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NSSF Program Hunting Works for America Expands Again

The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association for the firearms industry, is proud to announce that the Hunting Works For America footprint has grown to include Maryland. Hunting Works For Maryland joins 18 other states, including most recently Ohio, as the 19th state to be included in the award-winning Hunting Works For America program.

Hunting Works For America, through its state chapters, is an initiative that seeks to bring a broad range of stakeholders together in order to educate the public and elected officials about the importance of hunting. Shooting sports organizations, conservation groups, businesses, and other non-traditional hunting entities such as chambers of commerce, convention and visitors bureaus and other trade associations, have come together to form Hunting Works For Maryland and share their interest in the economic impact of hunting.

The newly formed Hunting Works For Maryland partnership has more than 65 partner organizations and will be adding dozens more in the weeks and months to come.

“A strong appreciation for the outdoors and outdoor sports is evident in the money spent by the 88,000 people who hunt in Maryland every year,” said Chris Dolnack, NSSF Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for NSSF. “Hunters contribute $32 million in state and local taxes each year, thanks to their considerable spending on their favorite pastime. The average hunter in Maryland spends $3,000 a year, which translates into $128 million in salaries and wages and an economic ripple effect of $401 million.”

Taxes, fees and surcharges that hunters pay when they purchase licenses, tags and equipment fund Maryland’s conservation efforts, which benefit game and non-game species, as well as anyone who enjoys the outdoors.

Hunting Works For Maryland launched today with a press conference across the street from the State House in the Annapolis Visitors Center. It is co-chaired by Deb Carter, Executive Director of the Maryland Association of Campgrounds; Ruth Toomey, Executive Director of the Maryland Tourism Coalition; Senator John Astle representing District 30; and Delores Jones state, General Manager of the Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Chestertown.

Hunting Works For America launched in 2010 with just three states: Arizona, Minnesota and North Dakota. Since then the program has grown, adding chapters in Iowa, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alabama, South Dakota, New York, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Utah. All totaled, the Hunting Works For America program now represents more than 1,500 businesses, organizations and associations representing tens of thousands of stakeholders.

Becoming a member of Hunting Works for Maryland is absolutely free of charge. Visit www.HuntingWorksforMD.com to learn more about becoming a partner and the program, including leadership, members, social media opportunities and local hunting seasons.

Franklin Armory receives California Department of Justice approval on the New CA7 Pistol

The new Franklin Armory CA7 AR pistol has received California Department of Justice approval and is now listed on the CA roster.

Franklin Armory President Jay Jacobson noted that, “This is historic since the CA7™ is the only AR pistol approved by the State of California that is NOT a single shot.”

The CA7™ features:

  • 7.5” barrel
  • FST™ 7” handguard
  • Mil-spec pistol marked forged lower receiver
  • Pistol Buffer tube with foam cheek pad
  • Detachable 10/20 magazine

Find the Franklin Armory in the CA state roster here.

Franklin Armory says that they are no stranger to helping Californians acquire legal firearms. The DFM Drop-in Fixed Magazine, the F-17 series in .17wsm, CSW and a host of CA compliant rifles are also available to customers in California.  For more information, visit www.franklinarmory.com.

Browning Defines Rough Country Accuracy with the New X-Bolt Hell’s Canyon Long Range McMillan Rifles

Big game hunters in search of an accurate, long-range rifle need look no further than Browning and the new X-Bolt Hell’s Canyon Speed Long Range McMillan.

This awesome new rifle is designed for precision shooting at extended ranges. The foundation is the award-winning X-Bolt, a rifle renowned for its accuracy. The X-Bolt barreled action is fit to a McMillan® Game Scout stock in the choice of A-TACS AU Camo® or Desert Carbon Ambush camouflage. This stock includes integrated aluminum bedding pillars, a comfortable vertical pistol grip with thumb shelf and a stable, medium width fore-end to make it an ultra-stable platform that is ideal for a long-range hunting rifle.

All X-Bolt Hell’s Canyon Speed Long Range McMillan rifles include a 26″ heavy sporter contour fluted barrel that is free floated, hand chambered and has a target crown. A removable, threaded muzzle brake helps tame felt recoil and includes a thread protector for when the muzzle brake is not in use. 5/8″-24 TPI threading makes it simple to add a suppressor.

MSRP for the right-hand X-Bolt Hell’s Canyon Speed Long Range McMillan rifle is $2,189.99 – $2,399.99 depending on caliber and camo pattern. Desert Carbon Ambush camo models are also available for left-handed shooters with an MSRP of $2,359.99 – $2,429.99.

