Shooting Sports USA - March 2017 - 11
HODGDON POWDER CELEBRATES 70TH ANNIVERSARY
In 1947, Bruce and Amy Hodgdon, along
with sons JB and Bob, launched Hodgdon
Powder-with the first surplus powder being
offered after World War II. Bruce Hodgdon
was a lifelong shooter, hunter and reloader.
While he was in the Navy during World War
II he custom-loaded ammunition for friends.
He continued to do so after the war while
working full time as a salesman for the Gas
Service Company. Along the way, Bruce
heard that the government had burned huge
stocks of surplus powder after WWI because
of the lack of market for them, and he figured
that the same would be true after hostilities
ended in 1945.
"After the war, Dad was instrumental in
convincing the government to sell him
surplus 4895 and he brought it to market
in 1947 as Hodgdon H4895," added Bob
Hodgdon. "Our first ad selling surplus
powder appeared in American Rifleman
magazine in November 1947."
22 MAG PISTOL
NRA HIGH POWER RIFLE
The biggest news for NRA High Power
Rifle this year is the rule for optics on high
power rifles for matches. Most notably, fixed
scopes up to 4.5x are now allowed on
the M-14, M-110, M1 and M1A in the service
rifle category. Optics are legal for match
rifles shooting across-the-course, unlimited
power. There is a new Distinguished Rifleman
Badge, as well as a new Master Team Coach
Medal. Additionally, the first International
Distinguished Badge was awarded last year at
the F-Class Nationals in Lodi, WI. International
Distinguished points began to accumulate
with the 2002 F-Class World Championship.
Stay tuned to SSUSA for more updates.
The performance you
have come to expect
from Volquartsen, now
in a .22 WMR. At the 2017 SHOT Show,
Volquartsen shared with SSUSA the new
Scorpion 22 Mag rimfire target pistol (pictured
in hard chrome). The new Scorpion features a
CNC-machined from stainless steel Tungsten
alloy bolt, keeping with Volquartsen's
philosophy of using only high-quality
materials. Lightweight yet sturdy at a svelte
4.2 lbs. (4.8 lbs. with compensator), the pistol
is available with wood or VZ composite grips.
Optics and mounts are available for purchase
separately. President Scott Volquartsen said,
"We are very excited to release the 22 WMR
pistol. This is one of those products that
customers have been asking for and we are
proud to be able to deliver." MSRP: $1895
black nitride finish, $2083 in hard chrome.
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