• IFC 2019 Team from NRA Nationals Receives Awards…

    September 21, 2020

    With various shooting clubs, competitions, and both local and national events drastically altered or paused, it was a breath of fresh air to get this pic back from some of our shooters. The folks on the 2019 IFC Team we sponsored to the NRA Nationals were able to grab their awards and snap a couple of quick pics in recognition.

    From Left to Right:
    Douglas Roe,  Jeff Happel,  Paul Porter, Ralph Reid, Keith Busing, Stan Sorokowski

    These shooters put in tremendous time, energy, and devotion to post scores at this level. Join IFC in thanking them for representing us so well!

  • Lack of Leadership During a Critical Time

    September 15, 2020

    Below is the letter offered to the public from Cedar County Sheriff, Warren Wethington. Sheriff Wethington is a board member of the Iowa Firearms Coalition. Sheriff Wethington was honored with a Special Recognition Award from the Iowa Association for Justice in recognition of his “Principled Public Stand against Police Misconduct” in November of 2019.

    During these difficult times, we need leaders who are willing to make hard decisions. Leaders who will protect their constituents first. We have too many politicians now, who base the decisions on how it may affect their next election. A leader should always put the people they represent first, and their own political safety should not enter into their thinking.

    I’m writing this letter in support of our State Representative Bobby Kauffman in this November election. The Sept.2 issue of the Tipton Conservative had several letters to the editor showing support for Bobby’s opponent. It is true Bobby’s challenger in this election has 35-year law enforcement career, the last 15 years as the Johnson County Sheriff.

    I have had the opportunity to work with Lonny over the last 13 years I have been the Cedar County Sheriff. I like Lonny as a person; however, we are two opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of law enforcement theory. I sit as an executive board member of the Iowa Firearms Coalition. During Lonny’s 15 years as sheriff, he has been one of the most outspoken anti second amendment sheriffs in Iowa when pro-gun legislation is purposed.

    Lonny has been a strong supporter of Sanctuary Cities. Publicly stating that his office does not inquire as to a person’s citizenship status, or condition of their visa. “If an illegal alien feels they may be taken into custody, they are less likely to report they are the victim of a crime”. This may be true, but if you are an illegal alien you have entered this country illegally. That makes you a criminal. I have worked with people of different ethnicity and enjoy them very much. I have great respect for the work ethic they bring with them. We need more hard-working, good people in this country; but there are laws in place dictating how to enter the country legally

    The most disturbing example of putting his political career above the safety and security of not only his own constituents but the safety and security of every person in the area. In recent months Iowa City has been plagued with Social Justice Protests. Some protests turning into riots. I fully support anyone and everyone engaging in the act of peaceful protests. However, when a peaceful protest includes blocking interstate 80, this is unacceptable. Iowa State Code prohibits a person from standing in the middle of I80. Allowing this to happen places every person in the area in danger. These rioters made it impossible for people who required emergency care to access any of the hospitals.

    The Office of Sheriff carries a great deal of power/responsibility. The Office of Sheriff is the only law enforcement entity provided for in the U.S. Constitution. All other L.E. entities are created through administrative code. The sheriff is elected. Elected because it is important that the sheriff answers to no one person, board, or committee. We answer to you the citizens every 4 years in November.

    The Johnson County Sheriff had the authority, responsibility, and duty to stop this riot from blocking I80 but choose not to. This decision place a large number of people in danger. An example of how this decision affects everyone is while the interstate was closed by rioters, I received a call from the Mechanicsville ambulance service. The ambulance responsible for serving Mechanicsville and Stanwood was stuck on the Dodge Street exit. In the ambulance was the Clarence paramedic. Clarence covers Lowden. This means all of Hwy 30 was without an ambulance service because rioters were allowed to close I80. I called Lonny who was on scene and he made arrangements to get the ambulance out of the confusion. But again, the rioters should not have been allowed on I80 to begin with.

    During the recent wind storm Democrat Iowa State Senator Zach Wahls and Republican Iowa State Representative Bobby Kaufman both reached out to me asking what we needed and how they could help. I have a great deal of respect for both Zach and Bobby. Bobby has demonstrated his willingness to work with his Democratic colleagues for the best Iowa possible. I feel he and Zach have a good working relationship.

