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Mike Mers Still With AAC or What I Meant To Say Was…

Sunday, July 13th, 2014


Just yesterday the blogosphere was all atwitter with news that the snappiest dresser in the firearms industry, Mike Mers was no longer with Remington brand AAC. But then, earlier today, Mers, known for his signature argyle sweater vest, posted this statement to Facebook.


D’oh….sometimes it’s best to wait until the dust settles on employment issues.

Congrats to Mers for his new role with AAC.

TSSI Selects Cary A. Hevener as CFO

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

TSSI is a great company that I’ve had the pleasure to work with for over two decades. Congratulations to Ms Hevener!

Harrisonburg, Virginia, July 7, 2014 – Bill Strang, President and CEO of Tactical & Survival Specialties, Inc. (TSSi) announced the selection of Ms. Cary Hevener as the company’s Chief Financial Officer. This announcement was the culmination of a careful selection process.

Hevener comes to TSSi from Dynamic Aviation where she was the Controller since 2006. Dynamic Aviation is the leading provider of innovative aviation solutions for government and commercial organizations worldwide. Cary attended West Virginia University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration – Accounting. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in West Virginia and Virginia. Before working for Dynamic Aviation, Cary was the Controller for Hartman Motor Sales in Harrisonburg, VA for six years. Hevener says, “I am so excited to join the team at TSSI, a company with a proven track record in success. I am thankful to have the opportunity to be part of such a successful and progressive company.”
According to Strang, “We are very excited to have Cary join the TSSi family. Her experience and personality will be a great addition to our growth and future success.”
TSSi, a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business, was established in 1980 to support the U.S. military special operations community. Today, TSSI’s customer base includes logistical support for military, law enforcement, and disaster response organizations.

As CFO, Hevener will be responsible for the financial and administrative division of TSSI, with Accounting, Information Technologies and Human Resources reporting directly to her.

S&S Precision Launches New Site

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014


S&S Precision has completely updated the layout of their website with improved navigation including a new product navigation page. You’ll notice a GSA icon which connects you to a single, convenient page with all products listed on GSA.


I really like the new site and it’s a lot easier to learn about and order their products.

SIG SAUER Hall of Banners

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

I recently had the opportunity to visit the SIG SAUER factory located on the old Pease AFB in New Hampshire. The 106,000 square foot facility is impressive but our last stop was in the Hall of Banners, the very first thing SIG employees see each day.


The banners celebrate each firearm produced by SIG with a photo, model name and year of introduction. The first two banners say a lot. Consider the number of years between the P210 and P220. After this the dates get closer and closer together all the way up to the MPX, now in limited production.



Tim Dillon Brought On As President And CEO Of Noveske Rifleworks LLC

Friday, July 4th, 2014

This is an announcement from Noveske Rifleworks regarding the recent hiring of Tim Dillon as their new President and CEO. Tim is a great guy and brings a lot of talent to this position going back to serving as a Small Arms Repairman in the Army in the 80s. Since then, Tim has spent literally decades in industry with Brownells and STI and even spent a stint as a contractor down range. Congrats Tim Dillon and Noveske!

For immediate release - Dillon brings to the company over 25 years of experience, dedication and support of the American firearms industry. Noveske Rifleworks LLC proudly announces the hiring of Tim Dillon as the new President and Chief Executive Officer of their Oregon based company. Tim will be responsible for the daily operations and continuing the legacy of late Johnny Noveske’s vision of producing the finest AR based rifles, parts and accessories to a demanding customer base.

Owner, Lorina Noveske, was very specific in her criteria for a permanent leader of the company. “Since the passing of my husband, founder of the company that bears our name, it has been my goal to continue the strength, quality, and character of our company’s impeccable product and brand. I couldn’t be more fortunate to bring Tim Dillon onto the team as President/CEO of Noveske Rifleworks LLC. Not only does he bring extensive knowledge of business within the firearms industry, he observantly respects and understands the history of Noveske. Mr. Dillon possesses a character that will perpetuate the unique quality and culture of this company, and will capture the enthusiasm of our wonderful customer base.”

Dillon adds, “I knew shortly after Lorina Noveske and I talked of bringing me on board, that this is a company that understands and shares my ideals of quality manufacturing and superior customer service. I feel honored to be a part of the Noveske Rifleworks family, and very proud to have the opportunity to bring this company to continued levels of success.”

Noveske Rifleworks would like to thank all of its industry vendors, dealers, customers, and affiliates for growing with us in transition.

Leupold & Stevens, Inc., Announces Marketing Department Promotions

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Consumer Product Services Team also Created to Serve Existing and Future Customers

BEAVERTON, Ore. — Leupold & Stevens, Inc. is pleased to announce several staff promotions within their Global Marketing department.

“These changes acknowledge the significant accomplishments of some key individuals on our marketing team. We are incredibly fortunate to have so many world-class marketing and brand experts in-house at Leupold & Stevens” said Rob Morrison, Vice President of Global Marketing.


