Volume 24, Number 2 February/March 2016


TriStar Arms, known throughout the firearms industry for being the value experts in quality Turkish-built pistols and shotguns, is proud to announce that United Sporting Companies has been awarded Distributor of The Year for 2015. This annual award is presented to the TriStar distributor that achieves the highest sales growth, exceeds expectations and goes above and beyond to match TriStar’s motto of putting the customer first. TriStar Arms presented United Sporting Company’s buyer Troy Grant with the award at the 2016 SHOT Show in Las Vegas. “United Sporting Companies played an important roll in our growth this year,” said TriStar… [Read More]



A prestigious award is given to Charles Brown of MKS Supply, LLC. On January 21 at the 2016 SHOT Show Charles Brown received the Vincent W. Shiel Sportsmen’s Heritage Award from the Sportsmen’s Alliance. The significance of this special award is it is NOT an annual award. It is given only when someone really does something over their lifetime that benefits and protects our hunting, trapping and fishing rights. Charlie owns MKS Supply, LLC and has supported the Alliance and our hunting and fishing rights over the last 30 years. On his personal time and in his business Charlie has… [Read More]


There is no doubt that we live in a digital age. The phones we carry in our pockets are more powerful than the computers that sent a man to the moon, and with each new model that’s released, the capabilities of these tiny devices seem to increase exponentially. We’ve become so accustomed to this technology that it seems like your phone is the only thing you need to carry with you no matter where you go. Unless, of course, you have to tighten the screw on your eyeglasses. Or pull a fishing hook out of your son’s thumb. Or slice… [Read More]


You would think that finding the right bases and rings to mount a scope to your rifle would be rather straightforward. Only, oftentimes, it isn’t. Leupold & Stevens, though, has decided that modern technology can lend a hand here. That’s why it created its Mount Systems app for iPhone users, making it even easier for hunters and shooters to quickly and easily find the rings and bases that are right for their firearms. The intuitive interface, also found on the iPad version, starts with users selecting their brand of firearm, then narrowing their options down further by choosing their specific… [Read More]


Burt Avedon and Susan Colby, the former president and design director at Willis & Geiger, have created the ultimate lightweight field pant to complement their award-winning Signature Field Shirt, both of which deliver performance and function without sacrificing quality, comfort, and style. The new Signature Field Pants are sewn from the same 100 percent long-staple “tea-dyed” cotton bush poplin as the Signature Field Shirt. This fabric’s tight, compact, water-repellent weave of high-twist yarn is treated with a DWR finish after it’s been softened with a lightly peached finish that doesn’t weaken the fabric (unlike surface sanding, which abrades and weakens… [Read More]


For more than 25 years, Adventure Medical Kits (AMK) has developed some of the most innovative and comprehensive medical and survival solutions for the outdoors industry. Whether it’s for blisters or broken bones, AMK has helped outdoorsmen prepare and deal with the unexpected. AMK created the SOL (Survive Outdoors Longer) brand a few years ago to house its growing survival product line. Today, the brand encompasses key items from the most important survival categories, including essential survival tools, survival kits, signaling devices (mirrors and whistles), fire starters, and emergency shelters (reflective blankets and bivvies). The latest additions to the line include… [Read More]


Smith & Wesson recently unveiled its next-generation target pistol, the SW22 Victory. Engineered as a modern interpretation of the classic target pistol, the new SW22 Victory is a fully featured .22 LR pistol with a convertible design suitable for multiple sporting applications. Dependable, easily modified, and inherently accurate, the handgun represents a new breed of sport pistol. The SW22 Victory is constructed on a single-action, enclosed hammer-fired, blowback semi-automatic design. The innovative design includes a match-grade interchangeable barrel that can be swapped out via a simple one-screw takedown design. “The SW22 Victory was designed to fill a need for a… [Read More]


Home break-ins are typically snatch-and-grab operations that last just a few minutes. In the rush to grab portable valuables along with some readily accessible firearms, few thieves would ever stop to think about rifling through a garment bag hanging in a closet. That was the insight behind the Skinner HFT Garment Bag, developed by Skinner Sights, a company best known for its line of sights and accessories. The bag is designed to hold one long gun (up to 42 inches in length) as well as two full-size handguns. There are also quick-access pockets for various accessory items such as knives,… [Read More]


Some objects—such as fine art and trophies—are meant to be openly displayed. And some items of value can even be hidden in plain sight. A firearm, on the other hand, really isn’t something that should be left lying around. But when it’s needed for home protection, it won’t do much good in a massive gun safe in the basement. A commonsense middle ground is a hidden compartment that can keep the firearm out of sight yet make it accessible should it be needed. Tim Matter, founder of Tactical Walls, wants to provide security-minded gun owners with an alternative to bulky… [Read More]


The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) used the 2016 SHOT Show to launch an extensive “Hunting Is Conservation” social media campaign. The aim is to highlight the role hunters play in wildlife conservation. “Hunters play a vital role in contributing to North America’s wildlife, habitat, and resource conservation,” says Steve Decker, RMEF vice president of marketing. “We have more than 2.3 million people who currently follow or have visited our social media platforms. The goal of this campaign is to reach out well beyond those numbers to hunters and non-hunters alike in order to educate, inform, and reinforce how hunters… [Read More]


