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CMP, Sponsors Support Junior Marksmanship Through Affiliate Discount Purchase Program

Via CMP:

“The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) has teamed up with other marksmanship organizations to create an opportunity for Affiliated Clubs and individuals to receive third-party rifles and pistols (many at discounted prices) to help jumpstart programs for schools, junior clubs, teams, and camps.

The CMP Affiliate Purchase Program accommodates .177 caliber precision and sporter air rifles and .22 caliber smallbore rifles, along with a selection of air pistols. The products are intended for junior athletes in target training and competition preparation at the beginning and intermediate levels.

Equipment now available includes:

  • .22 Target Rifles     

Savage Arms offers .22 rifles at a significant discount:

  • Savage Mark I-FVT, single shot, in right and left hand for $257.00 each (regular price $480.00)
  • Savage Mark II-FVT, 5-round magazine, in right and left hand for $257.00 each (regular price $479.00)

(These rifles may be purchased by clubs only, not offered to individuals, but are an excellent deal.)

Additionally, Creedmoor offers the Anschutz 1903 right-hand target rifle in .22 for $1595.00, though there is no discount for CMP clubs or individuals.

  • Air Pistols

 Pyramyd Air offers two air pistols:

  • Alfa Proj Competition PCP Pistol, .177 for $749.99 (regular price $799.99)
  • Air Venturi V10 Match Air Pistol, .177 for $239.99 (regular price $264.99)
  • Sporter Air Rifles

Daisy offers three different rifles, one at regular price and two at significant discounts:

  • Daisy 599 10 meter competition air rifle, $595.00 (no club or individual discount)
  • Daisy M887 Gold Medalist CO2 air rifle – Club and individual price, $305.00 (regular price $499.99)
  • Daisy Elite 753W, wood stock, pump air rifle –  Club and individual price $257.00 (regular price $449.99)
  • Daisy Elite 753S, black synthetic stock, pump air rifle – Club and individual price $194.00 (regular price 449.99)

Also, Pyramyd Air offers the Air Arms T200, .177 air rifle, for clubs and individuals for $525.00 (regular price $579.99).

  • Precision Air Rifles

Pyramyd Air offers three precision rifles, all available to both clubs and individuals at varying discounts.

  • FEINWERKBAU 500 10-meter air rifle, .177 –  Club and individuals price $1275.00 (regular price $1295.95)
  • Air Arms MPR .177 Air Rifle – Club and individual price $850.00 (regular price $999.49)
  • Anschutz 9015 Club Rifle – Club and individual price $1895.95 (regular price $2199.99)

UMAREX/Hammerli

  • Hammerli AR20 Air Rifle – Restricted to club sales, only $840.00 (regular price $969.99)

Delayed payment plans (with the exception of the Savage Mark I-FVT and the Savage Mark II-FVT) are available that allow payments for clubs over a two-year span (not open to individuals). Purchaser must have ordered over $500-worth of items in order to qualify for the delayed payment program.

With the boost from the Affiliate Purchase Program, the CMP hopes to provide suitable equipment for instructors and new marksmen, attract more interest by allowing others the chance to provide loaner guns, as well as assist others in overcoming the financial challenges that arise with starter programs.

Learn more about these rifles and pistols on each of our third-party supporter’s websites. Thank you to all of our sponsors for making it possible for more youth to learn the fundamentals of marksmanship skill and safety.

To place an order or to learn more, visit the CMP website at https://thecmp.org/clubs/cmp-affiliate-rifle-purchase/. You may also contact the CMP Club Sales Department at (419) 635-2141 ext. 753 or email clubrifle@thecmp.org. “

You do know the S&W 45 Target Model, yes?

Back in 1917, Smith & Wesson was tapped by the U.S. Army to deliver a second-line revolver chambered in .45 ACP, a rimless round that was already standard for Uncle Sam as it was the fodder of the M1911A1.

