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The National Rifle Association Disinvites US Concealed Carry Association from Annual Meeting and Exhibits

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

USCCA Will Continue to Support NRA’s Mission

West Bend, WI – The United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) today announced that the National Rifle Association (NRA) has disinvited the organization from its 2017 Annual Meetings & Exhibits and the 2018 Great American Outdoor Show because of “concerns regarding its programs.”

The move shocked the leadership of the USCCA because they were given less than two weeks notice that they had been banned from the annual show, even though they had attended for the past several years. This decision also came as a surprise because over the past two months, the leadership from the NRA and the USCCA met twice to discuss the shared goal of the two organizations in support of the Second Amendment.

In a note sent to millions of USCCA supporters, Founder and President Tim Schmidt said that even though the NRA might be fearing the competition, USCCA will still support the NRA’s efforts to protect the Second Amendment.

“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little perplexed myself. The truth is, I don’t really know the motive behind the NRA’s move. I mean, the USCCA has ALWAYS had a great relationship with the NRA. And the way I see it, we’re all in this together,” Schmidt said.

“If I had to guess, I’d say that perhaps this is a strategic business maneuver,” added Schmidt. “I mean, the concealed carry market has really exploded over the last decade — just look at how long the USCCA has been around! Maybe the NRA recognizes us as the frontrunner in providing the absolute best education, training and self-defense insurance in the industry. And perhaps they’re starting to see us less as a partner and more as a competitor.”

“As much as it sort of stings that we got ‘booted’ from the NRA Show, I believe that this sort of competition is a good, healthy and even exciting thing — especially from a goliath like the NRA.”

“Whether or not the NRA supports us, we will continue to support them,” Schmidt said. “We will continue to believe in their mission. We will continue to respect the historical significance of what they have done to preserve and protect our God-given rights. And we will always support their legislative and lobbying efforts. I personally will continue to donate to the NRA as a proud Lifetime Member.”

www.usconcealedcarry.com

American Defense Manufacturing To Attend NYTOA

Friday, April 21st, 2017

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New Berlin, WI – 23APRIL2017 – American Defense Mfg® is proud to support our nations law enforcement officers with high quality, intentionally superior products. American Defense Mfg® will be displaying a full line of rifles and mounting solutions at NYTOA www.nytacticalexpo.com in conjunction with Vortex Optics and CMC Triggers 25APR & 26APR.

www.americandefensemanufacturing.com

First Tactical Merges with Point Blank Enterprises

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Will create industry’s first integrated clothing and body armor system.

Pompano Beach, Florida, April 17, 2017— Representatives from Point Blank Enterprises and First Tactical announced this week that the two companies have merged and will build an integrated clothing and body armor system.

Point Blank Enterprises is currently the premier source of body armor systems in the world, with 44 years of experience providing innovative personal protection products to the public safety community and military. The merger is a result of Point Blank’s desire to work with a cutting-edge apparel brand designed for the demand of the public safety personnel with a contemporary perspective and a track record for elevating industry standards. Together, Point Blank and First Tactical will introduce a line of holistically integrated products desperately needed by public safety professionals. These products shall be designed with Officer Safety as the priority along with the quality and image of the personnel being in the forefront in today’s demanding environment.

Commenting on the game changing merger, Daniel Gaston, Chief Executive Officer of Point Blank Enterprises said, “As the leader in personal protection equipment we continue to lead the way in providing public safety personnel the latest design and highest level of protection at the lowest possible weight. This merger will provide for the next generation integrated system that will maximize protection, optimize wearing comfort, and promote the image of public safety personnel today and into the future.

First Tactical opened in late 2015 and has been steadily growing in the industry since. Founded by Dan Costa, a proven industry leader,

First Tactical strives to meet the needs of public safety professionals with new, innovative ideas in apparel, footwear and accessories.

“In this rapidly changing world today, the need for public safety officers to have advanced protection is at an all-time high,” said Costa, “Merging with Point Blank allows us to provide a world-class body armor system with our rapidly growing apparel line. By offering a one-stop-shop for departments we will be able to provide an unprecedented shopping experience. Creating a uniform and body armor system that works cohesively and effectively is vital for the safety of our nation’s peacekeepers. The entire First Tactical team is excited to present it.”

The companies will maintain their names and will begin collaborating to develop an integrated apparel and body armor line immediately.

SPARTANT – Helikon-Tex: Equipment for the Tactical Gentleman

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Our friends at SPARTANAT sent us this interview with Helikon-Tex. We appreciate their efforts to keep the SSD readership abreast of happenings in Europe.

