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Breaking – SilencerCo Announces Salvo 12 Shotgun Suppressor

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Long the stuff of movie legend, the shotgun suppressor has been a mythical beast. Sure, they’ve been demonstrated over the years to varying success but they’ve a lot of weight and length to the barrel of the shotgun making them less than ideal.


Just minutes ago, at SilencerCo’s 1st Annual F#!*ING Catalina Wine Mixer, CEO Josh Waldron formally announced the latest addition to their product line; the Salvo 12, a shotgun suppressor.


To be sure, this is great news for the tactical market, but this will mean a lot for the hunters out there as well. This is a great crossover product that I think will help to bring suppressors mainstream in the hunting market. It’s important to get the hunters on board when trying to pass suppressor legislation.


Knox Williams, President if the American Suppressor Association was present at the launch and said, “SilencerCo’s introduction of a commercially viable shotgun suppressor will introduce a new segment of the shooting public to the advantages of firearms suppressors. Forward thinking like this will help ASA and the industry transition suppressors from NFA items to the mainstream.”


Yes, it’s a 12 ga design. Considering the popularity of the 12 ga it was the right move. SilencerCo is open to developing suppressors for additional shotguns but wanted to get this out.


The Salvo 12 is scalable and can be configured by adding sections to customize the level of suppression you’re looking for. It integrates a Removable choke system to attach to your shotgun and uses a system of Rods, baffles and caps to lower the 12 ga report to that of a .22. In a video, we could actually hear the clay pigeon breaking upon impact.


Here are the performance specs provided by SilencerCo.

Performance Specs

Coming Fall 2014.

U.S. Patriot Tactical Announces New Website

Monday, July 21st, 2014


U.S. Patriot Tactical has just announced a new website, with easier, intuitive search, more brands and products, and overall faster loading. To celebrate, they’re giving away a free dog tag set with free shipping to all visitors.

Some Thoughts on the SIG SAUER Staff Adjustments

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

I recently heard about layoffs of the work force at SIG SAUER‘s facility at the former Pease AFB in New Hampshire. The numbers were very high and I was a bit concerned. I contacted SIG to see if it was true and they sent me the statement you see below. You’ll notice that they refer to the action as a “Staff Adjustment”. While many will write this off to bureaucratese, I’ve taken some time since receiving the statement last night to consider it, as well as what I know about the manufacturing business.

To start with, while SIG did not discuss the numbers with me, I am certain that the high percentages reported and then deleted by another website are untrue. I was there a few weeks ago and the loss of that many positions at once doesn’t add up. Additionally, the deletion of the story from the website that initiated the story tells me that they were way off. In fact, it was that deletion that got me looking into the issue in the first place.


By no means am I trivializing the issue. To be sure, these are jobs we are talking about and their loss, if even temporary, affects those workers and their families. But, as a manufacturer you don’t want to pay people for work that you don’t need. In the case of SIG (and other gun makers) you don’t want to pay people to build guns you aren’t selling. Anyone who works in manufacturing will tell you that they’ve seen a layoff or three. It’s part of doing business. To do otherwise puts the entire enterprise at risk.

The genesis of these manufacturing positions was panic buying. To meet the increased firearms demand after the Obama Administration’s call for firearms restrictions in response to the Newtown shooting in December, 2012, SIG hired additional workers. They also moved down the road into a new facility. But, those demands have changed and along with them, SIG is adapting.

SIG SAUER® Announces Work Force Adjustments

NEWINGTON, N.H. (July 10, 2014) — SIG SAUER® has instituted a series of work force adjustments to adapt to ever-changing market conditions and manufacturing efficiencies.

The firearms market has begun to cool from the record highs experienced over the past couple of years. Additional resources, including new employees, were brought on to help meet this spike in demand. Now that sales have began to return to normal, an adjustment in staff numbers is needed to maintain an efficient and cost-effective workflow.

Additionally, enhanced productivity and efficiency at the company’s new Newington, New Hampshire, manufacturing facility has made certain positions redundant or no longer needed. In order to maintain quality and control costs, an adjustment in staffing levels is required.

These difficult, but necessary, measures will allow SIG SAUER to continue to deliver innovative, high-quality firearms to its customers. As SIG SAUER continues to grow into new business categories, including ammunition and accessory products, these market-driven decisions will play a significant role.

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Just walk into your local gun store and you can see that the demand for firearms has slowed down since the Newtown shootings. Once bare shelves are now bristling with a wide variety of offerings. I’d say that sales are still up over 2012 levels, but they aren’t anywhere near what they were last year, in 2013. That’s across the board, not just with SIG. SIG SAUER is a privately held company and not a conglomeration of share holders. Also, they aren’t fixated on the next quarter’s earnings. I doubt anyone walked in one morning and said, “Ok, let them go.” Rather, they took a look along view (forward and backwards) at the market and where it was going. The last thing you want to do is lay people off, lower capacity and then have missed the cues for another surge in demand. It’s hard to make money if you don’t have anything to sell. It’s why SIG hired on extra workers, to meet demand, and conversely, when that demand has slowed, they’ve adjusted their staff to meet that new reality.


