Smith & Wesson Introduces New M&P Pro Series C.O.R.E. Pistols

by Editor 7. November 2012 10:04
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (November 7, 2012) --- Smith & Wesson Corp. announced that four new models have been added to the Company’s premier line of M&P® polymer pistols. Based on the popular Pro Series line of competition ready firearms, the new M&P C.O.R.E (Competition Optics Ready Equipment) models offer consumers a specialized platform for adding accessory optics to their personal handguns. Engineered to accept six popular styles of competition based optics, the M&P C.O.R.E models are easily adapted to meet any demand.

At the foundation of the new M&P C.O.R.E. resides a specialized mounting platform on the slide of the pistol that can be conveniently changed to match the desired optic. Through the use of removable brackets, consumers are able to simply install the corresponding mounting screws to achieve the precise fit and height required. Designed to work in conjunction with the Trijicon RMR®, C-More STS, Leupold® DeltaPoint™, Docter, Insight® MRDS™ and JPoint™, the M&P C.O.R.E. offers quick and custom sight installation for the industry’s top aftermarket red-dot sight manufacturers.

The new M&P C.O.R.E. models will be available in both 9mm and .40 S&W with either a 4.25 or 5-inch barrel configuration. Engineered as a true competition platform, each model will retain original design features including a polymer frame with a through-hardened stainless steel slide and barrel, ambidextrous operating controls, striker fire action and Melonite® finish. For improved handling the M&P C.O.R.E. models feature a new textured interchangeable back strap with prominent stippling. Three patented palmswell grips are supplied with each pistol, providing shooters the ability to tailor the grip size to their personal preference.

For improved accuracy and precise shot placement during competition, the M&P C.O.R.E. pistols are standard with a Performance Center sear. The specialized sear allows for a crisp 4.5 pound trigger pull along with a faster, defined reset in between shots. On top of the slide, Smith & Wesson has added higher sights that can be used in concordance with the mounted optic. Other standard features of the new pistols include a crowned muzzle for improved accuracy, picatinny-style equipment rail and reversible magazine release.

Internal features of the new M&P C.O.R.E. remain consistent with the original design and include a stainless steel internal chassis designed to reduce flex while also providing a stable shooting platform. The M&P pistol’s low-bore axis helps maintain ease-of-use and a comfortable feel and the passive trigger safety prevents the pistol from firing if dropped regardless of angle. A sear release lever eliminates the need to press the trigger in order to disassemble and the simple take down lever is located on the left side of the frame. A loaded chamber indicator is present on top of the slide and rear scalloped slide serrations enable easy firearm manipulation.

The 9mm M&P C.O.R.E. is standard with a 17+1 round magazine capacity and the .40 S&W variant features a 15+1 round capacity. Without a mounted optic the 5-inch barrel models have an empty weight of 26 ounces while the 4.25-inch pistols measure two ounces lighter.

For more information on the new M&P C.O.R.E models, please visit www.smith-wesson.com.

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Performance Center by Smith & Wesson Introduces Two New SW1911 Pistol Models

by Editor 7. November 2012 09:54
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (November 7, 2012) --- Smith & Wesson Corp. announced that two new models have been added to the Performance Center’s line of high performance 1911 pistols. Machined to exacting tolerances and custom built by highly skilled craftsmen, the new Performance Center® SW1911 models provide feature specific options for both competition and personal defense needs.

At the foundation of each pistol is a package of custom features and the high standards held by the Performance Center for quality and innovation. Available in a traditional stainless steel model with a 5-inch barrel or in Smith & Wesson’s patented scandium alloy frame with a 4.25-inch barrel, the new models combine custom handwork with the venerable 1911 platform. Reliable, accurate, and expertly engineered, the Performance Center Custom SW1911 and Performance Center Round Butt SW1911 continue the Company’s longstanding line of precision built firearms.

Performance Center Custom SW1911
Designed as a specialized option for competition orientated shooters, the Performance Center Custom SW1911 is crafted from the finest components under the skilled hands of master gunsmiths. Manufactured with a stainless steel slide and frame, the custom pistol is standard with a 5-inch barrel and hand-fitted features available only from Smith & Wesson. Chambered in .45 ACP, the pistol shares exclusive custom made Performance Center features with its hand-cut chamber, hand-polished feed ramp, hand-tuned action job and hand-lapped frame and slide rails for increased reliability and accuracy.

