May 4th, 2010

Graf & Sons Launches Improved, Enhanced Grafs.com Website

Grafs.comGraf & Sons has launched its redesigned, updated website. Grafs.com is now much easier to navigate, and the search is faster. Also product photos are bigger and better. To simplify shopping, products are grouped into nine primary categories: Ammo, Shotshell Reloading, Metallic Reloading, Powders & Primers, Bullet Casting, Optics, Muzzleloading, Accessories, and Tactical.

Just click on “Ammo”, select “Rifle” and you get a complete list of all calibers. Then choose the ammo you need. Likewise, click on “Metallic Reloading”, select “Rifle Brass” from the expanded menu, then choose the cartridge type you need from the full list that appears. It’s very intuitive and easy. You can also use the left menu to quickly find powders, primers, dies and other tools. Once you become familiar with the expanding menu structure, we think you’ll find it easy to locate what you need very quickly.

Of course, you can still search search by keyword or product number. Once you run a search, you can then filter the search results by manufacturer, or you can alpha-sort the products, or even rank them by price, rating, or availability. On the new website, the search engine is much faster than before.

Ground Shipping is Pre-Paid on Most Items
As before, most of the stated prices on the Grafs.com website INCLUDE ground shipping to the lower 48 states. For some products, Graf’s listed price might initially seem a bit higher than with another vendor, but when you factor in shipping costs, you’ll often find that Graf’s pricing is more than competitive. With heavy, bulky items, it nearly always pays to check with Grafs. Note, however, that there are separate hazmat fees on powder and primers. Also each internet order (no matter now many items) has a single non-refundable $4.95 handling/insurance charge ($6.95 for phone/fax/mail orders).

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May 4th, 2010

NSSF Will Award up to $500,000 to Shooting Ranges

NSSF Range Grant ProgramAre you looking to boost membership at your local shooting range? Then check this out. To help public and private shooting facilities jump-start their recruitment and retention efforts, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) will award up to $500,000 in grants this year to ranges around the country. This is the third year that the NSSF has distributed funding to qualifying ranges through its Range Partnership Grant Program.

“These grants will help shooting range managers create new strategies to drive traffic to their facilities”, said Chris Dolnack, NSSF senior vice president. The projects funded by the grants will also serve as pilot programs, which, if successful, can be used by other facilities. “The best way to increase participation is to enhance and promote shooting opportunities at the local level,” said Melissa Schilling, NSSF recruitment and retention manager. “We’re looking for unique proposals that move the needle on recruiting new shooters, attracting lapsed shooters back to the range and increasing opportunities for active shooters.”

CLICK HERE to learn more about NSSF’s Range Partnership Grant Program.

Who May Apply? Only project proposals submitted by and in the name of public shooting facilities, private facilities that offer the public shooting opportunities, or educational institutions with either public shooting facilities of their own or hunting and shooting sports curriculums shall be eligible for funding under the Grant Program. Separate proposals must be submitted for each project to be funded. A group of ranges may band together and submit one proposal. IMPORTANT — This grant program is NOT intended for land purchases, for building or improving structures (such as club-houses), or for acquisition of range equipment and supplies.

How to Apply: Download the Grant Application Form (PDF) and submit according to guidelines.

Deadline: Grant applications must be received by NSSF no later than 5:00 pm (ET) on June 17, 2010.

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