Shooting Sports News: Lapua Reopens Rimfire Performance Center; Leupold Freedom RDS Black Ring Model

In the latest shooting sports news, Lapua reopens its rimfire performance center and Leupold announces a Black Ring model of its popular Freedom RDS optic.

Shooting Sports News: Lapua Reopens Rimfire Performance Center; Leupold Freedom RDS Black Ring Model

Leupold RDS Black Label

The Lapua Rimfire Performance Center (LRPC) at the Cardinal Shooting Center in Marengo, Ohio, has reopened following a five-week closure due to Covid-19 restrictions enacted in Ohio.

Lapua will test customer rifles shipped to the LRPC. Beginning May 11 the LRPC will open for customers with appointments to bring firearms on site with safety restrictions in place.

Patterned after the world-renowned Lapua Performance Center in Germany, the Cardinal and existing location in Mesa, Arizona, give shooters the opportunity to test various types of Lapua ammunition under tightly controlled conditions. Fully instrumented, with state of the art Meyton/Bollman electronic targeting systems, the centers offer the unique ability to test ammunition at 50 and 100 meters, simultaneously with a single string.

FN America Awarded Contract With U.S. Army

FN America has been awarded a five-year, firm-fixed price Foreign Military Sales (FMS) contract to supply M16A4 carbines through the U.S. Army. The contract was a split award with another company and has a potential value of up to $383 million.

Throughout its history, FN has been one of the largest suppliers of small arms to the U.S. military. In addition to the M4 and M4A1, the company currently holds contracts for the FN M240 medium machine gun and its variants; the FN MK 46, MK 48, MK 17 and MK 20 SSR for USSOCOM, and various other contracts.

Leupold Mark 5HD Selected by U.S. Army

Leupold & Stevens' award-winning Mark 5HD riflescope has been selected for use with the United States Army’s M110 Semi-Automatic Sniper System.

The Mark 5HD is designed, machined and assembled in the company’s Beaverton, Oregon. factory. The Mark 5HD that’s being built for the M110 will come in a proprietary flat dark earth coating and utilize the Army’s patented Mil-Grid Reticle. It will include a Leupold Mark IMS mount.

The 3.6-18 is the second Mark 5HD model to be selected for use by the U.S. Army this year. The 5-25x56, featuring the same FDE coating and reticle, was selected by the Army Precision Sniper Rifle Program in April.

“The men and women of the U.S. armed forces require and deserve the very best, and when it comes to riflescopes, that’s the Mark 5HD,” said Bruce Pettet, President and Chief Executive Officer for Leupold & Stevens, Inc. “Our optics face strenuous durability testing, and fully meet the extremely high performance standards that the military demands.”

Three Mark 5HD models – a 7-35x56, 5-25x56, and 3.6-18x44 – are available in milliradian and MOA configurations.

Yates New Easton Director of Archery Sales

Tyson Yates has been promoted to director of archery sales for Easton Technical Products, effective May 1.

Yates will be supported by Carri Garrett as archery sales manager and Jeff Howard as international sales manager. In addition, Easton is opening a new sales analyst position to help with sales data analysis and administrative support.

Yates came to Easton in 2017 as national accounts manager with a degree in accounting and MBA from Utah State University. Prior joining the Easton team he worked several years in sales management. He will oversee all Easton Technical Products’ archery inside sales staff, field reps, and the customer service team.

Walls Outdoor Goods Selects Swanson Russell

Swanson Russell has been selected as creative agency for national workwear brand Walls Outdoor Goods.

Known as a go-to brand for workers who earn a living outdoors, Walls products are built to keep workers safe, warm and dry. Swanson Russell  will handle Walls’ creative needs including brand development and seasonal campaign work, and focus on building deeper connection with professional tradesmen who are wired to be outdoors.

“We couldn’t be more excited about our partnership with Walls Outdoor Goods,” said Brent Schott, President of Swanson Russell. “It’s a brand with a strong American work heritage. We see an opportunity to give it the swagger and attitude it has earned. It shares a core belief that people who work outdoors for a living are a different breed with a unique sense of self confidence.”

Leupold & Stevens Freedom RDS in Black Ring Model

Leupold & Stevens' award-winning Freedom RDS (Red Dot Sight) is now available in a Black Ring model.

Originally featuring the company’s trademark Gold Ring around its objective bell, the RDS will now have an all-black finish similar to the company’s Mark 5HD, Mark 6, and Mark 8 riflescopes. A tubular red dot sight built for performance and versatility, the new RDS is available in two models: One features capped precision ¼-MOA click adjustments, the other a precision exposed BDC elevation turret that ships with measurements out to 500 yards for standard 55-grain .223 Rem. ammunition.

The RDS is designed to install easily with an included mount that sits at the optimal height for use on AR-style rifles. A third version, featuring the capped precision ¼-MOA click adjustments, will be available without the included mount. A 34mm maintube allows the RDS to be mounted using any appropriately-sized rings.

The Freedom RDS features a 1-MOA dot reticle that’s supported by Leupold’s battery-saving Motion Sensor Technology (MST), which puts the sight into a battery-saving standby mode after five minutes of inactivity. When the MST detects motion, it instantly activates the sight so it’s ready when you are. A manual mode allows the sight to shut off when not in use. Eight illumination settings are available, making the dot easily visible in low-light conditions or the midday sun.

Real Avid Launches New Website

Real Avid has launched its new website and also is fulfilling orders and shipping products.

The new website offers simplified navigation to help consumers find the right tools for their gunsmithing and DIY projects quickly and easily. Products are segregated by Gun Tools, Gun Cleaning, and Gun Type, with dropdown sub-categories that lets site visitors go directly to the tools and equipment they need and to discover items they may not have known they needed.

Real Avid has developed numerous tools specifically with the home-based firearm enthusiast in mind. Specialty tools and strategically packaged hand tools provide solutions to the common modifications, repairs, and maintenance work gun owners frequently encounter—and at prices that leave room in the shooter's budget for upgrade parts and maintenance supplies.


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