Built to the highest specifications, the Performance Center SW1911 is standard with a precision crown muzzle, oversized external extractor and an ambidextrous frame safety. Professional shooters will appreciate the pistol’s competition-based features including a match grade trigger with over travel stop, speed configuration hammer and crisp 3.5 to 4 pound trigger pull. For improved handling, the 1911 pistol has been fitted with blue G10 custom grips featuring 30 lines-per-inch checkering. On the frame of the pistol, the Performance Center has helped reduce overall weight with slide ported lightening cuts, which also give a distinctive look to this classic design.

On top of the slide, an adjustable rear sight and black post front sight aid in precise alignment during competition. Other Performance Center features include a match-grade throated barrel and a Briley spherical bushing for improved accuracy. A glass bead finish, traditional grip safety, plus an 8+1 magazine capacity round out the features of this custom 1911 package from Smith & Wesson. The Performance Center Custom SW1911 measures 8.7 inches in overall length and has an empty weight of 40.5 ounces.

Performance Center Round Butt SW1911
Sharing the same handcrafted and customized features of its full-size brethren, the Performance Center Round Butt SW1911 combines the Company’s patented scandium alloy metallurgy with a commander-length frame. Measuring 7.95 inches in overall length the round butt SW1911 offers a reduced weight of 29.6 ounces. Ideal for concealed carry or recreation shooting, the Performance Center SW1911 is standard with a scandium frame mated with a stainless steel slide and barrel. As with all 1911 pistols offered from the custom shop, the new model has been hand fitted and assembled with the highest quality components and meticulous attention to detail. Customized features of this specialized design include a Performance Center action job, throated barrel, polished feed ramp and a precision crowned muzzle with a Briley spherical barrel bushing.

The Performance Center Round Butt SW1911 shares other common features of the 5-inch model including a competition match trigger with over travel stop, competition speed hammer and orange G10 custom grips. The pistol’s two-tone finish and slide ported lightening cuts add a distinguished look to this long-standing platform, while its ambidextrous controls and smooth operating features elevate performance. On top of the slide, the Performance Center has enhanced sight alignment with a black post front sight and an adjustable rear sight. Available with an 8+1 magazine capacity, the new commander length pistol provides yet another quality option in Smith & Wesson’s robust line of 1911 configurations.

For more information on the two new SW1911 models for the Performance Center, visit www.smith-wesson.com.

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Performance Center® by Smith & Wesson® Unveils New Optics Ready M41 Pistol

by Editor 7. November 2012 09:32
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (November 7, 2012) --- Smith & Wesson Corp. today announced that after 50 years of production, the legendary Performance Center has introduced its own rendition of the popular Model 41 target pistol. With multiple competitive records to its credit, the Model 41 remains one of the most classic .22 LR pistols ever produced. Now, the coveted handgun is available in an optics ready platform available only from Smith & Wesson.

Delivering pinpoint accuracy and unmatched reliability, the Performance Center Model 41 is ready to take on any course of fire right out of the box. The full-size pistol, chambered in .22 LR, features a carbon steel frame and slide along with a 5.5-inch barrel. Measuring 10.5 inches in overall length, the semi-automatic pistol has an unloaded weight of 41 ounces. Across the top of the slide, the Performance Center pistol has been fitted with an integral picatinny-style equipment rail for easy installation of optics. Other standard features include an external thumb safety on the left side of the frame, custom wood target grips and a blue finish.

To help aid in precise shot placement when an optic is not in use, the Model 41 features a removable front sight and an adjustable rear sight. The Model 41 has been further enhanced with a Performance Center tuned action that delivers a velvet-smooth trigger pull. Comfortable in the hand, well balanced and expertly crafted by the hands of master gunsmiths, the Model 41 remains one of the most accurate pistols ever produced by Smith & Wesson.

The Performance Center Model 41 is standard with a 10+1 magazine capacity along with Smith & Wesson’s lifetime service policy.

For more information on this one-of-a-kind Model 41 and other new models from the Performance Center, please visit www.smith-wesson.com.

