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The Amazing NXG Airgun Giveaway

Shelley Giddings - Monday, November 24, 2014

FORT SMITH, ARKANSAS (November 24, 2014) – Umarex USA has announced the celebration of Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday with the Amazing NXG Airgun Giveaway that will make eight shooting sports fans very, very happy.


Umarex USA is giving eight lucky people a brand new NXG (Next Generation) APX rifle—just for signing up for the Amazing NXG Airgun Giveaway on the Umarex USA Facebook page or website: This giveaway comes just as the new rifle is hitting sporting good stores and dealer shelves in time for the holidays.


One of the most sought after gun gifts this Christmas, the NXG (Next Generation) APX is equipped with a multitude of modern-day features that includes an automatic safety—the first auto-safety found on a pump-up rifle of this type. The APX has a progressive stock design that's ergonomic, modern and impact resistant. Its grip is designed with a narrow curve that's comfortable in the hands of small-framed shooters creating better control to promote a safer shooting environment. The multi-pump action and easy-load pellet ramp are easy to use for right or left-handed shooters and it deploys non-lead pellets up to a velocity of 800 feet per second with 10 pumps. Mounting a scope to the APX is easy with its integrated tactical-style scope mounting rail system. All of these features combine to make shooting the Next Generation APX from Umarex a target-busting experience for shooters of all ages.


You can sign up for the giveaway by going here: or head over to the Umarex USA Facebook page ( for more information.


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®, Regent, IWI, UZI, and others. For additional information regarding Umarex USA visit and follow Umarex USA on Facebook and YouTube.


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3 Gun Bicep Series - Abs Sans Situps

Anette Wachter - Monday, November 24, 2014

When competing, all of our muscles are getting use whether we know it or not. Core and balance is very important to this game and you abs fall in to that category. But to me sit-ups are somewhat one dimensional. There are so many ab exercises to do that cover all of your core muscles. And frankly, sit-ups are boring. Here are two examples of ab moves that bring in several muscle groups and work on balance.


Twist & Chop With Medicine Ball


Stand with legs a little wider than shoulder width apart. Ball held in hands in front of you and swing ball up and to over your left shoulder. Then chop the ball down to your right. Almost like a wood chop or a golf swing. Then swing back up over the left shoulder and start over. Do 3 sets of 15 on each side!

Ball Pike To Plank


You will need a ball that fits your body size. (You should be able to sit on it with 90 degree angles at your hips and knees) Get in the plank position with shins resting on top of ball as shown. On an exhale, pull your abs deeply to your spine and use your abs to fold your body in half, pulling the ball forward toward your hands as your pelvis moves up in the air. Your toes will move onto top of ball and your back will become perpendicular to the floor like a handstand. Allow your head to fall between your arms, keeping your neck long and in line with your spine.  Lower yourself back into a plank position and do not allow your pelvis to sag below your shoulders. Do 10 reps for two to three sets.

FN America Launches New AR-15 Commercial Barrel Line

Shelley Giddings - Monday, November 03, 2014

FN Cold Hammer-Forged, Chrome-Lined Barrels Now Available at Dealers Nationwide

(McLean, VA – November 3, 2014) FN America, LLC is pleased to announce the launch of its new AR-15 commercial barrel line, produced at the company’s manufacturing facility in Columbia, SC.  Product specifications for each are listed below in Table 1.

Table 1:  Product Specifications for FN AR-15 Commercial Barrel Line

Product No.




AR-15 Hammer-Forged Barrel 14.5”, OAL, Carbine Length Gas System, 5.56x45 mm



AR-15 Hammer-Forged Barrel 16” OAL, Carbine Length Gas System, 5.56x45 mm



AR-15 Hammer-Forged Barrel 16” OAL, Mid Length Gas System, 5.56x45 mm



AR-15 Hammer-Forged Barrel 18” OAL, Rifle Length Gas System, 5.56x45 mm



AR-15 Hammer-Forged Barrel 20” OAL, Rifle Length Gas System, 5.56x45 mm


“FN barrels are among the best in the world,” said Mark Cherpes, FN America President and CEO.  “Our parent company, FN Herstal, has spent decades perfecting the art of making cold hammer-forged, chrome-lined barrels. This knowledge has transitioned and is the same process we use today in South Carolina.  Top-quality materials, state-of-the-art equipment and rigorous quality testing produce the most precise, long-lasting barrels money can buy.”

“With the addition of this new AR-15 commercial barrel line, FN customers now have the option of upgrading their standard AR-15 barrel to an FN,” said Ken Pfau, Senior Vice President of Commercial and Law Enforcement Sales.  “This will allow shooters to customize their AR-15 platforms with top-notch components that give them a great return on investment both on and off the range.”

FN America produces more than 20,000 barrels each month for a variety of military and commercial products sold in the U.S., including the FN 15™, M4/M4A1 carbines, M16 rifles, M249 SAWs, MK 48, MK 46, M240, M240C, M240E1, M240B and M240L machine guns, and the FNX™ and FNS™ pistol lines.  Each is made from the highest quality steel available and is processed by more than $10 million in state-of-the-art equipment.  All barrels undergo rigorous automated and manual quality testing to ensure they are free of micro-stresses and cracks that could affect performance.  Any product that scores less than 100 percent is rejected. 

For more information about the FN AR-15 commercial barrel line or other FN products, visit

NRA New Energy with Elizabeth Lanier

Shelley Giddings - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Elizabeth Lanier has made major strides in the shooting world. She has been instructing for eight years and in 2012 became the 4th woman to achieve National Sporting Clays Association Level III Shooting Instructor status - a certification that required a minimum of 1,500 teaching hours. Adding to the list, Elizabeth recently became a Coordinated Shooting Method associate, as well. But the fun really got started when she founded GRITS (Girls Really Into Shooting). If you’re not having as much fun shooting as this group of gals, you’re not doing it right.

