Passing on the Traditions

By Haley Rivera

Working in the family business and seeing all the hunts our clients go on finally gave me the hunting bug. I was able to go on my first hunt with my mom and Wade last year in hopes of my first hog. While the experience was wonderful with being out in nature with no cell phones and just surrounded by nature, the hogs had other plans. With the weather conditions being as they were, very little to no wind, the hogs could hear our every move.

After hearing the hogs all around us with no hogs coming out, we decided it was time to move to another spot and try again. As we drove to our other location, a group of hogs ran across the road right in front of us. It was a bittersweet feeling for me because I finally saw the hogs I came here to get, but they knew why we were there. After trying two other spots that day, Wade, my mom and I called it a night. With the defeat, I was wanting to go out for a redemption hunt the next chance I had.

As time went by with our busy schedules, my mom, Wade and I were able to come back out to our Deer Camp and get ready for another weekend hunt at the Javeline Ranch. From the previous hunt, I came with my fair share of doubts, but I was hopeful at the same time that I was going to leave with a hog this time. As Saturday morning came we all were out and set up at the 3-way blind by 6:15 am. Once some time had gone by, we were not seeing any hogs yet, and Wade called the 15-minute mark. At this point, my hopes were fading and I was becoming doubtful yet again.

However, one hog was hungry because one of them finally decided to come out shortly after Wade had made that call. Now, my hopes are up and I’m doing my best to keep my eyes on him as he moves around. Once, he got into a good position for me to take my shot, I felt my heart racing and all the feelings coming over me. Finally, I look over at my mom and Wade to make sure they’re ready, and from 95-yards away the shot was made and he went down.

Now, I knew what all our clients felt after a successful hunt. My heart was racing, and I was still in shock after realizing that I had my first successful hunt! After, all the celebration we went down from the stand to see how I did.

Haley (right) and her mom Angel (left) poses with Haley’s hog and the T/C Compass II Rifle.

Once, I saw the hog I was in shock with how big he was. Loading him up took all three of us to get in the bed of the Yamaha. With it being early in the day, we head back to camp to drop off the hog, get him prepped to take the meat, and have some lunch. Afterward, to my surprise, Wade was going to let me go after a buck! This, lead us to go back and set up our blind with a lot of brush and twigs so that we will be hidden.

Now that it’s all set up, we leave for a bit to allow everything to calm down and allow the animals to be comfortable again before we go back for the hunt. Now, when it came time to go back for the actual hunt, there is never a dull moment with my mom and I. Wade had the honors of giving us a team nickname of Team Giggles which will always hold!

Team Giggles is all geared up for a safe ride to their blind!

When it came closer to 3:30 pm we went back out for another hunt that same day. When we got into our positions it didn’t take long for the deer to come out. We saw quite a few does before we ever saw a buck. Shortly after some time passed by, Wade got my attention and told me there was a buck on our right about to cross the creek. I then had my eyes glued and waited to see what would happen.

While we were out there, and as I was waiting for the buck to give me a perfect shot, in the back of my mind I was worried that one of the other deer would see us and blow our cover. Fortunately, they were all fairly calm which helped me a lot.

Shortly after the buck crossed the river, he went broadside for me and I made my shot. Then all the excitement came over me again. It took me a while to realize that I took my very first buck. He was a great 9-pointer that I took and I couldn’t wait to go over to him and see the beautiful guy.

Once we got him loaded up we headed back to camp to begin getting the buck ready for the processing stage and to get cleaned up.

I thought about how amazing a day we had, and how shocked I was to get two animals in one day on my second hunt ever. I look forward to another hunt next hunting season.

T/CR22 Rifles Performance Center Lightweight Rifles

Rimfire Redefined

Left Profile of the Performance Center T/CR22


Performance Center announced recently that it has expanded its rifle line with the addition of four new lightweight .22LR rimfire rifles. The new Performance Center T/CR22 rifles feature a lightweight carbon fiber barrel and ergonomic stocks in multiple color options. Co-developed by Performance Center and Thompson/Center Arms™, the Performance Center T/CR22 rimfire rifles operate using the reliable T/CR22 semi-automatic rifle action and 10 round rotary magazine, while maintaining compatibility with most aftermarket 10/22® parts and accessories.

Tony Miele, Sr. Director, New Products and Performance Center, said, “Building upon the success of the Performance Center T/CR22 rifles, we have designed and developed this lightweight rimfire rifle for competitive shooting and small-game hunting. These rifles are designed to reduce weight through their slim, ergonomic stocks and carbon fiber barrels while being engineered to deliver the supreme accuracy and ergonomics that Performance Center is known for.”

The Performance Center T/CR22 is offered in four configurations: a Hogue® Overmolded® Thumbhole black synthetic stock and an Altamont ®Laminated Thumbhole stock in a wood, red, or blue finish. The rifles feature a light, crisp trigger pull, lightweight carbon fiber barrels, and a threaded muzzle that allows for the use of a suppressor or other muzzle device.

Performance Center T/CR22 features include:

  • Lightweight Carbon Fiber barrel with 1:15” twist rate
  • Custom Performance Center muzzle brake
  • Available with black Hogue Overmolded Thumbhole stock or Altamont Laminated Thumbhole stock in wood, red, or blue finishes
  • Optics-ready with built-in picatinny rail
  • Last shot bolt hold open when using factory magazine
  • Easy-to-use push button safety
  • Oversized bolt handle for easy manipulation
Young woman posing with the Performance Center T/CR22

Chambered in .22LR, the new Performance Center T/CR22 rifle ships with one 10-round detachable rotary magazine and includes Thompson/Center’s limited lifetime warranty. The new Performance Center T/CR22 rifle with black Hogue Overmolded stock will carry an MSRP of $523, while the Altamont Laminated Thumbhole version will carry an MSRP of $642.

