To increase its service level to customers, Bering Optics has established a Service and Repair Lab in Huntington Beach, California. Opened in June, the facility is equipped with advanced testing and calibration equipment, and operated by an extensively trained, experienced staff who specialize in optical systems including advanced night vision and thermal imaging systems.
The lab will function as a service and repair facility to enhance the post-sale experience for Bering Optics customers, providing the purchaser with expert service during the warranty period as well as full-service support after the warranty expiration. Not only will the new lab enhance the strong value of Bering Optics products, the lab will also accept inquiries for service of night vision devices made by other manufacturers, which might be out of warranty.
Bering Optics founder, Boris Belyakov stated: “We have been getting inquiries from customers all over the Unites States for repairs of night vision devices they purchased years ago, so offering this option was a logical extension to the services we already provide.”
The range of services include image intensifier replacement, realignment and recalibration, professional cleaning and other services to get the device back into proper working condition and extend the life of the product.
Based in Irving, Texas, Bering Optics is a U.S. designer and manufacturer of professional grade, high-quality night vision, daytime optics and thermal imaging solutions. The company's product lineup includes Night Vision(Digital, Day/Night Optics, Gen 1, 2+ and Gen 3), Thermal Imaging and infrared systems, Hunting and Tactical Riflescopes, Reflex Sights, and a variety of optical accessories. The competitively priced products are designed for Commercial, O.E.M., Law Enforcement and Military applications.
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Kahr Firearms Group (KFG) has promoted Jodi DePorter to director of marketing for the firearms group. DePorter will assume her new duties beginning October 1, 2017.
DePorter had recently been the national sales manager for Kahr Firearms Group and has been with the company since 2006. Prior to that, she held marketing positions at both ArmaLite and Springfield Armory. In her new role at Kahr Firearms Group, she will be responsible for all marketing services for the three brands: Kahr, Thompson/Auto Ordnance and Magnum Research. Jodi will oversee all public relations, media, marketing, as well as working with gun writers on field and test firearm evaluations.
“Jodi has always demonstrated her willingness to do whatever is necessary for the company to succeed” stated Frank Harris, VP of sales and marketing. “She has an extremely strong knowledge of firearms and understands the ebb and flow of our industry as well. In the years that I have worked with her, she has been a great asset to the Kahr Firearms Group.”
“As the national sales manager at KFG I really enjoyed working with our sales team and with our many dealers and distributors,” says DePorter. “It has been a very rewarding experience, and from that experience, it will truly help me as I step into my new role in marketing. I feel confident that my strengths in sales will also prove useful in my role as the director of marketing.”
Top UK-based shooting distributor John Rothery Wholesale has released its 2017 Trade Catalogue.
The catalogue is packed full of best selling products and brands available in the UK Country Sports market.
Thanks to new and ongoing distribution deals, the 2017 catalogue also includes products from more big names in the trade including Savage Arms, Chiappa, Umarex, Frankford Arsenal and Hornady.
As well as new brands, there is also a wide range of new products from Lincoln Shotguns, Cometa Airguns, Primos Hunting, MTM Case-Gard, Caldwell, Plano and Peltor to name but a few.
All new products can be viewed in one place online at www.bisley-uk.com. e NEW PRODUCTS category lists everything mentioned above and more, consumers can use the online dealer locator to nd their nearest retailer to make a purchase.
For the trade, the new catalogue is available online on the John Rothery Wholesale website. It can be downloaded as an eBook, perfect for viewing on tablets and other mobile devices. Trade customers can also download a complete catalogue displayed with the price list for each page.
Cult New Zealand hunting and outdoor clothing brand Swazi Apparel has recently established five new authorised retailers, in addition to their two existing longstanding retailers; strategically placed across the UK and Ireland.
New stockists include Swillington Shooting Supplies Ltd in Yorkshire, Farlow’s in Central London, Bushwear in Perth and Stirling, Scotland, Fin & Game in Kelso in the Scottish Borders and Ballistech in County Wexford, Ireland. The longstanding authorised Swazi stockists are Tamarak Outdoors in Lancashire and Woodlore/Ray Mears in East Sussex.
With the establishment of these stockists, UK customers will be able to obtain expert advice on Swazi’s full range, which includes the shooting industry’s award-winning Tahr XP anorak and bestselling Rifleman smock.
