News | Monday, November 5, 2012

LUCID Partners with Strelok+ Ballistic Calculator for Mobile Devices

LUCID is one of the most recent additions to the offering of reticles offered within the field tested and super accurate "Strelok+" ballistic trajectory calculator from Igor Borisov.


Burris Shipping Eliminator II and III LaserScopes

Burris is pleased to announce that the much anticipated Eliminator II and Eliminator III LaserScopes are now being shipped to dealers across the country. The new 3.5x-10x-50 Eliminator LaserScope, which was introduced in August, started shipping in October.


NSSF Offers 10 Reasons to Invite a Newcomer to Hunt and Shoot

Before the weather turns uninviting and schedules fill up with holiday obligations, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) reminds experienced hunters and shooters that autumn is a great time of year to invite a newcomer, whether a youth or adult, to experience the rewards of hunting and target shooting. In fact, they've offered 10 good reasons.


Final Match of Year Golden for USAMU Soldiers

U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit shooters and 2012 Olympians Sgt. 1st Class Jason Parker and Staff Sgt. Josh Richmond finished 2012 on top of the podium at the World Cup Finals with two gold medal-winning matches to close out the year.


Mark Thomas Joins Walther Arms

Industry veteran Mark Thomas joins Walther Arms as Director of Marketing. Thomas comes to Walther from Kimber Manufacturing where he was Director of Product Marketing.


Delfay and Eller to Join USA Shooting Board of Directors

USA Shooting is adding longtime industry leader Bob Delfay (Aiken, South Carolina) and shotgun enthusiast Butch Eller (Katy, Texas) to the organization's Board of Directors. The two are among the at-large Board additions who will begin their terms with the organization's spring 2013 meeting, joining Lones Wigger (Colorado Springs, Colorado) whose return to the board was announced last week.


Vermont Squeaks Out Win at SPP Northeast Fall Regional Championships

The University of Vermont (UVM) Squad - A won the annual Scholastic Pistol Program (SPP) Northeast Fall Regional Championships, hosted by Smith & Wesson, by a mere 9.98 seconds over the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets. The Coast Guard Academy's Squad A finished third.


Crimson Trace Launches Value-Driven Defender Series Laser Sights

To grow the laser sight market among more price-sensitive consumers, Crimson Trace will launch the DEFENDER SERIES™ line of red laser sights at the 2012 NASGW show in Orlando, Florida tomorrow. Featuring MSRPs between $129 and $149, the initial units are designed to fit Smith & Wesson and Taurus revolvers, as well as Glock, Ruger and XDm semi-autos. DEFENDER SERIES products will be available for initial shipment to dealers starting December 15, 2012.


Hurricane Hits Henry Repeating Arms

The 109,00 square foot facility housing Henry Repeating Arms in Bayonne, New Jersey suffered significant damage from Hurricane Sandy. The company hopes to have power restored some time this week and reopen for business the week of November 12.


Remington Acquires TAPCO

Remington Arms Company, LLC (Remington), part of the Freedom Group Family of Companies, has acquired The American Parts Company Inc. (TAPCO). TAPCO is a designer and marketer of American-made aftermarket accessories and replacement parts for handguns, rifles, shotguns, modern sporting rifles and other tactical firearms. TAPCO will continue day-to-day operations at its Kennesaw, Georgia, facility.


MGM Targets Steps Up to Sponsor Babes With Bullets

When Babes with Bullets, a women's firearms training camp, opens its eight annual Tucson camp at the Tucson Rifle Club beginning Friday November 9, the team will have the added benefit of MGM Targets sponsorship and their nationally recognized steel targets becoming a permanent part of the camp stage designs.


HAVA Launches New Website

HAVA, Honored American Veterans Afield, announces the launch of their new web site designed to further the HAVA mission of serving the wounded warrior community and raising awareness of the need for Americans to come together on behalf of these defenders of freedom.


