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Head’s Up, Wingshooters, Hevi-Shot Issues Recall Notice

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE.

At temperatures below freezing, our 12-gauge, 3-inch HEVI-Metal® and HEVI-Steel® shotshell wads may crack on ignition. This may cause a “squib load”, with an off sound and reduced power.

While this squib load will not damage your gun in any way, it can result in a wad stuck in your barrel, because the force of some of these shells may not be strong enough to push the wad all the way out of the muzzle.

The danger comes if you fire again without clearing a stuck wad from your barrel. This can cause barrel damage or injury. If you hear an off sound with no power, please stop shooting! First, unload your gun – and then check your barrel for obstructions before you fire again!

Please do not shoot these shotshells. Instead, please contact us for replacement shells. We have fixed this problem in current production.

After we were contacted about squib loads, we began an intensive investigation that led to an understanding of the problem by the evening of 19 November. We want to get this notice out to our customers immediately. Please share it with your hunting friends.

The wads we bought between July and mid-November used a low-density polyethylene plastic. We switched yesterday to a linear low density polyethylene, which performs safely in all weather, including very cold weather. To understand the difference, please go to:

http://www.primepolymer.co.jp/english/technology/material/pe/05.html

Only 12-gauge, 3-inch HEVI-Steel or HEVI-Metal® shotshells with these lot numbers may have the problem:

201576 – 201584 301571 – 301609 401335 – 401345 500001 – 500016
201600 – 201637 301643 – 301659 401381 – 401422
201640 – 201659 301672 – 301689 401437 – 401463
201665 – 201671 301698 – 301701 401466 – 401486
201677 – 201680 301713 – 301722 401489 – 401504
201683 – 201699 301725 – 301726 401507 – 401519
201702 – 201722 301730 – 301734
201732 – 201736

The lot number is stamped on the inside top flap of your box of shotshells.

Our highest priories are your safety and your satisfaction with our products. We will do everything we can to get you the product you deserve if you contact us for replacement shells. For your safety, when you contact us we will arrange to have UPS pick up your unused shells (please put them in a shippable cardboard box such as our master carton) at no charge to you, and we will ship your replacement shells to you at no charge. Contact Kelly Sorensen, VP of Sales and Marketing by phone: 541.367.3522, or by email: sales@hevishot.com.

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CEO

Remembering Ed ‘Big Daddy K.I.S.S.’ Halligan

THE FOLLOWING IS A REMEMBRANCE FROM COLUMBIA RIVER KNIFE & TOOL

CRKT is deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend, renowned knife designer, Edward ‘Big Daddy K.I.S.S.’ Halligan. Ed had been the second noted knifemaker to join the CRKT family when we released the iconic K.I.S.S. (Keep It Super Simple) in 1998.

Ed’s K.I.S.S. knife, and its subsequent variations, has been an essential part of the CRKT line up since its first introduction. His designs have been exceptionally popular globally with knife enthusiasts and his K.I.S.S. won ‘Imported Knife of the Year’ at Blade Show in 1998. His most recent design, the Sweet K.I.S.S., was introduced earlier this year at the 2014 SHOT Show.

Ed’s passion for knifemaking and his zest for life were an inspiration to all. He will be profoundly missed. Our thoughts go out to his wife, Beverly Ann Halligan, and the rest of his family during this difficult time.

The following was taken from his obituary which was posted by Mississippi Press and is also found through Southern Mississippi Funeral Services. The entire obituary can be viewed at: http://www.smfs.us/obituaries/Edward-Halligan/#!/Obituary

Edward Francis Halligan, 81, of Ocean Springs, died Saturday, November 8, 2014.

Mr. Halligan was born on January 23, 1933 in Little Silver, New Jersey. He served his country in the United States Air Force from 1953-1957 as an aircraft mechanic. He also worked for Delta Airlines for 37 years. He founded Halligan and Son Knives in 1985. In 1990, he became a member of the International Knifemaker’s Guild and the American Bladesmiths Society in 1992. In 1996 he received the Mastersmith rating in the American Bladesmiths Society and was the recipient of the B.R. Hughes award for Best Knife by a Mastersmith.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on November 22, 2014 at Hillcrest Cemetery in Savannah, Georgia under the direction of Gamble Funeral Service of Savannah. Southern Mississippi Funeral Services of Ocean Springs served the Halligan family with local arrangements.