All products are designed, tested and produced in the Swazi factory in Levin, nestled under the Tararua Mountains on New Zealand’s lower North Island.
ELEY Ltd, the leader in premium rimfire .22LR manufacturing, has made significant investments in .22LR rimfire benchrest and competition segments within the USA.
ELEY has partnered with American Rimfire Association (ARA) and Professional Shooting League (PSL) to help promote, develop and manage one of the fastest growing rimfire competition segments worldwide. The ARA and PSL competitions are the foremost authority of rimfire benchrest organizations within the United States, and with the investment from ELEY will develop and produce a highly-desired competition for the demanding shooters.
Benchrest is the pinnacle of precision for .22LR rimfire competition, as such ELEY has identified the need to help expand this ever growing, exciting and demanding sport. “This support by ELEY, will help us bring .22LR benchrest to the forefront of shooting competitions,” says Dan Killough, director of ARA & PSL. “With the expansion of benchrest, it gives shooters a platform to enjoy and participate in rimfire competition that previously may not have been available to them,” stated Mike Corkish, director of sales for North America.
Le Chameau has proudly announced the launch of its first global brand campaign. The purpose of the campaign is to encourage people to enjoy an even better experience outdoors as well as highlight the brand’s authentic roots within the countryside community.
David Robinson, Le Chameau’s CEO, commented: “Excellent boots help you achieve excellent moments,” he said, adding: “Customers who know our brand may appreciate the comfort, performance and durability but may not understand how we achieve this. Our uncompromising commitment to materials, design and craftsmanship has resulted in a premium collection of footwear products famous for their comfort and durability.”
The brand campaign was produced in the Vosges mountain region of France, and features some of the iconic and new innovations that have built the reputation of Le Chameau. The campaign also features stories from Excellence Connoisseurs - a mix of sporting professionals, land and wildlife management experts, country life influencers and trend setters, writers and photographers, who all enjoy their country passions. Each Excellence Connoisseur has achieved a personal or professional level of excellence using Le Chameau.
As of August 2017, the campaign will be rolled out globally in core Le Chameau markets: Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, USA and the UK, supported by a significant media investment. The campaign will reach across print, digitally, in-stores and social media through the autumn and into 2018.
Le Chameau was founded in 1927 by Claude Chamot. Le Chameau is French for The Camel, a name inspired when Claude Chamot opened a rubber boot factory in Morocco in 1949.
Today Le Chameau Maîtres Bottiers [master bootmakers] still handcraft rubber boots from a factory in Morocco. In addition, Le Chameau have launched an innovative range of waterproof and breathable leather boots which have been developed to offer class leading performance and comfort.
Sporting rifle manufacturer Stag Arms has been bought by White Wolf Capital LLC, a private investment firm.
White Wolf focuses on management buyouts, recapitalizations and investments in leading middle market companies in the Defense Industry and Manufacturing market segments, in February 2016.
It is thought that the takeover will allow Stag to improve its distribution channels and to expand its R&D capabilities - developing new platforms and products with a higher degree of innovation and engineering for the end user.
Stag offers 100 per cent American made, left and right-handed MSR platforms.
"One of the main reasons we were so excited about Stag, was largely in part because of their reputation with their customers," stated Elie Azar, managing director of White Wolf. "We have always known Stag to maintain a foundation of reliable products and customer service, no matter what the situation."
White Wolf Capital is no stranger to the firearms industry, having previously acquired Aero Precision, Ballistic Advantage, VG6 Precision and Fall Machine, Co., to name a few.
"We are very excited to add Stag to our portfolio of outstanding companies in the firearms industry,” continued Azar. “Stag is an iconic brand with a well-deserved reputation for product excellence and world-class customer service. We look forward to partnering with Stag's strong management team and employees to grow the Company through new and innovative product offerings. In addition, we are delighted that Mark Malkowski, Stag's founder, has agreed to remain engaged with the Company as a consultant. Mark's deep knowledge of the industry will be invaluable as we build upon the excellent foundation that he put in place."
Malkowski commented, "It is with great enthusiasm that I hand off ownership of Stag to the White Wolf team. I feel fortunate to be able to transition the business I started from scratch to a team that shares my philosophy and passion for the industry and who recognizes the exceptional capabilities of Stag's dedicated employees."
