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Point Blank Enterprises, Inc. is pleased to announce the addition of Michael Haynes as Director of Brand Development

Thursday, January 17th, 2019

Mr. Haynes joins Point Blank with  13+ years of industry experience and has held various positions including Brand Manager, Marketing Director, Sales and Business Development Director, to name a few. Mr. Haynes also has product development and product management experience for both hard and soft armor ballistic solutions.

“We are excited for Michael to join the Point Blank team,” said Michael Foreman, Point Blank’s Executive Vice President of Marketing, Federal Sales and International Business Development. “This is an exciting time for Point Blank and we look forward to leveraging the vast industry experience that Michael brings to the team, which will further solidify Point Blank’s commitment to designing, producing and delivering the highest quality life-saving products in the world.”

As the Director of Brand Development, Michael will be responsible for insuring that the products developed, produced, acquired, marketed and sold, exceed the customers’ expectations in all market segments, while meeting the objectives for the company. The products include but are not limited to soft armor, hard armor, helmets, shields, and accessories for law enforcement, corrections, private security, and military personnel.

Michael will be attending SHOT Show held at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada and will be available for meetings in the Point Blank Booth #11366.

American Outdoor Brands Corp Acquires LaserLyte

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019

Asset Acquisition Adds Established Laser Training and Sighting Brand to Company’s Electro-Optics Platform

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., January 12, 2018 — American Outdoor Brands Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: AOBC), one of the world’s leading providers of firearms and quality products for the shooting, hunting, and rugged outdoor enthusiast, today announced that its Electro-Optics Division, Crimson Trace Corp., has completed the purchase of substantially all of the assets of LaserLyte, a provider of laser training and sighting products for the consumer market.

Lane Tobiassen, President of the Electro-Optics Division and Crimson Trace Corp., said, “We are excited to add the LaserLyte brand and product lines to our existing lineup of Crimson Trace laser sights, tactical lights, and optics. LaserLyte is well-known among consumers for its innovative laser training and sighting products, which cover a range of applications including non-live fire firearms training, sighting in rifle scopes and optics, and entertainment. LaserLyte’s firearm training systems, laser sights and bore sights complement our existing offering, enabling us to reach broader segments of the consumer electro-optics addressable market.  LaserLyte products fit well within our existing distribution network, and with the support of our product development and sourcing teams, we believe the additional brand and product lines provide us with growth and expansion opportunities for the Electro-Optics Division.”

Crimson Trace completed the acquisition of LaserLyte assets, consisting largely of inventory and intellectual property, utilizing cash on hand. Inventory related to the acquisition will be transferred to the Crimson Trace facility in Wilsonville, Oregon, where LaserLyte operations will be assumed by existing product development, sourcing, assembly, and sales and marketing teams.

Aspetto, Inc Awarded SBA 8(a) Small Business Certification

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019


Fredericksburg, VA, January 16th, 2019 – Aspetto, Inc. has been certified by the Small Business Administration (SBA) as an 8(a) Certified Small Business. Aspetto received this coveted certification after a rigorous application process to ensure that all the standards are met. 8(a) Certification provides a level playing field for small business owned by socially and economically disadvantaged people or entities, the government limits competition for certain contracts to businesses that participate in the 8(a) Business Development Program.

Disadvantaged businesses in the 8(a) program can:

• Compete for set-aside and sole-source contracts in the program

• Get a Business Opportunity Specialist to help navigate federal contracting

• Form joint ventures with established businesses through the SBA’s mentor-prote?ge? program

• Receive management and technical assistance, including business training, counseling, marketing assistance, and high-level executive development

“We are extremely excited to be a part of this program,” said Abbas Haider, President and CEO. “This will not only allow us to secure contracts previously out of our reach but also help further establish partnerships with a variety of companies. We will continue to deliver and further prove that we offer the highest quality products and professional services to all Aspetto customers, whether local, state or federal agencies, and additionally display our continued timely deliverance of these quality products.”

Aspetto has seen exponential growth over the years and plans to expand a Cyber Security division, offer IT services, and explore other technological advancements such as drone capabilities. In addition to their continued investment in lightweight armor capabilities, the Aspetto team continues to explore other channels where they ultimately look forward to building partnerships. In good standing as a GSA contract holder, Aspetto remains vigilant in acquiring products to better serve the federal government this 2019 and beyond.

In business for over 10 years, Aspetto, Inc is known for creating America’s first bullet-resistant clothing line and their very own quick-release; the Aspetto KWIQ Clip. Aspetto’s product line includes, body armor, ballistic walls, helmets, shields, bomb suits, armored vehicles, and a variety of tactical and concealable gear. The Aspetto management team brings years of experience in clandestine clothing and reaffirms their mission to maximize customer satisfaction with the manufacturing of quality products that increase operator efficiency.

