Smith and Wesson to be Inducted into the NRA Golden Ring of Freedom 5-27-2012

May 24 : 2012

Smith & Wesson to be Inducted into the NRA Golden Ring of Freedom Smith and Wesson Logo

 

FAIRFAX, VA. The National Rifle Association (NRA) today announced that it has received a gift to its Voice of Freedom program from Smith & Wesson, a leader in firearm design and manufacturing and an iconic American company. The NRA will honor Smith & Wesson, represented by President and CEO, James Debney, as the newest member of the NRA’s Golden Ring of Freedom. Membership in the NRA Golden Ring of Freedom is reserved for those who have given gifts of cash or assets to the NRA totaling one million dollars or more.

In addition to its Voice of Freedom contribution, Smith & Wesson has also made a four-year commitment to sponsor the NRA Life of Duty online network’s Patriot Profiles. Patriot Profiles is a documentary series dedicated to telling stories of the heroism, courage and honor displayed by the brave men and women who defend our American freedoms at home and abroad.
Smith & Wesson President and CEO, James Debney, said, “On behalf of all of us at Smith & Wesson, we are proud to support the NRA, an organization dedicated to ensuring our right to keep and bear arms. Through the many programs that we sponsor and that the NRA produces, we are honored to play a role in supporting our country, the rights of our citizenry, and our heroes. As we approach Memorial Day, we are particularly proud to announce our sponsorship of the Life of Duty programs that exist to pay tribute to the brave men and women in our law enforcement and the military.”

As a member of the NRA Corporate Partners Program, Smith & Wesson has worked closely with the NRA over the years and currently supports a number of Association programs including the NRA Voice of Freedom, the NRA Life of Duty program, NRA Law Enforcement, and The NRA Foundation. Smith & Wesson’s support far exceeds one million dollars in cash.

Thanking Smith and Wesson for their gift, NRA CEO and Executive Vice President, Wayne LaPierre noted, “Smith & Wesson’s and James Debney’s exceptional and exemplary support and leadership in advancing these vital NRA programs will have a significant impact for generations. Smith & Wesson is a valued corporate partner in NRA’s fight to preserve the Second Amendment and we are grateful for their dedication to our shared American values.” Continue reading “Smith and Wesson to be Inducted into the NRA Golden Ring of Freedom 5-27-2012″

This Week on Gun Talk Radio 4-21-2012

This Week on Gun Talk Radio Mandeville, LA – It’s a bill to amend the Firearms Owners’ Protection Act, and the historical marksmanship group Project Appleseed, this week on Tom Gresham’s Gun TalkĀ® Radio, the original nationally-syndicated radio talk show about guns and the shooting sports. The Firearm Owners’ Protection Act, or FOPA, passed in 1986, addressed regulatory reform of the ATF, machine gun ownership, registration, background checks, and interstate transportation of firearms. The last part is the focus of HR 4269, introduced by Representative Morgan Griffith (R-VA). Rep. Griffith seeks to define the types of legal travel, clarify that … Continue reading This Week on Gun Talk Radio 4-21-2012

Ruger Delivers on “1.2 Million Gun Challenge to Benefit the NRA 4-15-2012

Ruger Delivers on “1.2 Million Gun Challenge to Benefit the NRA” Southport, CT – Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. (NYSE: RGR) completed the fourth and final quarter of its “1.2 Million Gun Challenge to Benefit the NRA.” During the quarter ended March 31, 2012, Ruger sold 382,500 firearms. During this year-long challenge, Ruger donated a total of $1,254,000 to the NRA. We believe that Ruger is the first firearms manufacturer to build and ship more than one million firearms in one year. Ruger CEO Mike Fifer commented on this historic accomplishment, “We achieved this milestone because of the strong support … Continue reading Ruger Delivers on “1.2 Million Gun Challenge to Benefit the NRA 4-15-2012

Tom Knapp to Appear at Federal Premium Booth at NRA Meeting 4-15-2012

Tom Knapp to Appear at Federal Premium Booth ANOKA, MN – Federal PremiumĀ® spokesperson Tom Knapp will appear at the NRA Annual Meetings & Exhibits in St. Louis, MO. Attendees will have a chance to meet and interact with this legendary shooter at booth number 1617 from 11 a.m. to noon on Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14. Continue reading Tom Knapp to Appear at Federal Premium Booth at NRA Meeting 4-15-2012

NRA Underway Today by Jim Shepherd 4-14-2012

NRA Underway Today

 

Today’s feature is the first of our special reports from the 2012 NRA Annual Meetings now underway in St. Louis, Missouri.

