Firearms Industry Economic Impact Nearly Doubles in Five Years

by Editor 3. April 2014 17:27
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NEWTOWN, Conn. – The total economic impact of the firearms and ammunition industry in the United States increased from $19.1 billion in 2008 to $37.7 billion in 2013, a 97 percent increase, while the total number of full-time equivalent jobs rose from more than 166,000 to more than 245,000, a 48 percent increase in that five-year period, according to a new report released by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the industry’s trade association.

“We have seen dramatic, unprecedented during peacetime growth in the firearms and ammunition industry that is the direct result of consumer demand for our products in the last five years,” said Stephen L. Sanetti, NSSF president and chief executive officer. “While our nation’s overall economic recovery has been slow since 2008, our industry has been a true bright spot, increasing our direct workforce by nearly half, adding jobs that pay an average of more than $47,700 in wages and benefits. Supplier and induced jobs* were also increased by about half since 2008, even as we increased federal tax payments by 93 percent, Pittman-Robertson excise taxes that support wildlife conservation by 83 percent and state business taxes by 77 percent.”

The Firearms and Ammunition Industry Economic Impact Report: 2013 provides a state by state breakdown of job numbers, wages and output covering direct, supplier and induced employment, as well as federal excise taxes paid. Access the full report here.

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INFOGRAPHIC: How Wildlife is Thriving Because of Guns and Hunting

by Editor 27. March 2014 08:04
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Blade-Tech Strengthens Commitment to Shooting Sports Through Title Sponsorship of Arizona State IDPA Championship

by Editor 20. March 2014 12:54
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PUYALLUP, Wash. – Blade-Tech Industries, the leading manufacturer of custom production thermoplastic and injection molded concealment and competition holsters, is proud to be the title sponsor of the Blade-Tech 2014 Arizona State IDPA Championship.

On April 12, 2014, the Blade-Tech Arizona State IDPA Championship will be held in Tucson, hosted by the Pima Pistol Club. The match is expected to attract over 150 shooters. Competitors are coming from all over the region and country to compete with local shooters in this year’s match.

The Blade-Tech 2014 Arizona State IDPA Championship is a one day match, comprised of 10 challenging stages with the course of fire to be between 160 and 180 rounds. Blade-Tech will have team shooters on hand at the event. Look for high quality Blade-Tech holsters and other goodies on this year’s prize table.

The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) is one of the fastest growing practical shooting sports. Currently, the IDPA has over 24,000 members from all walks of life and levels of competition. Blade-tech is proud to be one of the most popular holsters in the IDPA and the competitive shooting sports.

“The opportunity to support the shooting community, especially at the State Championship level here in Arizona, is something Blade-Tech felt that it could not pass up. When the match was announced, we expressed interested in the title sponsorship. Blade-Tech is proud to be a part of this event and our shooters are excited to compete against the high skill level of the shooters attending,” said Brett Russo, Social Marketing Director for Blade-Tech Industries.

If you would like to know more about Blade-Tech’s quality gear for competitive shooters and or our support of the shooting sports, please visit our website at: and our Facebook page at:

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Target Shooting In America

by Editor 25. January 2014 19:15
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Swab-Its Returns As Sponsor Of IDPA’s Music City Cup III

by Editor 30. October 2013 09:25
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Super Brush, makers of Swab-its® brand firearms cleaning swabs for every job, announced that they are returning as a sponsor of the Volunteer State’s largest IDPA match, the Music City Cup III, which takes place this weekend at the Music City Tactical Shooters’ range in Dickson, Tennessee.

This is the third year for the Music City Cup, which continues to grow as a must-attend match on the IDPA calendar. This year’s match will feature a 10-stage course of fire and is expected to draw several of the region’s top competitors.

“Thanks to the generous support of sponsors like Swab-its, the Music City Cup III is set to be one of IDPA’s premier matches and certainly one of the South’s best with the Volunteer State’s top guns set to compete,” said Michael Bresson, match director for the Music City Cup.

“Our support for the Music City Cup III is part of our continuing commitment to promote the shooting sports, and Swab-its is proud to once again sponsor the Music City Cup and help continue the expansion of shooting opportunities for IDPA members in the Volunteer State,” said Cathy Desorcy, product manager for Swab-its.

As part or their sponsorship, Swab-its has donated packs of their popular Bore-Tips® and Gun-Tips™ firearms cleaning swabs to be distributed at the match.