    Thank You

    Cedar County Sheriff

    Warren Wethington

  • Iowa pheasant survey results show popular game bird numbers up significantly

    September 4, 2020

    Iowa’s recently completed annual pheasant survey is great news for hunters – statewide, Iowa averaged 20.2 birds per 30-mile route, up significantly from 2019, with six of the nine survey regions averaging more than 20 pheasants per route, the most since 2007.

    “Pheasant hunters should expect significantly better pheasant numbers in 2020,” said Todd Bogenschutz, upland wildlife biologist for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR). “Pheasant hunting this fall could be some of the best the state has seen in a decade.”

    Bogenschutz credits the 2020 winter with its mild temperatures and little snowfall that led to higher hen survival and coupled with a dry spring to more successful nesting and an increase in the population. The southeast region led the way with a 163 percent increase, followed by the northeast region with a 115 percent increase and east central region with a 55 percent increase.

    While those numbers are very good, the statewide numbers would have likely been better if not for the drought conditions impacting much of the state.

    “In the western and central regions where we counted fewer birds, we struggled to get good survey conditions so the results are not likely representative of actual numbers,” Bogenschutz said. “Pheasant populations in these regions appear higher than last year, according to casual staff reports, even though the survey says the population is essentially unchanged.

    “Given this year’s statewide index of 20 birds per route Iowa, pheasant hunters should harvest approximately 250,000 to 350,000 roosters this fall,” he said.

    Iowa’s quail population was essentially unchanged from 2019 with the highest quail numbers coming from southwest Iowa. While the counts were unchanged, it is still double the number of quail counted from a decade ago. Hunters can expect to harvest more than 20,000 quail this year.

    Iowa’s partridge population was up slightly over last year with higher counts coming from northcentral Iowa. Iowa’s rabbit population was nearly identical to 2019 with better populations across southern and east central Iowa. “Cottontail hunters can expect excellent hunting across most of the state this fall,” Bogenschutz said.

    • Iowa’s pheasant season is Oct. 31-Jan. 10, 2021
    • Iowa’s quail season is Oct. 31-Jan. 31, 2021
    • Iowa’s partridge season is Oct. 10-Jan. 31, 2021
    • Iowa’s cottontail rabbit season is Sept. 5-Feb. 28, 2021. 

    Media Contact: Todd Bogenschutz, Upland Wildlife Biologist, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, 515-979-0828.

  • Are you “Safe” today?

    August 31, 2020

    You know… Over the last few weeks as we’re all gearing up to return to school, I’ve noticed the word “Safe” being brandished about in nearly every facet of our culture. Here are a few that came in just this morning to my email:

    “…child feeling safe at school”

    “In the meantime, take care of your families and stay safe.”

    “safe learning environment”

    And that is just the start. For the thinkers among us, I offer you a question. Are you ever truly safe? For the thinkers among us, I offer you the reasoning why we’re not, have never been, and will never be. Sin stalks us and wishes to have us. Period. Calamity is just around the corner. Now, that doesn’t mean we lose our minds and become paranoid obsessives. But, it should mean that we prepare for possible problems. If we didn’t, you’d neither need a spare tire nor a fire extinguisher. To prepare adequately is a physical and mental exercise equally.

    I’m primarily interested in truth. And the truth is, each time some well-intentioned person tells you that you’re safe, you aren’t. They of course want you to be, and they wish for it. I’m glad for that. But ultimately, they have little power over your safety. So, the outcome of ‘safety’ falls squarely on us all as individuals first, and in the communal sense second.

    Once we abandon the idea that we’re safe, we can begin to understand the measures, thoughts, and preventative steps necessary to better prepare for problems. This naturally leads to the outcome others call “safety” in the traditional sense. Their version of “safe” is almost always a house of cards.

    Their version of “safe” revolves around incoherent ideas and applications. A prime example is the “Gun Free Zone” as it were. Does a sticker or the declaration in law magically make you safer? No. It does not. But do the masses too often believe that it does? Yes. And by the practice of believing a thing like that to be true which isn’t, what can you and I say about that assertion? First, it is incoherent. Second, the net safety of a “Gun Free Zone” drops, not elevates. Why? Because they let their guard down where they’re “safe” right? Thus, they’re less aware situationally and aren’t implementing proper levels of risk assessment.

    My point is a simple one today. Each time you hear somebody blathering on about “safe” this or “safe” that, you should seriously be questioning all of it. I truly believe most folks do wish for other’s safety. However, the sophomoric idea that yapping about safety achieves the goal is the core problem. …And the more they yap the more we accept the word “safe” as legitimate and real.

