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NSSF Provides Hurricane Florence Aid

Photo courtesy of the Department of Defense

Only a few days before Hurricane Michael flattened entire regions of the Southeast, an announcement detailing the ways in which the NSSF provides Hurricane Florence aid appeared. The trade association has a history of generosity, though, and undoubtedly another emergency package will be passed by its leadership. The organization arranged to donate $10,000 to the American Red Cross to help in the first storm and prepared a relief fund to aid its FFL, range and manufacturing members whose businesses were directly affected when the hurricane made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, NC, on Sept. 14. Companies affected by Michael will likely qualify under a separate, albeit similar, effort.

CoreLogic, a company that maintains financial and property databases, estimates total damage from Hurricane Florence could come to somewhere between $20 and $30 billion. Up to $18.5 billion of that total is not insured for flood loss. 

“Thousands of people have been impacted by the damage wreaked on them by Hurricane Florence, with houses, vehicles, businesses and, most unfortunately, lives lost,” said Joe Bartozzi, NSSF president. “We not only wanted to offer our members financial support to get their businesses back up and running, but also something that helped these tight-knit communities in North and South Carolina make headway with their recovery efforts. The Red Cross and its many volunteers are of critical importance to those efforts, and we’re pleased to make this donation to them.”

NSSF Provides Hurricane Florence Aid

With the approval of its Board of Governors, NSSF immediately made dedicated aid available for business loss or damage resulting from Hurricane Florence to qualifying NSSF member companies. Funds will be available to members suffering significant financial hardship and unable to pay for critical and immediate expenses that would enable them to resume business.

Applicants for relief should contact NSSF Member Services by calling (203) 426-1320 Ext. 209. A Hurricane Relief Fund application is also available at for affected businesses. Any FFL needing assistance with their physical location in any of the affected regions should contact their local ATF field office regarding removal of firearms and ammunition inventory, ATF Forms 4473 and 3310.4, and acquisition and disposition records from those business premises to a safe location, as well as remedies for damage to or irreparable loss of these items and required reporting of such losses. Thankfully, it appears only one gun store reported being looted in the aftermath of Florence.

The NSSF gets headlines for hosting the annual Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show or programs like the Shooting Sports Fantasy Camps. But it’s efforts like this that set is apart from most other trade associations.

Damage from Hurricane Michael

Infrastructure and communications breakdowns after Michael are still slowing detailed reports from the region, although looting remains a serious concern. Early estimates claim total damages and lost economic activity due to the storm could run as high as $30 billion

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those impacted by both of the catastrophes.

Inland Manufacturing is Back in the Gun Business

I wish I took these photos, because that means I would have gotten my hands on some of the freshly minted firearms now that Inland Manufacturing is back in the gun business. I didn’t, unfortunately, but there’s no way I wasn’t going to share the eye candy the company sent after I contacted them for a Shooting Illustrated story.

It’s impossible to post all the pix here, but here’s a one minute-slide show I uploaded on YouTube with most of them. Carbines aren’t the only thing the company is offering, either.

I always wanted an M1, just because dad carried one in World War II. I’m not alone in my historic quest, although Charlie Brown, president of MKS Supply and marketer for Inland Manufacturing, said there’s also a huge market in young shooters who are buying because they’ve become a videogame favorite. 


Ron Norton, owner of Inland Manufacturing since 2014, is a veteran and former shooter on the U.S. Army Marksmanship team. So he knows guns and what it takes to make them shoot. He’s been in the business for years.

I’ve known Brown for years and he’s one of the most decent people out there. Combine the two and I’m hoping it’s the formula for success, because how Inland stepped up to produce firearms for our GIs during World War II is an important piece of our nation’s history. It would be a shame if it was lost.  

Inland Manufacturing  is Back in the Gun Business

From what I’ve seen, these guns are flat out attractive. The same can’t be said for most surplus versions you find in a gun store or pawn shop. If you do find a cherry, be ready to dig deep in your pockets. The reports I’ve seen indicate Inland’s new models are also downright reliable.

