Volume 24, Number 4 June/July 2016


ONTARIO, Calif. – Safariland congratulates Team Safariland member Julie Golob on defending her title as the USPSA Area 7 Ladies Production Champion, and her placement of 21st overall among 296 competitors at the 2016 USPSA Area 7 Championships held July 9-10 in Augusta, Maine. Golob is no stranger to USPSA competitions as the first and only six Division USPAS National Champion. Impressively, she was the top lady competitor in nine of the 10 stages, including battling through 220 rounds. Golob competed using the Safariland® ELS system with a 5198 Holster and 771 magazine pouches for her S&W Performance Center M&P Pro Series and Federal Premium American Eagle… [Read More]



West Jordan, UT – One of the best-selling hunting packs of all-time, the Badlands Diablo, has been redesigned for 2016 with added functionality and a new camo pattern option. Spurred by user requests, the Diablo redesign included a focus on reducing weight while increasing features. Version 2.0 of the Badlands Diablo retains many of the features that have made it an industry staple the last 10 years including: Lightweight design, Badlands Hypervent™ Breathable Suspension, hydration compatibility and a user-friendly pocket layout. A major focus of the redesign included making the Diablo more weapon-carry friendly. The new design includes three horizontal… [Read More]


ANOKA, Minnesota – July 21, 2016 – Federal Premium Ammunition recently announced the recipient of the sixth annual Bill Stevens 4-H Leadership Award. Dr. Gerry Snapp from Missouri was recently honored with the award. He was presented with the recognition by Federal’s Director of Conservation Ryan Bronson at the National 4-H Shooting Sports opening ceremonies June 27th in Nebraska. In 2011, Federal Premium Ammunition created an award to honor those volunteers and professionals involved in the 4-H Shooting Sports Project who have gone the extra mile to achieve the mission of 4-H Shooting Sports. The award is named after the… [Read More]


• Asset Acquisition Will Add Recognized Knife Brands to Accessories Platform • Closing Expected August 2016 SPRINGFIELD, Mass., July 18, 2016 — Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: SWHC), a leading manufacturer of firearms and a provider of quality accessory products for the shooting, hunting, and rugged outdoor enthusiast, today announced that its Accessories Division, Battenfeld Technologies, Inc., has signed a definitive agreement pursuant to which BTI Tools, LLC (“BTI Tools”), a newly formed, wholly owned subsidiary of Battenfeld Technologies, Inc., will purchase substantially all of the assets of Taylor Brands, LLC (“Taylor Brands”), a designer and distributor… [Read More]


(Meridian, Idaho) FFL Design today announced that Axelson Tactical, an industry leading manufacturer of precision firearms and superior quality accessories, is now offering their products for sale through vArmory, the shooting sports industry’s first ever wholesale e-commerce platform. Axelson Tactical products are immediately available for purchase by thousands of licensed retail dealers. The Veteran-based and family-owned company specializes in manufacturing custom firearms and a full array of accessories, gear and ammunition for consumers and serious competition shooters. The highly customized and limited-run edition “Axe 17” is currently available through FFL Design. Only 99 of these models are being offered. To… [Read More]


Baton Rouge, LA – Lipsey’s, a nationally renowned firearms distributor, has been working behind the scenes with Ruger to deliver six new variations of the classic No. 1 rifle. Beginning in 2015, Lipsey’s became the exclusive distributor of the Ruger No. 1 rifle series. Picking up the line was an easy choice given the loyal fan base and consistent selling cycle. The new No. 1 models offer the familiarity that sets the single shot apart, but also adds new variations and calibers that core rifle enthusiasts have been clamoring for. The six new Ruger No. 1 model configurations are as follows: • 1B… [Read More]


