Volume 24, Number 7 December 2016


Nearly everyone who owns a firearm has heard of Crimson Trace, the shooting-sports industry leader in laser-sight design and manufacturing. Many of those firearms owners have also heard of the man behind the iconic company and brand—Crimson Trace’s founder, Lew Danielson. After more than two decades as a leader in the company and the industry, Danielson has announced his retirement. “I am very proud of what Crimson Trace has become and what we have accomplished in the laser-sighting industry, with the many innovations we’ve introduced to the marketplace,” says Danielson. “I’m also proud of the team of employees who have… [Read More]



Timney Triggers has been asking shooters and hunters, “What trigger would you like us to build next?” Thanks to customer involvement, Timney recently announced the 2016 Customer’s Choice: a two-stage, self-contained, drop-in trigger for the Ruger Precision Rifle. The pull weight is factory-calibrated for a ½-pound first stage and a 1-pound second stage. The first stage is user-adjustable from a ½ pound to 1 pound, and the second stage is user-adjustable from a ½ pound to 2 pounds. The trigger is offered in straight and curved trigger-shoes models. The trigger housing is constructed of a military-grade 6061 T6 alloy and is anodized… [Read More]


Remington is launching the RP, a new full-size, striker-fired, polymer-frame pistol. The semi-automatic will feature interchangeable backstraps (small, medium, and large), a reversible magazine release, and an undercut trigger guard to allow for higher hand hold to better increase overall control. In addition, the slide has been designed for easier manipulation, and the pistol can use double-stack magazines. Available calibers will be 9mm and .45 Auto. (remington.com)


After setting not one, but two world records at the 2016 Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association (CMSA) National Championship in May, Team Bianchi’s Kenda Lenseigne added another record to her impressive repertoire at the CMSA World Championship in Amarillo, Texas, recently. In a world-record run, Lenseigne won the Cimarron Eliminator CMSA World Champion Cowgirl title. As one of Cowboy Mounted Shooting’s most renowned competitors, Lenseigne held numerous titles and records prior to this victory, including winning this event four times before on her champion horse, Justin, between the years of 2005 and 2014. However, this is Lenseigne’s first World Championship win… [Read More]


The Colt M4 continues to be the platform of choice among military, law enforcement, and firearms enthusiasts alike. Now Colt is offering yet another option for enthusiasts looking for that robust and well-fielded platform—the Colt Combat Unit carbine, featuring Colt’s new mid-length gas system. The Colt Combat Unit carbine offers many of the features shooters love about the Colt M4 platform, but now Colt is introducing its first production mid-length gas system. “Producing a mid-length gas system was the logical next step for us, and it’s long overdue,” says Justin Baldini, director of product marketing. “Shooters will find that by… [Read More]


Gamo Outdoor SL, along with its U.S. subsidiary Gamo Outdoor USA, recently acquired Daisy Outdoor Products, maker of the famous Daisy Red Ryder BB gun as well as other airguns and outdoor equipment. In announcing the acquisition, Keith Higginbotham, president of Gamo Outdoor USA, said, “We believe this to be a great relationship with complementary brands. Gamo’s roots run deep in the outdoors, while Daisy is a part of Americana. We both share a passion for the shooting sports and are excited for the future, with a vision to grow the Daisy brand and recreational shooting for generations to come.”… [Read More]


CRKT, a premier specialty cutlery and tool company, today announced two new positions within the company’s senior leadership team, effective November 1st.  Matt McCormick has joined CRKT as Vice President of Sales.  Douglas Flagg, who has served as CRKT’s Vice President of Sales & Marketing for the past 12 years, has been appointed to the newly created position of Vice President of Marketing & Innovation. In his role as Vice President of Sales, Matt will lead the CRKT Sales team and develop the company’s sales strategy to achieve CRKT’s growth objectives. He is an experienced sales leader with a proven… [Read More]


PRESCOTT, Ariz. – Davidson’s is pleased to announce Neil Posner as one of its newest buyers. Prior to joining the Davidson’s team, Neil worked as a buyer for a large Midwest retail chain. He has worked with various companies within the industry and has over 30 years’ experience in wholesale, retailing, buying, and merchandising. Kane Cannedy, Davidson’s director of purchasing, stated, “I’m excited that Neil has joined the Davidson’s family. We think that he will make a great addition and bring a lot of industry specific knowledge to the team. I look forward to working with him and seeing his… [Read More]


Long Beach, CA (November 16, 2016) — Hazard 4® Progressive Tactical Gear of Long Beach, Calif., announced that Gray Loon Marketing Group will be its public relations agency of record effective immediately. Hazard 4®, owned and operated by Civilian Lab® LLC, designs and manufactures innovative products for military, police, rescue, expedition, travel, and pro photography customers. “Progressive Tactical, is our motto and it means that we strive to provide the most cutting edge product design to our customers year in and year out, executed to the best quality possible for dependability in the most extreme situations and for a lifetime… [Read More]


Newington, NH (November 16, 2016) – SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to introduce the 1911 Max Michel BB Pistol.   Modeled after the 1911 Max centerfire pistol designed by World Speed Shooting Champion and Team SIG Captain, Max Michel, Jr., this CO2-powered, semi-automatic 1911-style BB pistol is a fun and useful training tool for shooters of all skill levels – from beginners to experts. “When it comes to shooting, consistent training is invaluable, whether you are a member of law enforcement, the military or are a responsible citizen carrying to protect your family,” said Max Michel, Jr., captain of Team SIG…. [Read More]


