December 2012 NSSF-Adjusted NICS Background Checks Up 58.6%

by Editor 7. January 2013 18:27
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The December 2012 NSSF-adjusted National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) figure of 2,237,731 is an increase of 58.6 percent over the NSSF-adjusted NICS figure of 1,410,937 in December 2011. For comparison, the unadjusted December 2012 NICS figure of 2,776,105 reflects a 49.7 percent increase from the unadjusted NICS figure of 1,854,400 in December 2011.

This marks the 31st straight month that NSSF-adjusted NICS figures have increased when compared to the same period the previous year. The number reported for December 2012 is the highest monthly figure ever reported for NICS, eclipsing the previous high in November 2012 by 46.7 percent.

The NSSF-adjusted NICS 2012 year-end figure of 13,780,285 was a 27.7 percent increase over the 2011 year-end total of 10,791,275. For comparison, the unadjusted NICS year-end figure of 19,436,832 in 2012 was an increase of 19.0 percent over the 2011 year-end total of 16,336,732.

The adjusted NICS data were derived by subtracting out NICS purpose code permit checks used by several states such as Kentucky, Iowa and Michigan for CCW permit application checks as well as checks on active CCW permit databases.

Though not a direct correlation to firearms sales, the NSSF-adjusted NICS data provide a more accurate picture of current market conditions. In addition to other purposes, NICS is used to check transactions of firearms sales and transfers on new and used handguns and long guns.

For additional information on NICS or to view a complete set of the current monthly reports, please visit the NICS website.

 

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Taurus Acquires Diamondback Firearms

by Editor 3. January 2013 09:55
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Taurus® Holdings, a worldwide leader in firearms manufacturing, announces the finalization of their exclusive global distribution agreement with Diamondback Firearms LLC. As part of the recent relationship, Taurus will assume all sales and marketing efforts of the Diamondback branded products from its Miami, Florida office.

"I am extremely excited about the development of this new partnership," states Taurus President and CEO Mark Kresser. "Diamondback Firearms is a well-respected and recognized brand within the shooting industry. Along with their quality line of firearms, several other innovative projects are in the pipeline that make for a very optimistic future."

Diamondback Firearms is a Florida-based manufacturing facility that employs highly skilled American craftsmen producing quality personal defense firearms for responsible gun owners. "Having the opportunity to become partners with a fiscally secure company that has parallel philosophies in sound business practices, innovative design and manufacturing that complements our brand, is a winning proposition for all parties," says Bobby Fleckinger, Diamondback Firearms owner. "Finding a global partner in Taurus will insure a great future for our brand and one that I am proud to be associated!" For Diamondback Customer Service, please call 888-380-2767.

About Diamondback Firearms LLC:
Diamondback Firearms LLC is an American made firearms manufacturer based in Cocoa, Florida employing American Craftsmen to engineer and produce the highest quality firearms for responsible gun owners. For additional information about Diamondback Firearms, visit www.diamondbackfirearms.com.

About Taurus:
Taurus International Manufacturing, Inc. is proud to be the U.S. importer of all Taurus brand firearms manufactured in Brazil and to be the manufacturer of the model PT-22, PT-25 and PT-738 pistols made here in the US. Taurus International services all Taurus brand firearms under the LIFETIME REPAIR POLICY™ as well. For additional information about Taurus, visit www.taurususa.com.

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Sued Shows You How to Capture the Action in Panteao Video

by Editor 10. December 2012 09:12
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Shooting a match is great, but capturing that action can be equally challenging with equal satisfaction. In this video, Yamil Sued prepares you for capturing those amazing images. Yamil is a graduate of the prestigious Brooks Institute of Photographic Arts and Sciences in Santa Barbara, CA with a Major in Illustration Photography and Color Technology with over 27 years of professional experience.

In this DVD Yamil reviews camera options, camera settings, which lens to use, support gear, range etiquette, positioning and composition, shooting in low light, shooting staged shots, post-production, and much more. If you like to photograph the action at a shooting match, this video is truly a must have.

Order it online and save 25% if ordered before December 26th.

For more information visit PanteaoProductions.com.

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Apex Announces New Polymer Armorer’s Block For M&P And Glock Pistols

by Editor 7. December 2012 10:26
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LOS OSOS, Calif. – Apex Tactical Specialties, Inc. announced the release of their new Polymer Armorer’s Block, a multi-purpose bench-top tool ideal for working on Smith & Wesson M&P and Glock pistols.

