Wildlife Forever and Jay N. Darling Legacy Center Unveil Songbird Art Contest™
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Wildlife Forever and Jay N. Darling Legacy Center Unveil Songbird Art Contest™

White Bear Lake, MN –  Wildlife Forever is proud to announce the Songbird Art Contest™ as the newest opportunity to connect the public to the outdoors using the Art of Conservation™. In partnership with the Jay N. Darling Legacy Center based in Des Moines, Iowa, this competition is inspired by the legacy of artist and conservationist Jay Norwood Darling, encouraging participants to learn about North American Songbird Species and inspiring the next generation of stewards.

Throughout history, North America has been home to a tremendous diversity of bird species. Since the 1960s, Songbird populations in North America have dropped 29 percent over historic averages. Three billion birds have been lost and many species of songbirds are at risk of becoming endangered. While one single factor cannot be attributed to these losses, the data is clear that public awareness and education about this critical issue is needed now, more than ever.

The Songbird Art Contest™ will focus on conservation education and will be open to all ages with a strong focus on youth engagement. Participants will be required to submit an original piece of artwork accompanied by an essay detailing the unique characteristics of their chosen bird species and conservation needs. Participants will have until November 30th of each year to submit their entry to the contest by mail to Wildlife Forever. Winners being announced on National Bird Day, January 5th. The Songbird Art Contest™ is looking for additional partners and sponsors to kick off the contest, opening on May 1st, 2021.

Sam Koltinsky, Director of Legacy Development at the Jay N. Darling Legacy Center remarked, “The Songbird Art Contest™ will steward Darling’s legacy by connecting young people with nature through the arts. Building stewardship through conservation education will empower future generations to ensure the legacy of wise use of our natural resources.”

“The Art of Conservation has been one of the greatest models to transform public awareness of natural resources around the world. Educating the public on how to help recover North America’s songbird population with the Songbird Art Contest™ will create lasting benefits, ensuring the future conservation of songbirds,” said Pat Conzemius, President and CEO of Wildlife Forever.

For more information about the Songbird Art Contest visit: SongbirdArtContest.org

To learn about how you can support the Songbird Art Contest, contact Julia Luger at [email protected]

About Songbird Art Contest: The Art of Conservation® Songbird Art Contest™ is a new art competition created in partnership with the Jay N. Darling Legacy Center, focused on sharing the wonder and species diversity of North American songbirds. To enter, artists create an original illustration of any North American Songbird Species and written words detailing its habitat, and efforts to conserve it. Entries are judged in five age levels: Kindergarten-3rd grade, 4th-6th grade, 7th-9th grade, 10th-12th grade and adults 18 years and older. The Songbird Art Contest will kick off May 1st, 2021. Learn more at SongbirdArtContest.org

About Wildlife Forever: Our mission is to conserve America’s wildlife heritage through conservation education, preservation of habitat and management of fish and wildlife. Wildlife Forever is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to investing resources on the ground. Recent audits reveal that 94% of every dollar supports our award-winning conservation programs. Please, Join Today and learn more about the Fish Art Contest™, Clean Drain Dry Initiative™ and Prairie City USA® at  www.WildlifeForever.org.

About Jay N. Darling Legacy Center: The Jay N. Darling Legacy Center, based in Des Moines, Iowa, is a non-profit friends group to support, enhance and champion Jay N. Darling’s legacy and the Darling Institute at Drake University. Jay Norwood Darling (1876-1962), was a 20th century two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist, a journalist, an artist, a conservation activist and an advocate of sport hunting and fishing.  Darling spent his life promoting the wise use of our natural resources and pursuing concrete actions to keep these values vibrant and alive. Darling left an extraordinary footprint across our nation’s landscape that inspires the work of the Jay N. Darling Legacy Center. Learn more at www.jayndarlinglegacycenter.org/

Contact: Julia Luger [email protected]

NSSF Announces Fall #RangeChallenge ‘Aiming for Autumn’ Series for Ranges
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NSSF Announces Fall #RangeChallenge ‘Aiming for Autumn’ Series for Ranges

NEWTOWN, Conn. – NSSF®, the trade association for the firearm industry, is pleased to announce the launch of the new #RangeChallengeSM “Aiming in Autumn” target game for use by indoor and outdoor ranges across the country.

