Shooting Sports News: Vermont State Police Pick Sig M400; Citadel Boss 25 Shipping

In the latest shooting industry news, Vermont State Police have picked the Sig Sauer M400 rifle and the Citadel Boss 25 shotgun is now shipping.

Shooting Sports News: Vermont State Police Pick Sig M400; Citadel Boss 25 Shipping

The Vermont State Police has adopted the Sig Sauer M400 Pro Rifle as the official patrol rifle of the Vermont State Troopers.

The Vermont State Police has jurisdiction for public safety throughout the Green Mountain State, with more than 300 sworn state troopers.

“We chose the Sig Sauer M400 Pro Rifle because of the superior quality, reliability and accuracy of the rifle. This was an ideal choice for our department because the firearm has been extensively tested for reliability in extreme conditions, and the service and support from Sig Sauer has been outstanding,” said Sergeant Eugene Duplissis, Head Firearm Instructor and Armorer, Vermont State Police. “Our Troopers transition to the M400 Pro has been flawless and motivating because of their familiarity with the platform and the performance, reliability, accuracy and capabilities of the rifle. Vermont State Troopers are proud to have this rifle and confident it will help them protect the people of Vermont.”

The Sig Sauer M400 Pro is an AR-platform rifle with a direct impingement gas operating system. The M400 features a full-length free-float M-LOK hand guard, enhanced SIG trigger, six-position telescoping stock, a rotating lock bolt and is chambered in 5.56 NATO.

LSI Citadel Boss 25 Shotgun Now Shipping

Legacy Sports International’s Citadel Boss 25 shotgun, based on the popular AR platform, is in stock and shipping.

The Boss 25 is capable of home defense, recreational and 3-gun competition use. It is built to be a user-friendly, workhorse shotgun that will perform under the harshest of conditions. The gun features an 18.75-inch chrome-lined barrel, muzzle break, five chokes, adjustable folding sights and more. 

Kinsey's Purchases Alpine Archery

Kinsey’s has purchased Alpine Archery, with plans to reinvigorate the brand and its well-known assortment of quality archery products.

Alpine Archery has been producing products designed, manufactured, and assembled in the USA for nearly 30 years. Kinsey’s plans to build on the reputation of producing quality gear that has been trail-tested and built to last while backing the products with industry-leading customer service.

“We look forward to the opportunity to breathe life back into one of the archery industry’s staple brands," said Brands Sales Manager Jeremiah Hershberger. "Building the products in the USA will continue to be important as we focus on driving consumer value back into the brand.”

The primary focus for 2020 will be on refreshing the brand with new branding. The quiver line including the popular PowerLoc Ultralite, Softloc Classic and the Bear Claw will be reactivated with modern colors and camo patterns. A new website and refreshed product line is slated to be available to the public by early third quarter of 2020.

Kinsey’s owns innovative consumer brands including BlackHeart, Elevation, Fin-Finder, and October Mountain Products. The Brands Division is headquartered in Mount Joy, Penn.

Meprolight Partners With TrackStreet

Meprolight recently announced a partnership with TrackStreet, a market-leading platform designed to reduce online pricing violations, in order to enforce MAP pricing for its dealers. Through TrackStreet, Meprolight will be able to use artificial intelligence to enforce the minimum prices retailers will be allowed to advertise and resell their products.

Bill Yerby, General Manager and Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Meprolight USA, is enthusiastic about TrackStreet’s abilities.

“Meprolight has always kept our retail and online partners in the forefront of our mind, and by working with TrackStreet, we’ll be able to further push Meprolight’s brand and image through responsible pricing," Yerby said.

TrackStreet automates many otherwise manual processes such as the sending of MAP violation notices, tracking policy compliance, and the creation and distribution of customized Do-Not-Sell lists. Overall, MAP pricing will help Meprolight further reflect their brand image through online sales and continue to improve the strong relations Meprolight has with its partners.

Vitorino Joins SCI Europe Committee

Pedro Vitorino has been hired to provide chapter development and membership services for Safari Club International in Europe. He also will also provide support to SCI's new Europe Committee.

