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From the Road: Goals and Focus at the 2014 IDPA Nationals

Shelley Giddings - Friday, September 12, 2014

The 2014 IDPA Nationals are well under way. Some of us shot yesterday, and more of the top shooters will be shooting today and tomorrow. There is a good summary of what the scores look like over on Gun Nuts Media.

As for me? Well, I haven’t shot IDPA in years, so when I started stepping up to the stages yesterday morning there were a few surprises. I definitely didn’t make it out without any procedural errors, but I accomplished my goal: I shot a slow, accurate match.

One of the things I struggle with most in the action shooting sports is getting ahead of myself. I know how to line up the sights and pull the trigger, but I don’t always do so when I’m in the middle of a course of fire. It’s silly really, see a good sight picture, get a good trigger pull, it all sounds so simple.

Yesterday, I shot one of my slowest matches ever, and between that and the procedural errors (What do you mean I HAVE to be moving? I can only load six rounds into my gun?) I was left down near the bottom of my class. That’s okay though, because I was also one of the more accurate shooters in my class, and that was what was really important to me during this match.

To be honest, I spent most of the day picking Randi Roger’s mind (she was coaching the A Girl & A Gun ladies I was shooting with) and talking to friends. It was a fun day, and I definitely have a lot to work on – of course, as soon as this is over I need to start getting ready for Brownell’s Lady 3-Gun and the SouthEast Pro-Am.

Having a goal and sticking to it throughout a match – even when you really really really want to hose those three targets – can give you a sense of accomplishment even when you place poorly. We’re all works in progress; know what you’re working on.

GLOCK Teams Up with Brownells

Shelley Giddings - Thursday, September 04, 2014
SMYRNA, GA September 2, 2014 - GLOCK Inc. teams up with Brownells, Inc, the largest supplier of firearms accessories, to bring consumers greater access to GLOCK parts and accessories.

Brownells lives up to their credo of “selection” as they are now to carry hundreds of GLOCK components.

“We’re very excited to be partnering with Glock to offer their full line of parts,” said Pete Brownell, CEO of Brownells. “This is a great example of two legendary industry companies teaming up to serve Glock pistol owners and enthusiasts everywhere.”

Accessories such as GLOCK magazines and threaded barrels have been available at Brownells for some time, however, the full line of accessories and parts will now be offered.

“As one of the leading parts and accessory distributors, Brownells will be a great resource for GLOCK owners to obtain the full line of GLOCK factory parts,” stated Bob Radecki, GLOCK’s National Sales Manager, “We are very happy to team up with Brownells and look forward to a long business relationship which meets the needs of our customers.”

About GLOCK, Inc.

The GLOCK GROUP is a leading global manufacturer of pistols and accessories. GLOCK's superior engineering has produced a pistol with only 34 parts and a rugged polymer-frame, providing industry-leading reliability shot after shot. GLOCK is renowned for its pistols which are safe, featuring three safeties; simple, offering a low number of components to provide reliability; and fast, with no encumbering parts to slow the speed to fire. This combination makes GLOCK pistols the first choice among consumers and law enforcement, with approximately 65 percent of agencies within the United States choosing to carry GLOCK. Austrian-engineered, the group has manufacturing facilities in the United States and Austria. Based in Smyrna, Ga., GLOCK, Inc. is an advocate for our nation's law enforcement and military personnel, as well as all citizens' Second Amendment right to bear arms. For more information, please visit

Media Contact:  Kie Wagner

Lessons from the GAP Grind Bushnell ProAm: 5 things you need to know before you get started in a new shooting sport

Shelley Giddings - Thursday, September 04, 2014
1. Don’t obsess over your equipment.

Sure, good equipment is important at any match, and having the right equipment definitely matters. The first time you show up at a match, there’s no doubt that someone will recommend something new, something different, something better.

When it comes to equipment for a new shooting sport, sometimes you just need to stick to what you have and what you’ll use. If it’s that bad, someone at the match will probably help you out and lend you something better. Trust me, I’ve been there.

As shooters new to a sport, there’s no way for us to really know what’s good and what’s not until we’ve gotten some experience under our belt.

2. There’s probably a class available.

I’m not saying you’re going to find a class called “Intro to USPSA” (although sometimes these exist) but there are instructors out there who run more introductory classes that will be able to answer your questions about the sport.

