Experienced trade journalist and keen outdoorsman Rob Smith has taken over the editorship of Gun Trade World magazine. Rob has a wealth of knowledge of the international trade sector and was previously deputy editor of Gun Trade World back in 2013. A keen outdoorsman, Rob will bring you the important news and leads you’ll need from across the global hunting trade. "I’m delighted to take over the reins on Gun Trade World Magazine,” said Rob. “It’s a publication that has been continually moving forwards since is inception back in 2010. I was part of the trade team when the idea and concept for the magazine was first discussed and to now be at the helm is an honour and privilege. I will certainly endeavour to push the magazine forwards, alongside the fantastic team of people that help to put the magazine in front of the key industry decision makers across the globe. To work within such a diverse, buoyant and interesting trade is something I’m really excited about."

American Tactical Imports is proud to announce their decision to relocate to Summerville, SC.  ATI will immediately begin the relocation process from Rochester, NY to Summerville, SC beginning in November of 2013.


As one of the gun industry's top importers of firearms and firearm related accessories, ATI's decision to relocate is two-fold. ATI believes it is imperative that a firearms importer and manufacturer do business within a state that is friendly to the second amendment rights of the people. It is also important that ATI be close to the port-of-entry into the country for several of their imported products. The relocation to South Carolina ensures that both of these factors are met.


“This move to South Carolina will help ensure a solid foundation for our company,” says Tony DiChario, President and Founder of American Tactical Imports. “The relocation process will be smooth and we have ensured that the process will not affect customer service, product distribution or any other segment of our business. The people of South Carolina have welcomed ATI with open arms and we are excited about making our new corporate home there.”


ATI's relocation is also a boost for the state of South Carolina.


“Today’s announcement is another testament that South Carolina is a destination for job-creating investments,” said South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley. “We celebrate American Tactical Imports’ decision to invest $2.7 million and create 117 new jobs in Dorchester County.”


ATI is one of the nation's top importers of firearms and firearm related products. Having created a unique channel of distribution, ATI has quickly become a single-source distribution provider for many manufacturers across the world. From its signature German Sports Guns (GSG) family of products, accessory lines like Drago Gear® and manufacturing its own line of ATI AR-15 complete rifles and components, ATI continues to be a leader in the industry.


For more information and to see the full lineup of American Tactical Imports products, please visit www.americantactical.us or contact Joshua Sykes, Public Relations – Blue August LLC at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


BASC is urging all shooters to complete an online European-wide questionnaire entitled “A common approach to reducing the harm caused by criminal use of firearms in the EU”.  Taking part will only take a few minutes of your time. Most of the multiple choice questions are biased and the results could be used to gain legitimacy from ‘public opinion’ in order to further restrict the legal acquisition and possession of civilian firearms. There is no link between the legal ownership of firearms and the illicit trafficking of firearms.
Please answer all the questions by clicking on option 1. For some questions, it may feel like option 1 is a bit extreme but please bear in mind that virtually all the other options are biased and result in your agreement that some EU action is needed. You do not need to answer the optional questions that request additional comments (questions B.4, C.11, D.5 and E.6).


US firearms firm moves after state gun bill

This past week a historic and highly controversial bill was passed by the State of Connecticut which will have far reaching consequences to the state, its citizens, and businesses. The bill we refer to is Bill No. 1160, AN ACT CONCERNING GUN VIOLENCE PREVENTION AND CHILDRENS SAFETY. This bill purports to reduce gun violence by banning hardware responsible for less than 3% of homicides in 2011i; and claims to increase children's safety by restricting the ability of those most responsible for it -their parents - to defend them.

As a firearms manufacturing firm, our industrial roots reach deep in the State of CT. Along with other companies in the trade, we were deeply apprehensive at the hurried process to develop new gun laws and fearful that it would generate unintended consequences for our industry. On Thursday April 4th

2013, upon reading the full text of Bill 1160, our worst fears were confirmed. What emerged was a bill fraught with ambiguous definitions, insufficient considerations for the trade, conflicting mandates, and disastrous consequences for the fundamental rights of the people of CT.