Designed for use by gunsmiths, armorers and do-it-yourself gun owners, the polymer armorer’s block fills the need for a simple bench-top tool that does more than just one task. With its non-marring polymer construction, fully adjustable bosses and holes located in just the right place, the Apex Polymer Armorer’s Block makes easy work of polymer frame pistol disassembly.

“I designed our original Armorer’s Block out of aluminum just prior to attending the NRA Show in Pittsburgh two years ago,” explained said Scott Folk, vice president at Apex. “The response from those at the show was incredible and we were constantly fielding questions about price and availability. Since then it’s been redesigned into a more versatile tool with a durable, polymer construction that gun owners are really going to like.”

The Apex Polymer Armorer’s Block works with all models of the Smith & Wesson M&P pistol as well as with all Glock pistols. Packed with features, the block makes it easy to hold a frame in place while driving frame pins in and out, install trigger bars onto Apex’s aluminum and polymer triggers and install striker springs.

The block measures 7” long x 4” wide x 1.5” thick, which means it fits easily into a USPS Priority Mail Small Box and makes a great stocking stuffer for the tool and gadget lover in all of us.

The Apex Polymer Armorer’s Block will be available December 13, 2012 and will retail for just $29.95.

For more information on Apex parts and services, visit www.ApexTactical.com, find Apex Tactical on Facebook or follow @ApexTactical on Twitter.

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Apex Announces New Polymer Armorer’s Block For M&P And Glock Pistols

by Editor 7. December 2012 10:26
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LOS OSOS, Calif. – Apex Tactical Specialties, Inc. announced the release of their new Polymer Armorer’s Block, a multi-purpose bench-top tool ideal for working on Smith & Wesson M&P and Glock pistols.

Designed for use by gunsmiths, armorers and do-it-yourself gun owners, the polymer armorer’s block fills the need for a simple bench-top tool that does more than just one task. With its non-marring polymer construction, fully adjustable bosses and holes located in just the right place, the Apex Polymer Armorer’s Block makes easy work of polymer frame pistol disassembly.

“I designed our original Armorer’s Block out of aluminum just prior to attending the NRA Show in Pittsburgh two years ago,” explained said Scott Folk, vice president at Apex. “The response from those at the show was incredible and we were constantly fielding questions about price and availability. Since then it’s been redesigned into a more versatile tool with a durable, polymer construction that gun owners are really going to like.”

The Apex Polymer Armorer’s Block works with all models of the Smith & Wesson M&P pistol as well as with all Glock pistols. Packed with features, the block makes it easy to hold a frame in place while driving frame pins in and out, install trigger bars onto Apex’s aluminum and polymer triggers and install striker springs.

The block measures 7” long x 4” wide x 1.5” thick, which means it fits easily into a USPS Priority Mail Small Box and makes a great stocking stuffer for the tool and gadget lover in all of us.

The Apex Polymer Armorer’s Block will be available December 13, 2012 and will retail for just $29.95.

For more information on Apex parts and services, visit www.ApexTactical.com, find Apex Tactical on Facebook or follow @ApexTactical on Twitter.

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Comp-Tac To Sponsor 2013 A Girl & A Gun National Conference

by Editor 30. November 2012 08:50
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AUSTIN, Texas – Comp-Tac Victory Gear, a leading manufacturer of holsters for the concealed carry and competition market, has signed on as a platinum sponsor of the 2013 A Girl & A Gun National Conference, Presented by Smith & Wesson, according to an announcement from Julianna Crowder, president of A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League.

The 2013 A Girl & A Gun National Conference, Presented by Smith & Wesson, will take place March 22-24 at T.I.G.E.R. Valley, the premiere training facility in Central Texas located in Waco. Bringing together some of the top women in the shooting industry, the conference offers participants training sessions, live-fire instruction and presentations on topics relevant to women participating in the shooting sports today.

Registration for the conference is now open but space is limited. A Girl & A Gun members can register online, as well as find additional information regarding conference schedules and lodging.

“We’re proud to welcome Comp-Tac to the growing list of industry sponsors supporting our first annual national conference. As a Houston, Texas-based company, Comp-Tac has worked with our local members in the Houston area and we look forward to introducing them to our members from other chapters around the country,” said Julianna Crowder.

