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Savage Arms’ New IMPULSE Predator Offers Unsurpassed Speed and Accuracy

Friday, January 15th, 2021

WESTFIELD, Massachusetts – January 14, 2021 – Savage Arms is pleased to announce the arrival of IMPULSE Predator. We’ve refined the classic bolt-action for the speed needed for effective predator hunting. The American made IMPULSE Predator combines Savage accuracy with the speed of a straight-pull action and is the ideal platform for hunting carnivores.

“The new IMPULSE Predator is all about speed,” Jessica Treglia, Sr. Brand Manager at Savage Arms, said. “We’ve built a line of straight-pull rifles that can deliver split times on par with what you’d expect from a semiautomatic. IMPULSE Predator offers a purpose-built hunting rifle that delivers Savage accuracy, and if you need a follow-up shot IMPULSE delivers like no other bolt action can.”

Beneath the revolutionary action, IMPULSE Predator’s synthetic stock is finished in Mossy Oak®Terra Gila. IMPULSE showcases AccuStock® and is built with Savage’s AccuFit® technology, which allows for easy adjustments to length-of-pull and comb height for an easily customizable fit. The user-adjustable AccuTrigger® can be set as high as 6 pounds for those who stalk hunt, or as low as just 2.5 for hunters who shoot from longer distances, or anywhere in between.

Features:
• Straight-pull rifle
• Matte black aluminum receiver and carbon steel barrel
• Mossy Oak®Terra Gila Camo synthetic stock
• AccuStock® and AccuFit® adjustable length-of-pull and comb height
• User-adjustable AccuTrigger®
• Medium contour, carbon steel, fluted barrel, threaded (5/8-24”)
• Round knob bolt handle
• 10-Round AICS magazine with ambidextrous release
• Integral 1-Piece 20 Rail

Part No. / Description / MSRP

57657 / IMPULSE Predator 22-250 REM. 20-inch barrel / $1,379

57658 / IMPULSE Predator .243 WIN. 20-inch barrel / $1,379

57659 / IMPULSE Predator .308 WIN. 20-inch barrel / $1,379

57580 / IMPULSE Predator 6.5 CREEDMOOR 20-inch barrel / $1,379

savagearms.com

 

Winchester and Browning Introduce the New 6.8 Western Cartridge

Friday, January 15th, 2021

Designed for Long-Range Shooting and Hunting

January 15, 2021 — Winchester and Browning, two of the most iconic outdoor brands, continue to innovate and bring new products to hunting and shooting sports enthusiasts around the world. This time, the two titans have teamed up to introduce 6.8 Western, the ultimate all-around long-range hunting and shooting cartridge.

With long-range shooting and hunting interest growing rapidly, engineers at Winchester and Browning were both seeking a solution that could offer magnum performance with a modern high BC projectile, yet chamber in a short action rifle for shorter bolt-throw and less weight. The 6.8 Western was designed from the ground up to be the ultimate long-range cartridge that is capable in any big-game hunting scenario and a great fit for those who enjoy long-range target shooting.

HEAVIER BULLET WEIGHTS

than 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5 PRC and 270 WSM

MORE ENERGY

than 6.5 Creedmoor, 6.5 PRC and 7mm Rem Mag

LESS RECOIL

than 300 WSM, 300 Win Mag and 300 PRC

LONG, HEAVY BULLETS

ideal for big game hunting and long-range precision shooting

SHORT ACTION

for fast cycling, high accuracy and reduced rifle weight

“The 6.8 Western cartridge development defines collaborative innovation,” said Matt Campbell, vice president of sales and marketing for Winchester Ammunition. “We have designed a cartridge for the growing segment of long-range shooters and hunters that offers significant features and benefits. We strive to introduce new products that add value to our customers, and we believe the 6.8 Western will do just that.”

“The 6.8 Western cartridge brings a new perspective to long-range hunting and shooting,” said Ryan Godderidge, senior vice president of sales, marketing and firearms for Browning. “It provides magnum level performance in our short action rifles, giving the shooter highly effective down-range energy, even at longer ranges, while allowing for a lighter-weight platform. We’re excited about bringing this into the marketplace.”

winchester.com

APTUM SWIMMER – Don’t Let Your Swimmers Swim

Friday, January 15th, 2021

The Beez Combat Systems APTUM™ Swimmer Plate Carrier was designed for swimmer cut plates. It is an adaptable plate carrier that can be configured for low visibility operations up to high threat level operations. The front panel of the APTUM™ Swimmer Plate Carrier includes laser cut GRID with an emphasis on comms/data attachment points as well as cable management.

