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Eight new locations for Dick’s Sporting Goods and two for Field & Stream opened this month, according to a company press release.
The sister companies will bring nearly 900 jobs to six states — including California, Massachusetts, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Georgia and West Virginia. Dick’s operates more than 700 stores nationwide, while the new locations bring Field & Stream’s total to 34.
“Connecting with our customers and being part of the communities where they live, work and play is extremely important to us,” said Lauren Hobart, president of Dick’s Sporting Goods. “We’re excited for the opening of 10 new stores across six states and look forward to expanding our exclusive offering of products and in-store services to communities that have a rich history of great sports and outdoor traditions.”
In August, Dick’s reported second quarter net income of $112.4 million, 23 percent higher than 2016. Net sales increased 9.6 percent to exceed $2.2 billion.
Chairman and CEO Ed Stack’s told investors last month earnings “will be painful for awhile” — at least through the rest of its fiscal year — sending stocks for gun manufacturers American Outdoor Brands and Vista Outdoor into decline. He echoed the woes of other retailers and firearms manufacturers whom blame sluggish sales on stockpiled inventory hanging around since last year’s election and called the promotional pricing in the hunting category “almost irrational.”
“The gun and ammunition business is difficult,” he said. “That is right now … continuing to be promotional. And I think it’s going to become more promotional as we get into the meat of the season, which is toward the end of the third quarter and to the beginning of the fourth quarter.”
He said the company’s hunting category faces slow growth as politically-driven fear around impending gun regulation drags sales and causes inventory backlog, inciting a “panic” industry-wide. He also told investors the company’s extensive consumer research in markets where competition is “more fierce” revealed some uncomfortable truths.
“The customers have told us they feel our prices are not competitive in today’s environment,” he said. “Consequently, we have become more promotional and competitive, and have launched our best price guarantee where we promised the customer if they find a lower price than ours, we will match it.”
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Since 2012, Marty ‘Lefthand’ Holder has been hosting the show Talking Lead with his good friend Zeke Stout. Together, they’ve been talking guns, interviewing some of the biggest names in the firearms industry and having fun with their fellow ‘Leadheads’.
Nature endows every human being, (notice that I don’t say only Americans) without any regard to age, gender or race – certain inalienable rights. One of those inalienable rights is self-protection. These inalienable rights cannot be interfered with by any other human being or government.
In other words, we don’t need a written piece of paper in order to defend ourselves. However, our founding fathers were wise enough to know that when forming this new government, good ideas and intentions can often get misguided. As no government can be trusted with our inalienable rights, they ‘enshrined’ them in the Bill of Rights.
Our right to keep and bear arms is the most crucial of our rights. If you take away our ability to defend ourselves, we are rendered defenseless. Defenseless creatures can be controlled against their will.
I refuse to be defenseless!
And lets not underestimate ‘knowledge’ as being one of the most effective ‘arms’ in our self-defense. So get out there and educate yourself on the safe use of your firearms. More importantly, educate yourself on your own individual rights.
As GI Joe says, ‘Knowing is half the battle’.
Keep your loved one’s close, and your firearms closer!
Read more perspectives on America’s gun culture in Ben Philippi’s book “We The People.”
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The 129 grain Trophy Grade Long Range Accubond, 120- and 140-grain Ballistic Tip Ammunition and 120 grain E-Tip Ammunition will soon be available for long range hunting enthusiasts.
Both the Accubond Long Range and Ballistic Tip bullets present sleek aerodynamic profiles combined with destructive terminal ballistics in addition to delivering accuracy. Crafted with the company’s exclusive impact-extruded tapered jacket, the ABLR and Ballistic tips allow for controlled expansion which translates to reliable performance on medium sized game.
For deeper penetration with consistent wound channels, the E-Tip Ammunition busts through bones and muscle. Performing much like a heavier bonded core bullet, the E-Tip series pairs well with North American big game or African plains game hunters.
The E-Tip and Ballistic Tip ammunition dropped in 2017 as part of Nosler’s latest offerings designed for hunters.
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A 51-year-old Florida mom who attempted to hide a gun used by her teen son in a fatal shooting earlier this year asked a judge Tuesday for a trial, rather than take a plea deal.
Heidi Quinn, whose trial will begin next week, was arrested in April and charged with two counts of tampering with evidence. A plea deal would have allowed Quinn to complete gun safety school and probation, but with a jury trial, if convicted, she could face up to five years in prison.
Quinn’s arrest came three months after her 17-year-old son, Cody, shot and killed Jayquon Johnson in the family’s garage. Cody told investigators Johnson, who was armed with a gun, and another boy came to his home to buy marijuana, and Cody fired in self-defense when the deal went south.