“With more and more women entering the shooting sports and purchasing firearms for personal defense, Comp-Tac understands the need to offer holster options to fit every size, shape and lifestyle. That’s why Comp-Tac is honored to support women’s organizations like A Girl & A Gun, which allows us to work directly with women new to firearms and shooting,” explained Randi Rogers, sales and marketing manager for Comp-Tac Victory Gear.

A Girl & A Gun Women's Shooting League is a ladies-only organization established by women shooters for women shooters for the pistol, rifle and shotgun sports. Founded in February of 2011 in Austin, Texas, A Girl & A Gun today has more than 750 members and 20 clubs in seven states, making it the fastest growing women’s shooting organization.

For more information on the 2013 A Girl & A Gun National Conference, Presented by Smith & Wesson, or to find a club near you, visit www.AGirlAndAGunClub.com. You can also join the conversation online on Facebook or by following @AGAGClub on Twitter.

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Outdoor Wire Digital Network Sponsors 2013 A Girl & A Gun National Conference

by Editor 20. November 2012 10:11
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AUSTIN, Texas – Julianna Crowder, president of A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League, announced that the Outdoor Wire Digital Network, the firearms industry’s daily news source and publisher of The Outdoor Wire, The Shooting Wire and The Tactical Wire, will be a platinum sponsor of the 2013 A Girl & A Gun National Conference, Presented by Smith & Wesson.

The 2013 A Girl & A Gun National Conference, Presented by Smith & Wesson, will take place March 22-24 at T.I.G.E.R. Valley, the premiere training facility in Central Texas located in Waco. Bringing together some of the top women in the shooting industry, the conference offers participants training sessions, live-fire instruction and presentations on topics relevant to women participating in the shooting sports today.

Registration for the conference is now open but space is limited. A Girl & A Gun members can register online, as well as find additional information regarding conference schedules and lodging.

“On behalf of the members of A Girl & A Gun I want to thank Jim Shepherd and the Outdoor Wire Digital Network for their very generous support,” said Julianna Crowder. “The Outdoor Wire, as well as the other wires that make up the Outdoor Wire Digital Network, serve as the firearms communities’ daily news and many A Girl & A Gun members are regular readers of the wires so they can keep up with the latest news on products and hunting and shooting opportunities.”

“A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League has seen tremendous growth in just a short period of time and is opening new doors for women shooters every day. We are pleased to join Smith & Wesson and other industry leaders in supporting this important women’s outreach effort,” said Jim Shepherd, publisher of the Outdoor Wire Digital Network.

A Girl & A Gun Women's Shooting League is a ladies-only organization established by women shooters for women shooters for the pistol, rifle and shotgun sports. Founded in February of 2011 in Austin, Texas, A Girl & A Gun today has more than 750 members and 20 clubs in seven states, making it the fastest growing women’s shooting organization.

For more information on the 2013 A Girl & A Gun National Conference, Presented by Smith & Wesson, or to find a club near you, visit www.AGirlAndAGunClub.com. You can also join the conversation online on Facebook or by following @AGAGClub on Twitter.

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Gear Up With Brownells' Black Rifle Friday Specials

by Editor 19. November 2012 10:17
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Brownells' version of the world's biggest shopping day - Black Rifle Friday - offers customers a more comfortable alternative to crowded shopping malls, endless lines, and frustrating searches for a parking space.

Starting Monday, November 19th and continuing throughout Thanksgiving week, Brownells will offer hot deals on accessories for AR-15 rifles and 1911 pistols, plus discounts on other great gun gear. Customers may access these deals by subscribing to the Brownells Promotions and Discounts email list, or by visiting the Sale Page on the website.

On Thanksgiving Day - November 22nd - the deals explode. Customers will receive a 10% discount on orders totaling more than $150.

The Black Rifle Friday specials end Monday, November 26, 2012.

"Black Rifle Friday has been very popular with our customers," said Matt Buckingham, President/COO of Brownells. "It's one of the many promotions that we'll run throughout this holiday season. I'd like to invite everyone to take advantage of these great deals, and wish them Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at Brownells."

