Volume 24, Number 5 Aug/Sept 2016


ONTARIO, Calif. – Safariland congratulates Team Safariland members Julie Golob and Rob Leathamfor triumphing at the 2016 USPSA Back-to-Back Production and Carry Optics National Championships held in Barry, Ill. from August 11-14. Following these competitions, Golob is impressively the first and only woman to win a national title in all seven USPSA divisions, and Leatham is remarkably a 28-time USPSA National Champion. Julie Golob Rob Leatham Powering through to compete while feeling under the weather, Golob placed fourth in the Female Category at the 2016 USPSA Production National Championships. She also claimed her 15thUSPSA Ladies National Title at the Carry… [Read More]



PROVO, Utah – Action Target Inc., the leading manufacturer of shooting ranges, today announced its sponsorship of World Champion Shooter, Max Michel. The sponsorship of Max Michel is intended to create more visibility of Action Target products and increase brand awareness. Max will wear the Action Target logo on the front right side of his competition jersey and will be featured in a variety of media materials and appearances designed to promote Action Target. “We are excited to add Max to the Action Target shooting team,” said Kevin Tomaszewski, Action Target V.P. of Marketing & Engineering.  “Max is a great role model,… [Read More]


The President’s Choice A matched pair of 12 bore, detachable sidelock ejector, H&H style assisted opening action, automatic selective ejectors with bushed firing pins, and front articulated double triggers. Prior to becoming part of the G&H Team, the President’s first shotgun purchase from G&H was none other than a Union Armera 12 bore SxS side lock ejector shotgun. He still owns it to this day. It is not well known that the famous Spanish gunmaker, Grulla Armas, started life as Union Armera. Grulla Armas, is now the oldest of the Basque best gun manufacturers to have remained in continuous operation…. [Read More]


N.H. Patrol Division to Issue ROMEO4 Red-dot Sights Newington, N.H. (August 25, 2016) – SIG SAUER, Inc., announced today that the New Hampshire State Police has selected the SIG SAUER ROMEO4™ as its new duty optic. Following a detailed examination period, the state police agency selected the ROMEO4 red-dot sight to serve as the primary optic on all patrol rifles. The optic’s performance during testing and its advanced list of professional-grade features earned it high marks during the examination period. “We are honored to be awarded this contract by the New Hampshire State Police,” noted Tom Jankiewicz, Executive Vice President… [Read More]


BEND, OR – Freespirit Recreation, located in Bend, Ore., is a lightweight trailer and roof top tent manufacturer that has partnered with Mossy Oak® to offer Break-Up Country® camouflage on roof-mounted tents. “I’ve enjoyed hunting and the outdoors my whole life,” said Brannon Birrer, owner of Freespirit Recreation. “Some of my best memories involve the outdoors. To see our newest products finally come to fruition is really special, but honestly, I just can’t wait to get out there and enjoy them with my friends and family.” Freespirit Recreation tents can be mounted to any roof rack either on a vehicle… [Read More]


Morrisville, N.C. (August 2016) – Ken Jefferies & Associates, LLC, a leading manufacturer’s representation and marketing firm within the outdoor and shooting sports markets, announces that RSR Group, a leading distributor in the shooting sports market, will be the first authorized national distributor for SB Tactical’s growing line of firearms accessories. “RSR is a natural fit for SB Tactical,” Jeff Creamer, SB Tactical Vice President for Business Development commented. “RSR’s commitment to quality offerings and service mirror our own, plus they support our key OEM partners such as, LWRC, Daniel Defense®, SIG Sauer®, IWI US and Maxim Defense.” “The popularity… [Read More]


FAIRFAX, Va. (August 8, 2016)—The National Deer Alliance (NDA) has recently developed the organization’s first comprehensive website to keep deer hunters informed about deer issues across the country, while also providing important updates on NDA’s work. The new site makes it easier than ever to sign up for a free membership, is home to the NDA Action Center, which allows deer and hunting advocates to easily contact legislators about matters important to ensuring the future of North America’s most popular big game animal. Additionally, the site will feature a President’s Blog, penned by NDA President and CEO Nick Pinizzotto, and… [Read More]


RADFORD, Virginia – August 18, 2016 – Alliant Powder, a leading manufacturer of smokeless powders, offers consistent long-range accuracy across temperature extremes with the release of its new Reloder 16 rifle powder. Shipments of Reloder 16 are being delivered to dealers now. Reloder 16 utilizes TZ technology, which manipulates the response of the propellant and resists the natural tendency to generate more pressure at higher temperatures and less pressure at lower temperatures. As a result, Reloder 16, similar to Reloder 23 and AR Comp, offers world-class temperature stability. The powder has excellent lot-to-lot consistency and contains a proprietary de-coppering additive… [Read More]


August 2016…Savannah, GA – PolyCase Ammunition® recently hired Richard Brown as their Senior Vice President of Operations. Brown joins PolyCase with over 20 years of extensive executive leadership roles.  He will be charged with the overarching communication strategy for the company while overseeing the domestic and international Sales Directors and their teams as they execute PolyCase’s sales initiatives. With a direct report to the company CEO, Brown will be responsible for executing and measuring the results of the strategic planning for the organization. Brown comments, “It’s exciting to be part of a brand that has such passion and innovation with… [Read More]


BLOOMFIELD, New York (AUGUST 18, 2016) Crosman Corporation, the world’s largest designer and manufacturer of airguns and ammunition, is pleased to announce the appointment of Brad Johnson to the Board of Directors of the American Suppressor Association (ASA). Johnson has served as Chairman and CEO of United Sporting Companies since 2011 and Crosman’s Executive Chairman and Interim Chief Executive Officer since 2015. The American Suppressor Association (ASA) is the unified voice of the suppressor industry with the mission to unite and advocate for the common interests of suppressor manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and consumers. To accomplish this mission, their principal initiatives focus… [Read More]