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HELIKON-TEX belongs to the stars in the European constellation of gear manufacturers. Good equipment at a good price – so the Poles have made a very good name and conquered a mark throughout Europe. Together with Grzegorz Mieszczak, CEO of Helikon-Tex, we talked about the company’s history, the standards of Helikon-Tex and the expansion into the USA.

Portrat HelikonSPARTANAT: Helikon-Tex comes from Poland and is now an international gear manufacturer. When and how did you start?

HELIKON-TEX: Our company was founded in 1983. Back then though our focus was mostly on importing camping equipment from Sweden – for example, Mora Knives of Sweden, with whom we’ve done strong business for over 30 years. When it comes to military side of things, it began just after the fall of communism in 1989. The borders were open at last and there was a rapidly growing demand for Western military surplus. Under Communist rule civilian ownership of any kind of military gear was strictly prohibited – so wearing Western military surplus became quite a big counter-culture fashion trend. We jumped at the opportunity and started to import surplus on a large scale; good-quality US GI M65 jackets were worth their weight in gold back in those days.

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This business went well through the 90’s, but as we stepped into the new millennium the golden age of surplus started coming to an end. Sources of gear began to dry up, fewer sizes were available, some items were no longer obtainable, etc. So that set us on the search to find a manufacturing capability in order to make some of the best-selling items ourselves in a full range of sizes. And that’s how we moved from being a surplus dealer to becoming a manufacturer and distributor of tactical and outdoor clothing and equipment.

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SPARTANAT: We want to know who your buyers are. Airsoft, military, outdoor…and why they purchase Helikon-Tex.

HELIKON-TEX: Just about every type of user of tactical and outdoor clothing and gear has been buying and using our products – from soldiers, law enforcement, PMCs and special operations forces, to hikers, campers, explorers, survivalists, preppers, shooters and airsofters. We’ve also seen our products featured in movies (‘HALO: Nightfall’) and TV (‘House of Cards’).

The reason they buy seems to be pretty simple; we provide the user with the quality and performance they require, the features they need, the colors and camouflage patterns they want. Of course, different people buy different products for different reasons – some folks buy messenger bags in camouflage patterns because they like the visual ‘look’, not because they want to conceal themselves. But whatever their specific trigger is to buy the product, folks always want the price to be economical – so that’s the space we look to occupy, quality gear at an economical price, and then we just try to keep up with the ever-growing demand.

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SPARTANAT: You have a lot of camos to offer; e.g. PenCott®. We see in particular a strong trend for GreenZone® in Poland. Why?

We cover a lot of countries, most of which have their own distinctive national camo pattern, and military guys usually want stuff in their national camouflage pattern so they can use it in the field. Airsofters also like to create a country / unit-themed load-out or to have every part of their loadout in their favorite camouflage print. So we need to run a lot of different camo patterns. We also monitor the latest dominant trends in the market with regards to fabrics, colors and camouflage patterns – that’s why we were the first large-scale manufacturer to work with the PenCott® camouflage patterns, as well as A-TACS and Kryptek.

Regarding PenCott®, to make a long story short, we were sold on its potential when we saw how well it works. GreenZone® performs very well in forests, woodland, mixed grassland-woodland and even in open green meadows and fields. It matches great with Northern, Central and Western European vegetation and from our observations, it is one of the best patterns for these regions for most of the year. We’ve also seen that it works great in many parts of North and Latin America too. BadLands® hasn’t been quite as popular as GreenZone® in Europe so far, but it works great as a late-autumn / winter pattern in deciduous woodland, as well as in dry and semi-arid regions – like in the US for example. Anti-poaching Rangers in Africa have also selected and used our products in the BadLands® pattern – as it has been seen to work very well in southern Africa too.

And of course, we are particularly pleased that we are one of the first to introduce the new urban camouflage pattern from PenCott – MetroPolis (pictured below) – in the equipment and present it at the IWA 2017.

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SPARTANAT: You have a wide range of gear, from packs to uniforms. What are the best-selling Helikon-Tex products?

HELIKON-TEX: Some of our best-sellers are the classic and modern styles of field uniforms, other universal bestsellers are our UTP and OTP pants in different materials and colors, and our ‘Trooper’ softshell jackets in various colors is also a top seller.

We’ve also learned that the more original and functional the product is, the better it sells. That’s why we’ve set up our own in-house design team and are moving away from just making reproductions of surplus or issued clothing and gear. With our new ‘themed’ approach to product lines – Urban Line, Range Line, Outback Line, Patrol Line, Bushcraft Line, Medical Line – we are developing unique, specialized products for particular users and needs that follow our own specific style of design. We’ve also developed and introduced some proprietary colors of our own as well – ‘Shadow Grey’ and ‘Adaptive Green’ – which adds another element of distinctiveness to our products, as well as being very good colors.