Founded in 1939, Brownells is an Iowa-based, family-owned company that supplies more than 75,000 firearms parts, accessories, reloading components, gunsmithing tools, and ammunition to armorers, gunsmiths, the military, and shooters worldwide. In addition to their industry-leading 100% lifetime guarantee - forever - on EVERY product sold, their staff of veteran Gun Techs is available to assist customers with technical help to fix any gun-related problem – free of charge. There are no minimum order sizes or return/exchange fees. To place an order, or for more information, call 800-741-0015 or visit www.brownells.com.

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Smith & Wesson To Sponsor 2013 A Girl & A Gun National Conference

by Editor 8. November 2012 07:45
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AUSTIN, Texas – Julianna Crowder, president of A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League, announced that legendary American firearms maker Smith & Wesson has signed on to be the presenting sponsor of the organization’s first annual national conference taking place in March of 2013.

A Girl & A Gun Women's Shooting League is a ladies-only organization established by women shooters for women shooters for the pistol, rifle and shotgun sports. Founded in February of 2011 in Austin, Texas, A Girl & A Gun today has more than 750 members and 20 clubs in seven states, making it the fastest growing women’s shooting organization.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Smith & Wesson as the presenting sponsor for our first annual conference. Smith & Wesson has a long 160-year history in the firearms and shooting sports industry, and over those many years they have always catered to women shooters with both products and support for women’s groups like A Girl & A Gun. On behalf of our more than 750 members I want to thank Smith & Wesson for their generous support,” said Julianna Crowder.

"Smith & Wesson is proud to be named the presenting sponsor of the A Girl & A Gun National Conference as another way to show our dedication in encouraging women to participate in safe shooting experiences. From our support of women's shooting camps, conferences and clinics to sponsoring the talented women on Team Smith & Wesson, we are committed to excellence in firearms safety and training as well as supporting the organizations and individuals that reflect our desire to share all the fun that the shooting sports offer, especially to women,” said Paul Pluff of Smith & Wesson.

The 2013 A Girl & A Gun National Conference, Presented by Smith & Wesson, will take place March 22-24 at T.I.G.E.R. Valley, the premiere training facility in Central Texas located in Waco. Bringing together some of the top women in the shooting industry, the conference offers participants training sessions, live-fire instruction and presentations on topics relevant to women participating in the shooting sports today.

Registration for the conference is now open but space is limited. A Girl & A Gun members can register online, as well as find addition information regarding conference schedules and lodging.

For more information on the 2013 A Girl & A Gun National Conference, Presented by Smith & Wesson, or to find a club near you, visit www.AGirlAndAGunClub.com. You can also join the conversation online on Facebook or by following @AGAGClub on Twitter.

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Brownells Names Matt Buckingham President/COO

by Editor 7. November 2012 10:52
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Frank Brownell, Chairman of Brownells – The World's Largest Supplier of Firearms Accessories and Gunsmithing Tools™ − is proud to announce long-time Chief Operating Officer, Matt Buckingham, has been appointed President of Brownells. Buckingham will assume the President's title held until recently by Pete Brownell, and will report directly to Pete Brownell, who will continue as CEO of the third-generation family-owned company.

During his eight-year tenure with the Brownells organization, Buckingham has served as the Chief Operating Officer and General Manager of the Brownells brand. Although he'll retain his COO title, Buckingham will shift his focus from solely managing the operations component of the company to overseeing the day-to-day business of the entire organization, in addition to making sure the company executes the long-term goals set forth by the CEO and the Chairman.

"Matt's blend of cultural awareness and operational expertise make him a solid leader and a great advocate for our company and its values," said Pete Brownell.  "We're enjoying explosive growth and are facing exciting new opportunities. With this change, Matt can focus on managing the company day-to-day, and the execution of the President's responsibilities. This will allow me to focus on strategic development, corporate governance, and representing Brownells companies to our industry. Matt and I are a great team, both playing to our strengths."

A graduate of the University of Northern Iowa and Northwestern University's Executive Scholars Program, Buckingham is currently an Executive MBA candidate at the University of Iowa's Tippie College of Business. The Iowa-native is an avid and active outdoorsman, novice gunsmith, and a member of the National Rifle Association (NRA).

"My late father-in-law introduced me to Brownells long before I started working here," said Buckingham. "He was always impressed with the quality of the products and the service Brownells delivered to its customers. I look forward to working with our customers, staff, and network of suppliers to be sure that we continue to provide the best service and value to everyone who trusts in our great company."

To place an order, or for more information, call (800) 741-0015 or visit www.brownells.com.

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