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STI Firearms, LLC Announces Company Name Change to Staccato

Thursday, May 28th, 2020

Building on the success of the Staccato line of pistols, STI rebrands company name

Georgetown, TX: STI Firearms, LLC, inventors of the 2011® – The World’s Best Shooting Handgun, announced today that the company will begin operating as Staccato, effective immediately. The Staccato brand was introduced to the market in 2019 as the company’s new brand for duty and personal defense-oriented pistols. Incredibly well received by consumers and professionals alike, the Staccato brand reflects the company’s vision for the future.

“We are honored that thousands of law enforcement officers across the country trust and carry our Staccato pistols both on and off-duty – these brave men and women put their lives in danger on a daily basis, protecting our freedoms,” said Marine Corps veteran Nate Horvath, CEO, Staccato. “Because Staccato pistols are duty proven, reliable, durable, and easy to shoot well, they are a great choice for shooters of all skill levels. Whether your needs are duty, home defense, CCW, or just hitting the target every time at the range, our pistols will increase your confidence and help you improve.”

The company’s ownership and staff have not changed.

5.11 Begins Reopening of Retail Nationwide

Tuesday, May 26th, 2020

5.11 Reopens Retail Stores as COVID-19 Restrictions Subside

Irvine, Calif. (May 26, 2020) – 5.11, Inc. the global innovator of purpose-built apparel, footwear and gear, announced it is gradually reopening its United States-based retail stores in light of the restriction lifts surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19). Each of 5.11’s 66 company-owned stores will be opening on a case-by-case basis in accordance with all federal, state and local health and safety protocols.

Nearly all of 5.11’s retail stores have remained open throughout the COVID-19 lockdowns, but with limited operations serving First Responders and other members of our country’s critical infrastructure. All safety protocols put into place previously will be maintained, with several additional efforts including making hand sanitizer easily accessible for customers and employees, increasing cleaning throughout of the store of high traffic touchpoints, adding plexiglass partitions at checkout areas, and marking areas on floors to ensure proper social distancing. Continued health and safety precautions include:

• Conducting employee health screenings at the beginning of every shift
• Increasing cleaning and sanitization
• Providing face coverings for all employees
• Enforcing six feet or more of social distancing
• Limiting the number of employees and customers in the store at one time
• Maintaining reduced hours of store operations: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday – Sunday

“Character is most often shown in the most difficult times,” said 5.11’s CEO, Francisco J. Morales. “My pride for the character of the 5.11 team has never been greater. We are honored to have been able to serve our frontline workers throughout the difficult past several weeks and are happy to be providing safe shopping environments for all consumers to enjoy once again. Our Always Be Ready mantra has never had greater meaning, and we look forward to bringing our innovative, purpose-built products back to all of our retail patrons in the weeks ahead.”

To find a 5.11 retail store near you, please visit the store locator. Shop 5.11 anytime at www.511Tactical.com. Follow 5.11 on social @511Tactical.

KMW, Nexter and Rheinmetall Get the Go-ahead for Initial MGCS Architecture Study

Saturday, May 23rd, 2020

Munich / Versailles / Düsseldorf, 20 May 2020 – Standing for Main Ground Combat System, MGCS is a joint Franco-German defence project. The programme, to be implemented under German political leadership, is tasked with developing a main combat system to succeed the Bundeswehr’s Leopard 2 and the French Army’s Leclerc starting in 2035.

Making the start of the MGCS procurement programme Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), Nexter Systems and Rheinmetall AG established an ARGE in December 2019. Now, the partners and the German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw), acting in the name of Germany and France, have signed a contract for the “System Architecture Definition Study – Part 1” (SADS Part 1). This contract sounds the industrial starting gun for a MGCS Demonstration Phase.

At the Franco-German Ministerial Council meeting in Toulouse on 16 October 2019, the defence ministers of both nations, Florence Parly and Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, emphasized their commitment to developing the MGCS.