The magnitude of the constitutional and economic importance of this bill is such that the disregard for public input (in the final version), and the haphazard production of the legislation should be insulting to any citizen or business in CT. It should be a shock to us all that such landmark legislation could be written in one week, and seen by no one (including the rank-and-file legislators) prior to its emergency certification. Having been present in the deliberations in both legislative chambers, it was clear that a majority of our legislators had not even read the bill-and those that had read it had only a cursory understanding.

The process with which this legislation proceeded, along with the language that resulted gives us no confidence that this will be the last violation of our rights in our beloved home state, and we only hope that this does not set a precedent at a national level.

The rights of the citizens of CT have been trampled upon. The safety of its children is at best questionably improved from the day of the tragedy that triggered the events that lead us here. Finally, due to an improperly drafted bill, manufacturing of modern sporting rifles in the State of CT has been effectively outlawed. With a heavy heart but a clear mind, we have been forced to decide that our business can no longer survive in Connecticut -the former Constitution state.

Furthermore, we feel that our industry as a whole will continue to be threatened so long as it remains in a state where its elected leaders have no regard for the rights of those who produce and manufacture its wealth. We are making a call to all involved in our industry to leave this state, close your doors and show our politiCians the true consequences of their hasty and uninformed actions. We encourage those in our industry to abandon this state as its leaders have abandoned the proud heritage that forged our freedom.

Although PTR has not decided upon a specific relocation site at this time, over the coming weeks the company will be actively considering offers from states that are friendly to the industry. We hope to have a site identified within the next six weeks, and hope to have our move completed by the end of this year. We plan to keep our business partners informed on the status of our move throughout this process in order to affect a smooth transition.

We have extended the invitation to join us in the move to all of our employees, as well as all of our vendors. We are pleased to say that we currently have commitments to move from a majority of our employees, which includes ALL of our management personnel, engineering staff and skilled gunsmiths.

It is our hope and sincere belief that this move will represent a step forward for the company; and that by bringing our expertise and core personnel to combine with the business friendly policies, and a motivated local labour force from a state that respects industry and the second amendment that we can expand our operations and not only maintain - but increase the quality and reputation of our products.

Please direct any questions or inquiries to John McNamara, Vice President of Sales, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at our main phone number.



Chiappa Firerarms’ Rhino .357 Magnum has been boosted with a series of improvements and additions.

Made at its factory in Azzano Mella, Italy, the gun’s cylinder is machined to make it possible to use the gun both with and without moon clips.

This upgrade of the revolver has not, however, led to any price increase, despite its sporting success.

Rino Chiappa, the president of the Chiappa Group, explained: “I’m happy with what we are demonstrating with the Rhino revolver.

“Since production started, we have consistently provided technical improvements and added some accessories in the package, such as a leather holster with the 2in model and the .357 moon clips plus a tool to unhook empty shells.

“The range of accessories has been increased, with different grips and holsters, and a flexible trigger performance kit. Most importantly, our Rhino has gained great fame and good positions in competitions.

“But despite all this, and despite demand currently exceeding our capacity, we have not increased the price, pursuing our decision to offer an exceptional gun at a ‘democratic’ price, to make it available to the most people possible.”

Other changes include a ‘conversion kit’, which is a set of three components structured in an ingenious way.

By varying the composition of the hammer lever, trigger return lever and main spring choosing between standard components and the modified version, a series of up to five combinations can be produced, allowing, for example, a different trigger weight and return speed of the trigger.

The performance of both single and double action is optimised to the desired purpose by using the most suitable cartridge, too.


Chiappa Firearms

T: +39 030 9749065

F: +39 030 9749232

W: www.chiappafirearms.com


BPI Outdoors is looking to a former marine as it puts Bergara Custom Rifles into production, making them available for sale to the public.

Last July, BPI engaged former Marine Corps master sergeant Dan Hanus to head the Custom Rifle Shop for its Bergara USA division.