About Smith & Wesson
Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: SWHC) is a U.S.-based leader in firearm manufacturing and design, delivering a broad portfolio of quality firearms, related products and training to the consumer, law enforcement, and military markets. The company’s brands include Smith & Wesson, M&P and Thompson/Center Arms. Smith & Wesson facilities are located in Massachusetts and Maine. For more information on Smith & Wesson, call (800) 331-0852 or log on to www.smith-wesson.com.

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Brownells "30 Days of Thanks" Sweepstakes Offers Great Daily Prizes

by Editor 5. November 2012 10:51
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Brownells – The World's Largest Supplier of Firearms Accessories and Gunsmithing Tools™- is celebrating November, the month of thanks, in a big way. The "30 Days of Thanks" Sweepstakes is Brownells way of showing their appreciation for all of their customers' support throughout the year.

Each day during the month of November, one lucky winner will receive a thank-you gift courtesy of Brownells. Prizes range from eyewear and AR-15 accessories, to riflescopes and holographic sights. Brownells will give away nearly $4,000 in total prizes throughout the month.

To be eligible for prizes, customers must enter the drawing each day. This can be done by clicking "Like" on the Brownells Facebook page, then filling out the sweepstakes form. Customers without a Facebook membership may visit the sweepstakes sign-up page on Brownells website.

Daily prizes will be revealed at 9AM (CST) on the Brownells Facebook page and the sweepstakes area of the website. Winners will be announced the following day at 12PM (CST). Friday, Saturday and Sunday winners will be named at 12PM (CST) on Mondays.

The sweepstakes ends on Saturday, December 1, 2012.

Founded in 1939, Brownells is an Iowa-based, third-generation family-owned company that supplies more than 75,000 firearms parts, accessories, reloading components, gunsmithing tools, and ammunition to armorers, gunsmiths, and shooters worldwide. In addition to their industry leading 100% lifetime satisfaction 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, charges or return fees. To place an order, or for more information, call 800-741-0015 or visit www.brownells.com.

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Remington Arms Company, LLC Acquires TAPCO

by Editor 2. November 2012 11:24
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MADISON, N.C. – Remington Arms Company, LLC (Remington), part of the Freedom Group Family of Companies, announced today it has acquired The American Parts Company Inc. (TAPCO).

TAPCO is a designer and marketer of American-made aftermarket accessories and replacement parts for handguns, rifles, shotguns, modern sporting rifles and other tactical firearms.  All aspects of the product development cycle are managed from within the company. State of the art computer aided design, rapid prototyping and extensive testing have allowed TAPCO to bring innovative and dependable products to the shooting marketplace.

“TAPCO has been in business for more than 25 years and has established market strength through its high quality U.S.-made products,” said George Kollitides, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Freedom Group.  “This acquisition will enhance our positioning in the accessories market and allow us to further our research and development capabilities.”

“With the acquisition of TAPCO, Remington continues to demonstrate its commitment to the firearm parts and accessories business,” said Scott Blackwell, President of Freedom Group. “TAPCO is well-known as a leader in delivering innovative and dependable products to the shooting marketplace. We are excited about the breadth of the products they bring to our portfolio, and we look forward to utilizing our resources to ensure our consumers and OEM partners benefit from this important acquisition.  We welcome TAPCO and its employees into our family of companies.”

TAPCO will continue day-to-day operations at its Kennesaw, Georgia, facility.

About Remington Arms Company, LLC
Remington Arms Company, LLC, (“Remington”) headquartered in Madison, N.C., designs, produces and sells sporting goods products for the hunting and shooting sports markets, as well as solutions to the military, government and law enforcement markets. Founded in 1816 in upstate New York, the Company is one of the nation's oldest continuously operating manufacturers. Remington is the only U.S. manufacturer of both firearms and ammunition products and one of the largest domestic producers of shotguns and rifles. The Company distributes its products throughout the U.S. and in over 55 foreign countries. More information about the Company can be found at www.remington.com.

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Comp-Tac Victory Gear Top Holster Choice At IDPA National Championship

by Editor 2. November 2012 10:12
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HOUSTON, Texas – When it comes to a holster for carrying on and off the range Comp-Tac Victory Gear is the top choice among IDPA competitors, according to the results of the equipment survey conducted by the International Defensive Pistol Association during their 2012 National Championship this past September.