Quinn said she heard the gunshot and ran to the garage to find her son standing over Johnson. Quinn then took Johnson’s gun, as well as Cody’s, and buried them in the back yard. However, after rethinking the decision, Quinn unearthed the guns and brought them back into the garage.
Unable to refute his claims of self-defense, authorities have failed to charge Cody with Johnson’s death, although he was slapped with numerous drug-related offenses.
[ Tampa Bay Times ]
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The Cincinnati police stumbled upon an unusual hiding place this week when they found crime guns stashed in electric meter boxes.
One law enforcement official said they though the guns were put there by a “community of criminals” that used the meter boxes as convenient and easily accessible hiding places, Fox 19 News reported.
“Rather than stand there with the heat on them – they stash the gun somewhere so they never get caught with it,” said State Sen. Cecil Thomas.
“Anytime there is a situation where one member of the group may have a situation with something, he knows where to go get the gun and take care of business. Then once he’s done… he goes and puts it back,” Thomas added.
Last month, Cincinnati police found a similar community hiding place, where drugs and guns were stashed in a vacant lot. Police said the guns are most likely being used to commit crimes in the surrounding communities.
“Now they’re going to get wise to that and try to come up with some other way so the weapons can not be found,” Thomas said.
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North Carolina authorities say guns stolen out of vehicles continues to be a reoccurring theme in the Charlotte area. In fact, in the first six months of the year, the city saw 237 firearms taken from cars.
One of the most recent break-ins occurred Sunday morning, and left the vehicle with some $10,000 worth of damage. The victim, Matt Choiniere, said it looks like the suspects used a crow bar or possibly a drill or other power tool.
Choiniere, who is a gun owner, said when he spoke with officers, one of their first questions was whether or not he had any firearms in his vehicle and if they were missing. But Officer Jonathan Frisk, a CMPD crime prevention specialist, said guns aren’t necessarily what the suspects are always after, at least not initially.
“They’re going to get the electronics or whatever they can visibly see and then they go into the glove box or center console or the side panel and there lays a gun,” Frisk said.
[ WCNC ]
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Two additional firearms categories have been approved for hunting in Pennsylvania Special Regulations Areas.
The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners voted Tuesday to approve the two additional categories, which include semiautomatic rifles and air guns, The Pittsburgh Post Gazette reported.
The move came after the state legislature passed a measure in 2016 to make air and semiautomatic rifles legal for hunting. The legislation was sponsored by state Republican Rep. Matt Gabler.
“Now is the perfect time for air- and gas-powered weapons,” Gabler said after the bill’s passage. “It’s been a great project to work on.”
Before that legislation was passed, all states allowed air rifle hunting except Pennsylvania and New Hampshire. Pennsylvania hunters were also previously restricted to using rimfire rifles, shotguns, muzzleloading long guns and archery equipment in the Special Regulations Areas.
Semiautomatic shotguns are still legal for hunting waterfowl, while centerfire rifles remain prohibited for hunting in Allegheny County, due to a “special regulation.”
According to the new rules, air guns must be between .177 and .22 caliber when used to hunt small game in Special Regulations Areas. It remains illegal throughout Pennsylvania to use air guns to hunt big game, including deer. Semiautomatic rifles .22 caliber or smaller are now legal to use for small game hunting.
All of Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties have implemented special regulation restrictions. Ridley Creek Park in Delaware County, and Tyler State Parks, Bucks County, also have special regulation restrictions for controlled hunts.
The regulatory changes should take effect in six to eight weeks when they are published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. As of now, this would not be in time for the start of the first small game hunting season on Oct. 14.
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A 36-year-old man is facing numerous charges after he allegedly pulled a gun on a man at a Marathon, Florida, gas station during a dispute.
According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Jose Olivera was at the gas pump around 8 p.m. when another driver pulled in behind him and began to wait. The other driver apparently became irritated that Olivera was taking too long, so he honked his horn.
Olivera and a female passenger reacted to the horn by yelling at the driver, who later told police that Olivera pulled a revolver on him before getting back into his truck and driving away.
Police were given a description of Olivera’s truck, which was spotted by an officer a short time later. The officer initiated a traffic stop and could see a pistol in plain view inside of Olivera’s truck. However, the driver at the gas station was adamant that the gun held by Olivera during the confrontation was a revolver.
As a result, the officer searched the path taken by Olivera from the gas station to where the traffic stop was initiated, and discovered a .38-caliber revolver on the ground. Olivera admitted to tossing the gun because, he said, he was scared, but denied pointing it at the other driver.
