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Team CSSA E-News – July 17, 2015

 COMMENTARY – PAN-AM GAMES:  GOLD, GOLD AND MORE GOLD!

Apparently Canadian women shoot really well – especially the ones from Alberta. They are proving it at the Pan-Am Games.

Amanda Chudoba won the gold medal in women’s trap shooting on Monday, July 13, and earned an automatic berth to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Chudoba, 25, beat out American Kayle Browning in a shoot-off to break a tie after they both hit 11 of the initial 15 targets.

“To be medalling in the Pan Am Games is just beyond my expectations,” Chuboda said. “It’s that next step in the journey. I’m pretty ecstatic to be able to win the medal on home turf.”

Monday’s match was a high-stakes competition. Winning means that Canada’s women’s trap shooting team, Chudoba included, qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics. Chudoba will be part of the team after finishing in the top 10 at the 2015 ISSF World Cup in Acapulco, Mexico.

“Shooting is like riding a bike,” she said. “Once you pick up that gun, it’s all muscle memory. If you’re not mentally in it, you’re not going to compete well.”

A native of Spruce Grove, Alberta, Amanda has won five consecutive national shooting titles and will represent Canada at her first Olympics in Rio.

If that wasn’t sufficient to make Canadian shooters swell with pride, Calgarian Lynda Kiejko cleaned up in the handgun events, winning two gold medals in pistol shooting.

The many years and long hours of training came to fruition as Ms. Kiejko captured her first gold medal in 10-metre air pistol. The 34-year-old Calgarian rode the emotion of an uncommonly boisterous crowd to capture her family’s second straight pistol gold and assure Canada of a spot in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

“My heart was racing like a steam engine, and it was pounding,” said Kiejko, whose sister Dorothy Ludwig won the same medal four years ago in Guadalajara, Mexico.

To make her amazing accomplishments even sweeter, Ms. Kiejko also swept up a second gold medal July 15, winning the women’s 25-metre pistol event. She beat American Sandra Uptagrafft 7-3 in the final round to earn Canada’s third shooting gold of the games.

Kiejko’s medals give her three in a long shooting career. She also won a bronze medal for Canada at the 2003 Pan-Am Games in Santo Domingo.

Shooting is serious business in the Kiejko family. In addition to her sister’s accomplishments, Lynda’s late father, Bill Hare, who shot for Canada at the 1964, 1968 and 1972 Olympics, had a score of 195.7 to finish first.

I know that all CSSA members and all Canadian shooters join us in offering hearty congratulations for the amazing performances of these two exceptional shooters. Well done ladies, you are doing our community proud! Thank you from all of us.

*Editor’s note – As of this writing, the Pan-Am Games are still in progress. If any other medals are secured, we will be sure to include them in our E-News broadcasts. Don’t get the E-News? Subscribe for free at www.cssa-cila.org or contact us at info@cssa-cila.org.


 “Allan Rock said he came to Ottawa with the belief that only the police and military should have firearms. I believe that firearms ownership is a right, but a right that comes with responsibilities.” – The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety 

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 CANADIAN RANGERS TEST NEW ‘TOP-TIER WEAPON’ – NEW RANGER RIFLE ADAPTED FOR USE IN THE NORTH, INCLUDES ENLARGED TRIGGER GUARD FOR GLOVED FINGERS (By Jody Porter | CBC News | July 10, 2015)

The Canadian Rangers, the Canadian Armed Forces Reserve in isolated areas, are now testing the new weapons that will replace the Lee-Enfield rifles, used since the group’s inception in 1947.

Rangers were issued the old Lee-Enfields when the military had a surplus after the Second World War, but that stockpile has now been depleted, according to Maj. Carl Gendron, who is overseeing the replacement.

Colt Canada will supply 6,820 new rifles to the Canadian Rangers by 2019. The weapons are a variation of the Finnish-made Tikka T3 CTR that will be built under licence at the Colt plant in Kitchener, Ont.

“You cannot not like this weapon — it’s a top tier weapon,” Gendron said. “It’s one of the best in the world in that price range so there’s no problem with that. I’m 100 per cent confident they [Rangers] are going to love it.”