I don’t believe that the SIG layoffs are due to low quality or poor products but rather an overall drop in demand for firearms after a record breaking year. I visited SIG in June and President Ron Cohen told an assembled group of gun bloggers that SIG was going to move production of additional handgun models to the US from Europe, next year. Between that and the introduction of the MPX and MCX along with new suppressor designs, I’d say that some of those folks who were laid off will end up returning to work. To me, that’s promising. Many walked in the door knowing that their jobs were temporary. Hopefully, at least some of them will see additional employment with SIG in the future.

New Announcements From TRU-SPEC

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Tru-Spec has just made a few new announcements regarding their product line, competitive shooting team, and their providing of uniforms for the upcoming Brownell’s Rockcastle Pro-Am 3-gun Championship.

First, Tru-Spec has partnered with A-TACS, and will now be offering their Tactical Response Uniform selections in A-TACS AU and FG. The TRU Shirt, Pant, 1/4 Zip Combat Shirt, Boonie, and Patrol Cap will all be available in the new patterns starting November 2014.

Secondly, Tru-Spec has added Bethany Harris to their roster of award winning competitive shooters. Bethany Harris has competed and placed in USPSA, IDPA, GSSF, and 3-Gun events. Harris, who entered the competitive shooting arena in 2010, has celebrated winning High Lady and a second place Tac-Irons Division finish at the Task Force Dagger 3-Gun in 2014 already this year; adding to a list of accolades, including: 2013 3-Gun Nation Ladies Division: 4th Overall, 2013 3-Gun Nation Divisional Series: 3rd Tac-Irons Division, 2013 Southeastern 3-Gun Championship: Tac-Irons Division Champion and match High Lady, 2012 3-Gun Nation Amateur Series Finish: 9th and 2012 3-Gun Nation Ladies Division Finish: 5th.

Lastly, Tru-Spec has been awarded the tile as “Official Range-Wear” for the 2014 Brownell’s Rockcastle Pro-Am 3-Gun Championship. They will be outfitting the entire staff with an option of 24-7 Series Shorts or Pants, Performance Polos, and Tac-Ts. Rockcastle will be hosting more than 500 shooters on the various courses, making it the largest gathering of competitors (and sponsors) at any one 3-gun outing.

The 2014 Brownell’s Rockcastle Pro-Am 3-Gun Championship is taking place at Rockcastle Shooting Center at Park Mammoth Resort in Park City, KY, August 22-24.

Details On The Tactical Holdings Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Filing

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Last week, Tactical Holdings filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection in Federal Court in Wilmington, DE. The brands under Tactical Holdings include well known FR clothing manufacturer Massif as well as footwear makers Wellco and Altama as well as other companies Tactical Intermediate Holdings Inc, Tactical Holdings Operations Inc, Ro-Search Inc, Mo-Ka Shoe Corp, and Massif Holdings LLC. As you may recall, Ro-Search developed the Panama sole used in the old jungle boot.

Fortunately, they were given permission to use up to $3.5 Million in loans from Wells Fargo to pay vendors in order to keep things going through the process.

At face value this looks pretty scary for these brands but Massif may well come out of this situation stronger than before. While all brands were given until the end of July to find buyers, Massif has already been courted by Sun Capital Partners, who already owns Point Blank Solutions, Protective Products Enterprises, Paraclete, Kelty, Sierra Designs, Slumberjack, Ultimate Direction and Royal Robbins. These guys know how to do it. Dow Jones reports that Sun Capital Partners has a $13 Million offer for Massif. As I understand it, Massif will go to auction soon with Sun Capital Partners as keen bidders who wish to nurture the business alongside its other holdings.

In a telephone interview with Noelle Christensen of Massif, she related, “As you know, we’re part of a larger corporate group, including footwear brands Wellco and Altama. The corporation, along with all entities, filed Chapter 11 last week. This court process will divest Massif from Tactical Holdings and Massif will be proceeding with an auction soon, to determine if Sun, or another investor, will be taking ownership.

Massif is a strong company and we’ll remain strong after this process is complete. As mentioned in the court filings, Massif received approval to pay vendors deemed critical during this process, so we can continue to deliver high-performance protective clothing to the warfighter.”

Unfortunately, the outlook isn’t as good for the footwear brands. Declining contracts and an investigation last year into sourcing of footwear has led to layoffs at Wellco. If they can’t find a buyer, DoD contracts will be moved elsewhere.

