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From Taxidermist to Teacher: Trinity Mountain Arts

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By Dave Newton, Trinity Mountain Arts

My fascination with wildlife came from my father and his brother. Both are outdoorsman and grew up hunting and fishing the woodlands of Michigan. Their influence launched me into a pursuit for wildlife and forever etched a legacy of love for the outdoors. To this day, I passionately invest in the art of taxidermy as a way of giving back to those who share in my obsessions for field and stream.
I am a self-taught taxidermist that learned the trade in the old fashioned way – by reading. That process taught me to persevere and complete what I started. I realized many frustrations in those early years as a teenager, but the cool thing is that it gave me a great desire to succeed. I started my first side-line business mounting birds and small animals for my high school buddies. I saved enough money to buy my first truck at the age of 18.
In 1981, I started Dave’s Taxidermy on a part-time basis, working out of my garage in the evenings. The business expanded 3 times and ultimately landed a second business in Northern California under a new name -Trinity Mountain Arts. I took a sabbatical in the early 1990’s after getting sick and hurting my back – the insult to my injuries. The dust and chemicals were negatively affecting my health and so I decided to take some time off and focus on completing my college education. After graduating from Simpson University in 1995, I started a new career in teaching. I love imparting knowledge and find it a privilege to work with young people.  I, regularly, perform taxidermy demonstrations for my students, and encourage them to take up hobbies and creative endeavors.
Trinity Mountain Arts is all about the art of taxidermy, not production. I limit my work load to allow a fair turn-around time for the customer, and provide myself with lots of room for quality attention to details on each mount. In the past I have dealt with many high-end, high production pieces like: great white sharks, 15 foot Marlin, and African collections. I limit my intake of fish and only do reproduction mounts. My specialty is in game heads, life-size mounts and rugs, and birds.
For me, it is always about the ART. There are a lot of great taxidermists out there that I admire and appreciate for their attention to detail. My goal is to always be on that level of the playing field.  From taxidermist to teacher, I am a life-long learner, always looking to improve my work.  It all boils down to PASSION! That is what keeps me loving what I do every day. With that being said, I am headed for the Trinity Alps in Northern California where I will pack in 6 miles to hunt deer and bear this weekend. Shop closed; see you when I return with a great trophy!
Editor’s note: For more information on Trinity Mountain Arts, call 530-778-0537, or go to trinitymountainarts.com.

New look for Southern California Gun

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By Greg Kerrebrock

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Southern California Gun opened in 1992 and has served the greater San Diego Community for over two decades. The store offers a wide range of handguns, rifles, shotguns and modern sporting rifles.
Southern California Gun has built a strong reputation as a primary source for the sale and consignment of used guns both vintage and of recent manufacture. Gun enthusiasts from all over the county have made it a point to visit our store on a weekly basis to come and see what new inventory has been purchased or consigned.
At the beginning of 2013 the store changed ownership and underwent a complete remodel. The store has a modern and contemporary look now with the same great location in the Convoy Corridor. In addition, ownership retained the seasoned and knowledgeable sales force that customers came to depend on.
The store continues to provide a wide range of newly manufactured firearms, a deep inventory of ammunition (something that is very rare in today’s gun climate) and still focuses on buying and consigning used firearms.
If you live in the San Diego area or are out on vacation you should make a point to come by and see the new SoCalGun. For more information visit our website www.socalgun.com or find us on Facebook.

 

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Umpqua Boats Details New Angler Series Of 15-, 17- And 19-footers

(UMPQUA MARINE BOATS PRESS RELEASE)

The new Angler series boat by Umpqua Marine Boats is a boat built for fisherman by a fisherman.

The open design with rigid gunnels and hardened 6061 bottom Chine provides a durable and secure craft for navigating rivers lakes and bays.

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Long time Oregon River Guide Larry Averett and his team have come up with an affordable boat that still incorporates nice options into the design, like a crab pot puller that doesn’t need any additional bracing.

Featuring diamond plate finish that can be polished or painted in any color, it is a sleek looking launch that will garner a second look, no doubt about it. And at a price that is reasonably obtainable.

Available in 15’, 17’ and 19’ or will build to suit, check out this sleek new line at www.umpquamarineboats.com

Gibson Makes Duck Blind Covers For Sunken, Stand-up Setups

(GIBSON DUCK BLIND PRESS RELEASE)

Gibson Duck Blind Covers patent offers a versatile line of covers that can be made for any type of sunken or stand-up duck blind. The covers, made of light-weight steel tubing with powder-coating and Fast Grass material, are designed to be either permanent or temporary. GDBC come in 2,3,4,5, and 6 foot lengths.