Finally, we’re also stepping up more and more into nylon products, but garments and headgear remain the backbone of our business – and we’re adding more and more of our own unique and practical designs to the portfolio all the time. We foresee many of our newer products – such as the ‘Wolfhound’ light insulated jacket and the ‘Hybrid Tactical Pants’ (‘HTP’) becoming best-sellers as well.

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SPARTANAT: Many companies come from the outdoor market and then sell to the military. You are going the other direction. Is outdoors a good market for a tactical manufacturer?

HELIKON-TEX: It surely can be. There are a lot of outdoor people how want sturdy, practical gear that doesn’t cost a fortune, and many of them – nature photographers, bushcrafters, urban explorers, survivalists – prefer subdued or earthy tones rather than the brightly colored and flashy styles offered by many outdoor brands. For such folks a design that has a ‘tactical’ heritage, with subdued colors, practical style and durable construction, is the natural choice. There is also a significant ‘cross-over’ market audience in the EDC, PMC, LE, Shooter and Prepper communities. These folks find our products well suited to their needs for practical and discrete carriage of personal items and tools – as well as having the robustness and weather resistance needed for vigorous outdoor use.

So our answer is definitely yes – the outdoor market can be a good market for a tactical gear and clothing maker, as long as the ‘tactical’ look is kind of low-profile and not full-blown ‘tacti-cool’. Some people have described the outdoor-oriented products in our portfolio as ‘tactical clothing for the outdoor gentleman’ or as ‘outdoor clothing for the tactical gentleman’ (and ladies too now). We think that pretty accurately describes our hybrid / cross-over design approach. Finally, our designs have a design aesthetic and ergonomic fit that seems to be resonating positively with users in Europe – and beyond.

SPARTANAT: Speaking of “in Europe – and beyond”, we hear that Helikon-Tex has launched in the USA. How is that going?

HELIKON-TEX: We’ve been attending the SHOT Show for a few years (we’re also now a corporate member of the NSSF), and with the size and amount of activity in the American market, we knew that it just made sense to expand into the US as well. Of course, it’s easier to say that than it is to do it. But we’ve been working steadily on getting everything in place to make it work. We’ve gone through our sizing charts and reconfigured everything to fit the American sizing model, we’ve gone through our portfolio of existing products (as well as the one’s on the drawing board) and decided which products will be offered in the US. We’ve also got a team of guys in the US who are working on getting the infrastructure and marketing plans in place to be ready when we turn the key.

The US market is a bit different from Europe of course – there are a lot more Shooters than Airsofters for one thing, and the tactical law enforcement market is bigger, and a very important market segment too. So we’ve been working on building brand awareness and product acceptance in the professional military and law enforcement communities through influential folks like Wes Doss and his Lights, Sights and Lasers Tour, and also with the Tactical Tracking Operations School and Deliberate Dynamics International.

At the present time we are working on getting things set up, ironing out the wrinkles, and starting to do some targeted marketing and product placement. We are live with our online store and making a lot more noise in the US market after that.

HELIKON-TEX, Zachodnia 9, 55-330 Miekinia, Poland. Tel.: +48 71 317 80 00

HELIKON-TEX: www.helikon-tex.com

SPARTANAT: www.spartanat.com

Nelson & Co Launches Updated Website

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

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Nelson & Co in Greencastle, Indiana has launched their long anticipated website update this week. With this latest version of NelsonUniform.com, site visitors can shop by category and by brand; and sorting each category has never been easier. Finding what you need is super fast on category pages that can be sorted by product, gender, brand, and color – all without reloading the page! Visit NelsonUniform.com today and let them know how they did with this new website!

SilencerCo – Jason Schauble to President

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

I guess the cat is out of the bag. Jason Schauble has assumed the role of President at SilencerCo.  

If you’re unfamiliar with his name, he’s a former Marine, former Remington (AAC) executive and former CEO at TrackingPoint.  Lately, he’s been the Chief Revenue Officer at SilencerCo. 

Word is that CEO Josh Waldron and President Jonathon Shults are still involved with the business but less so, and concentrating more on investor relations. 

Aimpoint Joins Forces With Tatiana Whitlock

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

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Manassas, VA – April 5, 2017 – Aimpoint, the worldwide leader in reflex sight technology, is proud to announce their new brand ambassador Tatiana Whitlock. She is a nationally recognized firearms instructor, martial arts practitioner, and subject matter expert writer for many firearms related publications. Tatiana has a powerful presence and influential voice in the firearms education and defensive training industry. Mother of two, she is a proud member of the NRA and is heavily involved in the NRA New Energy program of the NRA Women’s Network.

