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CAA USA To Offer MCK Rifle Line Up

Thursday, May 19th, 2022

The overwhelming success of the CAA USA MCK (Micro Conversion Kit) which takes popular handguns to the next level, has contributed to a natural evolution for CAA USA.

CAA USA will be introducing a whole new lineup of MCK rifles coming in Q4. CAA USA is holding a contest to name their new rifles; the winner is to receive an early serial numbered MCK rifle.

Pompano Beach, FL. (May 2022) – CAA USA designers, and developers of the world-famous MCK/Micro Conversion Kit, have decided to move into the gun manufacturing world utilizing the same MCK “look” that hundreds of thousands of customers have become accustomed to.

The new rifle line-up has been in the design and R&D phase for some time, as LTC. (Ret.) Mikey Hartman described the new products. “If it was not for all our loyal, distributors, retailers, and end-users, this dream of a complete rifle system, based on the design principles of our MCK line, would not be possible. Design, tooling, and testing is an expensive endeavor, and it’s with tremendous appreciation for our customers’ passion for the MCK line, that we have been able to move forward with this project.”

The new rifle is based on the ergonomic design of the original MCK. Three models will be the first released between 2022 and 2023. A 16-inch barrel and 10-inch with a welded faux suppressor and a 10-inch NFA model will be offered. The 9mm and 10mm rifles are built on a blowback system, and the .223 will be a traditional gas operating system. The 9mm and 10mm models will be the first available in 2022.

The MCK 9mm and 10mm rifles will both accept GLOCK magazines and feature a spare magazine holder. A full-length top Picatinny rail provides plenty of room for optics, and two sides Picatinny rails for lights, lasers, and additional accessories. The folding stock folds left or right for ambidextrous storage and transportation. All three models are expected to retail for under $900.00.

In preparation for the end-of-year launch, CAA USA is asking for help from their valued customers in naming the new rifles in the CAA USA “Name Our Rifle Giveaway”. The winner of each of the officially accepted names for the 9mm, 10mm, and .223 will receive, respectively, the first of each new model as an award for the winning name.

“We used to think we know it all, but the past few years have taught us very clearly that our fan base can and does contribute to our R&D decisions. We have become better because of them”, LTC. (Ret.) Hartman continued. “That is why we are excited to again have our customers participate in the official naming of our new rifles. We are looking forward to seeing what they come up with.”

For more information on the MCK, visit CAA USA at www.caagearup.com, or join the conversation on the CAA USA Facebook, Instagram, and  YouTube pages.

CAA USA will be exhibiting at the NRA 2022 Annual Meeting & Exhibits at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. CAA USA will be at booth #538.

Vortakt Expands Production Capacity With Revolutionary New Turning Center

Wednesday, May 18th, 2022

OEM barrel manufacturer introduces industry-leading automation technology

MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis (May 17, 2022) – Vortakt Barrel Works once again demonstrates its commitment to becoming the future of OEM barrel manufacturing by introducing “The Profiler”, a new fully automated turning cell that consolidates contouring, chambering, gas porting, threading, and crowning operations in a single machine.

This 2021 Okuma LT2000 EX CNC lathe features 700mm length capacity, with twin turrets and spindles, live steady rest, live tooling, and Y-axis motion. Automatically loaded via a Fanuc CRX Collaborative Robot and custom infeed/outfeed systems, this turning center offers a capacity of around 3,300 MSR-style barrels each month

“The automation technology we incorporate into barrel manufacturing allows us to maximize capacity while minimizing production costs involved in the production of barrels for popular platforms like the AR-15 and Kalashnikov (AK)”, said Chad Weister, Managing Director of Vortakt Barrel Works.

Most barrel manufacturers will run their barrel blanks through one to two operations in a CNC lathe to achieve the final contour, pass the barrel along to an additional lathe for chambering, direct the contoured blank through a mill for gas porting, and then forward the barrel to another lathe for cut, crown, and threading operations. Vortakt has effectively managed to integrate all of these processes into a single machine tool supported by state-of-the-art robotics.

By effectively harnessing automation technology and adhering to engineering best practices, Vortakt’s team provides innovative partnership solutions based on their client’s unique needs. More information can be found at vortakt.com.

