THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2018

We’re not above stealing someone else’s political slogan concept if it serves a noble purpose. Oh, and this rallying cry might be the first ever on which we can all agree. Ready? 

MAAA - Make Air Affordable Again

If you can look past the fact that our new maxim sounds a bit like the bleating of a cow-sheep mutant or maybe a strained and tortuous call for one’s mommy, I think it’s a goal that all of us air gunners can get behind, right? I mean really, we’re surrounded by an infinite amount of free air, yet we have to pay through the nose to get it squished down into the compressed form that modern airguns require to do their thing. 

I’m not taking cheap shots (pun fully intended) at airgun companies. I know it’s hard, and expensive, to stuff air into a bottle at pressures one hundred times greater than that of my 2004 Toyota Sequoia tire. What I am doing is jumping on the bandwagon that the airgun industry has already set into motion - Making Air Affordable Again. 

Talking to a major airgun company executive at SHOT Show this past January, I was thrilled to hear that one of their top engineering priorities is to develop air compressor solutions that bring costs down into the couple hundred dollars range.  Getting that low will take a bit more time, but already we’re seeing big innovations that make at-home air compression much more affordable. One sure thing about technology in virtually any product category is that, over time, functionality goes up while the price comes down. 

Already this year we’ve seen announcements from at least three companies for new compressor products well below the traditional four-figure price point. Not only that, the new offerings are small, compact, and perhaps most importantly, powered by both household current and 12-volt DC. That means that the new compressors aren’t chained to the garage or basement at home, but can be run from a car battery, 12-volt lighter outlet, ATV battery, or even a riding lawnmower. 

Let’s take a quick look at three of the new offerings. 

FROM THE INDUSTRY

Registration for the Civilian Marksmanship Program’s (CMP) 2018 Air Rifle Summer Camps is now officially open. Running from June to August, the vigorous 9-week schedule includes a mix of camps and clinics formatted to train high-school age (9-12 grade) junior shooters on intermediate and advanced air rifle marksmanship skills through various exercises and demonstrations.

Compact compressor is designed to fill PCP guns directly from a wall outlet or a car battery

Solon, Ohio (March 8, 2018) - Air Venturi, the leading manufacturer and importer of airgun, airsoft, and ammunition brands, is introducing the Air Venturi Nomad, a 4500 PSI portable air compressor built for the airgunner on the move. Now available at AirVenturi.com, the release offers a portable, affordable filling option for PCP shooters.

The JROTC Nationals is an air rifle event for both sporter and precision athletes who fired in the accompanying Postal and Regional events.

The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) is pleased to invite talented junior cadets from around the country to compete for the highest honors at the 2018 JROTC Three-Position National Championships, held March 22-24 at the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center in Ohio. Air rifle athletes from Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force JROTC units will compete shoulder-to-shoulder at the hopes of becoming the ultimate National Champions.

Jadelynn Kendall is a JROTC athlete with a prosthetic leg, but she doesn't let it slow her down.

At first glance, Jadelynn Kendall looks like any other air rifle competitor. She carries her equipment into the range, sets up her gear and takes the firing line, just like all of the other members of her Marion High School Army JROTC sporter rifle team. Only her second year in the sport, she’s still learning the ropes.

Rogers, AR – Daisy Outdoor Products, America's oldest and leading maker of BB guns and other youth outdoor equipment, has begun preparations for the 2018 Daisy National BB Gun Championship Match (Daisy Nationals), June 30-July 3 in Rogers, Ark. This event brings together youth teams ages 8-15 for the 5-Meter National Championship. Youth shoot in four positions (standing, kneeling, sitting and prone) and championships are awarded to teams and individuals.

Isabelle Ploechinger set a new precision Army JROTC 20 Shots Standing National Record while firing in the JROTC Regional event.

Isabelle Ploechinger, 15, fired a new precision Army JROTC 20 Shots Standing National Record score of 198-14x while competing at Camp Perry for the JROTC Air Rifle Service Championships – a regional event. 

Ploechinger is a student at Stuttgart High School, located on an Army base in Germany. The Camp Perry event was her first trip to JROTC Regionals, after having only competed in CMP postal competitions in 2016 and 2017. Her outstanding performance there placed her within the Top 20 overall precision competitors, securing her a place at the National event in March. Ploechinger also earned her first eight points towards the 30 needed to receive a Junior Distinguished badge.

High school freshman Anne White, from Winston Churchill High School in San Antonio, Texas, has established herself as one of the strongest junior marksman in the state and a rising star in both three-position air rifle (3 PAR) and smallbore competitive arenas. Although Anne has only been shooting for a few years, she has proven that she possesses the right mix of talent and dedication to excel. 

2018 Winston Churchill High School Team

Pyramyd Air, the world’s largest online airgun retailer, is holding its 5th Annual Pyramyd Air Cup Competition at the Tusco Rifle Club in New Philadelphia, Ohio September 21st through the 23rd. The Cup brings shooters nationwide together for one of the most dynamic competitions in the airgun world. In anticipation for the event, three new Gunslynger Target Competition Packages will be offered through Pyramyd Air. These new packages feature the same targets used at the Cup to bring the excitement of the event to airgunner’s backyards.

The NRA proudly announces the return of the NRA Intercollegiate Pistol Championships and NRA Intercollegiate Rifle Club Championships to Fort Benning, Georgia, scheduled from March 17-25, 2018. More than 100 competitors are expected to attend each Championship event, which is graciously hosted by the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit.

Whitetails Unlimited awarded a $5,000 grant to the Student Air Rifle Program, an initiative of the Missouri Youth Sport Shooting Alliance. The SAR is a national school-based air rifle program that promotes safety, teamwork, focus, self-esteem, and marksmanship. The program is modeled after the very successful National Archery in the Schools Program using school aligned units of study, teacher training, universal whistle commands, positive language, and standardized equipment. Students will be using .177-claiber pellet rifles, shooting at reactive and paper targets at 10 meters, in front of a safety backstop.

CALENDAR
February 15 - April 2
American Legion Postal Match

Indianapolis, IN

Contact: sabrahams@legion.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

June 10-17
Rifle & Pistol National Championship

Ft. Benning, GA
USA Shooting

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