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Buck Knives Announces Appointments for Marketing and Business Development Leadership

Wednesday, August 12th, 2020

Post Falls, ID — Wednesday, August 12, 2020–Buck Knives, leader in sports cutlery, is pleased to announce key organizational appointments that reinforce and position the company for a dynamic approach to marketing, product development and business development in the modern arena.

Chris Bourassa will assume the role of Director of Marketing and New Product Development, where he will be responsible for delivering Buck Knives’ voice, vision, and product range into the market.

“Buck Knives has a story to tell. Over a century’s worth of legacy, innovation, craftsmanship, and trusted reliability define who we are. I couldn’t me more pleased to help tell that story and contribute to the product line that will further build on everything Buck Knives exemplifies,” said Bourassa.

Having spent the past eight years with Buck Knives as National Sales Manager, and most recently Director of North American Sales, Bourassa is innately suited for this role and prepared to implement this new phase of growth and excitement in Buck Knives.

“Chris is a consummate strategist with a passion for planning and execution,” said Joe Piedmont, COO of Buck Knives. “This move is very fitting for him, as he is a great driving force for our organization.”

Furthermore, Chris Brooks will assume the role of Director of Business Development in an effort to more fully realize Buck’s position in ancillary markets. Brooks will be focusing efforts in the tactical, military, and government sectors, as well as furthering commitment to the culinary side of the product range.

“Having been in this industry for a while, I’ve met a lot of great folks and brought them alongside us to create some amazing products.  It’s an honor to work here at Buck, one of the world’s most reputable knife companies.  I look forward to securing and growing these sectors outside of our normal day-to-day business,” said Brooks.

Brooks has spent the past two decades in the cutlery industry logging time with Kershaw Knives, Southern Grind, and nearly three years with Buck Knives.

“Since joining us at Buck Knives, Brooks has played a key role in developing products and relationships that solidify our position in the tactical and culinary markets.  His vision behind the launch of the Ground Combat knives revitalized our reputation for developing military grade products.  I look forward to seeing the expansion of our non-traditional product lines and market growth through Brooks’ new role,” said CJ Buck, CEO and Chairman of Buck Knives.

Combined, these roles allow Buck Knives to proactively deliver superior service and products to all segments of the market, and will enhance their commitment to building the most trusted knives and tools in the industry.

Gunfighter Cast Now “The Mag Life Podcast”

Wednesday, August 12th, 2020

August 08, 2020 (Coppell, TX)


For inquiries: Daniel Shaw [email protected]

It’s the longest-running “gun-related” podcast still publishing new episodes. It’s had well over 3 million downloads and maintains an unmatched, encyclopedic archive of material relevant to the responsible armed citizen. It is equally significant to military personnel, peace officers, and anyone interested in awareness and personal defense. It has featured guests the like of Ken Campbell, Rob Leatham, Dave “Boon” Benton, Byron Rogers, Kerry Davis, Steve Fisher, Varg Freeborn (now the co-host!), and many more.

You knew it as Gunfighter Cast. Now it is The Mag LifePodcast ? and the latest episode is one of the best yet.

The most recent installment, Episode 165, is about thinking beyond the 4 firearm safety rules. It’s about advanced safety, we mean safety in the context of fighting the gun.

Not just the 4 Rules of Gun Safety, but rather the 4 Rules of Gun Safety as taken to its most exigent extreme: the moment when deadly force is called for.

“That’s what separates the rockstars from the groupies,” says Host and Founder Daniel Shaw. “It’s weapon handling and weapon safety under extreme, life-threatening conditions.”

? Can you safely move through and around other people who are themselves moving unpredictably with your weapon out  ?  without sacrificing your lethality in relation to the threat?

? Are you confident you know when drawing your weapon is appropriate and when it might make the situation worse, even during an event that might make unholstering seem to be the obvious choice?

? Can you make confident, fluid transitions from one method of moving with the gun to another to mitigate safety problems in your fighting environment? Position Sul, temple index, high port, low ready…none of them are a one-size-fits-all technique.

? Can you balance what’s personally safe for you vs. what’s safer for those around you while maintaining effective lethality for your threat?

? Are you aware of your own skill deficits? Are you at least aware that you do have some?

The four rules of gun safety are far less likely to stand up to real-life use if there is no clear understanding of contextual relevance in the face of environmental constraints. The phrase “keep your muzzle pointed downrange” and “keep your weapon pointed in a safe direction at all times” are both good in principle, but they should actually be replaced with Keep your muzzle pointed in the relative safest direction for your situation.

That’s why we hope you’ll listen to Beyond the 4 Rules of Gun Safety. Episode 165 on The Mag Life Podcast (formerly Gunfighter Cast).