SK Customs Releases The MANA in Stainless, Part Two of a Two Part Limited-Edition Production Designer Series

Thursday, April 14th, 2022

HAYMARKET, VA – April 14, 2022 – SK Customs® is proud to announce the second iteration of the MANA in a stainless design. This limited-edition firearm is part of a series of Polynesian warrior inspired handguns.

The MANA, like its predecessors, is presented on a full-size Colt Classic 1911 Series 70 .38 Super, now in a polished stainless-steel frame, slide and accents. The high polished silver national matched barrel has 24 karat gold plated and high polished selective hardware with etched motifs inspired by Polynesian Ethos. Complemented by a diamond-studded factory front staked sight, the MANA comes with a newly debuted super bright white ivory polymer engraved grip.

Each MANA comes accompanied with a custom knife from the French manufacturer Deejo(r). The knife is high polished in stainless steel, weighs 37g, is etched with the Polynesian motifs to match the art designed on the MANA and comes with a composite turtle shell handle engraved “SK Customs – The MANA.”

MANA is defined as the spiritual life’s forces of energy or healing power that permeates the universe. In the Polynesian culture, anyone can have MANA as it’s a cultivation or possession of energy and power. The quality of MANA is not limited to individuals, people, governments, and places. Inanimate objects may also possess MANA.

“We honored the Polynesian worldview of MANA, by launching the second part of this Warrior Life designer collection,” said Simon Khiabani, owner and founder of SK Customs. “To have MANA implies influence, authority and efficacy and an ability to perform in a given situation. A Colt 1911 embodies this spirit, even as an inanimate object.”

The MANA comes with a limited-edition series number from 001 of 200 etched in 24 karat gold behind the right-side serrations. The MANA in stainless is the third series in the Polynesian Warrior Inspired Limited-Edition Designer Series with the HAKA in stainless to follow.

To learn more about SK Guns®, SK Arms VA® and SK Customs®, visit SKARMSVA.com.

NSSF – Firearm and Ammunition Industry Economic Impact Report 2022

Thursday, April 14th, 2022

Each year the National Shooting Sports Foundation publishes a report on the economic impact of the firearm and ammunition industry on the US economy.

Considering that the industry has seen a 269% increase from $19.1 billion in 2008 to $70.52 billion in 2021, it’s a significant contribution to this nation’s bottom line. What’s more, it creates jobs. The total number of full-time equivalent positions increased 126% from 2008-2021 from approximately 166,000 to over 375,819. On average these jobs average $56,900 in wages and benefits.

In just the last year, the US added 5.4 million new gun owners. No other industry is seeing this type of new growth.

The report also notes the significant impact the firearm and ammunition industry has on wildlife conservation funding in America through its growing Pittman-Robertson excise tax contributions to the Wildlife Restoration Trust Fund which exceeded $1.1 billion in 2021.

www.nssf.org/government-relations/impact

Sons of Liberty Gun Works Announces Partnership with RSR Group

Wednesday, April 13th, 2022

San Antonio, Texas (April 11, 2022) – Sons of Liberty Gun Works, manufacturer of hard use AR-15s, is pleased to announce its newest distributor, RSR Group. RSR Group has become a top distributor in the shooting sports market and has been recognized for its commitment to the industry and its programs. Offering same-day shipping, competitive prices, and a broad inventory. RSR Group quickly became one of the leading forces in the shooting sports market and expanded its distribution network. With a state-of-the art, centralized distribution center in Fort Worth, Texas, RSR Group can quickly reach dealers and provide the same-day order processing their customers have come to expect.

Dealers interested in stocking Sons of Liberty Gun Works firearms, parts, and accessories through RSR Group can visit www.rsrgroup.com. For information about Sons of Liberty Gun Works, please visit our website at www.sonsoflibertygw.com

Primary Weapons Systems Acquired By Vigilant Gear Holdings

Monday, April 11th, 2022

Vigilant Gear Holdings has completed the acquisition of Primary Weapons Systems.

Vigilant Gear Holdings, based out of Georgia, in 2019 purchased Lone Wolf Distributors, now Lone Wolf Arms, located in Priest River, ID. While both Primary Weapons Systems and Lone Wolf Arms are in Idaho, they will be run independently as separate entities.

