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Blackhawk Launches T-series Holsters

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

Blackhawk has just launched the first holster in their new T-series. Their holster team in Bozeman, Montana, started with a clean slate. This new line offers a new release mechanism and features dual shot molding techniques.

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Right off the bat I’m going to tell you, this isn’t Serpa. I’d say it’s the opposite of Serpa. While Serpa uses the trigger finger to actuate the release from the holster, the T-series relies upon a downward press of the thumb, which then curls around the grip in presentation, their master grip principle. The holster features a channel which guides the thumb right down to the button.

In addition to the new release mechanism, Blackhawk has also introduced an industry first for holsters. The T-Series features dual-shot molding technology utilizing a supple liner for smooth, quiet draws and a glass-fiber reinforced exoskeleton for strength. Additionally, the liner keeps down wear on the firearm.

The launch consists of two models, The L2D and L3D, denote level 2 and 3 retention, focused on law enforcement, duty use. The level 3 model adds a retention strap over the back of the slide.

I recently had the opportunity to try out the T-series holster on the range. I fired 300 rounds through a Glock during the range session. While that doesn’t sound like a lot, the range master specified drills which required multiple draws and reholstering which offered some good experience.

Initially, I found myself reaching with my thumb for a lever at the top of the holster to release the pistol. I slowed down and my thumb followed the channel down depress to the button and the draw was very natural. Later, during timed shoots, I caught myself a few more times, feeling for that lever at the top, but my thumb easily found its way down to the button.

It’s different than other holsters out there, so when you get one, make sure you spend some time on the range as well as reinforcement with dry holster and presentation drills to reprogram your muscle memory.

Although the configuration I used during the range session was intended for duty wear with body armor, I like the holster. The thumb activated retention release is intuitive. Unfortunately, the indoor range setting wasn’t the best place to evaluate if it was indeed a quieter holster, so I’ll leave it up to their customers to make that determination.

I asked Blackhawk representatives if this meant they were discontinuing the Serpa series. Although the T-series is a new direction for Blackhawk, the Serpa remains immensely popular, particularly overseas. It is not going anywhere.

Naturally, the first T-series Holster is for the Glock 17, the most popular handgun in America. However, Blackhawk has a very brisk schedule through the end of the year, regularly introducing new models and accessories. This includes alternative mounting options along with compact, light bearing, and RMR compatible models.

Due to the initial focus of the T-series as an LE Duty Holster, it’s currently only available in Black.

Get yours at blackhawk.com/products/holsters-accessories.

TacJobs – Sales Operations Business Development – BLACKHAWK! and Eagle Industries

Wednesday, December 26th, 2018

Join our talented team. Employees at Vista Outdoor are passionate and committed to delivering quality products to our customers. Our culture centers on an engaged and accountable workforce. Our goal is to attract and retain a diverse workforce: rich in talent, background, ideas and experience.

Responsibilities and Qualifications

This position is responsible for supporting the sales and growth for both the BLACKHAWK! and Eagle brands.  This position sells BLACKHAWK! and Eagle products and services with a thorough understanding of our company products and capabilities in relation to our competitors and customer needs as an influence to sell customers our products to meet their mission requirements.

Essential duties and responsibilities:  includes the following, but not limited to;

Develop strategies for establishing solid long term partnerships and business relationships with large Military and Special Operations end users .

Markets new and existing contacts through creation, development and implementation of various business solutions and maintains those industry contacts leading to sales

Maintain up-to-date awareness of activities, industry/consumer trends and market research

Visits commands, departments on bases and installations to teach specific customers about BLACKHAWK! and Eagle, understand their needs and how BLACKHAWK! and Eagle can assist in achieving those requirements.

Possess both the mental and Physically ability to provide product training and demonstrations both in classroom and out in the field

Ability to travel up to 50% or more of the time both domestic and international

Strive to obtain BLACKHAWK! and Eagle brands on bid lists and develop strategies for BLACKHAWK! and Eagle brands to become a bidder on all RFQ’s

Provide support to program managers and report due diligence, contacts of new business development and alliance development projects while focusing on all key accounts

Attend as needed to specified trade shows, conferences and customer events

All other duties as assigned by Director, Special Operations Division Manager and BLACKHAWK! Sales team

Senior Leadership or Instructor experience preferred

Education/Experience:

Candidate must have an associates degree preferred with emphasis in business administration, sales and or military with minimum 5 years military (10+ years preferred) experience with demonstrated negotiation skills.  Candidate must possess exemplary problem solving, strategic analysis, motivation, project management, visionary leadership and be able to work successfully in a multi-project, deadline driven, rapid growth/fast paced environment while maintaining an eager and adaptable attitude.  Interaction and collaboration with upper and senior level management required.

