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NSSF Launches SHOT University Online for FFLs, Ranges

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry and producer of the annual SHOT Show, is pleased to announce the launch of its all-new SHOT University Online education resource.

Available at no charge to NSSF members, SHOT University’s easy-access curriculum allows members to take advantage of industry-leading educational content when it’s convenient to them, wherever they choose to use it. Provided by experts in retail strategies, marketing, security and technology, regulatory compliance and a host of other relevant topics, some of the numerous courses being offered include:

  • Inventory Management and KPIs
  • Range Training Equipment and Program Design
  • Marketing Range Training Programs
  • The Guide to New Range Start-Ups
  • Membership Trends
  • Social Media 101

“We have seen an increase in the demand for the specialized content we provide across the host of educational events NSSF holds throughout the year,” explained Mike Vrooman, NSSF Managing Director, Member Services. “We have a wealth of resources that help our retailers and range owners do business better, from regional ATF training sessions and live webinars to forums such as our Industry Summit, Import/Export Conference and our annual in-person SHOT University at SHOT Show®. But we wanted to create a one-stop resource that was both comprehensive and more readily available. SHOT University Online’s 24/7-365 presence accomplishes that while putting convenience and ease of access in sharp focus.”

SHOT University Online is available only to NSSF members. To learn more and view the courses, visit nssf.org/education. New courses will be added regularly.

Need to join NSSF to take advantage of this new resource, in addition to the many other benefits NSSF membership enjoys? Simply visit NSSF.org.

Buyer Registration Opens for 2020 SHOT Show

Welcome to Las VegasBuyer registration is now open for the 42nd Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show). Set for January 21-24 at the Sands Expo Center, the SHOT Show will attract more than 60,000 professionals to Las Vegas for the firearms and outdoor industry’s annual main event. Registration for media will open later this week. Exhibitor registration will open later this month.

Owned and sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the firearms industry trade association, the SHOT Show is the largest trade show of its kind in the world. The show is open to trade members only and not to the public.

Many official show events cluster around the four days of SHOT Show itself, creating “SHOT Week.” These include the 6th Annual NSSF/HAVA Golf Classic in support of Honored American Veterans Afield, a firearms industry-run charitable organization that helps the healing of disabled combat veterans and their reintegration back into normal life through participation in hunting and shooting sports.

The two-day Supplier Showcase is a show-within-a-show, with hundreds of OEM third-party suppliers meeting with exhibiting manufacturers and exploring their needs for extrusions, fabrication, fabrics, machinery, metal, plastics, software, logistical support and tools.

If you are unable to make it to the industry’s largest show of its kind, be sure to keep an eye on the GunLink Forums, right here on the GunLink Blog, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to get all the scoop on the latest products and all of the news coming out of SHOT Show. Our team will be providing our ninth year of coverage again from the opening shots of Industry Day at the Range through the closing of the show.   Continue reading

Springfield Challenges Micro 9mm Carry Market with New Hellcat

Springfield Armory Announces Hellcat: Worlds Highest Capacity Micro 9mm

Seeking to challenge the market segment currently ruled by Sig’s amazingly small 10-round micro-9, the P365, Springfield has announced their latest concealed carry wunderkind, the Hellcat. Although not big fans of the company, this new pistol has us genuinely curious. Although essentially impossible to find locally in our neck of the woods, we’re looking forward to handling the diminutive, well-capacitied, optic-ready pistol at SHOT Show and getting the opportunity to run some rounds through it at Industry Day at the Range in a couple of months.

Springfield’s announcement:

After years of development, we are proud to introduce the Hellcat, the highest capacity micro compact 9mm in the world and the next generation of defensive pistol from Springfield Armory.

“This is the first step in a new direction for Springfield Armory polymer handguns and embodies our disciplined approach to modern firearms design. Every detail of the Hellcat has been shaped by a singular mission — to deliver the definitive concealed carry handgun,” says Dennis Reese, CEO of Springfield Armory.

The 3″ barreled micro compact pistol features a class leading capacity of 11+1 with its patented magazine — 13+1 with the included extended mag — and is the result of years of painstaking development and engineering in addition to intensive collaboration with top engineers, shooters and self defense experts.   Continue reading

Hi Point Changes Up Their Pistol Line. Finally.

Aside from being big, bulky, heavy, and ugly (all true), one of the main beefs that people have with the budget-friendly firearm brand HiPoint is the low capacity (also true). Their line of pistols and pistol caliber carbines have always featured a limited capacity single stack magazine despite the wide grips. That changes now.

For two decades, the Model C9 – a blowback operated polymer-framed 9mm  pistol with Zamak slide – has been the company’s flagship handgun. Throughout that time, the Hi-Point product line has seen precious few changes aside from the addition of new calibers and cosmetic features. This includes the stock flush-fit 8-round magazine capacity that C9 owners have always been limited by.

At SHOT Show 2019 in Las Vegas, the Ohio-based company introduced their latest pistol offering – a higher capacity 9mm with a few new features that will be appreciated by those who don’t immediately turn up their nose at the inexpensive firearms. Hi-Point is quick to point out that the new handgun is not just a tweaked version of their existing pistols but, rather, is an entirely new firearm with a more contemporary design that they say will stick with the company’s affordable pricing structure.

Currently in what they are calling a “stealth prototype” phase, the company had 3D printed rapid prototypes on display in their booth to demonstrate the size and features of the new pistol, which boasts a higher capacity magazine, threaded barrel, improved slide and grip geometry.   Continue reading

Range Time with Mossberg’s Centennial Gift to the Shooting: The Company’s First Pistol in 100 Years

To celebrate their 100th year in business, Mossberg is releasing a new pistol, only their second in the company’s history.

Don’t feel bad if you are unfamiliar with the shotgun powerhouse’s first foray into handguns. The Mossberg Brownie was the company’s very first firearm – a four-barreled .22 caliber pistol marketed toward hunters and trappers – was only produced from 1919 to 1932, during which it sold for a mere $5.

The prodigal pistol producer’s latest handgun, dubbed the Mossberg Carry 1 Sub-Compact (MC1sc), is more on-point for one of the hottest market segments today: the sub-compact single stack 9mm carry gun. The GunLink team went hands-on with the MC1sc at SHOT Show 2019, including getting some trigger time with the new pistol during Industry Day at the Range the day before the show officially opened.

My first thought when Mossberg announced the new handgun was that they were late to an already crowded party. A party already attended by a pretty popular in-crowd, including the Glock 43, Smith & Wesson Shield, Springfield XDs, and the newer Sig Sauer P365. Stiff competition for a company with a sparse track record in the handgun arena. Good luck, Mossberg.

My first thoughts when we met the MC1sc at SHOT Range Day were that it was remarkably well executed and Mossberg has a real shot with this pistol.    Continue reading

SHOT Show Range Report: Glock’s Single Stack 9mm Pistols

The Glock G43x and G48 Make an Appearance at SHOT Show Industry Day at the Range

The GunLink team was split on whether or not we would like the two new single stack offerings from Glock. On one hand, some of our team thought that the pistol giant was late to the game, as they often are, while others, particularly those of smaller stature, were excited for the simplicity and reliability of the platform in a form factor that would be easier for them to use.

After getting some trigger time on the new models, they seem to make a bit more sense.

A couple members of the GunLink team got to put some rounds down range through three of Glock’s newest pistols – the new 43X and 48, as well as the G45 (a G19 slide on a G17 grip… but now available in BLACK!!) that has been around for a few months.  Continue reading

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