Primary Weapons Systems (PWS), the largest firearms manufacturer in Idaho, has been headquartered in Boise since it was founded in 2008. Dean Sylvester, founder, PWS said, “I am very happy with the acquisition. The values of PWS have always been innovation, quality and customer service. These values will continue to define PWS as it grows, and I feel confident that Vigilant Gear Holdings will only grow these values and expand the reach of the PWS brand.”

Vigilant Gear Holdings has invested capital into Primary Weapons Systems by purchasing a titanium and stainless-steel 3D printer and a barrel blank manufacturing machine, furthering the ability of PWS to manufacture more than 90 percent of components in-house.

CEO Nate Treadaway said, “PWS is known as an evolutionary design and manufacturing company. Our goal is to continue pushing the envelope while keeping the core values of PWS. We have a variety of exciting new products releasing this year, and we are excited to branch out to different sectors in the firearms market.”

Blaser Group Names Joshua McBrayer Director of Shotgun Programs

Thursday, April 7th, 2022

San Antonio, Texas (April 6, 2022) – Blaser Group is pleased to announce Joshua McBrayer as its Director of Shotgun Programs for North America. McBrayer has spent the past six years working with Blaser Germany, first as International Sales Manager for Blaser in Australia, New Zealand, England, Ireland, Benelux, South America, and the USA. Most recently, he served as Brand Manager for the company in addition to his sales role.

In his new position as Director of Shotgun Programs, McBrayer will be responsible for managing the company’s strong competitive shotgun sports presence, as well as building additional Blaser, Mauser, J.P. Sauer, Liemke, and John Rigby & Co. programs and relationships with consumers and dealers.

“We have worked with Josh for years and are thrilled that he is moving back to the United States and joining our team in San Antonio as Director of Shotgun Programs,” said Jason Evans, CEO, Blaser Group. “Josh has done an outstanding job establishing and managing sales channels and dealer networks on behalf of Blaser throughout the world and building long-term relationships with partners. His proven track record and shotgun expertise make him an invaluable part of our team.”

“I am truly excited to be joining the Blaser Group team in San Antonio as Director of Shotgun Programs,” said McBrayer. “This group is one of the best in the industry, and I look forward to working with them to increase brand awareness and market share for Blaser here in the U.S. After working in the international markets for Blaser for the past six years, I look forward to leveraging my knowledge and experience to build on the already strong reputation of Blaser here at home.”

Born and raised in Birmingham, Ala., McBrayer, a degreed engineer, has spent more than 15-years in major account management. He is a lifelong hunter and an avid shooter.

www.blaser-group.com

Kalashnikov-USA Expands Community Support Joining MIA Runway 5K Airport Series Run to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Campaign

Thursday, March 24th, 2022

Miami, Florida  –  Kalashnikov-USA (KUSA) Competitor Cedric Jean-Baptiste joined 400 other participants in the inaugural MIA Runway 5K Airport Series on Saturday, March 19, at Miami-Opa locka Executive Airport (OPF) to make strides against breast cancer. The proceeds from registrations and sponsorships for the series, which totaled $17,500, will benefit the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer campaign.

“I’m grateful to Kalashnikov-USA for sponsoring me as a runner in this 5K event and donating funds to raise awareness about breast cancer and help with treatment and recovery” said Jean-Baptiste (the_rhundown), a 37-year old racing enthusiast and security manager at a resort hotel. “I’m looking forward to representing the company at other charitable race events in South Florida as a way to giving back to our community” he added.

Kalashnikov-USA is increasingly active with a variety of worthy causes.  Recently, the company donated an emotional-support service dog, as well as training and supplies, to a Marine Corps veteran.  Under the banner of “Kalashnikov-USA Cares” the company plans to continue increasing its charitable endeavors through monthly events such as fundraising races, walks and other activities that benefit our community, especially our veterans.

“Kalashnikov-USA is a growing employer in South Florida. Our skilled workers live and work and raise their children here.  It is only natural that we support those organizations that are working to improve the welfare of our employees, our neighbors and our fellow citizens” said David Garretson, VP of Marketing for the company.  “We look forward to supporting Cedric in future charity races as well as assisting other noteworthy causes, especially those that benefit individuals dealing with difficult challenges” he added.