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NRA Foundation Provides Grants to SAR

The Student Air Rifle Program (SAR), an effort developed by the Missouri Youth Sport Shooting Alliance—a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization—has received a grant from the NRA Foundation that will help in the purchase of equipment for Pennsylvania schools.

“Programs like SAR allow students an opportunity to learn firearms safety and shooting sports fundamentals promoting character, responsibility, and self-esteem,” said Kory Enck, NRA Foundation senior field representative for Western Pennsylvania. “We are pleased to be a part of the SAR Pennsylvania effort.”

During the inaugural Pennsylvania Basic Air Riflery Instructor Training in October, SAR was presented with an $8,000 check from the NRA Foundation offsetting the cost of the first Pennsylvania SAR schools. “Funds raised locally in PA were used to offer two separate grants for SAR. The grants, one for Western PA and one for Eastern PA, help schools complete their SAR equipment purchase,” Kory explained.

SAR uses school-aligned units of study, teacher training, universal whistle commands and positive language to facilitate an introduction to the lifetime sport of target shooting to school-aged youth in grades 4 through 12. “Standardized equipment allows all participants to be on a level playing field and erodes the potential for financial background or social status to have an impact on the participation of any student,” its website explains. 

“We value our partnership with the NRA Foundation and look forward to expanding SAR in Pennsylvania,” said Jake Hindman, President and CEO of SAR.

Established in 1990, The NRA Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that raises tax-deductible contributions in support of a wide range of firearm-related public interest activities of the National Rifle Association of America and other organizations that defend and foster the Second Amendment rights of all law-abiding Americans. 

Mesa Tactical Magazine Clamp

A lot of aftermarket gun accessories are awesome—like the Mesa Tactical Magazine Clamp and rail. Unfortunately, small firearm gear is often overlooked and rarely gets much publicity. The ingenuity and engineering prowess packed into some of those tiny packages makes it a shame, too.

Writeups are usually limited to 100 words with a boring photo, if the company is lucky. A passing mention as a new product is more common, but full-blown tests with specifications are unicorn rare.

I have an undying passion for the “gizmos,” if you will. They can be functional, tough, effective, fun and even save money. I take a lot of photos as a result of that curiosity and wonder and I maintain a Fear and Loading YouTube channel to give enthusiasts a close look before they buy.

Almost all the images and videos there will never be published elsewhere. Such is the nature of the business, even though a lot of time was spent using the focus-stacking technique mentioned in my Mission First Tactical blog.

Mesa Tactical Magazine Clamp

The Mesa Tactical Magazine Clamp performs a variety of chores. It has a QD mount on both sides, allowing the use of a sling, yet quick removal after a day in the field if the shotgun is also pressed into home-defense duty. It can be used to anchor a weaponlight on Remington 870 or Mossberg 930 pump-action shotguns. A small Picatinny rail can be attached, which opens a variety of laser/light options. It also stabilizes aftermarket magazine extensions.  

This is one of those aftermarket items that make you hit your head and ask, “Why didn’t I think of that?” Two machined aluminum “halves” bolt together securely around the barrel and tube magazine contours. Far forward mounting is required to prevent obstructing the pump action’s stroke, though. If simply attached to the barrel, the “tunnel” created underneath can secure a 1-inch diameter flashlight. The rail will go on either side, making the setup completely ambidextrous.


This isn’t a flimsy piece of gear, either. I’ve been torture testing one and it’s come through without a scratch. It holds tight and no matter what I’ve wiggled onto that 2-inch mil-std 1913 (STANAG) rail, it’s gone on and stayed put. With the 1-inch flashlight configuration the shotgun gets a little nose heavy, but it beats not having hands-free light when someone is breaking down the door and law enforcement hasn’t arrived.

At $90 it’s not dirt cheap, but it’s going to last forever, that’s for sure.

If you have someone on your holiday shopping list who owns a Remington 870 or Mossberg 930 that doesn’t have a weaponlight yet, take a close look at the Mesa Tactical Magazine Clamp with rail. I suggest you start by watching this short video….at 4k, it’s probably best enjoyed on your TV.


Stack-On Closed Both U.S. Plants

Stack-On Products closed both U.S. plants it ran near Chicago on Oct. 12, eliminating more than 150 jobs and moving production to Mexico. The company has manufactured gun safes and home organization systems for more than 40 years and its wares are offered by many big-box and sporting goods retailers. MidOcean Partners and Cannon Safe acquired the company in August 2017.

A spokesman for Alpha Guardian, parent company of Stack-On, told the Chicago Tribune that the move is due to new tariffs imposed on raw materials imported from China. “The operation is really not profitable,” Al Fletcher, the firm’s resources director, told the newspaper.

Alpha Guardian, based in Las Vegas, NV, is the parent company of Gun Vault, Cannon Safe, Cannon Security Products and Stack-On. It was established the same month the latter was purchased and documents filed with the state in May indicate a Stack-On move to Nevada was being considered.

Although Stack-On closed both U.S. plants, it already had established manufacturing facilities in Mexico and China. Sales, marketing and engineering positions with the company will remain in Illinois, but production previously completed in the United States will be moved just across the border of El Paso, TX, to Juarez, Mexico. The company was established in 1972.

At the time of the company’s acquisition last summer, Don Pannier, Stack-On executive vice president said in a press release, “We are excited for this new chapter in Stack-On’s legacy and the opportunity to partner with the Cannon Safe team, a strong business with shared values and passion for delivering best-in-class products to our customers and continuing to drive the expansion of the secure storage sector.”