Shortly before the most recent national election, I received an alert on my iPhone suggesting that I follow Hillary Clinton on Twitter. Clearly, despite all the time we spend together, my smartphone isn’t too smart. But besides being wrong on so many levels, this automatic, sponsored message from an ap also reminded me how convoluted things can become in this age of technological dependence and information collection.
If you shop online, you know how easy it is to confuse (to use one example) Amazon’s purchase history tracker. Like many of you, I regularly buy gifts for a variety of friends and family members. But to Amazon, all of these purchases go into one big “Craig” bucket, meaning that their online tracker has me ﬁgured for a fan of Simplicity dress patterns, Terry and the Pirates comic collections, 1960s jazz and folk music, ﬁgure skating, Minecraft strategy guides, LEGO construction sets, and hydroponic gardening.
Some of those purchases were for me (I’ll let you guess which), but now, and probably for time immemorial, my Amazon page will feature targeted advertisements for items in which I am not personally interested. If their ad metrics are designed to create or increase purchase intent on my part, the results often just make me laugh.
And yet, the Internet remains a wonderful resource for seeking information, especially in the initial stages of a search, as long as we exercise our due diligence and have a good vetting process to help us determine what is true and what is, as my father used to say, “a lot of hooey.” The old adage “don’t believe everything you read” may be doubly true of online content, as the barriers of entry to “publishing” are rarely barriers at all.
But there is a wealth of outstanding content online, including that produced by the four individuals highlighted in our feature on current Internet video channel personalities. And although they are each riding a new wave of outdoor storytelling, it is worth noting that at least two of these channels frequently feature historical or classic ﬁrearms, along with the latest and greatest from today’s top companies.
I love it when the new and the old come together. Maybe I’ll tweet about it, and see who gets “suggested” to follow me. -Craig Hodgkins
Welcome to our expanded April issue, chock-full of insightful and engaging articles and a passel of products, many of which will be featured at the National Rifle Association’s 2017 Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Atlanta from April 27-30 at the Georgia World Congress Center. If you are a member of the NRA (and we suspect many of you are) and plan to be in A-Town for the firearms-focused festivities, please stop by the American Shooting Journal booth (#402) for a visit. We’d love to meet you, but if that is not motivation enough, here’s an additional inducement. Every new or renewing subscriber who visits the booth will receive a free gift and will automatically be entered in our daily raffle featuring great prizes donated by many of our top advertisers. See page 23 of this issue for more information. This year’s annual meetings ﬁgure to be a most interesting get-together. Last year’s edition attracted crowds of more than 80,000 enthusiastic firearms owners, and this year promises to be no different, with the World Congress Center’s 450,000 square feet filled to the doorways with your favorite outdoor industry manufacturers and service providers. Special events include the annual National NRA Foundation banquet, a Women’s Leadership Forum luncheon, the NRA/ILA (Institute for Legislative Action) dinner and auction, and a Saturday night concert headlined by Hank Williams, Jr. We hope to see you there! -Craig Hodgkins
[su_dropcap style=”flat” size=”5″]D[/su_dropcap]ear readers of the American Shooting Journal: I come to you this month with hat in hand, shoulders slumped and a defeated look upon my face. I might even have been seen kicking a can. Last month we featured an article titled Get The 4-1-1 on Rule 41F on the new changes to the gun-trust laws. I was so excited to have this story and get it out to you that I overlooked a very important detail.
One could say that the job of an editor is to ensure that punctuation and spelling are perfect. One might say we are fact checkers. One could go so far as to suggest that a basic working knowledge of the English alphabet would play into the job somehow. Ahem, this is where I failed. The cover of the March 2016 issue of American Shooting Journal says Get the 4-1-1 on Rule 41B. Clearly this is off by four letters. I could insert a number of excuses such as my cat ate my notes or I was shooting low and left, but it does not change the glaring fact that the cover of a national gun publication is out of its mind.
So, for all the folks out there who’ve been scouring the Internet or making inquiries and wondering what on earth Rule 41B is, my friends, I am sorry. If you do find out what it is, please let us know so we can provide the 4-1-1 on Rule 41B. In the meanwhile, you will just have to suffice with background on Rule 41F – which is brilliantly written, I might add, and by a highly skilled attorney who is clearly more accurate than I am [drops microphone and shuffles off stage].