Love at First Shot Episode 4: Ammo Part II: How & What to Buy

Shelley Giddings - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

With the help of ammunition manufacturer Hornady, Natalie Foster goes through the motions from the birth of a bullet to the shipping warehouse where we find out what to look for when buying ammo. With the many types of ammo and their variations, Natalie takes to Cabela’s to demonstrate simple ways to select the ammo to best fit your needs.

Tips & Tactics: Jane Keller Brown: Fitting Your Shotgun

Shelley Giddings - Friday, October 17, 2014

Jane Brown Keller is a champion competitive clay shooter and Founding Member of the Annie Oakley Shooters. Jane gives advice on different ways you can have your shotgun fit specifically to you to better your shooting performance.

Colt Launches Loyal Customer Rebate Program

Shelley Giddings - Friday, October 17, 2014

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (Oct. 16, 2014) – Colt’s Manufacturing Company, one of the world’s leading designers, developers and manufacturers of firearms, is now offering a Loyal Customer Rebate Program for qualifying Colt handgun purchases. The program offers a $100 pre-paid rebate card for the purchase of a Colt O1991 Government Model pistol, and a $75 pre-paid rebate card with the purchase of an O6790 Mustang XSP or O6891 Mustang Pocketlite.


“The rebate program is a way for Colt to thank both new and loyal customers for their purchase of our products,” said Colt’s Manufacturing Company Vice President of Marketing Joyce Rubino. “We are excited to launch this program to wrap up 2014 with our customers.”


Qualifying purchases must be made during the rebate period of Oct. 15 – Dec. 31, 2014. To redeem the rebate, customers will need to visit and provide proof of purchase within the rebate period, as well as retailer sales paperwork. Official rules can also be found on rebate redemption webpage.


About Colt’s Manufacturing Company LLC       

Colt’s Manufacturing Company LLC is one of the world’s leading designers, developers and manufacturers of firearms. The company has supplied civilian, military and law enforcement customers in the United States and throughout the world for more than 175 years. Our subsidiary, Colt Canada Corporation, is the Canadian government’s Center of Excellence for small arms and is the Canadian military’s sole supplier of the C7 rifle and C8 carbine. Colt operates its manufacturing facilities in West Hartford, Connecticut and Kitchener, Ontario. For more information on Colt and its subsidiaries, please visit

Love at First Shot Episode 4: Ammo Part I: Anatomy 101

Shelley Giddings - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

It seems like there’s a different round of ammo for every day of the year, but there are easy ways to know which type fits your needs the best. Join host Natalie Foster to learn about the science and application of these rounds at ammunition manufacturer Hornady in part one of our three-part episode. 

3-Gun Bicep Series: Plank N Row

Anette Wachter - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

As you know, plank exercises are my favorite to include in any routine. The plank covers so many muscles you can do these exercises in each of your workout routines. To add to this month’s plank I want to add something for the back muscles. All shooting sports require upper body strength, 3-Gun in particular. No excuses for running out of steam half way through a match. A popular exercise is the dumbbell row and it is for good reason. This move isolates the lats and lower back. The weight you choose should be moderate, not too heavy so you can do more sets of reps.

First is the plank exercise called the Rolling Plank. Start in a normal plank position then roll on to left side and hold for 10 seconds. Roll back to center and then roll to the right side and hold for 10 seconds. Do 10 sets.

Second is the Dumbbell Row. Grab a moderate weight, I use about a 20 pound dumbbell. Rest your left knee on a bench and support yourself with your left hand. The dumbbell starts at the “low ready”  (get it? 3-Gun humor) in your right hand. Pull the right hand up to where dumbbell is level to your side. Pause at the top and then down to start position. Pause there and then repeat for 8 to 12 reps. Do the same for the right side. Do about 3 to 4 sets each.

5 things you can do TODAY to protect yourself from the TOP KILLERS

Shelley Giddings - Friday, October 10, 2014

According to the World Health Organization, in 2012 the top causes of death in high-income countries included ischaemic heart disease, stroke, lung cancers, Alzheimer’s, lower respiratory infections, colon cancers, and diabetes. If we look at the list of top ten causes of death in upper-middle income countries, road injury is added to the list.

So what can we, who carry our guns every day, plan for the worst case scenario, do to start protecting ourselves right now? There are five easy and affordable steps we should all enact TODAY to ensure that we are keeping ourselves safe from the top killers in the world:

  1. Put Down the McDonalds and Coke

No one expects you to eat salads and chicken for every meal, but being aware of what you’re eating is a powerful thing. Something as simple and quitting fast food and soda can go a long way to preserving your future health.

  1. Wear Your Seat Belt

That seems pretty straightforward, doesn’t it? Cars are flying metal monsters traveling at 30 to 90 miles an hour, and you’re not going to bother to strap yourself in?

  1. Don’t Smoke

It’s bad for you. There are sciences behind this.

  1. Exercise

Running sucks. So join a group, take a class, get a gym membership, or buy some dumbbells. There are thousands of ways to get your workout on, find one that works for you and don’t stop.

  1. Regular Doctor Visits

No one LIKES to go to the doctor, but they are actually paid lots of money to keep your healthy, so going is a good idea. Physicals are a good idea. Having that chronic cough looked at is a good idea.

If we’re going to prepare for unlikely scenarios, we should probably prepare for more likely ones as well.

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