Look for new episodes every Thursday.

Know someone who would be a good guest? Contact host Daniel Shaw, [email protected].

True Velocity Names Chief Operating Officer

Tuesday, August 11th, 2020

GARLAND, TX – True Velocity named aerospace and defense industry veteran Jim Stephens as its chief operating officer on Monday, rounding out the Texas-based technology company’s executive leadership team.

Stephens joins True Velocity following an 18-year career in operations management and business development leadership at a Fortune 200 corporation serving industrial, aerospace and defense customers. During the course of his previous tenure, Stephens led multiple business transformations, acquisition integrations and large program capture teams.

“We’re excited to round out our leadership with the addition of Jim as COO,” said True Velocity Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Boscamp. “Jim’s passion for team building and sustaining operational excellence will serve our company well in the years ahead.”

A 1995 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Stephens served as an Artillery Officer in the U.S. Army.


Angel 7 Industries, LLC Announces Partnership With PPG For Next-Generation Technology Advancement

Tuesday, August 11th, 2020

(SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Aug. 11, 2020) — Today, Angel 7 Industries, LLC (A7) announces its partnership with PPG to provide coatings and other supply materials for i-RMR™, its next-generation lens technology.  The partnership will begin with PPG supplying specific coatings for specific applications for military and law enforcement eye protection, in addition to some existing products.

PPG, a leading global supplier of paints, coatings, and specialty materials, has more than 70 years of experience engineering and producing optical grade monomers and coatings typically used in the manufacturing of ophthalmic lenses.   

“This is the most logical partnership we could have with our i-RMR™ technology to date,” said Kerry Harris, A7’s director and chief technology officer (CTO).  “Because we produce the most durable eye protection in the world, PPG will enhance our existing technology for future product capabilities.  We are excited for this partnership and where it can go in the future concerning product advancements.  Welcome To The Next Level.”

Believed to be one of the world’s strongest lens technologies, A7’s i-RMR™ substrate has demonstrated the ability to not only stop a shot from a 12-guage shotgun at 10 feet away but also a shot from a .22 long rifle from 5 feet away without any penetration or deformation of the lens while being in a photochromic state.

PPG will provide its PPG HI-GARD® lens coating solution, a durable, scratch-resistant coating that offers four to six times more abrasion resistance than uncoated lenses as well as further product options involving coatings and materials.

We protect and beautify the world is a trademark and Hi-Gard and the PPG Logo are registered trademarks of PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.

“A the center of PPG’s mission is a commitment to ‘protect and beautify the world’, and we truly feel we are living up to that mission in our partnership with A7,” commented Keith Cross, PPG co-leader and global director, strategic marketing, optical monomers and coatings.  “As A7 likes to say – “Welcome To The Next Level,” we are proud to be part of the ‘next level’ with A7 and look forward to partnering together to bring PPG’s latest technology solutions to A7 and their customers.”

Currently, A7 eye protection is available in two enhanced ballistic models — i-RMR™ and i-RMR™ /Ghost Shield™ Photochromic. Both can be combined with other lens technologies into a single product.  These lenses also incorporate highly effective anti-fog, anti-scratch and hydrophobic layers that provide fog free vision and unmatched durability against sand, chemicals, fuels, and saltwater.

i-RMR™ and Ghost Shield™ are registered trademarks of Angel 7 Industries, LLC.  

A7 is a privately held technology think tank and research & development firm that was founded by Kerry Harris, a retired United States Marine Corps officer and Navy pilot. A7 designs, engineers, and produces state-of-the-art products, systems, and solutions that enhance safety, enhance performance, enhance survivability, and increase utility.

For information about A7 and i-RMR™ and Ghost Shield™, please visit www.angel7industries.com or contact Kerry Harris by email at [email protected] or by phone at 844.220.6181.

For information about PPG and its optical materials and coatings, please visit www.ppgoptical.com or contact Keith Cross by e-mail at [email protected] or by phone at 724.393.4692.

SIG SAUER CROSS Bolt-Action Rifle Receives Innovation of the Year, and the P320 XFIVE LEGION Receives Handgun of the Year at 2020 Industry Choice Awards

Tuesday, August 11th, 2020

NEWINGTON, N.H., (August 10, 2020) – SIG SAUER, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has been recognized with two 2020 Industry Choice Awards.  The Industry Choice Awards are awarded to manufacturers based upon a comprehensive independent evaluation by industry experts including competitive shooters, trainers, enthusiasts, law enforcement personnel, and retail associates for fit, form, finish, and functionality. 

