MI DNR reminds drone operators of wildfire flight restrictions

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is reminding drone, and other unmanned aircraft system, operators that state laws restrict drone use at the scenes of wildfires in Michigan.

Michigan’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Act prohibits an individual from knowingly or intentionally operating a drone or other unmanned aircraft in a manner that interferes with the official duties of firefighters, police, paramedics or search and rescue personnel.

“When a drone is in the air at a wildfire, it poses a safety hazard to our pilots and firefighters, which could require us to ground our spotter planes and fire suppression aircraft,” said Kevin Jacobs, DNR aviation manager. “This can prolong the amount of time it takes to put the fire out, hampers the ability of firefighters to protect lives, property and other resources, while also jeopardizing the safety of fire crews battling the fire on the ground.” Read more

B&T USA SPR300 Available in U.S.


B&T USA Announces U.S. Availability Of The Ultra Accurate,
Ultra Quiet SPR300 Bolt Action Rifle.Tampa, FL – Following successful new product introductions at SHOT Show 2017, B&T USA announces the availability of its ultra accurate and concealable Swiss designed and built SPR300 (Special Purpose Rifle) to both law enforcement and commercial customers in the United States. Designed for maximum accuracy up to 165 yards, the SPR300 is not only one of the quietest full-length bolt action rifles available today, but the rifle can be broken down for discreet carry and quickly reassembled without loss of zero.

The SPR300, chambered for both .300 Whisper and .300 BLK, features a folding fully adjustable stock, extended top rail, quick detachable bipod, and an integrated suppressor. Unique to the SPR300 is the integrated B&T suppressor that reduces subsonic noise to 121dB with no flash at all. The suppressor can be removed from the barrel and reinstalled without losing zero. Read more

Hillsdale College Hosts Kim Rhode


Rhode visited with Hillsdale College Shooting Sports Team and toured the College’s Shooting Sports Education CenterRhode is the first Summer Olympian to win an individual medal at six consecutive Summer Games

HILLSDALE, Mich. – Six-time Olympic medalist and USA Shooting Team member Kim Rhode visited Hillsdale College on May 11. Rhode, the first summer Olympian to win six medals in six consecutive Olympic Games, met with Hillsdale’s national championship-winning shotgun team.

Hillsdale College’s Shooting Sports Team, which has won the last four Division III national titles in clay target shooting, performed a demonstration at the John A. Halter Shooting Sports Education Center, during which Rhode offered pointers and advice on shooting and the perseverance needed to achieve your dreams.

“Hillsdale is a fantastic place where everyone is likeminded—very much about the Constitution, very much about the Second Amendment and shooting and heritage sports,” said Rhode. “It’s a wonderful place for kids to go to college, learn about all of those things, and better themselves.”

Rhode began her competitive career at the age of 10 and is now the most successful Olympic female shooter in history, amassing 14 national championship gold medals and 35 international medals.

Hillsdale’s John A. Halter Shooting Sports Education Center is a 113-acre, state-of-the-art facility located five miles from campus. The Halter Center aims to cultivate an appreciation and increased understanding of shooting, introduce new people to the sport, and serve as a platform for courses at Hillsdale. Read more

Lipsey’s and Vickers Tactical Full FDE GLOCK

Baton Rouge, La.—Lipsey’s, a nationally renowned firearms distributor, and industry icon Larry Vickers, continue to up the ante on the popular “Vickers GLOCK” series.

Shipping immediately as a Lipsey’s Exclusive, this new Full FDE GLOCK series is built on the Vickers preferred RTF2 frame. The initial production run will be limited to 2,000 G17’s and 3,000 G19’s.

There are some familiar features that seat this Full FDE model at the Vickers GLOCK table while maintaining its own unique personality. Touting the new AmeriGlo Pro I-DOT tritium front sight and proven Wilson Combat U-Notch rear, Vickers stated this may be the best sight configuration that he’s ever shot. “I’ve run a lot of pistols set up every way imaginable but this yellow/green front sight picks up as fast as anything out there.”