Colt Canada has the licence to make this variant of the Tikka T3 CTR rifle for the Canadian Rangers. More than 6,800 new weapons will be in the hands of the Rangers by 2019. (Colt Canada)

Rangers need their weapons for self-defence against large predators and to live off the land, he said, so a model of a polar bear was created and used as part of the testing.

“We’re confident that the rifle can stop a polar bear with the ammunition that we’re providing, that was also tested,” Gendron said. The weapon also passed tests for accuracy, making them good for hunting when Rangers need food while on patrol in the North.

The preliminary cost estimate for the replacement project is $28 million or $4,000 per rifle, he said. That cost includes everything from development and testing to additional equipment, including hard and soft cases for the weapons and a two-year supply — almost two million rounds — of ammunition.

“The gun will be extremely reliable because it’s made of stainless steel,” Gendron said. “It’s very corrosion resistant. We tested it specifically for use in the North in adverse conditions.”

The rifle was tested to NATO standards, he said, including a test to ensure it would function at –51 C and would not accidentally fire when dropped. It was also adapted specifically for use by Rangers.

 The trigger guard was enlarged and the sensitivity of the trigger changed so it can be used with gloves, Gendron said, and a system of sights, up to 600 metres, was added.

More than 125 new rifles are already being used by Rangers and will be in the field next month in Operation Nanook, the annual military exercise by Joint Task Force North, being held this year in Fort Smith, N.W.T.

See the story: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/canadian-rangers-test-new-top-tier-weapon-1.3143122


 CSSA TRAINING COURSES – The CSSA is teaching Club Level Safety/Train the Trainer and Range Safety Officer courses at its headquarters: 116 Galaxy Boulevard, on the following dates:

·         July 25th and 26th

·         August 22nd and 23rd

Room is still available and the only requirement is that anyone attending be a CSSA member. Book your space now as class size is limited to 20 students! To RSVP, please phone Monday to Friday at (416) 679-9959.


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 ‘NOTHING TO DEBATE’: SECOND AMENDMENT, LEGAL GUN IN MY PURSE SAVED OUR LIVES (By Lynne Russell | FoxNews.com | July 08, 2015)  

The United States of America is a great country. You can debate absolutely anything, whether or not it has merit, and whether or not it’s any of your business.  Just before midnight June 30th, my husband, Chuck de Caro, and I and our Weimaraner were four days into an all-American, cross-country road trip. We’d just dined with a friend in Albuquerque and intended to hit historic Route 66, then stop for the night. Realizing it was late and Route 66 is no fun in the dark, we stopped at a pet-friendly Motel 6. Chuck showered; I went to the car for dog food. But guns? There’s nothing to debate. Throw out all the numbers and expert opinions. I’ve got your expert right here, and it’s called EXPERIENCE.

The armed guard patrolling the second floor was engrossed in a phone conversation, instead of checking the parking lot. I unlocked our door, picked up the food I’d placed at my feet and was assaulted by a jackass with a big, silver semi-automatic weapon. He shoved me into the room. I was airborne and landed on the bed. He shut the door and stood behind it, gun on me, debating his next move.  He didn’t expect Chuck to open the bathroom door. My husband  (Air Force Academy, U.S. Army Special Forces), said “What’s going on here?” and advanced into the room. Stark naked and dripping wet, he maneuvered himself in front of the small table between the beds, concealing two small .380 legal handguns we’d brought in from the car.  I moved around, we spoke to the assailant, kept him busy, offered him things, kept him from focusing. We felt he’d shoot when he’d gotten what he wanted. He was comfortable with the situation, had been there before.

I walked my purse to Chuck, talking about finding something inside. I reached behind Chuck and slipped a gun in, then handed it to him, asking if he could see anything that we might give the man. He said yes, wrapping his hand around the gun. The assailant grew agitated as I again walked across the room, splitting his concentration. He was making wild passes with his gun. Finally he lunged at the briefcase in front of me, and headed for the door. For a second, I thought he’d leave. Instead, he opened fire on my husband. Chuck returned fire, emptying his gun even as he was bleeding profusely.