[Leaps back on stage exhuberantly] But wait! Did you know you have the Women’s Annual in your hands? This issue is chock-full of stories from around the nation about women in the gun industry from those who support it, drive it and move and shake it. This issue is all about the ladies – OK, not all about the ladies, we do mention a few turkeys – and it is thanks to you, our readers, that we found them. A-plus job, everybody! Enjoy this issue and their stories. ASJ
[su_dropcap style=”light” size=”5″]I[/su_dropcap]f you haven’t figured out by now that the American Shooting Journal is very supportive of and respects our boys and girls in blue, then where have you been? Each month we dedicate a special section of the magazine to tell their stories, trials and tribulations, and remind readers what funny and tragic events these protectors deal with every day.
Among this issue’s stories, the International Association of Chiefs of Police has come out with their much-anticipated report on body cameras and how they should be used. This is something the public should find very interesting. You can also ride along to help sack a poacher, deal with bad guys’ crazy attack pets, meet a living legend of search and rescue and his bloodhound and solve a bank robbery.
Spring hunting is here, or almost here for some. Can you hear the gobbling of the big toms as they woo their hens? Or maybe that’s just a fellow hunter hidden in the brush!
In any case, things are fluffing up, and turkey hunters are in the thick of it. The season has come, and we encourage you to read about the latest high-tech ammo designed for that perfect shot or learn the value of calling for your prize to bring him even closer. Everything you need to get ready for this spring’s hunt is here.
We also have a very special story that focuses (pun intended) on the latest gun-trust legislation, called Rule 41F. Second Amendment guru and attorney Alex Kincaid walks us through the changes, minor as they are, to help ensure we stay within our legal limits. The best part? She does it plain language, not legalese, so that it’s easy for those of us who aren’t lawyers to understand. Thanks, Alex!
If you know someone who is unique in the gun industry, email me at Dani@AmericanShootingJournal.com. I would love to hear their story.
[su_dropcap style=”light” size=”5″]R[/su_dropcap]ecap of the SHOT Show? My feet are still soaking, and our writers are diligently scribbling new and epic stories. Pain, so much good pain.
We’ve settled into 2016 and have a variety of great content planned. This month focuses on historical guns and the people behind them. Next month will feature law enforcement and spring hunting, just in time for turkeys. The women’s annual in April is always highly anticipated, and July’s features dogs with jobs. No matter your shooting passion, we try to cover it in detail at some point during the year.
This month, take a trip down memory lane and meet Tom Threepersons, one of the most famous lawmen of the previous century; learn the deep history of the famous German Karabiner 98 kurz, or K98k, rifle; and look back at the guns of the bygone era of market hunting, which decimated wildlife. Also in this issue, we have packed interview after interview from precision rifle industry leaders who share their tips, tactics and – shhh! – trade secrets.
Now get ready to participate, because it’s time to start looking at targets, holsters and blades. Each year, we reach out to you readers and ask for your best of the best in each of these categories. Our May issue will announce who you have chosen for the Top 10 targets of the year. We are looking for fun, diverse, challenging and original concepts. If you have a brand that you feel deserves this recognition, let us know who they are, which target deserves attention and why. You determine who makes the Top 10, so get to work!
If you are new to the American Shooting Journal, thank you for joining our readership and family. Our family is important to us: We scour the nation for people who are amazing, make a difference in our industry, drive it, inspire others and who are excellent role models and stewards. Are you one of those people? Do you know one? Send me an email and tell me all about this mover and shaker so we can share them with the nation. Email me at: Dani@AmericanShootingJournal.com.
[su_dropcap style=”light” size=”4″]W[/su_dropcap]elcome to 2016! [lots of confetti and fireworks here]
If you are reading this then you have made it safely to the other side, but what do we have to look forward to in 2016? Well, just in case you couldn’t think of anything, the US National Park Service will turn 100 years old this year, the Olympic Games will be held in Rio, the American Shooting Journal will officially celebrate one full year in publication and Star Trek will have first aired 50 years ago. Also, let’s not forget that we will elect a new commander in chief.
