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TANDEMKROSS Launches New Hooked Magazine Bumpers for Ruger MKIV 22/45

Innovative firearm accessories manufacturer TANDEMKROSS has launched the latest competition upgrade for the Ruger MKIV 22/45: the “Tomahawk” Hooked Magazine Bumpers.

The “Tomahawk” Bumpers feature a unique curved shape, offering significantly more material at the base of the magazine to boost the consistency of positive magazine changes. The oversized, Zyte® base pads also offer ideal placement for the user’s pinky, thanks to the curved design, improving grip and boosting control over the pistol.

These drop-in Ruger magazine bumpers attach to the bottom of the factory magazine without any glue or gunsmithing, installing in minutes. The bumpers are an ideal upgrade for shooters with larger hands, and for any competitive shooter looking to make magazine changes reliable and fast.

The “Tomahawk” bumpers also fit older models of Ruger 22/45 pistols, including Ruger MKIII 22/45 and Ruger MKII 22/45.


TANDEMKROSS is an aftermarket firearm parts company that manufactures solutions and improvements for popular firearms, making an already good gun GREAT! We strive to redefine firearm industry standards and we realize that innovation, exclusivity, and price point aren’t enough. At TANDEMKROSS we took our commitment to quality a step further by offering a Hassle-Free Lifetime Guarantee on all of our products backed with excellent customer service.


Team SIG Members Max Michel and Lena Miculek Host Clinics for Student Athletes at Scholastic Action Shooting Program Nationals

TEAM SIG Captain Max Michel and TEAM SIG shooter Lena Miculek recently joined over 2,700 student athletes at the Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) National Championships to host development clinics and mentor junior competitive shooters. Michel and Miculek’s clinics provided instruction and demonstrations on techniques, mental game, goal setting physical training, equipment, and the mental aspects of competitive sport shooting.

“It was an honor to be a part of the SASP Nationals again this year as an ambassador for the sport of competitive shooting while representing SIG SAUER. This is an outstanding program for these young student athletes, and a truly meaningful opportunity for them to compete, learn about our sport, and develop their shooting skills surrounded by their peers,” began TEAM SIG Captain Max Michel, “As a competitive shooter supporting and participating in SASP programming is essential to the future of our sport and advancing it to the next level.”

The Scholastic Action Shooting Program (SASP) is the premier shooting competition of the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation providing student athletes, aged elementary through college, with a supportive environment and opportunity to safely participate in team-based action shooting sports. SASP teaches personal values and character traits for fair play, compassionate understanding, individual responsibility, sportsmanship, self-discipline, and personal commitment.

Team SIG Shooter Lena Miculek added, “this was my first time at the SASP National and I was impressed by the number of junior shooters and enthusiastic interest in our sport. Working with these young competitors I could really see their passion and thirst for knowledge. I’m sure they will all realize many achievements in the competitive shooting world and I look forward to following their careers.”

SIG SAUER was a Platinum Level sponsor at the SASP National Championships held July 14-21at the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo, Ohio.

About SIG SAUER, Inc.
SIG SAUER, Inc. is a leading provider and manufacturer of firearms, electro-optics, ammunition, Advanced Sport Pellet (ASP) airguns, suppressors, and training. For over 100 years SIG SAUER, Inc. has evolved, and thrived, by blending American ingenuity, German engineering, and Swiss precision. Today, SIG SAUER is synonymous with industry-leading quality and innovation which has made it the brand of choice amongst the U.S. Military, the global defense community, law enforcement, competitive shooters, hunters, and responsible citizens. Additionally, SIG SAUER is the premier provider of elite firearms instruction and tactical training at the SIG SAUER Academy – a world class, state-of-the-art, 140-acre training facility. SIG SAUER is headquartered in Newington, New Hampshire, and has more than 1,700 employees across eight locations, and is the largest member of a worldwide business group that includes SIG SAUER GmbH & Co. KG in Germany. For more information about the company and product line visit:

PepperBall LifeLite Personal Protection Launcher Now Shipping and Available to The Public

United Tactical Systems, developer of the world’s leading non-lethal professional and personal defense products, announced that its innovative and easy-to-use personal protection device, PepperBall LifeLite, is now available to the public. PepperBall has been in use for over two decades by more than 5,000 law enforcement and military agencies, but has not been available to the public until now. PepperBall offers an effective solution when lethal force is not warranted or permissible and is ideal as a non-lethal option at home, places of worship, while traveling, in schools and the workplace.