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New Shizuka noh Ken Is Mission-proven Knife

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM COLUMBIA RIVER KNIFE & TOOL

CRKT and James Williams has released the new Shizuka noh Ken. A new compact version of the famous Otanashi noh Ken tactical knife, it features a Samurai style blade and the manual LAWKS safety innovation to perform its duty at the highest level when you need it most.

James Williams of Encinitas, CA is the designer behind the Shizuka noh Ken. A veteran and martial arts practitioner/instructor, his knives have been staples for military Special Forces and tactical Law Enforcement professionals around the world. The new compact version is easier to carry, more concealable, and is the perfect complement to your personal defense tools. In use by Special Operations warriors even before its introduction to the public, this design has proven extremely effective in high-risk environments.

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The knife, that’s name translates to “hidden blade”, features a  classic Osaraku style blade shape made famous by the 16th century Samurai warlord Takeda Shingen. This clip point blade design  provides you with an efficient and effective cutting tool and shows up when called upon for deep penetrating and slashing duties. At 3.75” it’s the perfect size for practical defense security wherever it’s put to use.

Structural integrity is paramount with this blade while it’s putting anything else at risk. That’s why the knife comes with the manual LAWKS safety innovation. LAWKS sets a pin against the frame lock, creating a virtual fixed blade that is safer and less likely to fail than most locks in hard use situations. Just fully deploy the blade, slide the LAWKS lever forward to engage the safety system and its game on. When you’re done, slide the lever back, disengage the frame lock, and fold the blade into the closed position

The Shizuka noh Ken also comes with a G10 handle for unmatched grip and a clip that allows for deep inconspicuous carry. You’d expect nothing less from a designer who has extensive classical Samurai training.

When you need a tactical folding knife that’s compact in size but packed with defensive power against any badguys, reach for the Shizuka noh Ken.

The knife is exclusively available at Blade HQ.com through January, 2015.

Also Available: Otanashi noh Ken and Otanashi noh Ken with Veff Serrations.

The Shizuka noh Ken knife manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $140.00.

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS:
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Blade: Edge: Plain
Length: 3.670” (93.2 mm)
Steel: AUS8
Thickness: 0.150” (3.8 mm)
Finish: Black Corrosion Resistant Coating
Closed: 4.550” (115.6 mm)
Open: 8.250” (209.5 mm)
Weight: 4.2 oz. (119.0 g)
Handle: Black G10
Style: Folding Knife w/Frame Lock
U.S. Patent No. 5,596.808

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Founded in 1994, CRKT is the industry’s premier brand of knives, tools, and lifestyle accessories, with a reputation for innovative design. For more information, call: (800) 891-3100, email: info@crkt.com, on the web: crkt.com

Add Great Flavor To Your Food With Bradley Smokers

Welcome to the wonderful world of gourmet food smoking. An exciting realm of delicious food adventure awaits you! Enjoy endless possibilities for delicious food that will keep everyone coming back for more!

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Bradley Smoker specializes in meat- and food-smoking products, along with a variety of electric smokers, bisquettes, and smoking accessories.

Whether you’re a chef, sportsman, outdoors type or a weekend food warrior, food smoking is a great way to enhance the flavors of foods. Get started on your food-smoking journey and learn why virtually all cultures and all cuisine types from around the world have been smoking foods for hundreds if not thousands of years. Are you ready to get started on your own food-smoking journey?

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The full range of Bradley Smokers makes culinary pursuits a pleasure! Whether you choose the Bradley Original or one of our digital models, a Bradley Smoker gives you a self-contained, clean burning smoker that requires very little attendance.

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The Bradley system is uniquely designed to provide consistent temperature settings. With controllable temperature, time, and smoke environments, high temperatures and heat spikes that release gases, acids or resins that distort the appearance and flavor of smoked foods are avoided. This means great smoked flavor and no bitter aftertaste.

Bradley Smokers are insulated for use year-round, regardless of outside air temperature. Easy to set smoke volume, cooking duration and temperature controls remove the guesswork and uncertainty often associated with food smoking and gives you perfect results each and every time!

NORTHWEST SALMON DERBY SERIES YOUTH BOAT WINNER JACKSON GIRARD, 6, HIS SISTER, ASHLEY, AND PARENTS STEPHANIE AND ARICK WITH N.M.T.A.'S TONY FLOOR (LEFT). (NMTA)

NMTA Delivers Northwest Salmon Derby Series Raffle Boats To Winners

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE NORTHWEST MARINE TRADE ASSOCIATION

Joel Clark was thinking about football, not fishing, when he got a call that caught him off-guard.