While your researching your training schools or instructors (as you always should) pay attention to what competitions they may shoot, or what competitions are held there. For example, I know that K&M Precision Rifle Training is where the GAP Grind is held, and I know (through #5 on this list) that the classes there are an excellent place to start.

3. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

For the most part, people involved in shooting sports want more people to involved and safe. Which means if you show up and are completely confused, as we all are at the beginning, you shouldn’t be afraid to ask questions of those around you. Most people are more than happy to help.

We all had to start somewhere, and we’ve all been the slightly confused person who’s just showing up to their first match.

4. Everyone has advice.

In fact, sometimes everyone can be too helpful. There is a chance, a very good possibility even, that throughout the course of your first match, (and your second, and your third…) you’re going to get A LOT of advice. It can be difficult to internalize all of this information, and sometimes you’re going to get well-intentioned but bad advice. (See #5).

The truth is, you don’t have time to analyze all this advice on the range as your shooting, and you don’t have the knowledge to know what’s good and what’s bad advice, which brings us to my most important point:

5. Have smart people on your side.

Like picking out a good instructor, choosing who you’re going to listen to when you’re out shooting is incredibly important. Observe the skill level of the people around you, how people treat one another, and how people talk. A lot of times the most outspoken people on the range know the least. That doesn’t invalidate all of their advice, but it does mean you need to be careful what advice you’re taking.

As you make friends on the range, make sure you have a couple people whose knowledge of the sport you trust completely and who you are comfortable going to for advice. I try to have at least three people I can ask questions of, and I try to ask all of them my questions – then I’m guaranteed to have at least three sound answers. Sometimes those three answers are different, and sometimes they’re the same, but at least I have answers I can trust that I can analyze from there.

Umarex USA Announces Appointment of North Country Marketing Group

Shelley Giddings - Tuesday, September 02, 2014

FORT SMITH, ARKANSAS (September 2, 2014)Umarex USA is pleased to announce the appointment of North Country Marketing Group as its new regional sales agency of record covering the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Illinois.

Founded in 1987, North Country Marketing is recognized as one of the top manufacturers' rep agencies for the upper Midwest territory. They have a proven track record developed by taking care of independent dealers with the same dedication given to mass merchants, distributors, and catalog retailers. They represent some of the finest brands in the shooting, hunting, and outdoor industries including Browning, Winchester, Vortex, Do-All Outdoors, GSM Outdoors, TenPoint Crossbows, Extreme Cold Series, and Manzella.

"North Country has a team of experienced sales associates with extensive backgrounds in retail sales and management," said Neil Dickinson, National Sales Manager for Umarex USA, "and just as important, their entire group is avid about the outdoors. They all spend time getting to know the products they represent, which will be a great benefit for our retail partners." Combined, the staff of North Country Marketing possesses over 200 years of outdoor goods industry experience.

Founder and Principal of North Country Marketing, Michael Schuett said, "Umarex USA is a growing company with a future that includes U.S.-based production of airguns. We're excited that we have been selected to help continue driving growth for them in the North Country and look forward to sharing with our clients the business potential of Umarex Airguns."


About Umarex USA


Umarex USA is one of North America's fastest growing sport and recreation gun companies. Umarex USA develops and markets airguns under brands licensed by its parent company, Umarex Sportwaffen GmbH & Co. KG. Such brands include Walther®, RWS®, Smith & Wesson®, Browning®, Heckler & Koch®, Ruger®, Beretta, Colt®, Magnum Research®, IWI, UZI, and others. For additional information regarding Umarex USA visit and follow us on social media via Facebook and YouTube.

BOOK: Long Range Rifle Shooting by Nancy Tompkins

Anette Wachter - Thursday, August 28, 2014

If you have never heard of Nancy Tompkins then you may have been living under a rock, either that or have no connection with the High Power shooting world.

Nancy has so many national championships and records we have lost count. She has been coaching U.S. Palma, Long Range and F-class teams to victory for many years. Her two daughters, Michelle and Sheri, were born with rifles in hand and have also won many national championships and earned national records. Obviously the shooting gene was passed on.

After many years of nagging by her fellow competitors Nancy finally wrote a book, and now her second edition is available.

Nancy can read wind like no other. I call her Wind Ninja. Or, Windja, for short. I have had the pleasure of being on several of her teams as she has coached us to victory. It is like hanging out with mom. I love all of the coaches I have shot under, but Nancy has a way of calming your nerves as you step up to the line. She is the nicest woman and has the most confidence and positive outlook on life that I have ever seen in a person.