If you would like more information or would like to schedule a meeting at SHOT 2019, please contact Walter Clarke, VP Govt. Sales at;

Hi-Lux Adds 10 Junior High Power Teams to Junior Service Rifle Program

Saturday, January 12th, 2019

Hi-Lux Optics is proud to announce that 10 state junior teams have enrolled in The Hi-Lux Junior High Power Program. According to Hi-Lux’s COO, Chris Wu, the program was established to support the future generation of shooters and help service rifle competition return to national prominence. “As I walked down the firing line last year at the National Matches, I was blown away by how courteous and respectful these junior shooters are. If this is the future generation of shooters, we are in good hands.”

The Hi-Lux Junior High Power Program is a discount program for junior high powers teams on the scope specifically designed for CMP and NRA High Power “Across the Course” Competition.  In addition, Hi-Lux makes a contribution to the junior’s team for every XTC14X34 Competition Rifle Scope purchased.

Hi-Lux began the initial design process for the XTC 14X34 as soon as CMP/NRA optic rule change for 2016 was announced. “We studied the market, surveyed the competitors and saw a specific niche that we could fulfill. Many of highly desired features such as 1/4 MOA clicks and adjustable parallax were only available on very expensive scopes. Our goal for the XTC was to incorporate these features in a purpose built riflescope around the optic rule change – and offer it at a price that is attainable by the blue collar worker. Rather than “paying” for match results, we wanted to level the playing field.”

The Hi-Lux XTC 14X34 has been a big hit at national, state and local competitions. In addition, American Rifleman Magazine features a review of the Hi-Lux XTC 1-4 X 34 riflescope in the January 2019 issue. The review can be accessed here:×34-riflescope

Junior team members can sign up for the program at

For additional information on this or any other Hi-Lux Optics product, send us an e-mail at, call us at 888-445-8912 or visit us at

Alliance Week 2019 Announces Sponsors

Thursday, January 10th, 2019

LAS VEGAS, NV – 20-25 JAN 2019

Post Falls, ID. (Jan 3, 2019) – Anteris Alliance, LLC was founded in early 2017, after a small group of companies decided to work together to do more than they could accomplish by themselves from product demonstrations, customer events, and ultimately Veterans and First Responder support.  Already, with over 60 corporate partners and counting, the mission has taken hold at every level.  Whether as a manufacturer or service provider, a buyer, media, influencer, patriot or nonprofit partner there is a way for everyone to be part of this great movement!  

The Alliance will host their annual Alliance Week series of events for 20-25 Jan, 2019, with events to include Try & Buy, Patriot Pitch Tank, Showcase, FLEOA Silent Auction, Alliance and SOCN After Party Concert, and Hospitality Networking Suite!

This year’s Platinum Sponsor is AMMO INC, the parent company of amazing ammunition brands to include Jesse James ammunition, Streak Ammo, Stelth Ammo and Black Ops ammo.


For those looking to exhibit or sponsor to feature their great brands, this is the best bang for the buck especially for young companies looking to make a splash in this great industry!  Incredible sponsorships also available while supplies last!  Contact us today to reserve your spot.

Event questions can be directed to

Interested Manufacturers, Dealers, and Individuals can visit for more details and follow Anteris Alliance on social media on all major platforms – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter!

Introducing True North Concepts, LLC

Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

Nathan Murr, CEO, Brings the GripStop Home as the Company’s First Product to Market

Lancaster, PA – January 9, 2019 – Today, the team behind True North Concepts, LLC announced the launch of the True North brand and its first product to market, the True North GripStop. True North was born from the shared vision of its five founders led by Nathan Murr, inventor of the GripStop and CEO. They’ve come together to create smart, innovative tools that prepare men and women for any challenge that comes their way. In addition to the development of its own proprietary innovations, True North offers consulting and design services for companies in the defense, outdoor and firearms industries.

“Reading a compass to locate north is simple. To successfully navigate, however, you need skill, intuition and the right tools,” explained Murr. “We created True North to develop products that provide people with the knowledge, ability, and preparedness to be successful. We won’t allow a product to come to market under the name True North unless it serves a need and helps someone succeed in their pursuit. Whatever their goal, we’re here to help men and women gather the skills and the right tools to successfully navigate their true bearing.”

An immediate focus for True North is the development of tools that better prepare a shooter for whatever lies downrange. The company’s first product to market is none other than the newly re-named True North GripStop. The GripStop was the first of its kind when it entered the market in 2013, combining the needs of a hand stop, barricade stop and vertical grip into one lightweight, ergonomic tool.

Available now, the True North GripStop and GripStop K, two new variations of the classic GripStop made specifically for Magpul MLOK, are in stock and ready to ship. Visit to learn more.

