Volume 26, Number 2 February/March 2018

Archive for the ‘January 2017’ category

January 31, 2017 – Buck Knives announced today that Trent Malone has joined the company as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Joe Piedmont has been promoted to Chief Operations Officer (COO).

Malone has over fifteen years of experience in Senior Management, Finance, and Accounting. Malone, former Vice President of Finance for Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, has extensive experience with global accounting and finance operations. His prior experience includes serving as Director of Accounting and Director of Global Financial Services. Malone received his Master’s degree in Accounting from Arizona State University and is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Arizona.

L to R: Trent Malone, CFO and Joe Piedmont, COO.

As part of his new role, Malone will be responsible for planning, implementing, managing and controlling all financial-related activities of Buck Knives, including long-term growth objectives.

“I’m excited to join the Buck Knives team,” said Trent Malone. “I look forward to developing strategies and assisting the team with the future direction and tactical initiatives of the company.”

Piedmont, formerly Vice President of Operations, has been with Buck Knives for over four years. He first joined the team as the Product Development Manager and was promoted to Director of New Products & Engineering within his first year. Shortly after, he was promoted to Director of Operations. In 2016, Piedmont was appointed as Vice President of Operations. His background includes experience in management, design, manufacturing and product development. Piedmont holds an MBA from Corban University and a B.A from University of Washington. He is currently serving as a board member for Cornerstone Valley, Inc.

“Both Trent and Joe have an immense understanding of business and operations,” said CJ Buck, CEO and President of Buck Knives. “We are looking forward to another exciting year and their expertise and leadership capabilities are exactly what we need to help pave the way.”

As Chief Operations Officer, Piedmont will be managing the overall company operations including overseeing sales, marketing, product development, manufacturing, engineering, quality control, shipping and purchasing.

“Buck Knives is an icon in our culture and it is truly a privilege to be part of this legacy,” said Joe Piedmont, Chief Operations Officer for Buck Knives. “I am grateful to the Buck family for the opportunity to serve this great company in this capacity.”

About Buck Knives:
Behind every Buck knife is over 100 years of experience and craftsmanship. The very best materials and state-of-the-art technology are used to create knives that meet the exacting demands expected of a high quality knife. Buck stands behind every knife made with their famous Forever Warranty. For more information please visit www.buckknives.com


SAVANNAH, GA (January 16, 2017) – Following extensive research at the pioneering PolyCase® Ammunition development lab, PolyCase announces Inceptor® Sport Utility Ammo™ for training and target practice. Precision engineered to match the ballistic performance of the award-winning Inceptor® Preferred Defense™ and Ruger® ARX® Self-Defense lines of ammunition while offering unmatched frangibility, Inceptor Sport Utility Ammo is the ideal practice cartridge for protective and recreational handgun shooting. Announced at today’s Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show, the addition of .300 AAC Blackout introduces a new category of Short Range Rifle™ (SR/R) ammunition to the Sport Utility Ammo portfolio.

Featuring SteelSafe™ range-friendly lead free copper-polymer blended construction, Sport Utility Ammo is designed for use on hardened steel with safe range distances measured in feet, not yards, for the safest and most realistic training experience. Inceptor Sport Utility Ammo is available in .380 Auto, 9mm Luger, .38 Special, .40 S&W, .45 Auto and .300 AAC Blackout. High velocity Sport Utility Ammo cartridges are specially designed and thoroughly tested for reliable performance, unmatched frangibility and consistent accuracy.

For more information, visit: www.polycaseammo.com/project/inceptor-rnp.

Founded in 2012, PolyCase® Ammunition designs and manufactures small arms ammunition and projectiles using the world’s most advanced composite materials and manufacturing methods. Serving domestic and international lines of business, PolyCase is available through fine shooting sports retailers everywhere. Proudly made in the USA, Inceptor®, Ruger® and Umarex® brand ammunition are designed for superior lethality, consistency and performance. Find out more at www.polycaseammo.com or follow PolyCase on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.


Bellingham, WA (January 31, 2017) GEAR AID®, an award-winning manufacturer long synonymous with outdoor adventure, today introduced new company president Clark Campbell. An industry veteran well-versed in product development and design, operations and marketing, Campbell comes to GEAR AID after nearly twenty years in senior leadership roles with globally-respected brands Outdoor Research and Helly Hansen.

