Volume 22, Number 5 August 2014


Blaine, MN – Coonan Inc., manufacturer of the unique custom 1911 chambered in .357 Magnum, has increased their production capacity to meet the demands for their firearms. The increased production will cut down the waiting period for these sought after guns to just 4-8 weeks for delivery. Due to the increased demand for the custom .357 Magnum, Coonan strategically built up their production capacity in order to decrease the consumer wait periods while maintaining the exceptional quality of their 1911 they are known for. “We are proud to say that we have aggressively sought to build our manufacturing efficiency so… [Read More]



Lyons Falls, NY: Otis Technology is pleased to announce the addition of three sales management professionals to support sales growth and business development in Eastern, Western, and Central U.S. Region Sales positions. Otis Technology National Sales Manager Frank Devlin comments:  “These three regional field-based professionals align Otis more closely with our customers and promote a collaborative and responsive partnership.  Our connection with customers is always the first priority and having this team of established professionals is integral in achieving that goal.” Tom Cistola has joined Otis Technology as Eastern Region Sales Manager.  Mr. Cistola most recently held the position of National… [Read More]


J.R. Keller of Delta, Colorado has joined the full time Hunter’s Specialties Pro Staff Team. J.R. was born in Pennsylvania, but his family soon moved to the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, where he grew up chasing elk and turkeys. Growing up the son of a Pennsylvania turkey hunter and living in the land of milk and honey is how J.R. would describe his childhood in the mountains of Colorado. Having a father who was an avid turkey hunter, the passion carried on to J.R. He was driven to master the art of calling in turkeys to shotgun range. After successfully… [Read More]


September 15, 2014 (Rochester, NY) – LaserMax, market leading producer of premium laser systems, today announced the launch of a new loyalty program to benefit shooting sports retailers. The LaserMax Dealer Rewards Program offers perks to qualifying retail locations for stocking LaserMax products. “The Dealer Rewards Program is a pioneering vehicle through which LaserMax will strengthen relationships with our growing dealer network,” remarked Celia Crane, LaserMax Director of Marketing. “Our goal is to offer gun store owners and buyers another reason to stock LaserMax over the competition. This program does just that.” Click here to visit registration page. LaserMax Dealer… [Read More]


Old Town, Maine (September 2014) – MG Industries, manufacturer of the modular MARCK-15 AR “Hydra” platform, is proud to announce the Hydra Modular Rifle is now New York State compliantand ready to ship. The NY Compliant configuration of MGI’s modular, multi-caliber weapon system, also known as the Hydra, is the base system for everything associated with MGI’s unique system. The NY Compliant Hydra includes the Modular Lower Receiver with a 5.56 (AR) magazine well, a QCB-D Upper Receiver and a 16-inch barrel with a low profile gas block and MGI’s modified bolt carrier. This, the Hydra base rifle, accepts the rest… [Read More]


Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE-RGR) is proud to announce eleven new additions to the Ruger American Rifle® bolt-action family in a variety of left-handed and Ranch versions. The left-handed versions are available in .223 Rem., .22-250 Rem., .243 Win., 7mm-08 Rem., .308 Win., .270 Win. and .30-06 Sprg.. New Ranch versions with a 16.12″ threaded barrel are available in standard and compact lengths and chambered in 5.56 NATO/.223 Rem. and .300 BLK. “The Ruger American Rifle line continues to grow and these new left-handed and Ranch models are yet more examples of Ruger listening to its customers,” said Ruger… [Read More]


Madison, NC – Para USA, LLC (“Para”) is proud to announce that Team Para USA member Travis Tomasie won the United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) Area 7 Limited Division Championship. “Hats off to all of the staff at the USPSA Area 7 Championship for hosting another great match,” said Travis Tomasie, Pro Shooter/Assistant Product Manager of Para USA. “My Para 1911 performed at the highest level and continues to exceed my every expectation.” Tomasie competed in the match using a Para Tomasie Custom pistol with Remington and Barnes ammunition products. Tomasie Custom Specifications: Caliber:            40 S&W Magazine:    … [Read More]


Madison, NC – The Remington Outdoor Company (“ROC”) would like to congratulate Team Remington member Todd Bender on his record-breaking win at the 2014 U.S. Open Skeet Championship. With a field of 300 competitors, Todd Bender was the only shooter to post a perfect score of 400×400 on the way to winning the HOA (High Over All) Championship. The HOA event is a combined total of each of the 100 target events for 12 gauge, 20 gauge, 28 gauge and 410 bore. Bender’s perfect score marks his 39th, 400×400 performance in his career and that is a record. Nobody in… [Read More]


Arlington, Va., Sept. 11, 2014 – ATK’s (NYSE: ATK) President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mark W. DeYoung was elected chairman of Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation (CSF) Board of Directors at its annual meeting. DeYoung is the current vice chair of the CSF Board and will officially begin his duties as chairman in January 2015. “I am honored to be elected chairman of this well-respected and critically important organization,” said DeYoung, a life-long outdoorsman. “The CSF serves a vital function in its mission to work with Congress, governors, and state legislatures to protect and advance hunting, angling, recreational shooting and trapping.”… [Read More]


Manasquan, New Jersey (September 9th, 2014)- Kodiak Series Trail Camera manufacturer Comanche Outfitters announced today that they have signed former Miss Kansas, and top-10 Miss America finalist, Theresa Vail to their pro staff. Along with using Kodiak Series Trail Cameras exclusively on her upcoming show, “Limitless With Theresa Vail”, Vail will also be acting as a public spokesperson for the brand. An avid bowhunter and sergeant in the Kansas National Guard, Vail rose to prominence after competing in the 2013 Miss America pageant, and became the first contestant to display tattoos in the process. This led to Vail getting her… [Read More]