PepperBall LifeLite personal protection devices can be openly carried and are user-friendly. These launching devices use CO2 cartridges to accurately propel small, non-lethal plastic projectiles 60 feet at a velocity of 270 feet per second. On impact, these projectiles burst open to create a cloud of potent, debilitating pepper powder. The powder is designed to painfully disrupt normal function of the eyes, nose, lungs, and central nervous system, halting the immediate assault but without causing permanent bodily damage. PepperBall need not hit the body to be effective; the projectile can strike proximately and still overwhelm the assailant. The technology can also impact assailants even when they are not in the direct line of sight. Unlike pepper sprays and “stun gun”-like devices, PepperBall LifeLite gives users the advantages of time, distance, and accuracy. These in turn give users the confidence to carry and use the device when necessary.

According to Monte Scott, Director of Training at PepperBall, “Our system is all about simplicity and ease-of-use in a hazardous situation. Our research and customer testing with PepperBall LifeLite shows that once they have had a couple minutes of experience with the launcher, people are immediately confident that they can use it without hesitation. To them it’s not something scary—it’s a straightforward and useful tool.”

The PepperBall LifeLite is first being made available through the company website at The device will also be distributed through select channel partners in the RV, outdoor recreation, and commercial trucking markets. Video of the PepperBall LifeLite in use can be viewed at

School Security
PepperBall LifeLite is also ideal for the non-lethal defense of schoolchildren, teachers, and staff. The PepperBall® Protect program places the technology directly in the hands of school security officials, who can safely store it in classrooms where it can will be instantly available in the event of an attack. The program combines the PepperBall® technology with comprehensive training from company and local law enforcement officials, empowering users to operate this life-saving defense technology knowledgably and confidently. The program can be tailored to fit existing emergency and lockdown protocols.

School districts are spending millions of dollars on surveillance, lockout/lockdown and other security systems, but have not effectively addressed the dilemma of how to subdue and stop an attack in progress. PepperBall LifeLite provides a highly effective, non-lethal option that empowers rank and file staff to protect themselves and their schools. More information about this program can be found at

Home and Personal Use
Home invasion is a serious threat in the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, approximately 1 million burglaries occur annually with residents inside their home, with 27% of those residents becoming victims of a violent crime. According to the FBI, 1 in every 36 homes is expected to be robbed based on recent statistics. Beyond preventative measures like locks or passive measures like alarms, PepperBall LifeLite™ provides residents with a form of security they can use when a burglary is in process. It is also highly portable and can be used while walking the dog, in the outdoors generally, or while in a vehicle.

Outdoor and RV
Outdoor and RV enthusiasts can rest

assured that they have an effective, usable personal protection device should they encounter a serious threat while in transit or at a campsite. From 2002 to 2007, the U.S. National Park Service statistics show 63 homicides, 240 rapes, 309 robberies, 37 kidnappings, and 1,277 attacks on their properties. Soft body armor and guns are used today by an increasing number of national park rangers. Many would be surprised to know that per capita, violent crime rates are roughly the same everywhere—even in wilderness areas. Adding to the need for effective personal defense in these remote or rural areas is an absence of law enforcement patrols and a

ssistance. Boaters are similarly vulnerable, with piracy a rare but real danger.

Commercial Trucking
Commercial truckers face a number of occupational safety hazards that include robbery and violence. A growing number of female truckers are particularly vulnerable to violence including sexual assault. While long haul trucking robberies and violence have long been problems in Mexico and throughout Latin America, the United States has also seen a significant rise in personal attacks on truckers as well as cargo hijackings.