Bottom line: Assailant DOA in the parking lot. My hero recovering from five gunshot wounds. We both are alive.

Now, ask me how I feel about the right to bear arms. Here’s the truth:

1. Criminals will always have guns, this is not about them.

2. Americans have a constitutional right to bear arms. Humans have a right to defend themselves. If we didn’t have the Second Amendment, we would create it.  

3. You can’t control everything; but if it makes you feel better, go with a simple law preventing violent offenders from buying firearms. Make it “violent” offenders rather than “white collar” offenders, or most of Capitol Hill won’t be allowed to own them. 

4. Get a gun, get legal, be responsible, trust yourself. Don’t trust yourself? Then don’t carry. But for God’s sake then, shut the f**k up about it, because that’s where your involvement ends.

Chuck and I were married one year ago, on the Fourth of July. Sure, we celebrated our first wedding anniversary in a hospital. But thanks to the Second Amendment, my crack-shot husband and the pistol he used, we were able to have a first anniversary.

Lynne Russell is a former Headline News anchor and CNN correspondent.

See the story: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2015/07/08/theres-no-debate-about-guns-im-alive-and-so-is-my-husband-because-had-one-in-my-purse.html


 OSHAWA CONSERVATIVE TARGET SHOOT FUNDRAISER – AUGUST 15, 2015 – ORONO FISH AND HUNT CLUB – ORONO, ONTARIO. Located at 3292 – 7th Concession between Brown Road and Leskard Road. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $65 per person. Barbecue lunch will be served. This is an annual favourite, providing supporters the opportunity to safely handle and discharge a wide assortment of firearms with the assistance of trained and seasoned firearms owners. Special guest: MP Colin Carrie. To purchase tickets, please visit: http://www.oshawaconservatives.ca or call 905-721-9022.

See the invitation: http://oshawaconservatives.ca/products/target-shoot-fundraiser 


 CANADA IN THE ROUGH – YUKON MOOSE MANIA PART 2

Paul’s moose and caribou adventure with Tombstone Outfitters continues in the Yukon. As Paul hunts hard, he may just get his chance at a mature Yukon bull moose

See the teaser: http://www.canadaintherough.com/yukon-moose-mania-part-2/

Canada in the Rough can be found on OLN, WILD TV, and CHEX. For a full schedule, visit: http://www.canadaintherough.com/schedules/ 


 MAINE BECOMES LATEST STATE TO ALLOW CONCEALED GUNS WITHOUT A PERMIT (By Natalie Johnson | The Daily Signal | July 9, 2015)

Maine passed a measure Wednesday permitting gun owners in the state to carry concealed handguns without a permit, becoming the sixth state in the U.S. with such a policy. Republican Gov. Paul LePage signed the bill into law, confirming a victory for gun-rights advocates who argue the permits do not prevent lawbreakers from carrying weapons. ”It really is a historic day in the state of Maine that this common-sense measure is finally signed into law,” Republican Sen. Eric Brakey, sponsor of the bill, told the Associated Press. Current law allows Maine residents to carry a handgun without a permit so long as it is visible, but gun owners carrying concealed guns must apply for a permit. The process includes a background check, a licensing fee, and proof the gun owner can handle a firearm safely.

See the story: http://dailysignal.com/2015/07/09/maine-becomes-latest-state-to-allow-concealed-guns-without-a-permit/


 OHIO HUNTERS PURSUING ABILITY TO CARRY HANDGUNS (Limaohio.com | June 27, 2015)

 More and more states are allowing hunters to carry firearms for personal protection and more are poised to allow them. Some states limit this to bowhunters. Some allow it only for hunters who have a concealed carry permit (CCW). Ohio is among those. Ohioans many not use the pistol or handgun to hunt with and must follow all CCW rules state-by-state regulations vary, but about a dozen states continue to prohibit bowhunters from carrying a firearm for personal protection. Many hunters recommend getting a CCW permit for this purpose. Remember, some of us are hunting in remote areas.

See the story: http://limaohio.com/sports/6196/hunters-pursuing-ability-to-carry-handguns


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