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2016 Optics Planet Brilliance Awards

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

OpticsPlanet looks to the general public and experts to vote and help them choose their annual Brilliance Award winners for 2016. These are items that 1000s of outdoor enthusiasts will vote for to be 2016’s best products and brands of the year – from Rifle Scopes, Spotting Scopes, Gun Accessories, Binoculars, and Much More!

You can vote at

As an added bonus, when you vote, you’ll also have several chances to win great prizes.

Chuck Norris Launches Bottled Water Brand Called CFORCE

Monday, October 10th, 2016

Billed as a ‘Force of Nature’, new CFORCE from Chuck Norris is bottled right on his Lone Wolf Ranch in Navasota, TX. As you can imagine, if Chuck Norris is involved it’s not going to come from some boring tap in a factory. On no; according to the webiste, ‘doesn’t flow from the ground; it bursts from an artesian spring with the same unharnessed power and intensity you’d expect from Chuck Norris’ roundhouse kick.’ Pretty awesome.

Please note, a portion of CFORCE sales benefit environmental initiatives and KICKSTART KIDS—a charity that empowers at-risk youth. The Norris family has supported these causes for more than 25 years.

Thanks for the heads up Nate! Stay safe out there!

IWI US Going Full-Auto (and Semi) at Third Annual Texas Firearms Festival

Saturday, October 8th, 2016

Test out the full arsenal of IWI firearms, including the Negev belt-fed machine gun, Galil, TAVOR X95, TAVOR SAR, UZI Pro and Jericho pistol at Best of the West Shooting Range in Liberty Hill, Texas, Oct. 15-16.

Harrisburg, Pa. (October 2016) – IWI US, Inc., a subsidiary of Israel Weapon Industries (IWI) Ltd., invites all who love the smell of gunpowder, sight of hot steel and the thrill of firing full-auto to test out the full arsenal of IWI US firearms at the 2016 Texas Firearms Festival. The festival will be held at the Best of the West Shooting Range in Liberty Hill, Texas, Oct. 15-16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“We’ll have an array of IWI firearms on site, including the belt-fed Negev machine gun, the Galil 5.56 machine gun, the TAVOR X95 in 5.56 and 9mm, the TAVOR SAR, the Galil in 7.62×39 and 7.62×51, UZI Pros with stabilizing brace and various models of the Jericho pistol. I think the only thing we left in Israel is the Iron Dome. Now’s your chance to get behind the trigger of your favorite IDF firearm, so do yourself a favor and drop by the booth, it’ll put a smile on your face,” said Michael Kassnar, VP of Sales & Marketing for IWI US.

IWI US will be located in shooting bay 4 and staffed by knowledgeable company personnel from their Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, headquarters.

In its third year, the unique Festival provides a welcoming environment for all experience levels in the world of firearms – from the proficient hunter, to the hesitant homeowner seeking more information and familiarity. All tickets can be purchased online.

The Texas State Rifle Association, one of the event sponsors, will host educational and learn-to-shoot classes for beginners on both days. Individuals have the opportunity to purchase tickets that allow them to try exhibitor guns at the event, under the close supervision of manufacturer representatives and training safety officers.

Those who wish to try guns at the festival should purchase “shooter tickets,” which will give them access to over 20 dedicated firearms demonstration “try and buy” bays. Both shooter and non-shooter tickets will be able to browse a retail village that showcases the best in ammo and accessories.

VIP ticket holders gain earlier access into the festival each day at 9 a.m., and can also attend a separate “Full Auto Friday” event on Oct. 14 that features automatic weapons. Individuals can purchase VIP tickets for either day or both days. In addition to earlier morning access and the features available to regular ticketholders, VIP attendees gain “Fast Pass” access to skip the line at each exhibitor bay by showing their VIP wristbands, and can access the VIP lounge to relax, utilize the complementary Wi-Fi and enjoy nonalcoholic beverages. VIP lounge guests also receive a complementary lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day.

All attendees can purchase food from Austin’s finest food-truck cuisine and enjoy free parking, with preferred parking for VIP attendees on a first-come, first-serve basis. No alcoholic beverages will be served, available for purchase or allowed into the event for any ticketholders.

Festival CEO Michelle Felkins emphasized that Festival organizers take no shortcuts when it comes to safety.

“We have always placed safety first at this festival, not just during the event itself, but in the mandatory training we require of our on-site safety officers, vendors and exhibitors before the festival,” said Felkins, citing their impeccable safety record over the last two years of the festival’s history.

Felkins reminds prospective attendees that all licensed gun owners who bring their firearms must keep them holstered at all times.

“We have a zero tolerance policy for attendees who don’t keep their firearms holstered,” she said.

Email for additional registration, ticket purchase information or general questions about the Festival.

