Volume 25, Number 2 February/March 2017


CONROE, TEXAS- February 16, 2017 – Texas Armament & Technology (TxAT) and Aguila Ammunition are pleased to announce the addition of Patty Cuellar as the companies’ Marketing Coordinator. Ms. Cuellar will be responsible for managing all special events and marketing activities for TxAT. She will also coordinate the development of collateral and brand communication materials, manage the trade show process, and implement new trafficking and inventory systems. This is a new role at TxAT. “With her specialties in marketing, sales operations, project coordination and management, Patty has already been a huge asset to our company. Her outgoing personality and willingness… [Read More]



Columbia Falls, Montana – As part of its commitment to quality and to implementing the highest standards in its products, production process, and daily operations, PROOF Research has earned AS9100 certification. This certification-considered the quality-management gold standard in the aerospace industry-is a widely adopted and standardized quality-management system recognized by all major aerospace and defense original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). “The AS9100 standard applies additional and stricter quality requirements for certified companies in their Sales, Design, Purchasing, and Manufacturing departments. At PROOF, our goal is to continually raise the bar in quality and performance across the board, and the AS9100 certification… [Read More]


Tipton® Ultra Gun Vise The new Tipton Ultra Gun Vise revolutionizes the gun vise industry. The totally modular interchangeable design not only works with firearms, but can also be used with a bow or crossbow. The Tipton Ultra Gun Vise features dual clamp technology that rigidly holds any firearm in place. The front and rear clamps are both height and length adjustable to accommodate for firearms of a variety shapes and sizes. The steel tube structure allows for complete access to any firearm, crossbow or compound bow. From a rifle, to a handgun, the Ultra Gun Vise has you covered.Cleaning… [Read More]


BROOKVILLE, Pa. (Jan. 9, 2017) — Koola Buck, known for its portable refrigeration systems and its popular Anti-Microbial Game Bags, now offers the same patent-pending bacteria reducing technology used in the game bags in a convenient aerosol spray. This new Koola Buck Anti-Microbial Carcass Spray features bag-in-bottle technology that prevents the aerosol propellant from mixing with the all-natural anti-microbial spray inside the can, making certain its unique blend of anti-microbial inhibitors work properly. Hunters often process their animals in warm temperatures, making the use of the Koola Buck Anti-Microbial Carcass Spray an extremely important means to ensure the safety and quality… [Read More]


Old Saybrook, CT (January, 2017) – Traditions Firearms announces that Ryan Nicholas has joined the Traditions team as the new Vice President of Sales. Nicholas 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. Nicholas brings with him experience as a sales and marketing executive. Prior to joining Traditions, Nicholas worked as the National Sales Director for HPR Ammunition where he created and executed strategic sales and marketing plans, implemented company-wide branding… [Read More]


SPRINGFIELD, MO – CrossBreed® Holsters, a leading manufacturer in the category of concealed carry is pleased to announce the appointment of Grant Ruckman as the company’s new Sales Manager. Grant began his career at CrossBreed® Holsters in 2013 overseeing the Shipping Department. His drive and commitment to ensure accuracy in every order brought customer service to a new level at CrossBreed® Holsters. This drive and commitment, along with his extensive product knowledge and past experience as a Sales Specialist, made him the obvious choice to join the Dealer Team. As a part of the CrossBreed® Holsters Dealer Team, Grant will… [Read More]


Melville, NY (February 13,2016) – Nikon doubles down on its commitment to American shooters with the introduction of the new BLACK riflescope series-a new category of dedicated optics with models engineered for both precision long-range rifle and action-shooting AR enthusiasts. For the precision rifle shooter, Nikon’s BLACK X1000 is offered in a range of 4-16×50 and 6-24×50 models with X-MRAD or X-MOA tactical-style reticles synchronized to elevated windage and elevation turrets. Accurate and repeatable, the adjustments enable precise dialing of elevation come ups and wind compensation, while each of the new reticle designs present the shooter with a visually clean, yet highly… [Read More]


