Industry Notes

Wal-Mart Agrees To Gun-Retailing Restrictions

Wal-Mart has agreed to adopt a 10-point retailing system pushed by the anti-gun group Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Wal-Mart, the largest seller of firearms in the nation, cooperated in the drafting of and adopted what the Mayors Against Illegal Guns group calls the Responsible Firearms Retailer Partnership. …

Savage Adds 6 Norma BR, Gets “Shoot House” Bids

Suffield, CT - April 11, 2008 - Savage has announced a new chambering for its precision rifles. For 2008, the following 12 Series Varmint rifles are available in 6 Norma BR: Model 12 Long Range Precision Varminter single shot and repeater models, and the Model 12F Class benchrest model. The Model 12 Long Range Precision Varminters are chambered in 223 Rem, 22-250 Rem, 204 Ruger, and the new round, the 6 Norma BR.

Michel and Miculek Take Top Honors At 2008 US Steel Nationals

Max Michel and Kay Clark Miculek captured the Men’s and Women’s titles the 2008 U.S. National Steel Championships. The match, now in its second year, was held at the Skip-J Range in Anderson, South Carolina, with 90 shooters competing.

Remington Arms announces marketing and sales organizational changes

Remington Arms today announced four marketing and sales organizational changes, effective immediately. Bill Schirmacher, who was with Marlin for 36 years, joins Remington as director of brand management and product development for Marlin and H&R/New England Firearms. Jay Stuart, currently serving as director of Remington sales-west, assumes a newly created role as director, business development, focusing on managing all brands (Remington, Marlin and H&R 1871) and product categories with Wal-Mart. …

Shooters Ridge Goes Ape with the Gorilla Range Bag

ONALASKA, Wis. – Shooters Ridge introduces the new Gorilla Range Bag. The Gorilla Range Bag (MSRP: $74.49) is a sectional, filled rest that can be used in eight different configurations. Available in the spring 2008.

BATFE Annual Firearms Manufacturing And Export Report

…Total firearm production in 2006 increased 3.3 percent, following a 4-percent uptick in 2005. Pistol and rifle production increased the most in 2006, while shotguns posted a slight increase, and revolvers a 14-percent decline.

VZ 58 Tactical Sporter and VZ 58 Military Sporter Unveiled

…The Sa vz. 58 was developed by Ing. Jiri Cermak in 1956 and 1957, adopted by the Czechoslovakian army in 1958. and was produced by Ceska Zbrojovka in Uhersky Brod, Czechoslovakia until 1983.

Smith & Wesson Launches Training Program with

Smith & Wesson Corp., announced today that it has entered into an agreement with the online training company to provide retail sales training support for the Company’s Smith & Wesson, Walther and Thompson/Center Arms products.

MTM Announces Mini Digital Reloading Scale

The MTM Case-Gard DS-1200 is a pocket-sized scale whose features include: an extended, 3 minute auto shut-off powder pan, custom designed to facilitate bullet, powder and arrow weighingeasy to read, backlit LCD display plusminus .1 grain accuracy up to 1200 grain capacity measures in grains, grams, carats and ounces stainless steel sensory platform high-impact, plastic sensory cover that doubles as large powder pan uses just two standard AAA batteries (included) calibration weight and detailed instructions included a high-quality, foam lined case for permanent storage and…

Smith & Wesson To Host First IDPA Indoor National Championships

Smith & Wesson Corp., announced today that after 10 years of successfully hosting the Smith & Wesson International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) Winter Championships, the company will now hold the first IDPA Indoor National Championships February 21-23, 2008.

Firearms Industry Statement on Passage of NICS Legislation

The legislation requires federal agencies to provide relevant data for use in the NICS system, a database that stores the names of individuals prohibited by federal law from purchasing or possessing firearms.

Industry Sales Up 5% In Second Quarter

Sales by gun and ammunition manufacturers grew by 5 percent in the second quarter compared to the same period in 2005, according to the firearm industry's best economic indicator.

Color Me Skeptical

A press release on the PR Newswire said, breathlessly, “Biofire Announces World’s First Smart Gun® Secured by Fingerprint and Facial Recognition.” Will this smartphone...