August 12th, 2008

SPC. Walton Eller III Wins Gold Medal in Double Trap

Competiting in his third Olympics, Spc. Walton Glenn Eller III of the USAMU has finally won Gold. Eller, a Texas native, set two Olympic records in the Men’s Double Trap competition today to win the Gold Medal — the first American shooting gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Games.

SPC Walton Eller III Olympic Shooting

CLICK HERE to Watch Mens’ Double Trap Finals VIDEO. Eller clinches the Gold Medal at the 37’50”-minute mark in the video.

CLICK HERE for PHOTO GALLERY of Mens’ Double Trap with Award Ceremony

Eller, who finished 12th at the Sydney Games and 17th in Athens, entered the final round today four targets ahead of Italy’s Francesco D’Aniello with a qualification score of 145 — a new Olympic record. The previous Olympic record of 144 was set by Ahmed Almaktoum of the United Arab Emirates at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

SPC Walton Eller III Olympic Shooting
photo courtesy USAMU

Slow Start in Finals then Another Olympic Record
After missing his first pair in the final, Eller ended up shooting 45 targets and finished with a total score of 190 targets, setting another Olympic record and taking home the Gold. “I was so happy after I won, but I didn’t know whether to cry, smile or jump up and down,” said Eller. “After my performances in the last two Olympics, I really wanted to come here and bring home a medal for the U.S. This is definitely one of the greatest moments of my life so far.”

D’ Aniello took the Silver with 187 targets, while the Bronze Medal was won by Hu Binyuan of China with 184 targets. Jeff Holguin of Yorba Linda, Calif., finished fourth. D’Aniello and Hu both hit 46 targets each, the best scores in the finals. Two previous Olympic Champions, Russell Mark of Australia and Richard Faulds of Britain, were also in the Finals.

For complete shooting results, visit the official Beijing 2008 Olympic Games website.

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August 12th, 2008

Brownell's Biggest Catalog Ever: 576 Pages, 36,000 Products

Brownell’s has released its 61st full catalog, the biggest shooting products catalog ever. The 576-page resource includes more than 36,000 products, 1100 of them new since last year. CEO Frank Brownell explained: “Every 10-15 years the Catalog Department shakes the catalog up and they’ve really done it this year. There’s a color-coded table of contents for the whole catalog with [indexes] on the first page of each section. With all the side tabs and little indexes, it should easy for folks to fine their favorites. I like to think of it as thirty, special, focused catalogs in one big binder.”

Just a few of the 30 sections include: Holsters and Mag Holders; General Gunsmith Tools; Specialty Rifle Tools, plus sections for Handgun, and Shotgun Tools; Shooting Accessories; Optics and Accessories; and Spray-On Finishes. Pete Brownell said “We’ve added icons to tell you if a product is made in the USA and another to let you know if we have an online instructional video available for that product.”

The new #61 catalog will be shipped to current, active customers starting August 1, 2008 and is now available for purchase through Brownells.com or by calling 800-741-0015, Dept. #P61.

CLICK HERE to go to CATALOG ORDER PAGE. Price is $5.00 ($10.00 Overseas), refundable on your first order.

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August 12th, 2008

Guns and Ammo Sales on the Rise in 2008

Sales by firearm and ammunition manufacturers were up 9.7% in the first quarter of 2008, led by a 17.3% increase in ammunition sales, a 5% rise in handgun sales and a 6.7% increase in long gun sales, according to the firearm industry’s best economic indicator. The statistics are taken from the latest Pittman-Robertson federal excise tax collection report. Excise taxes are calculated as a percentage of wholesale receipts, paid quarterly by firearm and ammunition manufacturers, and earmarked for state wildlife conservation and habitat restoration programs. These statistics are based solely on U.S. civilian sales and do not include sales to military and police. During the quarter, $76.8 million was generated for conservation through excise tax collections, compared to $70.1 million in the same period in 2007. From January through March, $19.9 million was collected for pistols and revolvers, $30.3 million for long guns and $26.4 million for ammunition. The latest tax collections suggest overall sales of $716.4 million, not including retail markup or final retail sales.

Firearms Sales Statistics

Story provided by National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF).

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