Volume 24, Number 3 April/May 2016


OVERLAND PARK, Kansas – April 13, 2016 – The Swiss Army has selected the BLACKHAWK! SERPA Tactical Holster to outfit its warfighters. The SERPA has been field-proven in military conflicts and law enforcement engagements worldwide, and is currently serving as the holster platform for the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army, Army Military Police, the German Army and other law enforcement and military agencies both domestic and international. BLACKHAWK! has received the initial order of SERPA holsters in various configurations. These different models will allow the use of the same holster system in varying job roles so that, no matter a… [Read More]



ANOKA, Minnesota – April 11, 2016 – Federal Premium Ammunition was recently awarded a Telly Award for its short film “Doc – Collecting a Legacy,” featuring the amazing story of David “Doc” Frederickson, the company’s honorary historian. The short film achieved a bronze award in the Promotional Branding category. The film highlights Frederickson’s amazing collection of historical ammunition, packaging and memorabilia. This collection captures nearly all of Federal’s landmark achievements spanning the company’s deep and rich history. “This award highlights the outstanding reputation of our brand as a market leader,” said Jason Nash, Federal Premium Ammunition Marketing Director. “The Federal… [Read More]


Grinnell, Iowa (April 12, 2016) – The 77-year-old, Iowa-based firearm industry giant Brownells, Inc. has opened its first ever retail store location in Grinnell, Iowa. Known worldwide for its all-things-firearms website – Brownells.com – and their enormous catalogs, the Grinnell retail store marks the company’s first brick and mortar location. The 7,000 sq. ft. retail store, attached to Brownells’ new 245,000 sq. ft. distribution center, is located at 3006 Brownells Parkway in Grinnell, Iowa, just a few yards off Interstate 80 at the 182 mile marker. Visitors to the new retail location will experience one of the nicest and most unique gun stores… [Read More]


New Appointments Support Multi-Division Organizational Structure and Long-Term Growth Strategy – Matt Buckingham Joins Company as President, Firearms Division & Mark Smith Promoted to President, Manufacturing Services Division SPRINGFIELD, Mass., April 11, 2016 — Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: SWHC), a leading provider of quality products for the shooting and outdoor enthusiast, today announced that it has expanded its executive leadership team withtwo new appointments and established an organizational structure designed to support the company’s long-term growth strategy in the firearms, accessories, and rugged outdoor markets. Smith & Wesson currently has two divisions – the Firearms Division and the Accessories… [Read More]


Camfour is pleased to announce the promotion of Bill Howe to our executive team.  Effective immediately, Bill will become our Vice-President of Operations.   Bill’s responsibilities will include all aspects of purchasing as well as overseeing the marketing, sales and customer service of our business. With over 36 years of dedication to our company and the firearms industry, Bill’s knowledge and experience is key to the future growth of Camfour.  “On behalf of our management team and the owners, I would like to congratulate Bill on his well-earned promotion,” says Shareholder and CEO Malcolm Getz.


Greeley, PA – When John T. Thompson first began researching a portable hand-held automatic weapon in 1915 little did he know that he would be changing history forever. Now, 100 years later, the Thompson semi-automatic rifle, also referred to as the Chicago Typewriter, is commonly known to everyone across the globe. John T. Thompson was born in Newport, Kentucky on December 31, 1860. His father, a graduate of West Point, served as Lt. Colonel during the civil war and, John, following in his father’s footsteps, also graduated from West Point and served in the Army. It was while he was… [Read More]


PRESCOTT, Ariz.- Davidson’s is pleased to announce Eric Mueller as one of its newest buyers. Eric began working for Davidson’s as an account executive where he quickly became a top-performer. In early 2015, he was promoted to a sales coach position where he helped account executives develop their sales techniques, service skills, and understanding of the company’s internal order placement. Due to his excellence as a sales coach and his performance during his first eight years with Davidson’s, the company felt he was an ideal candidate for one of its buyer positions. Matt Nicholson, Davidson’s vice president of sales, stated,… [Read More]


After undertaking the company’s biggest project to date three years ago, Badlands has announced that Approach Evasion Technology is ready to conceal hunters everywhere in 2016. Developed around a “Design, Test, Repeat” mentality, the Badlands Approach pattern has evolved into a versatile and adaptable camouflage. Based on Badlands Adaptive Coloration Technology, the look and feel of the Approach pattern changes based on the wearer’s surroundings and lighting conditions. Heavily wooded forests shift Approach to a green-and-brown dominant pattern, while sagebrush and rock bring out the pattern’s lighter tones. Tested at both extreme distances and up close, Badlands Approach features an… [Read More]


Zeiss Adds Voucher Due to the overwhelming response at recent trade and consumer shows, Zeiss has decided to include a voucher for a free set of Talley bases ($49 retail value) to go with the Talley signature rings ($149 retail value) already included in the box for the Victory V8 riflescope line. The free Talley bases will replace the Switchview magnification throw level that was originally included in the package. Still included is a certificate for a free custom-engraved Kenton ballistic turret ring ($149 retail value) that will be built to exactly match a chosen caliber and load. (zeiss.com/us/sports-optics) Ruger… [Read More]


Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson announced at the 2016 SHOT Show that SIG SAUER is finalizing plans to locate a new ammunition manufacturing facility in an existing building in Jacksonville, Arkansas, where it is anticipated about 50 new jobs will be created. Similarly, the Remington Outdoor Company announced growth plans at its ammunition plant in Lonoke, Arkansas, the second expansion in recent years. As part of the endeavor, the company plans to invest in the facility and create 84 new jobs. SIG SAUER “Firearms and ammunition is a growing industry, and we came to Las Vegas to share the many reasons… [Read More]


