THURSDAY, MAY 10, 2018

 

What’s got 160,000 feet and spends over $50 million every time it goes somewhere? Hint: you really don’t want to poke it with a stick, and if you protest it, it will only become larger.

That would be the National Rifle Association Annual Meeting. Hosted by the city of Dallas, Texas, the event drew men, women, and children to check out the latest guns and gear, participate in the leadership forum, and learn from dozens of seminars. According to the folks over at the NRA, it was the largest annual meeting in the history of ever.

“87,154 patriots and 800+ exhibitors came together for the biggest Annual Meeting yet, featuring a jam-packed schedule of seminars, workshops, special events, and more! For the first time in the organization’s history, both a sitting President and Vice President of the United States addressed NRA members during the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum.”

One of the big hits of the NRA Annual Meeting was the Pyramyd Air Indoor Range. It featured at least 17 billion stationary and moving targets.

While the NRA Annual Meeting is about all types of guns and outdoor products, airguns and related products were well-represented. We checked in with Umarex, Crosman, AirForce Airguns, Pyramyd Air, and Daisy just to name a few.

Not too long ago, AirForce Airguns put together a deal with Rapid Air Weapons to produce the line here in the United States. They seem to know a thing or two about making a solid air gun.

It takes exactly one .177 pellet to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop. I verified this at the Pyramyd Indoor Air Range.

I had the opportunity to shoot the RAW HM 1000 at the Pyramyd Indoor airgun range. As a side note, this rifle is particularly well-suited to disintegrating Tootsie Pops at a distance. In case you’re wondering, it takes just one .177-caliber pellet to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop. Seems way more efficient than licking them.

FROM THE INDUSTRY

The first day of competition at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in Fort Benning opened on a promising note for the U.S. team with 2016 Olympic gold medalist Ginny Thrasher (Springfield, Virginia) posting a world-class Qualification score to qualify for her first Final since 2016.

Thrasher qualified for the Women’s Air Rifle Final in seventh place with a world-class score of 627.4, but with eventual silver medalist Yingjie Zhu of China posting a world-record Qualification score of 633.4, the competition at this World Cup was proving to be fierce.

After placing 4th in her two previous World Cup participation, 21-year-old Wu Mingyang climbed atop the World Cup podium in Fort Benning, taking gold ahead of two of her teammates, Zhu Yingjie and Zhao Ruozhu, who respectively won silver and bronze.

The ISSF World Cup Stage 3 in Fort Benning (USA) opened with the women’s 10m Air Rifle event, where the Chinese National Team swept the medal positions, taking gold Wu Mingyang.

The Chinese team pocketed five of the six medals up for grabs on the first competition day, taking the women’s 10m Air Rifle gold with Wu Mingyang and climbing atop the men’s 10m Air Pistol podium with Wu Jiayu.

The third stage of the 2018 ISSF World Cup Series delivered its first medals in Fort Benning, where the People’s Republic of China ruled the second competition day and won five medals out of two events.

Lt. Colonel Oliver North, USMC (Ret.) will become President of the National Rifle Association of America within a few weeks, a process the NRA Board of Directors initiated Monday morning.

“This is the most exciting news for our members since Charlton Heston became President of our Association,” said NRA Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre. “Oliver North is a legendary warrior for American freedom, a gifted communicator and skilled leader. In these times, I can think of no one better suited to serve as our President.”

This week we're doing things a little differently and publishing a quick and dirty resource list of just some of the products we saw at the NRA 2018 Annual Meeting. Enjoy!

The Fortitude is a multi-shot repeater with a regulator that uses interchangeable 10-shot rotary magazines for bolt-action firing. The Fortitude features a lightweight all-weather ergonomic stock. The Fortitude is built for endurance, getting up to 90 shots per fill. The regulator built into the 3000 PSI reservoir controls the output air pressure for shot-to-shot consistency, making the Fortitude the best option for backyard plinking, target shooting, pest control or small game hunting.

The Big Blast Inflator Cap is a fun way to use a non-explosive target that merely operates by air pressure. With a Big Blast Cap you can pump air into a plastic bottle. We recommend up to 80 psi depending on the weather and size of the bottle. You place it down range at least 60 feet away and shoot it with a projectile. The pressurized air immediately disperses to normalcy creating a "boom" as the air molecules rush out into the normal atmospheric pressure. 

Stepping up things significantly, the Gamo TC-45 delivers massive power in a lightweight and quiet platform. The integrated moderator dampens the sound of the report, and the carbon-fiber tank removes unwanted weight. Producing more than 400 foot pounds of energy when shooting 350 grain cast slugs, there’s very little that the Gamo TC-45 can’t put flat on its back. Shot count for this single shot air rifle is a solid five shots. For hunters or target shooters who want a bit more speed and shot count, you only need to shoot a lighter .457 round ball or cast ammo. Capable of producing nearly 1,000 FPS with 138 grain pellets and generating more than 300 foot pounds of energy, the lethal range of the TC-45 stretches to 100 yards and beyond.

In 1938, the German MP 40 revolutionized submachine-gun design.  Now, more than 70 years after the end of World War II, The Legends MP captures that classic look in an air gun that feels like an original. There’s no better way to get you hands on history.

