News | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Final Editions for 2014
The Friday, December 19, 2014 editions of The Outdoor Wire Digital Network will be our final editions for 2014. As we have for the past 12 holiday seasons, we're taking that time for organization and preparation for 2015 as well as some quality time with our families. If you have information you want distributed prior to January, 2015, it must reach our mailboxes no later than 3 p.m. on Thursday, December 18. That news will be included in the appropriate Friday editions. Over the holiday we will be updating you with our Twitter feeds and more -and Friday's edition will carry news of new services for our readers in 2015.
The January issue of Shooting Illustrated, on newsstands now, features Daniel Defense's new take on the Special Purpose Rifle (SPR), the Daniel Defense MK12.
Ruger (NYSE-RGR) announces the launch of the BX-Trigger: a light, crisp, "drop-in" replacement trigger assembly that is compatible with all Ruger® 10/22 rifles and 22 Charger pistols.
Bear Archery is pleased to announce that it has obtained an order from the U.S. International Trade Commission ("ITC") prohibiting Topoint Archery and any companies or people working in association with it from advertising, importing or selling counterfeit Whisker Biscuit arrow rests in the United States.
If you're a long distance shooter interested in precision shooting, the Gen 2 T-Pod is perfect for you.
No knife maker has created more one-of-a-kind knives for the SHOT Show auction than South Carolina custom knife maker, Ross Tyser. Another special Tyser original has been selected as the 2015 SHOT Show knife.
For the first time at SHOT Show 2015, Southwick Associates and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) will be offering exhibitor seminars that focus on market research and how it benefits small and medium-sized manufacturers.
The latest favorable report on the Benelli ETHOS is done by noted outdoor personality and author Ron Spomer. His YouTube channel spells out in no uncertain terms the superb functionality and shootability of the brand's newest semi-auto.
USA Shooting is recognizing three outstanding athletes in the respective disciplines of Paralympic, Pistol and Rifle for outstanding performances in 2014. Overall winners Josh Richmond and Brandy Drozd were recognized Monday. Today, Mike Tagliapietra (Paralympic), Amy Sowash (Rifle) and Keith Sanderson (Pistol) are being recognized for distinction within their own individual disciplines.
Viridian continues to lead in green laser technology with the introduction of the first and only green laser sight for Glock 26 and 27 pistols.
Gletcher, a brand under Sport Manufacturing Group Inc. that specializes in the production of pneumatic replica firearms, officially launches their website this week. Consumers may now purchase the Gletcher Co2 pistols and accessories at www.gletcherguns.com.
ATK Sporting Group is seeking a Law Enforcement Accessory Sales Representative for our Northeastern Territory to add to our team.
In episode 5 of That's Knot Right, It's a crazy day for Chad as he's invited to be a guest on the popular podcast "Talking Lead" and hits the gun range with 22Plinkster. Watch Episode 5 now: http://bit.ly/1swxIJp.
Gray Loon Marketing Group has hired Matt Pearce as web developer. In that role, Pearce is part of the team responsible for the development, implementation, and maintenance of database-driven websites for the company's diverse client base.
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE-RGR) announces that the popular Gunsite Scout Rifle is now available with a lightweight, black composite stock. The composite stock reduces the rifle weight to 6.25 pounds, ¾ pounds less than the popular laminate wood stock version.
LaserMax, Inc. yesterday announced a new minimum advertised price (MAP) policy that becomes effective January 1, 2015. The new MAP policy aims to protect the LaserMax brand and preserve the company's reputation for offering quality products.
GunBroker.com has released its list of Top 5 Best Selling Firearms for November 2014. Remington VersaMax jumped to the #1 position in the new Semi Auto Shotgun category.
The holidays are once again celebrated with the 12 Days of Armalite. Visit www.armalite.com to find out the specials of the day. This year's promotion runs from December 10 to December 29. Once announced, all specials will be available until 5pm CST on December 29.
Between The Berms: The Promise of 2015
So the 2014 season comes to an end for Between The Berms, as it always does around this time of year when Christmas is upon us and the Outdoor Wire Digital Network takes a few weeks off before that mad dash for SHOT Show begins in January.
Looking ahead to next year, 2015 promises to be, well, another year. It's hard to say what's in store for the industry next year, outside of the obvious cozying up by would-be presidential candidates. This always takes place before an election year when the gun voters, and our associated individual and PAC donations, suddenly become very important. With any luck we might see one or two of them on the SHOT Show floor in January.
Next year could be the year of, if not hot sales, then maybe, hot sellers. With the volume of gun sales returned or returning to normal, what's new will be what's hot. Special edition models, with their cosmetic and/or accessory enhancements, will find their way into retailer display cases and on to the covers of popular firearm magazines, making them all the rage with gun buyers already overloaded on the bread and butter models sold over the last few years.
This is always the most interesting development within the industry as companies discover the appeal of a special model or two worthy of making it a regular catalog item. And from that we often find a few aftermarket accessories that make the move to standard feature item on the higher end models for several manufacturers.
Of course, 2015 will also see its share of regulatory and legislative initiatives designed to curb firearms ownership. With a presidential election primary season on the horizon, how loud those calls for regulation are depends on who's talking.
A lame duck administration has nothing to lose politically from pushing gun control through executive order and agency regulations, so expect the brunt of that effort to come from the Executive branch of the government. The legislative branch has learned to speak softly during an election year and swing a big stick after the swearing in.
One thing we should see in 2015 that we have not seen in the past, but desperately need, is data on the economic impact of major competitions. Jim Curcuruto, NSSF's director of industry research and analysis, is working on compiling data from major competitions to see what economic impact a big match has on a local community.
The shooting sports governing bodies have never really had this info, outside of perhaps the ATA's Grand American which used to pull in a reported $10 to $12 million in economic impact before the event left Vandalia, Ohio back in 2005. Getting updated numbers, and making them part of the discussion with local communities and businesses when a club considers a match will be a most welcome development.
Before we look to the coming new year, perhaps Christmas, and the rest of the holiday season, deserves some consideration. To those of you spending time with your families, all the best. For those of you unable to be with your loved ones, our thoughts are with you. And for those of you deployed, or with loved ones deployed, our very best wishes to you in the hope this is a safe and happy holiday season and that your return home is not too far off in the future.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and a Happy Festivus, for the rest of us.
- Paul Erhardt, Editor, the Outdoor Wire Digital Network
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