The ARGE is a German acronym standing for Arbeitsgemeinschaft, or “working group”. Under German law, the ARGE serves as the contractual partner of the procurement authority (BAAINBw) during the first phase of the programme. Officials of the three companies represent the ARGE vis-à-vis third parties.

The aim of the study is to harmonize the final MGCS concepts of the previous phase, to analyse further details, and to propose a common multi-platform architecture. The three contractual partners will assess various aspects of different concepts: technical feasibility in the projected timeframe allotted for the programme; ability to fulfil the operational needs of both armies; efficiency and compatibility with national “systems of systems” (SCORPION for France and Digitization of Land-Based Operations (D-LBO) for Germany). Workshares in the SADS Part 1 are to be distributed equally between France and Germany on a fifty-fifty basis. The first phase of architecture work is expected to last 18 months.

INVISIO Communications Is Now Just Called INVISIO

Thursday, May 21st, 2020

Name change registered with the Swedish Companies Registration Office

The Annual General Meeting of INVISIO Communications held on May 5, 2020 resolved to change the company’s name to INVISIO AB (publ). The resolution was registered with the Swedish Companies Registration Office on May 15, 2020.

INVISIO Communications AB (publ) will change its name to INVISIO AB (publ) from today’s date. As a direct consequence, the company’s registered name at Nasdaq Stockholm will be changed to INVISIO AB (publ). The ticker symbol for the share – IVSO – will remain unchanged.

“Within the company our constant objective is to simplify and streamline processes and be clear in our communication. It is therefore natural and fully in line with this ambition to change our name to INVISIO AB. We are a global market leader in our niche and this change increases focus on the INVISIO brand,” says CEO Lars Højgård Hansen.

The Made in America PPE Movement – The Time is NOW

Wednesday, May 20th, 2020

It’s time to answer to the medical voices of our healthcare frontline workers and provide a solid supply chain in the U.S. to deliver the necessary protection equipment required for our country in times of pandemics. We should not be relying on Asia or EU to supply our much-needed supplies and ensure we are providing the safety measures necessary for today and our future.  SEAMS.org member companies have the capacity to turn on PPE equipment to support our country. 

SSD is proud to be a part of the SEAMS Made in America PPE movement and ask you support those companies keeping Americans safe and the lights in here at home.

CZ Group Acquires Minority Stake in Swedish Spuhr

Thursday, May 14th, 2020

Prague, May 11, 2020 – CZG – ?eská zbrojovka Group SE, one of the leading European producers of firearms, announces the acquisition of a minority stake in Spuhr i Dalby AB, a Swedish manufacturer of optical mounting solutions for weapons.

CZG’s acquisition of Spuhr creates mutual synergies in terms of products, customers and geographical presence. Spuhr’s product portfolio consists of optical mounts, accessories and upgrade kits for weapons, making it highly complementary to CZ’s core business.

“We are very pleased to join forces with Spuhr through this strategic investment. Håkan Spuhr and Ulf Nilsson have built a company which is the world leading manufacturer of optical mounting solutions. We believe that the connection of the CZ and Spuhr brands will further strengthen our position on the market and lead to continuous innovation for the benefit of our customers,” stated Lubomír Kova?ík, President of CZG.

“The cooperation with CZ is a strategic milestone for Spuhr. It will give us access to new markets, high-end testing technology and research. We will continue to be flexible and lead the development of new products for our important high-end customers. The partnership with CZ will take us to the next level,” stated Ulf Nilsson, CEO of Spuhr.

The Spuhr mounts and accessories are used by many military and law enforcement units around the world, including the Swedish, Dutch and Danish Army, German Police and Portuguese Navy. Spuhr also offers a popular hunting series of products.

Federal and Reeds Sign Gould Brothers

Wednesday, May 6th, 2020

ANOKA, Minnesota – May 4, 2020 – Federal Ammunition and Reeds Family Outdoor Outfitters partner together to sponsor the incredible exhibition shooting duo, the Gould Brothers. The brothers have been entertaining fans for more than a decade with their one of a kind trick shooting shows and fun YouTube videos. Steve and Aaron Gould will now entertain crowds throughout the United States flying the flags of two Minnesota mainstay outdoor companies.