Building on the success of the #RangeChallenge Summer Series, which debuted during August’s National Shooting Sports Month® and concluded on the last day of summer, this fun activity was developed to encourage range participation and mentorship by shooters of all experience levels. It offers a distinct challenge to those who regularly participate in the shooting sports, while offering a highly entertaining and easy introduction to target shooting for those new to firearms. Supported by weekly prize giveaways, host ranges participating in the #RangeChallenge Summer Series said their customers enjoyed the target games and can’t wait to do it again.

“We know that getting the millions of people who purchased their first firearm this year educated about safety, basic handling skills and safe storage are paramount tasks for our industry. But just as important is showing them that target shooting can provide a lifetime of enjoyment,” said Zach Snow, NSSF Director, Retail & Range Business Development. “Whether they go on to shoot formal competitions or merely discover the joys of honing newly acquired skills, the #RangeChallenge is one way to encourage these new gun owners to take up regular practice time on the range.”

The #RangeChallenge “Aiming for Autumn” Series runs through Dec. 29 at 11:59 p.m. To shoot the target, consumers can locate a host range with the #RangeChallenge targets in their area or download and print the target themselves. It takes just 10 rounds to complete the challenge. To enter a target to win one of the weekly giveaways, all participants need to do is post a picture with their target to Instagram using the #RangeChallenge hashtag.

Ranges interested in becoming #RangeChallenge Aiming for Autumn hosts should contact Zach Snow at [email protected] to receive a complementary package of challenge-series targets and promotional materials while supplies last. Those ranges agreeing to host the “Aiming for Autumn” series will also be included on #RangeChallenge Series Host Map on LetsGoShooting.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.

Media contact:
Bill Brassard
203-426-1320 ext. 212

Now Available: Standalone Red Dot Ready Slides from LTT
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Now Available: Standalone Red Dot Ready Slides from LTT

PHOENIX, AZ (Oct. 21, 2020) – You asked for it and Langdon Tactical Technology (LTT) listened. The standalone 92 Elite LTT Red Dot Optic Ready Slide (Full-Size) is now available for purchase.

“We’ve taken our Red Dot Ready Optic Cut for the 92 slides and made it available as a complete stand-alone slide,” says, Ernest Langdon, President and CEO of Langdon Tactical. “You can now upgrade almost any 92 series pistol to take a red dot.” The slides are built-out with a front sight post and adapter plate already installed. Consumers will need to use their existing barrel, guide rod and recoil spring, however, Langdon added, “We would encourage customers to replace their locking block and barrel with a complete barrel assembly for proper fit with a brand new slide.”

Bolt on your choice of RMR patterned micro-red dot, assemble slide to your frame, and zero your pistol. It will work on all full-size 92 FS models and forward, Brigadiers and M9A1 frames.

About Langdon Tactical Technology
Langdon Tactical Technology creates customized confidence by making great firearms extraordinary. LTT puts the art and skill of craftsmen to work for a better fit finish, and optimize all the pieces and parts that mass production and assembly can never reproduce. The result is a firearm that gives ultimate confidence tailored to the shooter.


Bill Vitiello
P: 941.323.6554
E: [email protected]


XS Sights Introduces New Ambassadors
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XS Sights Introduces New Ambassadors

Fort Worth, TX – XS® Sights is proud to announce that Michelle Waldran and Jen Blake have been named XS Ambassadors. As ambassadors, they will support the company’s social media efforts and help bring awareness to women about the importance of learning firearms safety and training for self-defense.

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Michelle Waldran now lives in Oklahoma and was first introduced to handguns at age 14 when visiting her uncle on summer break. She is now a certified NRA pistol instructor, Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET) handgun instructor, and Oklahoma Self-Defense Act instructor. Waldran is also a member of Team Walther Arms.

“The more I learned over the years attending advanced concealment courses, the more aware I became that a minor detail such as sights can influence the outcome of a critical encounter,” said Waldran. “After a lot of research, I ordered XS F8 Night Sights. These made a world of difference in my target acquisition throughout various defensive shooting drills. Especially the one hand reload drill. The rear sight posts are rock solid and can be used to rack the slide one handed on any surface. Their tag line – The Fastest Sights in Any Light – is true. They are incredibly fast and much easier to see in day and night than standard sights. I’m proud to be an ambassador and help spread the word about the advantages XS Sights provide when it comes to self-defense.”