SIG SAUER was the recipient of the following 2020 Industry Choice Awards:

2020 Frank Desomma Innovation of the Year Industry Choice Award – SIG SAUER CROSS Bolt-Action Rifle: The SIG SAUER CROSS features a precision free-floating stainless-steel barrel fitted to a one-piece aluminum receiver, with no need for bedding or action screws, to deliver extreme accuracy; an aluminum M-LOK™ handguard for quick and easy attachment of bipods, rails, night-vision or thermal clip-on optics; familiar AR-15 styled controls for a seamless transition to the CROSS platform; a unique two-stage match-grade trigger that can be adjusted from 2 to 4.5lbs, and AICS pattern magazines for the ultimate compatibility across calibers, platforms, cartridges, and loads.  The unique folding and locking precision stock of the CROSS offers toolless adjustment that can be modified for any shooting position while in the field.  With folded stock the CROSS measures as short as 25” making it the ideal hunting rifle to fit in any backcountry backpack. 

The SIG SAUER CROSS was recognized by the judges for its “adjustability” to fit a wide range of hunters and shooters, it’s “smooth loading cycles,” and having the, “adaptability of a modern PRS chassis except that this rifle is very pleasantly light weight.”       

“When our product management team and engineers researched developing a bolt-action rifle from SIG, they looked at what was missing from the market, and what new innovation SIG could bring to hunters and precision shooters,” began Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, Commercial Sales. “Hunting rifles are typically focused on less weight, and accuracy is secondary. Precision rifles are designed for extreme accuracy, with no weight limitations. What was missing from the market was a true crossover. The SIG CROSS is the best of both worlds, featuring the characteristics of a hunting rifle, with the accuracy of a precision rifle, and we are very honored to be recognized for this innovation with an Industry Choice Award.” 

2020 Handgun of the Year Industry Choice Award – P320 XFIVE LEGION:  The SIG SAUER P320 XFIVE LEGION is a 9mm striker-fired pistol, with the TXG tungsten infused heavy XGrip module, a Legion Gray PVD Slide with lightening cuts, 5” match grade bull barrel, and a lightened and skeletonized trigger.  The recoil assembly of the P320 XFIVE Legion has been upgraded to include a one-piece stainless steel guide rod and a 14lb. 1911-style spring, plus an extra 12lb. spring, allowing the end user to easily adjust the recoil spring for a customized shooting experience.  The pistol comes optic ready and is compatible with a SIG SAUER Electro-Optics ROMEO1Pro Optic or a standard DeltaPoint Pro Optic, features Dawson Precision® Fiber Optic front and adjustable rear sights, and comes with three 17-round magazines with anodized aluminum Henning Group base pads.

The SIG SAUER P320 XFIVE LEGION was recognized by the judges for its, “overall feel and ease of use,” its “ability to place accurate shots quickly,” and noted that the, “the new material is innovative, and the additional weight allows for  more control on the handgun making follow up shots faster.”

“The P320 XFIVE LEGION embodies the forward-thinking mindset we have at SIG SAUER when it comes to product development, and we are very proud that this has resulted in the 2020 Industry Choice Award for Best Handgun of the Year,” continued Taylor.  “The P320 XFIVE LEGION changed the game for competition pistols, and its innovative features beginning with our patented tungsten infused grip module, giving it the weight of steel with the flex of polymer, are designed to enhance the overall shooting experience by substantially reducing felt recoil and muzzle flip for outstanding on-target accuracy.”

The 2020 Industry Choice Awards was sponsored by Oneida Molded Plastics and hosted virtually on July 28, 2020.

Mustang Survival Announces Merger With MTI Adventurewear

Tuesday, August 4th, 2020

A strategic move as they pursue growth in paddlesports
Burnaby, BC – Mustang Survival, the North American brand known for innovative solutions for the most demanding marine environments, is excited to announce, that after the recent acquisition of MTI Adventurewear by its parent company the Wing Group, the two brands will merge to create a key player in the paddlesports market.

California based Wing Group, a leading manufacturer of inflatable sponsons, small combat craft,  whitewater rafting solutions, life rafts, and marine doors and windows, recently closed on the acquisition of MTI with the sole purpose of building on its recreational portfolio and adding an existing, well respected paddling brand to merge with Mustang Survival.

The amalgamation allows Mustang Survival to enhance its offerings in paddle PFD’s and become the trusted industry leader in marine recreation with product that spans all activities from off-shore Sailing, kayak Angling, boating and now in a much larger way, paddling.

Commenting on the announcement, Mustang Survival VP Recreation Product Category, Josh Horoshok, highlights the opportunities it creates. “Combining the technical engineering of Mustang Survival with the design and development of MTI Adventurewear will provide a platform to build world-class premium white-water, rescue and guide level product. It will be a catalyst that drives us forward to achieving our vision of being a podium brand in this high-growth category.”