Features:

  • McMillan® Game Scout Stock with A-TACS AU Camo or Desert Carbon Ambush Camo and Dura Touch Armor Coating
  • Adjustable Feather Trigger
  • X-Lock Scope Mounting System
  • Free-Floated Heavy Sporter Contour Fluted Barrel
  • 60° Bolt Lift
  • Extended Bolt Handle
  • Bolt Unlock Button
  • Rotary Magazine
  • Top-Tang Safety
  • Personalized Bolt Engraving Available
  • 20 MOA Picatinny Rail
  • Picatinny Rail for Bipod Mounting (Desert Carbon Ambush camo models only)
  • Pachmayr® Decelerator® Recoil Pad

For more information on Browning products, please visit www.browning.com

FN Announces Release of FN SCAR 20S Precision Rifle

FN America, LLC is pleased to announce the release of the highly-anticipated FN SCAR® 20S precision rifle, based on the FN MK20 SSR or Sniper Support Rifle currently fielded within USSOCOM. The 7.62x51mm-chambered rifle has been purpose-built to achieve superior long-range accuracy.

“The FN SCAR® 20S is the latest addition to our battle-proven line-up of FN SCAR products and the first commercial SCAR release since we launched the 17S in 2010,” said Mark Cherpes, President and CEO for FN America, LLC. “Customers will notice that the FN SCAR 20S shares more commonalities than differences with the MK20 SSR and reaffirms our commitment to producing commercial versions of our iconic military firearms.”

The rifle achieves 1-MOA (minute of angle) accuracy to 100 yards with match-grade ammunition out of the box. The 20-inch, 1:12 twist, heavy profile barrel and barrel extension, and extended, monolithic receiver add the additional rigidity that reduces fluctuation or movement between shots while the extended receiver provides the much-needed rail space for high-powered optics. The custom-designed MK20 SSR buttstock adjusts to length of pull and comb height to customize the fit to each shooter while in the prone firing position, and the factory-installed, double-stage Geissele Super SCAR trigger achieves a 3.5-4.5-pound trigger pull.

Technical Specifications:

  • Caliber: 7.62x51mm
  • Barrel Length: 20 inches
  • Barrel Twist Rate: 1:12
  • Weight: 11.2 pounds
  • O/A Length: 40.6 – 42.5 inches
  • Operation: Short-stroke gas piston
  • Finish: Flat Dark Earth (FDE)
  • Capacity: (1) ten-round magazine; compatible with FN SCAR 17S 10- and 20-round magazines

For more information about the FN SCAR 20S or other FN products, please visit www.fnamerica.com.

Franklin Armory Announces BFSIII Binary Trigger for AK Platform

Firearms manufacturer, Franklin Armory, has successfully adapted the patented Generation 3 Binary Firing System™ to the AK Platform. Prototype triggers have undergone substantial field testing, and the final configuration will be placed into production soon. The BFSIII for the AK platform is slated to start shipping the first quarter of 2019. Pre-Orders for theBFSIII for AK will begin on October 19th.

Franklin Armory President, Jay Jacobson, stated, “The Franklin Armory engineering and design staff have really worked hard to create a fabulous BFSIII for AK that works in as many AK platforms as possible. Given the variety of clones out on the market, this was no small task.”

Fast on the heels of their previous release of the BFSIII for CZ Scorpion; Franklin Armory proves again to be the premier manufacturer of Binary triggers with six models currently available.

The Gen 3 Binary Firing System was released for the AR platform in August of 2016. All BFSIII triggers feature a three-mode safety selector. Mode 1 is “Safe.” Mode 2 is “Semi” for semiautomatic. And Mode 3 is “Binary” mode. In Binary mode, the firearm will discharge one round on the pull of the trigger and one round on the release of the trigger. All BFSIII models feature the ability to negate the release round in Binary mode by modulating the safety selector back to “Semi” mode or “Safe.” Additionally, all BFSIII are engineered to prevent the operator from modulating the selector to “Binary” mode while holding the trigger back in “Semi” mode.

MSRP is currently $499.99.

Honor Defense Announces New Polished Stainless-Steel Chassis

Honor Defense is pleased to introduce a significant update for their pistols. In addition to the recently announced “Lifetime Warranty”, the pistols will now feature a polished stainless-steel chassis.

“We are very proud of producing the finest single-stack 9mm in America. Honor Defense pistols now feature a polished stainless-steel chassis. This chassis can be coupled with 3 different grip configurations, 2-barrel lengths and 10 different color grips. Honor Defense represents the ultimate all-American and modular pistol.” says Gary Ramey, President of Honor Defense.

“Honor Defense pistols were tested by Gun Tests Magazine and proven more accurate than the G43, Shield and the PPQ.” Most importantly, we are 100% American with every pistol assembled by Veterans”. Ramey added.

Mike Carr, VP of Sales added “Our quality differences are significant. We use stainless steel while competitors use plastic for key parts and we are ambidextrous. Our grip is considered the most comfortable and we cover you with a Lifetime Warranty”. This is why Honor Defense has quickly grown from the smallest semi-auto company in America (roughly #596) to “Top 25” semi-auto
brand within 2 years.

All models are equipped with custom textured grip, two backstraps, two magazines, snag-free sights and available with or without a manual thumb safety. In addition, no tools or pulling the trigger are needed for dis-assembly. For more information on Honor Defense, go to www.honordefense.com or follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HonorDefense/.

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