SPARTA, IL. (June 20, 2016) – Zanders Sporting Goods, a national distributor located in Sparta, Illinois, has hired Scott Poole as the newest addition to their national sales team. Scott has an extensive background on the retail side having worked in a hunting/gun shop for many years. His vast knowledge of firearms and other hunting equipment makes him an exceptional asset to the Zanders sales team. When asked what made him want to work for Zanders, Scott simply replied, “Love for the industry. A close friend, and now co-worker, told me about the company and how much he loved working… [Read More]


SPARTA, IL. (June 27, 2016) – Zanders Sporting Goods, a national distributor located in Sparta, Illinois, has hired Jay Thone as the newest addition to their sales team. Before coming to Zanders, Jay sold paper and packaging supplies to the printing industry for 17 years. Prior to that, he served 5 years in the United States Army. It is Jay’s extensive sales experience and attention to detail that make him a great addition to the Zanders sales force. “My dad had an FFL so I pretty much learned how to read by looking through the giant Zanders catalog,” Jay said…. [Read More]


SPARTA, IL. (June 27, 2016) – Zanders Sporting Goods, a national distributor located in Sparta, Illinois, has hired Brandon Fleming as the newest addition to their sales team. With a bachelor’s degree from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania, Brandon worked at Gander Mountain prior to working for Zanders. While at Gander Mountain, Brandon did everything from customer service to firearm sales to operations.   His well-rounded knowledge of firearms and exceptional customer service skills make him a great hire for Zanders. “I knew I wanted to stay in the industry and work for a company that made you feel like you weren’t… [Read More]


Fort Lauderdale – July 5, 2016 – Gamo® Outdoor SL, an affiliate of New York-based private equity investment firm BRS, along with its US subsidiary, Gamo® Outdoor USA, announced today the acquisition of Daisy Outdoor Products. Daisy is one of the most recognized brands of airguns and accessories in the world. Since 1886, the Company has been producing quality products and introducing generations of young shooters to the world of recreational shooting and plinking. No company has introduced more young shooters to shooting fun and shooting safety than Daisy. “We cannot begin to express the excitement we feel with the addition… [Read More]


Pillager, MN – Magnum Research (MRI) has always counted their BFR (Big Frame Revolver) series among their many success stories. It all began in 1999, when an independent gunsmith/designer named Jim Tertin, was approached by MRI to manufacture the new large caliber revolver for them. Tertin mastered the base pin design, firing pin, barrels, frame and cylinder, and fine-tuned the timing of all BFR revolvers, and then put it into production for Magnum Research. In 2005, Tertin sold the BFR design to MRI and was hired by them as the Director of Manufacturing. His focus is now that of Director… [Read More]


BLOOMFIELD, New York (JUNE 30, 2016) Over 100 air rifle and air pistol competitors are expected for the Crosman All-American Field Target Championship (CAAFTC) at Rochester Brooks International Skeet and Trap Club next weekend, July 8-10.  Core members of Team USA will be highlighting the event as will Rossi Morreale, host of television’s American Airgunner. The event is free for the public to attend. The CAAFTC is sanctioned by the American Airgun Field Target Association and is a featured AAFTA Grand Prix event. The 120-shot match has competitive rifle divisions based on allowable gun and support equipment. Major differences include: Hunter Division… [Read More]


WEST POINT, MS – Mossy Oak®, the industry leader in camouflage design, is proud to introduce its newest pattern, Mountain Country. This pattern was designed specifically with the hardcore western and open country hunter in mind, featuring realistic natural elements inherent to all Mossy Oak patterns and color tones perfect for the high country. Utilizing the latest in rapidly evolving image technology to capture some of the most common landscapes of the Rocky Mountains, Mossy Oak Mountain Country is a pattern that is strategic in optical design yet still 100-percent true to nature. Mountain Country combines the unmistakably western blue-green… [Read More]


June 29th, 2016 –Phoenix, AZ – Grayboe is pleased to announce the release of its two flagship products, the Outlander and the Renegade. Both stocks are high quality off the shelf options for large OEM’s, distributers, custom rifle builders, and individuals looking to upgrade their existing hunting or tactical rifle stocks. Grayboe stocks are designed and manufactured with the same strength, quality, and attention to detail as custom fiberglass stocks but come in at half the price and with very short lead times. Grayboe stocks are constructed of a proprietary solid homogenous compound of fiberglass, calcium silicate and micron sized spheres in a specially formulated epoxy matrix. Each… [Read More]