Mike Slack has been promoted to the position of Brand Creative Director. Slack has played key roles in the leadership of marketing, communications and advertising throughout his 33 years of service at Leupold & Stevens. In his new role, he will be focused on leading all creative development, fostering key strategic industry partnerships and management of the overall brand experience at our US manufacturing facility in Beaverton, Oregon.


Pat Mundy has been promoted to the position of Director of Brand Communications. Mundy has been with Leupold & Stevens more than 10 years and has played a key leadership role in brand management, merchandising, marketing, communications and public relations. His new role will be focused on providing leadership in the areas of advertising, digital/web communications, show sponsorships, celebrity endorsements, media and industry relations, merchandising and marketing services.

Shane Meisel and Steve Krajczynski have been named Managers within the Marketing department with Meisel leading Trade Marketing programs and Krajczynski leading Consumer Marketing programs. Both were previously in Brand Management roles at the company and will report to Pat Mundy as part of the Brand Communications team. Prior to joining Leupold & Stevens in 2011, Meisel worked in various product and brand management positions at JELD-WEN Windows and Doors and The Stanley Works. Krajczynski joined the company in 2014 after spending nine years working for the Craft Brew Alliance marketing leading beer brands including Widmer Brothers and Kona Brewing.


Finally, a new team, Consumer Product Services, is being added to the Marketing department and will focus on the consumer-facing aspects of the business. The areas that will be consolidated within the new Consumer Product Services team are Technical Services, Product Services, the Leupold Custom Shop and Product Training. The Consumer Services group will be led by Tim O’Connor as Manager of Consumer Services. O’Connor has worked at Leupold & Stevens for almost 15 years and is considered an expert in optical products and solutions.

Slack, Mundy and O’Connor will all report to Morrison and make up the Global Marketing Leadership Team.

“Under Rob’s leadership, with support from Mike, Pat, Tim and their teams, we are positioning ourselves for aggressive future growth” said Bruce Pettet, President and CEO of Leupold & Stevens. “Their unique talents will allow us to build on our already strong bonds with consumers and craft programs that will drive our brand for years to come.”

Congratulations guys!

Daniel Defense Sues Remington/DPMS For Trademark Infringement

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Georgia-based Daniel Defense has filed suit in US District Court against Remington Outdoor Company and DPMS for alleged trademark infringement and deceptive trade practices. DD seeks unspecified damages and recovery of legal costs as well as an injunction preventing Remington or DPMS from using the marks in the future and to destroy all materials bearing them.

Daniel Defense claims trademark of the term “Lighter. Stronger. Better.” which it has used since 1996. It has also trademarked the “>>” chevron, a V-shaped pattern in use since 2012.

DD Xray

Remington’s subsidiary DPMS has been using the term “Lighter, Stronger and even more badass” and “Lighter, Stronger and every bit as accurate as the original” which DD alleges confuses consumers due to the similarity of products.


(DPMS Advertising Brochure)

Garin Lee Promoted to Suppressor Sales and Marketing Manager at SureFire

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

SureFire has just announced that Suppressor Marketing Manager Garin Lee has been promoted to also encompass the sales aspect of the division. Garin’s new position is a well deserved, Suppressor Sales and Marketing Manager.


Garin is an avid outdoorsman and shooter with many years of experience is both sales and marketing including previous experience if over a decade as the Outdoor Accounts Manager at Oakley.


John Clements Joins PROOF Research

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

As PROOF Research Director of Research/Development and Testing, Clements will support corporate mission to develop and provide highest quality carbon fiber barrels and weapons systems to military and civilian customers.

John Clements

COLUMBIA FALLS, MT (June 2014) - PROOF Research announced today that John Clements has joined the company as Director of Research/Development and Testing. John’s experience includes 31 years of government service, with the last 16 spent as the Weapons Program Manager at Naval Special Warfare Development Group, where he was responsible for weapon systems R&D supporting combat development, weapons maintenance, ammunition testing and application development.

John’s work with SOCOM weapons development and testing has included a vast array of contributions that have enhanced nonstandard and precision long-range weapons systems for various special operations requirements.

“We are pleased to welcome John as the newest member of our team,” said PROOF Research CEO, Larry Murphy. “John’s vast experience supporting the special operations community is an incredible asset to further advance our core mission to provide the highest quality carbon fiber barrels and weapon system components to both the U.S Military and our consumer market customers.”

John has also held a senior engineering technician position at NSWC Crane, a shore command of the U.S. Navy, where he was responsible for multiple weapon and testing design efforts directly supporting Naval Special Warfare tactical and long-range precision weapons programs.

Ops-Core Visit – A Trip Down Memory Lane

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014


Yesterday, I had an opportunity to visit Ops-Core’s new factory in Boston for a personal tour by founder David Rogers. I saw a whole slew of cool things but first, I thought you’d enjoy a glimpse at some of the items in their library.

The shelves in the lobby contain a variety of head protection items from a variety of sources, but the developmental Artisent and Ops- Core artifacts in particular, are awesome. In addition to a couple of OFW/FFW models there are also technology demonstrators with early versions of features that are now standard in Ops-Core helmets.

Look for additional coverage later this week.