Columbus, Georgia – Two new models of Heckler & Koch’s VP striker fired pistol have been added to the company line-up this summer.  New Flat Dark Earth (FDE) colored frame variants and threaded barrel “Tactical models”join the renowned VP family of 9 mm and .40 caliber pistols. The new VP FDE models are manufactured using special colorants added to the frame during the molding process and are available in both 9 mm (VP9) and .40 caliber (VP40). The color frame cannot fade or chip and is unaffected by chemicals, sun, and exposure to the elements. FDE models have all of… [Read More]


With the recent firestorm of active shooter incidents and brazen acts of terrorism on U.S. soil, America needs law enforcement more than ever before. When a SWAT team is called in to a crisis situation there are typically two units: an entry team to assault the target’s position and a sniper/observer team to neutralize the threat if the suspect tries to kill or injure the victims. Since an active shooter situation can end before the SWAT team arrives, increasingly street officers are being armed with rifles and being trained to take immediate action instead of simply sitting on their hands… [Read More]


Co-Founder and President of the American Knife & Tool Institute Honored for His Contributions to the Knife Community CJ Buck, CEO and Chairman of Buck Knives, Inc., Post Falls, Idaho, was recently honored for his extraordinary service and contribution to the knife community.  He was inducted at the 2016 BLADE Show into the Cutlery Hall of Fame©.  Active members of the Cutlery Hall of Fame elect an annual inductee by a vote prior to each show. Hall of Fame member Goldie Russell, President of A.G. Russell Knives, and Jan Billeb, Executive Director of the American Knife & Tool Institute, shared… [Read More]


FLORA, Mississippi – August 11, 2016 – Final Approach, an industry innovator in blinds, decoys and accessories for hardcore waterfowl hunters, unveiled a new attitude, new logo and new website that speaks to the brand’s deep commitment to building the toughest, most-dependable gear on the water and in the field at www.fabrand.com. Established in 1993, Final Approach offers serious waterfowl hunters and guides a tough and innovative lineup of gear. As the inventor of the now ubiquitous layout blind, FA Brand was born of innovation wrought from the dirt and grit of hard-working goose fields. Providing hunters the most effective and… [Read More]


Farmington, Utah, August 10, 2016 – Vista Outdoor Inc. (“Vista Outdoor”) (NYSE: VSTO), officially opened its new 33,000 square foot corporate headquarters to the public yesterday, with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by state and local officials, community partners, members of the media, and employees. “We are proud to call Farmington home,” said Vista Outdoor CEO Mark DeYoung. “We’re committed to being a strong partner for this community, and we value our relationships with the state, county and city leaders who helped make this headquarters a reality. We chose Utah because of its focus on outdoor recreation as an economic… [Read More]


(Melbourne, FL) –  ARES Defense Systems, the country’s leading manufacturer of innovative, mission-configurable firearms, parts and accessories announces a company name transition to FightLite® Industries. Originally founded in 1997 as “ARES Defense Systems” by company CEO and avid shooting enthusiast Geoffrey A. Herring; the company is changing its name to FightLite® Industries to be more reflective of both its current and upcoming product offerings and to honor its R&D division that conceives and develops the company’s ideas and inventions. “Since launching our company almost two decades ago, we’ve introduced and delivered many game-changing products to both civilian and military shooters alike,” said Geoffrey Herring, President-CEO. “We’ve set… [Read More]


LEWISTON, Idaho – August 5, 2016 – CCI Ammunition, the only American manufacturer of handgun shotshells, introduces all-new handgun shotshells featuring larger shot for deeper penetration and extended range. They are available in four popular handgun calibers. Shipments of this new product are being delivered to dealers. Centerfire handgun shotshells have long proven themselves as highly practical options for close-range pests. CCI has added to its one-of-a-kind offering with exciting new CCI Big 4 loads to extend the range and capabilities of these downsized shotshells, thanks to a payload of No. 4 lead shot. The resulting energy and patterns enable… [Read More]


SUFFIELD, Conn. – August 5, 2016 – Stevens has expanded its popular 320 pump shotgun line with two new 20-gauge models designed specifically with women and youth in mind. The 320 series has a reputation for solid, affordable performance for everything from wing-shooting to home defense. Shipments of this new product are being delivered to dealers now. These new shotguns boast the same great features as Stevens’ other 20-gauge 320 field-grade models, including dual slide bars, a rotary bolt, rugged synthetic stock, vent rib and a five-round capacity. Both models include interchangeable chokes and come in compact and standard length… [Read More]


Wixom, MI, August 2, 2016 – Trijicon®, Inc., global provider of innovative aiming solutions for the hunting, shooting, military and law enforcement markets, today announced the acquisition of IR Defense Corporation, a world class manufacturer of industry leading thermal viewing and aiming systems. The purchase will further enhance Trijicon’s ever-expanding product portfolio as well as provide new technology for product innovation to better serve hunting, military and law enforcement customers around the world. “Trijicon is committed to providing Brilliant Aiming Solutions™ to our customers around the world,” said Stephen Bindon, Trijicon President and CEO. “The night vision market continues to… [Read More]


Rapala unveils a new line of hunting knives When it comes to knives, the sharpest choice for fishing is now the sharpest choice for hunting. Rapala, a trusted name in fishing since 1936 and the brand behind the world’s most popular fillet knives, is extending its passion and uncompromising standards from the fish camp to the field with the launch of a new line of knives designed specifically for hunters—­The Rapala Classic Birch Collection. Anglers have long relied on Rapala’s iconic, razor-sharp Fish ‘N Fillet knives to make quick work of any filleting chore. And, for years, intuitive hunters have… [Read More]


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