ICYMI: Headlines From
September 19 — September 23, 2022


USA Clay Target League Breaks Fall Record

The Fall Season is underway for 13,214 student athletes participating in USA Clay Target League (USACTL) programs this fall. Those athletes are competing on 761 high school, college, and homeschool teams nationwide.

“The League continues to break records each year,” said John Nelson, president of the USACTL. “The high demand for outdoor activities that are an alternative to traditional sports proves that young people want to get outside and enjoy safe and fun activities with their peers. Thanks to the efforts of volunteer coaches and parents, these team are possible.”

The students’ six-week season began Sept. 18, with a practice week to get them warmed up and to record reserve scores in case of weather or other issues. Weekly competition begins on Sept. 25. The top-scoring teams and athletes will be recognized at the completion of fall competition in October.

The USA College Clay Target League (USACCTL) National Championship will be held the first week in November, after the conclusion of the College League’s Fall Season. Tournaments and championships for high school league participants are held in early summer.

“Athletes of all types are able to participate in clay target shooting,” added Nelson. “The League has a ‘no benchwarmers’ philosophy, and the League’s True Team scoring system is designed so that everyone’s score matters, not just the top athletes on a team.”

For more info: usaclaytarget.com for more information.

The DC Project Makes Presence Felt On Capitol Hill

The DC Project, Women for Gun Rights, returned to Washington, D.C., Sept. 13–16, to deliver its core message to Congress. The group’s 51 delegates representing 48 states met with legislators from both sides of the aisle, advocating gun rights are human rights. Their effort concluded with a rally on the steps of the United States Supreme Court.

“This was our fifth fly-in and it was the most impactful trip we have experienced,” said DC Project Founder Dianna Muller. “We built bridges by sharing our personal and emotional stories of violence while emphasizing solutions the firearms industry is spearheading in mental health, school safety and firearms education.”

During the trip, the Congressional Second Amendment Caucus, co-chaired by Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) and Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) hosted a reception. The DC Project presented its pillars and explained how legislators can partner with the group to provide armor in the attacks on the Second Amendment.

In total, the delegates attended more than 135 meetings, and made impressions across the city with personal interactions with residents and tourists. The DC Project anticipates continuing the momentum at the individual state level.

For more info: dcproject.info.

Shadow Warriors Project Co-founder Mark “Oz” Geist (L) and Henry Repeating Arms CEO and
Founder Anthony Imperato (R) at the first annual “Honor The Brave” fundraising gala in Miami.

Henry’s Donations Exceed $50,000 For Shadow Warriors Project

Following an annual fundraising gala in Miami and the conclusion of an online auction for a one-of-one rifle designed, built, and donated by Henry Repeating Arms, the company raised $52,175 to benefit Shadow Warriors Project. The non-profit organization provides post-engagement support for injured private military security contractors returning home from battle in some of the world’s most hostile locations.

Shadow Warriors Project was co-founded by Mark “Oz” Geist, a member of the CIA Annex Security Team that found itself the target of a terrorist attack on September 11, 2012, in Benghazi, Libya, where he is credited with saving the lives of more than 25 Americans. On the 10th anniversary of these attacks, Shadow Warriors Project held its first annual ‘Honor The Brave’ fundraising gala in Miami, where Henry Repeating Arms CEO and Founder Anthony Imperato presented Geist with a check for $25,000 to enhance their mission. Throughout the evening, three more donated Henry Repeating Arms rifles raised $2,150 from silent auctions.

Recently, an online auction concluded for one of the most exclusive rifles ever built in Henry Repeating Arm’s 25-year history. Based on the 1860 patent for the first successful and practical repeating rifle, Henry Repeating Arms’ one-off rifle featured hand-chased engraving on a hardened brass receiver and a buttstock made from rare exhibition-grade American walnut wood. The engraving work included the Shadow Warriors Project logo on one side and the Seal of the President of the United States on the opposite. The virtual hammer dropped with a winning bid of $25,025, which goes to Shadow Warriors Project.

“We’re thrilled with the auction results, and to anyone that placed a bid or helped to spread the word, I thank you sincerely,” said Imperato. “For sure, it’s a feather in our cap to have a rifle sell for so much, but it’s also a testament to Mark, his organization’s great work, and the unsung, under-the-radar group of men and women that Shadow Warriors Project is so dedicated to supporting. Everyone involved should be proud of what has been accomplished so far.”

For more info: henryusa.com, shadowwarriorsproject.org.

Winchester Launches “Introduction to Ammunition-Ammo 101” Series

Winchester is launching its “Introduction to Ammunition-Ammo 101” series, a four-part series that includes custom illustrations and information in the following ammunition categories: rifle, pistol, rimfire and shotshell.

“The basics of ammunition, that is what we want to deliver with the Ammo 101 series,” said Matt Campbell, Winchester VP of sales and marketing. “With millions of people across the United States starting their journey in the shooting sports as new firearm owners, providing easy-to-understand information on ammunition types is one way we can help educate our customers.”

The Ammo 101 series provides a basic overview of shotshell, centerfire rifle, centerfire pistol, and rimfire ammunition, showcasing ammunition construction, components, calibers and common usage.

The Ammo 101 resource is free to download and is especially valuable for the thousands of shooting ranges and instructors nationwide who are introducing new entrants to the shooting sports and hunting. It’s available as a free download at Winchester.mediaassets.com (click on “Sell Sheets”).

For more info: winchester.com.

Orchid Named Top Provider By Retail Tech Insights

Orchid, a provider of FFL technology, payment processing and compliance services, has been recognized as a Top Retail POS and Payment Solutions Provider for the second consecutive year by Retail Tech Insights. The publication’s annual awards are given to ten top companies at the forefront of providing retail solutions and impacting their respective industries.

“We’d like to thank Retail Tech Insights for continuing to recognize Orchid and our retail offerings as among the best on the market,” said Shaun Phelan, Orchid VP of sales and implementation. “In a highly regulated, tight-margin industry such as ours, FFLs are seeking solutions they can count on to keep them compliant and save money. These awards are only further proof of the strong reputation Orchid has gained as a trusted retail partner and developer of firearms-friendly solutions.”

For more info: orchidadvisors.com.