    Don’t do that…

  • Armed Citizen Stops Machete-Wielding Man

    August 30, 2020
    Bluebonnet News (Liberty, TX)
     
    A Good Samaritan pulled over to check on a machete-wielding man who was standing in the middle of SH 146 near Moss Hill. As the Good Samaritan was exiting his vehicle, the man approached him with a large knife swinging it in a threatening manner. The Good Samaritan pulled out a pistol from his vehicle to deter the man from approaching him. The man did stop when he saw the pistol… Continue reading »
     
  • Geissele Automatics Donates 250,000 face masks to 2021 SHOT Show

    August 28, 2020

    NEWTOWN, Conn. – NSSF®, the firearm industry trade association, is pleased to announce that Geissele Automatics will be donating 250,000 face masks for distribution during the 2021 SHOT Show®. Headquartered in North Wales, Pennsylvania, Geissele Automatics is a manufacturer and distributor of firearms, optics and parts, primarily in the modern sporting rifle (MSR) sector. The company is a frequent sponsor of NSSF events.

    “We have had incredible support from our industry manufacturers for the 2021 SHOT Show, but this donation from Geissele puts an exclamation point on it all,” said Chris Dolnack, NSSF Senior Vice President and CMO. “Sponsors big and small support the SHOT Show in many ways, and we couldn’t do it without them. We are greatly appreciative of this tremendous support from Geissele and the generosity of its owners and staff—and we can’t wait to see everyone in Vegas in January.”

    “With 2021 right around the corner, and given everything that’s going on, we were unsure if SHOT Show would even take place this year,” said Joe Plunkett, Geissele’s COO. “We were very pleased to work with NSSF to donate these masks in an effort to help facilitate SHOT Show moving forward and keeping everyone safe. We will see you all in Vegas!”

    NSSF’s 2021 SHOT Show takes place Jan. 19-22 at the Sands Expo Center and an all-new expansion to Caesars Forum. More than 2,100 exhibitors are on board to attend what will be the largest SHOT Show ever at more than 714,000 net square feet. Attendee registration will open in early October. For more information about the 2021 SHOT Show, including educational opportunities, registration information, hotel discounts and updates on NSSF’s work with Las Vegas to ensure the safety and health of everyone attending, visit SHOTShow.org.

    About NSSF NSSF is the trade association for the firearm industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and the shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of thousands of manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations and publishers nationwide. For more information, log on to www.nssf.org.

  • +ONE and NSSF – Enter to Win a SilencerCo Omega 300

    August 27, 2020

    Join the movement! We challenge all of you to join the NSSF’s +One campaign and take one new person out shooting. Not only do we challenge you to join the movement, we are upping it one asking you to add a SilencerCo suppressor when you take your +One for a chance to win an Omega 300!

    Here’s the skinny.
    1. Snap a picture of your +One activities while using a SilencerCo suppressor
    2. Post the picture on Instagram and tag us: @silencerco
    3. Use the hashtags #PlusOneMovement and #SiCoPlusOne

    That’s it! You will be automatically entered into a raffle to win an Omega 300! For more information on the NSSF’s +One campaign, click here.

  • “She Goes Outdoors” Subscription Boxes

    August 25, 2020

    “SHE GOES OUTDOORS” SUBSCRIPTION BOXES: The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has teamed up with Kansas and Nebraska to offer a quarterly outdoor subscription box to women interested in hunting and the outdoors.  Boxes are $50 and include gear, educational resources, and field guides.  An online tutorial accompanies each subscription box.  Upcoming boxes include bird watching, outdoor cooking, pollinators, and fishing. Visit https://www.sgooutdoors.com/ for more information.     

  • Become an NRA Instructor!

    August 8, 2020

    Since 1871, a major objective of the National Rifle Association has been to provide education and training in the safe and proper use of firearms. Knowing how to shoot is an important requirement for NRA instructors, but you will also need to know how to teach others to shoot. NRA Instructor Training Courses help you develop the additional knowledge, skills and techniques needed to organize and teach courses in the NRA Basic Firearm Training Program.

