Volume 22, Number 7 December 2014


MIDDLEFIELD, OH- To spotlight and promote a surge of exclusive technologies and field innovations, Flambeau Outdoors™ today announced partnering with Pale Morning Media for public relations and social media support. Part of the Nordic Group of companies, Flambeau Outdoors (www.flambeauoutdoors.com) is at the heart of the hunting and fishing industries. The Hunting Division is the premier manufacturer of realistic and durable decoys, and Flambeau provides a complete line of gear boxes, gun cases, game calls and hunting accessories. The Fishing Tackle Division offers the highest quality tackle boxes, bait boxes, rod cases and utility boxes available to anglers. Together, the… [Read More]



Original World War II- and Korean War-era M1 Carbines are increasingly hard to come by, so much so that many collectors may be rightfully wary of taking their expensive originals to the range. To rectify the problem, MKS Supply has produced faithful modern copies of the original Inland brand firearms, which were originally manufactured by the Inland Division of General Motors and accounted for almost half of all the M1 Carbines. These feature the same compact size and light weight (5 pounds 3 ounces) of the original vintage M1 Carbines. The newly manufactured M1 Carbines are 100 percent American made… [Read More]


Weatherby recently partnered with Base Camp 40, Warriors in the Wild, to provide rifles for the “SEAL on the Mountain” hunt in September, conducted in honor of the late Chris Kyle, the retired Navy SEAL Chief sniper who was shot and killed in 2013 while trying to help a fellow veteran. The hunt included four Medal of Honor recipients and three other military veterans. Base Camp 40 is a nonprofit organization dedicated to reconnecting veterans with the outdoors. Weatherby supplied the elk hunt with eight Vanguard Series 2 Synthetic packages at a significant discount. The rifle has a custom floorplate… [Read More]


Although Sitka Gear promotes its Incinerator bibs and jacket as a “walking sleeping bag,” the Selk’bag Patagon really is just such an animal. To help visualize this curious beast, think of the platypus, in which nature borrowed various elements from the animal kingdom to create a unique hybrid. Now think of a sleeping bag with a hood and booties, and you’ve got the general idea. I took the Patagon on a hunt to Saskatchewan last fall (see “Out in the Cold”), thinking it might be a welcome addition to help keep me warm while sitting on a stand in sub­zero… [Read More]


Chain Retailer of the Year This award goes to the shooting industry retailer that has excelled with an exceptional commitment to the promotion of the shooting sports, the preservation of our hunting and shooting heritage, and the protection of our firearms freedoms. The nominees are: Bass Pro Shops Cabela’s Sportsman’s Warehouse Company (or organization) of the Year This award is presented to the leading company or organization in the shooting-sports industry based on community outreach and efforts to preserve our hunting and shooting heritage and protect our firearms freedoms. The nominees are: ATK Winchester Ammunition Daniel Defense Taurus Distributor of… [Read More]


Kahr Arms has stepped up to meet the increasing demand for its pistols in mission-specific colors by partnering with United Sporting Companies for an exclusive line of its most popular sized 9mm, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP pistols offered with Cerakote’s sleek new “Burnt Bronze” finish slides and attractive black appointments on the frames. The first offering in Burnt Bronze is the CW9093BB. The pistol features a 3.5-inch barrel with conventional rifling and a 1-10 right-hand twist. The CW9 also features a drift-adjustable white bar-dot combat rear sight and a pinned-in polymer front sight. The slide is treated with a… [Read More]


SureFire, LLC, manufacturer of high-end illumination tools and tactical gear, recently released two new models as part of its X-Series family of WeaponLights. Designed for handguns, they can also be mounted to long guns with Picatinny rails. The versatile X300V and X400V IRc feature SureFire’s V-Series head—a sealed, selectable head that contains both a white and an infrared LED to provide visible and virtually invisible illumination. By pushing and rotating a self-locking selector switch on the head, a user can switch from white light to IR illumination (for use with night-vision devices) on the fly, with no infrared filter required…. [Read More]


Two years ago, Winchester introduced its Ballistics Calculator at Winchester.com. Applications for iPhone and iPod Touch followed. Now the company has updated the popular app to make calculations more comprehensive. The original version allowed users to choose centerfire rifle ammunition and compare cartridges with charts and graphs. The updated version additionally helps users to discover aiming points, impact points, and trajectories for rimfire, shotgun, slug, and handgun hunting ammunition. “We listened to the feedback and now the Ballistics Calculator is improved,” says Brett Flaugher, Winchester Ammunition’s vice president of marketing and sales.


Gearhog recently announced the official launch of its website, Gearhog.com. The site offers daily deals on hunting, shooting, and other outdoors-related products. After signing up as a member on the website, users will be emailed daily about new deals. “The popularity of daily deal sites has really taken the world by storm, and we’re absolutely thrilled to have a site catering to shooting, hunting, and the outdoors,” says Clayton Whipple of Brownells. Virtually all daily deal websites work within the same “everybody wins” framework. In this case, Gearhog.com gets the user traffic, brands get their products to the masses, and… [Read More]


LINCOLN, Neb., (December 2, 2014)—Swanson Russell announces four promotions and three new hires on the public relations teams of its Lincoln and Omaha offices. “These promotions recognize four talented professionals who have done outstanding work for clients, the agency and our growing public relations staff,” said Jeff Patterson, APR, Swanson Russell’s senior vice president/director of public relations. “We welcome the three additions to our staff who are already making important contributions on their respective teams.” Allen Forkner was promoted to senior public relations counsel in the Lincoln office. The native of Rapid City, South Dakota, graduated with a Bachelor of… [Read More]


