Shooting Industry News: Delta Defense Safety Notification; Zanders Receives Distributor Award

In the latest shooting industry news, Daniel Defense has issued a safety notification for its Delta 5 rifle and Zanders Sporting Goods has been honored by TriStar Arms.

Shooting Industry News: Delta Defense Safety Notification; Zanders Receives Distributor Award

In the latest shooting industry news ...

Daniel Defense is reminding owners of its Delta 5 bolt-action rifle to be aware of a safety notification replacement campaign the company issued in October 2019 related to a condition identified with the firing pin cross pin in Delta 5 rifles.

The Delta 5 rifles in question were manufactured before September 20, 2019.

Specifically, the firing pin cross pin can break under normal usage. Daniel Defense asks that consumers immediately check to see if their Delta 5 Rifle falls under the safety notification replacement campaign.

If a Delta 5 Rifle falls under this campaign, immediately discontinue use of the rifle, point the rifle in a safe direction, activate the safety selection lever, check and verify the rifle is unloaded and that the chamber is empty; if it is not empty, remove any chambered round, remove the bolt magazine and the bolt assembly, and follow the bolt assembly return instructions below.

The firing pin cross pin is located within the Delta 5 bolt assembly and holds the firing pin and cocking piece together in the striker assembly. The firing pin cross pin can break, allowing the firing pin to move freely within the bolt assembly. It is possible that an unintentional firearm discharge may occur.

Daniel Defense will correct any potential conditions at no cost to the consumer.

For more information visit or call (866) 554-GUNS.

Zanders Named Distributor of the Year

Zanders Sporting Goods, a national distributor of firearms, shooting accessories and hunting products located in Sparta, Ill., has received the TriStar Arms “2019 Distributor of the Year” award.

“We are once again honored and humbled to be recognized by TriStar Arms, a top-level firearm company,” said Stefanie Zanders, President and Chief Operating Officer. “Our relationship with TriStar continues to grow and we’re proud to have a wide variety of TriStar products in our inventory. To win this award from TriStar three years in a row means a lot to us and makes me extremely proud of our company and our employees.”

This is the third year in a row that Zanders has received the award.

Safari Club International Returns to Las Vegas

Safari Club International has announced that its 49th International Hunters’ Convention will return to Las Vegas in 2021.

The event, scheduled for Feburary 3-6, will serve as the kickoff celebration of 50 years of SCI.

The exhibits, banquets and daytime activities will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Evening events will be held at Caesar’s Forum, a new venue in the Caesar facilities that is currently under construction.

The headquarter hotel will be Harrah’s Casino Hotel. Other block hotels will include the LINQ Hotel and Casino, Flamingo Las Vegas, Bally’s Las Vegas, Planet Hollywood and Caesar’s Palace Las Vegas.

“We are pleased to be able to bring the SCI Convention back to Las Vegas in 2021,” said Laird Hamberlin, SCI CEO. “Our exhibitors and members all enjoy the convenience of getting in and out of Las Vegas and the many activities to enjoy there in addition to the Convention. Many people expressed a desire to move the Convention back to Las Vegas with dates in early February. We have worked hard to make it happen.”

Springfield Armory Hellcat Receives NOTA Gold

The Springfield Armory Hellcat has received the highest “gold” ranking in the "Member Tested and Recommended" (MTR) program of the National Tactical Officers Association.

The NTOA is a non-profit organization with 40,000 members dedicated to serving the law enforcement community by providing credible and proven training and information resources. The Hellcat is now part of a small and exclusive group of firearms deemed deserving of the NTOA's law enforcement-oriented MTR program.

Thoroughly vetted and rigorously tested by a team of hand-selected law enforcement officers, the Hellcat micro 9mm scored an impressive 4.74 out of a possible 5.00. The Hellcat’s score placed it in the top “gold” scoring range.

The information and full review of the Hellcat are available for viewing by NTOA members in the group’s Member Tested and Recommended online database.

The Hellcat features a class-leading patented magazine with a capacity of 11 rounds, or 13 rounds with the included extended magazine. The Hellcat is available as a standard model for an MSRP of $569 and as an optics-ready OSP model with an MSRP of $599.

Nosler Taps Sales, Marketing Award Winners

Nosler Inc. presented awards to individual members in the company’s independent sales and marketing groups during the 2020 SHOT Show, recognizing excellence in territory development and customer growth.

The Nosler Territory Development Award, established this year, was given to Chance Winters from Roberts Sales Company (MINK TALO regions), Jeremy Fuller from Outdoor Marketing Group (Southeast region) and Jayson Conroy from Wild West Marketing (Western region).

Each recipient was awarded with a Nosler M48 Heritage Rifle in recognition of their efforts to drive growth in their respective territories, each securing the highest number of new accounts in 2019.

The rifle awards were presented by Nosler’s President and COO John Nosler, Vice President of Sales and Marketing Pat Mundy and North American Sales Manager Tim Paczkowski.

