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jump in permit requests

Montana officials say requests for concealed weapons permits are much higher than usual this year, the Associated Press reports. According to statistics from the Justice Department, the state has issued more concealed-weapon permits in the first six months of 2009 than it issued during all of 2008. — Courtesy NSSF

army trains with new howitzer

Spc. Scott O. Cornell, a gunner with the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, rotates the wheel on the M777 Howitzer to prepare it for fire at the Grafenwoehr Training Area on July 24, 2009. The unit was the first unit in Europe to test fire the M777, which will replace M198 howitzer. Photo: Staff Sgt. Fredrick P. Varney, 133rd Mobile PAD

Spc. Scott O. Cornell, a gunner with the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, rotates the wheel on the M777 Howitzer to prepare it for fire at the Grafenwoehr Training Area on July 24, 2009. The unit was the first unit in Europe to test fire the M777, which will replace M198 howitzer. Photo: Staff Sgt. Fredrick P. Varney, 133rd Mobile PAD

Improvements in technology and weaponry are dire necessities in modern warfare. They achieve success on the battlefield and enable Soldiers to complete successful missions in support of the ongoing Global War on Terrorism.

Last July 24, Soldiers from the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment FIRES Squadron became the first unit in Europe to fire the Army's new M777 Howitzers at the Joint Multinational Training Command's Grafenwoehr, Germany, Training Area.

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Soldiers from the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment (above) fires the M777 Howitzer during a training exercise at the Grafenwoehr Training Area on July 24, 2009. The unit is the first artillery unit in Europe to conduct live-fire exercises with the new weapons system. Photo: Staff Sgt. Fredrick P. Varney, 133rd Mobile PAD. Konar Province (below), Afghanistan — Soldiers with Battery C, 1st Battalion, 321st Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 18th Fires Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division from Fort Bragg, N.C., fire 155mm rounds using an M777 Howitzer weapons system, last July 6, on Forward Operating Base Bostick, Afghanistan. The Soldiers were registering targets so they will have a more accurate and faster response time when providing fire support. Photo: Spc. Evan D. Marcy, 55th Signal Company

Soldiers from the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment (above) fires the M777 Howitzer during a training exercise at the Grafenwoehr Training Area on July 24, 2009. The unit is the first artillery unit in Europe to conduct live-fire exercises with the new weapons system. Photo: Staff Sgt. Fredrick P. Varney, 133rd Mobile PAD. Konar Province (below), Afghanistan — Soldiers with Battery C, 1st Battalion, 321st Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 18th Fires Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division from Fort Bragg, N.C., fire 155mm rounds using an M777 Howitzer weapons system, last July 6, on Forward Operating Base Bostick, Afghanistan. The Soldiers were registering targets so they will have a more accurate and faster response time when providing fire support. Photo: Spc. Evan D. Marcy, 55th Signal Company

The M777 Howitzer replaces the M198 Howitzer as the premiere weapons system in Field Artillery. It is lighter, more accurate and requires fewer crewmembers.

"The lightweight M777 Howitzer will increase the capabilities of our artillery batteries because it is more versatile and can be transported to any location much faster than its predecessor the M198 Howitzer," Sgt. 1st Class Steven Jarvis said. "The M198 only has three point of contact to the ground and weighs 16,000 pounds, while the M777 maintains five points of contact for better stability, and weighs only 10,000 pounds."

"Stability increases the weapon's accuracy, which will increase our success in Iraq and Afghanistan," added Jarvis.

The Soldiers of the unit will continue to train with the new M777 Howitzer. The Joint Multinational Training Command plays an integral role in helping the 2SCR train, while continuing to help the Army modernize by facilitating the testing of new equipment and weaponry in Europe.

"This training area is the only area in Europe units can do live-fire missions with large weapons, which prepares us for contingency operations downrange," Jarvis said. — Staff Sgt. Fredrick P. Varney, 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, Kentucky Army National Guard f?I7H

sctp nationals draw 1,500

The Scholastic Clay Target Program's (SCTP) 2009 National Championships was held over 4 days last July in Sparta, Ill. About 1,500 young shooters from around the country competed at the event. This was the first year the competition was held independently of the Grand American.

The event featured team competitions in trap, skeet and sporting clays. Developed by NSSF, SCTP is managed nationally by the Scholastic Shooting

Sports Foundation (SSSF) with major funding from NSSF. Scores for this year's nationals are posted online at sssfonline.org. — Courtesy NSSF

governors sportsmen's caucus

The Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation recently announced the formation of a bi-partisan caucus of governors that will work to protect the interest of America's hunters and anglers, and advance sound wildlife management policy. Guided by a bipartisan leadership team of governors and staffed through the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation, the Governors Sportsmen's Caucus will complement and enhance both the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus and the National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses. Gov. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Gov. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) have been selected as the inaugural co-chairmen. Gov. Haley Barbour (R-Miss.) and Gov. Dave Freudenthal (D-Wy.) will serve as the inaugural vice-chairmen. Sixteen governors from across the country have joined the caucus as inaugural members. — Courtesy NSSF nrra

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