    To qualify as an NRA Instructor:

    • Candidates must have completed the basic course in the discipline they wish to be certified to teach, e.g. NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting (Instructor Led Only), NRA Basic Rifle Shooting, etc.
    • Candidates must possess and demonstrate a solid background in firearm safety and shooting skills acquired through previous firearm training and/or previous shooting experience. Instructor candidates must be intimately familiar with each action type in the discipline for which they wish to be certified.
    • Candidates will be required to demonstrate solid and safe firearm handling skills required to be successful during an instructor training course by completing pre-course questionnaires and qualification exercises administered by the NRA Certified Training Counselor.
    • Candidates must satisfactorily complete an NRA Instructor Training Course in the discipline they wish to teach (e.g., NRA Basic Pistol Course), and receive the endorsement of the NRA Training Counselor conducting that training.

    NRA Instructor courses are discipline specific. During the course candidates will learn NRA policies and procedures; basic public speaking skills; training methodology; use of a training team and training aids; organizing a course, building a budget; and finally preparing to teach. In addition, candidates will be provided the appropriate lesson plans and basic course student packets. Role-playing is a major part of an instructor course; therefore, the minimum class size should be at least four candidates, with 10-12 candidates being ideal. Candidates take turns working in teams, actually conducting portions of the course to other candidates who portray basic students.

    Instructor training courses are conducted by NRA Training Counselors. Training Counselors are active and experienced instructors who have been certified by NRA to train experienced shooters to teach others to shoot. Training Counselors will evaluate candidates’ performance based on their ability to handle the firearms with confidence, use of appropriate training aids, following the lesson plans and meeting all learning objectives, while utilizing the teaching philosophies expected of NRA Certified Instructors. Candidates can also expect to learn the NRA discipline specific instructional methods and evaluating and improving the performance of beginning shooters.

    https://firearmtraining.nra.org/become-an-instructor/

  • Sig Sauer Announces New Gearbox for National Shooting Sports Month

    August 7, 2020

    NEWTOWN, Conn. – NSSF®, the trade association for the firearm industry, is pleased to announce that SIG SAUER has agreed to sponsor a Gearbox Giveaway in support of 2020’s National Shooting Sports Month®.

    SIG SAUER is a leading manufacturer of rifles, handguns, airguns, ammunition, electro-optics, suppressors and accessories for the military, law enforcement and civilian markets around the world. The company’s founding dates back to 1751 at J.P. Sauer & Suhl in Germany, and 1853 when it was a wagon factory in Rhine Falls, Switzerland. This company changed its name in 1864 to Swiss Industrial Group—SIG—before eventually evolving, in 2007, to be the SIG SAUER brand with which today’s consumers are familiar.

    The 2020 National Shooting Sports Month SIG SAUER Gearbox Giveaway, valued at nearly $4,000, includes:
    -1 SIG SAUER CROSS rifle in .308 Winchester
    -1 SIERRA3 BDX scope and rangefinder kit
    -10 boxes (20-count each) of Elite Hunter Tipped ammunition
    -1 collection of SIG SAUER-branded apparel and gear

    “Whether hunter or target shooter, anyone who’s a fan of rifle shooting would count themselves fortunate to win this SIG SAUER Gearbox Giveaway,” said Zach Snow, NSSF Director, Retail & Range Business Development. “We greatly appreciate SIG SAUER’s contribution and look forward to them building a great relationship with the winner of this package.”

    “As an avid supporter of all shooting sports and advocacy for participation in all forms of training to support shooting, SIG SAUER is honored to offer this Gearbox Giveaway with NSSF,” said Tom Taylor, SIG SAUER Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, Commercial Sales. “As the number of shooting enthusiasts grows and new gun owners are buying guns in record numbers in today’s new world, we hope this promotes people getting out and enjoying shooting at the range and engaging in the shooting sports.”

    National Shooting Sports Month, a celebration of the shooting sports and the firearm industry, takes place throughout the month of August. Firearms ranges and FFL retailers across the country have listed hundreds of special events, shoots and promotions on the calendar at ShootingSportsMonth.org. That calendar interacts directly with NSSF’s LetsGoShooting.org website, which consumers use to discover the August events taking place in their communities. Ranges and retailers can still get added to calendar by listing their August activities here. By doing so NSSF will send you a promotional package that includes shirts and hats.

    Additional Gearbox Giveaway sponsorships are available. For more information on how these sponsorships and your involvement in National Shooting Sports Month benefit both your business and the firearm industry at large, contact Zach Snow at zsnow@nssf.org or 203-426-1320 ext. 224.