In her book, even though it is written mostly for the High Power shooter, there is a lot of information on wind reading, and also much for those who shoot FTR/F-Class. For the high power shooter, there is information on positions, sight picture and trigger control. For others there is information on scopes, wind reading and the mental game. Her husband, Mid, who also is a legendary shooter, writes about loading and equipment in some chapters.

Anyone who shoots any kind of long range will benefit from this book. She is a master. We laugh when Nancy always asks why she is chosen to coach teams so much these days. We tell her, “Well because you wrote the book!”

To order her book you can go to www.rifleshootingbynancy.comShe will sign it also!

Nikon Releases New State-of-the-Art Archery Rangefinder

Shelley Giddings - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Nikon has announced the release of the Arrow ID 5000 Laser Rangefinder – a tool that will undoubtedly be a favorite among bowhunters and archery shooters for years to come. By combining Nikon’s world-renowned optics with some of the world’s most advanced laser rangefinder technology, the new Arrow ID 5000 has been purpose-built to help ensure that arrows arrive at their intended destination. 

Nikon’s advanced ID (incline/decline) Technology allows bowhunters to range horizontal distance to targets from a treestand or in steep terrain with the same confidence and ease as ranging over flat ground—simply aim, push the button and plan your shot according to the displayed distance.  Only one number is displayed, the correct distance needed to make the shot.

The Arrow ID 5000 also has Tru-Target Technology that allows users to select between first target priority mode and distant target priority mode.  First target priority mode displays the distance of the closest subject while distant target priority mode displays the range of the farthest target among a group of targets measured.  The uncluttered screen displays ranges speedy in .1-yard increments.


The rangefinder features Nikon’s legendary multicoated optics, waterproof/fogproof ruggedness and pocket-sized portability. The Nikon Arrow ID 5000 also features long eye relief (18.3mm), an adjustable diopter and 6x, bright, multicoated optics.  Like all Nikon rangefinders, the new Arrow ID 5000 operates on a single CR2 lithium battery (included).  A neoprene case in RealTree APG® camo for the ultimate in stealth bowhunting is also included. MSRP is $279.99.  All Nikon Rangefinders are backed by a 2-year Warranty.


The technology behind the Laser Rangefinder with inclinometer originated from technology incorporated in Nikon’s Total Station DTM-1 surveying instrument.  The Total Station DTM-1, first sold in 1985, was the first highly advanced electronic model of those surveying instruments that incorporated a distance and angle measuring capability developed by Nikon Corporation.


Nikon Inc. is the U.S. distributor of Nikon sports and recreational optics, world-renowned Nikon 35mm cameras, digital cameras, speedlights and accessories, Nikkor lenses and electronic imaging products.


For more information on Nikon's full line of Riflescopes, Binoculars, Spotting Scopes, Fieldscopes and Laser Rangefinders, please contact: Nikon Sport Optics, 1300 Walt Whitman Rd., Melville, NY 11747-3064, or call 1-800-645-6687.


Realtree APG is a registered trademark of Jordan Outdoor Enterprises, LTD.

All Nikon Trademarks are the property of Nikon Corporation.

September Exclusive: Smith & Wesson M&P .22 Compact First Look

Shelley Giddings - Tuesday, August 26, 2014

"The M&P line of pistols has been a tremendous success for Smith & Wesson. Used by law enforcement agencies and civilians in huge numbers, the M&P pistols show no signs of decreasing in popularity any time soon. That’s especially true for the most popular M&P for concealed carry: the M&P Shield. There is even a .22 LR in the M&P lineup, the M&P22. This is a 1:1 scale .22 LR version of the full size M&P which is manufactured under license by Umarex in Arnsberg, Germany.

Now there’s a new M&P, and it’s bringing you the best of both worlds. It combines the form factor of the mega-popular Shield with the caliber of the .22. The result is Smith & Wesson’s new M&P22 Compact pistol. The name is nearly a perfect description of the gun – it’s an M&P, it’s a .22 LR, and it’s compact. How compact is it? Well it’s about the same size as the M&P Shield, meaning that shooters looking for low recoil training alternative for their Shield have a great choice."

Read more in the September issue of GunUp the Magazine.

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