One of the first things on every shooter’s mind at the beginning of each year is finding out what will be unveiled at the annual NSSF SHOT Show, the largest gun-industry show in the world. Well, [brushing my fingers across my shirt with an air of all-knowing insight] I can tell you that this issue will give you the downright, all-out breakdown of all that is new this year. Some items are so new that photos have not yet been unveiled, but we were still able to scope out the specs.
If you are attending, you must come by the American Shooting Journal booth #408. We are featuring an enormous raffle wheel that simply won’t stop spinning from day one. Crazy prizes such as .308 ARs (two), one from RTD Mfg./Arms and one from Layke Tactical, a 1911 Government-model pistol from Inland Mfg., an MXB Sniper Lite Crossbow, Hogue hatchets, Spyderco/Coast/Cold Steel knives, a chronograph from Shooting Chrony, KICK-EEZ recoil pads, N82 Tactical holsters, cleaning tools, patches – the list is ridiculous, and every spin wins! All you have to do is bring your Golden Ticket.
“How do I get a Golden Ticket?” you must be thinking to yourself. Well, there are a few ways. The best way is to go to your computer right now and download your very own Golden Ticket from our website at AmericanShootingJournal.com. Just click the link and VOILA! Bring that ticket to the booth and spin. The spin is not for a chance to win; it decides what you win. Remember, every spin wins! I think I said that already.
Another way to get your Golden Ticket is to visit any of the following booths during the show and say, “I want my Golden Ticket.” They may measure you up for worthiness though. Just strong-arm them into compliance. The prizes are worth it! Happy New Year – It’s going to be epic!
Triple K Manufacturing Co. Booth #1710
Tannerite Sports, LLC Booth #2118
Shepherd Enterprises, Inc. Booth #2646
Rio Grande Custom Grips Booth #15754
Duracoat Firearm Finishes Booth #20243
Liberty Safes & Security Booth # 13623
MKS Supply/Hi-Point Firearms/Inland Manufacturing Booth #16144
Warne Scope Mounts Booth #16344
Sierra Bullets Booth #16334
Lantac-USA Booth #20652
Galati Gear Booth #20014
FrogLube Booth #20405
SKB Corp. Booth #14305
PEET Shoe Dryer Inc. Booth #1025
Techna Clip Booth #2029
Shooting Chrony Inc. Booth #2617
Western Powders Inc. Booth #3227
Kakadu Traders Australia/Gunn Worn Booth #10035
Robar Companies, Inc. Booth #4443
ARMASPEC Inc. Booth #3348
Handi-Racker Booth #3761
KICK-EEZ Booth #3263
Paragon Tactical, Inc. Booth #2051
[su_dropcap style=”light”]S[/su_dropcap]ome people feel accomplished when five o’clock rolls around and they have not perished. For others, it may be the success of braving the elements for a week camping or hunting in the wild outdoors and not succumbing to the elements, bears or spiders. Some fight wars in far-off lands surrounded by 42 shades of tan, and rate their success on having lived through each meal amongst the barrage of rockets, while still others, after having answered 911 calls all day, feel they’ve survived by simply making it home.
I cannot seem to make it through the day without being barraged with hundreds of Nerf projectiles fired by my workmates, but manage to survive using my ninja skills. Whichever category you fall into, as humans, we all have some very basic survival needs. Which brings me to …
Welcome to the survival Guide! In this issue we have focused our sights (gun-magazine pun intended) on what it takes to be prepared, think ahead and survive whether you are camping, lost in the woods, a snowpacolypse has come, or worse, a tornado, hurricane or EMP blast from space has rendered every electronic device moot. Simply stated, this is all about how not to die! So, cozy up in your bunker and learn what it takes to make a difference for you and your family when you need it most.
Also in this issue, and how appropriate – as if it were on purpose – we are featuring the annual Kentucky Rifle Building Seminar, where people go to learn the master-craftsman trade of building a rifle from bare wood and steel, using handmade tools, fire, anvils, sweat and determination coupled with finesse and attention to detail. Meet the teachers, who should have been born 300 years ago, and Nathan Blauch, a Kentucky rifle builder, who is featured on our cover – and a descendant of Grizzly Adams, I’m certain.
Next month is our Veterans issue, in which we salute the men and women of the Armed Forces. No matter what branch of the military – yes, including the Coast Guard, Chris Costa – the American Shooting Journal salutes you everyday!