Competencies- To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

Problem Solving – Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.

Project Management – Coordinates projects; Communicates changes and progress via weekly status reports; Completes projects on time and budget.

Customer Service – Manages difficult or emotional customer situations; Responds promptly to customer needs; Solicits customer feedback to improve service; Responds to requests for service and assistance; Meets commitments.

Oral Communication – Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; Listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings.

Written Communication – Writes clearly and informatively; Edits work for spelling and grammar; Varies writing style to meet needs; Presents numerical data effectively; Able to read and interpret written information.

Business Acumen – Understands business implications of decisions; Displays orientation to profitability; Demonstrates knowledge of market and competition; Aligns work with company strategic goals.

Ethics – Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.

Organizational Support – Follows policies and procedures; Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; Supports organization’s goals and values; Benefits organization through outside activities.

Judgment – Displays willingness to make decisions; Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; Supports and explains reasoning for decisions; Includes appropriate people in decision-making process; Makes timely decisions.

Planning/Organizing – Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Plans for additional resources; Sets goals and objectives; Organizes or schedules other people and their tasks; Develops realistic action plans.

Professionalism – Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.

Attendance/Punctuality – Is consistently at work and on time; Ensures work responsibilities are covered when absent; Arrives at meetings and appointments on time.

Initiative – Volunteers readily; Undertakes self-development activities; Seeks increased responsibilities; Takes independent actions and calculated risks; Looks for and takes advantage of opportunities; Asks for and offers help when needed.

We offer a highly competitive salary, comprehensive benefits including: medical and dental, vision, disability and life insurance, 401K, PTO, tuition reimbursement, and the ability to add value to an exciting mission!

Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Females/Protected Veteran/Disabled

Apply here.

TacJobs – Blackhawk Expanding, Seeks To Fill 10 New Positions

Thursday, October 18th, 2018

Under the leadership of new President Joshua Waldron, Blackhawk is seeing a brand resurgence. Part of this is putting together a new team including these 10, key positions, right here in Virginia Beach. Some of the positions will also support Eagle Industries and Uncle Mike’s which are in the Blackhawk business unit as well. Visit the link for each of the positions to see full details.

Sales Operations, Business Development

This position is responsible for the sales of BLACKHAWK! products in a specified region. This position sells BLACKHAWK’s products and services with a thorough understanding of our company products in relation to our competitors and customer needs using as an influence to sell our customers our products to meet their current needs.

Sr Director, Product Development

The Sr Director, Product Development – BLACKHAWK, will act as a product General Manager to develop a three year product development roadmap for his/her portfolio of brands, heavily influenced by brand-right product development and consumer insights. This individual will use masterful brand-right product development that will result in new products driving 25% of revenue. Adept at influencing, this individual will ensure resourcing across operations, commercialization, digital, supply, and marketing teams around the globe.

Product Manager, Apparel

Product Manager – Apparel: BLACKHAWK is seeking a Product Manager to add to our team in Virginia Beach, Va. The Product Manager is responsible for managing all aspects of product development from concept development to commercialization for our line of Apparel. The ideal candidate will be an avid shooter and have significant experience in product development and managing the life cycle of products from concept to commercialization. Looking for an individual to aggressively grow the business by thoroughly understanding the marketplace, competition and by developing products that address global consumer and retailer needs.

Product Manager, Gun Accessories

The Product Manager – Gun Accessories will achieve annual top and bottom line metrics through new product development in support of the tactical products team’s strategy. This position will be responsible for leading many aspects of R&D, from conceptualization, validation, commercialization and launch. Additionally, the product manager will be responsible for managing the lifecycle of the product from inception, to design and manufacturing, to service and disposal.