LARAMIE, WY, June 28, 2016 —HIVIZ® Shooting Systems is excited to announce that it has renewed sponsorship of 2008 Olympic Bronze Medalist and World Class Shooter, Corey Cogdell. A partner of HIVIZ Shooting Systems for over five years, Corey is a competitive champion and uses the HIVIZ COMPSIGHT® on her Krieghoff shotgun. Most recently, she performed outstandingly in a World Cup competition taking silver in addition to winning the prestigious selection spot in women’s trap on the 2016 Olympic Shooting Team. “Corey’s engaging personality, marksmanship, and standard for achieving excellence aligns well with the HIVIZ corporate philosophy.  We are thrilled to help… [Read More]


Gerber 06 AUTO – 10TH Anniversary Knife Available July 1st 2016 To honor the heritage and time-tested durability of the 06 Automatic family of knives, Gerber introduces a special, commemorative edition of this military favorite. This knife celebrates a decade of service, developed specifically to support American service members deploying globally. With hundreds of thousands issued to soldiers and marines over the years, the iconic platform is a familiar favorite to many. The 10th Anniversary Edition offers a few distinct features: • An Olive Drab Cerakote® coated aluminum represents the Battle Dress Uniform (BDU) of American Soldiers deploying early in OEF and… [Read More]


(Summerville, SC ) – American Tactical, a world-wide importer of firearms, ammunition and tactical equipment to the USA, is proud to introduce the GSG Firefly. Together, American Tactical and German Sport Guns (GSG) have brought numerous .22LR firearms to American gun enthusiasts over the years, and the Firefly is the latest in these offerings. The Firefly brings lightweight versatility with its polymer finish available in black, green and tan. It has a total length of 7.2 inches, total height of 5.3 inches, and is just 1.5 inches wide. The firefly weighs under 25 ounces with the magazine. Its 4″ steel barrel is available threaded or… [Read More]


MOORESTOWN, N.J.  (June 28, 2016) — Vero Vellini, world renowned for its hand-crafted, comfortable slings, announced today that two of its popular Premium rifle slings will be offered in the new Realtree Xtra camouflage pattern. The 1-inch Premium with quick-attach swivels and the Premium Wide-Top sling with quick-attach swivels will now be available with this extra effective camo pattern.  The new Realtree Xtra pattern is designed to blend in a variety of habitats year-round. It blends best from the leaf change of fall through winter, and then again in early spring before green-out. This versatile new camo design features tree… [Read More]


The first product in a series of upcoming product launches focused on convenient shot shell storage, the Receiver Mounted Shell Carrier is a natural line extension from the ultimate shot shell carrying system – the Sidewinder Venom. Nampa, Idaho (June 2016) – Adaptive Tactical, LLC, manufacturers of innovative firearm stocks and accessories, has released its new Receiver Mounted Shell Carrier, available for both Remington® and Mossberg® pump action shotguns. The first product in a series of upcoming product launches focused on convenient shot shell storage, this simple and sturdy design allows for quick access storage of up to six 12… [Read More]


GREELEY, Colo. (June 27, 2016)—To further increase its global market leadership position in electro-optics, Steiner will combine its Steiner eOptics division (formerly Laser Devices Inc.), with its newly acquired Steiner STS division (formerly part of the O’Gara Group). The new organization will retain the name Steiner eOptics, Inc. and will be located in Miami Township in Montgomery County, Ohio. There are substantial synergies between eOptics and STS. Both companies design, develop, and produce small, man-portable, electro-optical equipment here in the United States. The customer base, engineering requirements, manufacturing processes, and supply chain are very similar. Having a single entity allows… [Read More]


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