Clark was watching the Seattle Seahawks game on Sunday, Sept. 21, when a friend called from the awards ceremony at the Everett Coho Derby, the grand finale of the Northwest Salmon Derby Series. The friend had good news: Clark had won the series’ grand prize, a fully outfitted 21-foot River Hawk aluminum fishing boat with trailer worth around $65,000. Clark was shocked.

“I never win anything,” said Clark, who lives in Monroe, Wash. “I don’t even win on scratch [lottery] tickets.”

JEFF CLARK, LEFT, WITH N.M.T.A. PRESIDENT GEORGE HARRIS AND HIS NEW 21-FOOT RIVERHAWK, WON LAST MONTH AT THE CULMINATION OF THE NORTHWEST SALMON DERBY SERIES. (NMTA)

JEFF CLARK, LEFT, WITH N.M.T.A. PRESIDENT GEORGE HARRIS AND HIS NEW 21-FOOT RIVERHAWK, WON LAST MONTH AT THE CULMINATION OF THE NORTHWEST SALMON DERBY SERIES. (NMTA)

Twenty-some miles away in Lynnwood, Wash., the Girard family was also about to get some happy news. Jackson Girard, 6, won the derby series’ kids division boat, a 14-foot River Hawk on a trailer valued at around $18,000. When the family got the call, jubilation erupted.

“Both my kids were freaking out, and I thought I was going to pass out,” said Arick Girard, Jackson’s father. “We were super excited.”

NORTHWEST SALMON DERBY SERIES YOUTH BOAT WINNER JACKSON GIRARD, 6, HIS SISTER, ASHLEY, AND PARENTS STEPHANIE AND ARICK WITH N.M.T.A.'S TONY FLOOR (LEFT). (NMTA)

NORTHWEST SALMON DERBY SERIES YOUTH BOAT WINNER JACKSON GIRARD, 6, HIS SISTER, ASHLEY, AND PARENTS STEPHANIE AND ARICK WITH N.M.T.A.’S TONY FLOOR (LEFT). (NMTA)

The two winners were chosen by raffle from among 6,500 youth and adult anglers who fished in 14 derbies from last November through September. The boats are given away at the Everett derby since it’s considered the granddaddy of the series, typically drawing upward of 2,000 anglers over its two days.

The Northwest Salmon Derby Series was started in 2004 by the Northwest Marine Trade Association (NMTA) to promote salmon fishing in the region. It had six derbies the first year, eventually growing to the current 14. The NMTA has expanded the series with derbies that are wild fish-friendly, held when hatchery chinook and coho are available. Some derbies have been restricted to hatchery fish only, and organizers work with government agencies to protect wild stocks.

“We are committed to ensuring that the derby series is sustainable for both anglers and wild fish stocks,” NMTA President George Harris said. “A collaborative approach, working alongside regulatory agencies, is the way to achieve that.”

River Hawk Boats, based in White City, Ore., has been one of the series’ main sponsors for four years, providing grand prize boats each year and adding a kids division boat this year for the first time in an effort to cultivate the next generation of anglers. Company President Phillip Cam said the Northwest’s rich variety of boating opportunities makes the derby series “the premier” event of its type in the United States.

“The amount of water resources that we can use for boating in the Northwest is unparalleled, whether it’s just cruising and enjoying a family day on the water, crabbing or chasing salmon around,” he said. “This is a great opportunity to promote boating here.”

The series’ other sponsors include Allstate Boat Insurance, Mercury Marine, BoatUS TRAILER ASSIST, HarborWare and FishUSA.com.

For Clark, the boat win was a bright light during a difficult time. His 6-month-old daughter, Grace, was recently diagnosed with blindness caused by a rare eye disease. Clark decided to participate in the derby after learning about the Everett Central Lions Club’s annual derby for blind people.

The boat, Clark said, will provide a way for the family — including his wife and their 3-year-old son — to spend some quality time outdoors together.

“We’re going to use it to go fishing and camping with the kids,” he said. “We’re excited.”

Girard said he’s been trying to convince his wife for years that the family of four needs a small fishing boat, but to no avail.

“She wasn’t buying off on that,” he said, laughing. “Now we’ll be able to get out fishing a lot more often, which is fantastic. Both of our kids love fishing.”

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Avedon & Colby Launch Signature Line of Performance Field Wear

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM AVEDON @ COLBY

After 30+ years designing and supervising the manufacturing of over 500 individual styles of distinctive garments and accessories for iconic brands like Willis & Geiger, Orvis, Beretta, Woolrich and Eddie Bauer, Burt Avedon and Susan Colby have launched a new line of high-performance field wear under their own label: Avedon & Colby. The first garment in the new collection is their Signature Field Shirt, which was introduced on Kickstarter (search “field shirt” on Kickstarter) and online on October 1st, 2014.

