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GW Ayers III Joins Rainier Arms/Defense as Vice President of Government Relations

Thursday, April 18th, 2019


Auburn, WA – Rainier Arms, leading distributor of high-end small arms and accessories, is excited to announce the hiring of GW Ayers III, as the company’s Vice President of Government Relations, effective April 15, 2019. In his new position, Ayers will be responsible for setting the strategic direction for all government sales, customer service and marketing initiatives for the Rainier Arms and Rainier Defense brands.


Casey Ingels, CEO of Tactical Tailor and the Grey Ghost Companies stated, “GW’s hard work, reputation and dedication to the end user has been instrumental in establishing Tactical Tailor’s worldwide reputation and growth. Tactical Tailor will continue to work closely with GW in his new position with longtime Partner, Rainer Arms and Rainier Defense.”

“Through his combined passion for the firearms industry, undeniable track record in personal customer service and care and 22 years of service with the US Army, adding GW to the Rainier team was one of the most common-sense decisions we’ve ever made,” said Owner of Rainier Group, John Hwang. “His extensive experience in the government and firearms industry as a whole, positions him to help lead our team and take our products to the next level.”

Ayers, a 22-year Army Vet, joins Rainier with extensive experience in sales, customer service, customer logistics, manufacturing and supply chain operations. His previous experiences include 15 years of hard work and dedication to the Tactical Tailor and Grey Ghost brands; where his interactions and reputation with the end user was instrumental in establishing Tactical Tailor’s worldwide growth. GW stated that, “I am extremely excited to join the Rainier Group. We have worked closely together for the past 12 years and have a great relationship. This move will allow me to help all companies involved to reach more customers and support the end user with the best products and services that are available”

“I’ve personally known GW for over a decade and he’s one of the most respected people in our industry,” continued Hwang. “His vast knowledge in our space is only eclipsed by the deep relationships he shares with everyone he touches. The Tactical Tailor and Grey Ghost family and the Rainier Group has always had a close relationship due to proximity but over the past 5 years we’ve become even closer allies sharing events like TRIGGRCON and IWA. As we grow Rainier Defense, GW will be a key player to help solidify our position in that space to further enhance all of Rainier Group. It’s rare you can acquire someone of GW’s character to join your dynamic team but to do it while enhancing both organizations is quite special. “

NP Aerospace Set for Global Growth Under New Ownership

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

James Kempston, CEO, NP Aerospace

NP Aerospace, formerly part of Morgan Advanced Materials, is set to strengthen its leading position in the Global Defence and Security Market under new ownership.

The company is a world leader in the design and manufacture of advanced armour technology for personal protection and military vehicle platforms. It has been jointly acquired by the PFN Group of Companies* and former NP Aerospace Executive, James Kempston, who is now CEO.

NP Aerospace products protect the lives of servicemen and women across the world, enhancing national security and resilience in the highest threat environments. The company is a major exporter of ballistic helmets and shields, explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) suits, body armour plates and composite vehicle armour systems, developed using ultra-lightweight, high performance materials.

NP Aerospace has integrated and supported over 2,000 military vehicles, including more than 700 of the UK MoD’s Cougar fleet of vehicles used in Iraq and Afghanistan. It has also supplied over 1 million combat helmets to UK, Canada, Italy and NATO allies and 200,000 body armour plates to the British and Canadian Armed Forces.

James Kempston, CEO, NP Aerospace comments: “The Security and Defence markets are seeing increased demand in terms of exports, innovation and technology. NP Aerospace is ideally placed to introduce ballistic armour innovation that ensures the highest level of protection and mobility for military and law enforcement personnel whilst maintaining cost efficiency.

“We have a long history in the materials manufacturing industry having started life as part of the Courtaulds Group in 1926. We entered the defence market in 1979 after winning the contract to supply the UK Armed Forces with combat helmets and have since then expanded our presence, improving armour technology and threat protection levels.





“Our new ownership structure enhances our overall business agility and will strengthen our global export position as we continue to invest in R&D. I am personally very excited to be driving the next phase of our business growth.”


NP Aerospace employs 100 people across three facilities in the UK and Canada. Its UK facilities are fully ISO certified including an ISO 17025 UKAS accredited on-site ballistics range for armour testing and validation. The company also engineers and manufactures composite materials for a range of industries including medical platforms and antenna systems. High profile projects have included manufacturing the first moulded composite bikes for the Olympics, Sit skis for the Paralympics and the Bloodhound supersonic car.


*PFN Group of Companies Limited Partnership is fully owned by its General Partner, PFN Group of Companies Inc. PFN is 100% owned by Pasqua First Nation in Canada.