I can’t afford one right now, that’s for sure…..but when I can, I’m pulling the trigger.

A little rim lighting like this may’ve helped on the receiver section of the guns in the images, but when you have subjects as photogenic as this, it’s hard to miss. Take a look at the photos and let me know what you think.  




William R. “Bill” Quimby: 1936-2018

William R. “Bill” Quimby, Tucson Citizen outdoor columnist for 27 years and publications director of Safari Club International for 16, died on June 20. His parents, Raimon and Ellen, preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Jean, daughter Stephanie Quimby-Greene and two grandchildren.

Quimby was born in Tucson, Ariz., on Sept. 30, 1936, and obtained a marketing degree from the University of Arizona. He later founded Arizona Outdoor News, but closed it after starting work for the Tucson Citizen in 1963. There he earned Arizona’s Conservation Communicator of the Year award in 1973, making him the youngest person at the time to win the honor. His noteworthy work at the state’s oldest newspaper included a series of articles on the loss of public land, overgrazing and rings of criminals stealing and selling native American artifacts, pothunters so serious about protecting their lucrative heists that they threatened him at gunpoint during his research. In 2007 he was inducted into the Arizona Outdoor Hall of Fame.

He was an accomplished marksman, winning a variety of long-range shooting competitions, but his real passion was hunting. Quimby is among the few to take all 10 of Arizona’s big-game species, with the last—a once-in-a-lifetime desert bighorn sheep—coming after he’d broken his arm during the hunt, had the cast set to allow him to make the shot and did so with one hand.

As Safari Club International’s publications director from 1983 to 1999, he edited and published bi-monthly Safari magazine, monthly Safari Times, multiple volumes of “SCI Record Book of Trophy Animals,” “SCI World Bowhunting Record Book” and many others. He received the Peter Hathaway Capstick Literary Award in 2003. From 1989 to 2012, he moderated the organization’s longest-running convention seminar, “Your First African Safari.”

Quimby’s adventurous life provided an unusual background readers enjoyed and an expertise upon which authors relied. Somehow between taking 60 big game animals on six continents, he managed to edit, author and co-author a number of books during his career, including "Sixty Years a Hunter," "Divine Assistance, The Best and The Last of The Golden Age of International Big Game Hunting,” "The Heck With It I’m Going Hunting,” a series on the exploits of famed hunter C.J. McElroy and others. In 2007 he wrote, “Memories from Greer, Tales Told of a Unique Arizona Village,” providing an inside glimpse into the small city where he maintained a cabin hideaway in Arizona’s mountains.

He had a contagious enthusiasm for the outdoors, particularly hunting and its role in conserving renewable wildlife resources. In particular, Quimby seemed to savor the uncertainty of every outdoor trip, an affliction perhaps caught during one of his early big-game hunts in Canada. After a float plane ride to a remote camp to pursue caribou there, his native guide showed up hours late, inebriated, declared his intention to canoe off in search of firewood and disappeared—for days. Quimby made multiple attempts to find the missing local, took a caribou during one of those trips to eat and somehow alerted Mounties. After locating his body miles away and determining the man had drowned in a drunken stupor, authorities threatened to issue Quimby a citation for hunting without a guide. The lack of food in camp, a plane that didn’t plan on coming back for a week and little firewood to heat the wall tent forced them to reconsider, though.

Behind the scenes, Quimby was also a skilled mentor, eagerly teaching the editing, writing and publishing crafts to members of his staff. The first day I worked for him as editor in chief of Safari Times he showed me the obituary he prepared for himself and told me to sit down and write mine. He explained it’s something all good journalists do. I still have mine, but unfortunately am unable to locate his. I’m certain this version doesn’t do the same justice to Bill Quimby’s accomplishments as his would have, but hope it comes close.

So long friend. Thank you for everything you did. Your writing convinced thousands to experience the outdoors first hand—one reader at a time—and ultimately come to understand the critical role hunting plays in conservation. That knowledge will serve the resource well and, with luck, ensure it thrives for generations to come.