Bridgeville, PA: From Shaw Precision Guns, a division of E. R. Shaw, America’s largest independent manufacturer of gun barrels, comes the new Mark X, an evolutionary upgrade of the Mark VII bolt action rifle that sets new standards in custom rifle affordability. Gun-savvy consumers can order online or in person at the company’s retail store what is essentially a custom rifle in their choice of barrel lengths from 16.25” to 26” in two different contours. Over 100 chamberings are offered from .17 through .458 in both commercial and wildcat calibers. The new Mark X differs from the Mark VII in… [Read More]


TRUGLO, Inc. unveils the F.A.S.T. Universal Shotgun Sight, the latest addition to their line of fiber-optic shotgun sights. This sight system utilizes innovative Focus Assisting Sight Technology, ideal for turkey hunting, still target shooting, or hunting large game with slugs and buckshot. The two-piece sight has a green ramp-style rear sight designed for fast and easy sight alignment. The ultra-bright front sight utilizes a red fiber optic for increased contrast and visibility. The F.A.S.T. Universal Shotgun Sight combines the advantages of fiber-optic sighting systems with the speed and accuracy of both express and Battue-style sights. Compatible with most 12 and… [Read More]


PRESCOTT, Ariz.- At Shot Show 2017, Davidson’s was presented the 2016 Remington Ammunition Distributor of the Year Award. Davidson’s is honored to be the recipient of such a prestigious title after only re-entering the ammunition market in early 2015. Davidson’s has now been the recipient of the Remington Ammunition Distributor of the Year Award for the last two years. Davidson’s greatly values the close relationship it has forged with such an esteemed ammunition manufacturer. Davidson’s Director of Purchasing Kane Cannedy said, “We are deeply honored to receive this award. Remington has proven to be a great partner in the ammunition… [Read More]


Old Saybrook, CT (February, 2017) – Traditions Firearms is pleased to announce Doug Reiff of H&G Marketing as their 2016 Sales Rep of the Year. This award was presented in Las Vegas as part of pre-SHOT show activities. Traditions President Tom Hall states “Doug Reiff does an absolutely outstanding job for Traditions. We are honored to present this award to him and to recognize him for his work in 2016. It is well deserved.” Reiff has worked with H&G Marketing since 2001. H&G Marketing is based out of Minnesota and has worked with Traditions since 1992. Known for their accurate,… [Read More]


(Phoenix, AZ – Feb 7, 2017) For the 2017 season, Armalite is stacking their competitive shooting team with some of the best shooters on the circuit. Team Captain, Greg Jordan, will be returning for his fourth season, joined by Team Armalite veterans Hunter “Nubs” Cayll and John Mouret. Rick Torres and Tom Lackley will be joining Team Armalite for the 2017 season, rounding out the team for all divisions. Greg Jordan, hot off his 2016 winning streak, will be returning to Team Armalite as Team Captain. Jordan says, “Knowing the role Armalite has played in the development of firearms throughout… [Read More]


Post Falls, ID (February 8, 2017)- Buck Knives awarded their “2016 Sales Rep. of the Year” to Matt Hicks of Tackett Brothers, Inc. during the recent 2017 SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. “Matt’s dedication to his accounts, his tireless pursuit of growth, and his ambition to uncover new opportunities is recognized and appreciated by Buck Knives,” said Chris Bourassa, National Sales Manager for Buck Knives. “He has displayed a keen ability to adapt and excel in a fast-paced and evolving environment, and he is never one to back down from a challenge.”  Hicks has represented Buck Knives for over… [Read More]


Old Saybrook, CT (February, 2017) – Traditions Firearms announces H&G Marketing as their 2016 Rep Group of the Year. This award was presented in Las Vegas as part of pre-SHOT show activities with Justin Giarusso accepting the award on behalf of H&G Marketing. Traditions President Tom Hall says “I am honored to present the Rep Group of the Year award to H&G Marketing for all their hard work and support of Traditions in 2016. H&G has been with Traditions since 1992 and over the years has helped to grow Traditions while providing excellent sales support for our customers.” Based out… [Read More]