Workplace and Office
According to the Society For Human Resources Management, some 27% of businesses have experienced at least one violent workplace incident. FBI statistics show that 80% of active shooter incidents occur in the workplace, with approximately 2 million people a year affected by some form of workplace violence. The recent lethal attack on a Maryland news organization, and countless other workplace violent acts where staff have been injured or killed, underscores the need for employers and office complexes to provide their personnel with the kind of stopping power that the PepperBall LifeLite offers.

“We’ve spent a great deal of time and effort designing, developing, testing, and perfecting PepperBall LifeLite, and it is now ready to serve the public with enhanced safety,” said United Tactical Systems CEO Ron Johnson. “We expect that there will be a significant and rising demand for this as the public and channel partners become familiar with its ease-of-use and effectiveness.”

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Nightforce Optics Strengthens Commitment to U.S. Rifle Team

America’s F-Class World Champion Teams Look for Fourth Consecutive Gold in 2021

Nightforce Optics today announced increased commitment to the U.S. Rifle Team through a multi-year ‘Gold Medal’ sponsorship. The three-time F-Class World Champion U.S. Rifle Team competes in domestic and international F-Class competitions, and is one-hundred percent supported by shooters’ personal funds as well as sponsor dollars.

“After twelve years of sponsoring the U.S. Rifle Team, Nightforce is proud to continue backing F-Class competitive shooting and the U.S. Rifle Team in their endeavor to bring home the gold again at the 2021 World Championships,” said Nightforce Optics Director of Sales and Marketing, Gordon Myers. “As Gold Medal partners, we’re more dedicated than ever to see the team achieve their goals and triumph in South Africa in 2021.”

“Ever since U.S. Rifle Team members collaborated with Nightforce design engineers to create the Competition™ 15-55×52 riflescope, that particular Nightforce optic has reigned as the dominant scope in worldwide F-Class competitions,” said Myers. “We’ve enjoyed a dynamic and constructive relationship with the Team for more than a decade, and look forward to supporting them in their next World Championships bid and beyond.”

“As a fantastic long-term partner, Nightforce continues to give back to the F-Class shooting community through their unprecedented support of our Team,” commented U.S. Rifle Team Captain, Phil Kelley. “Now in our fourth straight F-T/R World Championship cycle, we couldn’t be more appreciative of the past, present, and future support we enjoy from the folks at Nightforce. As competitors, we insist on the absolute best tools for our sport, and we’re delighted to voice that the world-class team, strong brand reputation, and stellar products developed by Nightforce are unsurpassed in every way.”

The U.S. Rifle Team fields three squads consisting of F-T/R, F-Open, and Under 25 shooters. The complete team is comprised of 60 members including competitors, coaches, and support staff for the three individual squads. “Every four years, the Team re-sets, much like with Olympic teams,” said Kelley. “We’ve been winning international competitions with Nightforce atop our rifles since 2009, and as we prepare for the next World Championship run in South Africa in 2021, Nightforce will be at the firing line with us again. The cost of success is significant to each shooter on the team, and it’s only through the support of loyal sponsors like Nightforce that we’ll continue as the best F-Class shooting team in the world,” added Kelley.

“From all of us at Nightforce, it’s an honor to assist America’s elite shooters on the U.S. Rifle Team,” said Myers. “By sponsoring the Team plus many other F-Class matches all over the world, we’re committed to enriching long-range, competitive shooting as a whole.”

White House Recognizes National Shooting Sports Month in Presidential Message

On August 1, 2018, President of the United States Donald Trump and the White House officially recognized NSSF’s National Shooting Sports Month, emphasizing the importance of target shooting sports in American culture, firearms safety and support for conservation when they issued the Presidential Message below.

Last week, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, along with other members of the Department of the Interior had a chance to celebrate National Shooting Sports Month at The Range of Richfield, an NSSF Member range in Richfield, Wisconsin.

