May 28, 2013
The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry, has selected CSG Creative as its agency of record for marketing the 2014 SHOT Show®. CSG was selected at the conclusion of a national account review that included a number of well-known...
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February 7, 2013
It’s no surprise that more and more hunters are starting to pick up the crossbow, an age-old tool with some modern upgrades.
Many states have started relaxing regulations on crossbow hunting to coincide with its popularity among sportsmen and women. There are certainly still some disagreements on the sustainability of crossbows–especially when it intrudes into bow season–but the numbers don’t lie. Crossbow use is on the rise and the industry is striving to keep pace. A variety of different models and styles offered by brands such as Barnett, TenPoint, and Excalibur take a commanding presence in the archery business, and had quite the influence this year at the 2013 Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade (SHOT) show in Las Vegas.
The reason for this is as simple as the weapon itself. Crossbows are easy to operate, sturdy, and accurate. The gentle learning curve means that the weapon is ideal for younger hunters just starting out, while the ease of use also suits older or disabled hunters who many find bows unwieldy. The popularity of crossbows is growing exponentially, such as in the state of Michigan which saw its number of crossbow hunters double since 2009.
According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, a survey of crossbow deer hunters revealed that:
- Crossbow use appeared to help increase hunter participation and deer harvest
- 77% of crossbow hunters agreed that they were more accurate and confident with crossbows
- 50% of crossbow hunters said that the weapon allowed them to hunt more frequently than they normally would. That percentage is increased to 70% when the same question is asked of new archers.
- 30% of crossbow hunters stated it was more satisfying than hunting with other types of bows
- Most hunters that used a crossbow indicated their experience using crossbows met most or all of their expectations, and nearly all crossbow hunters planned to use crossbows again in future seasons
- Authorization of crossbow use is an important factor for recruiting and retaining new archers
- The mean age of crossbow stamp holders was 50
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January 25, 2013
Browning’s new A5 3-½ recoil-operated 12-gauge shotgun features a kinematic drive system instead of a gas-operated system. The original A5 was introduced in 2012 in a 3-inch chambering, but now Browning is offering the 3½-inch model so turkey hunters and waterfowlers can get the most from the 12-gauge.
The A5 plays off of some old Automatic 5 features, such as the distinctive humpback look John Browning designed into his gun. The receivers in the all-new A5 are made from an aluminum alloy that makes the gun lighter than its predecessors, and it has an all-new Invector DS choke system, the longest such system in Browning’s lineup.
The Invector DS threads at the muzzle instead of at the bottom where the tube fits to the barrel. And that junction, Browning uses a brass seal to keep things clean between the choke tube and the barrel. In addition, this longer choke tubes give shooters better patterns and more consistent performance.
The A5 also has a soft recoil pad called the Inflex II, which most shooters will appreciate when firing 3½-inch loads from this relatively lightweight shotgun. The A5 is offered in a wood stock with a gloss finish, and a blued receiver and barrel. It’s also available in a Stalker version, which is a black synthetic composite stock with a matte black receiver and barrel. The A5 will also be available in the new Mossy Oak Shadow Grass Blades camo, and the new Realtree Max 4 camo. MSRP $1,559.
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January 25, 2013
The Ithaca Gun Co. is going back to the future with the new Larrabee 12-gauge shotgun. Those familiar with Ithaca’s classic Knickerbocker trap gun will instantly recognize the Larrabee’s inspiration.
The Knickerbocker originated in 1922 and enjoyed more than a 50-year run before it was discontinued in the 1970s. Mike Farrell of Ithaca said the Larrabee is named after the company’s head machinist, Roger Larrabee, who reverse-engineered one of the original Knickerbocker guns for this reintroduction. The original single-barrel trap gun was as renown as the ATA and Stephen Grant shotguns for many years.
The Larrabee will be available in four grades, and in 28-, 30-, 32- and 34-inch barrels. Farrell said Ithaca also plans to make 11 Sousa-grade guns because the company made 11 Sousa-grade Knickerbockers in 1922.
The Larrabee guns are scheduled to start shipping in March. Ithaca also plans to do a 20-gauge Larrabee in the future.
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January 25, 2013
O.F. Mossberg and Sons teamed with Mathews Inc. to develop a new recoil-reduction system that will be part of seven new Mossberg pump-action shotguns. This system features a unique Mossberg Dual-Comb stock design with low- and high-profile inserts, Mathews Harmonic Damper Technology in the butt stock, and a re-engineered thermoplastic “elastomer” recoil pad.
These features combine to reduce felt recoil up to 20 percent. The Mossberg Recoil Reduction System will be available on select 835Ulti-Magand 535 ATS Turkey and Waterfowl 12-gauge 3½-inch pump-action shotguns, two 50012-gauge 3-inch pump-actions, a convenient Field/Deer Two-Barrel Combo, and a special-purpose Tactical six-shot model.
The Mathews Harmonic Dampers are well-known in archery and bowhunting. They use a patented counter-phase technology to interrupt recoil waves while weights float in an internal elastomer wheel to absorb recoil vibrations. The Mathews Damper is housed in an exclusive Mossberg stock whose interchangeable low- and high-profile combs ensure comfortable fit and reduced felt recoil. The shotguns’ MSRP ranges from $543 to $630 on the seven models.
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January 25, 2013
The new VERSA MAX Zombie 12-gauge shotgun features the reliability of Remington’s auto-loading action to meet the demands of 3-gun shooting enthusiasts and everyday zombie slayers.
