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Federal Resources Completes Marley International Group Acquisition

Friday, February 10th, 2017

The acquisition expands upon Federal Resources’ mission to provide quality products, create unique value, and capitalize on emerging and active markets.

Stevensville, MD (February 9, 2017) – Federal Resources of Stevensville, Maryland has acquired Marley International Group, a global product marketing firm with focused operations in the Arabian Gulf.

Federal Resources, a prime supplier of defense and security solutions to the U.S. government, is expanding its presence to include allied nations where U.S. interests are served.

Marley International Group was founded as a multi-national partnership of professionals from the medical, defense, and energy industries. Specializing in all aspects of the contract selling process, the team of experts provides strategic advice to U.S. manufacturers who wish to expand in the Arabian Gulf.

Robert McWilliams, CEO of Federal Resources, announced to shareholders and employees that the acquisition is imperative in following the company’s strategic efforts to expand upon its global reach and continually enhance the key product and service solutions for which the company is known. “We believe the Marley acquisition gives us tremendous reach and insight into emerging markets vis-a-vis its established customer and agent base.”

“Marley International has built a strong network of relationships and established product pipelines in key markets that will continue to propel and position Federal Resources as an internationally known solutions provider,” says Marley International’s Managing Director, David Loeser.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed but Federal Resources reported they would merge operations in its Stevensville, Maryland headquarters and potentially establish offices abroad.

Swab-Its Will Be At The Great American Outdoor Show

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Swab-Its be at the Great American Outdoor Show from Saturday, Feb 4th through Sunday, Feb 12 at Booth #720 in the Shooting Sports Hall. Swab-Its’ knowledgeable team will be demonstrating their growing line of gun cleaning products and they’ll be offering Great Outdoor Show Specials.

Yeti Coolers and RTIC Reach Settlement – A Take of Two Press Releases

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

For years I’ve been watching people poo-poo Yeti coolers as being too expensive, while they go on and on about how great RTIC coolers are. The thing is, RTIC made copies of almost every Yeti design and charged less. You can do that when you don’t actually design anything.

In the course of time, Yeti sued RTIC. Apparently, they’ve settled. The difference in the public statements is quite interesting.

I’ll start with RTIC’s because, well, you’ll figure it out once you read them both.


RTIC, the leading direct to consumer online retailer of premium coolers and drinkware announces that it has entered into a settlement agreement with YETI today for the purpose of avoiding the additional costs and uncertainty of continued litigation. The dispute has been amicably resolved and as part of the agreement, RTIC has agreed to redesign only those products involved in the dispute.

As part of the Agreement, RTIC is precluded from commenting further, but RTIC is very pleased with the settlement and considers it a win.

RTIC had previously announced last month changes to its 2017 product lines and expects to rollout new products and updated existing products starting in early Spring. RTIC will continue to operate as normal selling all the RTIC brand of products as provided on the website keeping true to its promise to deliver “Over Built – Not Over Priced” products to all its RTIC fans & customers.

Now, let’s look at Yeti’s perspective.

Austin, Texas (February 2, 2017) — YETI®, the leading premium cooler and drinkware brand, is pleased to announce that a binding settlement has been reached in the United States District Court lawsuits brought against RTIC Coolers and brothers John and Jim Jacobsen.

RTIC Coolers and the Jacobsens are required to make a financial payment to YETI; to cease sales of all products subject to the lawsuit – this includes hard-sided coolers, soft-sided coolers and drinkware; and to redesign all products in question.

YETI CEO Matt Reintjes stated, “We are extremely pleased with the results we have achieved. We will continue to defend our innovation and intellectual property. This is a true win.”

Further details will be shared as they become available. YETI is not available for further comment on this topic at this point.

What do you think?

Revision Aids In Counterfeit Sting Operations At Two Tradeshows, Resulting In Multiple Arrests

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

Essex Junction, Vermont (February 2, 2017) – Since the Revision-aided sting operation at last year’s SIA Snow Show in Denver, Colorado, Revision has elevated company efforts to eradicate counterfeit Revision products from the market. Revision is a world leader in integrated, purpose-built soldier solutions; all of the Company’s protective eyewear has consistently and unequivocally exceeded global military-grade testing requirements and has been proven in action around the world. Accordingly, Revision views counterfeit products as a direct threat to the integrity of the Company and, more importantly, to Revision customers, who depend on the high standards and protection of authentic Revision gear. Revision maintains all intellectual property rights on all Revision products—rights that are total and international.

“Revision will take aggressive, unflinching action to eliminate any and all counterfeit operations,” said Jonathan Blanshay, CEO of Revision. “It should be perfectly clear that Revision will not tolerate any counterfeit products that essentially duplicate Revision’s designs but not quality on the market—period. We created these products and it is simply unacceptable to have low-level con artists steal our property and profit from it, especially at the expense of our end-users—the soldiers and police who protect us each and every day.

“Revision will take any and all actions within our power to put a forceful and immediate stop to illegal counterfeit businesses and illicit knockoff products, using every legal means at our disposal to prosecute offenders with extreme prejudice. Revision has invested tens of millions of dollars in designing, manufacturing, testing and certifying our industry leading products, and we will not tolerate the outright theft of our intellectual property. Revision’s mission is to provide the very best protection to soldiers and we will stamp out anyone who attempts to undermine that promise to global warfighters. Revision will relentlessly pursue offenders and will not stop until all involved are brought to justice and put behind bars.”

This week, Revision again aided law enforcement in two successful sting operations against alleged counterfeit eyewear distributors. This is the second consecutive year that Revision has aided in a significant sting operation. This year, Revision, working in conjunction with the Dearborn and Ohio County Prosecutor’s Office in Indiana, aided in the execution of sting operations at two separate trade show events—on January 18th at SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada and January 26th at the SnowSports Industries America (SIA) Snow Show in Denver, Colorado—resulting in multiple arrests.

