March 2010 Barnes Bullet-N
|Randy Brooks Message:|
Coni and I, along with many other fellow Barnes Bullets employees are wrapping up yet another great season of trade shows. In January, we had the opportunity of kicking off the season with a great show in Dallas. Several Barnes employees represented the company at the Dallas Safari Club convention where the show experienced a record-breaking number of exhibits, gate revenue, auction proceeds and total attendance which is quite impressive! We take our hats off to all who contribute their time, effort and money toward being an advocate for hunting, the outdoors and wildlife conservation—especially in this difficult economy.
The latter half of January we loaded up the Barnes troops and headed to our second round of shows which included the annual Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) show and the Safari Club International (SCI) show. Usually, these two shows occur on different weeks, but we weren’t so lucky this year. While half of our crew manned the SHOT show in Las Vegas, the other half spent the week in Reno, at the SCI show. Coni and I spent the first few days at the SHOT show and then flew to Reno to catch the second half of the SCI show.
The SHOT show always proves to be very productive as we are able to meet with many of our industry partners. We also renew acquaintances with distributors, retailers and customers who drop by the Barnes booth. It is always exciting to see new products that other companies unveil at this show. By attending the SCI show, we are able to support SCI’s mission, which is in part, to protect the freedom to hunt and promote conservation worldwide. The SCI members are active in more than 100 countries around the globe.
Mid-February brought us to the Fourth Annual Western Hunting and Conservation Expo in Salt Lake City. Lucky for us, this show is just 75 miles down the road. It was hosted by Sportsmen for Fish & Wildlife (SFW) and the Mule Deer Foundation. As always, there were remarkable exhibits and trophy animals on display, great attendance, and an amazing variety of food and entertainment.
Right now, Coni, our daughter Jessica, and a few other employees are manning a Barnes Bullets booth at the annual IWA trade show in Nuremberg, Germany. This European show is the counterpart of America’s SHOT show, and it gives us the opportunity to meet face-to-face with our industry partners in Europe and many other countries worldwide.
Upon their return from Germany, we will have a couple months to recoup before heading to Charlotte, North Carolina to attend the NRA show. This show is in May and definitely one that we always look forward to attending.
While the shows keep us very busy during the first quarter of every year, they are extremely beneficial for establishing and maintaining relationships with other industry partners. They allow manufacturers, dealers, distributors and consumers to meet in one common location. As the shows for this year come to an end, we look forward to another successful year and doing it all again next year.
As you may be aware, many things have been going on at Barnes over the past few months. Randy and I have sold Barnes Bullets to the Freedom Group and are now a part of their family of distinguished companies. We are proud they took such an interest in us and wanted us to join the family. We contemplated our decision for quite some time and came to realize that the Freedom Group has a lot to offer our company, and vice-versa. We felt in our hearts it would be a good decision that would help propel Barnes Bullets into many new and exciting endeavors in the future. Randy and I plan on working here at Barnes for a long time because this business is important to us—it is our passion.
We believe that the service, quality and innovation Barnes is famous for will continue to develop and grow in the future. It is vitally important that the company continues in this tradition because it is the reason we have such a loyal following. We are truly thankful to our customers; therefore, our main objective is to offer you the best products we possibly can. The Freedom Group has conveyed their support of these goals and objectives.
As Randy mentioned, the various trade shows have kept us super busy for the past few months. I’m happy to report these shows have all been very successful for Barnes. We are always thrilled for the opportunity to visit with old and new friends. We especially appreciate all the kind comments we hear from our customers who take the time to stop at the booth and tell us about their successful hunting stories and to simply thank us for making great products. It really makes our day—frankly, our whole year—when we hear from so many of you.
On another note, our website was down for awhile which caused a lot of grief not only for us, but for you as well. We thank you for your patience during this period and thank goodness the website is up and running again! We are still making changes and additions to the site on a daily basis—and probably will forever. We like to keep things interesting for our customers, so updates and changes are always needed.
For 2010, we have added a few Triple-Shock and Tipped TSX bullets. We have also added some new tactical bullets. You can check them out on our website, email or call and request an updated catalog. Also, please don’t forget that we have our new “Performance vs. Deformance™” DVD available, the third in our successful “Choosing The Right Bullet” series. The new DVD is educational, informative, and clearly illustrates through high-speed photography and actual ballistics tests how the different Barnes Bullets perform. I hope you have seen the two previous DVDs, as each delivers in a slightly different way the message that Barnes Bullets really are the best choice for discriminating hunters.
This new DVD is absolutely FREE. We do charge $7.95 for foreign orders to help cover our mailing costs. For customers in the United States, the shipping and DVD are both FREE. To order your copy right now, click here. Once we receive the request, you should receive your DVD in just a few weeks.
We certainly hope you are having a wonderful year. We so much appreciate your business and support. Please keep in touch with us, and check the online store often. We occasionally run specials on certain products, and the only way to learn of them is to visit www.barnesbullets.com.
Thanks for your business. It is greatly appreciated.
2 lbs. Venison roast, steak of filet marinated in buttermilk and tenderizer
2 tbsp. Bacon fat
1 large onion, chopped
Flour to coat meat
Salt and pepper
One half pt. sour cream
One cup bechamel sauce(see below)
1 tsp. garlic powder
4 tbsp. Flour
3 tbsp. Butter
one and one half cups of milk
Salt, pepper and MSG
Mix butter and flour in a double boiler. Slowly add milk and seasonings, stirring to blend.
Cut venison into bite-size chunks, salt and pepper to taste, roll in flour to coat. Heat shortening to hot, fry venison quickly, remove from pan. Add pepper and onions; cook until tender. Drain off shortening. Return venison to pan. Add bechamel sauce. Stir to mix thoroughly; cover with a lid and simmer until tender. Serve over rice.
I like shooting and hunting. I hunt deer, turkey, squirrel, varmints and predators. I use Barnes Bullets for all my varmint and predator hunting. They work great!!!! I also shoot MZ bullets in my muzzle loader, and in my .45 I shoot Corbon factory ammo loaded with Barnes Bullets. I think that Barnes is the leader in bullet design and their bullets are state of the art!
Keep up the good work.
MTM case-Gard’s Predator Shooting Table
Standing 30 inches tall and weighing less than 15 pounds, the Predator Shooting Table was designed by shooters. Modeled after a traditional bench rest, the wedge shaped tabletop design provides a comfortable shooting position for either left or right-handed shooters.
Once your rifle is set up, you can rest it in one of the three barrel grooves molded into the sides of the table. Doubling as a maintenance bench or muzzle loader table at the range, the MTM Predator Shooting Table is ideal for sighting-in and testing firearm performance. It is also ideally suited to the back-forty shooter or the prairie dog hunter on the go.
For more information on the Predator Shooting Table visit MTM Case-Gard’s website .
I took a teenage boy, Dan Elliott, to the rifle range to get ready for a “shotgun only” pig hunt in our area. After he practiced for a while with the shotgun, I asked if he would like to try my Tikka 30-06 rifle. He had never picked up this gun before.
He shot one 3-shot group, as shown in the photo, and then the rifle was put away. While I always get good groups with my Barnes bullets, I have NEVER shot a group like this, especially with my aging eyes and trifocal lenses! What a testimony to the rifle, shooter and ammo working together as a team.
If this type of shooting can be achieved by a beginner with factory loaded Barnes bullets, imagine what can be achieved by a seasoned shooter with handloads!
Steve Dyer of California