What’s really important?

What’s really important?

Russ Thurman

During this year’s Shooting Industry Masters, we permitted two special presentations. I say “permitted” because we are very cautious about who and what we allow to be “promoted” at our events. These two topics more than meet our guidelines.

At the master’s dinner, Sandy Froman, immediate past president of the NRA, spoke on the importance of the industry-driven initiative to strengthen the NRA’s membership between now and the 2008 national elections. While the industry has it own voice–and the NRA doesn’t speak for the industry–when it comes to the political arena and firearms issues, the NRA is the heavy lifter.

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Read what the industry is doing to support the NRA–and become involved. (See page 9.)

All Stand

When Sergeant First Class Greg Stube, U.S. Army Special Forces, spoke at the masters’ dinner, everyone listened–really listened.

Sgt. Stube was gravely wounded last year in Afghanistan. He spoke of his remarkable journey from the battlefield. No one stirred; all attention was riveted on this soldier with an indomitable spirit.

“I can’t take over this microphone without saying ‘God Bless America.’ Being here today makes me want to say it even more,” Sgt. Stube said. “Thank you for being Americans and standing up for what we believe in. I’m amazed by what I’ve seen here today and I’m amazed at my exposure to the industry.”

Sgt. Stube and his wife, Donna, attended the Shooting Industry Masters as the guests of Smith & Wesson, one of the companies driving the program Honored American Veterans Afield (HAVA). The objective of HAVA is to “raise awareness and further assist disabled veterans with their healing process through guided hunts and shooting competitions.”

“We see this as a way of helping,” said Tom Taylor, S & W’s marketing vice president. “We have a few companies involved and want to open it to others in the industry who would like to help.”

The partners in the program are Crimson Trace, Hornady, Leupold, PB Adaptive Sports Equipment, S & W, Sure-Fire, Yamaha and ITT Night Vision.

Sgt. Stube went on one of the HAVA-sponsored hunts.

“If I ever felt alive in my life, it was when I was given the opportunity to get out in nature, get in the outdoors, rekindle my love for nature, my love for the natural existence of the sporting way of life,” Sgt. Stube said. “It’s so wonderful to live that way.”

We’ll have more on Sgt. Stube and HAVA in the October issue of Shooting Industry. If you’d like more information on HAVA, contact Julie Goloski at Smith & Wesson: (413) 747-3676, e-mail: jgoloski@smith-wesson.com.

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