Odor-control technology has come a long way from the days when hunters simply filled a boot with foot powder and hoped for the best. No more. Many footwear manufacturers feature some sort of proprietary odor-control in their lines. Now Weinbrenner Shoe Company is partnering with 3M to bring permanent odor-control technology to its line of Wood N’ Stream hunting boots. According to Patrick Miner, president of Weinbrenner, the Wood N’ Stream line in 2016 will utilize this innovative odor-control technology, the first of its kind in the footwear industry. “The release of this technology in our full line of boots… [Read More]


Middle-of-the-road products, like the great comedian Rodney Dangerfield, sometimes get no respect. Often thought of as “value” items, they too often lack the “wow” features that get consumers excited, even though they are priced right at the heart of the market. As a result, many manufacturers give this product category short shrift and instead devote most of their resources to higher-end lines. Bushnell has decided not to wander down that road. Instead, it is beefing up the riflescopes, binoculars, and laser rangefinders that constitute the heart of its line with features designed to appeal to the core of the market…. [Read More]


Turkey hunting and camouflage go together like turkey and dressing. And just before the holiday season, the National Wild Turkey Federation announced a partnership with Mossy Oak that includes a feast of support for conservation and hunting. In the process Mossy Oak became the official camo of the NWTF. NWTF and Mossy Oak have enjoyed a long history of mutual support, and their commitment to hunting and wildlife conservation continues to grow. This new partnership will also include the announcement of a new, collaborative camouflage pattern, which was unveiled at the 2016 SHOT Show.


At last week’s SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Benchmade Knife Co. named Bois Blanc Sports of Alexandria, Virginia as its “Premium Dealer of the Year” award winner. Also honored was the dealer’s sales representative, Jason Little of ProActive Sales & Marketing™. ProActive Sales & Marketing™ of Destin, Florida is one of the leading manufacturers rep agencies in the shooting sports industry, with over 35 years experience representing leaders in every category of the industry. For more information about ProActive Sales & Marketing™, please contact Tommy Hoggle at phone #850-424-3776.


At last week’s SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Viridian Green Laser Sights of Maple Plain, Minnesota named Rodney Smith, of ProActive Sales & Marketing™, as the company’s “Viridian Rep of the Year.” Smith earned the accolade for his hard work and dedication in growing sales in his territory and promoting the Viridian family of quality laser sights. ProActive Sales & Marketing™ of Destin, Florida is one of the leading manufacturers rep agencies in the shooting sports industry, with over 35 years experience representing leaders in every category of the industry. For more information about ProActive Sales & Marketing™, please contact… [Read More]


Buck Knives is pleased to announce the appointment of three vice presidents, effective immediately. Lisa Pounds has been named Vice President of Finance, Joe Piedmont has been named Vice President of Operations, and Bob George has been named Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Lisa Pounds- Vice President of Finance Lisa Pounds, formerly Director of Finance, has been with Buck Knives for eighteen years and started with Buck as a Senior Accountant. She was one of several key employees who were invited to make the move from San Diego to Post Falls, Idaho in 2005. During this time, she has… [Read More]


Sole Focus will be on Outdoor Recreation Products, Inventions and Ideas Sarasota, FL— A group of outdoor industry veterans announced today the formation of Origin Outdoor Group, the first-ever firm devoted exclusively to investing in early-stage Outdoor product companies and scaling them for sustainable long-term success. Origin will utilize a go-to-market approach that not only creates new brand offerings for consumers, but also leverages product line extensions for manufacturers and addresses the private-label needs of retailer partners. Origin Outdoor Group is led by CEO Scott Blackwell, the former President of Remington Outdoor Company/Freedom Group. Serving as Vice President and Chief… [Read More]


HAUPPAUGE, NY, January 15, 2016 – Meopta is pleased to announce its new joint venture with specialty glove manufacturer Holík International as part of its new MeoHub project to introduce Czech-based companies to the American market. Meopta will share its booth with Holík International, and its US subsidiary Holík America, LLC, at the 2016 SHOT Show in Las Vegas where Holík will display its newest gloves for hunters/shooters, military and law enforcement. The hunting gloves come in green, brown and various camouflage patterns and are made of highly functional materials for warmth and durability using state-of-the-art technologies. Shooting gloves for… [Read More]


Grand Prairie, TX – Walker’s is excited to announce the addition of female hunter and outdoor personality, Eva Shockey, to their Pro-Staff. With a love for hunting and shooting running through her blood, Walker’s shares in her passion for the sport and supports her desire to educate consumers of the devastating results from hearing loss. Walker’s, known for their quality hearing protection line, believes this joint force will greatly benefit and build consumer awareness for the brand. Eva, whose goal is to promote the sport, is a big believer in protecting your hearing from an early age. Walker’s is excited… [Read More]


Walker’s®, a pioneer in hearing protection and enhancement, is excited to announce a partnership with shooting professional Doug Koenig. Walker’s takes pride in protecting precious commodities, which could be altered permanently without proper protection. “Walker’s values the commitment of a shooting professional such as Doug Koenig, and it’s a big compliment to our brand knowing Doug doesn’t compromise when it comes to protecting his hearing” comments Marketing Manager Ben Smith. “We are eager to have Doug use our products and showcase the Walker’s brand during his professional shooting career. We also look forward to watching him add more championship titles… [Read More]


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