Designed to be lint-free and reusable, foam Bore-tips from Swab-its provide the ultimate in barrel bore cleaning with their tight bore-fitting 360-degree cleaning surface, delivering improved barrel cleaning and maximum lubrication. Bore-tips come in .357cal/9mm, .22cal, .243cal, or .30cal (six-piece packs), in .40cal or .45cal (five-piece packs) and the recently introduced 12ga and 20ga (three-piece packs).

Gun-tips from Swab-its are lint-free, reusable foam swabs that offer gun owners superior firearms detailing versatility. Used in conjunction with Bore-tips as part of a regular firearms cleaning and lubricating regimen, the Gun-tips swab kits give hunters, sportsmen, and gunsmiths the ability to protect and preserve their firearms like never before. Gun-tips come in a variety of shapes, sizes and lengths to ensure cleaning and lubricating of all parts of the firearm, while leaving no residue of lint commonly found in other cleaning devices.

With Swab-its, you Clean It Like You Mean It.

For more information about the Music City Cup III, visit For more information on the complete line of Swab-its lint free, reusable gun cleaning swabs, visit

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A Girl & A Gun Expands In Houston With Athena Gun Club Event

by Editor 17. July 2013 09:25
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HOUSTON, Texas – A Girl & A Gun Women's Shooting League, the ladies-only organization established by women shooters for women shooters for the pistol, rifle and shotgun sports, announced that it will expand its popular ‘Girls Night Out’ event to a third Houston-area shooting range tonight, Wednesday evening, July 17, at the Athena Gun Club located at 10814 Katy Freeway.

The ‘Girls Night Out’ event will run from 6:00pm to 8:00pm and is open to the public. A Girl & A Gun members will pay $9 for their range fees. Non-members will be able to join the league or pay $18 to attend the event as a guest for the day. Rental firearms are available and will be offered to A Girl & A Gun members at a discounted rate on the day of the event.

“We are very excited to be partnering with the Athena Gun Club to help bring the fun and excitement of the shooting sports to more Houston-area women,” said Tracy Hughes, facilitator of the Houston chapter of A Girl & A Gun.

“Any women in and around Houston that wish to learn more about firearms and the shooting sports are encouraged to join us tonight at the Athena Gun Club for what is sure to be another great ‘Girls Night Out’ event.”

Founded in February 2011 in Austin, Texas by Julianna Crowder and Renee Blaine, A Girl & A Gun has quickly become the fastest growing shooting organization for women with over 1,500 members in 48 chapters across 19 states.

The Houston chapter, started by Tracy Hughes, began in October of 2011 with just 20 women participating in events at The Arms Room in League City, Texas. Today the chapter has almost 150 members and hosts events at three Houston-area shooting facilities.

For more information on A Girl & A Gun, visit You can also join the conversation online on Facebook or by following @AGAGClub on Twitter.

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Coast Guard Academy Hires First Full-Time Shooting Sports Coach

by Editor 11. July 2013 09:14
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NEW LONDON, Conn. — The U.S. Coast Guard Academy has hired Richard Hawkins, prior coach of a three-time U.S. National Shooting Team Championship winning team, as the first full-time academy shooting sports coach.

Hawkins coached at the international level during the twelve years he spent at the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit at Fort Benning, Ga., were he served as a pistol coach before accepting the position at the Coast Guard Academy. Having also previously served as the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit's international rifle coach, Hawkins coached team members to both world championships and the Olympics.

"The level of discipline, dedication, and fitness of the service academy cadets is unparalleled among collegiate students," said Hawkins. "Working with cadets of this caliber will allow me to develop them into top competitors."

In addition to coaching, Hawkins has written several articles published in Shooting Sports Magazine, as well as conducted multiple shooting sports-related research projects that have been published in peer-review scientific journals.

Hawkins will report to the Coast Guard Academy Aug. 12. Through recruitment and by developing current shooters, Hawkins hopes to have Coast Guard Academy shooters competing at the national level.

To connect with Coast Guard Academy shooting sports, visit

For more information on the Coast Guard Academy, visit the academy’s webpage at To further connect with the Coast Guard Academy, visit our social media sites at,, and

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Team Safariland's Bobby Mcgee Wins ESP At 2013 IDPA Central California Regional

by Editor 10. July 2013 07:56
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ONTARIO, California –Safariland® congratulates team member, Bobby McGee, for winning the ESP (Enhanced Service Pistol) Division with the fastest overall time of 187.87 at the 2013 IDPA Central California Regional Championship held in Winton, CA on Sunday, June 30.