Dan, a veteran of 22 years, has overseen production of many rifles over his time in the military.

Bergara is currently best known for its gun barrels, being an original-equipment supplier to numerous well-known firearm brands, both in Europe and the USA.

Dan said: “Our company has seen impressive growth with our Bergara barrels over the last few years and we have developed a well-deserved reputation for quality and precision. What we do here at the Bergara Custom Shop is build a rifle around the Bergara barrel that will fully complement its accuracy potential.”

Although the custom Bergara action will likely be the most popular, a customer may also choose to have a gun built around an action that they already own.

Dan added: “While the true Bergara Custom Rifle is certainly our main focus, we are also a full service shop. So, we can do everything from a simple re-barrel job, to stock fitting, installing muzzle brakes, and even wood-stock finishing and chequering. Really, any degree of work the customer wants us to do for his Bergara barreled rifle, we can do it.”

The product line will consist of five basic models, all of which can be custom modified by the consumer to meet individual preferences.



T: +34 943 769 893

E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

W: www.bergararifles.com


All Americans share the goal of wanting to make our communities and children safer by reducing violence in our society, like the tragic incident that occured last month in our community of Newtown, Conn. We are reviewing Vice President Biden's recommendations with an open mind in hopes they will offer real means of achieving our shared goal.

The central issue involved in violence where a firearm is misused is the unauthorized access to the firearm. We believe it is critical to first focus on the unauthorized access to firearms by irresponsible persons and those not legally qualified to possess them.

We support immediate improvements to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) that will bring all appropriate mental health and other records, such as restraining orders, into the NICS system. Fixing NICS must be among the highest priorities in order to help further prevent illegal purchases of firearms from federally licensed retailers.

In order to help prevent unauthorized access to firearms in the home, we have long supported and are initiating an expanded safety campaign to promote the secure and responsible storage of all firearms and ammunition when not in use. We believe the personal responsibility of gun owners, especially if there are children or at-risk individuals in the home, is central to any meaningful discussion of the issues.

The NSSF will continue to lend its expertise to this important national conversation and the accompanying legislative and policy making processes. We do so respecting the various points of views represented in these discussions.

NOTE: The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) is the more than 8,000 member trade association for America's firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry.

US President Barack Obama is expected on Wednesday to unveil wide-ranging measures aimed at curbing gun violence. The proposals could echo measures, considered the toughest in the nation, passed in New York state on Tuesday.

Mr Obama has said he favours bans on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, as well as broader background checks. The US gun control debate has been revived by last month's mass shooting at a school in Newtown, Connecticut. There, a gunman shot dead 27 people, including 20 children and his own mother.

At 11:55 EST (16:55 GMT) on Wednesday, Mr Obama is expected to unveil the new proposals at the White House, flanked by children who wrote him letters after the Newtown shooting. Mr Obama has already acknowledged his proposals will face stiff opposition in Congress. But he is said to be weighing as many as 19 specific measures he could take through unilateral executive action. These could include tougher punishment of gun trafficking, aggressive prosecution of people who lie on background checks, and an end to limits on government research into gun violence.

The nation's top gun lobby, the National Rifle Association (NRA) says it will fight any attempts to limit access to guns or ammunition. In the days after the Newtown shooting, the NRA proposed stationing armed guards in every school in America. The group says it has signed up more than 100,000 members since the massacre.

On Wednesday, the group released a web advert attacking the president as "an elitist hypocrite" because his daughters are protected by armed guards at their school in Washington DC. But, the ad claims, he opposes armed guards in every school and favours "gun-free" school zones.

Mr Obama has said he is "sceptical" that putting more guns in schools is the "only answer", but he has not taken a stronger position on the NRA's proposal, nor commented on gun-free school zones.

Even before his second term begins, Barack Obama is about to throw down a big gauntlet. No-one expected gun control to be so high on his list of priorities, but the killings at Newtown seem to have changed everything.