“We’re very pleased to welcome Clark to the Gear Aid team,” said Rob Coghlan, owner of GEAR AID. “Clark’s years of experience, and knowledge of the outdoor marketplace will provide strong leadership to expand GEAR AID into new product categories and markets.”

Campbell will join GEAR AID on February 1st as the company seeks to build on the incredible momentum the brand has built over the past twelve months. Since its new ownership group, Coghlan’s LTD, took the company reins GEAR AID has undergone a successful rebrand, launched into new product categories, and grown its overall business.

“Gear Aid is a brand with a history of creating product solutions that truly enhance the way people experience outdoors. I feel fortunate to be joining the company at such an exciting juncture for the business and the brand,” explains Campbell. “The company has supportive new ownership, a new brand direction, and an enthusiastic team, all of which equate into a great platform for expanding the boundaries of the brand.”

Campbell will lead the GEAR AID team from company headquarters in Bellingham, Washington where in his off time he can be found enjoying the outdoors with his family. For more information about GEAR AID and its latest products please visit www.gearaid.com.

GEAR AID is the go-to gear care and repair company for the Outdoor, Sporting Goods, and SCUBA industries. With more than 100 products that share the same quality, innovation, and utility as iconic products like Aquaseal and Tenacious Tape, outdoor enthusiasts and service members rely on GEAR AID for products that last. Most recently, GEAR AID launched new rechargeable light and power stations, and compatible mounts. For more information, visit www.gearaid.com.


Lyons Falls, NY:  Otis Technology is pleased to announce its continued participation as presenting sponsor of the 2nd Annual Babes with Bullets 3-Gun Challenge (babeswithbullets.com/). The match takes place May 20th and 21st at the Miculek’s Shootout Range near Shreveport, LA.

Babes with Bullets

In this unique match, there will be an equal number of male and female participants, for a total of 200 competitors. The first place in men’s division will be a $2,000 check as will the first place in the ladies division; an “equal pay” philosophy that shooting sports rarely sees. The prize tables, valued at over $50,000, will also be divided equally between men and women’s divisions. Each division will also have a junior and senior category.

“Last year’s inaugural match was a well-organized event that welcomed shooters from all experience levels.  We couldn’t be more proud to continue our participation for 2017 and look forward to another successful event and the opportunity to move shooting sports and firearms safety forward for women, men and juniors,” states Heather Pleskach, marketing manager for Otis Technology.

In addition, Otis Technology will partner up with Thompson Center/Smith & Wesson for an exciting side match at the event.  Shooters can participate in this fun, optional stage for a chance to win a fantastic prize.  Tracy & Lanny Barnes, former Olympic Biathletes, will be competing in the match on behalf of Otis.  The Barnes are also Babes with Bullets instructors.

About Babes with Bullets:
Since 2004, Babes with Bullets have been training novice women about firearms and firearms safety. Co-founders Deb Ferns, camp director, and Kay Miculek, head instructor, have led these camps for almost thirteen years.  In 2010 multigun training was added to the camp’s extensive handgun training schedule and allowed for Babes alum to bring their husband, boyfriend, son, to join them at the range for top-notch 3-gun training.  The 2017 camp schedule is now available at www.BabeswithBullets.com.

About Otis Technology:
Otis Technology is known for manufacturing the most advanced gun cleaning systems and accessories available.  The superior Breech-to-Muzzle® design combined with unmatched quality has positioned Otis as the gun care system of choice with the US Military.  Otis Technology is SMART GUN CARE.


PASO ROBLES, Calif., January 25, 2017 – Weatherby welcomes Charles Calvin to their staff of industry-leading professionals. In the position of Vice President of Manufacturing for the global firearms brand, Calvin’s responsibilities include leading the manufacturing team to convert steel, brass, composites and select-grade walnut into legendary Weatherby rifles, shotguns and premium ammunition.

Calvin will manage and develop Weatherby’s factory employees while integrating key functional support departments and supply chain partners. He will also continuously improve safety, quality, delivery and cost performance to meet corporate goals and customer expectations with an effective manufacturing strategy of lean manufacturing and process development.

