Shooting Sports News: Otis Technology Fights Coronavirus; LSI Offers Howa, Remington Kits

In the latest shooting sports news, Otis Technology joins the fight against the coronavirus, and Legacy Sports International offers new conversion kits for Remington and Howa rifles.

Shooting Sports News: Otis Technology Fights Coronavirus; LSI Offers Howa, Remington Kits

Otis Technology has partnered with Saint Lawrence Spirits to make, bottle and distribute hand sanitizer to first responders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Otis Technology began using its facilities that normally manufacture firearms maintenance equipment for military, law enforcement and civilians to immediately begin manufacturing personal protective equipment (PPE).

“We’d been following the news closely in order to stay up-to-date on the virus and ensure the safety of our employees," said Larry Williams, CEO for Otis Technology. "We made the decision to temporarily cut our staff, in order to keep them at home, safe and to help flatten the curve. This decision was made just hours before Gov. Cuomo announced a mandated workforce reduction.

“We also began immediately asking ourselves ‘how can we help?’ Otis is a state-of-the art facility built on innovation. We have a dedicated research and development facility that can investigate and tackle new projects and they took the task of PPE by storm. I applaud my entire team’s efforts – working around the clock to get up and running,”

Otis Technology has donated hand sanitizer and eye shields to several localities in need including Crouse Hospital (Syracuse, N.Y.), Lewis County Emergency Management and a donation to Oswego County Emergency Management is pending. These initial donations are in close proximity to Otis’ headquarters and research & development facilities, located in Lewis and Oswego counties.

American Holoptics Acquires EOTech

American Holoptics LLC, a privately-held U.S. company, has signed a definitive agreement with L3Harris to acquire EOTech.

The transaction is expected to close mid-2020 and is conditioned on customary closing conditions. American Holoptics is a subsidiary of Koucar Management, whose strategic acquisitions of Elite Defense and HEL Technologies represent cutting-edge optical science and weapons systems distribution.

"We're proud to sign this agreement to join our team and technology with the EOTech brand," says Matt Van Haaren, CEO of American Holoptics. "EOTech brings technologically advanced product lines and production capabilities that will integrate well with our existing business and strategically expand our product portfolio. Together we will deliver an all-new level of service, innovation, and integrity to military, law enforcement and civilian users around the world." 

LSI Offers Mag Conversion Kits for Remington, Howa Models

Legacy Sports International magazine conversion kits Howa 1500 (also fits Weatherby Vanguards ) or Remington 700 BDL rifles are in stock and now shipping.

These popular Howa 1500 and Remington 700 BDL Mag kits come in Short Action and Long Action offerings and 5- or 10-round configurations. They have a new floor plate that adapts to a Howa 1500 or Remington 700 BDL and new magazine for adaption to the new floorplate installed. Both are available in both standard and magnum calibers.

MSRP is $69 for the complete kit.

Sig Sauer Expands Legion Series

Sig Sauer has expanded its Legion series of pistols with the P220 Legion 10mm SAO. 

The P220 Legion 10mm SAO is shipping and available for purchase at retailers nationwide. Complete product specs and information for the P220 LEGION 10mm SAO are available at

“The P220 was the pistol that started it all for modern day SIG, and the introduction of the P220 Legion 10mm SAO brings new features to a SIG classic,” said Tom Taylor, Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, Commercial Sales.  “This is a single action only pistol giving it a lighter trigger pull, combined with the increased energy of the 10mm round, for more power and performance.  On top of that, we’ve added the exclusive Sig Sauer Legion series features and enhancements, which really takes it to the next level, putting a modern twist on this SIG classic.”

The P220 Legion 10mm SAO is a full-size, hammer fired pistol featuring a Legion Gray stainless steel slide and frame, with X-RAY3 Day/Night Sights, and an ambidextrous manual safety. Enhancements include a solid steel guide rod, enhanced checkering on the front strap and under the trigger guard, front cocking serrations for easy slide operations, black G-10 checkered grips with Legion medallion inset on the grips, Legion Chevron engraved on the slide, and three 8-round magazines.

Legal Heat Online Firearms Training Courses

Legal Heat, the nation's largest firearms training firm, is offering customers innovative online firearms training courses.

In our nation's current state of social distancing and isolation due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many people are looking to online resources for the services they need. Legal Heat's online firearms training courses can help prepare you to defend your home and family in a time of uncertainty.

Phillip Nelsen of Legal Heat has written an article giving more information about online firearms training and which states currently allow it. Click here to read his article and see if your state is on the list:

Legal Heat also offers an invaluable resource about firearms law and regulations to consumers. Available in book and app format, Legal Heat's "50 State Guide to Firearm Laws and Regulations" will keep you informed of your rights and the laws in your state or any state you may travel to or through. Knowledge and training are key for gun owners.

NAUMD Cancels 2020 Conference, Extends Awards Deadline

The North American Association of Uniform Manufacturers and Distributors (NAUMD) and its Public Safety Suppliers & Retailers (PSSR) division have canceled the 2020 NAUMD Conference & Expo.

The event was scheduled for April 26-28 at the Hyatt Regency in Reston, Virginia.

The NAUMD Awards Program will continue, with an extended submission deadline of April 27, 2020. Winners and runners-up will be announced on May 17, 2020. The awards programs to be continued include The Image of the Year Awards, Best Dressed Public Safety Awards, and the Innovation Awards.

Submissions are free to any company, agency, or manufacturer. Any questions on entering NAUMD’s prestigious awards programs, contact Steve Zalkin at

NSSF Donates for COVID-19 Relief

The National Shooting Sports Foundation has made donations totaling $25,000 to three groups indispensable to supporting the health and welfare of area residents in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The money will assist with the purchase of personal protection equipment (PPE) such as surgical masks, gowns and gloves and other necessary equipment.

“We have unbounded appreciation for the brave frontline responders supporting residents in need and keeping our community safe,” said Joe Bartozzi, NSSF President and CEO. “As a concerned member of the community, NSSF wants these organizations and area residents to know that we stand with them during this unprecedented, challenging time. Assisting one another, however possible, will help us prevail against the serious health threats posed by the coronavirus.”

NSSF, based in Newtown, has sent $10,000 to Newtown’s Emergency Management Office to help purchase PPEs for Newtown’s first responders—the Volunteer Ambulance Association, Newtown Police Department and the town’s five fire departments.

NSSF will provide $10,000 to Bethel Visiting Nurse Association, which provides crucial in-home healthcare services to residents in Bethel, Brookfield, Danbury, Newtown, New Fairfield, Redding, Ridgefield and Southbury.

Additionally, NSSF will support Danbury Regional Hospice with a $5,000 donation and draw attention to the group’s ongoing fundraiser for PPEs at

“It is our hope that NSSF’s donations will help ease the burdens of these organizations in their fight against this insidious disease,” said Bartozzi. “Because we’re all in this together, we encourage those who can to support funding for PPEs for these and other organizations in this fight against COVID-19.”

NSSF represents more than 9,000 companies engaged in all segments of the firearms and shooting sports industry, including manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, ranges, hunting and conservation groups and outdoor media.


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