DAY - ONE MORE TIME . . . It's
election time in Louisiana - again. Saturday, December
7, is the runoff between incumbent Senator Mary
(D) and challenger Suzie
(R). Polls are split with two showing Landrieu leading
and two showing Terrell (R) ahead. Louisiana sportsmen
could make the difference in this tight race. The
National Shooting Sports Foundation has been running
radio ads reminding sportsmen and women to "Vote
Your Sport" and to vote by absentee ballot if they
plan on being in the field hunting on Saturday.
OF REPLICA FIREARMS INDUSTRY VAL J. FORGETT SR. DIES . .
. Val J. Forgett Sr.,
founder of Navy Arms and the man recognized as the
father of the replica firearms industry, died at the age
of 72 on November 25, after a long battle with the blood
disorder Meylodisplastic Syndrome (MDS). Forgett
was the first person to produce authentic replica black
powder revolvers and percussion military rifles,
traveling to Italy's famed Gardone Valley to work with
such gunmakers as Aldo
Forgett's pioneering efforts in establishing a whole new
category within the firearms industry were recognized in
1977 by the Italian Government, who knighted him as a
Cavaliere. An avid muzzleloader, Forgett founded and
chaired the U.S. International Muzzleloading Team and
lead them to five consecutive world championships.
Forgett was also the first person in the 20th Century to
take the African Big Five with a muzzleloading rifle.
Forgett was a well known and respected collector of
antique firearms and served as President of the National
Firearms Museum. His love of competitive shooting
lead him to serve as an International Shooting Union (ISU)
Olympic judge, acting as a shooting official at the 1996
Olympic Games in Atlanta. He also was the Chairman of
Shooting Events for the 1984 International Games for the
Disabled. "Val Forgett stands out as a leader and a
pioneer in the sporting firearms industry. He was not
afraid to forge new concepts in a traditional industry,
and America's hunters and shooters embraced his ideas.
His company and its products reflected both his vision
and his dedication to quality firearms
craftsmanship," commented Bob
special advisor to the Chairman of NSSF. There will be a
memorial on December 10 at the Sheraton Crossroads
Hotel, 1 International Blvd., Mahwah, NJ from 2 to 5p.m.
A short service will be held 2:30p.m. followed by a
reception for fellowship and remembrances of Val and to
celebrate his life. Directions to the hotel can be
obtained by calling (201) 529-1660 or at www.sheraton.com.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be
made to the following organizations that Val thought
deeply about and which supported him in his illness: MDS
Research, Dr. Azra Raza, Rush Presbyterian Hospital,
2242 W Harrison, Suite 108, Chicago Ill 60612; Oncology
Research, Dr. Martin Oster, Columbia Presbyterian
Hospital, 161 Ft Washington Ave., NY, NY 10032; Shriners
Hospital for Children; 369 E Mount Pleasant Ave.,
Livingston, NJ 07039.
GROUP SURVEYING FIREARM INDUSTRY . . . The
National Shooting Sports Foundation recently learned
that some industry members have received a survey
entitled, "Firearm Distribution Practices."
The survey is being conducted by a Ronald J. Adams Ph.D,
professor of marketing at the University of North
Florida in Jacksonville, Florida. The survey asks the
recipient's opinion on matters pertaining to the design
and distribution of handguns. The subject matter of the
survey questions are at the core of the allegations
being made against members of the industry in the
politically motivated lawsuits being pursued by big-city
politicians, greedy trial lawyers and anti-gun activist
lawyers from the Brady Center. None of the industry
sources we spoke with including both the NRA, and the
National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers had
any knowledge of this survey.
MANAGEMENT SEMINARS . . . The
National Association of Shooting Ranges (NASR) is
putting together its 2003 schedule of range management
seminars. The schedule fills fast, so if you would like
to offer a seminar through your organization, please
Maki at firstname.lastname@example.org
or at (203) 426-1320. Seminars will be scheduled based
on availability and the number of range owners,
operators and club officers represented. Co-sponsorship
with other organizations (including government agencies)
is a plus.
TO SEE TRAVIS GOING FAST . . . Only
two weeks into ticket sales for the SHOT SHOW's big
night when country music artist Travis Tritt is to
celebrate the 25th SHOT SHOW, already a third of the
tickets have been sold. To secure your place at the
biggest evening in SHOT SHOW history visit SHOTSHOW.org
and order your tickets now - before it's too late.
FOR SHOT GOING STRONG . . . Online
pre-registration for the 25th SHOT SHOW is going strong.
With the 2003 show shaping up to be one of the best
ever, it's no wonder retailers are signing up early. To
register online go to SHOTSHOW.org
and take advantage of the discounted fee of $15.00.
On-site registration will cost $50.00 - so don't delay.
REGISTRATION FOR SHOT SHOW . . . Media
registration for the 2003 SHOT SHOW is underway.
Qualified members of the press can download the required
registration form and see complete registration
guidelines at the SHOT SHOW media
TO INCREASE GUN-CRIME PROSECUTIONS . . . "Maryland's
U.S. attorney, under pressure since he took office to
increase gun-crime prosecutions, has designated two new
assistants to handle firearms violations and told
Baltimore police this week to send his office 30 new
cases from high-crime areas in the city," according
to a story in the Baltimore
Sun. This new effort has been named
"Operation Red Zone" for its targeting of
criminal activities in the city's 14 high-crime areas.
VETOES HANDGUN REGISTRATION IN DELAWARE . . . Wilmington
vetoed a bill passed by Wilmington City Council which
would have required city residents to register new and
previously purchased firearms "saying it would
provide nothing but false hope to residents worried
about gun violence" according to a story in the News
Journal. The law was to take effect July 1,
2003. The City Council can override the veto with nine
votes. "Baker said he would prefer voluntary gun
registration because a mandatory system that punishes
law-abiding gun owners with fines and jail terms is not
the way to reduce crime. He said police have confiscated
450 guns since January 2001, and taking officers from
their normal duties to enforce a registration law would
cut into that effort. "Our concerns should remain
focused on finding and arresting those who have obtained
their weapons illegally," he said."
NEW TRADITION OF HUNTING . . . The
changing culture of deer hunters and the aging of its
members are among the subjects of a lengthy piece that
ran in the New York section of the New
York Times. Reading Kirk
story is well worth the time it takes to register for
free on the Times Web site.
ARGUMENTS . . . Nationally
syndicated columnist Thomas
takes apart many of the often heard arguments used by
gun control proponents in a piece the
Washington Times carries on its Web site
title "Twisted barrel of anti-gun logic."
THE MAGNIFYING GLASS . . . Those
of us who grew up around guns and hunting take for
granted many of the things that our underprivileged --
those unfamiliar with our shooting and hunting heritage
-- countrymen find fascinating, and it shows when a
reporter for Boulder, Colorado's DailyCamera.com
takes a trip to the range.
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