Warrants were issued for owners of two companies: Airsoft Wholesaler, Inc. (a California-based company trading as “Lancer Tactical”) and Guangzhou Yijia Optical Technique Co. Ltd. (a company based in Guangzhou, China trading as “PTide”). Both companies are accused of selling unauthorized counterfeit versions of Revision Military’s Desert Locust® goggles, and “Lancer Tactical” is also accused of selling imitation versions of Revision Military’s Bullet Ant® goggles. Revision has tested samples of products distributed by these companies and has verified that the counterfeit goggles from both manufacturers fail ANSI testing, EN166 anti-fog testing, MIL-PRF-32432 abrasion testing, and have V50 ballistic values well below Revision product standards.

Changqing Chen (aka Chang Chen), co-owner of “Lancer Tactical” was arrested on the tradeshow floor at SHOT Show in Las Vegas; the other co-owner, Changying Chen (aka Lily Chen), is still at large. The representatives of “PTide”—owner Chen Jiajun (aka Jiajun Chen) and sales manager Zhang Ping (aka Ping Zhang)—were both arrested on the SIA tradeshow floor in Denver. All four individuals face six felony charges: corrupt business influence, conspiracy to commit corrupt business influence, theft, conspiracy to commit theft, counterfeiting, and conspiracy to commit counterfeiting.

Last April, Revision’s Senior Director of Legal and Governmental Affairs, Greg Maguire, testified before a Senate Judiciary Committee investigating the impact of foreign counterfeiters, making numerous appeals and proposing concrete steps to representatives to curtail widespread illegal counterfeit operations. Additionally, Revision employs a full-time member of the Legal department staff dedicated to researching and tracking counterfeit manufacturers, distributers, and exhibitors.

Revision strongly recommends only purchasing from approved distributors and retailers. Visit Revision’s website for a full list of Revision vendors. To ensure customer safety, if there is any doubt about the authenticity of a product that is marked with Revision’s logo, or resembles a Revision product, please contact Revision directly to verify. For additional information, please contact Greg Maguire,, or, Dearborn and Ohio County Prosecutor, Lynn Deddens, The fact that the defendants have been charged with crimes are merely allegations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Millbrook Tactical – Announcing Exclusive Canadian Distributorship Agreement

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

Ottawa, Canada/ 01 February 2017 PHLster & Millbrook Tactical Inc. are dedicated to provide world-class operational equipment to law enforcement, military, government agencies and the civilian shooter. They have teamed up to bring the entire PHLster product line to Canada through Millbrook’s Canada wide dealer network. Dealer inquiries should be directed to


Sunday, January 29th, 2017

Baton Rouge, LA – Lipsey’s, a nationally renowned firearms distributor, had a strong showing at this year’s SHOT Show by earning top distributor awards with some of the industry’s leading manufacturers.

Whether it’s a first time award or one that Lipsey’s has won multiple times, it’s never taken for granted. The mantra of “AIM HIGHER” continues to serve as the company’s foundation for excellence.

Laurie Lipsey Aronson, President and CEO, was in attendance to accept the NSSF’s SHOT Business Distributor Of The Year award last Tuesday morning. “Our team pushes hard all year long and I am impressed every single day by their work ethic. It’s a pleasure to watch them over-achieve our company goals. Receiving these recognitions makes me even more proud of their accomplishments.”

In addition to leading the GLOCK Perfection Awards list as top commercial distributor, Lipsey’s brought home nearly a half dozen other awards in both the firearms and accessories categories. Brett Frey, Director of Purchasing, enjoyed making the rounds at SHOT Show as the good news kept coming in. “It was humbling yet rewarding to receive multiple honors at this year’s show. The awards help validate all of the time, effort, and hard work the entire Lipsey’s team puts in that no one sees, but it makes us who we are.”

Distributor awards Lipsey’s received were as follows:

  • NSSF SHOT Business Distributor Of The Year
  • Daniel Defense Distributor Of The Year
  • Chiappa Distributor Of The Year
  • Trijicon Distributor Of The Year
  • Crimson Trace Distributor Of The Year
  • Located in Baton Rouge, Lipsey’s was originally formed as a wholesale hunting and fishing distributor in 1953. Today, the company leads the firearms industry in the collaboration and distribution of exclusive firearms. An authority in NFA regulations, Lipsey’s also offers a robust line of silencers, short barrel rifles and accessories. With a committed focus on relationships, Lipsey’s provides value and innovation to federally licensed dealers and the industry’s top manufacturers.

    High Threat Concealment Presents Evolution

    Thursday, January 26th, 2017

    ZEV Technologies, Inc. and Mega Arms, LLC Announce Merger

    Thursday, January 26th, 2017

    Oxnard, CA – January 26, 2017 – Today ZEV Technologies, Inc. and Mega Arms, LLC announced their plans to combine the companies.


    ZEV Technologies Chairman and CEO, Matt Ridenour, said, “We are tremendously excited about what this combination brings to the market. Both of our brands are focused on top tier products and our customers are very excited about ZEV’s addition of a line of AR and rifle products.”

    Mega Arms President, Mike Miller, will immediately take responsibility for ZEV’s and Mega’s manufacturing operations. According to Miller, “These two companies fit together like a puzzle. We will bring our Quality Management System and manufacturing experience and ZEV brings amazing design, engineering and marketing skills and the financial strength to facilitate our continued growth”.

    Ridenour commented that, “I want to emphasize to customers of both companies that, in the near term, nothing will change in our approach to the market. Both brands and product lines will remain in place. We will use 2017 as an opportunity to talk to our customers and evaluate all the ways to add value through the combined company”.