Product Manager is responsible for executing near term product development initiatives and developing the long term new products pipeline. The Product Manager relies on an innovative skills set, personal drive and intimate knowledge of the category to define and create differentiated products that satisfy unmet needs of our end users. This leader should be familiar with instigating and analyzing market research to show whitespace—folding in these insights to create identifiable points of difference our customers appreciate that both professional and civilian users seek out. Ideally, this candidate will be an avid practical/tactical shooter with in depth knowledge for firearms, firearms components and usage. The candidate should have a prior background in the military or law enforcement and be able to easily lever their prior experience managing product development from concept to launch. Additionally, this position will support the Sr. Director Product Development—within the BLACKHAWK—to achieve all key metrics for the team.

Brand Manager

Vista Outdoor is seeking a Brand Manager for its BLACKHAWK! business unit to be based in Virginia Beach, VA. This position is part of a unique opportunity to help create brand strategy and direction for the BLACKHAWK! business unit from the ground up. You will be a crucial part of a fast-paced environment that is equal parts demanding and exciting. The Brand Manager reports directly to the Senior Director of Marketing and will be responsible for ensuring communications, advertising, product placement, sales support materials, and general branding is all in line with cohesive brand strategy. MUST either have direct experience in firearms industry or a closely related/beneficial industry. Brand Manager will serve as liaison to industry professionals, brands, influencers, and media to spread the BLACKHAWK! persona while also relaying market research and latest trends back to the Marketing team.

Senior Graphic Designer

Vista Outdoor is seeking a Senior Graphic Designer for its BLACKHAWK! business unit to be based in Virginia Beach, VA. This position is part of a unique opportunity to help create revitalized brand identities for all companies in the BLACKHAWK! business unit (BLACKHAWK!, Eagle Industries, and Uncle Mike’s are the three main brands). The chosen candidate will have a high degree of autonomy and be expected to bring well thought-out and creative design strategies to the table that accomplish both honoring past brand precedence while looking to the future image we are working to create. This position reports directly to the Senior Director of Marketing and will have one direct report (Associate Designer). The chosen candidate needs to be able to clearly demonstrate their experience with creating across-the-board company branding to span web, print, packaging, apparel, event materials, and more. A flexible and adaptable style is a must since this person will be overseeing the graphic design direction for a variety of brands.

Photographer/Videographer

Vista Outdoor is seeking a Photographer/Videographer to create a second-to-none content library for the BLACKHAWK! business unit (BLACKHAWK!, Eagle Industries, and Uncle Mike’s are the three primary brands). The Photographer/Videographer will have a unique opportunity to help define the visual representation of all brands within the BLACKHAWK! business unit as part of a sweeping brand revival. The selected candidate will have a high degree of autonomy to dream up the photo and video shoots they would like to tackle and will be encouraged to bring their own creative direction to the table. This position will answer directly to the Senior Director of Marketing and will work alongside a team of graphic designers, brand managers, social media specialists, web/eCommerce specialists, product designers, etc. This person needs to be filled with ideas that they’ve been wanting to tackle for imagery styles, cinematography styles, etc. as we work together as a team to break the mold of what has previously been seen as commonplace in the tactical industry.

Web eCommerce Specialist

Vista Outdoor is seeking a Web/eCommerce Specialist to help bring the BLACKHAWK! business unit’s online presence into the 21st century. You’ll have a unique opportunity to create an eCommerce strategy from the ground up to support both existing and new web-based revenue streams as we work to make our products more easily accessible and make the buying process more appealing, streamlined, and data-driven. You will also lead the efforts of three separate company website redesigns (BLACKHAWK!, Eagle Industries, and Uncle Mike’s — bonus points if they can all be done in tandem) with ample opportunity for input regarding the final outcome of the project. This position will spearhead collecting data from all digital revenue sources to help drive both increased sales as well as a more in-depth understanding of our customer base. The Web/eCommerce Specialist will report directly to the Senior Director of Marketing while working alongside the Sales team to ensure both departments are working toward common goals. This person needs to be ready to hit the ground running and bring valuable experience with digital revenue streams to the table in short order.