GRINNELL, Iowa (February 7, 2017) – It’s not every day the general public gets a chance to win a gun crafted from the dreams of a bona fide celebrity. However, Brownells and Lou Ferrigno have turned that idea into a reality. Unveiled at SHOT Show 2017, Lou Ferrigno’s Big Green Dream Gun® is a sight to behold. Working off of the Fightlite MCR-103 belt-fed AR-15 platform, the Brownells crew outfitted the fire-breathing beast with an Elcan optic, Keymod™ handguards and an Atlas bipod for supreme stability. Brownells then called in support from Battle Arms Development to apply the custom, mutant-green… [Read More]


Winchester, Ky. (February 2017) – DoubleStar Corp, manufacturer of high-quality, US-made AR components, rifles and pistols, has signed with Laura Burgess Marketing to help build brand awareness through content development and management as well as writer relations. “DoubleStar is the embodiment of the American Dream, it’s a family-owned and operated business founded on hard work and a commitment to provide the best products and services possible,” Laura Burgess, CEO of Laura Burgess Marketing said. “We are thrilled to represent a brand that is growing by leaps and bounds and can’t wait to get DoubleStar on the radar of more Americans… [Read More]


SAVANNAH, GA (February 2, 2017) – Following debut at the 2017 Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show, the Headquarters, Research & Development Detachment shooting team stationed at the Natick Soldier Systems Center selected Inceptor® Sport Utility Ammo™ by PolyCase® Ammunition as the exclusive training cartridge in preparation for the All-Army Marksmanship Competition. “After the teams utilization and evaluation of several brands, we identified Inceptor Sport Utility Ammo by PolyCase as the ideal target and range ammunition for our training needs,” said Justin Coletti, Team Captain of the Headquarters, Research and Development Detachment shooting team. “Our marksmanship team requires the utmost… [Read More]


(Black Earth, WI) Avedon & Colby has added a moleskin version of their award-winning Signature Field Shirt to their growing line of adventure wear. Made from heavy, pre-washed 100% cotton moleskin fabric, the shirt is warm, highly wind-resistant and exceptionally hard wearing. Rich in high-performance features, it’s the ultimate in cool-weather luxury, with exquisite tailoring and classic styling. Moleskin fabric was first developed for garments worn by farmers and hunters in medieval Europe, and later used to clothe 19th century steelworkers and coal miners. Renown throughout Europe for durability and comfort, it features a distinctive soft, brushed finish that protects… [Read More]


Lyons Falls, NY: Otis Technology is excited to announce several new hires and promotions to the sales and marketing teams within the organization.  The team’s expansion is geared to drive growth for the brand in both the sporting goods as well as defense/international channels. Otis welcomes Kenda Campbell as Western Region Sales Manager.  Kenda brings over 12 years of sales experience in the outdoor industry.  She previously held the role of National Sales Manager for Altus Brands.  Prior to Altus Brands, she was the Director of Sales for The Outdoor Connection. Kenda joins Jeff Scarlett and Tom Knudtson who cover… [Read More]


(Wilsonville, OR)—Crimson Trace recently recognized numerous retail outlets and dealers across America for outstanding customer service and milestone accomplishments in 2016. The awards were presented during the 2017 Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade ShowSM (SHOT Show®) in Las Vegas, Nevada. Those awarded shooting sports businesses include: • Retailer of the Year—Optics Planet, Chicago IL • OEM Partner of the Year—Springfield Armory, Geneseo, IL • Sporting Goods Retailer of the Year—SCHEELS, Fargo, ND • Distributor of the Year—Lipsey’s, Baton Rouge, LA Businesses awarded Regional Dealer of the Year recognition were: • Duncan’s Gun Shop, Bay City, MI • River City Gun… [Read More]


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