Even before the doors open to the membership, the National Rifle Association’s 2012 Annual Meeting is already underway. This morning, the NRA’s honoring people who have been special supporters of the Second Amendment and the NRA. One of those people being honored is Bob Morrison, former CEO of Taurus USA.

Bob was one of the very first people to support the Outdoor Wire, In the ten years since our first having met, we’ve not always agreed, but he’s become one of the industry people I’m proud to call a good friend.

My personal congratulations, Bob. You’ve earned the accolades.

And there’s a new handgun being announced into the market this morning, and I’m thinking it’s going to be earning accolades as well. In this morning’s news section, Smith & Wesson officially launches the newest member of their Military and Police line,

The M&P Shield is the smallest member of the M&P pistol line, but the diminutive pistol -at least in 9mm – is not a problem to shoot. It’s comfortable, controllable and (below) accurate. Jim Shepherd photos.

the new ultra-compact Shield.

Smith & Wesson has been working on a small polymer subcompact to flesh out their M&P line – and get into the lucrative smaller pistol marketplace. Having spent some time with the gun, I’m thinking the gun – and the unified rollout campaign that begins today, will have consumers thinking one thought: “want one.”

First, the basics on the Shield. It’s small
( 6.1 inches long, 4.5 inches high) light (16.3 ounces), thin (.96 of an inch – at its widest point), accurate (more on that in a minute) and controllable – at least in 9mm. I’ve not shot the .40 caliber version, but the considerably higher pressures of the .40 will undoubtedly give the gun recoils that might charitably be called “sharp”.

That’s not the case in the 9mm. In fact, the little gun was easy to manage in a variety of drills, ranging from slow fire accuracy drills to three-shot failure drills and moving/shooting box drills. For me, it’s very accurate-especially for a very small, light gun. I made repeated shots on silhouettes while moving at ranges from seven to twenty yards. Standing at seven yards, the gun consistently grouped beyond my personal expectations.

I attribute that accuracy to a couple of factors. Neither are the rampaging accuracy of the shooter.

First, the trigger might be the best of the entire M&P pistol line. It’s crisp, short and quick to reset. That makes a smooth draw and easy squeeze – the formula for breaking a good shot. It’s also one of the keys to being able to shoot either strong or off-side accurately.

It also has very good standard sights. I also shot a different slide with new X-S sights and found them to be even better for my aging eyes. With standard dovetail cuts, putting the sights of your choice on the Shield won’t be a major gunsmithing job. Continue reading “NRA Underway Today by Jim Shepherd 4-14-2012″

Getting Ready for the NRA Show by Jim Shepherd 4-9-2012

Getting Ready for The NRA Show

 

Later this week, the shooting industry will converge on St. Louis for this year’s edition of the NRA Annual Meetings. As usual, there will be plenty to look at, listen to, and check out as the latest and greatest firearms are on exhibit for NRA members to check out.

There will be plenty of new products most consumers haven’t seen but were announced at SHOT Show. But we know there will also be even newer models that have yet to be announced. Both Ruger and Smith & Wesson will be announcing new models, and others are waiting in the wings.

We’re all eager to see what’s happening in St. Louis, so we’ll have our editors there in force. Friday morning, for example, we’ll have the “official” news from Smith & Wesson, plus our review of their newest product. Yep, we’ve seen it, shot it and photographed it, but you’ll have to wait until Friday morning to learn anything else. Continue reading “Getting Ready for the NRA Show by Jim Shepherd 4-9-2012″

Campaign 2012 Poll: Santorum Leads Romney in Ohio by Steven Shepherd 2-18-2012

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Fishing and Hunting Protection Bill Introduced in the U.S. Senate 2-2-2012

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NRA Accepting 2012 Youth Education Summit Applications 1-5-2012

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Send Your Hunting Photos to NRAhuntersrights.org 10-20-2011

Send Your Hunting Photos to NRAhuntersrights.org FAIRFAX, Va.-Most of us share our hunting photos with family, friends, or even co-workers, but how about sharing them with the world? NRAhuntersrights.org maintains an online photo gallery where hunters can proudly put their trophies on display for everyone to see. With hunting seasons already underway around the country, all hunters are welcome to send in their photos, and what constitutes a trophy is completely up to you!Simply e-mail your photo to huntersrights@nrahq.org and put “Trophy Gallery” in the subject line. All photos should be sharp, tasteful, and display safe gun handling practices. Include … Continue reading Send Your Hunting Photos to NRAhuntersrights.org 10-20-2011