According to Adam Weatherby, President of the family-owned and operated firearm manufacturer, “Charles comes to us with 20-plus years of manufacturing and engineering experience. His intelligence, attitude, attention to detail and personal passion for the Weatherby brand make him the ideal individual for this critical role in maintaining our company’s reputation and contributing to our growth strategy.”

Prior to joining Weatherby, Charles Calvin was the Vice President of Manufacturing at Leatherman Tool Group in Portland, Ore. Calvin’s prior experience in the outdoor-recreation and consumer industries is an asset in his new position at Weatherby. “When the opportunity to apply my talents to the Weatherby brand arose, in the wonderful community of Paso Robles, California, I knew it was a perfect professional and personal fit for me and my family,” Calvin stated.

Charles Calvin earned his Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering and Masters of Manufacturing Engineering degrees at Michigan State University and the University of Michigan, respectively. He is a proud member of the Association of Manufacturing Excellence.

About Weatherby
Founded in 1945, Weatherby, Inc. is a family-owned company that continues to fuel the passion of hunters and shooters around the globe by building some of the world’s finest firearms. With a legacy of setting new standards in ballistics and performance, the company is committed to redefining excellence on the range and in the field. The Weatherby line features popular Vanguard® rifles, legendary Mark V® rifles (production and custom), Weatherby Shooting Systems™ Rifles, Threat Response shotguns and other shotguns in over/under, semi-auto and pump designs. Weatherby’s premium ammunition and shooting accessories are also the choice for discerning shooters worldwide. The company is based in Paso Robles, CA and invites all hunters and shooters to visit their free online communities at www.weatherbynation.com,  www.facebook.com/Weatherbyinc and @weatherbyinc on Twitter. The latest Weatherby films can be viewed at www.wby-tv.com. For more information, go to www.weatherby.com.


Greeley, PA – Convenience is the newest product from Kahr Firearms Group (KFG). Introducing, the 2017 Kahr Firearms Group App. This new app is not only convenient, but is also packed full of useful information about KFG products.

The free KFG app includes product catalogs for Kahr Arms, Thompson, Auto Ordnance, and Magnum Research products. It also includes owner’s manuals for nearly all of the products in the Kahr Firearms Group arsenal. If you are looking for a parts list, technical data, diagrams, operating instructions, dismantling and reassembly instructions, safety information, or cleaning and lubrication recommendations – it can all be downloaded from the Kahr Firearms Group App.

The KFG App is available free for all iOS and Android phones and tablets. From iTunes, the link is itunes.apple.com/us/app/kahr/id1095545176?mt=8 or through Google Play by linking to play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=kr.global.ebookn.kahr&hl=en.

For more information about Kahr Firearms Group products, you can also go to www.kahr.com or www.magnumresearch.com or www.tommygun.com.

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MIAMI – January 12, 2017 – Taurus Holdings, Inc. (“Taurus® USA”) announces Chris Hartnett as Director of Business Development and Training. Hartnett will oversee all brands under the company which encompasses the Taurus®, Rossi® and Heritage™ product lines.

Hartnett is a Twenty-year veteran of the US Army, Sixteen years as a member of the US Army Special Forces, and 12 years of experience in training, project management and business development within the firearms, security and defense sectors. Taurus USA brings Hartnett on to coordinate activities between the engineering team and marketing in order to properly train and equip the sales force to better serve customers. “The communication between the two departments will increase product knowledge and provide beneficial feedback to continue the Taurus USA legacy. With Chris’ vast experience in this segment and his proven track record he will be a welcomed addition to the Taurus team,” comments CEO, Anthony Acitelli. Hartnett will be focusing his efforts on training and assisting the sales force.

About Taurus Holdings, Inc.:
Headquartered in Miami, Taurus Holdings, Inc. owns or represents some of the most recognized and valued brands worldwide, including Taurus®, Rossi®, and Heritage™. Known as an innovator within the firearms industry, Taurus Holdings is a leader offering quality and value-packed firearms to the United States and Canada.  For additional information about Taurus, visit www.taurususa.com.


