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“Lionhearted”, Collaboration Honoring Courage of Veterans, Debuts for Veterans Day

Directed by Purple Heart Recipient, Lionhearted Project Includes Short Films, Art, and Website Sharing Reality of a Veteran’s Return.ONTARIO, California –The Safariland Group (“Safariland”), a leading global manufacturer of a broad range of safety and survivability products for the public safety, military, professional, and outdoor markets, announces the Lionhearted project, a national collaboration of film, art, and community empowering veterans to heal through sharing their personal stories. The Lionhearted initiative was influenced and directed by Purple Heart recipient and Safariland’s digital media director, Shane Ruiz.Lionhearted started as a small project to chronicle veteran stories for Veterans Day and grew organically due to the strong veteran community. Twenty-two veterans’ stories are featured in video, art and on a website dedicated to this project, and captured in a 24-minute documentary film to be presented at the Smithsonian’s Veterans Day Film Festival on November 11.“The Lionhearted project honors the courage of our veterans, and gives them a voice, so others will know it’s okay to talk about their experiences and get support,” said Shane Ruiz, digital media director at Safariland. “It is designed to help civilians understand what veterans go through, so they’ll be better able to support the unseen battles veterans face each day.”Artist Shawn Ganther, an Air Force veteran, created one-of-a-kind artistic renditions of each of the veterans’ stories on Safariland hard armor plates. The individual plates were assembled as one piece into a red, white and blue mosaic American flag. The six-foot-long, 460-pound art piece called “The Lionhearted” will be unveiled on November 8 at the National Veterans Art Museum in Chicago and will be on display as part of its permanent collection. The Lionhearted by Artist Shawn GantherRuiz added, “The suicide rate among veterans is unacceptably high, averaging 22 veterans daily. This is a staggering and heartbreaking statistic. For this reason, we wanted to honor and help veterans by giving them the opportunity to share their stories. We expect their stories will help other veterans who can relate to them and provide valuable insights for civilians.”Veterans and civilians are encouraged to visit The Safariland Group’s YouTube channel to see the veteran’s stories and documentary, as well as the website for a full overview of the Lionhearted project.About The Safariland GroupThe Safariland Group is a leading global provider of a broad range of safety and survivability products designed for the public safety, military, professional and outdoor markets. The Safariland Group offers a number of recognized brand names in these markets including Safariland®, Bianchi®, Defense Technology®, Mustang Survival®, Med-Eng®, Break Free®, Identicator® and NIK®. The Safariland Group’s mission, “Together, We Save Lives®”, is inherent in the lifesaving and protective products it delivers. The Safariland Group is headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. The Safariland Group is a trade name of Safariland, LLC. For more information about The Safariland Group and these products, please visit post “Lionhearted”, Collaboration Honoring Courage of Veterans, Debuts for Veterans Day appeared first on

