Tactical Industry News: Who's at NASGW? Blackhawk Unveils New Site

In the latest tactical shooting sports industry news, Blackhawk has unveiled a cool, updated website. Also, find out which companies will be attending NASGW in Orlando.

Tactical Industry News: Who's at NASGW? Blackhawk Unveils New Site

In the latest tactical shooting sports industry news:

Apex Tactical Specialties will be exhibiting at the 2019 National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers Expo taking place October 22-25 in Orlando.

Distributors are invited to visit Apex in Booth 2018 and review its expanding product line. Special pricing will be offered during the NASGW Expo.

Apex offers more performance upgrades for more makes and models of top selling pistols than any other company in the industry. This includes products for top brands such as CZ, Glock, FN, Ruger, Sig Sauer, Smith & Wesson and Walther.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please email us at Dealer@ApexTactical.com or call (623) 322-0200.

Free Webinar: How To Minimize ATF Violation Risk

Orchid Advisors is offering a no-cost webinar designed to help you learn how to minimize ATF violation risk during the busy hunting and holiday season.

Hosted by Retail ATF Compliance experts at Orchid Advisors, we'll prepare your team so it can focus on driving sales without creating errors. Some topics to be covered:

  • Top 4473 Violations and Best Practices to Stay on Track
  • Avoiding Common ATF Bound Book Violations
  • Maximizing your Digital Resources
  • Calculating Staffing Needs from Historical Sales

October 30, 2019 at 2:00 PM (EST). Sign up today!

Please complete the form using this link and select Webinar - Managing Peak Volume Gun Store Compliance from the drop-down menu labeled "I'd Like to Learn More About." An Orchid team member will email you with the webinar information.

Winchester Ammunition Expands 50-Caliber Production

Winchester, a world-leader in ammunition manufacturing, is expanding its 50-caliber capacity to better meet the global demand.

The added capacity will be manufactured at Winchester’s state-of-the-art facility in Oxford, Mississippi, and will be available in Q3, 2020.

Winchester is the largest commercial manufacturer of small caliber ammunition to the U.S. military, providing advanced small caliber capabilities to the American warfighter with state of the art manufacturing and engineering expertise.

Lyman Showing New Items at NASGW

Lyman Products will be exhibiting at the 2019 National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers Expo in Orlando.

Lyman Products include such well-known and respected brands as Lyman reloading tools and accessories, Pachmayr, TacStar, A-Zoom, Trius, Butch’s, and Targ-Dots. With new product offerings throughout their brand catalog all year, Lyman Products continues to provide variety, innovation, and value to its distributors and retailers.

Lyman Products’ brought on Mark 7 Reloading in 2019 to provide customers with the most advanced technology in reloading equipment available.

The Pachmayr brand is also expanding to include more aluminum competition speedloaders, recoil protection such as the new Shock Shield, the line of Pachmayr Alume grips by Raffir, and the new line of Pachmayr knives, designed by the team at Lyman Products for every day carry and all-around use.

TriStar Arms Finalist for Importer of the Year

TriStar Arms is honored to be among the top five finalists in contention for Importer of the Year among members of the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers.

Voting members select companies in this category based on the following criteria evaluating the company as a whole:

  • Distribution Policy
  • Marketing, Promotions, & Sales
  • Logistics and Operations
  • NASGW and Industry Support

"We at TriStar are honored to be among the finalists for this award," said Ryan Bader, Vice President of of Sales and Marketing for TriStar Arms. "We perpetually work to bring in the best value for our customers and believe it shows in our continued sales growth."

Popular firearms like the award-winning Viper G2 Bronze .410 and entrance cost barrier-defeating TT-15 trap models have proven hot sellers even in a market that others have labeled as down. TriStar's dauntless search for better and better products has yielded some impressive results, including the 2020 Trinity LT which features a 24k gold inlay on an in-house CNC'd receiver.

Blackhawk Unveils New, Updated Website

Blackhawk has launched a new website, blackhawk.com, to offer an enhanced user experience and continue the company's mission of delivering high-end tactical products for working professionals.

The new website provides enhanced navigation for all users. In addition, Blackhawk is offering free shipping on all orders regardless of order size. This exclusive offer will continue indefinitely.

To help better accommodate users in their selection of a new holster, the Blackhawk website features an easy-to-use Holster Selector tool. It allows handgun owners to quickly narrow the choices available for their personal firearm by having them answer a series of questions, each intended to select the best holster that fits his or her needs.

Additional features include a dedicated section for Blachawk Ambassadors and a new Content/Video section.

Legacy Sports International Showing at NASGW

Legacy Sports International will show new 2020 items at the upcoming NASGW Expo show in Orlando.

Legacy Sports will be in Booth 1921. The show is Oct. 22-25.

New items will include the new Howa caliber offerings and stock options ranging from chassis rifles, HS Precisions, Hogue stocks and a multitude of Cerakote and camo favorites. The popular Pointer shotgun lineup will expand on its selection of Over-Unders and Semi Autos while continuing to offer a solid adult and youth selection.

