Outdoors: SHOT Show notebook
Oklahoma charity receives money from Bushnell
Two Oklahomans at the SHOT Show Wednesday received a check for $365,000 from Bushnell.
Edward Pulido of Oklahoma City and Ben Leslie of Tulsa were representing Folds of Honor, based in Tulsa, an organization which provides academic scholarships to the spouses and children of military servicemen and women who have been killed in action or disabled.
Pulido and Leslie attend the SHOT Show each year to make contacts and promote the cause. This is the fifth year Bushnell has awarded the organization money for scholarships.
"The check today (Wednesday) was the largest one they have ever given us," Leslie said.
Bushnell's financial donations now top $1 million to Folds of Honor, he said.
To date, the non-profit organization Folds of Honor has awarded more than 8,500 scholarships with recipients in every state, Leslie said.
"We are unique from a lot of the other organizations in that we don't help servicemen and women but their families," he said.
NORMAN MAN HOSTS WEBCAST FROM SHOT SHOW
Hosting the Smith and Wesson's "Inside the Chamber" webcast during the 2015 SHOT Show is Norman's Gary Giudice, owner of Blue Heron Communications in Norman.
Giudice founded the public relations and marketing company in 1987, which represents several companies in the outdoors and firearms industries, including Smith and Wesson.
The webcast airs on Smith and Wesson's website from noon until 1 p.m. each day (CST) and it features Giudice interviewing several celebrities and personalities in the outdoors industry.
Giudice may not be as well known to the public but he is certainly recognizable at the SHOT Show. It is Giudice's 29th year at the show.
"Walking around the SHOT Show with Gary is like walking around with the pope," said Josh Ward, a Blue Heron employee. "Everyone knows him."
THE CURVE IS THE TALK OF THE SHOW
Among the most talked about new products at the SHOT Show is the Taurus Curve .380 semi-automatic pistol.
Designed for concealed carry, the gun is no bigger than a smart phone and literally contours to the body, making it more comfortable to carry.
Dubbed the gun you wear, It allows people to tuck the six-shot handgun inside the waistband without making it recognizable.