Doug “Krikket” Krick, Founder of Pink Pistols, Passes Away at 48

Doug “Krikket” Krick, Founder of Pink PistolsUSA – -( There is sad news for the Pink Pistols. Doug Krick, known to his friends as “Krikket,” passed away last month. His mother, Anne Shutters Krick, announced on October 21st, 2108, that her son Doug had taken his own life. She blames depression as the reason for her son’s death.Doug had overcome many obstacles, according to his mother. He had battled with alcoholism, had managed to lose a lot of weight, and managed to keep a job even during the difficult times. But it seems that depression took its toll, and Doug took his life.“I have known Krikket since the late 80’s,” says Gwendolyn Patton, First Speaker Emeritus of the Pink Pistols and Operation Blazing Sword board member.“I used to help run science fiction conventions with him. When Newsweek ran an article on the Pink Pistols in 2000, I saw he was one of the founders. I contacted him to congratulate him, and he invited me to start a chapter here in the Philadelphia area. The Delaware Valley chapter is still running to this day. Doug changed the course of my life, and the lives of countless others. He helped make us safer by encouraging us to take control of that safety personally, individually. We are diminished without him.”His mother states on her Facebook page: “While the last few days have been unbearably hard and I never knew I had so many tears, there have also been lots of reasons to smile as we look back at happy memories and times spent with Doug.” His obituary asks that people make donations in place of flowers. It can be found at“I respected him and cared for him,” says Patton. “To me, he was ‘La Fondinto’, The Founder. I did my best to follow in his footsteps when he passed Pink Pistols to me, and I in my turn safeguarded Doug’s legacy the best I could, so his dream would continue. That’s my gift to Doug — that those he helped to safeguard will continue to be protected in the future.”His obituary invites those who knew Doug “to join family and friends to celebrate Doug’s life and proclaim the victory of Christ over death at the memorial service on Saturday, November 3, 2018, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 515 S. Wheaton Ave, Wheaton, IL 60187. There will be a visitation from 9-11am, service at 11 am, and a light luncheon will follow.”“We are deeply saddened by the loss, please know that Doug is in our prayers. Doug was an innovator, breaking down barriers and an inspiration to the Second Amendment community. He will be deeply missed.” ~ Fredy Riehl, Editor, AmmoLand Shooting Sports NewsThe Pink Pistols mourns the passing of one of their Founders and will do their best to keep his memory and his legacy alive.Operation Blazing Sword, Inc. is a grass-roots 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to helping LGBTQ people become responsible firearm owners.About Pink PistolsPink Pistols, Inc. is dedicated to the legal, safe, and responsible use of firearms for self-defense of the sexual-minority community.www.blazingsword.orgwww.pinkpistols.orgThe post Doug “Krikket” Krick, Founder of Pink Pistols, Passes Away at 48 appeared first on

New This Wednesday on Shooting USA – The SCTP Nationals

SCTP NationalsNashville, TN -(  It’s time for a personal best at the Scholastic Clay Target Nationals in Ohio, with thousands of youngsters participating in the most successful youth shooting program of all time.Plus, hand-building 1911s the old way at Les Baer Custom. It’s the same process developed by pistol smiths in the 1930s, still used to create exceptionally accurate handguns.Then, John and John Paul of JP Enterprises begin a rifle build-up for accuracy.And Colt Pro Shooter, Maggie Reese has a rifle Pro Tip on Grip and Stance for fast transitions.  MORE INFO…AIR TIMES FOR 2018Wednesday 9:00 PM Eastern and Pacific, 8:00 PM Central. Shooting USA is listed as a one-hour show in your cable menu.NRA $600 Life Membership Offer Is Back Reduced from the normal price of $1,500 for Life Membership. This could be a Christmas gift idea to give the Grandkids. And any membership receives an NRA duffel bag, so there’s actually something under the tree Christmas morning.Click to get the Shooting USA Special NRA Sign Up Page John has new Podcasts from the USPSA Nationals in Florida last week.  Find them on Podbean and iTunes at the link below.’ll also see video podcasts posted on the John Scoutten Shooting USA Facebook Page. Shooting USA Get the Shooting USA Challenge Coin! It’s a limited-edition collectible noting 25 years of the first and longest-running gun show to appear on network television. The offer is combined with a personalized and autographed photo of Jim Scoutten, America’s best-known firearms industry and gun sports reporter.Watch Shooting USA on YouTube as long as you can. Subscribe to the Shooting USA YouTube Channel to catch up on Pro Shooter Profiles, Pro Tips, History’s Guns, and more!Jim Defending the 2nd by Example in the 25th Year The post New This Wednesday on Shooting USA – The SCTP Nationals appeared first on

