WED | NOVEMBER 30, 2022

Czechoslovak Group has acquired a 70 percent stake in Fiocchi Munizioni, the manufacturer of small-caliber ammunition. CSG will partner with the current shareholders, the Fiocchi family and Charme Capital Partners " for continued growth".
The Hatsan Invader is available in .22 and .25 calibers, providing versatility based on the users’ needs. It has an all-weather stock, carry handle with sights - which can be removed to reveal the picatinny rail and it uses detachable 255cc aluminum cylinders.
Federal announced that its Springfield Armory Model 2020 Waypoint Special Edition ammunition is now available from its Online Custom Shop. A dedicated webpage takes Custom Shop users to an order form, where they select their bullet options and caliber, then purchase the handloaded ammunition direct.

Federal Ammunition congratulates Team Federal sponsored shooter and brand ambassador Alysia Burrows, who recently took home 1st Lady Practical Division at the 2022 PCSL 2-Gun Championship.
The Civilian Marksmanship Program’s Western CMP Games and Highpower Matches is set to return to the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Arizona, March 10-19, 2023. A series of pistol opportunities like the Pistol 2700, .22 Rimfire Pistol, EIC Pistol, 1911 and Military & Police Service Pistol events will resume for the second year.
Colt Manufacturing’s most coveted hunting revolver is the Anaconda, chambered in the awesome .44 Remington Magnum.

Meprolight, a world leader in handgun sights, has the sights to upgrade your pistol. Take a look at Mepro Hyper-Bright, FT Bullseye and Mepro microRDS to improve your handgun.
Rogue Ridge’s RG1000 is the company’s fastest fat tire e-bike and can go an impressive distance on a single charge.
The Hornet belt holster, from Galco, is now available for the S&W M&P Compact pistol with 3.6” barrel. The holster can be used either crossdraw or in the “appendix” position.

Providing 360-degree views, the Booner 6-Panel Blind eliminates blind spots and gives hunters an edge.
NSSF announced that new insurance benefits are available to its members through a partnership with Outdoor Sports and Recreation Insurance. The insurance product line provides a comprehensive suite of insurance features, strategically crafted to offer property, general liability, professional liability, employee benefits liability, cyber liability and umbrella.
ISOtunes Sport announced that the company has partnered with Ava Flanell. A firearms instructor, writer, and host of the Gun Funny podcast, Ava is a passionate shooter and the perfect match for ISOtunes Sport’s line of hearing protection engineered for sport shooters.
NSSF revealed that the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Checks System completed 711,372 background checks for the purchase of a firearm at retail during the week leading up to and including Black Friday. FBI’s NICS recorded 192,749 background checks on Black Friday alone, ranking it third in the Top 10 Highest Days for NICS checks and a 2.8 percent increase from Black Friday 2021.
Creedmoor Sports announces the hiring of Jonathan Davison to expand marketing capabilities. Davidson brings to Creedmoor Sports broad marketing experience in the shooting sports industry including executing product launches and managing large-scale content generation projects.
SHOT Show® Industry Day at the Range exhibitor registration will close today (November 30, 2022). Industry Day at the Range will take place at the Boulder Rifle and Pistol Club in Boulder City, Nevada on Monday, January 16, 2023 - one day prior to SHOT Show.

The Firearms Policy Coalition announced that United States District Judge John Sinatra, Jr. has issued a preliminary injunction against New York’s law banning guns on all private property without express consent.
Firearms Policy Coalition announced that it has filed a motion for preliminary injunction in Gray v. Jennings, its lawsuit challenging Delaware’s ban on so-called “assault weapons.”
The Firearms Policy Coalition announced the filing of an opening brief with the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Baughcum v. Jackson, which challenges Georgia's ban on the right to bear arms as to young adults.

Code of Silence is excited to announce the defeat of cold weather with the release of its Coldfjall line of hunting clothing. The Coldfjall collection from Code of Silence gives hunters cold-weather comfort and concealment.
High Speed Gear introduces the continued expansion of the TACO line with the Double Extended Pistol TACO and the Duty Double Extended Pistol TACO.
Here for a short time only, GATORZ eyewear is releasing a limited-edition Skyhook frame with Gunmetal Cerakote® and blue mirrored lenses. Not only is the Skyhook frame the lightest frame from GATORZ, but it is one of the most popular and versatile frames in the GATORZ lineup.
Red Arrow Weapons is adding to its lineup of .308 workhorses to offer a firearm for home defense, sport shooting, and hunting. RAW .308 models pair the knockdown power of the caliber with the company’s sub MOA barrel and the 2.5-pound single stage trigger for premium performance.
Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc. introduced a new member of the M&P metal-framed series, the Performance Center M&P9 M2.0 Competitor. The Competitor comes with a 5-inch barrel, has an enhanced sear for lighter, crisper trigger let-off, and includes a flared magazine well.
As part of the 100-year anniversary celebration, Federal Ammunition is featuring monthly online content celebrating Federal’s rich history. The month of November showcased the Premium ammunition product line and the honorary company historian, Doc Fred.
The webinar will review the audit process, firearm theft/loss procedures, and best practices to maximize accuracy, efficiency and compliance.
MyOutdoorTV (MOTV), Outdoor Sportsman Group’s No. 1 subscription streaming app with more than 17,000 episodes of the best hunting and fishing content in the world, is available now on VIZIO in the United States.
The mainstream media tells us that armed citizens almost never stop bad guys with guns. The truth is more interesting.
The USA Clay Target League has been chosen as the regular-season clay target vendor by the National Junior College Athletic Association Board of Regents. NJCAA-affiliated colleges are now able to form teams and regional clay target leagues through the USA College Clay Target League, a division of the USA Clay Target League.
On the weekend of Nov. 12-13, 2022, the Civilian Marksmanship Program State Directors assembled at Talladega Marksmanship Park in Alabama to exchange ideas, discover more about the organization’s latest endeavors and socialize. A total of 27 State Directors attended the meeting, which was the first time the group was able to gather since 2018.
Faxon Firearms, a manufacturer of quality rifle and pistol components and complete firearms, has announced an extension of their Black Friday & Cyber Monday Promotions through 11/30/22.
RECOIL Magazine looks back over 2022 highlighting the SCOTUS Bruen decision and its legal fallout, as well as a chopped and suppressed Ruger 5.7x28 LC Carbine – and more.
ESCORT's PS Youth is chambered for 3-inch magnum 20-gauge shells and features ESCORT’s Fast-Loading and Smart-Valve Piston Systems.
CZ-USA announced that the CZ Configurator is now online and available to CZ customers in the United States. The CZ Configurator is an online tool that gives the power to fully customize and order the CZ firearm of your dreams from the comfort of your phone or computer.
The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department says its Hammond Cove public shooting range in Hartland will close December 12, and the West Mountain Wildlife Management Area public shooting range will close December 14.
The popular airgun competition series American Airgunner Challenge returns for a fourth season exclusively on Outdoor Channel on Wednesdays in July 2023.
The Bianchi Cup is covered on the next Shooting USA, from the Green Valley ranges in Columbia, Missouri. Plus, the history of Remington Shotguns.
 