In a bid to reduce the number of illegal firearms in the country, Australia will be introducing a three-month gun amnesty.
The Justice Minister for Australia, Michael Keenan, said that from July 1st 2017 citizens can hand in illegal firearms without the threat of prosecution.
"We are living in a time when our national security environment has deteriorated. Unfortunately, we have seen, through terror attacks in Australia that illegal guns have been used," said Keenan.
The country already has some of the world's toughest gun control laws, mainly introduced after the 1996 mass murder in Tasmania when a gunman killed 35 people.
Semi-automatic rifles, semi-automatic and pump-action shotguns are all banned in Australia and the country also has a very restrictive system of licensing and ownership controls.
A report from 2016 claimed that there were 260,000 illegal firearms in Australia, some of which were used to radicalize locals to commit attacks.
American company Hodgdon has named Steven M. Kehrwald as its new president and CEO. Kehrwald will be the third president and CEO in the company’s 70-year history.
Kehrwald has a long track record of innovation and business success in his career, with shooting industry stints at Federal Cartridge Co., Winchester Ammunition, Beretta USA and Vista Outdoor.
“We’re moving from a position of strength to transform Hodgdon for the future,” JB and Bob Hodgdon said. “Steve Kehrwald is a terrific choice to lead our company during this transformative period for the shooting industry and the reloading space. His track record of building brands, energizing teams, and creating shareholder value makes him an ideal fit for our unique, customer-centered culture. We are thrilled to welcome him to Hodgdon to lead us into the future.”
Kehrwald commented: “I am extremely excited to join the Hodgdon family and the entire Hodgdon team to create an even more dynamic and customer-centric Hodgdon that supports the handloading community around the world. As a long-time member of the shooting sports industry, I have developed a deep appreciation for Hodgdon’s people, values and heritage and look forward to working together with the Hodgdon team.”
Former Hodgdon president and CEO Tom Shepherd will stay on in a consulting role through December 30, 2017, when he will retire and transition into the Chairman of the Hodgdon Board of Directors role.
O.F. Mossberg and Sons, Inc., America’s oldest family-owned and operated firearms manufacturer, has announced the transition to a dedicated sales force, effective July 28, 2017.
Over the next few months, Mossberg will be expanding its team of regional sales managers and will have dedicated personnel to service distributors, dealers and retail outlets with Mossberg products exclusively.
In making this announcement, John MacLellan, vice president of sales & marketing, expressed his appreciation to their manufacturer sales representatives, The Evans Group. “Mossberg has enjoyed an excellent relationship and many successes over the years with The Evans Group. Our decision to transition to an internal sales force is not a reflection on their efforts.” MacLellan continued, “We appreciate the support of The Evans Group and wish them the best in their continued efforts in the sporting goods industry.”
“The net result will be that Mossberg will have a dedicated sales organization that will focus exclusively on growing our firearms business with all of our customers; developing initiatives to increase sales; and working to enhance the Mossberg brand,” commented MacLellan. “We continue to evolve as a firearms manufacturer and are committed to providing the best possible service to distributors, dealers and retailers, while maintaining laser-focus on the growth of our brand.”
With the continued success of Hawke Sport Optics as one of the fastest growing optics brands in the US market, the company has strengthened its operation with the appointment of eight new team members.
The new team members are joining Hawke with a combined 130+ years extensive experience in the outdoors industry from all over the US, bringing with them drive and passion.
In-line with this Hawke is implementing its largest marketing campaign ever, including TV sponsorships on all the major outdoor and streaming channels, expansive national and regional print advertising, social and digital marketing, and aggressive consumer promotions seeking to increase Hawke’s presence and helping to communicate the brand with current as well as prospective customers.
Commenting on Hawke’s growth in the US market new Vice President of sales & marketing, Kevin Sheehan, says, “I am thrilled to be involved with this market leading optics manufacturer at such an exciting time in the expansion and strategic development. I look forward to working with our USA sellers and continuing to grow awareness of the quality and value of the Hawke products".
Gene Lumsden and Partners have announced that Rick Hanke will be the chief executive officer and president of Legacy Sports International and Reno Cerakote & Hydrographics.