Message from President Donald Trump:

During National Shooting Sports Month, we celebrate the wonderful American tradition of shooting sports. Shooting sports are a terrific reminder of our constitutional liberty and the attendant benefits that accrue to a free people: active friendship within families, between peers, and among communities, and the opportunity for Americans living in small towns and large cities to experience the bounty of America’s great outdoors.

Shooting sports help reinforce many of the bedrock values of our people, such as the free exercise of the Second Amendment. Mastery of shooting sports requires rigor, discipline, and training. State and local shooting sports programs—and instruction by trained family members and mentors—affirm the role of local communities as the primary teacher of the rule of law and personal responsibility.

This month, we recognize the sportsmen and hunters who practice and teach firearm safety and exercise proper stewardship of our land. Sportsmen and hunters not only help others to understand the responsibilities of owning and using a firearm, but they also ensure that our open space and natural resources are safeguarded. Under existing Federal law, for example, a portion of Federal excise tax on the sale of firearms and ammunition is dedicated to American wildlife research and habitat conservation. That is one reason why my Administration has prioritized making it easier for Americans to participate in shooting sports on public lands. By doing so, we are enhancing Americans’ ability to experience the unsurpassed beauty of our blessed Nation and we are better protecting our national treasures for future generations.

I encourage all Americans engaged in shooting sports to continue promoting a culture of safety and to continue exercising the responsibility and duty associated with the right to keep and bear arms.

Work Sharp and Benchmade Partner for Annual Knife Day

Work Sharp Outdoor, the leading manufacturer of knife and tool sharpeners, is partnering with Benchmade Knife Company to encourage individuals to #WorkSharpStaySharp in celebration of Annual Knife Day, which takes place nationwide August 24.

“Our partnership with Benchmade is grounded in our shared Oregon roots, our passion for the outdoors, and our commitment to exceptional customer service,” said Kyle Crawford, Work Sharp Brand Manager. “When thinking about ways to engage individuals on Annual Knife Day, Benchmade seemed like a natural partner. We’re proud to have this industry-trusted brand behind our efforts to engage consumers around the activities they know and love –hunting, fishing, camping and the great outdoors.”

For years, Work Sharp has proudly partnered with Benchmade by providing Work Sharp products to fulfill Benchmade’s LifeSharp Service to its customers. The two family-owned, Oregon-based companies also released a Benchmade-branded Guided Field Sharpener, which is now sold at outdoor retailer REI, online at, and at select Benchmade factory locations.

From August 8 to 14, individuals who participate in the #WorkSharpStaySharp campaign will be entered to win the Benchmade-branded Guided Field Sharpener, a Benchmade knife and more. Participants will automatically be entered for the Grand Prize, which will be awarded August 31 and includes: a Work Sharp Guided Sharpening System, Guided Field Sharpener, Pocket Knife Sharpener, Ken Onion Edition Knife and Tool Sharpener with Blade Grinding Attachment, knife signed by Ken Onion, and more.

To enter the giveaway, individuals should:
• like Work Sharp Tools on Facebook and share the specified contest post with their friends;
• follow @WorkSharpTools on Instagram and comment on the specified contest post;
• and sign up for Work Sharp Outdoor’s newsletter.
Individuals are also encouraged to share how they #WorkSharpStaySharp in the field on their own social media channels.

The Guided Field Sharpener is the first angle-guided sharpener of its kind, and offers a complete, robust and compact field sharpening solution. Weighing 0.5 pounds and measuring 6.75 inches long, the Guided Field Sharpener is compact and easy to pack on any adventure. It incorporates five stages of sharpening and honing, each with built-in angle guides. The unit ensures a consistent bevel across the entire length of any blade – flat, curved, or serrated – enabling sportsmen and women to sharpen everything from pocket and fillet knives to broadheads, fish hooks and camp tools.

In the field, on the water, at your workbench, or wherever your passion takes you – sharp knives and tools are essential to your success. This month, celebrate how you #WorkSharpStaySharp with Work Sharp Outdoor and Benchmade Knife Company.





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