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Industry news Winchester Honored For NRA Contributions W inchester Ammunition was recently honored as a George Washington-level partner in the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) Ring of Freedom Corporate Partners Program for surpassing the $500,000 corporate donation level. To commemorate this achievement, the NRA presented Winchester Ammunition with a Corporate Partners plaque at this year’s NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Pittsburgh. “We’re committed to continuing our support of the NRA and the shooting sports industry,” said Brett Flaugher, Winchester Ammunition vice president of marketing and sales. “The NRA is a voice for millions of firearms owners, and we’re proud to be one of only 16 corporations to reach this milestone in the NRA’s Ring of Freedom.” For more information, visit and T AKTI Supports CSF Wood Phillips (second from right), NRA chief financial officer, presents Tom O’Keefe, Winchester Ammunition president, the Corporate Partners plaque. At left is Brett Flaugher, vice president of marketing and sales; at right is Greg Kosteck, director of marketing. he board of regents for The American Knife & Tool Institute (AKTI) recently selected the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) as the first American Knife & Tool Institute Advocacy Partner. The selection recognizes the value CSF brings as an organizing force for federal and state legislation providing bipartisan access to pro-sportsmen legislators. “The two organizations worked cooperatively in 2009 when U.S. Customs’ action threatened to classify assisted opening knives as illegal switchblades,” said AKTI legislative chairman CJ Buck, CEO of Buck Knives. “When legislators step up to defend your outdoor heritage, they must also protect the knives that make those outdoor experiences possible.” For more information, visit www.akti. org and Benchmade Documentary Wins Awards T he Benchmade documentary film “Shepherds of Helmand” has won the Military Channel’s Platinum Sponsors Award at the GI Film Festival. The film also was chosen as Best Documentary of the Queens World Film Festival, in addition to being an official selection of the Riverside Film Festival, Capital City Film Festival and Sunscreen Film Festival. “Shepherds of Helmand,” directed by Gary Mortensen, tells the story of 17 Oregon National Guard soldiers deployed to Afghanistan to train a battalion of the Afghan National Army in 2008. “We were very proud to support the making of the film, and are thrilled to see all the awards and accolades,” said Rob Morrison, Benchmade’s director of marketing and strategic planning. “Gary did a phenomenal job of pulling the material together and sharing the story of these true American heroes.” For more information about Benchmade, or to purchase a DVD of “Shepherds of Helmand,” visit For more about the film, visit amaha Motor Corp. USA has launched its 2011 National Hunting and Fishing (NHF) Day sweepstakes. The company has donated a 2011 Grizzly 450 Auto 4x4 for the sweepstakes winner. The ATV’s approximate retail value is $6,899. NHF Day is a grassroots effort that promotes outdoor sports and conservation. Scheduled annually on the fourth Saturday of September, this year’s NHF Day is set for Sept. 24. “The ATV giveaway last year was a huge hit among NHF Day event-goers, and we look forward to another great turnout at all of our festivities nationwide,” said Misty Mitchell, director of conservation programs for Wonders of Wildlife museum in Springfield, Mo., the official home of NHF Day. For more information, visit www.nhfday. org and Y Yamaha Supports National Hunting And Fishing Day Subscribe to SI Digital: It’s Free! 12 SEPTEMBER 2011 Subscribe to SI DIGITAL

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