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Sportsmen and Sportswomen Pump More than $93 Billion into US Economy

NSSF reports and others detail economic impact of spending on hunting, target shooting and sportfishing in America

New economic reports reveal that more than 53 million Americans consider themselves sportsmen, spending more than $93.5 billion in 2016 on gear, licenses, travel, clothing, gas and more in connection with their hunting, target shooting and sportfishing activities.

A series of reports released today by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, American Sportfishing Association and the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation show expenditures made for hunting, target shooting and sportfishing gear and services in 2016 supported 1.6 million jobs and provided $72 billion in salaries and wages. These monies also generated nearly $20 billion in local, state and federal taxes, much of which benefits vital conservation and educational programs that improve areas for everyone who enjoys the outdoors.

“With plenty of great land and waters to hunt and fish on, and thousands of shooting ranges to visit, people in every state are enjoying these pastimes. Their spending has profound, positive effects on many segments of the American economy,” said Jim Curcuruto, Director Research and Market Development at NSSF, the trade association for the firearms industry.

“If hunting, fishing and target shooting were a corporation, it would rank #25 on the Fortune 500, ahead of Microsoft,” says Rob Southwick, President of Southwick Associates. “While time spent outside may come across as something to do after the real work day is done, in reality, hunting, fishing and target shooting is a critical industry, generating jobs and income for thousands of communities across the country.”

Key highlights of the reports include:

  • Nearly 600 million combined days at the range or afield were spent by millions of hunters and target shooters in 2016.
  • Each year, 35.8 million people 16 years and older take to America’s waters to fish.
  • The number of people who participate in sportfishing, hunting and target shooting represents 16.5 percent of the total U.S. population.
  • When factoring in multiplier effects, spending by sportsmen created economic activity in excess of $220 billion.
  • Hunting, fishing and target shooting add $119 billion of overall value to our nation’s gross domestic product and generate $17.6 billion in federal taxes and $12.2 billion in state and local taxes.

Four separate reports are available:

  • Sportfishing from the American Sportfishing Association
  • Hunting from the National Shooting Sports Foundation
  • Target Shooting from the National Shooting Sports Foundation
  • A report with all activities combined from the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation.

To download copies of the hunting and target shooting reports, visit www.nssf.org or www.southwickassociates.com.

SIG SAUER Academy to Host Instructional Handgun and Rifle Courses in Texas at Reveille Peak Ranch in October

SIG SAUER Academy, the leading provider of the highest quality firearms instruction and tactical training in the world, is pleased to announce a series of foundational handgun and rifle course offerings at Reveille Peak Ranch in Burnet, Texas for October 2018.

The Reveille Peak Ranch courses will be taught by the elite SIG SAUER Academy Instructors that have years of experience in firearms instruction, training, and defensive tactics gained from military, law enforcement, and government agencies.

The Handgun series will run from October 10th – 14th:

  • Handgun 101: A foundational, entry-level course focusing on gun safety for gun owners seeking familiarity and comfort with handguns.
  • Handgun 102: Learn to shoot in Step 2 of the SIG SAUER Academy foundational handgun series.
  • Handgun 103: An intensive course that will build upon and refine the skillsets established in Handgun 101 and 102.
  • Handgun 104: A fast-paced course with one common objective: surviving a deadly force encounter armed with a handgun.

The Rifle series will run from October 25th – 28th:

  • Rifle 101: An entry-level course geared toward the popular modern semi-automatic rifle or carbine.
  • Rifle 102: A rifle tune-up course designed to review and/or gain the basics of foundational semi-automatic rifle training prior to advanced rifle training.
  • Defensive Rifle: Learn to use a semi-automatic rifle or carbine for self-defense from near or far.

To register or learn more about the SIG SAUER Academy course series visit sigsaueracademy.com.

Duck Commander’s New Calls for 2018

Duck Commander’s passion for the outdoors drives the brand to continue making the best game calls for all outdoor enthusiasts. For 2018, Duck Commander introduced the new Flash duck call, the Pioneer featuring Realtree® Original camouflage, and extended the Jase Robertson Pro Series line.

“Whether you’re in the woods or on the water, we want to make sure hunters are equipped with the best calls,” said Justin Martin, General Manager of Duck Commander. “We’ve designed these new duck calls to withstand constant blowing from seasoned hunters during cold weather hunts, to making them easy to use for up and coming hunters.”

The Flash
The Flash has a silky, smooth tone that ducks will not be able to resist. This call is built using the Jase Robertson Pro Series modified reed system. It’s a soft-spoken call, but can get loud when the time comes.