“My team at True North is designing and manufacturing products we wish we would have had when we were in combat and products we want now as shooters. Our products, however, go well beyond the shooting world,” continued Murr. “Every product we’re developing now or ever will develop in the future will serve as a solution to a problem that hasn’t yet been solved. True North products will always stay true to that purpose.”

The True North online store is now live with several GripStop variations available and more products coming soon. Learn more about True North Concepts LLC now at

10th International B&T Police Days: 18th & 19th June, 2019

Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

The bianual B&T Police Days, now in its 10th edition, showcases a wide range of modern law-enforcement and military equipment. On display will not only be products manufactured by B&T (firearms, suppressors, etc.) but also the factory representatives of many other well-known brands in the law enforcement and military supply community. Some of these other exhibitors are: Heckler & Koch, Aimpoint, 5.11, Black Hawk, Carinthia, Simunition, RUAG, Vectronix and many others. Visitors will also have the opportunity to test fire the full line of B&T weapons and products of other vendors on site. Technical lectures and practical workshops are also scheduled to bring the law enforcement professional up to date on the latest innovations in the industry. As this event is exclusively for police, military, government and representatives of selected security organizations, pre-registration is required at Admission is free.

10. international journées des autorités : 18. + 19.6.2019

Les journées d‘autorités traditionnelles du B&T comprennent un large spectre d’équipements modernes de la police et du gouvernement. Outre B&T (armes, silencieux, montages) plus de 20 autres exposants (HK, Aimpoint, 5.11, BlackHawk, Simunition, Kahles, 3M, RUAG, First Spear et beaucoup d’autres) seront sur place. Les visiteurs ont la possibilité de tester les armes de B&T et HK sur place. Des présentations techniques et des ateliers pratiques complèteront encore l’offre. Nous aimerions vous inviter cordialement pour cette manifestation. Comme la manifestation est réservée uniquement à la police, à l‘armée, aux autorités et à certains services de sécurité triés sur le volet, nous vous prions de bien vouloir vous inscrire sur L‘entrée est gratuite.



AMMO, Inc. Appoints Mark Hanish to President of Global Commercial Sales & Marketing

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019

SCOTTSDALE, AZ, Jan. 08, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — AMMO, Inc. (OTCQB:POWW), a technology leader and premier American ammunitions manufacturer, today announced it has appointed Mark Hanish, to serve as the Company’s President of Global Commercial Sales and Marketing.

Mr. Hanish joins AMMO Inc. with over twenty years of experience in the firearms industry. He most recently served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Surefire, LLC, overseeing the sale of suppressors, illumination devices, and hearing protection covering the U.S. Commercial, Law Enforcement and International Military markets. Prior to that, he spent the previous six years at FN America as Senior Director of Commercial Sales, where he orchestrated most aspects of the commercial business for U.S. Operations. Mr. Hanish was also heavily involved with product development at FN America for Commercial and Law Enforcement sales. Additionally, he was one of the founding members of the Scottsdale Gun Club, which was the largest and most luxurious public indoor shooting range in the country. Per the New York Times, it set the standard for high end shooting facilities. Mr. Hanish is one of the fastest professional shooters in the world and has been a sponsored professional shooter since college. He earned his B.S. in Small Business Management from the W.P. Carey School of Business and Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University.

Fred W. Wagenhals, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AMMO Inc., commented, “We are thrilled to welcome Mark in this leadership role. He has seen every aspect of the modern industry as an executive, competitive shooter, dealer, distributor, and manufacturer. In addition to his proven sales experience, we are excited to leverage Mark’s entrepreneurial background to navigate the industry’s various sales channels. He will be a key addition to the Company as we continue to raise our profile and realize the exciting growth that lies ahead for the Company. We are confident that Mark’s skill set, experience, and passion for the industry make him the ideal leader for this role.”

Mr. Hanish commented, “It is an exciting time to join the AMMO Inc. team. As a professional shooter with a strong passion for the industry, I have admired AMMO, Inc. for being the industry leader in performance-driven, high-quality innovative ammunition products. I look forward to working with the team to help drive growth in the business.”

About AMMO, Inc.

With its corporate offices headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, and a manufacturing facility in Payson, Arizona, AMMO, Inc. (the “Company and/or AMMO”) designs and manufactures products for a variety of aptitudes, including law enforcement, military, hunting, sport shooting and self-defense. The Company was founded in 2016 with a vision to change, innovate and invigorate the complacent munitions industry. AMMO promotes branded munitions, including its patented STREAK Visual Ammunition, the Jesse James line of munitions and accessories, /stelTH/ subsonic munitions, and OPS (One Precise Shot) a lead-free frangible tactical line of munitions for self-defense. For more information please visit:

Congratulations Mark! – SSD