An avid participant in 3-Gun competitions, Jen Blake is a concealed carry instructor and appointed NRA Counselor who teaches and certifies students to become NRA Instructors in southern Ohio. She has traveled the country training women to use firearms safely and enjoys helping grow women participation in gun ownership whether for protection, hunting, or shooting sports. Blake is the mother of two boys and understands the need to be responsibly armed.

“The most rewarding part of my job is helping families feel proficient with their shooting skills and giving them the confidence to feel safe knowing they can defend themselves,” said Blake. “I am extremely excited to be an ambassador for XS Sights. They’re #1 in quick sight acquisition which is extremely important, especially in moments where every second counts. I’ve also found while teaching, the unique design of XS Sights has been a very easy sight picture for new shooters to comprehend over other types of sights.”

Zack Kinsley, Marketing Manager for XS Sights, said, “We are delighted to have Michelle and Jen as XS Ambassadors and know their efforts will help us bring awareness to even more women about the importance of learning firearms safety and training for self-defense. These ladies embody the core behind our business. If your fundamentals are bad, great night sights or any sights for that matter won’t correct the problem. We will lean on them to drive home the drills and training for so many women, as they already do, and also help those shooters discover the XS brand benefits. These ladies are down to earth. You know where they stand, and we relate to and appreciate those qualities here at XS Sights.”

For more information, visit www.xssights.com.

About XS Sights

XS Sights is known for making the fastest sights in any light. For more than 20 years, the XS team has created some of the most innovative sights on the market today for pistols, rifles, and shotguns. Whether used for personal defense or hunting, these sights are designed and built to be the absolute best for their specific purpose. American Made. Texas Proud. 2A Strong.

Media Contact:

Shannon Jackson
Shannon Jackson Public Relations
(804) 343-3608
[email protected]


T.R.U. Ball and AXCEL Doubles Partnership with USA Archery for 2021
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T.R.U. Ball and AXCEL Doubles Partnership with USA Archery for 2021

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – USA Archery is thrilled to share that T.R.U. Ball® and AXCEL® Archery is growing their support of USA Archery for 2021 as a Uniform and National Events Sponsor.

As part of this partnership, USA Archery’s international team archers will be able to continue representing the T.R.U. Ball and AXCEL brands on the world stage, and the world’s leading sight and release manufacturer will have a presence at USA Archery National Events.

T.R.U. Inc. Marketing Director Brandon Reyes shared: “T.R.U. Ball and AXCEL Archery continues its dedication to target archery and the athletes of USA Archery with this new sponsorship. We are excited about the Olympics in 2021 and look forward to a strong, lasting relationship with everyone involved in USA Archery.”

USA Archery CEO Rod Menzer also shared his enthusiasm for the partnership: “T.R.U. Ball and AXCEL have a longstanding reputation of creating top quality archery accessories that have served many of our athletes well in the highest levels of competition. This industry leading manufacturer has always been a staunch supporter of competitive target archery and we are proud to continue to bring their high-quality brand and excellent products to our members.”

USA Archery appreciates T.R.U. Ball and AXCEL Archery’s support and looks forward to continuing to strengthen our partnership.

About T.R.U. Ball® Releases and AXCEL® Sights and Scopes

T.R.U. Ball / AXCEL Archery is the “Real #1” archery accessory manufacturer for over 25 years. T.R.U. Ball / AXCEL Archery is trusted by Olympians Brady Ellison and Mackenzie Brown and top professionals such as Jesse Broadwater, Alexis Ruiz, Reo Wilde, Paige Pearce, Dan McCarthy and others to win more events than any other release and sight company this decade! T.R.U. Ball Releases and AXCEL Sights are proudly engineered, CNC machined, and assembled in the USA!

About USA Archery

USA Archery is the National Governing Body for the Olympic sport of archery in the United States. USA Archery selects and trains Olympic, Paralympic, World Championship, and World Cup teams, as well as developing archery at the grassroots level across the United States. For more information, visit www.usarchery.org.

Media Contact

Sarah Boyd
[email protected]
USA Archery, 4065 Sinton Road, Suite 110, Colorado Springs, CO 80907

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