NW Shooting Sports Expo becomes TRIGGRCON – Tactical Research Innovation Guns and Gear Review Convention

Friday, October 7th, 2016

After the hugely successful inaugural year of the NWSSE with 4000 registered attendees and nearly 80 vendors, the most frequently asked question was about its future.

With all of the positive feedback we received during the show, we’re not at all surprised that all of the vendors we’ve contacted that were in attendance this year have already recommitted for 2017 such as; Mega Arms, Vortex Optics, Falkor Defense, Agency Arms, Battle Arms, Noveske to name a few. We will also be welcoming AXTS Weapons, Phase 5 and many new participating manufacturers for 2017.


We will be changing the name from NWSSE to TRIGGRCON (Tactical Research Innovation Guns and Gear Review Convention) to better reflect the atmosphere and purpose of the event. TRIGGRCON is an exclusive selection of the top, innovative small arms companies and auxiliary manufacturers showcasing their new products and accessories. Manufacturer selection will be by invitation only and limited to an intimate number not to exceed 150 companies. There will be a media range day for live fire demonstrations and show times that are reserved strictly for media. TRIGGRCON is also open to the general public during all other show times so enthusiasts can have direct access to the elite manufacturers that participate in the show.


For 2017 and its immediate future, the convention location will be in Tacoma Washington. However, we are exploring possibilities for other cities for possible expansion.


Key Points
New product showcase from the top innovative companies in the small arms space
Intimate exclusive list of manufactures by invitation only
Open to the public
Media events throughout the show

For more information, please visit

Bass Pro Shops Buys Cabela’s

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

Legendary Outdoor Brands Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s to Combine

Merger Will Enhance Ability to Serve Outdoor Enthusiasts with Complementary Product Offerings and Geographic Footprints

Cabela’s Shareholders Will Receive $65.50 Per Share in Cash

Bass Pro Shops Entering into Multi-Year Credit Card Partnership with Capital One

Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Club Customer Loyalty Programs Remain Unchanged

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. & SIDNEY, Neb. – Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Incorporated (NYSE:CAB), two iconic American outdoor companies with similar humble origins, and with a shared goal to better serve those who love the outdoors, today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Bass Pro Shops will acquire Cabela’s for $65.50 per share in cash, representing an aggregate transaction value of approximately $5.5 billion.

In addition, upon closing Bass Pro Shops will commence a multi-year partnership agreement with Capital One, National Association, a wholly-owned national banking subsidiary of Capital One Financial Corporation (NYSE: COF), under which Capital One will originate and service the Cabela’s CLUB, Cabela’s co-branded credit card, and Bass Pro Shops will maintain a seamless integration between the credit card program and the combined companies’ retail operations and deep customer relationships. All Cabela’s CLUB points and Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Rewards points will be unaffected by the transactions and customers can continue to use their credit cards as they were prior to the transaction. Capital One intends to continue to operate the Cabela’s CLUB servicing center in Lincoln, Nebraska.

A driving force behind this agreement is the highly complementary business philosophies, product offerings, expertise and geographic footprints of the two businesses. The essence of both Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s is a deep passion to serve outdoor enthusiasts and support conservation. The combination brings together three of the nation’s premier sporting brands: Cabela’s, a leader in hunting; Bass Pro Shops, a leader in fishing; and White River Marine Group, a worldwide leader in boating, which is part of Bass Pro Shops.

Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s and White River Marine Group represent the best of American entrepreneurship, innovation and devotion to customers. The combined companies will strive to provide a remarkably enhanced experience for customers, increased opportunities for team members and greater support for conservation activities.

Battle Without Honor

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

This is an actual exchange between a company we’ve written about several times and a representative of an overseas-based contract sew house.  For some, this industry is about doing the right thing, for others it’s just a pay check. The names were blurred to protect identities.  

British based D3O expands US footprint with Berry compliant manufacturing capabilities

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016
  • UK based impact protection company enters into long-term strategic partnerships with Vibram, Schutt Sports to produce helmet pads for US warfighters
  • UK company establishes US legal entity D3O LLC headquarters in Detroit
  • Monday 3rd October 2016: Detroit, USA:

    D3O, the UK-based impact protection company, enters into long-term strategic partnerships with Schutt Sports, a leader in the sports helmet and protective accessories market, and Vibram USA, a well-established supplier of boot outsoles and midsoles for the US Department of Defense, to provide Berry-compliant production of the D3O® TRUST helmet pads for combat helmets as the company expands its capabilities and distribution in North America.