The APTUM™ Swimmer OVERT Back Plate Bag also includes laser cut GRID and allows the wearer even more additional load bearing space for important items for the mission at hand. This provides the wearer with the option of maintaining a low visibility load out or scaling up to a load out more suitable for high threat level operations.

The front panel of the APTUM™ Swimmer Plate Carrier includes a Kangaroo pocket that supports up to three AR magazines as well as the front of the APTUM™ Plate Carrier comfortably secures any Juggernaut™, Kagwerks or THYRM smartphone case into place. Laser cut attachment points for placards and flaps. The Beez Combat Systems APTUM™ Swimmer Plate Carrier is available in a variety of colors and is 100 percent laser cut and manufactured in the United States.

www.beezcombatsystems.com

Silencer Central Announces Home Sweet Home Delivery—Direct-to-Consumer Shipping in 42 States

Thursday, January 14th, 2021

Sioux Falls, South Dakota – January 14, 2021 – Silencer Central, America’s largest silencer dealer, can now deliver silencers directly to customers in the 42 states where silencers are legal. The shipping process has revolutionized the way silencers are sold and allows for customers to streamline their purchasing experience by cutting out unnecessary hurdles to silencer ownership.

“We run a highly regulated business,” said Brandon Maddox, CEO of Silencer Central. “We have to do everything by the book—100%. We’ve pioneered a system that allows Silencer Central to be the pinnacle of service for our customers. We handle every step of the process, from paperwork to barrel threading to the final delivery of your silencer—straight to your front door. The process has never been more efficient.”

In the early days, Silencer Central focused on direct sales at trade shows. As their reputation grew, the company sought a way to expedite silencer sales. Now with a customer base that spans across the country, customers can call in directly or buy online at SilencerCentral.com.

Once the order is placed, Silencer Central emails the customer forms and instructions for their completion. This simple process is completed with a digital signature. After the paperwork is complete, Silencer Central sends them an email with a copy of their paperwork and free NFA Gun Trust.

When the approved tax stamp comes back to Silencer Central, customers are sent a text and email with steps to arrange for delivery. The company can now deliver silencers directly to customers in 42 states, making this part of the process incredibly efficient.

For more information, call 888-781-8778 or visit SilencerCentral.com.

SIG SAUER Academy Presents Shooter’s Edge: An Online Fundamental Handgun Training Series

Thursday, January 14th, 2021

NEWINGTON, N.H., (January 14, 2020) – SIG SAUER Academy is pleased to present Shooter’s Edge…Learning to Shoot at SIG SAUER Academy a new video series that gives viewers an inside look at the foundational handgun classes offered at the world renown SIG SAUER Academy.  The ten-episode series takes viewers into the classroom and onto the range as the instructors walk through the fundamentals of handgun safety, shooting techniques, practice and training exercises, along with instruction in equipment options and handgun selection. The series was shot on location during several of the Academy’s introductory classes.

WATCH THE VIDEOS

“With over 8 million new gun owners in 2020, we have seen an extraordinary demand for the foundational handgun courses at SIG SAUER Academy,” said Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, Commercial Sales, SIG SAUER, Inc.“. The Shooter’s Edge series is a unique opportunity for these new gun owners, those wanting to take a beginner handgun class, or the experienced shooter looking to review basic training techniques straight from SIG SAUER Academy featuring our world-renowned instructors.”

The Shooter’s Edge series premieres today across all SIG SAUER Academy social media channels (YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter) and includes the following episodes: Learn to Shoot at SIG SAUER Academy, Basic Rules of Safety, Types of Handguns and Ammunition, Foundational Shooting Techniques, How to Practice and Train Effectively, Choosing the Right Gun, Equipment and It’s Purpose, Holsters, Presentation, and Recovery, Magazines, Loading and Unloading, and What Happens After Learning to Shoot at SIG SAUER Academy. The entire series is available on YouTube, and each week a new episode will be featured for the duration of the series.

Shooter’s Edge is presented by SIG SAUER Academy, a 140-acre firearms training facility catering to everyone from beginners to experts, located in Epping, New Hampshire. To learn more about SIG SAUER Academy or review the in-depth course outline, visit sigsaueracademy.com.