With the new Subdue IWB Model 145 holster, Bianchi adds a second Allusion IWB holster to the line. Both holsters feature a comfortable inside-the-waist design for all-day comfort, and the backs of each are constructed with an anti-bacterial and anti-microbial mesh-padded liner. The key difference is overall size—the Subdue offers a smaller, more compact footprint than its predecessor, the popular Model 145 Suppression. Other key features of the Subdue IWB holster include a premium full-grain-leather exterior with a laminate synthetic liner that makes for a smooth draw and long-lasting wear, a heavy-duty spring-steel belt clip that securely anchors the holster… [Read More]


Savvy hunters see ground blinds for what they are: versatile and effective hunting tools that help them get close to game. Unfortunately, occasionally the game sees the blinds, too, which is why they should always be carefully placed and brushed out. Concealing ground blinds with natural vegetation is hardly a new concept, and just about all of Ameristep’s ground blinds have varying numbers of sewn-in brush loops to facilitate this process. But wouldn’t it be nice if an entire blind was engineered and built for this purpose? Ameristep’s engineers thought so, and they created the all-new Ameristep Shifter Blind for… [Read More]


The all-new BLACKHAWK! Knoxx SpecOps Gen III Stock with Recoil Suppression Technology effectively reduces felt recoil by up to 80 percent, taking the original SpecOps Stock to an even higher level of effectiveness, performance, and reliability. Using dual recoil-compensation systems, this rugged new synthetic stock improves shooter confidence, reduces muzzle flip, decreases cheek-slap, and virtually eliminates harsh recoil. With improved ergonomics and six convenient adjustment positions, a shooter of any size can use the SpecOps Stock Gen III comfortably in any application and with any load. Even the effects of high–powered 3-inch loads are reduced by about 50 percent. Features… [Read More]


YETI Rambler stainless-steel bottles are built for untethered adventure, from the backcountry to the duck blind or wherever ice-cold or piping-hot beverages are needed. Over-the-Nose technology—in essence, a wide neck—makes for easy loading, drinking, and cleaning. In addition, the TripleHaul cap provides a comfortable grip and is 100 percent leakproof. Each bottle includes the benefits of all YETI Rambler products, such as 18/8 kitchen-grade stainless steel, double-wall vacuum insulation, and a No Sweat design. “We continue to expand our drinkware series to meet the demands of our owners and fans. Rambler bottles fill a needed space in our line,” says… [Read More]


Since its release, TriStar’s Setter S/T has been a go-to gun for shooters and hunters looking for their first over/under. Now, the company is expanding the popular line by adding .410 and 28-gauge options, each with their own dedicated frames. The new .410 and 28-gauge Setter S/T shotguns will continue to provide shooters with the same quality features found in previous Setter S/T releases, including a solid frame for durability and strength, a sealed action to keep out dirt, chrome-lined barrels, self-adjusting locking bolts, fiber-optic front sights, and an elegant wood stock. “Our Setter S/T line has become a favorite… [Read More]


Long known for its dominance in .22 LR Olympic shooting events, Eley is using its engineering knowledge to enter new market segments. Over the past year, Eley expanded its product offerings by introducing two new semi-automatic rounds. Now joining the .22 LR lineup in the second quarter of 2016 will be the Eley high-velocity hollow, designed for small-game hunting. (eleyammunition.com)


Joining the RutMaster family this spring will be three new RutMaster 2.0 Lite styles—two lighter neoprene versions and a non-neoprene boot designed for simplicity. The two neoprene styles—a Realtree Max-5 camo with 400 grams of PrimaLoft insulation (SRP: $149.99) and a non-insulated version in Mossy Oak Bottomland camo (SRP: $139.99)—offer flexibility and easy on/off. Hunters can fold over the neoprene top for a comfortable, customizable height, and ScentBan scent control helps keep odor at bay. The bottom chassis on both versions features a lightweight rubber/RPM outsole, a three-quarter shank in the sole for underfoot stability, a polyurethane footbed delivering long-lasting… [Read More]


Auto-Ordnance is introducing an exciting and classy look to its century-old Thompson, historically referred to as the “Chicago Typewriter.” The Thompson 1927A-1 semi-automatic carbine is now offered in a Titanium Gold finish and also a Polished Chrome. Either of these time-honored reproduction semi-auto carbines will undoubtedly get attention when taken to the range. The guns are offered in .45 ACP and have a 16.5-inch finned barrel (18 inches with a compensator), with a 1:16 right-hand twist. The frame is constructed of steel with either a Titanium Gold finish or a Polished Chrome finish. The gun weighs 13 pounds and has… [Read More]


For the dedicated nature observer and birder a high quality spotting scope is an essential tool. To meet that need, MINOX has extended its range of spotting scopes with the MD 88 W APO model, which has an angled eyepiece. The MD 88 W APO provides core MINOX features — compactness, quality and precision. Equipped with a steplessly adjustable eyepiece with 20 to 60 times magnification it offers maximum flexibility. Fitted with a very high quality and extremely powerful optical system that features high-resolution, apochromatically corrected special glass and multicoating of the lens surface, the MD 88 W APO provides… [Read More]


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (March 31, 2016) — Team Smith & Wesson’s David Olhasso and Josh Lentz both won national titles at the Smith & Wesson US Steel Nationals Championships which took place March 18-20 at Volusia County Gun and Hunt Club in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.  The weather was spotty this year, causing competitors in this exciting and highly anticipated annual championship to shoot some stages in the rain while vying for a total of 15 division titles. The match was comprised of eight stages consisting of four steel targets and a stop plate with distances ranging from seven to 35… [Read More]


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