Legacy Sports International brand portfolio includes Howa Rifles and Actions, Lithgow Arms Rifles, Nikko Stirling Optics, Escort Shot Guns, Pointer Shot Guns, Webley & Scott Rifles and Air Guns and Citadel Hand Guns.
Rich joins Legacy Sports International with 20-years expereince in the wholesale sporting goods distribution industry and 15-years in the mass retail industry.
Before joining Legacy Sports International, he spent two years as director of sales national accounts for United Sporting Companies, a privately held $1B shooting sports distributor developing the mass retail sales division on the west coast of America.
Prior to United Sporting Companies, he served as senior vice president of sales & new business development with Maurice Sporting Goods a $300M privately held company. Hanke directed a wide range of strategic initiatives to successfully leverage the company's core competencies in assortment planning, marketing, private brand development and operational excellence. He was also instrumental in the acquisition of Western-Hoegee a west coast wholesale sporting goods distributor in Southern California, strategically layering all aspects of the distributor business onto the Maurice Sporting Goods distribution platform in Reno, NV.
Hanke's experience also includes Vice President of store operations at CT Farm & Family Center a $200M privately held agriculture retail company.
An active community member and outdoor enthusiast Hanke has served on the board of Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association, an active member of the NRA, Pheasants Forever and HOG [Harley Davidson Owners Group].
At its April meeting, the Archery Trade Association’s board of directors adopted a bylaws change that impacts which archery equipment can be displayed or advertised at the ATA Trade Show. These changes take effect immediately, which means the 2018 ATA Trade Show will be governed by these bylaws.
The specific change states:
“By way of further definition, a bow is considered a Product if it uses a limb and string system to propel an arrow. Any bow that does not meet this definition is not considered a Product, and may not be displayed or advertised in any way at the Corporation’s Trade Show.”
The change is an extension of the archery equipment definitions the ATA Technical Committee developed in 2016, adopted by the ATA board of directors and currently available on the Position Statements page of the ATA website. The position statement on airguns that shoot arrows states in part: “The ATA was asked by its members and representatives of state wildlife agencies for its opinion regarding whether airguns that shoot arrows constitute archery equipment. While the ATA certainly recognizes that airguns that shoot arrows are innovative pieces of shooting equipment, these types of airguns nevertheless lack basic components of standard archery equipment (e.g., a string system and limbs). For this reason, the ATA does not consider airguns that shoot arrows to be archery equipment.”
“We look forward to working with all exhibitors to minimize any potential problems regarding exhibiting at the 2018 Trade Show,” said ATA president and CEO Jay McAninch. “This is why we’re providing information and guidance well in advance of the Show.”
Success for the nature and outdoor activity Festival organized at Grosseto (2nd-4th June) by GFI, a subsidiary of Italian Exhibition Group, with the participation of Grossetofiere and CNCN
Game Fair, an increasingly popular Italian show, celebrated its 27th edition with an increase of eight percent with regards to visitor numbers.
The show, which took place in Tuscany on the 2nd to the 4th June, had an attendance of almost 17,000 enthusiasts during the three days in the name of nature and sport, country lifestyle and outdoor living.
Pete Brownell has been elected president of the National Rifle Association.
An NRA Life Member since birth, Brownell is the chief executive officer of the family-owned firearm and firearm accessory retailer Brownells. He brings a record of leadership, a passion for the outdoors and shooting sports traditions, and vigor to protect and defend the Second Amendment.
Brownell was elected to the NRA Board of Directors in 2010, and has served as Chairman of the Membership Committee, and a member of the Finance, Law Enforcement Assistance, Publications Policies, and Sport Shooting Committees.
Brownell is also former chairman of the Board of the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers and a former member of the U.S. Army's Command and General Staff Foundation Board. Outside the office, he is an accomplished athlete and avid outdoorsman.
"It's an honor and privilege to serve the five million members of the National Rifle Association of America. I am humbled to serve alongside Wayne LaPierre – the true heart and soul of this Association and to walk in the footsteps of my predecessors," said Brownell. "I'm a proud NRA member from day one who grew up with a passion for guns, our rich hunting heritage, and a passion to strengthen our Second Amendment."
Brownells COO/CFO Chad Martin will lead the Brownells family of businesses on a day to day basis, while continuing to work closely with company owners Pete & Frank Brownell.