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Burt Avedon, a WW II Navy fighter pilot, former Top Gun instructor and president of Willis & Geiger from 1978 until 1999, was inspired to launch the Avedon & Colby Signature Collection on his 90th birthday.

“I figured there was no time left to waste, so Susan and I pulled out the stops to get our ideas down on paper and into production”, Avedon explained. “Then somebody asked me ‘Why start at 90?’ and I replied ‘Why the hell not?’ ”

Designed with the philosophy “function not fashion”, the new field shirt incorporates 19 distinct performance features: some “signature” features they developed over the past 40+ years – and two new innovations never seen in a field shirt before.

“Our objective was to create the most comfortable, most functional field shirt you’ll ever wear”, Avedon continued. “So, when it came to quality and attention to detail, we spared nothing. From our 100% cotton long-staple bush poplin – in historic “tea-dyed” British Tan – to quality details only found on fine tailored shirts, we’re confident our Signature Field Shirt will live up to the standards of those who require the very best – and then some.”

Avedon concluded, “Susan and I are very excited to be back to designing premium performance garments for ourselves once again – the way we did together in the early Willis & Geiger days.” The new Signature Field Shirt is available on Kickstarter until October 31 (search “field shirt”), and can also be pre?ordered on the Avedon & Colby website: avedoncolby.com. The shirt will retail for $179.

Ladies Day Out Coming Up Oct. 4 At Many Northwest Cabela’s

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM CABELA’S

Cabela’s Incorporated, the World’s Foremost Outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, will celebrate the growing number of women enjoying the outdoors with Ladies’ Day Out, October 4, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

This event encourages women to become an outdoor enthusiast in style, focusing on the latest outdoor apparel, camping gear, personal firearms and more. The first 100 women to check in at the store on event day will receive a free gift and all who participate in the event will qualify for the employee discount on all purchases.

According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, new target shooters–those who have taken up the sport in the last five years–are younger, female and urban when compared to established target shooters, or those participating for more than five years.

Ladies in attendance will have an opportunity to meet and greet with local celebrities and outdoor enthusiasts.  Classes will be taught by local experts and are always free of charge.

Ladies Day Out will be held at Cabela’s locations in Tulalip, Lacey, Union Gap and Springfield, OR stores. For more information visit www.cabelas.com/stores. Or contact your local Cabela’s.

Free Kids PFDs At Seattle Boats Afloat Show This Weekend

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE NORTHWEST MARINE TRADE ASSOCIATION

What better way to spend a sunny end-of-summer weekend than walking the docks down at South Lake Union?

The Boats Afloat Show brings you all the best of boating in one place. But it’s not just for adults or for mom and dad to shop for the boat of their dreams. The show is full of free activities for kids of all ages. Kids 8 to 16 can get on the water and be introduced to the thrill of small boat sailing with 60-minute free sailboat lessons and hands-on toy boat building.

Since safety on the water is an important boating lesson to teach kids, Stearns Life Jackets will be giving away 500 kids life jackets on Saturday, Sept. 13 and Sunday, Sept. 14.

Boats Afloat is open through Sunday, Sept. 14. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. Going to the show won’t break the family piggy bank. Kids under 11 are free, and ages 11 to 17 get in for $5. Discount parking vouchers are available here.

Free Sailing Lessons Courtesy of Sail Sand Point
The free sailing lessons will be on 13-foot Hobie Waves. The Hobie Wave is a singlehanded catamaran that can hold up to four people and is a great cruising boat for all ages and ability levels. There will be four Hobie Waves at the show and Sail Sand Point will take out 12 to 16 kids at a time.

Mom and dad can get future sailors out on the water, then go cruise the show at their leisure while the kids learn skills that will last a lifetime. They are also welcome to join the kids.

Lesson Schedule:
Friday, Sept. 12 – 1 p.m.: Kids only. 3 p.m.: Parents welcome
Saturday, Sept. 13 – 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.: Kids only. 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.: Parents welcome
Sunday, Sept. 14 – 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.: Kids only. 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.: Parents welcome
To sign up for free lessons in advance, email showinfo@boatsafloatshow.com.

There are also free sailboat rides for all ages courtesy of Discover Sailing. Rides are approximately 45 minutes and run continuously every day throughout the show.