The Rail Master - This Week on Guns & Gear TV

This week, Guns & Gear TV, the most watched TV program to showcase products for shooting and hunting, features the Crimson Trace's Rail Master universal laser, the new Smith & Wesson M&P Shield pistol, the Super Match M1A rifle from Springfield Armory, CrossBreed Holsters' SuperTuck Deluxe, and more.


FEATURE

Rumors, Acquisitions and Elections

Don't have the minutes of the meeting (yet), but sources tell me California Senator and longtime gun-hater Dianne Feinstein's legal staff held meetings on Friday with FTB/ATF legal staff to discuss a new "Assault Weapons Ban" Madame Feinstein would be looking to push through Congress if President Obama wins reelection.

This same "pretty good intelligence" says the items that would lead to a ban would ban pistol grips and "high-capacity" magazines, eliminate any grandfathering and ban sales of "weapons in possession". I don't know about you, but if these things come to pass and I'm "in possession" I'm certainly not selling. In fact, the lack of interest in the idea surprised the California liberal's legal staffers. Apparently, they believe no logical person could possible disagree with them.

Ordinarily, I wouldn't begin (or end) with a rumor, but today and tomorrow aren't exactly ordinary days. Today is the final day before the general election, and in case you haven't noticed there are plenty of significant items on ballots across the nation.

But the outcome of the presidential race will say a lot about where we're headed as a nation- and as shooters. If you are registered to vote and haven't already voted via absentee ballot, delay whatever you had planned for tomorrow short of life-saving surgery and get to the polls.

On Friday, I began receiving the first reports of increases in gun buying by people concerned about tomorrow's election. Dealers in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and Indiana all tell me there hasn't been a huge number of buyers expressing those concerns, but the numbers were noticeable.

Among that group -and the majority of "regular" purchasers- the core driving most of the purchasing seem to be in their mid-to-late 30s. Again, home and personal defense are the most frequently cited reasons for buying.

Diversity seems to be the reason for Remington's purchase of Georgia's The American Parts Company (TAPCO) announced in this morning's news section ("Acquisitions").

It will probably trigger the latest round of panicked email alerts asking "Why is George Soros Buying Gun Companies?" Soros owns neither Freedom Group or Cerberus Capital, but no rumor ever completely dies in email.

But this latest in what I suspect will be a string of acquisitions indicates that Freedom Group is broadening both their holdings and interests in the industry. TAPCO represents both a new market and additional manufacturing capabilities. Both good for a company that's made no secret of the fact it has just about had it with state governments who threaten to burden long time manufacturing facilities with additional taxes and regulations.

Speed and agility aren't always easy for a company of more than 3,000 workers with facilities scattered across the country. New product categories and fresh eyes in research and development are valuable to any company.

Freedom Group is still secretive, but it continues to demonstrate to skeptics in the industry (myself included) that they are a company with a gun culture. My limited conversations with either President Scott Blackwell or Vice-Chairman Wally McLallen quickly turns to shooting or hunting.


And speaking of shooting and hunting, tomorrow is the opening day of NASGW's annual meeting. NASGW doesn't get the media attention of SHOT Show, but that doesn't diminish its importance to the industry and the selling cycle. In fact, NASGW is probably better positioned date-wise than SHOT when it comes to the business of the business.

I'm headed there and will be looking for the latest-and-greatest products that will actually be shipping for sales soon. That's another key difference in the two shows: NASGW is about arriving products; SHOT's a lot about what's coming down the pike.

The first announced items of interest we've seen are Crimson Trace's line of value-priced lasers. With MSRPs under $150, they're probably going to get a lot of attention from retailers.

And a final note: tomorrow, The Tactical Wire will be producing it's annual Concealed Carry Special Edition. It will contain news of new products, reviews, and some very good writing on the topic of concealed carry. I look forward to reading it -and don't want you to be surprised when your edition shows up.

Busy week, and we'll keep you up with what's happening.

--Jim Shepherd


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