SEDALIA, MO – To meet customer demand, Starline Brass has recently announced the addition of rifle brass to their product offerings. Starline is now producing .308 WIN, .358 WIN and .444 Marlin and will soon offer .338 Federal and .243 WIN.

To view these new calibers and other offerings from Starline, and to order factory direct today, visit www.starlinebrass.com.

Until now, Starline has predominately produced brass for handgun calibers, with the exception of a few straight-walled rifle cases, such as the 45-70. Starline currently offers over 80 different calibers, but that number will grow quickly as new rifle and handgun calibers are added to their product line.

“Our customers have been asking us to produce rifle brass for years,” said Robert Hayden, Jr., Vice President of Starline. “With our recent plant expansion and investment in building new equipment and tooling, we are proud to make Starline rifle cases a reality.”

2016 marked a historic year for Starline, celebrating their 40th Anniversary and introducing bottleneck rifle cartridges to their lineup. “We know we wouldn’t be here without our loyal customers and employees,” Hayden continued. “They have made achieving these milestones possible, and we’re very grateful for them.”

Starline is a family owned business that prides itself on producing the highest quality brass cases available. For more than 40 years, Starline’s unique manufacturing process and commitment from their team of employees has distinguished Starline from the competition.

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St. Louis, MO (Jan. 16, 2017) – Warson Brands, official licensee of Reebok for duty and uniform footwear, introduces the newReebok Sublite Cushion Tactical line of tactical footwear designed for law enforcement and first responder professionals.

The Reebok Sublite Cushion Tactical incorporates Sublite foam midsole technology to maximize cushioning while minimizing weight. The Sublite dual density foam midsole provides unparalleled lightweight cushioning for comfort and responsiveness. Deep flex grooves in the midsole allow for natural movement, letting feet bend and balance naturally. At the heel and toe are rubber pads for stopping power and takeoff propulsion.

“The Reebok Sublite Cushion Tactical is our lightest series of tactical footwear,” says John Duvic, VP of Product Development at Warson Brands.  “Law enforcement professionals have to carry a lot of heavy equipment for their job, so we wanted to create one piece of equipment that wouldn’t weigh them down. The Sublite Cushion Tactical is it.”

In November, the Sublite Cushion Tactical was worn by the Missouri TAC Team while competing at the SWAT International Roundup in Orlando.  “The Sublite Cushion Tactical boots are very comfortable and lightweight, which is great for foot pursuits,” says Jim Zwilling of the Missouri TAC Team. “After wearing them on the streets, chasing suspects, jumping fences, climbing walls, and executing search warrants, these boots have held up very well,” says Matt Tesreau of Missouri TAC Team. “They are very comfortable.”

The Sublite Cushion Tactical also features a MemoryTech Massage footbed that adapts to the unique contours of the foot and a slip resistant outsole that grips in slippery conditions. The 8” versions, RB8805 and RB8806 feature a side zipper, while the RB8806 adds waterproof protection. All Sublite Cushion Tactical products provide electrical hazard protection against live circuits and meet or exceed ASTM F2892 safety standards.

Reebok duty footwear and the Sublite Cushion Tactical is available through select retailers throughout the United States. For more information on the Reebok Sublite Cushion Tactical, visit reebokwork.com/sublite-tactical.

Warson Brands, also known as Warson Group, Inc., is headquartered in St. Louis, MO. Warson Brands is a global manufacturer and marketer of military, tactical, and industrial safety footwear since 1989, and provides a variety of work and duty footwear under the world’s finest brand names, Reebok, Rockport Works, Florsheim, Iron Age, Grabbers, and Knapp.

Warson Brands is best known for innovation in the areas of foot protection and comfort. Its innovative comfort technology provides superior cushioning and impact protection in long wearing protective footwear that is both light weight and flexible. Warson Brands innovations in the area of foot protection include developing 100% non-metallic protective toe caps made from composite material that is stronger and lighter than steel, and also will not conduct heat, cold, or electricity. Innovations also include protective arch, heel, and metatarsal guards; outsoles that resist chemicals, abrasion, slick surfaces, and extreme heat; and patented devices to protect workers and equipment from static discharge. For more information, visit www.warsonbrands.com.