Hunters Specialties is pleased to announce that long-time industry product developer, Tad Brown has joined the Product Management team. Brown will join the team as a New Product Specialist where he will focus on bringing new products to market with a focus on quality and real-world performance.  Tad brings over 23 years of game call and outdoor product design experience and a lifetime of passion for hunting.   The majority of his career has been spent at M.A.D Game Calls. “The experience and passion that Tad brings to H.S will be instrumental as we continue to expand and improve our product line,”… [Read More]


Mobile-Friendly, Easily-Navigated and Fully-Integrated Experience North Haven, CT – O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc, America’s oldest family-owned and operated firearms manufacturer, has launched its redesigned, mobile-optimized online store with the announcement of “Grand Opening” specials for visitors who join the Mossberg community. Now through November 20, 2016, sign up as a Mossberg community member and receive 20% off of your next purchase of gear, apparel, parts and all things Mossberg at www.mossberg.com/grand-20 or simply browse through the latest offerings at www.mossberg.com. For further savings, look for Black Friday specials during 11/21 – 11/25/2016, with Mossberg Community members receiving a 10-hour… [Read More]


PORTLAND, OREGON (November 7th, 2016) – Gerber, a category leading producer of personal knives, tools, and gear, announced today that it has promoted Tom Diefenderfer to VP of Sales, Americas. “Tom has been with Gerber since March of 2013 and has made tremendous contributions to our business by growing the Home Center, Hardware, and Industrial channels.” said Rob Kass, President of Gerber. “Tom has consistently demonstrated a passion for achieving company goals balanced by a disciplined approach to planning and team development. We look forward to his continued contributions as part of our Leadership Team.” Tom will oversee the Gerber… [Read More]


WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (November 2, 2016) – Building on the incredible success of the Colt Competition Pistol™, the historic firearms manufacturer has sought to expand the line by offering the same great feature set in a series of stainless steel models. “When we took a look at what folks wanted from a race ready pistol for USPSA and IDPA matches, we found an opportunity for a model between our blued Competition Pistol™ and our iconic Gold Cup®,” said Justin Baldini, Director of Product Marketing for Colt. “This was an easy win. As an upgrade, the stainless Competition Pistol™ offers all… [Read More]


October 2016 – ELEY is proud to announce the hiring of Coltin Weber as the North America Key Account Manager. Weber will be working to help build the ELEY brand in the United States. He brings customer service and sales experience with him after four years with premium gun manufacturer, Kimber. With his experience, Weber will be taking on a roll that includes working with customers and retailers in an effort to make ELEY a brand recognized by not only competition, but also recreational shooters. “I am excited for the opportunity to work for and help build an already premium company… [Read More]


Lynnwood, WA –  SOG® Specialty Knives & Tools has named Joe Mc Swiney to the position of Chief Executive Officer. The appointment was effective Oct. 19, 2016. Mc Swiney is an outdoor industry veteran whose career includes a 21-year run with Cascade Designs Inc., a Seattle-based outdoor equipment manufacturer. For the past 10 years, he served as president and CEO of Cascade Designs. Mc Swiney began his career at Cascade Designs Europe in 1995, leading that business as General Manager. Mc Swiney received his undergraduate degree in Engineering from the Cork Institute of Technology in 1986 and returned to the National University of… [Read More]


BEAVERTON, Ore. — Leupold & Stevens, Inc. has once again been recognized as the Optics Manufacturer of the Year by the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW) at the body’s annual meeting in Kansas City, Missouri. This marks the sixth year in a row that Leupold® has taken the Optics Manufacturer title, or every single year since the award was introduced. “This recognition comes straight from our distribution and specialty retail partners,” said Bruce Pettet, president and chief executive officer of Leupold & Stevens, Inc. “This proves that the exciting things we’re doing are moving the needle for our… [Read More]


Greeley, PA – Last fall, John Nagel from Lawrenceville, Georgia, was introduced as the Pro Shooter representing Magnum Research at shooting events across the U.S. Now, Magnum Research is proud to announce that Nagel has earned even higher honors among the shooting community. Since July of this year, John has earned three Grand Masters classifications in the USPSA/SCSA. This is the highest class level and only 5% of shooters in the country have earned this status. John earned titles in three divisions including: RFRI (Rimfire Rifle Iron Sights), RFRO (Rimfire Rifle Open Sights), RFPO (Rimfire Pistol Open). “This has been… [Read More]


Honor Defense is proud to announce a partnership with Outdoor Marketing Group for sales representation. Outdoor Marketing Group will be responsible for selling Honor Defense in the southeast. “Outdoor Marketing Group is known for their professionalism, capability and hard-working approach to our industry. They are also highly recommended by our customer base.” said Gary Ramey, President of Honor Defense. “Steve and the team understand the value of superior product in today’s marketplace. We are excited to partner with the Outdoor Marketing Group.” “For 40 plus years OMG has been fortunate to represent many manufacturers on the high end of the… [Read More]


Madison, NC – Remington Arms Company, LLC, (“Remington”) is proud to announce today that its own Jay Bunting recently won the HAA World Skeet Championship. The event was held at the National Gun Club on October 3-8, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas. After taking home the World High Average Leader in 20ga for 2015 Bunting returned in 2016 to win the World Championship HAA (High All Around) event with a score of 548. That is based on a possible best score out of 550 targets. p>To take the High All Around Championship, Bunting shot the following totals for the event:… [Read More]


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