The Wing Group led by President and CEO Andrew Branagh has been expanding its core product offering and reach with acquisitions aligned to its values and mission.

“MTI represented an incredible opportunity to become more relevant in the paddlesports market. Combining the Mustang Survival Brand, DNA and product, together with MTI we can now provide premium foam flotation solutions in a full assortment to increase the commercial appeal to a broader selection of consumers”.

MTI Adventurewear, MTI Adventurewear is a family owned and operated business founded in 1991. Current owners, husband and wife, Gordon and Lili Colby have been passionate about developing and producing comfortable and affordable foam and inflatable PFD’s for paddlers since they bought the business in 2011.

“The best PFD is the one someone will wear, and it’s been our mission to make getting into and wearing a PFD as easy and accessible as we can. We are so excited to become part of the Mustang Survival family, and to work alongside a likeminded group of dedicated designers, engineers and customer experience professionals, all focused on delivering premium service and solutions. MTI’s established base in paddlesports is the perfect platform for Mustang Survival to launch into the industry”.

Both will take on roles at Mustang Survival. Gordon will work in PFD design and development while Lili will assist Mustang Survival’s sales and marketing teams. The acquisition and Mustang Survival’s push into outdoor/paddle will be paired with a huge investment in grass roots marketing and winning with communities.

Mustang Survival is currently working with all MTI customers and suppliers to develop a smooth busines transition. Product will be showcased and sold via the Mustang Survival website, and all customer service will be handled by Mustang Survival teams.


The Safariland Group Launches Interactive Customer-Centric E-Commerce Website

Tuesday, August 4th, 2020

Dynamic design, expansive holster finder tool and first-ever online Holster Education Center adds to customized user experience 

ONTARIO, California – The Safariland Group (“Safariland”), a leading global provider of safety products designed for the public safety, military, professional and outdoor markets, today launched a dynamically redesigned customer-centric ecommerce website at www.safariland.com. The clean, modern and easy-to-navigate website provides a robust interactive experience that allows customers to match products with their profession and personal needs. The website features one of the most advanced holster finders available online, and an all-new Holster Education Center, equipping the viewer with all the information needed to select a holster.

“We created this new website with one goal in mind – to design a revolutionary digital experience that puts the customer first throughout the entire process,” said Shane Ruiz, director digital media for the Safariland Group.  “From our intuitive navigation to the all-new and interactive holster finder and in depth education center to so much more, this new site is truly a game changer in eCommerce.”

An exciting new resource – the Holster Education Center – is  a highly interactive series of relevant easy-to-understand educational resources where the visitor will be guided through various considerations for selecting a holster. Written in a conversational tone, topics range from information about holster retention and ride, to different ways to carry a concealed firearm, to different competition shooting disciplines and much more. Said Ruiz, “it’s like having a conversation with one of our subject matter experts rather than reading a website.”

Safariland’s Holster Finder takes the consumer through a series of visually enhanced questions to quickly get to a variety of holster options. Visitors always know where they are in the process and can easily change course in the middle of the activity.  For a more customized search, the user may select a holster one of three ways – by profession, carry method, or firearm type.

The Company’s time-honored SAVES CLUB® is presented in a “Lives Saved” section that includes incident stories of the more than 2080 individuals who have been saved by Safariland armor or other protective gear made by the Company.

Tim Drnec, vice president, marketing and eCommerce, The Safariland Group added,  “With this site we’re looking to revolutionize how the customer interacts with us as a manufacturer. This is not simply a static site; it’s a continuing conversation with our customer.  Interactive tools like our Holster Education Center is only the beginning. This website will feature an everchanging landscape as we continually update it with new customization and configuration opportunities.  We’re working on a couple of these updates even now.”

Safariland’s website provides product information on the company-wide array of leading brands and features an enhanced dealer locator to purchase products not available for sale on the site. Individuals shopping for forensic equipment will be pleased to know that in addition to locating products on Safariland.com, the Forensics Source™ distribution arm now has its own ecommerce site once again. Offering a wide selection of crime scene, identification and laboratory equipment, along with product from its four proprietary brands – EVI-PAQ®, Identicator®, Lightning Powder and NIK Public Safety – the user will be directed to a seamlessly linked website with a streamlined, simply categorized product layout that makes it easy to find, learn about, and shop forensic equipment.

Safariland’s new website is now live and can be accessed at Safariland.com. The site will be updated regularly with news of product launches and new features. Visitors are encouraged to explore the website and to stay informed by subscribing to Safariland’s e-newsletter.

SOLGW – Sage Dynamics 12.5 Workhorse

Monday, August 3rd, 2020

The Sage Dynamics 12.5 Workhorse. A properly tuned, over built, beautiful blaster…built by Sons of Liberty Gun Works.