Following in the footsteps of legendary exhibition shooter Tom Knapp, Steve and Aaron Gould have picked up that mantle and continue performing trick shots that amaze audiences with their energetic live shows. “We watched Steve and Aaron hone their craft over the years and Federal is excited to join forces with them,” says Jason Nash, Vice President of Marketing at Federal Ammunition. “We are happy to watch them make incredible shots with Minnesota made products.”

“There is nothing like attending a live show in person,” says Adam Arnold of Reeds. “The Gould Brothers are great at entertaining and engaging with audiences with an unmatched in-person experience. It’s amazing to see how they have included their live show interaction and fun into their YouTube channel to make shooting fun and educational. Reeds is excited to cultivate and grow their shooting creativity and innovation.”

“Pulling off incredible shots requires incredible ammunition and we couldn’t be more excited to take our careers to the next level with Federal. Our dream to become professional exhibition shooters started at the annual Reeds Gun Fair event, watching an incredible man shoot Federal ammunition and now, here we are, working with both Federal and Reeds. A dream comes true! We are so excited to represent both iconic Minnesota companies that have been serving outdoor enthusiasts and shooters for more than a combined 150 years.”

Reeds Family Outdoor Outfitters is one of the oldest, most renown outdoor outfitters in the nation. Family-owned, customer-driven for over 65 years, Reeds offers complete hunting, fishing and apparel departments at ReedsSports.com. Although Reeds is tucked away in the quaint Northwoods community of Walker, Minnesota, on the shores of one of America’s top fishing lakes, beautiful Leech Lake, but is an award-winning top national retailer.

Federal ammunition can be found at dealers nationwide or purchased online direct from Federal. For more information on all products from Federal or to shop online, visit www.federalpremium.com.

Everest.com Launches One-Of-A-Kind Marketplace And Community For Shooting Sports And Outdoor Gear

Friday, April 17th, 2020

The Woodlands, Texas – April 15, 2020 – Everest, the shooting sports and outdoor gear industry’s first customer-centric, community-driven, multi-merchant marketplace has officially launched. Everest is a non-discriminatory platform for hunters, shooting sports enthusiasts, anglers, campers and hikers across the country linking consumers and retailers with a robust marketplace where they can interact, participate, contribute, learn, transact and give back.

As a significant amount of merchants make a mass exodus from other online marketplaces, Everest is disrupting the outdoor retail landscape by creating a robust community for outdoorsmen and women where they can live their passions. At time of launch, the Everest marketplace has already secured 500+ merchants offering more than 500,000 outdoor and shooting sports products. It is estimated by the end of 2020, Everest will offer more than 1,000,000+ products from retailers and manufacturers from around the globe. The product inventory and merchant options will certainly continue to grow exponentially over the next 2-3 years as more retailers, distributors and manufacturers join the Everest community. Unlike any other marketplace of its kind in the space, the Everest experience will be consistently enhanced with fresh outdoor content such as how-to videos, product reviews, gear articles and much more.

“At our core, we believe in passing down the great outdoor legacies that were passed to us,” says Bill Voss, CEO/Founder of Everest. “Our mission is to create a one-of-a-kind marketplace where merchants can sell free of the noise of those other sites. We are committed to surpassing all customer expectations by providing unparalleled service, exceptional quality and ultimate value with every interaction.”

Everest has developed opportunities that create real value for their customers. Everest consumers can participate in the direction and growth of the marketplace, including giving back to those who do so much already in the space. Specifically, customers have the option of opening an Everest “Caliber Account”, which features many benefits, including Free Express Shipping, extensive relevant video entertainment, cool swag, and deep discounts on selected items. Importantly, Everest will give back to philanthropic programs and outdoor industry initiatives that reflect the issues important to the Everest community such as conservation, veterans service organizations, cancer support and firearms safety.