ICYMI: Industry News
From Oct. 30–Nov. 3, 2023


NASGW Announces Annual Donations

NASGW announced donations to six shooting sports industry organizations at the annual NASGW Expo, including The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF), Walk The Talk America (WTTA), the Youth Shooting Sports Alliance (YSSA), the American Suppressor Association (ASA) and The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF).

Kenyon Gleason, NASGW president, said, “NASGW, our members, and this industry rely on these organizations to advocate for us now and for the future. We are proud to support these organizations in the amount of $25,000 each, to help them do great work for our industry.”

Donations were chosen by the NASGW board of directors and announced during the Annual Appreciation Dinner, an event that kicks off the NASGW Expo and celebrates the top manufacturers and products for the past year.

“As our industry continues to come under attack, these organizations have been a great voice for us,” said NASGW Chairman Chris Means. “They continue to do great work on our behalf and we are happy to support their missions to strengthen the shooting sports industry.”

For more info: www.nasgw.org

AG & AG Hosts Officers At 7th Annual “Back The Women In Blue” Event

A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League (AG & AG) hosted 19 female law enforcement officers for the seventh annual “Back the Women in Blue” event presented by GLOCK, with ammunition sponsored by Federal Premium. The event took place October 25–27, 2023, at the Round Rock Public Safety Training Center. Participants were female commissioned officers, each nominated by someone in her community, from nine states, including eleven county agencies and nine municipalities or university departments.

“The A Girl & A Gun community is proud to offer this unique training experience for female law enforcement officers,” said Robyn Sandoval, executive director of AG & AG. “These women are servant leaders and role models in their communities. We are honored to give them the skills they need to stay safe.”

“Thank you so much to Robyn Sandoval and AG & AG for supporting female L.E.,” said Deputy Laci Pierce from the Liberty County (TX) Sheriff’s Office. “This was an awesome class! I made so many new friends across the U.S. Go check out the organization if you’re a girl who has any interest in guns.”

AG & AG hosts “Back the Women in Blue” for female law enforcement officers each autumn, as well as many competitive matches and civilian training events throughout the year.

For more info: www.agirlandagun.org

Image: Screenshot from “Conservation Success at the Crossroads of Collaboration”

“Partner With A Payer” Video Highlights Collaboration With Archery Manufacturers & Wildlife Agencies

NSSF, in partnership with TenPoint Archery, Archery Trade Association (ATA), the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), has released another film in the “Partner with a Payer” series — a collection of videos highlighting the importance of wildlife conservation and management. The latest video, “Conservation Success at the Crossroads of Collaboration,” highlights the work being done to continue providing public access to target ranges, hunting opportunities and other outdoor experiences within the U.S.

Representatives from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, National Shooting Sports Foundation, Archery Trade Association and USFWS came together to tour the TenPoint Archery Facility, where they learned what it takes to generate the excise tax revenues supporting wildlife populations across the country. Throughout the tour, state and federal agency staff discussed specific projects and key instances where funds provided opportunities for the public to hunt, target shoot and enjoy the diverse wildlife in the United States.

This project was funded by the Multistate Conservation Grant Program. The latest video and others in the series were produced by Shine United LLC / Kingdom Filmworks.

For more info: www.nssf.org

S&W Announces Shield Your Pocket Rebate

Smith & Wesson Brands Inc. announced the start of the Shield Your Pocket Rebate that will run throughout the remainder of the year. This new offer includes a $50 prepaid card with the purchase of any qualifying Shield, Shield Plus or Shield EZ series pistol between November 1, 2023 and December 31, 2023.

The Shield Plus and Shield EZ series are proven and popular platforms for personal protection and everyday carry and offer chambering in 9mm, .380 Auto, .45 Auto, .40 S&W, and .30 Super Carry.

For more info: www.swrebates.com

IWI Issues Safety Recall Notice For IWI Carmel

IWI US Inc. (IWI) has determined the Carmel Rifle has a safety issue with the firing pin blocker and is thereby subject to a Safety Warning and Recall Notice. IWI is issuing this mandatory recall to repair the safety issue in the specific Carmel rifles listed below. IWI will correct these recalled firearms at no cost to the customer. This recall does not affect any other IWI products.

This safety recall notice affects 1,094 Carmel rifles shipped within the following serial number range: CH001385 – CH003328.

For more info: www.iwi.us

NWTF Partners With NSSF & Project ChildSafe

NSSF and the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) announced a cooperative effort to promote firearm safety and secure firearm storage — via NSSF’s Project ChildSafe program — to NWTF members and their families.

“Our two organizations have a shared mission to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports, and that starts with ensuring everyone who goes into the field comes home safely,” said Joe Bartozzi, NSSF president and CEO. “At the same time, it also means taking steps to ensure firearms are securely stored when they’re not in use to prevent accidents, thefts or any kind of misuse.”

“We take safety very seriously, especially with our new and young hunters,” said Mandy Harling, NWTF director of hunting heritage programs. “Safe handling and use of firearms at home, at the range, in the field and in transit between them all is central to the safe enjoyment of hunting. The resources and tools Project ChildSafe has developed will be a great addition to the safety resource we provide for our members.”

The partnership involves the sharing of online tools, including all the resources available in Project ChildSafe’s “HuntSAFE” initiative that NWTF has added to its website in time for many states with fall turkey hunting seasons. NWTF will also feature firearm safety messaging in regular communications, events and online promotion, including a newly released episode of the Turkey Call podcast, featuring NSSF’s Bartozzi. NSSF and Project ChildSafe will continue to freely provide helpful educational resources on firearm safety for NWTF members, including safety fact sheets, infographics and other tools.

For more info: www.nssf.org

NDA Partners With Outdoor Industry Communication Council

The National Deer Association (NDA) announced a partnership with the Outdoor Industry Communication Council (OICC) on its latest conservation education campaign. This OICC Initiative will produce and release content every month, informing hunters, shooters, anglers and outdoorsmen about the U.S. conservation funding model.

NDA is thrilled to share OICC’s latest illuminating piece, “Funding American Conservation, One Shotgun and Box of Ammo at a Time.”

“This article explains how every single hunter and shooter directly contributes to U.S. conservation efforts,” said Nick Pinizzotto, NDA president and CEO. “We’re proud to support a campaign that aligns so well with our values of conservation education, and we look forward to sharing the next release.”

“Funding American Conservation, One Shotgun and Box of Ammo at a Time” breaks down the how and why of the excise tax in the outdoor industry. This article is a resource for those who are interested in learning how taxes on hunting and firearm-related purchases go towards conservationist efforts like improving habitats, access, and shooting ranges.

For more info: www.deerassociation.com, www.outdoorstewards.org