The survey found that among the 29 holster brands used in the competition, more than a third (35.2%) of the competitors shot the match using a holster manufactured by Comp-Tac Victory Gear, a leading maker of holsters for the personal defense and competition market.

In addition to being the top holster for competition, 15.2% of the IDPA competitors at the National Championship indicated Comp-Tac as their preferred holster choice for concealed carry use, making the Texas-based holster maker the top CCW holster brand out of the 63 named by shooters.

The results of the 2012 IDPA National Championship equipment survey mirror those of the one conducted in June during the 2012 Carolina Cup, when IDPA competitors at that match also selected Comp-Tac as the top holster brand for competition (30.3%) and concealed carry (21.4%).

“We’re extremely proud of the confidence IDPA members have shown in Comp-Tac by making us their top holster choice for competition and personal defense use,” said Gregg Garrett , owner and president of Comp-Tac Victory Gear.

“Being selected this shooting season as the top holster at both the Carolina Cup and the IDPA National Championship is a reflection of the commitment Comp-Tac employees have to designing and making the best holsters on the market, as well as our company’s commitment to supporting and growing the shooting sports.”

The 2012 IDPA National Championship equipment survey was conducted among all 344 competitors with 304 indicating a competition holster preference and 198 indicating a concealed carry holster preference. Results from the Carolina Cup survey were based on a smaller sample with 122 and 117 competitors indicating preferences for competition and concealed carry respectively.

For more information on Comp-Tac’s support of the shooting sports, or on the full line of Comp-Tac Victory Gear holsters and accessories, visit www.Comp-Tac.com. You can also keep up with the latest news by liking Comp-Tac on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CompTac or following @CompTac on Twitter.

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Swab-Its Returns As Sponsor Of IDPA’s Music City Cup II

by Editor 31. October 2012 08:30
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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 II, which takes place this weekend at the Music City Tactical Shooters’ range in Dickson, Tennessee.

This is the second year for the Music City Cup, which exploded last year as Tennessee’s largest gathering of IDPA competitors and quickly became one of IDPA’s major must-attend matches. Despite the near crippling impact hurricane Sandy has had on the east coast, organizers still expect upwards of 200 shooters to compete in the 13-stage event.

“When we started the Music City Cup last year we never expected it to become Tennessee’s biggest IDPA competition. Now, thanks to the generous support of sponsors like Swab-its, the Music City Cup II is one of IDPA’s premier matches and certainly one of the South’s best,” said Michael Bresson, match director for the Music City Cup.

“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. Our support for the Music City Cup II is part of our continuing commitment to promote the shooting sports,” said Cathy Desorcy, product manager for Swab-its. “Thanks to the feedback we get from Music City Cup competitors on our Swab-its brand Bore-tips and Gun-tips, we’re making sure that we continue to provide shooters with the kind of innovative cleaning products they need.”

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 are available in a six-piece pack in .357cal/9mm, .22cal, .243cal, or .30cal, and in a five-piece pack for either .40cal or .45cal.

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 on the International Defensive Pistol Association and the Music City Cup II, visit www.IDPA.com. For more information on the complete line of Swab-its lint-free, reusable gun cleaning swabs, visit www.swab-its.com.

Swab-its products are available at your local firearms dealer, or from one of these online retailers, Brownells, Dillon Precision, Graf & Sons, MidwayUSA or direct from Swab-its.

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Remington Introduces Model 1911 R1 Carry

by Editor 23. October 2012 18:03
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Remington® is proud to introduce a new version of America’s favorite pistol design, built by America’s most trusted gunmaker – the Remington Model 1911 R1™ Carry.

The R1 Carry is a full-size 1911 pistol that is “de-horned,” meaning that any sharp edges have been smoothed, making the pistol easier to carry and holster without the worry of the edges catching or grabbing.

The Remington Model 1911 R1 Carry features a de-horned carbon steel slide and forged-steel frame with satin-black oxide finish; beavertail grip safety with 25 LPI checkered memory bump; ambidextrous safety; front strap and mainspring housing checkered at 25 LPI; Novak® Sights with Tritium front sight; and cocobola grip panels. The Remington Model 1911 R1 Carry is shipped in a custom carry case with one seven-round and one eight-round magazine and a barrel bushing wrench. Suggested retail price is $1,299.