Citadel’s new 1911 battleworn American flag ammo can package will be on display within the booth. The package includes a Citadel 1911 Cerakote Flag pistol with a matching Cerakote Flag Ammo can fitted with a foam insert.

AmChar Now Carrying Radical Firearms Products

AmChar Wholesale, a New York based distributor, is now carrying Radical Firearms products.

Radical Firearms is a Texas firearms and parts manufacturer with a growing lineup of AR pistols, AR style rifles, silencers and machine guns. They manufacture most everything in-house and offer products for everyone from military and law enforcement to competitive shooters.

"We are proud to offer the Radical Firearms product line to our customers," says Tony DiChario, President and CEO at AmChar Wholesale. "We are very impressed with the products that Radical Firearms is producing and we respect their company and what they stand for. We feel that they are a great fit for AmChar and look forward to growing their brand together."

Sightmark Mini Shot M-Spec LQD Gets NTOA Nod

After being meticulously field tested and abused by members of the National Tactical Officers Association, Sightmark is proud to announce the Mini Shot M-Spec LQD is NTOA Tested and Recommended. Multiple officers ran this particular Mini Shot reflex sight model through range and torture testing in order to grant it recommended status.

An innovative optic designed for serious real-world use, the 3 MOA Mini Shot M-Spec LQD is truly versatile, coming standard with both riser and low-profile mounts, making it an ideal red dot to use with shotguns, rifles and even handguns.

Featuring a durable aluminum housing with a steel protective shield, the Mini will take almost anything you throw at it and boasts a 12 hour auto shut-off to conserve battery life while not in use. 10 brightness settings and ambidextrous digital switch controls keep the Mini usable by all kinds of shooters in many different kinds of environments. 

NTOA members have tested more than 2,000 products in real-world situations through the NTOA’s Member Tested and Recommended Program (MTRP) since 2003. Results of these tests are shared with the law enforcement community in The Tactical Edge magazine, our online database, our eNewsletters and the product manufacturers themselves. The MTRP logo displayed on product packaging and websites is regarded by many law enforcement agencies as paramount to their product purchasing decisions.

Exhibit Space Still Remains for SHOT Range Day

SHOT Show Industry Day at the Range has limited exhibit space still available for companies wishing to showcase products to more than 1,800 members of the media and buyers.

The 15th annual Industry Day at the Range will take place at the Boulder Rifle and Pistol Club in Boulder City, Nevada, on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.—one day prior to SHOT Show. You do not need to be an exhibitor of SHOT Show to exhibit.

Available spaces include:

  • Media Lunch Sponsorship:
  • 100-yard Exclusive Bay
  • 10x10 shooting area - $5,500
  • 100-yard rifle
  • 200-500-yard rifle
  • 100-1,000-yard rifle
  • Shotgun (clay targets)
  • Shared exclusive bay - $7,500
  • 25-yard full-auto capability
  • Archery - $4,500
  • Airgun - $4,500
  • Less-lethal - $4,500
  • ATV/truck demo - $5,000
  • Show trailer space - $5/square foot
  • Non-shooting - $2,000

Industry Day at the Range has released special pricing for first time exhibitors. Email kelsey@cmgmarketingandevents.com to receive pricing information.

Meprolight Showing New Optics at NASGW

Meprolight will be exhibiting at the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW) Expo in Orlando in Booth #523.

Meprolight, a renowned supplier for militaries and law enforcement agencies around the globe, opened the U.S. division early 2019 to facilitate a closer relationship with U.S. distributors and retailers with a goal of reaching the U.S. commercial market. Meprolight’s products offer the American consumer some of the latest innovations in electro-optic sight systems for handguns and long guns for target shooting, hunting or home defense.

All of Meprolight’s products offer energy-efficiency, large window displays, compact housing systems, easy-to-use controls, multiple reticle options, quick detach mechanisms and superior clarity and performance in any environmental condition. 

Meprolight revolutionized the weapon sight industry with the Mepro Foresight, a first-of-its-kind augmented weapon sight capable of projecting essential tactical data on the transparent optical lens in real-time. Utilizing Bluetooth interface to connect with the Foresight’s mobile app for Android or iPhone, the user can store up to 10 zeroing firearms profiles or user profiles, so the sight can be removed and replaced without ever having to re-zero. It also has access to a large database of reticles for tactical scenarios and to receive firmware updates and new features, as they are released to market.

Additionally, Meprolight will have the Mepro RDS Pro V.2 on hand, as well as the Mepro MicroRDS. Both electro-optical red-dot sights are the latest generation with the RDS PRO V.2 featuring an optimized combination, more brightness positions, and they support red and green aiming patterns and multiple selections of aiming patterns.

Meprolight’s self-illuminated sight offerings include the FT Bullseye, similar to an optical sight, but in a small, low profile with an aim point in the form of an illuminated dot and circle bullseye. 

The Mepro MX3 T, a new magnifying scope with an integrated side flip adaptor and 3X magnification, is designed for the distance shooter. Also, new is the Mepro FT Single Dot and FT Two Dot, fiber-tritium optimized for day and night brightness on a super compact, low-profile platform.


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