including YouTube and Facebook are canceling, closing, and suspending accounts that include shooting-related content. Yes, even content related to airguns.

We're getting a continuous stream of reports of sites that have been either summarily shut down or have received "strikes" that will ultimately lead to a permanent shutdown. Early reports indicate that both "media" and manufacturer channels and pages have been subject to removal. Among those singled out are AirgunWeb TV, American Airgunner, Pyramyd Air, Umarex, Airguns of Arizona, Airgun Gear Show, and many more.

We've got good news. Starting with this issue, the Airgun Wire will be moving to weekly delivery so you'll get it in your inbox every Thursday morning. Look for the next issue on March 8, 2018.

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FROM THE INDUSTRY

There’s few things that mean more to youth across America participating in the shooting sports than the opportunity to compete in the National Junior Olympic Shooting Championships (NJOSC). Well, those 2018 presents got unveiled Tuesday with first round invites being sent out by USA Shooting to attend the annual April event in Colorado Springs.

The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) is seeking qualified individuals to fill counselor positions for its Junior Rifle Camps program for the 2018 season. This premier program has an established history of providing the highest quality three-position and international air rifle instruction in the country for high school athletes.

The annual event was recently renamed the "Major Bill Barker All Service JROTC Championship" in honor of Maj. Bill Barker.

Fontana High School recently renamed their annual Southern California All Service Championship event to the “Major Bill Barker All Service JROTC Championship.” This change was made to pay tribute to an awesome mentor, teacher and Marine, Major Bill Barker.

Every year, during the Martin Luther King Jr. birthday weekend, we host this event. Major Barker’s presence always brought a sense of enjoyment, enthusiasm and all-around excitement when he greeted you. Major Barker welcomed everyone with a smile, and he was quick to offer advice on marksmanship and coaching. He was also a great jokester and was quick to tell some funny stories, not to mention talking about how it was when he was in the Marine Corps

The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) is delighted to again award exemplary student-athletes for the 2018-2019 school year in their future endeavors through its annual scholarship program. The CMP offers $1,000 one-year scholarships based on merit and rifle or pistol marksmanship participation to current high school seniors only.

The Airgun Dueling Tree has four 3 ½”steel plates that dodge from side to side when hit, providing constant shooting action. The heavy steel construction ensures the targets will stand up well to long-term range use.

Brocock Bantam Mk2 Sniper HR (beech)

British Shooting Show visitors get a first look at the 2018 updates of Brocock’s popular Compatto and Bantam semi-bullpup PCP lines

Show season kicks off at the Birmingham NEC with the British Shooting Show (16-18 February) – and visitors will be among the first to see Brocock’s exciting new 2018 PCP line-up, unveiled to the trade and in social media just last month.

Daystate Red Wolf Serie Rosso

Iconic gunmaker brings major new releases to British Shooting Show

Airgunners attending the British Shooting Show at Birmingham’s NEC (16-18 February) will be the first members of the public to get their hands on Daystate’s exciting new 2018 PCP line-up. These include a raft of revamped models unveiled to the trade and in social media in January – and also a hitherto unannounced model: the HR Huntsman Regal!

CALENDAR
February 15 - April 2
American Legion Postal Match

Indianapolis, IN

Contact: sabrahams@legion.org

March 3
American Legion, Department of Alabama Commanders Cup

CMP Airgun Competition Center, Anniston, AL

Contact: ajkissik@yahoo.com

March 6-10
Granbury High School 3-position Match

Granbury, TX

Contact: scott.casey@granburyisd.org

March 10
CMP April Monthly Match, Camp Perry

Port Clinton, OH

Contact: LSherman@thecmp.org

Arkansas Junior Olympic 3PAR State Championship

North Little Rock, AR

Contact: stephanie5772@hotmail.com

CMP April Monthly Match, Anniston

Anniston, AL

Contact: mcarroll@thecmp.org

March 24
Beloit Rifle Club Gun Show

March 26 - April 4
Rifle/Pistol Spring Selection

Ft. Benning, GA
USA Shooting

April 1-30
April Airgun Monthly Bench League

Port Clinton, OH

Contact: cgreen@thecmp.org

April 6-27
Rifle/Pistol National Junior Olympic Championships

Colorado Springs, CO
USA Shooting

April 14
13th Annual Flag City Toys that Shoot Airgun Show

April 21
CMP April Monthly Match, Anniston

Anniston, AL

Contact: mcarroll@thecmp.org

CMP April Monthly Match, Camp Perry

Port Clinton, OH

Contact: LSherman@thecmp.org

April 27-28
Arkansas Airgun Show

Malvern, AR
For More Information email seth.rowland@att.net

May 7-15
ISSF World Cup USA Rifle & Pistol

Ft. Benning, GA
USA Shooting

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