Newly-formed optics company Styrka has selected More & Molloy to represent its growing line of high-quality optics in 13 Western States of America.
"More & Molloy are a dedicated member of the firearms and outdoor industry and they will be a huge help to us in the Western States," said Styrka national sales manager Brad Gross. "They do a fine job of getting shooting sports merchandise into the hands of everyone from the smaller, independent dealers to the Big Box retailers, as well as distributors.
"We're really looking forward to promoting Styrka's binoculars, rifle scopes, red dots and spotting scopes in our territory," said Curt Wankier, owner and president of More & Molloy. "Our Western states have large numbers of recreational shooters and hunters, both of which will appreciate Styrka's top quality and very affordable optics."
All Styrka optics are covered by the "Styrka Pride" warranty. Anyone who has a problem with their Styrka optic will have it fixed or replaced. Plus, once a year, people can send in their Styrka optics and the company will clean and tune them as needed, all for no charge.
Flint River Armory (FRA), designer and manufacturer of the innovative CSA45 pistol-caliber weapons system, has teamed up with Blue August LLC for media and public relations needs.
Blue August will assist FRA in public relations efforts as well as editorial presence for the brand. Together, Blue August will help FRA raise brand awareness, as well as increase media coverage of products and company news.
"We are excited to be working with Flint River Armory," says Josh Sykes of Blue August.
"They have shown that they have a lot to offer in this industry, and we are honored to help spread the word about this company and their products."
"We are very excited to now be working with Blue August," says John Heikkinen, COO/VP of Operations at Flint River Armory. "Because the CSA45 is so new and different, it's going to take a professional effort to share the unique qualities and revolutionary features of this PCC platform. And we are confident we've chosen the right PR firm to do this."
Kahr Firearms Group is proud to announce a sponsorship agreement with John ‘Tig’ Tiegen. As a sponsorf Kahr Firearms Group, Tiegen will serve as a representative of the brands to include: Kahr Arms, Magnum Research and Auto-Ordnance and will participate in promotional appearances, shooting events, and for demonstration and instruction in firearm classes.
“As a veteran and an honored military hero, Tig adds great value to the Kahr Firearms Group brand, especially at a time when the war on terrorism looms on and the U.S. continues to come together in solidarity to support our troops” stated Frank Harris, VP of sales and marketing, Kahr Firearms Group. “Tig’s skills, life experiences, and knowledge of firearms blend well with what we represent here and it is an honor to be working with him.”
Leading UK-based airgun manufacturer Air Arms has undergone a major overhaul of its website.
The new site sports a black, white and grey layout featuring Air Arms’ iconic red and blue logo. The easy-to-use navigation bar links to Products, Articles, Dealerships, Merchandise, News, Ambassadors, Customer Support and an ‘About Us’ section. Air Arms’ Heritage video takes centre stage on the homepage, taking viewers through the airgun manufacturer’s history.
The new-look website keeps Air Arms enthusiasts up to date with the latest news, developments and ambassador achievements. The dealership locator lists all Air Arms retailers and customers can seek help from the Support page, which contains air rifle manuals, a ‘Contact Us’ section and the brand new Warranty Submission section, where customers can rectify any issues directly through Air Arms.
Take a look at Air Arms new website at: www.air-arms.co.uk
Bevin Lesueur will take over Umarex’s market support for the UK and Ireland as area sales manager.
In order to do justice to the huge significance of the markets in the UK and Ireland Umarex has decided to provide improved support by means of a special area sales manager.
An Umarex spokesperson said: “Bevin already cooperated closely and confidently with Umarex while he was working with another Umarex distributor before accepting a new challenge in the year 2013. He is already familiar with the Umarex products and during his previous work he has gathered wide experience in the UK market. An extensive training programme will of course be held in our headquarters in Arnsberg in the course of the next weeks.”
The key task for Bevin is to support the market directly on-site and to assume an advisory and supporting function for the distributors who for their part support the specialised trade. He will also be the point of contact for the authorised specialist dealers for any problems, questions or suggestions they might have regarding the Umarex range of products. The direct support of the specialised trade still rests solely with the official distributors and their respective sales teams.
One of the first steps will be restructuring the Airsoft distribution in the UK, after Armex and Umarex agreed to discontinue the distribution of Airsoft products through Armex to the specialist trade. The distribution of airguns and other product lines will currently continue unchanged through the two distributors Armex and John Rothery/Bisley Wholesale.