Watch “The Obsessed: Oklahoma Whitetails” FREE on

Watch “The Obsessed: Oklahoma Whitetails” FREE on MossyOak.comWEST POINT, MS – -( The latest episode of “The Obsessed” from Mossy Oak Capture features Mossy Oak’s Austin Delano and Dudley Phelps as they travel to Oklahoma in pursuit of trophy whitetails with a bow.Delano, referred to as “the food plot guy” and Phelps, referred to as “the tree guy” each possess their respective titles according to the roles they serve at Mossy Oak. Delano commonly consults customers of BioLogic on which seed to plant in particular parts of the country and when to plant it. Phelps is found in a similar role, but with trees and plants designed to establish and optimize wildlife habitat offered by Nativ Nurseries.Watch “The Obsessed: Oklahoma Whitetails” on on demand and completely FREE. No membership or registration required.To see more whitetail-related content, or for more episodes of “The Obsessed” checkout out in 1986, Haas Outdoors Inc. is headquartered in West Point, Miss., and is home of Mossy Oak. For more than 30 years, Mossy Oak has been a leading outdoors lifestyle brand that specializes in developing and marketing modern camouflage designs for hunters and outdoors enthusiasts. The Mossy Oak Brand and patterns can be found on a multitude of products worldwide. Haas Outdoors Inc. is the parent company of Mossy Oak, BioLogic, Capture Productions, MOOSE Media, Nativ Nurseries, Nativ Living, GameKeepers, GameKeepers Kennels and Mossy Oak Properties. Mossy Oak is the official camouflage of the National Wild Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited, Quality Deer Management Association, and Mack’s Prairie Wings and the official pattern of B.A.S.S., MLF and Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series. Follow Mossy Oak on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Pinterest and YouTube.The post Watch “The Obsessed: Oklahoma Whitetails” FREE on appeared first on

Response To An Active Shooter on Out of Order Gun Rights Podcast ~ LISTEN

Opinion by James Kaleda Out of Order Gun Rights PodcastUSA – -( Donna Anthony, Retired state trooper, C.E.O of point-blank firearms and self-defense training, and National Training Director for the Well Armed Woman discusses the response to an active shooter in episode 103 of the Out of Order Gun Rights podcast.I am saddened by the mass shooting that occurred this past weekend, and I hope places of worship throughout the country will take steps to secure their buildings. A few of my guests have Programs that help churches develop security plans and today’s guest Donna Anthony the CEO of point-blank firearms training Academy has an online program for responding to active shooters. I invite you all to check out episode 103 of the Out of Order Gun Rights broadcast and to visit Donna’s websites to learn more.We discuss the response to an active shooter in this episode, but in this episode, we talk about what led her to police work, how police training carries over to civilian training, her winter season firearms training tour.Donna’s had an incredible amount of training and experience. As an AK State Trooper, she’s worked with the DEA ATF FBI, and she is now the national training director for the Well Armed Women and every year she runs a Santa-cop to heroes program.I mentioned Donn’s training and experience, how much has she had exactly? Well for starters Donna has 20 years security and law enforcement experience. She also has training in SWAT, Rapid Response to an Active Shooter, Tactical Vehicle Assault, Tactical Firearms, Hostage Negation, Tactical Raid Planning, and a lot more.As I mentioned earlier, Donna offers training around the country during the Alaska winter, and she recently launched a new online training program for active shooters in the workplace. The active shooter in the workplace course will prepare civilians for an active shooter event situation in the workplace. Donna and the other instructors at Point Blank Academy describe what to do if you find yourself in an active shooting event at work. How to recognize signs of potential violence around you, and what to expect after an active shooting takes place. Remember during an active shooting RUN. HIDE. FIGHT.You can find this episode of the Out of Order Gun Rights Podcast at James KaledaAbout James KaledaJames Kaleda is the host of the Out of Order Gun rights podcast, outspoken gun rights activist and Anarcho-capitalist. He’s known for challenging anti-gun politicians and his in depth interviews with pro-gun authors, gun rights activists, firearms trainers, hunters, and those who have used firearms defensively. He aims to dispel anti-gun myths created through media bias. You can find him at Facebook, twitter, minds, mewee. The podcast is available on itunes and pretty much everywhere else. James has also created the following useful sites for gun owners.Gifts for gun nuts – where you get great gift ideas for the hunting and shooting enthusiast in your lifeNag your Rep – get your free guide on using social media marketing tools to automatically and systematically remind your reps about gun control.Sell More Firearms – where you will find a free guide for FFLs on using social media to increase salesThe post Response To An Active Shooter on Out of Order Gun Rights Podcast ~ LISTEN appeared first on