The reliable Vickers TangoDown add-ons include the extended mag release, extended slide catch and matching FDE magazine base plates. The grip plug with integral disassembly tool, new in FDE, is a perfect match. An allen wrench is also included for rear sight adjustment. Read more

Wilson Combat Carry Comp Professional


THE CARRY COMP PROFESSIONAL®

Base Price:
$3,310.00 (9mm/.38 Super)
$3,200 (.45 ACP)
Wilson Combat® developed the Carry Comp model, which dramatically improves weapon control while adding minimal bulk and weight, resulting in a carry pistol that has no equal.In the 1980s, our ACCU-COMP won virtually every major practical pistol competition. It was a phenomenally accurate pistol with the reliability and accuracy serious competition demanded. Using that same technology to minimize recoil and muzzle flip, Wilson Combat® developed the Carry Comp model, which dramatically improves weapon control while adding minimal bulk and weight, resulting in a carry pistol that has no equal. The Carry Comp Professional utilizes a 4″ overall length match-grade barrel, including a ½” muzzle extension that houses the meticulously engineered compensation port. Read more

Michigan: DNR Requests Assistance in Containing Fish Virus Outbreak

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is requesting the assistance of anglers and the bait industry in containing the recent outbreak of viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus (VHSv) in the St. Clair River/Lake Erie corridor so it doesn’t spread to other waters.

Cold water temperatures are allowing VHSv to continue to affect fish from the St. Clair River to Lake Erie.

“Water temperatures continue to be well below 65 degrees Fahrenheit, creating conditions that allow for VHSv to keep spreading in the fish community,” said Gary Whelan, DNR Fisheries Division research program manager. “Extended forecasts indicate temperatures will continue to be cool, so we need to make sure anglers and the baitfish industry are aware of actions they can take to help prevent the spread of VHSv to new waters outside of this corridor.”

Anglers are asked to refrain from harvesting minnows for personal use within the borders of St. Clair, Macomb, Wayne and Monroe counties until further notice from the DNR. Those who fish should not move any live fish between water bodies and dispose of bait properly after use. Boaters should make sure their bilges and live wells are emptied prior to leaving a boat launch and all equipment is cleaned and disinfected after use. Read more

Michigan DNR’s Stream Fish Population Trend Viewer updated with fresh content

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources Monday announced the annual update to its web application designed to inform the public on local and regional trends in abundance, growth and survival of important fish populations in selected streams across Michigan is complete.

The application was developed and launched by the DNR in 2014 and summarizes data collected from a network of fish population survey sites, with data for some sites going back to 1947.

“The Stream Fish Population Trend Viewer features more than 40 streams that represent a range of conditions in terms of stream size, temperature and Great Lakes access,” said DNR fisheries research biologist Troy Zorn. “The focus is on streams with long-term data and naturally reproducing populations of trout, Great Lakes salmonids or smallmouth bass to provide users with information on self-sustaining fish populations around the state.” Read more

Caldwell Shooting Supplies Stinger Shooting Rest

The Caldwell® Stinger™ Shooting Rest
The new Stinger Shooting Rest combines a sleek all black design with the user functionality and rock solid stability Caldwell is known for. This affordable rest has an innovative front elevation system and a spring loaded, height adjustment knob that allows for fast, one handed coarse elevation adjustment. The Stinger features a heavy duty dual metal frame, and quick cam locks to allow the front rest to easily slide forward or backwards to accommodate a variety of firearm lengths. The new cutting edge molded front and rear supports protect the firearm’s finish and provide just the right amount of firmness for taking rock solid shots! Read more

New Winchester Super X Pump Shotguns

SXP Shadow Defender

SXP Shadow Marine Defender

Winchester Repeating Arms has a long history of producing defensive shotguns all the way back to the First World War. In close situations, nothing beats a reliable pump action shotgun for defense. Besides that, the “cha-chunk” sound of a live round being loaded in to the chamber of a pump-action shotgun is a sound no criminal wants to hear.

The new SXP Shadow Defender (black matte finish) and SXP Shadow Marine Defender (matte hard chrome plating) pump shotguns from Winchester Repeating Arms feature synthetic pistol grip stocks with textured gripping surfaces. Each is supplied with two length of pull spacers to adjust the shotgun to fit the owner perfectly, and two interchangeable comb pieces that enable them to dial in eye to optic alignment. A ribbed tactical forearm gives a firm grip for optimum control.

Both Super X Pump models are offered in 12 gauge and 20 gauge with 3″ chamber. Alloy receivers are drilled and tapped for bases and rings. The SXP Shadow Marine Defender model features matte hard chrome plating on the barrel, magazine tube and slide arms for added resistance to wear and the elements. The SXP Shadow Defender 12 gauge has a suggested retail price of $449.99 and the 20 gauge version for $469.99. The SXP Shadow Marine Defender 12 gauge has a suggested retail price of $499.99 and the 20 gauge version has a suggested retail price of $519.99. Barrel length for all models is 18″. A cylinder choke tube is supplied. Read more

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