MOORESTOWN, NJ  (Sept. 11, 2014) — Vero Vellini, the acknowledged leader in comfortable, handcrafted gun slings, has announced that it has signed with two new sales representative groups, Owens Outdoor Sales and Mike Barnes & Associates. Owens Outdoor Sales will be selling the complete line of Vero Vellini gun slings, binocular and camera straps and accessories throughout Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas, and Mike Barnes & Associates will be handling North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama and Georgia. Mike Barnes & Associates has been representing companies in the outdoor sporting and shooting industries for more than two decades. The company has… [Read More]


Baltimore, MD (September 15, 2014)- Today, Under Armour (NYSE:UA), the leading sports performance footwear, apparel and equipment brand, officially launches its highly anticipated camouflage pattern, the Under Armour Ridge Reaper_Barren Series. This innovative and exclusive camo pattern will be featured in the brand’s new, elevated hunting product collection built for and inspired by western big game hunting. The Under Armour Ridge Reaper_ Barren Series camouflage is an innovative new series that incorporates coincidental disruption technology by using irregular shapes and angles, making the hunter practically invisible in the wild. Utilizing “no background” pattern technology, this exclusive pattern weakens an animal’s… [Read More]


WEST POINT, MS – The 13th Annual Legends of the Outdoors National Hall of Fame has included Fox Haas, father of Mossy Oak Founder Toxey Haas, in its 2014 class of inductees. Fox Haas was instrumental in the re-establishment of wild turkeys in east central Mississippi, hosting one of the region’s first successfully transplanted flocks on land under his control in the 1970s. In cooperation with state wildlife officials, strict management efforts and supervision of the resource helped 10 transplanted hens and two transplanted jakes flourish into 60 birds in three years’ time, then saw that flock disperse as it… [Read More]


August 2014 marked the 15-year anniversary of Howard Communications, Inc. public relations firm. For the past 15 years Howard Communications has been a recognized industry leader in public relations in content delivery and working closely with the outdoor media. “We are very blessed to be in the business we love,” said Howard Communications President, Kevin Howard. “The hunting industry is the best industry to work in. I truly cherish the friendships and memories I have made over the years.” Howard Communications’ specializes in content distribution and third-party coverage for their clients.  This is accomplished by promoting their clients’ products to… [Read More]


Nikon Sport Optics has announced that the company has promoted from its ranks two long-time employees with 25 years of combined experience. Randy Garrison has been elevated to the position of Associate General Manager of Sales and Operations and Adam Goess has been promoted to the position of Product Manager. The new titles and responsibilities are effective immediately. Randy Garrison has been a key component in the success of Nikon’s sales management team for the past nineteen years. His previous position was Senior National Sales & Marketing Manager and the new position will allow Garrison to play an even larger role… [Read More]


Old Saybrook, CT (September, 2014) – Traditions™ Performance Firearms is pleased to announce that Todd Weston has joined the Traditions team as the new National Sales Manager. Weston will play an instrumental role with the management of the company’s network of national sales representatives, as well as engaging in relations with distributors and retailers. He will handle all sales aspects across all channels of distribution. Of Weston, Traditions President Tom Hall says, “We are excited to have Todd come on board. With his experience and dedication to the outdoor industry, we feel this will be a great fit for both… [Read More]


Black Creek, GA- August 25, 2014- Daniel Defense, engineering and manufacturing the world’s finest firearms, precision rail systems and accessories, today announced new product releases: DDM4v11 Series Rifles, MK18 Pistol and 300 Blackout Pistol Variants. Daniel Defense introduces the DDM4v11 series of rifles with the newly designed SLiM Rail™ 15.0, their first rail system featuring the KeyMod attachment system.  “Our customers have been hounding us for a KeyMod rail”, laughs Jordan Hunter, Daniel Defense Director of Marketing.  “Not only were we able to deliver, but we managed to reduce the weight.  You’ll be amazed at how light the V11 feels… [Read More]


(Wilsonville, OR)– Crimson Trace, America’s leading brand of laser sighting systems and tactical lighting products for firearms, has launched Condition Crimson™, a consumer focused, multi-platform campaign that urges consumers to do everything within their power to be prepared. To live in Condition Crimson is being able to protect self, home and family by being prepared as much as possible for a wide range of personal protection situations. Whether that preparation is obtaining a CCW permit, or completing range practice or a certified NRA firearms class, today’s gun owner is not fully prepared without the clear and undeniable advantage a laser-equipped… [Read More]


NEWINGTON, N.H. (August 28, 2014) — SIG SAUER® and Zanders’ Sporting Goods have teamed up to offer SIG SAUER handguns and rifles to the Zanders’ network of outdoor sporting goods retailers. Based in Sparta, Illinois, Zanders’ has provided complete dealer support to its customers since 1962. “SIG SAUER’s innovative firearms are in demand by shooting sports enthusiasts, which means they are in demand from our retail customers,” said Mark Schoenbeck, Zanders’ Sporting Goods Purchasing Manager. “SIG is a great addition to the Zanders’ catalog.” For SIG SAUER, it was all about Zanders’ commitment to their retailer partners. “At Zanders’, their… [Read More]


Madison, NC – Remington Outdoor Company (“ROC”), America’s oldest firearms and ammunition manufacturer with brands including Remington, AAC, Bushmaster and DPMS, among others, today announced a strategic partnership with Pelican Products, Inc., the global leader in high performance case solutions and advanced portable lighting systems.  The partnership includes the creation of custom gun and accessory cases for each ROC brand, as well as Remington/Pelican branded outdoor gear including coolers, flashlights, and luggage. “Our Pelican partnership extends our lifestyle reach by equipping our consumers with the greatest accessory products on the market,” said George Kollitides, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, ROC…. [Read More]


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