Navy, Gerard Butler Collaborate to Tell 21st Century Submarine Yarn ~ VIDEO

Navy, Gerard Butler Collaborate to Tell 21st Century Submarine Yarn. By Jim Garamone, Actor Gerard Butler and Navy Vice Adm. Fritz Roegge, current president of the National Defense University, speak about the movie “Hunter-Killer” during a Pentagon news conference, Oct. 15, 2018. DOD photo by Jim Garamone.WASHINGTON — -( Hollywood came to the Pentagon today as actor Gerard Butler spoke to Pentagon reporters about his collaboration with the U.S. Navy in making “Hunter-Killer,” a submarine movie due out this week.The Pentagon press briefing studio was filled to capacity as Butler – who plays the commander of the fictional attack sub USS Arkansas in the movie – answered questions about the experience.The movie posits an operation aimed at averting war with Russia. Butler said it is a chance to bring the submarine genre into the 21st century. “Hunter-Killer” is a chance to take viewers into submarines and let them see the culture, “and really see how these people think, work, their courage, their intelligence, basically their brilliance,” the actor said.The plot alternates between the submarine, a special operations team inserted in Russia and the Pentagon.Navy Vice Adm. Fritz Roegge, now the president of the National Defense University, was the commander of the U.S. Submarine Force in the Pacific. “I was privileged to host Mr. Butler in Pearl Harbor for an orientation to the submarine force,” the admiral said.The Navy supported the effort even as the service remained “laser-focused” on warfighting in today’s era of great power competition. “But we’re also competing for talent, and in this dynamic economy, it’s more important than ever that we find ways to inspire the next generation of warfighters to consider serving our country in the Navy,” Roegge said.Only a small fraction of young Americans qualify to serve in the military. An even smaller number are aware of the opportunities the services offer.“Although the Navy benefits from technology that gives us the world’s most capable platforms and equipment, it is our people who are truly our greatest strength,” Roegge said. “In the words of another great Scotsman – John Paul Jones – ‘Men mean more than guns in the rating of a ship.’ So we will only remain the world’s greatest Navy by attracting the best talent from across our nation.”Connecting With Young AmericansMovies are a good way to reach young Americans and they are also a good vehicle to expose all Americans to their Navy, Roegge said. All Americans need to understand “they know their Navy: who we are, what we do, and why it matters.”Butler was immersed in the submarine culture sailing aboard the USS Houston from Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.Being aboard the submarine was like being in another world, he said. “I felt like I could spend a year just in sonar. But I was shipped from sonar to the bridge, to navigation to the engine room to the torpedo room because I had a very quick-minded sub commander who wanted to show me every working living part of the submarine – even how to compress trash.”Butler added, “What I really took out of it was the brilliance and the humility of the sailors I worked with. Not that I didn’t have that appreciation before – I certainly did – but having spent time with them to realize how their minds work and how agile and how creative they have to be. And they are constantly being tested to prove themselves to think logically, to think intuitively, and in all different matters.”And it was real for Butler. “You can do it in a movie, but when you are actually on a sub, you realize the dangers that are there,” he said. “You are a thousand feet underwater and you go, ‘Okay. What are the different ways things can go wrong?’ You have a greater appreciation of what these people do every day unsung and unseen and their courage and valor.”DOD officials approved the request in December 2014, and the Navy provided access and technical support to the filmmakers.Officials stressed that support to “Hunter-Killer” or any other movie is done at zero cost to the American taxpayer.The post Navy, Gerard Butler Collaborate to Tell 21st Century Submarine Yarn ~ VIDEO appeared first on