As today’s top story reports, there’s a continued wave of consolidation across the industry. Today’s news reports the acquisition of a majority stake in Fiocchi Munizioni -the parent company of Fiocchi USA - by Czechoslovakia-based Czechoslovak Group (CSG).

Fiocchi Munizioni has another new partner. Czechoslovak Group (CSG) has acquired 70% of the company.

Prague-based CSG group isn’t an unknown in automotive, aerospace, defense, rail or business sectors across the globe, but it’s not a known entity in our sector-yet. With more than 8,000 employees, it is a private company, wholly-owned by Michal Strnad. It owns and operates companies across diverse business areas and has partnered with General Dynamics, Siemens, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, and Rheinmetal.

The Fiocchi family will maintain a 30 percent stake (along with Charme Capital Partners who acquired the company in 2017) which will keep their 146-year family history going.

Strnad says the acquisition represents the “largest financial investment in the history of our group.” He also says the Fiocchi family will continue to be involved as they move forward.

This is the largest acquisition we’ve seen publicly announced, but we know it’s not the only acquisition either in the final stages or quietly completed. As the United States continues to retain its position as one of the dominant players in the international firearms industry, companies in other areas are finding it advantageous to partner with -or acquire- American companies as they come available.

Speaking of dominant groups…no matter what your feelings about SHOT Show, it has continued to emerge as one of the major players -and bellweathers- of the not-insignificant trade show industry. Sure, there are other “majors”- but SHOT has emerged as one of the leaders of the trade show business. To the point that last year’s SHOT Show was chosen the “Comeback Winner for Trade Show Excellence ” by the Trade Show News Network (TSNN).

We learned yesterday that the SHOT Show 2023 has officially sold-out of floor space, with a waiting list. It looks like another marathon for attendees who plan to cover the entire exhibit space…and the “It’s a Big Deal” tagline isn’t an overstatement

Saying SHOT has changed since I first attended would be fair, but understated. Today, the show is bigger (too-much so at times), but easy to navigate, traffic notwithstanding, and is looking ahead. Forward-thinking hasn’t always been permitted, but this year’s SHOT is adding more to the event-without adding days to the hotel bill.

Last year’s expansion to the Caesars Forum was successful, but a bit understated due to the lingering effects of covid. The 2023 show, however, is poised to take advantage of the opportunities lost by the lingering effects of the pandemic.

I talked with NSSF’s Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer, yesterday about the next edition of SHOT Show. And he was quick to remind me there are lots of new things coming: from the SHOT Show after Dark events (everything from receptions to a full-on concert featuring known artists and a “mystery guest”) to things they’re “not quite ready to announce” but you’ll see in the Wires over the next couple of weeks.

He also clued me in to something that makes it obvious that while SHOT may still be on the comeback trail -along with every other show- it’s far better than the 20-30% drops being experienced by other major shows.

That is decidedly not the case with SHOT Show. As of noon yesterday, Dolnack told me, the SHOT Show floor was “officially sold out” and there’s a waiting list for space.

Despite (or maybe due to) an administration that is decidedly against guns and gun ownership, the firearms industry is moving along quite nicely, thank you. The FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Checks (NICS) system confirms the fact that demand for firearms is high-although not at the record-breaking levels of the past two years.

Black Friday’s NICS totaled 192,749 checks -that’s the third highest of the top 10 NICS checks. It’s also a 2.8 percent increase over Black Friday 2021. That, according to the NSSF’s President and CEO Joe Bartozzi, makes 2022 “the third strongest year on record, coming off the outsized years of 2020 and 2021.”

According to Bartozzi, “those figures tell us the is still continued strong appetite for firearm ownership by law-abiding Americans and that firearms manufacturers across the country continue to deliver the quality firearms our customers have come to expect.”

I’ll stop him when I disagree….and we’ll keep you posted.

— Jim Shepherd

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