The VERSA MAX Zombie has a 22-inch hammer-forged steel barrel with a ventilated rib that tapers from 10mm at the receiver to 7mm at the muzzle for consistent sighting. It also has a Picatinny receiver and barrel-clamp rails, an oversized cross-bolt safety, bolt-release button and bolt handle, sling studs for easy carrying, ProBore Tactical choke tube, and a factory-mounted magazine extension that boosts the gun’s capacity to nine rounds.
The VERSA MAX Zombie is available in two finishes: “Gargoyle” Green or “Explosion” Pink. Both versions feature the Proveil Reaper Z camouflage pattern, which combines realistic images of zombies and bio-hazard symbols with a shredded surface.
Of course, at the heart of all VERSA MAX auto-loading shotguns is Remington’s patented VersaPortgas piston system, a reliable, semi-automatic operating system that consists of seven gas ports and two gas pistons for enhanced load versatility. This system also softens recoil and reduces maintenance.
A durable synthetic stock with rubber over-molded grip panels in key areas provides superior handling and solid grip in all weather conditions. MSRP: $1,599.
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January 25, 2013
At the recently completed 2013 SHOT Show, Buck Knives awarded their “2012 Sales Rep. Agency of the Year” to Pro Line Sports of Canada, as well as naming “Sales Rep of the Year” to Jamie Stehman.
Pro Line Sports and J. Harding & Associates, of which Stehman is a member, are independent manufacturer’s representative agencies with long standing relationships with Buck Knives. Pro Line Sports consists of Al Belhumeur, Ray Denyer, and Russ Kronstrom, and has worked with Buck Knives for the past 15 years. Jamie Stehman has been a Buck rep for the past five years, and covers the Colorado, New Mexico, and Southern Wyoming region.
“I take great pride in honoring these individuals for their accomplishments. My family is very appreciative of what our external sales force has accomplished and for the hard work they put in on behalf of Buck Knives on a daily basis.” said CJ Buck, President of Buck Knives. “Both Jamie and the members of Pro Line Sports have worked hard to grow our brand and sales within their territories.”
Al Belhumeur, owner of Pro Line Sports stated, “We at Pro Line take a ton of pride in representing such an iconic brand as Buck Knives, a brand that is very well received in our territory.” While Stehman commented that he was honored to receive this award and plans to further grow his territory in 2013.
Due to all of Buck’s external sales reps, the Buck Knives brand continues to be well represented throughout the world. This past year was a great year for Buck Knives, and 2013 promises to be even better with the successful completion of SHOT Show and the launch of many new products.
“Our sales force, dealers and distributors are what make the business grow, and we value the hard-work and dedication of the entire team. Al Belhumeur and his team, as well as Stehman are being recognized for outstanding results in 2012. I am happy to recognize these gentlemen as outstanding ambassadors for Buck Knives. We look forward to them carrying forth our new 2013 products to the retail level,” said Bob George, Director of Sales and Marketing, Buck Knives.
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January 22, 2013
Inspired by running shoes, the new lightweight, very comfortable Big Game Hunter Hiker Boot from L.L. Bean also features good traction, as well as these other characteristics that runners need and request in their shoes. The boot has a Gore-Tex bladder for waterproofing, 200 grams of PermaLoft for insulation and a Boa Closure System that makes taking and putting the boot on and off super easy.
“The Boa Closure System is a lacing system that’s designed to replace laces in shoes and boots,” Jeff Miller, senior product developer for L.L. explains. “Where the laces normally will come together, there’s a dial that allows you to tighten or loosen the boots with no strings. You can customize how tightly or loosely you want the boot to fit by simply turning this dial. The Boa Closure System never fails, breaks or comes untied and gives the wearer exceptional support.” For more information about L.L. Bean’s new Big Game Hunter Hike Boot, go to www.llbean.com.
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January 22, 2013
The flagship boot from LaCrosse Footwear has been the Burly, and the next set of improvements on this boot has made it the AlphaBurly.
“This year’s model has been dubbed the AlphaBurly Pro,” Taylor Towne, public relations coordinator for LaCrosse Footwear, explains. “We’ve decided to refresh this line for 2013 by adding new features and benefits, along with a better fit and more comfort. We’ve used a more-natural rubber compound to make it more flexible and easier to put on and take off. We also have removed some of the rubber from the upper part of the boot and used neoprene to add more flexibility. Instead of a rubber gusset, we’re using a neoprene gusset to increase stability.”
To me, the biggest improvement is on the inside of the boot. Instead of a fleece inner lining, LaCrosse has added an embossed neoprene lining with channels to increase airflow and prevent the foot from sweating so much. Too, you can get a camo outsole, which is great for the turkey hunter. The uninsulated AlphaBurly Pro has a bigger lug system sole. To learn more about the AlphaBurly Pro from LaCrosse, visit www.lacrossefootwear.com.
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January 22, 2013
The High Ground boot from Danner follows the popular Pronghorn boot that has been Danner Boots’ show pony for several years. The new High Ground is a much lighter boot.
“This new boot is built on our trailguard platform, a feature of many of our hiking boots,” Taylor Towne, public relations coordinator for Danner Boots, reports. “This boot still provides the durability and stability that hunters have enjoyed in the Pronghorn, but this boot is much-more agile and is built more on the athletic-shoe platform. Designed to eliminate hot spots and pinch points – the High Ground is extremely comfortable.”
The boot comes in a variety of insulations and men’s and women’s styles and has very durable hardware gripping ability. It will be a great super-light and comfortable boot for hiking and hunting mountain terrain. For more information on Danner’s new High Ground boots, visit their website at www.danner.com.
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