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They form a nearly complete horizontal canopy over the top of the blind when closed, but fall away easily with a gentle nudge when the hunter stands up to shoot. This gives the hunter a 360 degree view under the blind covers.

Quality construction and material facilitate their “flip-flop” movement. The blind covers also provide a bay-view opening under the main beam, so the hunter can see the birds working the decoys – without the ducks spotting the hunter. The covers conceal the blind exceptionally well from an aireal view – a point that hunters often miss when they inspect a brushed-up blind from 30 yards out and 5 feet high. Several sizes and price configurations are offered.

Timber To Tactical – Vortex’s New Viper HS-T Riflescope Is Sure To Dazzle With Its Feature Rich Versatility

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Middleton, Wis. – Blending many of the best features of Vortex’s incredibly popular Viper HS and Viper PST riflescopes, the new Viper HS-T (Hunting Shooting Tactical) is positioned to be big a hit among hunters, as well as tactical enthusiasts.

Available in 4-16×44 MOA and mrad models, the Viper HS-T boasts an all-new, hashmark-based second-focal-plane reticle, perfect for accurate holds at extended ranges. Mrad reticle hashes subtend in .5 and full-value increments. MOA reticle hashes subtend in 2 MOA increments. Both are set for use at the riflescope’s maximum 16-power magnification.

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Incredibly precise, repeatable and durable target-style windage and elevation turrets built specifically for dialing top off this highly versatile riflescope’s long range performance features. And with Vortex’s CRS (Customizable Rotational Stop) system, shooters can quickly re-index their turret after temporary elevation corrections have been made. The HS-T’s 30mm one-piece machined aluminum tube ensures ample travel for optimal adjustment.

An ultrafriendly eye box with generous 4 inch eye relief and fast focus eyepiece gets shooters on target with ease. XD (extra-low dispersion) glass guarantees sharp, crisp images from edge to edge. Lenses fully multicoated with Vortex’s proprietary XR coatings offer superior light transmission for optimal performance in critical low light scenarios. Exterior lenses feature ArmorTek, an ultrahard optical coating engineered to protect against scratches, oil and dirt.

O-ring sealed and purged with argon gas for 100 percent waterproof/fogproof performance. Shockproof construction withstands recoil and impact from every angle.

Available: 4-16×44 (VMR-1 MOA Reticle), 4-16×44 (VMR-1 mrad Reticle)

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Front Sight Firearms Training Institute Promises Top-notch Gun Handling, Shot-placement Skills

Attend a self defense gun training course at Front Sight Firearms Training Institute’s world-class firearms training facilities near Las Vegas, Nevada — taught by seasoned and professional law enforcement, military, and private citizen instructors to levels that far exceed law enforcement and military standards, without any boot camp mentality or drill instructors attitudes.

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After your first self defense firearms training course at Front Sight you will leave with firearms handling & shot placement skills that surpass 99% of the gun owning population! This is no exaggeration. Once you’ve completed your first Front Sight course you’ll discover that you’ve become a firearms handling expert among your peers!

But you don’t need to take my word for it, when you can see Firearms Training Testimonials from law enforcement, military personnel, and private citizens who have attended gun training courses at Front Sight.

Whether you are private citizen who is new to self defense  gun training and want to learn the proper safe firearms  skills the right way  the first time or you have a concealed weapons permit and want a level of firearms training that surpasses what you’ve received from your local gun training course or you are in law enforcement or the military and have heard from your fellow officers that Front Sight Firearms Training Institute is the undisputed leader in providing the absolute best firearms training and is the greatest value in the gun training industry: WE HAVE THE FIREARMS TRAINING COURSES FOR YOU! I am sure of it!

In fact, if your firearms training experience at Front Sight does not exceed your expectations, I will pay for your training. You have my personal gun training guarantee!

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Six Shooter Shaving Co. Introduces Specialty Shaving Brushes, Accessories For Gun Enthusiasts

Established by veteran Tim Robbins in 2012, Six Shooter Saving Company designs and manufactures specialty shaving brushes and shaving accessories that cater to the gun enthusiast.

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Crafted in quality, each shave brush promises to change the status quo of your morning shaving routine. With a strong attention to detail and authentic-looking shell casings, Six Shooter Shaving Company, offers a brush that not only demonstrates exceptional quality but will enhance the mundane task of your morning shave.

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Your shaving experience will never be the same when you reach for your “Six Shooter.”

For more information: www.sixshootershaving.com.

