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July 19th, 2011

ATF Reports Rifle Production Down, Handgun Production Up

Americans are apparently buying more pistols but fewer rifles — that’s the trend suggested by the latest Firearms production statistics from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). According to the ATF’s 2010 Interim Annual Firearm Manufacturing and Export Report, U.S. firearm manufacturers produced more than 5.4 million firearms in 2010. This represented a small (2.7%) reduction in total U.S. firearm production compared to 2009. However, the really notable statistic was a dramatic 18.8% reduction in rifle production. Rifle production decreased 18.8%, while handgun production increased 14.9%. That’s a big swing. Shotgun production remained relatively steady, only dropping 1.2 percent.

Firearms Production ATF

Editor’s Comment: Since these are production numbers, not sales figures, it may be premature to say that American shooters are spending a lot less money on rifles, but we know that sales of AR-type “black rifles” are down significantly. There was a rush of AR “panic buying” after the last presidential election that was not sustained. We are also concerned that fewer young Americans are learning to shoot rifles, while the average age of target rifle shooters continues to climb. We need to expand efforts to get young people involved in rifle shooting and hunting.

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July 19th, 2011

Keith Lay Wins 2011 Black Powder Target Rifle Nationals

Keith Lay edged fellow shooter Jack Odor to take home the title of 2011 Creedmoor Nationals Black Powder Target Rifle Champion. Lay’s spotter, Dan Theodore, received the High Spotter Award. Lay and Theodore also won the two-man team award with a 1004-12X combined score.

As overall champion, Lay received a handsome black powder rifle donated by Gale and Paul Shuttleworth of Central Pennsylvania Arms. In the photo you can see Keith with the rifle and the historic Castle Trophy, a perpetual award for the event’s top marksman. Congratulations to this year’s winners, staff, sponsors and competitors for making the 2011 Creedmoor Nationals Black Powder Rifle Championships such a success.

2011 Creedmoor Nationals Category Winners
Open Gold Keith Lay – 514 6X
800 Yards Aggregate Dave Gullo – 196 11X
900 Yards Aggregate Keith Lay – 173 1X
1000 Yards Aggregate Jack Odor – 163
High Military Rifle Dennis Bruns
High Muzzle Loader Lee Shaver – 444 8X
High Newcomer Trent Lawrence – 464 3X
High Scope Darrell Tonn – 464 4X
High Senior Bob Engelbach – 494 3X
High Spotter Dan Theodore
High Tollofson Jim Terry – 451 7X
High Woman Margo Hanson – 476 6X
High Marksman Jen Griffis – 430 6X
High Sharpshooter Brice Harper – 354 2X
High Expert Chip Mate – 489 5X
High Master Dave Gullo – 501 14X

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July 19th, 2011

Problem with Tailgaters? Try a Claymore Hitch Cover…

What do you get for the man who has everything? How about a replica Claymore mine trailer hitch cover. Produced by GG&G, a leading maker of scope rails and other gun accessories, the hitch cover tells tailgaters to “back off”. The Replica Claymore Hitch Cover is sized like the real deal and fits standard 2″ hitch receivers. It is manufactured from UV-stabilized polypropylene plastic. Each GG&G Claymore Hitch Cover has a red panel attached to both side edges with the word “REPLICA”. However, this item is still prohibited in some jurisdictions. Please read the Important Legal Disclosures below.

GG&G replica claymore mine hitch

The Claymore Hitch Cover is currently on sale for $39.95. If you like the idea, but don’t have a trailer hitch on your vehicle, check out the $37.00 Claymore Desk Accessory. It’s a perfect “conversation piece” for your den or office. The Desk Accessory It looks identical to the Claymore Hitch Cover but has an easel-type support.

NOTICE: This product is prohibited in some states including,
but not limited to, the following:

Colorado — This item is prohibited under Colorado 18-12-109, Para. 7.
Florida — This item is prohibited under Florida Statute 790.165
Connecticut — Statutes indicate that this item may be prohibited.
New Hampshire — Statutes indicate that this item may be prohibited.

State, county and municipal laws pertaining to items such as the Claymore Hitch Cover are varied. This product is prohibited in certain states. The purchaser and end user are responsible for knowing exactly what the local laws are concerning purchasing or displaying this product and for abiding by those laws. It is your responsibility before purchasing this product to know the local laws. The purchaser and the end user understand that the use of any look-alike or replica explosive in commission of a crime may carry the same legal ramifications as if real explosives had been so used.
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