Anthony ‘Trigger’ Alborough-Tregear has been appointed as managing director of Westley Richards & Co Ltd.
Following the death of Westley Richards’ managing director Simon Clode in December last year, his right-hand man and former director of operations, Anthony ‘Trigger’ Alborough-Tregear, has been appointed as the new MD of the iconic British gun and rifle makers in Birmingham.
This will come as no surprise to anyone who has had any contact with Westley Richards in recent years; Trigger has been an integral part of the business. “I am greatly honoured to have been appointed as the new managing director of Westley Richards, one of the world’s most iconic and prestigious gun and rifle makers,” says Anthony.
“Obviously, the position comes with enormous responsibility and pressure to maintain and uphold the reputation and standards that have been set over the past two centuries; however, I have every confidence that the future of this great company is a bright one.
“We have some tremendously exciting plans in the pipeline, and I am certain that with such a great team we will continue to break new ground, exceed expectations and uphold the Westley Richards legacy of producing the finest guns and rifles that money can buy.”
UK-based gun-care specialist Napier of London has created Napier of London New Zealand Ltd to directly serve the New Zealand industry.
The company will run out of Hawkes Bay and products will be bulk shipped from the UK, where they are designed and manufactured, to make sure all products are available and at the very best prices.
Steve Rowe, Napier’s managing director, said: “Our loyal customers in New Zealand could not always enjoy the features and quality of Napier products.
“Understandably, it is a long way to ship. Importers are often reluctant to carry such a large range of items or stock. This in turn inflates the local prices and reduces the options for consumers. We believe that all out customers, retail and dealers, should be able to source the very best items, at realistic rates.
“It has long been frustrating when we receive e-mails and calls every month from shooters in New Zealand, but it’s simply not an option to economically send by air from England,” continued Steve, who grew up in the Hawkes Bay area.
The new business is independently operated and will be able to ship to all New Zealand addresses.
The company also has a web store where all items will be able to be purchased – www.napieroflondon.co.nz.
Outdoor hunting and fishing manufacturer Flambeau Outdoors has restructured its eastern US sales force by partnering with established agencies Dunkin-Lewis, Inc., and Thomas F Gowen & Sons.
“Flambeau was founded in 1947 by a pair of brothers who hand built their own injection moulding machine, and through constant hard work and pure determination it has grown into an international business, serving wholesale and retail consumers across a broad spectrum of interests,” said Flambeau president Chris Gurreri. “Flambeau Outdoors is proud to partner with Dunkin-Lewis and Gowen & Sons. We’re confident that with over 300 new products launched in the past three years, these top-notch agencies have the tools needed to exceed customer expectations and increase market share.”
Dunkin-Lewis will be responsible for the southeast, southwest, MINK and part of the upper midwest territories. Agency principals include Charles F Dunkin, CEO & COO; Duane Collins, president; Bill Douglas, executive vice president; Craig Kelley, vice president and Gary Mahan, vice president.
“Dunkin-Lewis, Inc., values long-term relationships with the vendors we represent and looks forward to working on behalf of Flambeau Outdoors in a category in which we have had a presence for over 50 years, as well as to add to our portfolio the breadth of additional products available from this well-known brand,” said Dunkin-Lewis president Duane Collins. “Our sales representatives are eager to grow the business in each territory and expand Flambeau Outdoors’ market presence.”
Gowen & Sons, a fourth-generation company, was established in 1930 with a concentration in the sporting goods and public safety markets. It will be representing Flambeau Outdoors in the Great Lakes states and the northeast.
“My team and I are more than ready to be a part of the Flambeau Outdoors family and look forward to working with Flambeau management to gain market share throughout our territory,” said Gowen & Sons principal Tony Gowen. “With shared core values such as family, integrity and teamwork I believe this partnership to be a winning outcome for all parties.”
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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
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.”
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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.
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The opportunities for these two new features in clothing are set to enhance the sector, according to the latest edition of Performance Apparel Markets from business-information company Textiles Intelligence.
Heated garments are increasingly in demand for activities in winter. In response to such demand, several new developments have been launched recently.