Swarovski announces compact new CL Pocket binoculars

SWAROVSKI OPTIK NORTH AMERICA, a subsidiary of the Austrian-based company, announces the new CL Pocket binoculars. The new CL Pocket binoculars are the perfect binoculars for everyone who would like a pair of binoculars with excellent optical performance, a high level of viewing comfort coupled with a compact size, thanks to the folding bridge design.

Swarovski PocketCL Pocket binoculars will accompany you wherever you go and whatever you do, they are the perfect companion, offering unique optical quality of the highest order, all in a handy design. Enjoy high-contrast, sharp, true-color images that you’ll never forget. For optimum viewing comfort, the exit pupil was shifted back – with the benefit of permitting even eyeglass wearers a 100% field of view. Correct adjustment of pupil distance and the twist-in eyecups is important for this function. When closed, the CL Pocket is a compact pair of binoculars; opened up, it is a full-sized pair of binoculars that does not allow for any compromises, offering a large field of view, total eyeglass wearer capability, optimized edge-to-edge clarity, and high transmission.

“Pocket binoculars just got serious!” says Rob Lancellotti, Public Relations Associate for SWAROVSKI OPTIK NORTH AMERICA. “The CL Pocket delivers big optic performance from a small, light, easily carried binocular that can be with you for any outdoor activity, as well as indoor sporting events or concerts.”

The CL Pocket features an ergonomic, rugged construction thanks to its aluminium housing, offering optimum operation and unique viewing comfort. Available in black, green or tan, the CL Companion binoculars come complete with a water repellent field bag and carrying strap.

For information, log on to www.swarovskioptik.com.

Zero Tolerance 0454 Wins 2013 Overall Knife of the Year

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TUALATIN, OR—The new Zero Tolerance 0454 from Kai USA ltd has been named the 2013 Overall Knife of the Year during the 2013 Blade Show.

The annual Blade Show awards represent the pinnacle of knife-industry awards. The winners are selected by an overwhelming vote of industry members (including representatives from Kai USA’s competitors). Winners are judged on a range of criteria—from design, innovation, and function to craftsmanship and quality.

“We are very proud to be recognized by our respected peers in the knife industry for our ability to create top-quality knives and innovative designs,” said Jack Igarashi, Chief of North American Operations, Kai USA Ltd., and Managing Director of Kai Corporation.

 

Winning ZT 0454 is a Collaboration with Custom Knife Maker Dmitry Sinkevich

The winning knife is the limited edition Zero Tolerance 0454. The new knife was born from a partnership between Zero Tolerance and Belorussian knife maker Dmitry Sinkevich and is based on Sinkevich’s “Cardinator.”

Sinkevich’s personal emphasis is on knives that incorporate intelligent design, state-of-the-art materials, and have a strong emphasis on quality fit and finish was a natural fit with Zero Tolerance’s own dedication to innovation, premium materials, and tank-like quality.

Blade Show judges were impressed by the striking design and advanced materials Zero Tolerance used to build the new 0454. Among the knife’s innovations is the first three-part Composite Blade. This Kai USA proprietary process combines several steels into a single blade. In this case, Zero Tolerance put CPM D2 on the cutting edge and spine while 14C28N stainless steel forms the angular design in the middle. The three parts are laser cut like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, then permanently braze welded together.

This remarkable Composite Blade is paired with 3D-machined carbon fiber handles that are lightweight, yet incredible strong. For reliable blade lockup, the 0454’s Sub-Frame Lock has a titanium lockbar with hardened stainless steel lockbar insert. The blade opens with a flipper and moves on the KVT ball-bearing system. Strong blade detent gives the opening a powerful, professional feel. Every detail of the 0454 is sculpted—from pocketclip to backspacer. A handsome, oversized pivot is the final touch on this impressive knife. No information on availability date or final number of knives that will be manufactured is currently available. The 0454 will retail for $500.

“The Zero Tolerance 0454 is a strong example of the high level of quality consumers can expect from Kai USA products,” said Mr. Igarashi. “Our ultimate goal is to create a deep connection with the knife user and a sense of pride in owning our products, whether that product is from Zero Tolerance, Kershaw, or Shun.”

About Kai USA Ltd.
Kai USA Ltd. has built a worldwide reputation for quality and innovation. The company prides itself on using the highest quality materials and state-of-the-art techniques to produce knives and other cutting tools that are prized throughout the world. Brands established and managed by Kai USA Ltd. include Shun Cutlery, fine kitchen knives and housewares, Kershaw Knives, sporting and everyday carrying knives, and Zero Tolerance Knives, premium and professional knives. Kai USA Ltd. is part of the Kai Corporation headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. The Kai Corporation is celebrating its 105th anniversary this year. The Kai USA website is: www.kaiusaltd.com