AeroVironment to Acquire Arcturus UAV, Expanding Product Portfolio and Reach into Group 2 and 3 Unmanned Aircraft Systems Segments

Thursday, January 14th, 2021

• Total transaction value of $405 million in cash and stock

• Arcturus UAV’s complementary capabilities provide program diversification, increase key customer penetration and enhance shareholder value

• Arcturus UAV is well positioned for ongoing United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) Mid-Endurance UAS (MEUAS) task orders, United States Army Future Tactical UAS (FTUAS) program delivery orders and international contracts

• Expected to be immediately accretive to revenue growth, adjusted EBITDA margin and non-GAAP diluted EPS, excluding intangible assets, amortization expense and deal and integration costs, and accretive to GAAP diluted EPS by fiscal year 2022

• AeroVironment to host conference call and audio webcast at 2:00 pm Pacific Time today

AeroVironment, Inc. to Acquire Arcturus UAV, Expand Reach into Group 2 and 3 UAS Segments (Photo: AeroVironment)

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. Jan 13, 2021 – AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in unmanned aircraft systems, and Arcturus UAV, Inc., a privately-held leading provider of Group 2 and 3 unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and services, today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which AeroVironment will acquire Arcturus UAV for a total purchase price of $405 million, including $355 million in cash and $50 million in AeroVironment stock.  The transaction, which was unanimously approved by the AeroVironment and Arcturus UAV Boards of Directors, is expected to accelerate AeroVironment’s strategy to drive profitable growth and value by expanding into attractive adjacent segments and by broadening its capabilities and customer footprint.

Founded in 2004 and based in Petaluma, California, Arcturus UAV has approximately 270 employees, designs and manufactures Group 2 and Group 3 UAS and provides related services, including contractor-owned, contractor-operated (COCO) services. Arcturus UAV is a leading supplier to the USSOCOM, supporting its $1.4 billion MEUAS III and IV programs, and one of four awardees selected for funded development and demonstrations supporting the U.S. Army’s FTUAS program, a potential billion dollar, and next-generation UAS program. Arcturus UAV has a demonstrated track record of solid performance, with topline growth exceeding 20 percent for each of its last two fiscal years.

“We are excited about the opportunities for value creation through our acquisition of Arcturus UAV, which will enable us to accelerate our growth strategy and expand our reach into the more valuable Group 2 and 3 UAS segments,” said Wahid Nawabi, AeroVironment president and chief executive officer. “Group 2 and 3 UAS and services, collectively, potentially represent more than one billion dollars in annual contract value, according to an independent forecast. Combining our highly complementary products and technologies will enhance our portfolio, deliver top and bottom-line growth, and enable us to provide customers with a complete set of Group 1 through 3 UAS, tactical missile systems, high-altitude pseudo-satellites and unmanned ground vehicle solutions. Through this expanded portfolio, we will be well positioned to serve a broader range of customer missions across multiple domains and significantly enhance value for shareholders over the near and long-term.”

“The Arcturus UAV team has produced strong growth in recent years and has secured strategically important wins in the MEUAS and FTUAS programs, positioning Arcturus as a leader for next-generation program requirements. Together, we will offer an unmatched portfolio of multi-domain unmanned capabilities, supported by our ongoing investments in artificial intelligence and autonomy, to help our customers address a broad set of defense and commercial missions. We look forward to welcoming Arcturus UAV’s talented team, strong customer relationships in growing UAS segments and robust pipeline of innovations to AeroVironment,” Mr. Nawabi added.

“AeroVironment’s depth of experience in UAS and tactical missile systems, international presence, and impressive team is a natural fit for Arcturus UAV, and will create substantial opportunities to build on our strong momentum,” said D’Milo Hallerberg, Arcturus UAV president and chief executive officer. “With the support of AeroVironment, we will have greater scale, expanded resources, cutting-edge technology and superior capabilities to meet the growing global demand for our products and solutions. We are confident that with AeroVironment, we can accelerate our growth as part of a larger, more diverse company and look forward to working closely with the team to complete this exciting transaction.”

Arcturus UAV’s products include the JUMP-20, a multi-mission, medium endurance vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) system requiring no launch equipment or runway and the T-20, a multi-mission, medium endurance catapult-launched system. Arcturus UAV sells its products directly to end users and delivers COCO services. All Arcturus UAV systems have the ability to carry a broad range of payloads, including standard EO/IR gimbals as well as 3-D mapping, SAR, LIDAR, communications relay, COMINT and SIGINT payloads. 

AeroVironment expects the acquisition to be immediately accretive to adjusted EBITDA, excluding deal and integration costs, and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share, excluding intangible assets, amortization expense and deal and integration costs, and accretive to GAAP diluted EPS in fiscal year 2022, while increasing pro forma net leverage to 0.5 times adjusted EBITDA.