Key features for The Flash :

  • Crisp sound creates smooth cadences
  • Short barrel
  • Easy to blow
  • Duck Commander signature double-reed, friction fit system
  • MSRP $34.99

The Pioneer
For hunters looking for a call that perfectly mimics the mallard hen, Duck Commander’s Pioneer, is one you’ll need to have on your lanyard. The Pioneer, featuring Realtree® Original Camouflage, is also built off the Jase Robertson Pro Series reed design, and is easy to blow whether you’re an expert caller or a student of the sport.

Key features for The Pioneer:

  • Realtree® Original Pattern
  • Short barrel to maintain call pressure
  • Easy to blow
  • MSRP is $34.99

Jase Robertson Pro Series
Coming off a successful year after launching the Jase Robertson Pro Series in 2017, Duck Commander decided to extend the line in 2018 to offer hunters more options using various models.

The reed system in this series of calls is creative and will harmonize with the air pressure like a single reed would, but has the toughness of a double reed. The Jase Robertson Series calls will do everything a Mallard hen does and will do everything a human thinks they should do on a duck call…quack it, feed it, or hail on it with equal enthusiasm.

Features of Jase Robertson Pro Series Models:

  • Blackwood
  • Bocote
  • Burnt Hedge
  • Chartreuse
  • Maple
  • OD Green
  • Smoke
  • MSRP ranges from $54.99-$64.99

Federal Premium Adds New Gold Medal Loads in 6.5 Creedmoor and 6mm Creedmoor

Federal Premium has expanded its trusted Gold Medal rifle ammunition line with hot new loads in 6.5 Creedmoor and 6mm Creedmoor. This includes various new loadings of 6mm Creedmoor 105-grain Berger Hybrid and 6.5 Creedmoor 140-grain Sierra MatchKing. Shipments of this ammunition are being delivered to dealers now.

Like the rest of the Gold Medal line, the new offerings are loaded with the industry’s most accurate target bullets, including the Sierra MatchKing and Berger Hybrid, and paired with Gold Medal match primers, Federal brass and specially formulated propellant. The result is the most consistent accuracy at extreme ranges.

Features & Benefits:

  • Extremely high ballistic coefficients
  • Less wind drift and drop
  • World-class long-range accuracy
  • Gold Medal match primer

New Glock Tool Kit and Magnetic Patch from Fix It Sticks

Fix It Sticks, the industry innovator of modular firearms maintenance tools and torque limiters has introduced a Glock Tool Kit and Magnetic Patch. Both these new items perfectly integrate with the Fix It Sticks tool system as well as perform as stand-alone products.

The Glock Tool Kit has the quintessential tools for disassembly and reassembly of Glock handguns, including a Front Sight Tool and 3/32” Pin Punch. The Glock Front Sight Tool is a 3/16″ hex driver with thin walls to access the fastener. An integrated magnet holds the front sight screw securely in place. The Pin Punch is easy to use and sized so the Glock takedown pins can be removed and reinstalled by hand. Both tools are machined from solid bar stock and work with the Fix It Sticks or any standard ¼” bit driver.

The magnetic patch is a great addition to any tool kit. Designed to keep track of bit and fasteners, it can be used while attached to the Fix It Sticks case by Velcro or flipped over and used by itself as a tray. Simply place bits and screws on the patch and the magnet securely holds the in place until they are needed. Patches can be attached to the Velcro front side of the patch as well.

Both the Glock Tool Kit and Magnetic Pouch are designed for use out in the field but are perfect on the bench as well. Both products are now available. The Glock Tool Kit has an MSRP of $16.00 and the Magnetic Patch as an MSRP of $10.00

NSSF and Walker’s Work to Mentor the Next Generation of Hunters and Shooters

The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®) and Walker’s have launched a mentor initiative that encourages experienced target shooters and hunters to invite new individuals to the range or field. The campaign is part of NSSF’s Mentor Pledge initiative developed to facilitate growth of the shooting sports community through education, safety and fun.

As an incentive, NSSF and Walker’s are providing free Razor Ear Muffs (valued at $69.99) to the first 2,000 mentors. Participants must sign a pledge online and share a photo or short video of their experience with a new hunter or shooter in order to claim their reward.

“We are thrilled to play a part in supporting the next generation of hunters and shooters,” said Ben Smith, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Walker’s. “This partnership with NSSF is the perfect opportunity for our company to give back to the shooting sports community.”

“Research shows that 24 million American’s have an interest getting started hunting or target shooting and that Being invited by a friend or family member is by far the best way to get new folks to the range or field,” said Jim Curcuruto, Director of Research & Market Development at NSSF. “This program aligns with NSSF programs such as National Shooting Sports Month and First Shots that provide introductions to the shooting sports.”

To learn more about this mentoring initiative and to take the pledge, visit the mentor pledge webpage.

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