Fountain Valley, CA — SureFire, LLC, manufacturer of high performance illumination tools, suppressors and tactical products, Is pleased to announce Jeff Barger as our new Vice President of Marketing and Commercial/Consumer Sales. Jeff will be responsible for expansion of all sales and marketing channels. “I believe we can successfully drive SureFire’s growth into key segments of the commercial/retail markets that are high margin and large volume due to my background in both the industry and retail channels that coincide with SureFire’s product categories,” said Jeff Barger, SureFire’s VP of Marketing and Commercial/Consumer Sales. Barger brings extensive sales and business growth… [Read More]


Bedford, Mass (December 1, 2014) – Thermacell Repellents, Inc., maker of effective mosquito protection zone products, is pleased to announce its partnership with Rocky Mountain-based Backbone Media. Effective immediately, Backbone will begin working with Thermacell across public relations, media buying and planning, and social media departments to promote the brand’s pioneering line of outdoor products. “Backbone offers a unique suite of services and is a natural fit to help publicize our award-winning products,” said Allegra Wechsler Lowitt, chief marketing officer for Thermacell. “Thermacell helps a wide range of outdoor enthusiasts take back the outdoors and enjoy their passion without annoying pests…. [Read More]


EAST ALTON, Ill. (November 25, 2014) –Fall is officially here…the World Series is over, professional and college football games are in full swing, and competitors in the National Wild Turkey Federation’s Still Target Competition have set world records with Winchester® Long Beard XR turkey ammunition. Not just once, but three times, and in Long Beard XR’s first year of competition. It’s safe to say Winchester rose to the top of the innovation platform yet again by dominating competitive and hi-dense loads. Winning the 12-gauge Open Division and winning the 12-gauge Hunter Division with 54 pellets in a three-inch circle at… [Read More]


Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – November 25, 2014- H&H Shooting Sports is very pleased to announce that Carrie Davis will be heading the Law Enforcement Contract Division effective immediately. She has a long and distinguished history in the Law Enforcement community eventually serving as Chief of Detention for Cleveland Co. “Carrie is a well respected and important addition to the team as this area has experienced such growth over the last several years it will be great to have her at the helm”, stated Miles Hall Founder & President of H & H. In business since 1981 H&H has been reshaping… [Read More]


Madison, N.C. – Remington Outdoor Company, Inc. (“Remington”) today announced a voluntary recall of  Model 887™ shotguns manufactured from December 1, 2013 to November 24, 2014.  Senior Remington engineers determined that some of those Model 887™ shotguns could, under certain  circumstances, unintentionally discharge. IN THE INTEREST OF SAFETY, THESE PRODUCTS ARE BEING RECALLED Remington has determined that some Remington Model 887™ shotguns manufactured between December 1,  2013 and November 24, 2014 may exhibit a defect causing the firing pin to bind in the forward position  within the bolt, which can result in an unintentional discharge when chambering a live round…. [Read More]


North Haven, CT – O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc, America’s oldest family-owned and operated firearms manufacturer, announces the hire of Breeanna Leiderman in the newly-created role of International Sales Manager and the expansion of sales responsibilities for the company’s Vice President of Sales, John MacLellan. In addition to managing corporate and manufacturer’s sales representatives for the domestic and Canadian markets, MacLellan will now oversee global sales. The multi-lingual Leiderman brings eight years of experience in the firearms industry to the Mossberg team with extensive knowledge of ITAR, EAR, ATF and FCPA regulations and many long-term relationships with distributors and other… [Read More]


Chapin, S.C. – United Sporting Companies (USC) is pleased today to announce its exclusive North American distribution partnership with world-class optics powerhouse Meopta. “We are very excited about the opportunity Meopta has given us,” said USC CSMO Chuck Walker. “Being their only distribution partner shows the strength of USC in the market.” Meopta is a global manufacturer of precision optics, specializing in the design, engineering and assembly of complex optical, opto-mechanical and opto-electronic systems. Meopta creates innovative, total solutions for the consumer, industrial and military markets. Operating from state-of-the-art facilities in the United States and Czech Republic, Meopta can respond… [Read More]


The Umarex NXG APX is light-years ahead of the air guns I grew up shooting. This multi-pump pneumatic air rifle fires either .177 pellets or bb’s, and the bb reservoir tops out at 75. The feature that I found most revolutionary wasn’t the ease of the pump-action, but the automatic safety. The patent-pending Safe-T-Matic auto safety makes the rifle next to impossible to shoot accidentally. The safety is essentially always on, as it engages whenever the rifle is pumped.  I found it flicked off easily with my trigger finger once I was ready to shoot. The rifle will shoot up… [Read More]


MILWAUKEE, WI – Milwaukee Tool will continue to expand their line of M12™ Heated Gear as they begin their 5th Season this fall. The 2014 line includes a ground-up redesign of M12™ Heated Jackets, the introduction of the M12™ Realtree Xtra® Camo 3-in-1 Heated Jacket, and new M12™ Heated Hoodie color options for on and off the jobsite. Powered by M12™ REDLITHIUM™ Battery Technology, Milwaukee® Heated Gear distributes heat across the chest and back to actively warm core body areas. Durable carbon fiber heating elements woven in between rugged exterior materials and thermal insulating liners generate and maintain heat to reduce the need… [Read More]


Bradenton, FL – In conjunction with the opening of their distribution center in Bradenton, Florida, the newly-restructured Essex International Trading, Inc., is pleased to announce that they will serve as the exclusive international distributor for Mossberg® firearms and accessories, effective immediately. This agreement does not include distribution to the Canadian market. Essex International Trading, Inc. will also distribute other outdoor-related products for hunting and shooting sports, and tactical products for the military and law enforcement agencies worldwide. Essex International’s Founder and CEO Adel Jamil will be joined by new partner Marjorie Hart, who will serve as President of Essex International… [Read More]


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