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Radio Disney Seattle will be on-site hosting water fun and safety activities and giving away prizes throughout the day. The Radio Disney Seattle road crew will be there for this family-friendly event bringing exciting games, dances and giveaways, including Seattle City Light’s summer promotion “Cookin with Kilowatts.”

Free Toy Boat Building for Kids
Kids will use traditional tools provided by The Center for Wooden Boats to build and decorate their own wooden boats.
Saturday, Sept. 13: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 14: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Kids Life Jacket Giveaway
Water safety awareness in and around the water is an important lesson for kids. And because kids are important people, the show will be giving away 500 kids life jackets Sept. 13 and 14.

Life Jacket Sizes
Infant: 30 lbs. and under
Child: 30 to 50 lbs.
Youth: 50 to 90 lbs.
There is a limited supply. Kids must be present to receive a life jacket.
The 2014 Lake Union Boats Afloat Show is sponsored by Word Yachts.

Cabela’s, West Marine, Bass Pro Shops Opening New NW Stores

Three new sporting goods stores are set to open in the Northwest in the coming weeks and months, two in Pugetropolis, one in Portland.

The first of those to swing open to the public will be the new West Marine in Seattle on 15th Ave. West between Elliott Bay Marina and Fishermen’s Terminal.

The 11,000-square-foot boating and fishing supply store will have its grand opening this Friday, Sept. 12 at 8 a.m.

Next up is the new Cabela’s in Tualatin, at 555 SW Nyberg Street,on Thursday, Sept. 18. The 100,000-square-foot store will be the Nebraska retailer’s seventh in the Northwest.

It features the mount of a giant sturgeon, and more, reported Bill Monroe, outdoor columnist for The Oregonian, who got a sneak peak inside during a media tour last week.

He wrote:

… (I)t is finally a place where hunters and shooters in the Portland area can find much, if not most, of what they need. And yes, right down to hard-to-find .22 ammunition (although sales will be limited).

In the rear, for example, are half dozen stations specifically designed to conduct computerized background checks with little or no wait.

There is an entire women’s camouflage clothing section, a gun library, an archery range (for purchase and repair customers). Rows and rows of ammunition lead to a large waterfowl department.

On the other side of the store, a major camping section offers almost every necessity on the eve of fall hunting seasons.

The fishing section is large, but not quite as extensive as Fisherman’s Marine & Outdoor outlets. Prices seem more competitive than I’ve seen in other Cabela’s (Lacey and Everett in Washington and Springfield, Oregon).

Unlike the hiccuped opening of the larger (this store is 100,000 square feet) outlet in Lacey, Wash., in 2007 (185,000 square feet), the Tualatin store is not overloaded with non-native fishing gear. It’s there, certainly, but there are plenty of aisles devoted to salmon, trout and saltwater fishing.

Back up in Tacoma, the Bass Pro Shops being built alongside I-5 at 72nd is slated to open in late October. The 170,000-square-foot facility will be the first in the entire northwestern corner of the United States.

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Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops are also opening two new locations near Vancouver, BC., this month.

Happy shopping!

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Seven Meadows Archery Expands Product Line, Community Outreach

Seven Meadows Archery, the Washington-based distributor of Istvan Toth horsebows of Hungary, would like to announce participation in the ELS Fall Festival Fundraiser. Visit the Seven Meadows Archery Range at the ELS Medieval event in Bothell, Wash., on Sunday October 5th.

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The event also includes the Seattle Knights’ dinner performance & mounted archery by the Flying Duchess to benefit Equine Life Solutions. For more information, visit http://www.equinelifesolutions.com/.

Among other news, Seven Meadows Archery is proud to announce the addition of three styles to the Toth horsebow line in 2014. We anticipate the addition of more new styles, including Toth wood laminate recurves and longbows, in 2015.

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While expanding our product line, we also wish to expand our outreach. We have availability this fall and winter to schedule at archery and sport venues, clubs and educational facilities to introduce our products and provide our portable archery range including basic archery instruction. Contact us for details.

Visit our new website: www.sevenmeadowsarchery.com for our selection of horsebows and traditional archery crafts, events and distributors.  Use Coupon Code: NWSport for 5% discount on web orders!

Established in 2002, Seven Meadows Inc, is the sole importer of Istvan Toth horsebows of Hungary and distributor of traditional archery products handmade in Hungary and USA . For more information call: (253) 651-5807  email: bows@sevenmeadowsarchery.com or visit: SevenMeadowsArchery.com

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