I would say that assuredly, Tactical Holdings as we know it, will cease to be. Things look promising for Massif who may find a new home alongside other PPE manufacturers. However, considering the crowded tactical footwear market, we are unsure who might go after not one, but two boot makers.

Never Let A Crisis Go To Waste – How The Conflict In Ukraine Resulted In A Ban on The Importation Of Kalashnikovs Into The US

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Back in March, President Obama signed Executive Order 13661, “Blocking Property of Additional Persons Contributing to the Situation in Ukraine”.

Yesterday, the Secretary of the Treasury expanded exactly what that means by adding additional interests to the list. It was bound to happen, and now Concern Kalashnikov is on that Office of Foreign Assets Control list.


There’s a whole slew of companies and individuals on the list so the Obama Administration didn’t single them out, but this will those involved in the AK enthusiast market.

This has been anticipated by that community. The guns in the country are the guns in the country. I’m sure panic buying will ensue. If you already own one, you can sell it, free and clear. But if Kalashnikov or another individual or company listed on the OFAC list has a stake in it, then you need to contact OFAC. This should only be a concern to importers who might be selling on consignment.

To be sure, a friend in the region, Ukraine, is struggling with a Russian-backed insurgency. In response, the President of the United States decided to use the economic element of national power as leverage against Russia to encourage them to lay off.

Consider the importation of guns from Russia into the US as collateral damage. A ban on the importation of Kalashnikovs from Russia would not have been possible without new laws, stemming from legislation in Congress. But a crisis such as the one in the Ukraine is a convenient opportunity that can’t be passed up by an Administration that likes to take unilateral, executive action to further its aims.

Vertx Signs Professional Firearms Instructor, Expert Competitive Shooter And Veteran Of Operation Desert Storm, Gary Quesenberry

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Gary Quesenberry

Cincinnati, OH 16-JULY-2014 - Vertx® Apparel is pleased and honored to announce professional firearms instructor, expert competitive shooter and Operation Desert Storm veteran, Gary Quesenberry, to the Vertx Pro Staff team.

“Having Gary join our Pro Staff is truly an honor for Vertx®. His training knowledge and excitement is refreshing and we were equally as excited to welcome Gary to the Vertx® family,” Ginger Rohlfs, Director of Marketing commented. “We’ve worked with Gary for a while and knew he would be an integral piece of our Pro Staff puzzle as we build a team of experts in their respective fields.”

With over 20+ years of Law Enforcement and Military experience under his belt, Quesenberry has made a name for himself as a respected top firearms instructor and competitor in the shooting industry. While having served in the US Army during Operation Desert Storm and heading as the lead firearms instructor for an elite counter terrorism organization within the Department of Homeland Security, Quesenberry has went on to train and lead both domestic and international instructional firearms tactics to Law Enforcement agencies.

In 2011, Quesenberry chose to participate in seasons 3 of History Channel’s hit reality show, Top Shot. During his time spent on Season3, Quesenberry performed exponentially well, finishing 3rd overall out of 18 top competitors. Most recently in 2013, Quesenberry was picked to compete on Top Shot: Season 5, this time competing with reoccurring All Stars of the show. Quesenberry made it all the way to the elimination round of the season finale.

“I’m incredibly excited to be a member of the Vertx® team,” said Quesenberry. “As a competitive shooter and professional firearms instructor, I look for any possible advantage on the range. Vertx gear is designed with that innovative, competitive spirit in mind. There’s simply nothing better out there.”

Chosen in 2012 as one of Cleveland’s Most Interesting People for his spectacular shooting skills and for his current role as firearms instructor for the Department of Homeland Security, Quesenberry is also President and CEO of Q-Series LLC and Director of Training for GrayStone Defense Group.

Rampart International 2014 Live Fire And Range Day

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Rampart Range Day & Expo 2014 from RAMPART Corp. on Vimeo.

Rampart International held its 4th annual Live Fire Range Day & Expo on May 27th as a prelude to the CANSEC defence trade show in Ottawa, Canada.

More than 40 companies exhibited including Armament Technology Inc, Beretta, Colt Canada, General Dynamics, Sky Watch, Alexander Battery, Twenty 20 Insight, North Eastern Arms, Wolverine Supplies, G Code, Haley Strategic Partners, Israel Military Industries, S&S Precision, Mystery Ranch, Laser Devices, and other leading providers of tactical equipment. The event drew several hundred attendees from the Canadian Department of National Defence, the Canadian Army, CANSOFCOM, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ontario Provincial Police, and other Canadian federal, provincial, and municipal agencies.

For 2015, the Live Fire Range Day & Expo is planned for May 26th and will be covered by SSD. Companies interested in participating are welcome to contact Rampart for details.

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.