Vitorino comes to SCI from his position as Editor in Chief for Caça & Cães de Caça, the largest Portuguese monthly hunting magazine. It's part of the Editorial Grupo V, one of the most important editorial companies in Spain and Portugal. Vitorino has been with the magazine since 2005.

A prolific writer, Vitorino has published more than 30 articles per year and in 2007 became a regular participant in the weekly television hunting show "Coutos & Coutadas," which aired on Portuguese national public TV. He has produced more than 30 video documentaries about international big game and small game hunting for the Spanish and Portuguese TV channels "Cazavision" and "Caza y Pesca". He was awarded with the "Best Hunting TV Documentary Award 2008".

Vitorino has hunted in more than 15 countries in Europe, Africa and Asia. In 2010 he discovered Safari Club International and its mission. As a result, he founded the SCI Lusitânia Chapter in Portugal. He served as a member of the Chapter Board from 2014-2018.

RSR Group Adds Berger Bullets

RSR Group has added Berger bullets to its product offering. The line is now in stock and available for purchase through RSR Group.

The RSR Group, with five regional sales centers located in New York, Florida, Nevada, Texas and Wisconsin and a centralized distribution center in Fort Worth, Texas, will provide sales distribution of the Berger bullets product line to their extensive retailer network throughout the U.S.

“We’re excited to welcome the RSR Group and look forward to working closely with their team to provide their dealers the most sought after bullet on the market,” said Jeff Knowles, Director of Sales.

Dealers may contact the RSR Group for details and availability of Berger bullets.

Second Amendment Foundation Sues Connecticut

The Second Amendment Foundation and Connecticut Citizens Defense League have filed suit in Federal District Court challenging the State of Connecticut’s prohibition on ammunition magazines holding more than 10 rounds, or loading more than 10 cartridges into a so-called “high capacity magazine.”

The lawsuit is filed on behalf of Connecticut residents Susan Ross and Domenic Basile. Plaintiffs are represented by noted civil rights attorney David Jensen of New York.

Named as defendants are Connecticut State Police Col. Stavros Mellekas; Commissioner James C. Rovella of the state Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, and Chief State’s Attorney Richard J. Colangelo, Jr., all in their official capacities. The case is known as Ross v. Mellekas.

The lawsuit alleges state violations of the Second and Fourteenth amendments. Since 2013, Connecticut statute has prohibited individuals from having magazines containing more than ten rounds of ammunition. Violations of the statute can be prosecuted as Class D felonies.

Ross owns a pistol with an original-capacity magazine that can hold 17 cartridges and Basile has pistols that hold 15 rounds in their magazines. Both are licensed to carry for personal and family protection, yet they justifiably worry that they could be prosecuted for carrying fully-loaded defensive sidearms under the state law.

Tasmanian Tiger Donates $25K to Team 5 World Expedition

Tasmanian Tiger, a tactical nylon line of products distributed exclusively for the U.S. market by Proforce Equipment, has donated $25,000 to support the Team 5 Medical Foundation's five month, five continent expedition to supply medical care to hard-to-reach populations.

Tasmanian Tiger is a Silver Sponsor for the "Deploying for Humanity" expedition. The mission was the brainchild of Team 5 Medical Foundation founder Eric Linder.

The volunteer teams will inspect and inventory clinics and medical facilities, provide mini-clinics for local healthcare providers, generate information on demographics, patient assessments and needs of the community. As part of their initiative, Team 5 members will also gather information for partners working with clean water initiatives and human trafficking. Once all the information is gathered and reviewed, Team 5 will return in 2021 to the hosting village with surgical and medical plans in place, including providing medications, surgery, and educational courses. 

The Team 5 volunteers comprised of a doctor, PA/RN/SF medics, Veterinarian, Logistics, translators, and cameramen are currently in Guatemala, where they begin their journey. From there, the teams will venture to Costa Rica; Columbia, South America; Nepal, India; Israel; Ethiopia, Kenya and Somaliland, Africa; Australia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Cebu and finally, Alaska. Team 5’s travel blog will provide up-to-date information on locations, peoples, and situations throughout the next five months. 

Donations to Team 5 Medical Foundation can be made here:


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