Associate Graphic Designer

Vista Outdoor is seeking an Associate Graphic Designer for its BLACKHAWK! business unit to be based in Virginia Beach, VA. This position is part of a unique opportunity to help create revitalized brand identities for all companies in the BLACKHAWK! business unit (BLACKHAWK!, Eagle Industries, and Uncle Mike’s are the three main brands). The chosen candidate will have a high degree of autonomy and be expected to bring well thought-out and creative design strategies to the table that accomplish both honoring past brand precedence while looking to the future image we are working to create. This position falls under the purview of the Senior Director of Marketing and reports directly to the Senior Graphic Designer. The chosen candidate needs to be able to clearly demonstrate their knowledge of how to create across-the-board company branding to span web, print, packaging, apparel, event materials, and more. A flexible and adaptable style is a must since this person will be overseeing the graphic design direction for a variety of brands.

Social Media Specialist

Vista Outdoor is seeking a Social Media Specialist to curate, direct, operate, and analyze the digital public-facing image of the BLACKHAWK! business unit (BLACKHAWK!, Eagle Industries, and Uncle Mike’s are the three primary brands). This is a unique opportunity to create a social media presence to represent a portfolio of established and respected brands from the ground up – a chance that not many digital marketers get in their career. The chosen candidate will operate with a high degree of autonomy and bring a wide range of cutting-edge social media strategies to the table with a fast-paced implementation schedule. The candidate will be required to work directly with Brand Ambassadors, Brand Partners, and Media Partners to ensure proper dissemination of approved materials throughout our network. This position reports directly to the Senior Director of Marketing and will work hand-in-hand with our in-house team that includes a photographer/videographer, two graphic designers, a brand manager, and a web/eCommerce specialist.

Vista Outdoor Names Joshua Waldron President of its BLACKHAWK! Business Unit

Thursday, June 21st, 2018

Waldron to have Responsibility for BLACKHAWK!, Eagle and Uncle Mike’s Brands

Overland Park, Kansas — Vista Outdoor Inc. (NYSE: VSTO) announced that Joshua Waldron will serve as president of the company’s BLACKHAWK! business unit, effective today. The business unit is part of Vista Outdoor’s Outdoor Products segment and includes brands such as BLACKHAWK!, Eagle and Uncle Mike’s. Waldron will have full responsibility for the business, including finance, operations and manufacturing, sales, marketing and new product development. He will relocate to the company’s Virginia Beach, Virginia, location, which will serve as the business unit’s headquarters due to its close proximity to several key law enforcement and military customers.

For the last decade, Waldron was the co-founder and chief executive officer of SilencerCo, a firearm sound suppression company. While at SilencerCo, he was awarded one of the Top 50 Fastest Growing Companies for six consecutive years by both Mountain West Capital Network’s Utah 100 and Utah Business Magazine’s Fast 50. Under Waldron’s leadership, SilencerCo significantly expanded the suppressor category and increased market share. Waldron is a co-founder and board member of the American Suppressor Association and sits on the board of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation.

“Josh is an exceptional innovator and marketer,” said Dave Allen, Group President of Vista Outdoor’s Outdoor Products segment. “He understands our customers’ requirements, and his entrepreneurial mindset is essential to lead these brands in developing the next generation of leading products for the tactical market.”

“I am excited to join the BLACKHAWK! team and get to work on delivering new, innovative solutions to our core consumers,” said Waldron. “I am passionate about this industry and the opportunity to lead such a strong portfolio of well-recognized brands.”

About the BLACKHAWK! Business Unit

The Vista Outdoor BLACKHAWK! Business Unit is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of consumer products in the tactical, law enforcement and military segment. The division operates under three brand names, BLACKHAWK!, Eagle and Uncle Mike’s, and has a portfolio with a wide range of items for recreational and professional pursuits. With some of the most trusted names in the tactical market, the Vista Outdoor BLACKHAWK! Business Unit prides itself on providing innovative products of the highest quality to those professionals that demand the best. We’re constantly researching, refining and perfecting every detail to provide gear that won’t let you down. Because we’re not just making stuff. We’re honoring a vow.

www.blackhawk.com

BLACKHAWK! Named 2017 Montana Manufacturer of the Year by Montana Chamber of Commerce

Sunday, May 27th, 2018

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Overland Park, KS – May 25, 2018 – BLACKHAWK!, the leading manufacturer of high-tech holsters and tactical accessories, was recently presented with the 2017 Montana Manufacturer of the Year Award at the Manufacturing and International Trade Day event, held by the Montana Manufacturing Association, a subsidiary of the Montana Chamber of Commerce.

