TheGunBlog.ca — Allan Harding, the 2016 and 2017 Canadian National Pistol Champion, is the only male pistol shooter competing to represent Team Canada in the 2018 International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup Series. He spoke to TheGunBlog.ca about competing around the world while managing a team of software engineers for Adobe Systems, the road to the 2020 Olympics, and Bill C-71, the Canadian government’s proposed law to make it tougher for federally licensed gun owners to buy, own and use firearms.
(Correction April 9: Corrects rifle model to AR-180-B. March 23: Corrects corporate designation of Wolverine Supplies.)
TheGunBlog.ca — Following are comments by John Hipwell, the founder of Wolverine Supplies Ltd., one of Canada’s largest independent gun stores.
TheGunBlog.ca — Tenda Canada Inc., an online gun store, says it aims to keep prices low to attract new people to the shooting sports. Industry experts estimate the company has grown so fast that it’s now one of the country’s top firearm retailers. But some suppliers say they’ve stopped deliveries over how Tenda does business.
In the following interview, Steve Kuang, Tenda’s founder and owner, discusses his company, strategy, and relations with the industry.
Andrew Scheer was elected leader of the Conservative Party of Canada today, (hopefully!) putting him on course to become the next prime minister. His proposed gun policy is reproduced below.
I drive south from my hotel in Calgary for about 45 minutes and park in front of a low-rise building surrounded by fields. It’s 9:45 a.m. on the last Monday in January and I’m here to meet Terry Korth, the owner and chief executive officer of one of Canada’s largest distributors of guns and ammunition.
I don’t quite know what a distributor is, but the company’s website says it sells more than a dozen iconic brands including Leupold, Hornady, Glock, Ruger and Kimber. I also know that somewhere in this building is a shooting range.
Twelve hours earlier, I didn’t think I’d be here.
I arrived in Atlanta today for the annual meeting of the U.S. National Rifle Association, which describes itself as “America’s longest-standing civil rights organization.” As far as I’m aware, the group’s more than 5 million members make it the biggest shooter’s rights association in the world. Some 80,000 people are expected at this year’s gathering, more than SHOT Show.
Canadians paid $380,600 to the Coalition for Gun Control in 2002 through government funding, according to a report by the Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying of Canada and published by Hoplite Tactical. Even if it was 15 years ago, it shows how gun owners, shooters and hunters finance those fighting us.
This isn’t just ancient history.
The following is a Q&A with James Cassells, Glock Inc.’s sales manager for Canada.
Cassells joined Austria-based Glock about 5 years ago after more than 30 years with the Toronto Police Service, including 10 years with its SWAT unit, the Emergency Task Force.
TheGunBlog.ca spoke with Cassells by telephone on March 22 about Glock in Canada and the company’s plans to lower prices. (Glock Cuts Pistol Prices in Canada, Leading to Industry Shakeup)
SHOT Show 2017 was one of the biggest trade shows in Las Vegas and I visited only a small number of booths. Here are a few personal highlights, in addition to these, these and this. Thank you to everyone who described their products or business, and who “liked,” shared, reposted, retweeted or followed TheGunBlog.ca (Twitter: @TheGunBlog).
Ontario plans to train 35 to 40 new firearms-safety instructors this year and next out of hundreds of potential applicants, as the province seeks to balance the availability of teachers with demand by students wanting to own guns.
You’d think someone would have long ago built a firearm that combined two of the most popular U.S. rifle designs, the M14/M1A and the AR-15. Apparently not, until now.
The show space is huge. The number of attendees is massive. The number of guns and gear is overwhelming. The following are my highlights from Day 1 of SHOT Show 2017.
Aimpoint: New ‘Micro S-1’ for Shotguns. Aimpoint said at a press conference that it developed a new red-dot sight for shotguns, the Micro S-1. It’s similar to the company’s Micro H-2 model, with a lower axis and 6 MOA dot. Continue reading
Al Flaherty’s Outdoor Store, founded in Toronto during World War II, has grown to become one of Canada’s biggest firearms retailers. It’s also the last remaining gun shop in Canada’s largest city.
Pressure on the company and its peers continues to mount. The government is preparing new gun laws, a costly requirement to mark new firearms is set to become mandatory next year as part of a UN treaty, and the pending combination of Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Inc. threatens to increase competition and squeeze profit margins at smaller stores.