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News | Friday, July 25, 2014

72% of Companies Don't Ask for Customer Input

During a recent webinar sponsored by the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers and presented by Growth Strategy Partners on 3.5 Ways to Differentiate Your Products, attendees were asked, "How often do you formally collect customer input when developing new products?" A disappointing 72% said they 'never' to 'sometimes' collect customer input.

FMG Announces 2014 Shooting Industry Masters Winners

Industry members from across the country gathered in Sebastian, Fla. at the Indian River Shooting Range, July 18-19 to launch the 12th Annual Shooting Industry Masters. Over 350 competitors and industry partners raised thousands of dollars in support of NSSF's First Shots, USA Shooting and HAVA.

TRU-SPEC® Adds Two New Patterns from the MultiCam® Family to TRU Line

TRU-SPEC® has added the MultiCam Tropic™ and MultiCam Arid™ patterns, developed by Crye Precision, to their popular Tactical Response Uniform selections, designed to meet the unique needs of Tactical Professionals, Law Enforcement and Special Operations personnel.

Larry and Brenda Potterfield Honored at Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation Nationals

The Potterfields were honored by SSSF as the 'Founding Life Diamond Members' of the Champion's Roundtable, which recognizes donors who have made major contributions to the SSSF mission.

Zero Pork Thirty - This Week on Gun Talk Television

This week on Gun Talk Television, host Ryan Gresham goes full-tactical with guns and gear on a nighttime hog-hunt in Texas.

USAYESS Reports on Success of its National Championships

The USA Youth Education in Shooting Sports (USAYESS) National Championships took place June 27 to 29, 2014 at the National Shooting Complex (NSC) in San Antonio, TX. A total of $93,000.00 was deposited into team endowment accounts at the MidwayUSA Foundation from the National Championships.

Beretta's Big Move - This Week on Gun Talk® Radio

It's a big move for Beretta, a new line of emergency and survival gear and supplies from Brownells, easy instruction for shotguns, and more, this week on Tom Gresham's Gun Talk® Radio.

GLOCK Pledges $150,000 to CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park

GLOCK, Inc. has contributed $50,000 to the Civilian Marksmanship Program in support of its new CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park, which opens in the spring of 2015. Now Offers Front Line's Crimson Trace® Compatible Holsters now offers new Front Line holsters designed to fit handguns equipped with Crimson Trace Lasergrips®.

Colt Sponsors and Donates Single Action Army® Revolver to FMG Shooting Industry Masters

Colt's Manufacturing Company proudly sponsored FMG's Shooting Industry Masters event at the gold level, as well as donating a special Single Action Army® Revolver to the event's charitable auction. It was auctioned at a final price of $3,600, with 100-percent of the proceeds benefitting USA Shooting.

Heath Parsons wins 1st Place High Overall in Masters Open Division at Frostproof, Fl.

FOG Ammunition Congratulates FOG sponsored shooter, Heath Parsons, taking home 1st Place, High Overall in the Masters Open Division.

Hodgdon® Reloading Data Center launches how-to videos

Hodgdon®, has launched three new professionally produced how-to videos on its popular Reloading Data Center. Rifle, pistol and shotshell reloading basics are shown in an easy to understand step-by-step format.

Steskla Returns As Match Director For 2014 Smith & Wesson IDPA BUG Nationals

The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) and Smith & Wesson announced that Brian Steskla will once again take the reins as Match Director of one of IDPA's most popular new events - the Smith & Wesson IDPA Back Up Gun Nationals.

Firearm Compliance Conference - Sponsored Discount for Dealers

A recent sponsorship by Smith & Wesson has made it possible for Orchid Advisors to offer a reduced price of $195 for Single FFL Retailers attending the 2014 Firearms Industry Compliance Conference, October 6-8 at the Turnberry Isle Resort in Aventura, Fla. (MORE)

MidwayUSA releases "357 Magnum Brass," by Larry Potterfield

To read "357 Magnum Brass" and the rest of Larry Potterfield's Short Stories, visit

Adams Arms Announces New AR Pistols

This week, Adams Arms announces the new addition to their lineup of piston driven rifles: their AR Pistol.


300th Educator Graduates from "Active Killer" Class in Ohio

Editor's Note: This update comes to us from the Buckeye Firearms Foundation and has the latest on that group's campaign to protect students, teachers and faculty members in Ohio schools.

COLUMBUS, OH - Last week, Buckeye Firearms Foundation held its thirteenth F.A.S.T.E.R. (Faculty/Administrator Safety Training and Emergency Response) class in Ohio.

Created by Buckeye Firearms Foundation in partnership with Tactical Defense Institute, the class is designed specifically for school staff to enable them to quickly, safely, and appropriately respond to an active killer in a school setting and offer immediate life-saving medical treatment to victims.

With roughly 24 per class, over 300 teachers, administrators, and staff have now completed the training. In addition to Ohio, educators from Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Colorado have attended.

Foundation President Jim Irvine said, "One of the most frequent comments from attendees is 'I'm a different person.' They're different because they have a new awareness of active killer events and how they are successfully stopped. Different because they now understand why current policies don't work, and are committed to making needed changes for the safety of their students."

The idea of armed staff in schools is not new. Schools in Idaho, Texas, and Alabama have been doing it successfully for a decade. Irvine continued, "None of the terrible 'What if' scenarios have ever happened. Instead, what these states have seen are safer schools where children learn and play, and would-be killers know they need to pick a different location."

Buckeye Firearms Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) educational organization. In the wake of the killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, the Foundation announced in 2013 that it would pay for tuition, ammunition, and lodging for a class of 24 Ohio teachers, administrators, and other school staff to attend an intensive, 3-day class on how to limit the deaths from a school shooting.

After the success of the original class, more than 1,700 educators from counties across Ohio have applied for the training, which has now expanded to 3 separate locations in the state in order to accommodate more more people.

"On average, there are 2-3 casualties when a killer is stopped by someone on scene," said Irvine. "The death toll rises to 12-16 when they are stopped by a responding law enforcement officer. Police desperately want to solve this problem, but if they are not already inside the building when the shooting starts, they simply can't get there in time. Experts agree that the best way to lower the body count is to have someone inside every building with the tools, skill, and mindset to stop the killer quickly."

Editor's Note: To learn more about the Buckeye Firearms Association's F.A.S.T.E.R. program, contact Jim Irvine at

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