The first Model 1911 manufactured by Remington was delivered during World War I. You could say the Model 1911 is in Remington's DNA. Perfectly configured for practical competition or personal protection, the Remington Model 1911 R1 Carry is the next evolution of the Model 1911 R1 product line.

For more information on the Model 1911 R1 line of handguns, please visit www.1911R1.com.

SPECIFICATIONS:

Model 1911 R1 Carry
Order # 96332
Action Semi-Auto
Caliber .45 Auto
Mag. Capacity 7 & 8
BBL Length 5-Inches
Barrel Type Stainless Steel
Rifling Twist Rate 1-16 LH
Overall Length 8 ½ Inches
Overall Height 5 ½ Inches
Grip Material Cocobola
Grip Design Checkered 
Sights Novak® Night Sights 
Trigger Pull 3.5 – 5 Pounds
Average Weight 38.5 Ounces
MSRP $1,299

 

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Swab-Its Sponsors Sold-Out Georgia State IDPA Championship

by Editor 19. October 2012 10:15
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Super Brush, makers of Swab-its® brand firearms cleaning swabs for every job, announced that they will be a sponsor of the 2012 Georgia State IDPA Championship taking place October 27 at the South River Gun Club in Covington, Georgia.

Hosted by the Greater Atlanta Defensive Pistol Association, the Georgia State IDPA Championship is one of the most popular state championship events in the sport of defensive shooting. As part of their sponsorship Swab-its will supply all 250 competitors in the sold-out match with free samples of both Swab-its brand Bore-tips™ and Gun-tips™.

“The Georgia State IDPA Championship is extremely popular having sold out months ago. The popularity of this match is due to the excellent staff, challenging course of fire and, of course, the strong support of more than 25 industry sponsors, including Swab-its. We appreciate Swab-its’ support for our state championship as well as the shooting sports as a whole,” said Rhett Cretchfield.

“Swab-its is proud to sponsor the Georgia State IDPA Championship and recognizes the important role that competitions like this one play in the overall shooting community. Competitive shooters put a great deal of wear and tear on their firearms and know better than anyone the importance of maintaining their equipment, which is why we’re proud to supply each shooter with free samples of our innovative cleaning products,” said Cathy Desorcy, product manager for Swab-its.

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 are available in a six-piece pack in .357cal/9mm, .22cal, .243cal, or .30cal, and in a five-piece pack for either .40cal or .45cal.

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 on the International Defensive Pistol Association and the Georgia State IDPA Championship, visit www.IDPA.com. For more information on the complete line of Swab-its lint free, reusable gun cleaning swabs, visit www.swab-its.com.

Swab-its products are available at your local firearms dealer, or from one of these online retailers, Brownells, Dillon Precision, Graf & Sons, MidwayUSA or direct from Swab-its.

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When the Balloon Goes Up! Launches Online Store for Gear That Just Works

by Editor 15. October 2012 07:00
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HUNTERSVILLE, North Carolina – October 15, 2012 – When the Balloon Goes Up!, one of the most popular firearms blogs focused on training and gear for concealed carry, pistol competition and 72 hour preparedness, has launched a new online store to further serve that market.

The When the Balloon Goes Up! store is organized into Gun Gear, EDC Gear, Preparedness and Range Gear sections, features select items from manufacturers including Comp-Tac Victory Gear, Crimson Trace, Surefire, Apex Tactical, Warren Tactical Sights, Crusader Weaponry, Rite-in-the-Rain, Adventure Medical Kits, and C-A-T Tourniquets.

President Ron Larimer said, “Our mission is to provide the best gear available for training, competition and preparing to survive the first 72 hours after a critical incident. We have elected to selectively stock only high quality gear that we have analyzed, tested and evaluated, to ensure it performs when you need it most. Our customers use and depend on their gear and know to look for quality which is why we provide access to gear that just works, with fast shipping, at a competitive price.”

Turn to When the Balloon Goes Up! for the Gear That Just Works and find reviews, new product announcements and regular features on the blog www.balloongoesup.com. You can also find When the Balloon Goes Up! on Facebook (facebook.com/balloongoesup), or follow @BalloonGoesUp on Twitter.

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