“Aimpoint sights are ‘Always Ready’ and ‘Always On,’ and I can’t think of a better way to describe Tatiana,” said Andrea Cerwinske, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Aimpoint Inc. “She is an expert in so many different practices, a powerhouse in our industry.”

Tatiana is a firearms and defensive tactics instructor who enjoys working with men, women, and youth from all walks of life. She built her career around providing the proper tools, techniques, and knowledge to her clients in order be safe and confident in a world that sometimes isn’t. Not only does Tatiana teach all over the country, she also takes every opportunity to continue her own training with the best firearms and tactics instructors in the industry. She is a featured instructor on NRATV’s NRA Women, Tips & Tactics, and NRA New Energy, as well as Trigger Time TV and Panteao Productions.

“I am excited to join the Aimpoint team,” said Tatiana Whitlock. “Representing such high-quality optics and a company with exceptional service and corporate culture is a great honor. I look forward to introducing more students and firearm owners to the Aimpoint product line for hunting, personal defense, and range work.”

About Tatiana Whitlock
Tatiana’s journey into the world of firearms began six years ago after participating in her first shooting class, an NRA Women on Target clinic. She immediately left a career in plastics manufacturing & industrial design to pursue an immersive education in firearms with a focus on self and home defense. She is the Director of Training at Howell’s Gun Shop in Gray Maine, COO of GAT Marketing, and on the product design team at G-Code Holsters. Tatiana offers training programs across the country for beginner and intermediate level students looking to build a foundation of skills for home and self-defense.

About Aimpoint Inc.
Aimpoint produces a complete line of high quality reflex sights for use by military, law enforcement, hunters, and sport shooters. The company also produces electronic fire control systems for use on crew-served weapons. For more information on Aimpoint products, please visit the company’s webpage: www.aimpoint.com.

Tactical Retailer – April Issue Available Now

Friday, March 31st, 2017

To read the April issue of Tactical Retailer, visit www.tacretailer-digital.com.

TrackingPoint, Inc Announces Appointment of New CEO

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

PFLUGERVILLE, TX (March 29, 2017) TrackingPoint, Inc. announced that effective immediately it has appointed Mr. Ken D’Arcy to serve as the company’s Chief Executive Officer, President and Chairman of the Board. Mr. D’Arcy comes to TrackingPoint, Inc. with more than 25 years of extremely successful management experience in the outdoor sports industry. D’Arcy is best known as the catalyst that changed Crosman Corporation from a moribund company to the world’s largest designer and manufacturer of airguns and ammunition. Under his leadership, the company brought more new products to market in 12 years than in the previous 78 years combined.

“TrackingPoint is a game changing technology which I’m excited to be a part of it,” D’Arcy says. “There is remarkable energy and intelligence within TrackingPoint and I look forward to working with the team and with our friends throughout the firearm industry to continue to bring true advancements in firearm technology to the shooting sports industry.”

An avid shooter and hunter, D’Arcy’s background involves all aspects of business development, from operations to sales and marketing. D’Arcy’s track record of successfully growing outdoor products and sporting goods companies coupled with his wealth of industry knowledge, extensive network of industry professionals and knowledge of working with retail channels and direct to consumer will play an important role in taking TrackingPoint, Inc. to its next stage of growth and development.

Mr. D’Arcy begins his tenure with TrackingPoint, Inc. on Monday, 27 March and will relocate to Central Texas. He can be reached at 512-222-0500 x 101, or by email at kdarcy@tracking-point.com.

TrackingPoint, based in Austin, Texas, created the first Precision-Guided Firearm, a revolutionary shooting system that puts fighter jet lock-and-launch technology in small arms, enabling shooters to make shots previously considered beyond human ability.

To learn more, visit www.tracking-point.com.

Iran Sanctions 15 US Companies for Supporting Israel

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

According to a story published earlier this week by Iran Press TV, the Iranian government has imposed sanctions on 15 US firms which they claim support Israel. This move is in retaliation for US sanctions against companies and individuals in China, North Korea and the United Arab Emirates, which it claims have aided Iran’s Ballistic Missile program.

These Iranian sanctions mean that “any transactions with these companies and businesses shall be prohibited, their assets shall be subject to freezing, and no visas shall be issued for individuals holding positions in or associated with these corporations,” according to Iran Press TV’s report.

The companies under sanction are:
-Beni Tal security company
-United Technologies
-Raytheon
-ITT Corporation
-Re/Max (yes, Re/Max)
-Oshkosh Corporation
-Magnum Research Inc.
-Kahr Arms
-M7 Aerospace LP
-Military Armament Corporation has
-Lewis Machine and Tool Company
-Daniel Defense
-Bushmaster Firearms International
-O.F. Mossberg & Sons
-H-S Precision, Inc.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry may expand the list.