The president knows he faces a daunting challenge - there's little appetite in Congress for major gun control legislation. But Mr Obama seems determined to try to shame Congress into action. He'll be surrounded by children when he unveils his plans, a device that could prove as controversial as the measures themselves.

He may cite the example of New York state - which has just passed one of the toughest gun ownership laws in the country - as evidence that changes can be made to the law. But opponents of new legislation are mobilising and gun sales have soared since Newtown. For the first time in almost 20 years, the stage is set for a bitter fight over America's gun laws.

On Tuesday, the New York state legislature comfortably passed the first gun control law since the shootings in Newtown. Supporters said the state's firearms restrictions were now the tightest in the nation.

"Common sense can win," New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, said. "You can overpower the extremists with intelligence and with reason and with common sense."

The New York measures include a wider ban on assault weapons, a law limiting high-capacity ammunition magazines, and provisions to keep guns from mentally ill people who make threats. Some gun owners will also have to register them with authorities.

According to a Washington Post-ABC News poll released on Monday evening, about half of Americans say they have grown more supportive of gun control measures since the Newtown shooting. The poll found 58% of respondents back a ban on the most powerful rifles.

Source: BBC News


Austrian firearm manufacturer Glock is to invest €42 million in its Ferlach-based production facilities.
This expansion will also create 40 extra jobs, adding to the 330 already employed at Ferlach. According to the company, due to the worldwide popularity of Glock handguns and overflowing order books, the planned expansion is a necessary measure not to let supply be overrun by demand.

T: +43 2247 90300 0
F: +43 2247 90300 300
W: www.glock.com

High-end American pistol manufacturer Cabot Guns has been retained as a firearms consultant for a feature-film project by Academy Award-nominated director Lexi Alexander.

The Hollywood director and writer is planning a new film surrounding a complex assassination game involving several wealthy businessmen. As Alexander begins working the pieces into place to develop her next film, she selected Cabot Guns’ president Rob Bianchin to supply firearms advice.

She came across the firm while touring the National Rifle Association National Convention in St Louis in April 2012. With the entire gun industry on display, the boutique pistols produced in Pennsylvania caught Alexander’s eye.

She has a reputation for attention to detail in films like Punisher War Zone, where the director used the look of the firearms to further portray the protagonist.

This new project will show off beautiful handcrafted guns of exceptional quality. Cabot Guns believes it fits the profile perfectly.

“The people at Cabot Guns are a rare breed of geniuses and artists in a vast gun world,” says Alexander.

Rob Bianchin is excited to be involved in the project.

“It’s an honour to showcase our 100 per cent American-made pistols in a film directed by the talented Lexi Alexander.

“Crafting extraordinary firearms is what drives us. She’s challenged us to further develop guns that are both aesthetically stunning and technically extraordinary. We are using technology to build handguns in a way that has not been done before.”


Cabot Guns

T: + 1 855 843 1911

E: info@ cabotguns.com

W: ww.cabotgun.com


Chiappa Firearms continues the successful series of rimfire replicas, with the M9-22 now in production.

A tribute to the legendary Beretta semi-automatic pistol, the M9-22 is reproduced with the highest possible fidelity, considering the change of calibre from the original 9x19mm Parabellum to the economical and versatile .22 LR.

The M9-22 features all the details of the original, including the technical setting and the position of the controls but employs a different operation system (simple blowback instead of locked breech).

Weight, total length and barrel length correspond to the original model, even if the recoil is virtually nonexistent.

Meanwhile, the disassembly procedure essentially corresponds to the original, making it a good alternative for training with the original weapon, in addition to being a useful tool for plinking and basic training.

The M9-22 is made entirely of metal, with all components are made in the modern factory at Azzano Mella in the province of Brescia, and guarantee a perfect interchangeability.

It is available in two versions: a standard, with simple iron sights and either wood or plastic grips, or a tactical model with black plastic grips, sights with fibre optic inserts and fully adjustable, Novak-style rear sight.


Chiappa Firearms

T: +39 030 974 9065

F: +39 030 974 9232

W: www.chiappafirearms.com


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