Olivera was arrested on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and tampering with evidence, as well as improper exhibition of a firearm and use of a firearm while under the influence of alcohol.
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A 23-year-old man was attempting to reclaim his property from a police station in Shelton, Connecticut, Monday, but he was arrested because police discovered the bag he was after contained a moderate amount of crack cocaine.
Shortly before his trip to the police station, Davie McMillian was involved in an accident and left behind a bag at the scene. The bag was later found by someone who called the police when they saw what they believed to be drugs inside.
Authorities held onto the bag and when McMillian came to claim it, they had him identify all of the items it contained to ensure it belonged to him, then promptly placed him under arrest.
McMillian was charged with illegal possession of narcotics and violation of a protective order, because, police say, he showed up at the police station with a woman who had a no contact order against him.
[ WTNH ]
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A preliminary investigation shows that a man thought to be suicidal was killed Sunday in Garden City, Utah, not by his own gun but by an elderly couple returning fire, according to a statement by the Rich County Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities say the couple — a 72-year-old man and 62-year-old woman — acted in self-defense when they shot Rick Bywater, 53, but they have not said why Bywater lashed out at the couple.
According to the sheriff’s office, deputies responded around to a call about a suicidal man who was shooting into the home and when they arrived they found Bywayter dead and both the man and the woman suffering from gunshot wounds to the chest and abdomen. Authorities say they were shot with a shotgun from a distance and are expected to survive.
While details about the motive are unclear, Bywater was reportedly acquainted with couple and the woman was president of the neighborhood, the Sweetwater Trailer Park, where the incident occurred. Also, in the hours leading up to the shooting, Bywater apparently posted numerous rants on social media, one of which named one of the victims and said, “you pushed me to the edge.”
Kelsen Jones lives a few doors down from the couple and described them to Fox 13 as a nice and inviting couple who often liked to host trailer park-wide barbecues. Jones said the shooting left her shocked. “Garden City’s a very small town and you don’t hear about stuff like this happening,” she said.
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“Glock owners enjoy the ability to readily customize their pistols. Truglo is glad to continue providing great aftermarket support for the next generation of Glock pistols,“ Pliny Gale, Truglo Product Marketing Manager, commented.
Among the models available for Glock pistols are the company’s TFX, TFX Pro, TFO, Tritium Pro and Tritium sights. The TFX and TFX Pro offer tritium and fiber optic technology providing an aiming system that is bright in both daylight, low light and complete darkness. The TFX Pro kicks the design up, adding a U-notch rear sight and a bright orange focus-lock ring on the front sight for increased accuracy and speed.
The TFO again pairs tritium technology with fiber optics to deliver a clear sight picture day or night. The Tritium and Tritium Pro round out the series offering traditional tritium sights that transition from standard white dots sights int he day to glowing green dots in the dark. The Pro adds a U-notch rear sight and focus-lock ring on the front sight in addition to forward angling the rear sight profile to offer one handed slide manipulation.
Prices start at $92 for the basic Tritium sights.
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Joseph Jakubowski, a Wisconsin man who sent an anti-government manifesto to President Donald Trump and was the subject of a nationwide manhunt last April, was convicted Tuesday of stealing and illegally possessing firearms.
A federal jury found Jakubowski, 32, guilty of stealing 18 firearms and two silencers from a federally-licensed dealer and of being a felon in possession of those guns and silencers, according to a Justice Department news release. The jury returned the guilty verdict after less than two hours of deliberating.
Evidence presented during the two-day trial showed Jakubowski broke into Armageddon supplies in Janesville, Wisconsin, on April 4 and proceeded to steal the guns and silencers. As a convicted felon, Jakubowski was prohibited from possessing firearms.
Jakubowski’s DNA was found to match the DNA of the blood found at the scene, and Jakubowski had six of the firearms at the time of his arrest, according to witnesses. He also admitted to law enforcement officials after he was arrested and during his testimony at trial that he had broken into the gun shop and stolen the firearms.
Around the time of the burglary, Jakubowski wrote and mailed a 160-page anti-government manifest to Trump filled with grievances against the government and anti-religious sentiments. He then burned his truck and disappeared, initiating what would become a 10-day nationwide manhunt.
To track him down, a task force was formed that consisted of more than 150 personnel from multiple local, state, and federal law enforcement departments. Law enforcement officials issued first a $10,000 then a $20,000 reward. Ten days later, Jakubowski was found and captured at a campsite in southwestern Wisconsin with six guns, a samurai sword, and a copy of his manifesto.
Jakubowski now faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for each of the two counts of conviction. His sentencing has been scheduled for Dec. 20.
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