Upon completion of the transaction, key members of the Arcturus UAV executive management team will remain in leadership positions. The transaction is expected to close during fourth quarter of AeroVironment’s fiscal year 2021, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals. At close, Arcturus UAV will operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of AeroVironment.

The purchase price represents a multiple of approximately 11x Arcturus UAV’s LTM 9/30/20 adjusted EBITDA, net of anticipated tax benefits. In connection with the acquisition, AeroVironment has received commitments for a $200 million Term Loan Facility and $100 million revolver (undrawn at close) with Bank of America, N.A. acting as Administrative Agent, and with BofA Securities, Inc., JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. and U.S. Bank National Association acting as arrangers. AeroVironment will fund approximately $155 million of the acquisition from cash on hand.

Brownells Debuts New Optic, Gives Prizes During NOT Show eVent

Thursday, January 14th, 2021

GRINNELL, Iowa (January 13, 2021) –With traditional trade shows canceled, Brownells will cap its week long NOT Show eVent, January 18 through 22, with the release of the next scope in the Brownells Match Precision Optic line.

First announced at SHOT Show 2019, the Brownells MPO scopes have high-quality glass made in Japan, and Brownells’ unique Non-Obscuring Illuminated Milling Reticle. The illuminated reticle features a central aiming dot inside a box, allowing precise aim at small targets without blocking them from view.

The newest MPO is a 1-8X24mm model with a similar reticle and is perfect for use on flattop AR-15 style firearms, or any other platform suited for an LPVO for quick switches between up-close shooting and targets farther out. 

Open for pre-order starting Friday, January 22, the 1-8X24mm MPO It will be available by itself or packaged with a Brownells mount:

• #080-001-394  1-8X24 MPO Scope, $799.99 retail

• #080-001-395  1-8X24mm MPO Scope with Brownells Mount, $899.99 retail

Throughout the NOT Show eVent week, visitors to the Brownells NOT Show eVent page can enter for a chance to win a variety of prizes valued up to $1,600, including complete firearms from both Stag Arms and FM, a Midwest Industries handguard and Grey Ghost Precision parts for the Sig 320.

In addition, videos will appear on the Brownells NOT Show eVent page featuring companies like Magpul, Aero Precision, Hornady and others focusing on recently-released products.

Customers will be able to purchase some of the products immediately and sign up for alerts on other new products soon to be in stock.

To learn more, go to Brownells.com.

Shotgun Shooters on Team Federal Enjoyed Another Great Year of Success and Look Forward to 2021

Wednesday, January 13th, 2021

ANOKA, Minnesota – January 8, 2021 – The list of Team Federal competition wins for Trap, Skeet and Sporting Clays in 2020 is long and impressive. Season highlights included Federal sponsored shooters winning big at the 2020 National Sporting Clays Championships and the 2020 Main World Skeet Championships, plus many other competitions across the country.

“It was a great year for Team Federal, considering the circumstances and all the shoots that were canceled, with many of our team members being selected to their All American Teams,” said Mike Hampton Sr., Team Federal’s Manager for Shotgun Sports. “We are very proud of our sponsored shotgun sport shooters on Team Federal. They are great role models, good sportsmen, high in morals and integrity. And after all that, they are great shots and are helpful and approachable.”

Hampton reported many notable accomplishments from the team in 2020. In Trap, both Aaron Willoughby and Grayson Stuart completed their Grand Slam, and Ray Stafford was selected as Team Captain of the Senior Vet Team. In Skeet, Jason Ward won the World Champion title in the 28-gauge division of the 2020 Main World Skeet Championships, and Paul Giambrone was named World Champion in the Champion of Champions event. In Sporting Clays, Team Federal’s newest member Derrick Mein topped the podium as High Over All (HOA) at the 2020 National Sporting Clays Championships. Janet McDougall took home Runner-Up honors in the Main Lady Event.

“Team Federal certainly has some of the top shooters in the world, and they did well all year long in multiple disciplines. We also look forward to seeing Derrick and other USA Shooting team members represent the U.S.A. in Tokyo in July 2021,” said Federal’s Vice President of Marketing Jason Nash. “We are proud of their choice to shoot our products, and we look forward to seeing many competition wins throughout 2021.”

Federal is the official shotshell ammunition sponsor and supplier of USA Shooting, a non-profit organization that promotes the shooting sports and prepares American athletes to bring home gold. Federal is also a large supporter of the Amateur Trap Association (ATA), National Skeet Shooters Association (NSSA), National Sporting Clays Association (NSCA), and many other national, regional and state shooting sports organizations. 

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.