    D3O uses unique patented and proprietary technologies to make rate-sensitive, soft, flexible and distinctive orange-colored materials with high shock absorbing properties that are used in a wide range of impact protection products. The technology addresses a range of markets including electronics, sports, industrial workwear, motorcycle and military protection. In its raw form, the technology is soft when handled slowly but stiffens immediately when hit, making it an ideal component in high impact applications like protective base layers in football, baseball and skiing and strengthening athletic gear like tennis rackets and soccer balls. The patented technology is already used by customers including sports brands Schutt Sports and Under Armour, and in non-sports applications like industrial workwear and defense.

    The new Berry manufacturing agreement with Schutt and Vibram, each bringing expertise in the integration of impact protection technology into hard goods like helmet and individual accessories, will further enhance the company’s capabilities to deliver high performance impact protection and shock absorbing solutions to both US warfighters and our US partners alike.

    Schutt Sports is one of the leading manufacturers of protective equipment worldwide and a long-standing D3O partner with an innovative range of helmets for Baseball, Football and Lacrosse featuring D3O® technology. This further collaboration to develop Berry compliant helmet liners for soldiers strengthens both companies’ position to deliver unmatched innovation and reduce the risk of impact-related injuries for athletes and soldiers alike. Schutt Sports, based in Illinois, has three manufacturing facilities including Salem, Litchfield and Easton, Pennsylvania, providing jobs for a total of 600 employees.

    Vibram USA, located in North Brookfield MA with 325 employees is the long-trusted innovator and supplier of outsoles and midsoles for a wide variety of boot and shoe applications across the military and commercial sectors.

    The three companies will work together to manufacture the D3O® TRUST helmet pads. The liner system has been shown to provide a combination of industry-leading impact deceleration, a key factor in reducing exposure to traumatic brain injuries, combined with enhanced comfort. The D3O® TRUST seven-pad system has been adopted by leading helmet manufacturers 3M Ceradyne and Morgan, as well as several other specialty suppliers to the Law Enforcement / Tactical market in both the US and Europe.

    Robert Erb, CEO Schutt Sports comments;
    “We’re one of the world’s leading manufacturers of protective sports equipment and there’s a reason we use D3O in many of our products: their materials and technology are world class. We’re excited about helping them bring that technology and protection to one of our country’s most important groups of people – the men and women who serve in the military and place their lives on the line every day.”

    Mike Gionfriddo, CEO Vibram USA comments;
    “Developing the D3O relationship has allowed Vibram to increase new opportunities with performance products utilizing D3O’s advanced shock absorbing materials.  After celebrating 100 years of operations, Vibram continues to focus on innovation and product development as the foundation for future growth.”

    Bill VanMullekom, SVP D3O LLC says;
    “The collaboration with notable industry experts, Schutt Sports and Vibram, further strengthens D3O’s product offering and manufacturing capabilities and marks our ongoing commitment to providing the most advanced impact protection solutions to the US defense market.”

    D3O is a portfolio company of the U.S. growth capital firm Beringea. Over 90% of the company’s revenues are export, with 60% of sales in the US, for which the company received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade in 2014. The establishment of a US Legal Entity, D3O LLC, which is headquartered in Detroit, underscores its continued growth in the US, a long-term commitment to servicing the US DoD space and providing world-beating protection to warfighters.

    The company has expanded its portfolio of materials from one formulation in 2010 to over 25 materials today. Most recently, D3O® technology has been used to develop a range of performance sports insoles with partner brand ENERTOR, worn and endorsed by Usain Bolt, offering 44% shock absorption to reduce injury when running.

    D3O also announced a long-term strategic partnership with DuPont to co-develop a new material which will target the industrial, workwear and electronics’ markets. The material, D3O® powered by DuPontTM Hytrel®, incorporates both smart and durable material properties and further expands D3O® thermoplastics capabilities.

    Serket And Source One Tactical Join Forces

    Monday, October 3rd, 2016

    Denver, October 1, 2016 — Serket and Source One Tactical announced today they have finalized an agreement to join forces, and as a part of the transaction will re?brand Source One Tactical under the Serket name. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, and the transaction is anticipated to be complete by the end of the year.

    The principals of the companies have worked collaboratively on a number of very successful projects over the last ten years and share values and a business ethos that emphasizes a customer centric approach. “The merger enables the combined entity to more effectively leverage the individual talents of the respective teams and makes tremendous sense for both businesses” said Trey Harris, President of Serket. “The unification of the companies will further enhance our innovation capabilities and customer responsiveness.”

    The new entity (Serket) will maintain facilities in Denver, Colorado and Palm Beach County, Florida. Trey Harris will continue to serve as President and run the day to day operations of Serket. Jeff Henkemeyer of Source One Tactical will assume the role of Director, Business Development. Randy Webb will lead the team as Chief Executive Officer.

    For more information on Serket’s line of innovative apparel and snow mobility systems, visit