Reebok Duty has previously sponsored the Orlando International SWAT Round-Up and Best Ranger Competition. Reebok tactical and military footwear is available through select duty uniform retailers throughout the United States. For more information, visit Reebok Duty at www.reebokwork.com.

About Reebok
Reebok International Ltd., headquartered in Canton, MA, USA, is a leading worldwide designer, marketer and distributor of fitness and lifestyle footwear, apparel and equipment. An American-inspired global brand, Reebok is a pioneer in the sporting goods industry with a rich and storied fitness heritage. Reebok develops products, technologies and programming which enable movement and is committed to accompanying people on their journey to fulfill their potential. Reebok connects with the fitness consumer wherever they are and however they choose to stay fit – whether it’s training, running, walking, dance, yoga or aerobics. Reebok Classics leverages the brand’s fitness heritage and represents the roots of the brand in the sports lifestyle market. A global fitness leader, Reebok is the sponsor of several elite fitness events, such as the Reebok CrossFit Games, Reebok Spartan Race, and UFC, the world’s leading mixed martial arts organization. For more information, visit Reebok atwww.reebok.com or, for the latest news at news.reebok.com/. Or, discover Reebok at the following locations:facebook.com/reebok; twitter.com/reebok; and youtube.com/reebok


Holmedal, Norway – (January 17, 2017) –  Helle of Norway, crafters of naturally beautiful, rugged knives made in the age-old Nordic tradition, introduces the new Bleja folding knife at the 2017 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Inspired by the fjords and mountainous landscapes of Holmedal, the new knife takes its name from the massive Bleja peak that rises from the deep pool waters of the fjord to a 4,278ft summit, boasting views of the ocean, fjords, mountains, and glaciers. Helle’s new folder captures the essence of this demanding mountain, which requires total immersion into the natural world and a dauntless spirit to match the rocky and remote Norwegian terrain.

“There are no shortcuts to summit a peak as rugged as Bleja,” notes Torodd Helle, owner of Helle of Norway. “The very difficulty of the path is also the necessity of the path. The philosophy of Helle’s new folding knife is the same: no machine or automated processes can replace skilled craftsmanship.”

Helle’s new folding knife stays true to the brand’s distinctive look and passion for functional knives. The Bleja has been painstakingly developed over the last three years, taking time to perfect a new platform for Helle folding knives. The locking mechanism and full liners offers a strong and reliable utility folder, while at the same time preserving the iconic Helle look and feel.

All the standard features of a Helle fixed blade are tucked into this compact yet robust mid-sized utility knife for everyday carry. Honorin g the Scandinavian methods of combining simplicity, elegance and function, painstakingly crafted to illuminate the alluring natural materials.

Featuring a drop point blade made of Helle’s renowned triple laminated stainless steel with a razor sharp Scandinavian grind, the Bleja dispatches cutting tasks with ease. The natural curly birch wood ensures that each knife has its own unique look and no two Helle knives are ever exactly the same. The countered handle is slim yet provides positive control for detailed projects like carving.

Product Specs:

  • Name: Bleja
  • Weight: 5.29 oz. / 150 gr
  • Blade material: Triple laminated stainless steel
  • Blade thickness: 2.7 mm
  • Blade length: 3.4-inches / 85 mm
  • Handle material: Curly birch
  • Handle length: 4.5-inch / 117 mm
  • MSRP $229

Please visit Helle Knives of Norway at the 2017 SHOT Show, booth – Booth 3550. Contact Matt Huff for retailer and sales inquiries (matthuff@sport-hansa.com) or James Graven (james@treehousepr.com) to book a media appointment.

About Helle of Norway
Since 1932, Helle has earned a solid reputation for quality, craftsmanship and producing aesthetically stunning and highly functional knives made to withstand a lifetime of rugged outdoor use. All Helle knives are handcrafted in Norway to exacting standards based on over 80-years of tradition blending form and function. It takes up to 45 manual processes to complete each Helle knife, from sanding and polishing of the handles to forming the Scandinavian ground blades. The result is an authentic, truly one of a kind knife made to last a lifetime of use. Please visit www.helle.no for more information.