To learn more about the new Performance Center T/CR22 rifle, please click here. To stay up to date on all of the latest news and events, follow the Performance Center on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter.

About Smith & Wesson Inc.

Smith & Wesson Inc. is a U.S.-based leader in firearm manufacturing and design, delivering a broad portfolio of quality firearms, related products, and training to the U.S. consumer and law enforcement markets, as well as global military and law enforcement customers. The company’s firearm division brands include Smith & Wesson®, M&P®, Performance Center®, Thompson/Center Arms™, and Gemtech®. For more information on Smith & Wesson, call (800) 331-0852 or log on to

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Thompson/Center Arms™ Adds T/CR22® with TRUETIMBER® Camouflage Pattern

T/CR22 rimfire rifle now available in TRUETIMBER® STRATA camouflage pattern

Thompson/Center Arms today announced that it has expanded its line of T/CR22 rimfire rifles to include the popular TRUETIMBER STRATA camouflage pattern. Now available in six different finishes, the T/CR22 rifle is expertly crafted for hunters, plinkers, and first-time shooters alike and integrates a variety of high-end features into an innovative rimfire package.

The new T/CR22 rifle features a lightweight Magpul® composite stock and includes a green fiber optic front sight and adjustable rear peep sight for quick target acquisition. The rifle ships with a built-in picatinny-style rail that allows for the quick mounting of an optic, features a light, crisp trigger pull, button-rifled barrel, and a threaded muzzle that allows for the use of a suppressor or other muzzle device.

Chambered in .22LR, the T/CR22 with TRUETIMBER STRATA camouflage ships with one 10-round detachable rotary magazine, includes Thompson/Center’s limited lifetime warranty, and is priced at an MSRP of $419.

To stay up-to-date on the latest news from Thompson/Center, be sure to follow Thompson/Center Arms on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Thompson/Center Arms today announced the launch of its “Rimfire Redefined” rebate program, offering a $50 Smith & Wesson® prepaid MasterCard* with the purchase of a new Thompson/Center T/CR22 semi-automatic rimfire rifle.  The “Rimfire Redefined” rebate program is valid on qualifying Thompson/Center T/CR22 rifles purchased from August 1, 2018, to December 31, 2018.


The “Rimfire Redefined” rebate program is valid on qualifying Thompson/Center T/CR22 rifles purchased from August 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018.


The new T/CR22 rifle integrates a variety of high-end features into an innovative rimfire package that has been expertly crafted for hunters, plinkers, and first-time shooters alike.  Chambered in .22LR, the new T/CR22 rifle ships with one 10-round detachable rotary magazine includes Thompson/Center’s limited lifetime warranty and is priced at an MSRP of $399.


To participate in the “Rimfire Redefined” electronic rebate program, customers must complete and submit the online rebate form at All submissions must include proof of purchase and be submitted on or before January 31, 2019.

For complete terms and conditions of the T/CR22 rebate, please visit or contact customer service at (844) 628-7926.

To stay up-to-date on the latest news from Thompson/Center, be sure to follow Thompson/Center Arms on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

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About Smith & Wesson®

Smith & Wesson Corp. is a provider of quality firearms for personal protection, target shooting and hunting in the global consumer and professional markets. Smith & Wesson is world famous for its handguns and long guns sold under the Smith & Wesson®, Performance Center®, M&P®, Thompson/Center Arms™, and Gemtech® brands.  Through its Manufacturing Services Division, Smith & Wesson Corp. also provides forging, machining, and precision plastic injection molding services to a wide variety of consumer goods companies. For more information on Smith & Wesson, call (800) 331-0852 or log on to

Thompson/Center Arms™ Launches New Patterns for the Triumph® Bone Collector® at 2018 SHOT Show

Thompson/Center Arms today announced the launch of the T/C® Triumph Bone Collector muzzleloader in REALTREE Edge and REALTREE Original camouflage patterns. Thompson/Center Armscontinues to set the standard for quality and innovation, offering consumers the newest REALTREE camouflage patterns in the popular Triumph Bone Collector.
“Thompson/Center has pioneered innovative designs and technologies in muzzleloaders since the 1970’s, including the interchangeable Encore® platform, Speed Breech XT® breech plug, Flex-Tech® stock, and Power Rod®,” said Danielle Sanville, Brand Manager for Thompson/Center Arms. “We continue to raise the bar and deliver consumers the latest in camouflage technology with the introduction of these new patterns to the iconic Triumph Bone Collector product line.”
The T/C Triumph Bone Collector muzzleloader features a variety of modern enhancements, including the Speed Breech XT breech plug, Flex-Tech recoil-reducing stock, and the ability to fire 150 grain magnum charges of black powder or equivalent black powder substitute. The T/C Triumph Bone Collector is available in multiple configurations, including the new REALTREE Edge and REALTREE Original camouflage patterns.
Visit Thompson/Center Booth #13729 at the 2018 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, NV to see the new T/C Triumph Bone Collector products and the rest of the Thompson/Center line.
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