AmmoLand Shooting Sports News Celebrates Ten Years of Publishing

AmmoLand Shooting Sports News Celebrates Ten Years of PublishingU.S.A. –( AmmoLand Shooting Sports News is proud to report that October 2018 will mark ten years of publishing on the world wide web. Back then we called ourselves the Ammoland News and Business Directory. You can see one of our first posts here that featured the song “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition”, written by Frank Loesser and recorded by Kay Kyser and his Orchestra.Since that date, we have published over 68,000 articles, 10 to 40 every weekday since 2008 on subjects related to shooting sports, gun rights, hunting, the firearms industry, and the Second Amendment. As our business evolved, we have started publishing on the weekends as our readership has continued to grow.With your support, we have over 197,000 comments on our articles and trade announcements.“We owe our loyal readers a great heartfelt thank you for your support and dedication over the last ten years. With your continued comments and encouragement you have helped us to continue to grow to where we now have a million plus readers each month.” said AmmoLand Editor-in-Chief, Fredy Riehl. Gun Terminology Gone Bad…Thank you to Brownells as they were one of the first industry supporters of AmmoLand News, with the first Brownells announcement running November 18, 2008, featuring products from Sabre Defense and Daniel Defense. You can see on the link our publishing format is pretty much unchanged today as it was back then, now with better images, videos, and links.So many people have helped or contributed to the success of AmmoLand News that we apologize in advance that we are unable to name everyone. Top in our book are Tom Mchale, David Codrea, Dean Weingarten and of course Jeff Knox. These gentlemen and Patriots have had our backs since the early days, and they have molded our voice in countless ways.It is funny to look back at some early articles. From day one you can see why we liked Tom Mchale, his sense of humor was evident from his first post. At one time Tom even provided some of our daily cartoons… doh. David Codrea also has a great sense of humor, but his reporting was and still is the work of a serious reporter with hard-hitting exposés leaving no stones unturned in defense of the right to keep and bear arms.  David’s earliest posts with AmmoLand News were syndication articles from his time at the Examiner, too bad we did not run every post from them back in the day, as the Examiner has deleted much of his important work over time. Dean Weingarten did not work regularly with AmmoLand News until February of 2014, but Dean has since published over 1100 articles in our news outlet and is one of our most prolific activist writers. Jeff Knox is another serious guy. Jeff’s first article on AmmoLand News hit right at the heart of political correctness and in following his Dad’s legacy he has never looked back in defense of our rights.“Thank you to you guys for all your support as well as the hundreds of others whose voices have made AmmoLand News what it is today. We would be nothing if not for the support all these great friends and activists.” commented Fredy Riehl.Speaking of contributors, there are a few folks that have passed away over the years that deserve mention. In particular Alan Caruba and Charlie Cutshaw. M14 Rifle Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow by Charlie Cutshaw Alan CarubaCharlie Cutshaw was already big name “gun writer” when we first got into the publishing business, but he was always open to working with new outlets and welcomed the chance to publish with “internet guys.” After only a few articles, Charlie suddenly passed away as a result of a fall on June 12th of 2011.  His articles on AmmoLand News including, M14 Rifle – Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, Bye, Bye M4 Carbine and 1911 Pistol Refuses To Die, are well worth reading as they are timeless discussions of classic firearms.Our departed friend and fellow New Jersey native, Alan Caruba, was a conservative rock whose weekly Op-Ed’s predicted the rise of a Donald Trump style President, the horror and division of today’s identity politics and the biased reporting and death of real journalism. Alan called it as he saw it and everyone would do well to read many of his prophetic articles.These folks along with countless other industry partners and organizations have helped to make AmmoLand News a voice for truth, reason and American values.  But most of all, to all the individuals whose continued readership and allegiance gives us purpose; we can not thank you enough. Your dedication is enormously appreciated, and everyone at Ammoland strives to earn your loyalty.We would love to acknowledge every reader for their love and support, but it would be an impossible task. What we can do is give everyone a chance at winning an exciting long range rifle and scope package.  One lucky reader will be the new owner of this rifle in less than 45 days so please make sure you are a new or existing subscriber to our daily newsletter. Palmetto State Armory & Vortex Optics 6.5 Creedmoor AR-10 Rifle 2We are looking forward to another ten years as we still have many fights to take on and stories to write in defense of our GOD given right to keep and bear arms.God Bless America!The post AmmoLand Shooting Sports News Celebrates Ten Years of Publishing appeared first on

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