McGee was faced with 10 technical stages and more than 130 competitors at the Rivers Oaks Range hosted by Mid-Valley Defensive Shooters. “This match had a few stages where you had to draw your pistol off-balance, while seated and also moving,” said McGee. “During this point, it is very critical that you get a high positive grip on the pistol, and the Safariland Model 5197 makes it happen…it rides at that perfect height on the belt. You can’t go wrong with this set-up.”

“Bobby is one of the top-rated IDPA shooters on the west coast, as well as nationally,” said Scott Carnahan, Team Captain and Vice President, Equipment Category Marketing. “Bobby’s dedication to the IDPA sport was instrumental in the development of the new Range Series holster product line. We’re thrilled to have Bobby represent Safariland in this sport as he demonstrates the value of the Safariland and Bianchi products he designs.”

McGee competes in IDPA competitions with a Safariland Model 5197 Open Top Concealment Holster with Belt Loop, Model 332 Range Series Belt, and a prototype of the new Range Series 778 Double Magazine Pouch, expected to be released this fall. McGee uses this equipment for ESP, SSP and CDP divisions. “Shooting competition is our passion and we design and shoot the best gear available,” said McGee.

For more information on Team Safariland, visit

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Cabela’s Honors “Hometown Heroes” June 26 – 28

by Editor 21. June 2013 12:23
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Cabela’s stores nationwide will honor the contributions of those who serve our country and communities by offering employee pricing to all veterans, active duty military and reserves, law enforcement, firefighters, and EMS personnel beginning Wednesday, June 26 through Friday, June 28. The Hometown Heroes event recognizes the service and sacrifice of those who protect and serve every day.

“Cabela’s values the contributions of our nation’s military and service personnel,” said Cabela’s Chief Executive Officer Tommy Millner. “Making them honorary employees, and extending our employee discount to them as we prepare to celebrate Independence Day, is our way of saying thank you for keeping us safe.”

To participate in the Hometown Heroes event, veterans, active duty military, reserves, law enforcement, fire and EMS personnel should present their service ID at check out at their local Cabela’s store. Upon doing so, they will receive Cabela’s employee discount on virtually everything in the store. Some restrictions apply; see store for complete details.

For more information, please contact Cabela’s at 541-349-5760 or visit

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NSSF Announces $200,000 in Grants for Collegiate Shooting

by Editor 13. June 2013 13:42
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NEWTOWN, Conn. -- The National Shooting Sports Foundation® invites public and private colleges to apply for a total of $200,000 in grants through its Collegiate Shooting Sports InitiativeSM (CSSISM).

To encourage the development of new programs, NSSF this year will restrict the grants to colleges and universities seeking to establish brand new shooting clubs and teams, and also those seeking support for new programs established during the 2013 spring semester.

NSSF®, the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry, has awarded more than $900,000 in grants to 75 colleges to support shooting clubs and teams. Grant guidelines and applications are available at Applicants may request up to $10,000.

"Our goal is to tap into the large interest in target shooting at the collegiate level and to provide opportunities for students to shoot competitively and recreationally," said NSSF Manager of Shooting Promotions Zach Snow. "We are very pleased that CSSI grants have helped colleges across the country develop target shooting and firearm safety programs."

Schools that have received CSSI grants range from large universities to smaller community colleges and include Harvard, Yale, George Mason, Purdue Ecclesia College, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, CalState Channel Islands, Pratt Community College, Michigan State University, University of Florida and Texas A&M.

CSSI grant-supported programs have helped double participation at the ACUI Intercollegiate Clay Target Championship over the last five years. Snow reports that the ACUI office receives an average of 10 inquiries per month from parents, students and coaches asking how to start a college team and get involved with the ACUI tournament.

While competition attracts one type of student, recreational target shooting draws students who want an introduction to the shooting sports and firearms safety. NSSF grants are helping to establish these campus-organized clubs. Such widespread interest prompted NSSF to develop its "How to Start a Club" resource guide. The guide is filled with helpful advice on starting both competitive teams and recreational shooting clubs, and includes samples of membership forms and club bylaws.

Anyone interested in starting or strengthening a college shotgun, rifle or pistol team or club can find resources and grant opportunities at

Watch a brief video about the Collegiate Shooting Sports Initiative.

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