RUAG Ammotec Responds To PRIME Ammunition

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

Official Statement / Media release RUAG Ammotec:

“RUAG Takes Legal Action Against PRIME Ammunition for Outstanding Debt on More than 1.2 Million Rounds

Tampa, USA, April 17, 2019. RUAG Ammotec has taken contractually-defined recourse on Citizens Ammunition, LLC. RUAG has been loading the PRIME brand ammunition for several years. Well over a year ago Citizens stopped paying RUAG for the ammunition it sold and has refused to make any additional payments on the debt owed. This has forced RUAG to exercise its contractual rights through litigation and product sales.

PRIME Ammunition is delinquent on payments for more than 1.2 million rounds of ammunition sold and received. PRIME’s practice of selling and receiving the product but refusing to pay caused RUAG to act to protect its interests. Any statements, claims or representations to the contrary are simply false.

RUAG’s dedication to quality, manufacturing excellence, and deep product knowledge have supplied PRIME Ammunition and its fans and supporters with ammunition that stands out from the competition. Similarly, RUAG Ammotec supplies world-class components, manufacturing resources and loaded ammunition to leading brands and companies around the world. RUAG Ammotec factory loads the most calibers of ammunition in the world and has production capabilities in five countries. The US market receives top ammunition options for anyone who hunts, shoots, competes, trains, protects, serves or defends from RUAG’s family of brands and products.

RUAG is confident that this matter will be resolved in its favor. RUAG looks forward to continuing to deliver exciting new products and high-quality ammunition to hunters and shooters across the country and throughout the world.”

Orion Design Group Launches New Website, Renames Camo Patterns

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

In addition to launching a new website, Orion Design Group has renamed their family of camouflage patterns. For instance, Variable XT is wisely no longer referred to as Lupus.

High Speed Gear Signs William Petty of Centrifuge Training, LLC

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019

For Immediate Release – Swansboro, NC – Manufacture of Battle Proven Tactical Gear™, High Speed Gear® is pleased to announce the signing of William Petty of Centrifuge Training, LLC as an official High Speed Gear® brand ambassador.

“We are honored to bring on an industry expert with William’s caliber to our team,” stated Bill Babboni VP of Sales and Operations. “William’s extensive experience and history in Law Enforcement, Firearms Training, Instructor Development, and the Data Driven approach to Vehicle Based Tactics (VCQB) are exactly the knowledge and expertise we seek in both the development and representation of the High Speed Gear® product line. We look forward to supporting William in his activities and know that his use and feedback of our equipment will only help to make improve our brand for the customer’s that need it every day.”

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Triple Aught Design Collaboration Survey

Monday, April 15th, 2019

Triple Aught Design is conducting a survey to gauge customer interest in possible future collaborations with other brands. Over the years, they’ve had quite a few successful ones.

Currently, they’re offering the Team Wendy EXFIL SAR Tactical TAD Edition which is available in the special color of Coyote Brown.

There are a couple of cool possibilities on the survey like a TAD Edition Misty Mountain climbing harness, SureFire TAD Edition light, or TAD Edition SKD gloves.

Take the survey here.

Chuck Norris Is The New Glock Spokesperson

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019


In case you missed it, yesterday, Glock announced that Chuck Norris is their new spokesperson. And yes, they used the term “spokesperson.”

Global Ordnance LLC Acquires Chemring Military Products Inc

Monday, April 8th, 2019

Global Ordnance LLC (“Global Ordnance”) announced it has completed the acquisition (“Acquisition”) of Chemring Military Products Inc. (“CMP”), a subsidiary company of Chemring Group PLC.

Global Ordnance is a veteran-owned small business that responds to the needs arising from critical missions of the US Government and its allies around the world. Since its inception in 2013, Global Ordnance has earned a reputation as a trusted and reliable partner of its customers, to include the US Special Operations Command and the US Army.

CMP procures and delivers worldwide US-standard and non-standard ammunition and weapons systems. In FY2018, CMP generated revenues exceeding $111M with an operating profit of $10.5M.

Both Global Ordnance and CMP have been long-time suppliers of non-standard ammunition (NSA) and non-standard weapons (NSW) to US and foreign government entities. Today’s acquisition of CMP by Global Ordnance marks the synergy of two well-established organizations with complementary strengths and expertise. By absorbing the staff and contracts of CMP into its organization, Global Ordnance aims to improve its already stellar reputation as a reliable and dependable US Government business partner and a leading supplier of NSA and NSW. On a larger scale as a result of this purchase, the focus for Global Ordnance going forward remains on providing unmatched service and products to its current customers.

While today’s Acquisition magnifies the depth and breadth of an already strong NSA/NSW team and places Global Ordnance atop the NSA/NSW partner spectrum, it also allows Global Ordnance to broaden the extent of activities in the commercial space which the company entered in earnest within the last two years. Since then, Global Ordnance has become an exclusive US distributor of already established brands, such as Grand Power of Slovakia and Australian Outback Ammunition of Australia. The company plans to continue growing its presence and strengthening its competitive impact in the commercial US market.

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