Volume 25, Number 5 August/September 2017


After serving in various roles at DoubleStar over the course of two decades, Stacy Starnes takes her talents to the top in new role. Winchester, Ky. (August 2017) – DoubleStar Corp, manufacturers of high-quality, US-made AR components, rifles and pistols, is pleased to announce Stacy Starnes, former chief financial officer of DoubleStar Corp, as its new chief executive officer. Stacy Starnes joined the DoubleStar family in 1997 when she married Jesse Starnes. She moved up quickly in the company, first diving in as President of the DoubleStar Training Academy before becoming the CFO. She has a BS in Accounting with a… [Read More]



Calming Zone simulates the scents of a deer bedding area for unmatched attraction power. Birmingham, AL- Code Blue®, the industry leader in attractant scents, cover scents and scent elimination products for hardcore hunters, introduces Calming Zone®—a revolutionary new stick-applied scent that both attracts deer and relaxes them by creating the smells of a natural deer bedding area. Calming Zone is made from the scents found in all natural deer bedding areas—the areas where whitetails feel more secure than anywhere else. This special formula is housed in a convenient, easy-to-use twist container that creates less mess and prevents evaporation, it easily… [Read More]


SUFFIELD, Connecticut – August 14, 2017 – Savage Arms is pleased to offer serious long-range shooters a new secret weapon with the Savage Model 10 GRS in 6mm Creedmoor. The rifle delivers exceptional accuracy and performance whether you’re engaged in top-level competition or simply trying to beat your personal best. Shipments of these firearms are currently being delivered to dealers. Based on necking the 6.5 Creedmoor down for 6mm bullets, the 6mm Creedmoor cartridge is capable of accurate 1,000-yard shots that had moderate recoil and is predicted to be the next hot cartridge for long-range precision shooting competitions. Savage’s Model 10… [Read More]


Attention Valued Dealers On behalf of our entire Camfour/Hill Country Wholesale Family, I am excited to introduce Scott Ficarra as our newest addition to the sales team. Some of you have worked with Scott in the past in wholesale distribution as well as a Manufacturer Representative. We are happy to have his experience, passion for the sport and technical knowledge. Scott Ficarra is anxious to start selling again and will be reaching out to you soon to set up your new dealer account with us and get selling. Thank you for helping Scott and most importantly for your business. Malcolm… [Read More]


Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) has issued a Safety Bulletin for certain Ruger Precision Rifles. Ruger recently learned that some Ruger Precision Rifles may experience interference between the aluminum bolt shroud and the cocking piece (also known as the firing pin back). In rare instances, the interference can disrupt the firing mechanism and cause it to not function properly. This interference can potentially lead to light primer strikes or, in extreme cases, the rifle may not fire when the trigger is pulled. If the rifle fails to fire when the trigger is pulled, it may fire when the… [Read More]


ANOKA, Minnesota – August 9, 2017 – Federal Premium Ammunition is pleased to announce it is now offering its popular Trophy Bonded Tip as a component bullet for handloading. The full line of competitively priced component bullets is available in six popular caliber and weight options. Shipments of the bullets are being delivered to dealers. Based on Federal Premium’s popular and historic Trophy Bonded Bear Claw, Trophy Bonded Tip’s proven design stands apart from all other big game bullets. It combines bonded construction, a bone-crushing solid copper shank, boat-tail design and a high-performance polymer tip that tightens groups at long range…. [Read More]


OVERLAND PARK, Kansas (August 9, 2017) – RCBS, the leading manufacturer of ammunition reloading equipment for rifles and pistols, has selected the National 4-H Shooting Sports Program as the recipient of their 2017 youth shooting sports donation. The funds are generated annually by dedicating a portion of every RCBS Explorer and Explorer Plus Reloading Kit sold to fund a youth shooting sports program. RCBS recently presented a check for $8,480 to the National 4-H Shooting Sports Program. “The National 4-H Shooting Sports Program has a proven track record of developing young people into responsible adults through the discipline of precision… [Read More]


PolyCase® Ammunition has announced that CMG Marketing & Events and The Murray Road Agency will become their Agencies of Record effective immediately. CMG will be responsible for public relations, media buying and event planning and Murray Road will cover creative services and social media. PolyCase has been adopted as an excellent alternative to traditional ammunition in the self-defense, hunting, law enforcement and military markets. Terminal effects, accuracy and reliable performance from these lighter, faster polymer projectiles are revolutionarily different from traditional ammunition. The Inceptor® and Ruger® brands of ammunition are growing in popularity and the new team will focus on… [Read More]


Industry Leader Makes Significant Investment to Expand Seattle-based Manufacturing for Military and Tactical Markets SEATTLE, Wash. (August 7, 2017) – Outdoor Research, Inc. (OR), a leader in the outdoor and tactical apparel industry, announced today the company’s expanded commitment to U.S. manufacturing and additional investment in R&D efforts focused on the tactical market. As part of this growth, Outdoor Research will be adding new personnel with a primary focus on military and tactical business development. This commitment comes simultaneously as the brand releases its most sophisticated apparel program to date in the tactical market, the Outdoor Research Integrated Apparel System™ (IAS). The… [Read More]


Vancouver, BC – Cotton Carrier Systems has introduced a new line of camera harnesses that are completely redesigned with new features, greater flexibility and more options for active photographers. The new G3 Camera Harnesses provide added comfort with a more stylish, ergonomic design to keep cameras safe and accessible while allowing photographers to go hands free for total mobility. New features on the G3 Camera Harnesses include popular color options in Realtree Xtra® Camouflage and Charcoal Grey, more padding on shoulder straps and back panel for balanced weight distribution, two front pockets, breathable rear stretch pocket to store extra gear,… [Read More]


WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (August 8, 2017) – Colt continues to expand on its legendary M4 platform, which has been duty-tested by the world’s most elite Military and Law Enforcement agencies, with the introduction of the new Colt Trooper Patrol Carbine. The Trooper, based on the class-leading LE6920, offers customers another great point of entry into the world of duty-grade Colt AR-15® carbines.  “The Trooper® offers a really great opportunity for fans of the Colt AR-15® platform ,” said Justin Baldini, Product Director for Colt. “We set out to create something that is right in line with what today’s Colt M4… [Read More]


BESSEMER, Ala. (Aug. 7, 2017) — Designed in 1977 and introduced the following year, the legendary short-stroke, gas-piston-operated Steyr AUG was immediately adopted as the standard battle rifle of the Austrian Army under the StG.77 (Sturmgewehr 77) name. To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the AUG, Steyr Arms has gone retro with the introduction of the STG 77 SA rifle, a limited-edition version that emulates the look, feel and operation of the original AUG. The STG 77 is the first U.S.-built production AUG variant to come standard with a 20-inch barrel. The barrels are cold-hammer forged and profiled to the original 1977… [Read More]


Thompson/Center Arms Celebrates “Hunting Heritage Month” in August With “Get Out and Shoot” Sweepstakes SPRINGFIELD, Mass., (August 4, 2017) – Thompson/Center Arms today announced the launch of its “Hunting Heritage Month” campaign across all of the company’s social media platforms. To celebrate the start of hunting season, Thompson/Center Arms will kick off the month of August with social media content centered on hunting, outdoor recreation, and conservation. Posts will include “how-to” video content, product information, Thompson/Center history, and cooking tips for preparing wild game. Danielle Sanville, Brand Manager for Thompson/Center Arms, said, “At Thompson/Center, we support a number of organizations that promote conservation, education, and the hunting tradition across the nation.  We are dedicated to helping men, women, and families get outside and enjoy the outdoors in every way that we… [Read More]


SPARTA, IL. (August 1, 2017) – Zanders Sporting Goods, a national distributor located in Sparta, Illinois, is seeking a successful Sales Manager to lead our sales department. Zanders Sporting Goods is a 100% wholesale shooting sports distributor, committed to retail dealer service. It is important this candidate show a level of expertise in national sales implementation, B2B sales, managing remote sales teams, sales strategy development, and ownership level reporting metrics. The successful candidate will understand what motivates customers to buy and know how to tap into those needs and desires in an effective way. The Sales Manager will be responsible… [Read More]


Rambler Jugs, in half-gallon and one-gallon sizes, are the latest additions to Yeti’s family of stainless-steel products. Meant for bulk hydration and multiple servings, Yeti Rambler Jugs are essential for long adventures taking place far from refills. Constructed with 18/8 kitchen-grade stainless steel, Rambler Jugs are puncture- and rust-resistant, and won’t retain odor. Double-wall vacuum insulation in the body and a full inch of insulation in the lid mean that the contents will remain as cold or as hot as possible until the very last drop. The innovative MagCap harnesses powerful magnets to keep the cap secured on the lid… [Read More]


Crimson Trace recently expands network of relationships with a large number of premium firearms brands. For firearms buyers, this means that retail stores across America will offer more handguns available with pre-installed Crimson Trace laser sights. Supported manufacturers work closely with Crimson Trace during the firearm development period so laser sights and the paired firearm are released simultaneously. Often a laser sight to firearm pairing can result in significant savings to the customer and require less shopping time when trying to determine the best laser sight for the firearm being considered for purchase.(crimsontrace.com)


Shell Shock Technologies, LLC, a manufacturer that develops innovative case technologies for the ammunition industry, has launched a new subsidiary, ShellTech. The new manufacturing plant will open in Eubank, Kentucky, focusing on the manufacture of Shell Shock Technologies’ NAS3 cases, which are 50 percent lighter than brass. With an investment of approximately $3.2 million, ShellTech aims to create 50 new full-time jobs in a 14,000-square-foot facility. (shellshocktech.com)


Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, has once again provided a new Side-by-Side (SxS), the Viking VI Special Edition (SE), to the SEAL–Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Family Foundation for auction at its annual fundraiser near San Diego, California. Assembled in the USA at Yamaha’s Newnan, Georgia, factory, the Viking VI SE raised $17,000 toward the organization’s mission of supporting SEAL members’ families. This marks Yamaha’s fourth consecutive year of aiding NSW, for a total of nearly $90,000 in funding for the much-deserving recipients. The SEAL–Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation is a San Diego–based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, founded in 2008, that raises awareness… [Read More]


Colt recently upgraded its popular Colt Competition Pistol line. All models, which were originally offered with Colt’s Series 80 firing system, will now feature Colt’s Series 70 firing system. “The Series 70 firing system has long been associated with Colt’s heritage as a top manufacturer of competition-grade firearms,” says product manager Mark Redl. “As we build more value for shooters into our Competition Pistol line, we also seek to pay tribute to that storied heritage. For weekend competitors and those looking to improve their action pistol shooting game, this race-ready pistol, which was already an excellent value, has just become… [Read More]


Over a competitive career of more than 30 years, Bruce Piatt has won multiple world and national handgun championships. And he did so while holding down a full-time police officer’s position. Piatt used Caspian 1911s exclusively in competition, and he has mastered every aspect of the platform, building his own match pistols by hand. Now retired from law enforcement, Piatt intends to share his 1911 passion and knowledge with shooters across the country. A student in a Bruce Piatt Custom five-day 1911 Build Class will begin the week with a Caspian frame and slide and a box of parts. But… [Read More]


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