“Our team is deeply honored and very excited to receive this recognition,” said BLACKHAWK! Factory Operations Manager Lamont Kotter. “This is a testament to the great work our employees do every day in our factory and in the community.”

The criteria in choosing a winner for the award included factors such as employee engagement, development opportunities for employees and operational excellence. BLACKHAWK! excelled in all categories, showing over 300 continuous improvement ideas generated from employees, clear career path progression for workers, a strong record of safety, as well as a growth of 140 jobs at the facility over the past six years. All of these accomplishments put BLACKHAWK! out front as first choice for the award.

“We believe that as manufacturers and business leaders we have two purposes,” said Kotter. “First, to improve the business year over year. We work to drive out costs, improve the quality of our product, improve the safety and efficiency of our operation and bring the very best products to market. Second, to contribute to the improvement of our community. The entire team is committed to these two missions which guide the rest of what we do. We are excited to be recognized for our efforts and the progress we have made.”

BLACKHAWK! is an engaged community partner that supports efforts to bring people together, honor military and law enforcement, and advocate for the importance of manufacturing jobs. BLACKHAWK! employees work with local schools to help promote an interest in manufacturing and give young people an opportunity to learn first hand about the profession. Working alongside other manufacturers, in 2017, BLACKHAWK! employees helped develop a 10 day curriculum on manufacturing and taught it in one of the local schools in the area. In addition, BLACKHAWK! hosts many student tours of the factory each year and mentors students on engineering projects, believing that young people are the future of the manufacturing business.

BLACKHAWK!, a Vista Outdoor, Inc. brand, is committed to providing the best class of tactical gear. For more information, visit www.blackhawk.com.

BLACKHAWK! to Unveil New Holster and Folding Sight at 2018 National Rifle Association Annual Meetings and Exhibits

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

OVERLAND PARK, Kansas (May 2, 2018) – BLACKHAWK!, an industry leader in tactical products, will launch new products at booth #7530 during the 2018 National Rifle Association (NRA) Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Dallas, Texas, May 4 to 6.

The new MBOSS holster series from BLACKHAWK! combines the traditional materials of leather with a bold new look designed to offer style and appearance to any handgun. Designed to be an extension of you, MBOSS holsters deliver user comfort and adaptability to any situation. The unique surface blends the tactical look and feel with the everyday carry world to provide a holster that performs at any level. Offering the user multiple different positions of carry inside or outside the waistband, this line of holsters fits a wide variety of needs at an MSRP of $79.95.

The BLACKHAWK! Hybrid Folding Sight fuses a solid metal alloy core with an advanced co-polymer jacket to create a lightweight and extremely durable addition to any rifle. Both tough and lightweight, the hybrid construction eliminates excess bulk while providing tool-less windage and elevation adjustment dials. A steel A2 front sight post aids in accurate round placement, while a versatile rear sight aligns to the M4/AR15 A-frame front sight height. Boasting a magnetic twin aperture, the sight can be slipped up with a gloved hand, and holds tight under .308 recoil at an MSRP range of $59.95-$119.95.

BLACKHAWK!, a Vista Outdoor, Inc. brand, is committed to providing the best class of tactical gear. For more information, visit www.blackhawk.com.

Warrior West 18 – BLACKHAWK Multipoint Sling

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

I was checking out the various lines offered by Vista Outdoor when I saw this fixture on a sling in the Blackhawk section. It reminded me of a frame surrounding a Red Dot Sight.

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Turns out, it’s the rapid adjust slider for their Multipoint Sling. Although it’s fixed in an open position, it’s soft enough to collapse when you need it to.

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The webbing material is offered in slick, padded and stretch variants in Coyote and Black. The sling is Berry compliant and offered in multiple mounting configurations including QD, HK hooks and free ends with no attachment, allowing you to use your own parts. But, my favorite feature is that they’ve included a two-point to single-point adapter on the models fitted with QDs.

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blackhawk.com/products/long-gun-accessories/long-gun-accessories/tactical-slings

SHOT Show 18 – BLACKHAWK

Friday, January 26th, 2018

Blackhawk is offering the FURY Prime (left) and FURY Utilitarian (right) gloves.

They are both touch screen compatible with silicone grip palms. Available on Grey, Black and Coyote.

www.blackhawk.com