The full-auto replica runs BBs from a 52 round magazine. The Legends MP’s metal frame makes it a stable gun that will take you back in time. It's legal to own in most areas of the U.S. and is a great option for those who don't have access to the increasingly rare originals.

Over 1400 rounds per minute!

  • Blowback action
  • Adjustable 6 position butt stock
  • AR compatible pistol grip
  • Quad Rail forearm for accessory mounting
  • Unique muzzle end cap
  • 30 round drop-out magazine
  • Flip up back up iron sights (BUIS)
  • Angled foregrip
  • Realistic weight and functions

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The Patented E-Pump™ air compressor is designed specifically for PCP airguns. This quiet, lightweight compressor is 4500 psi capable with a fully adjustable cut-off switch. The low current draw allows for 12vDC or 110/220AC operation. Weighing only 40lbs this compressor is portable and allows for use at home from a standard wall outlet or in the field from a 12 volt car battery. It is so quiet, you can barely hear it operating in the same room. No oil or water is needed as this pump generates little to no heat.

Modeled after the exceptionally popular 1911 We The People full-size centerfire pistol, which is inspired by a rich, patriotic history, the BB pistol version of this uniquely-American handgun features the same custom grips adorned with 50 stars (25 per side) that represent each state of the Union. A distressed finish on the stainless-steel slide and frame includes patriotic engravings, such as 13 stars atop the slide and “We The People” and “1776” on the slide flats.

Based on the ultimate warfighter rifle, the M4 Carbine, incinerate targets with blistering semi-auto shots and a real steel feel fueled by a single CO2 cartridge.  Able to send .177 BBs downrange at over 495 fps, the HellBoy features full-metal construction throughout the barrel, receiver, and the 18rd BB magazine

CALENDAR
May 7-15
ISSF World Cup USA Rifle & Pistol

Ft. Benning, GA
USA Shooting

June 4 - August 3
3-P Summer Camp 2018

Civilian Marksmanship Program
Port Clinton, OH

Register

June 4 - August 4
2018 SD Junior Olympic 3PAR State Championship

Humboldt Sharpshooters Junior Club
Pierre, SD

Info: dempstersc@gmail.com

Stranahan New Shooter Match 2018

Stranahan High School
Ft Lauderdale, FL

Info: wayne.labeau@browardschools.com

2018 May Airgun Monthly Bench League

Civilian Marksmanship Program
Port Clinton, OH

Info: cgreen@thecmp.org

2018 CMP May Monthly Match - Anniston

Civilian Marksmanship Program
Anniston, AL

Register

2018 CA Junior Olympic 3PAR State Championship (2 of 2)

Selma High School MJROTC
Selma, CA

Info: mromero@selmausd.org

2018 PA Junior Olympic 3PAR State Championship

DuBois Rifle & Pistol Club, Inc.
DuBois, PA

Info: pentz22@yahoo.com

3-P Summer Clinics 2018

Civilian Marksmanship Program
Port Clinton, OH

Register

American Legion, Dept of Virginia, North Region Championship

Warrenton Rifles
Centreville, VA

Info: claudedavenport@gmail.com

2018 CMP May Monthly Match Camp Perry

Civilian Marksmanship Program
Port Clinton, OH

Register 

Oxford High School Shoulder-to-Shoulder Rifle Match

Oxford High School Marine Corps JROTC
Oxford, MS

Info: bahampton@oxfordsd.org

2018 Net Competitor Spring Kick-Off League - Postal Match

2018 NC Junior Olympic 3PAR State Championship 2 of 3

Dalton L McMichael HS AFJROTC
Mayodan, NC

Contact: sdavis@rock.k12.nc.us

Standing Camps Summer 2018

Civilian Marksmanship Program
Port Clinton, OH

Register

American Legion Virginia Eastern Regional Championship

King George High School NJROTC
King George, VA

Info: fduckworth@kgcs.k12.va.us

2018 FL State 3PAR JO (2 of 2) / General Frank Laudano Memorial

Sarasota Military Academy
Sarasota, FL

Info: riess.pellegrino@oursma.org

2018 June Airgun Monthly Bench League

Civilian Marksmanship Program
Port Clinton, OH

Info: cgreen@thecmp.org

June 10-17
Rifle & Pistol National Championship

Ft. Benning, GA
USA Shooting

June 21-23
National Three Position Air Rifle Championships – Sporter Class

Civilian Marksmanship Program
Camp Perry, Port Clinton, OH

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June 23-24
Texas Airgun Show and Field Target Match 2018

Arlington Sportsman's Club
11500 CR 525, Mansfield, TX 76063

Information: texasairgunshow.com

June 30
Midwest Airgun Show

June 30 - July 3
2018 Daisy National BB Gun Championships

Rogers, AR

More Information

July 20-22
2018 Crosman All-American Field Target Championship

Rochester Brooks Gun Club
962 Honeoye Falls 6 Road
Rush, NY 14543

Register

August 8-14
Rifle/Pistol Fall Selection

Ft. Benning, GA
USA Shooting

Air Gun Wire - 2271 N Upton St., Arlington, VA 22207
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