Kahr Launches Fallen Officer Program

Kahr Firearms Group is launching its 2020 Fallen Officer Program.

The Fallen Officer Program was first introduced in 2018 to honor fallen law enforcement officers.

Through the Fallen Officer Program, Kahr Arms will donate a Thin Blue Line model PM9 customized with the fallen officer's name on the side of the slide, and his or her badge number and "end of watch" date engraved on the top of the slide. The gun can then be used to raise money for the family or remain with the family as a keepsake. Kahr still offers the 2019 program, too.

Kahr Arms now has applications available for the 2020 program, honoring officers who have fallen during the 2020 calendar year. The application may be submitted by the law enforcement department or by family or friends of the fallen officer. To request an application, email

Hornady Honors Bill Hicks & Co.

Bill Hicks & Co., a distributor of wholesale sporting goods, received the 2019 “Customer of the Year” Award from Hornady.

Bill Hicks and Co. has been doing business with Hornady for more than 30 years.

“We are incredibly honored to receive this award,” said president Shelly Hicks, “and we honestly couldn’t ask for a better partnership. The entire Hornady team in Grand Island is amazing to work with - professional and knowledgeable; it makes doing business with them easy.”

Founded in 1969, Bill Hicks & Co., Ltd. is a family-owned and operated business.

Chattanooga Shooting Supplies Honored by Savage Arms

Chattanooga Shooting Supplies was awarded “Distributor of the Year” by Savage Arms at the 2020 SHOT Show.

The award reflects the rapid growth in sales of Savage Arms products by Chattanooga Shooting Supplies throughout 2019.

“We are extremely honored and take great pride in our longstanding relationship with Savage," said Ron Staffieri, President/CEO of CSS. "This award is a testament to our mutual commitment to offer innovative products in the market.

“We continue to strive to give our customers what they want, when and how they want it. Savage Arms makes it easy to get the right products in customers’ hands. Our inventory has moved quickly, and we are excited about the continued success between Savage Arms and Chattanooga Shooting Supplies."

Chattanooga Shooting Supplies was founded in 1977.

Benelli Recognizes Top Sales Reps 

Benelli USA recently recognized its 2019 sales representatives of the year and presented other companya wards during the 2020 SHOT Show in Las Vegas.

Awards were given to sales representatives based on a host of criteria, including the completion of sales goals and personal contributions to the overall success of Benelli USA and its family of brands, which includes Benelli, Franchi, Stoeger and Uberti USA. 

"Our sales team works tirelessly to bring our products to consumers, support retailers and deliver on commitments. It is an honor to recognize and celebrate their success," said Benelli USA Vice President of Sales Rob Girard. "This is a great opportunity for the company to acknowledge their contributions to the continued growth of Benelli USA."
Super Black Eagle Award: Greg Rader
Benelli USA Sales Representative of the Year: Jeff Woods
Benelli USA Agency of the Year: Core Line Marketing
Benelli Sales Representative of the Year: Mike Crown
Benelli Law Enforcement Sales Representative of the Year: Jeff Woods
Franchi Sales Representative of the Year: Jeff Woods
Stoeger Firearms Representative of the Year: Casey Jones
Uberti USA Sales Representative of the Year: Mike Crown
STR-9 Salesperson of the Year: Greg Rader

Pro-Shot Products Acquires KleenBore

Pro-Shot Products has acquired KleenBore, a leading provider of firearms cleaning kits, rods and accessories, from Safariland.

With more than 200 products, KleenBore offers a full line of firearm cleaning solutions and a background in military and law enforcement markets.

"The Kleenbore transaction aligns with Pro-Shot’s growth strategy led by our families entrepreneurial management team," said Pro-Shot Chief Executive Officer John Damarin. "This famous, legendary brand will strengthen our position at the forefront of the gun care market. It also allows us to enter the military and law enforcement markets with the brand's effective multi-product, and multi-channel strategy.”

Kinsey's Adds FFL Items to Distribution Network

Kinsey’s is adding distribution of FFL items to offer customers the ability to utilize Kinsey’s two-warehouse network to stock their shelves with an more versatile selection.

Firearms are arriving in February, 2020. Ammunition and firearms accessories are available now. Those interested in taking advantage of an industry-mainstay distribution network should submit their FFL and open an account with Kinsey’s right away.

“We focus on listening to our customers and understanding their needs,” said Alex Cameron, Kinsey’s Director of Purchasing Operations. “We are always interacting with them, and asking them about the status of their business and what they’re seeing on a day-to-day basis. Our interactions, direct feedback and surveys brought this latest FFL distribution decision to life.”

In  2019, Kinsey’s strengthened its target archery assortment by 60 percent and incorporated categories such as camping and pet supplies.

Also, the 2020 Kinsey’s Dealer Show is scheduled for February 28 – March 1 in Hersey, Pa., and will feature archery and firearms vendors. The show will include special pricing, events, contests, giveaways and a chance to win $5,000. The Dealer Appreciation Night Concert will feature Uncle Kracker.


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