The resulting six-shooter, logically adopted as the M1917, was an early N-frame and remained in U.S. service through the Second World War, as well as bringing Big Blue some post-war coin in overseas contracts to places like Brazil.

Smith & Wesson Model of 1917 .45acp DA revolver, 1918 Army Signal Corps Photo 165-WW-387E-001 (cropped)

Fast forward to the days immediately after WWII, and S&W cleaned up the M1917 for the commercial market as the “Model 1950 .45 Army.”

However, with Bullseye shooting taking off, a version that was factory optimized for competition, with a large Partridge front sight, target hammer, barrel and trigger, and hand-filling checkered grips was needed.

Enter the “45 Target Model,” introduced in 1955.

Two years later, Smith would dub it the Model 25, and, in both .45ACP and .45Colt variants, it remains in production today.

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The Oldest Gun Store in the U.S. is Now Gone

The John Jovino Co. gun shop opened in 1911 in Manhattan in the middle ground between Little Italy and Chinatown, just a block over from NYPD Headquarters.

Purchased in the 1920s by the Imperato family– who ran the shop and their Henry Firearms Company from its location until they pulled stumps for New Jersey in the 1990s– the store was iconic.

It was featured in films including Mean Streets and Serpico, as well as television shows such as Law and Order.

Crime scene photographer Weegee even lived in a studio apartment directly over the shop in the 1930s and 40s and captured the storefront, with its distinctive revolver sign, in at least one gritty nighttime image of Gotham.

Now, the shop has gone, killed by a combination of rising rents, ever-tougher NYC regs on gun sales, and the COVID-19 lockdown.

More in my column at Guns.com. 

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Jumping the shark

Ruger, what are you thinking?

This new (limited edition!) 10/22 was just announced.

Sure, sure, who would buy this?

IDK, maybe this is a big brain move by the Black Eagle gang to get some novices into the shooting sports. For example, say Dad has a kid who isn’t particularly into going to the range with him. However, said kid is a mega-fan of sharks.

“Hey, buddy, look at this .22, it has a shark on it…”

Don’t laugh, it is a formula the Discovery Channel figured out years ago with Shark Week.

HK & Howa team up to take on Godzilla, or China, whichever comes first

The Japanese military on Monday released the details of their first new small arms since the 1980s: a new Howa modular rifle and a variant of the Heckler Koch VP9.

The Japanese Ground Self Defense Force, the country’s army, debuted what will be termed the Type 20 5.56 rifle and the SPF 9mm pistol in future use.

More in my column at Guns.com.

The Tiger’s Everyday Carry Pocket Gun

Here we see a .32 ACP Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless self-loading pistol carried by General (later Field Marshal) Sir Gerald Templer, KG, GCB, CB, GCMG, KBE, DSO. The S/N (377681) dates to 1921 production.

UK National Army Museum NAM. 1998-01-118-2

Dubbed  “The Smiling Tiger,” Sir Gerald commanded infantry and armored divisions, as well as the German Directorate of the Special Operations Executive, during the WWII and later went on to lead British forces during the Malayan Emergency, one of the few successful counter-insurgency operations undertaken by the Western powers during the Cold War.

He was also something of a gun buff.

General Sir Gerald Templer (left) testing a .45 inch De Lisle bolt action silenced carbine during a visit to 1st Battalion The Gordon Highlanders, Perak, 1952. He may very well have a Colt in his pocket. 

The signed 1954 card in the pistol’s case reads:

“The .32 Colt revolver and ammunition, in this case, was one of about 20 purchased by me when I was GSO I (1(b)) at GHQ, BEF. It was necessary for some of my officers to/ have a small automatic in their pockets on a good many occasions. I carried this one throughout the War, and when I was High Commissioner and Director of Operations in Malaya it never left my side. It was under my pillow every night whilst I was in country, ready and cocked.”

Sir Gerald died in 1979, aged 81.

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