German company W Zimmermann has developed a unique textile heating system called Novonic Heat, which can be integrated into all types of clothing. USA brand Columbia Sportswear has recently introduced no fewer than 16 separate heating products as part of its Omni-Heat range.
Admittedly, it is not easy to integrate many of the new technologies in established textile or garment lines so the yarns have to be manually inserted and integrated.
Another issue is the ‘washability’ of the garments being produced.
The need for protection against mosquitoes and other predatory insects can be a matter of life and death in many developing countries. In developed countries, by contrast, insect-repellent apparel has been considered something of a luxury.
However, mosquitoes from more southerly latitudes have increasingly been migrating north, presenting a market opportunity for sportswear brands and outdoor-clothing companies.
Burlington has launched No Fly Zone insect-repellent fabric technology, while Columbia Sportswear has a range of insect-repellent products called Insect Blocker, and Craghoppers has a range called Nosilife.
The firm has invested heavily in how it addresses the European market more comprehensively and has put considerable manpower and infrastructure in place for that to happen.
Attendance at this year’s Midland Game Fair and the Tackle & Guns Trade Show were among the strategies from key Crosman Europe personnel, who based themselves on UK distributor ASI’s stand.
Roy Stefanko, Crosman Europe’s vice-president of marketing, was at the Midland Game Fair while regional manager Martin Stelling was at the T&G Show.
ASI boss Edward King said: “ASI UK has been distributing Crosman products for the last few years. We are very encouraged by Crosman’s presence here because the company is driving not just the UK but the whole Europe-wide sector.
“It is putting a lot of resources and a lot of time behind this. It is clearly very encouraging to see that Crosman has identified Europe as a great area of development for what is a great range of products.”
Roy added: “We have shown an increase in our commitment to the European market. It was important for me to come here to gain a better understanding of this market, as we need to know the nuances involved.
“We know a lot about the North American market but we have a bit to learn about Europe and its needs. It is good for me to meet so many UK customers.”
The range includes an engineered ambidextrous thumbhole stock for Magnum Research’s MagnumLite Rimfire .22LR rifles and the Ruger 10/22 auto-loader.
USA-manufactured Glacier Ridge replacement stocks are made from polypropylene with fibre additives for maximum strength.
The stock design features a semi-palm swell on both sides of the pistol grip, a high comb for proper scope shooting and a moulded-to-fit rubber butt plate.
According to the company, replacing your current stock with a Glacier Ridge stock requires four easy-to-follow steps – to remove your old stock – then three steps to install the new ambidextrous thumbhole version.
The replacement stock is the first in a series of products that will be offered from Glacier Ridge.
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The newly released Dirty Bird collection of clothing from Browning has been specially designed for wild and waterfowl hunting.
The range is said to offer complete protection against damp and cold but gives maximum freedom of movement at the same time.
The jacket, in reed camouflage texture, is equipped with large magnetically closed pockets, a Pre-vent membrane and Primaloft insulation.
The adjustable hood and the moisture-stop tape guarantee that it’s watertight.
The trousers are fitted with pockets for holding hand-warmers and fully adjustable bracers and a elegant cap and gloves complete the collection.
The BSA South Florida Council Sporting Clays Invitational is a fun-filled day of fellowship and shooting on a 14-station course in Florida.
Taurus USA, which distributes the Brazilian-made Taurus firearms, fielded two teams and also funded the coveted Judge Stage, donating a dove hunt in Argentina for the live auction with Taurus senior management and team captain Jessie Duff, as well as a ‘Taurus Experience’ plant tour.
The Taurus Team included Mark Kresser, its president, who took high individual of 208 shooters with a near perfect 98; David Blenker, the executive vice-president, came third overall with 96; Juli Brayton, the marketing director, and Kimberly Intagliata, the customer service manager, who tied for second lady; along with Aaron and Larry Moore – vendor partners from LaserLyte.
The team took second place (of 52 competing teams) after a dead tie for the lead, ending in a shoot-off.
Proceeds from the event will support South Florida Council’s leadership and character-development programmes looking after more than 32,000 young people.
David said: “It is an honor to support an organisation such as the Boy Scouts of America and I would like to thank all of the gun industry sponsors for their ongoing commitment.
“Taurus embraces this relationship in developing positive core values in today’s generation as they discover and develop a lifelong passion for the shooting sports.”