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FN Announces Release of FN SCAR 20S Precision Rifle

FN America, LLC is pleased to announce the release of the highly-anticipated FN SCAR® 20S precision rifle, based on the FN MK20 SSR or Sniper Support Rifle currently fielded within USSOCOM. The 7.62x51mm-chambered rifle has been purpose-built to achieve superior long-range accuracy.

“The FN SCAR® 20S is the latest addition to our battle-proven line-up of FN SCAR products and the first commercial SCAR release since we launched the 17S in 2010,” said Mark Cherpes, President and CEO for FN America, LLC. “Customers will notice that the FN SCAR 20S shares more commonalities than differences with the MK20 SSR and reaffirms our commitment to producing commercial versions of our iconic military firearms.”

The rifle achieves 1-MOA (minute of angle) accuracy to 100 yards with match-grade ammunition out of the box. The 20-inch, 1:12 twist, heavy profile barrel and barrel extension, and extended, monolithic receiver add the additional rigidity that reduces fluctuation or movement between shots while the extended receiver provides the much-needed rail space for high-powered optics. The custom-designed MK20 SSR buttstock adjusts to length of pull and comb height to customize the fit to each shooter while in the prone firing position, and the factory-installed, double-stage Geissele Super SCAR trigger achieves a 3.5-4.5-pound trigger pull.

Technical Specifications:

  • Caliber: 7.62x51mm
  • Barrel Length: 20 inches
  • Barrel Twist Rate: 1:12
  • Weight: 11.2 pounds
  • O/A Length: 40.6 – 42.5 inches
  • Operation: Short-stroke gas piston
  • Finish: Flat Dark Earth (FDE)
  • Capacity: (1) ten-round magazine; compatible with FN SCAR 17S 10- and 20-round magazines

For more information about the FN SCAR 20S or other FN products, please visit www.fnamerica.com.

Franklin Armory Announces BFSIII Binary Trigger for AK Platform

Firearms manufacturer, Franklin Armory, has successfully adapted the patented Generation 3 Binary Firing System™ to the AK Platform. Prototype triggers have undergone substantial field testing, and the final configuration will be placed into production soon. The BFSIII for the AK platform is slated to start shipping the first quarter of 2019. Pre-Orders for theBFSIII for AK will begin on October 19th.

Franklin Armory President, Jay Jacobson, stated, “The Franklin Armory engineering and design staff have really worked hard to create a fabulous BFSIII for AK that works in as many AK platforms as possible. Given the variety of clones out on the market, this was no small task.”

Fast on the heels of their previous release of the BFSIII for CZ Scorpion; Franklin Armory proves again to be the premier manufacturer of Binary triggers with six models currently available.

The Gen 3 Binary Firing System was released for the AR platform in August of 2016. All BFSIII triggers feature a three-mode safety selector. Mode 1 is “Safe.” Mode 2 is “Semi” for semiautomatic. And Mode 3 is “Binary” mode. In Binary mode, the firearm will discharge one round on the pull of the trigger and one round on the release of the trigger. All BFSIII models feature the ability to negate the release round in Binary mode by modulating the safety selector back to “Semi” mode or “Safe.” Additionally, all BFSIII are engineered to prevent the operator from modulating the selector to “Binary” mode while holding the trigger back in “Semi” mode.

MSRP is currently $499.99.

Honor Defense Announces New Polished Stainless-Steel Chassis

Honor Defense is pleased to introduce a significant update for their pistols. In addition to the recently announced “Lifetime Warranty”, the pistols will now feature a polished stainless-steel chassis.

“We are very proud of producing the finest single-stack 9mm in America. Honor Defense pistols now feature a polished stainless-steel chassis. This chassis can be coupled with 3 different grip configurations, 2-barrel lengths and 10 different color grips. Honor Defense represents the ultimate all-American and modular pistol.” says Gary Ramey, President of Honor Defense.

“Honor Defense pistols were tested by Gun Tests Magazine and proven more accurate than the G43, Shield and the PPQ.” Most importantly, we are 100% American with every pistol assembled by Veterans”. Ramey added.

Mike Carr, VP of Sales added “Our quality differences are significant. We use stainless steel while competitors use plastic for key parts and we are ambidextrous. Our grip is considered the most comfortable and we cover you with a Lifetime Warranty”. This is why Honor Defense has quickly grown from the smallest semi-auto company in America (roughly #596) to “Top 25” semi-auto
brand within 2 years.

All models are equipped with custom textured grip, two backstraps, two magazines, snag-free sights and available with or without a manual thumb safety. In addition, no tools or pulling the trigger are needed for dis-assembly. For more information on Honor Defense, go to www.honordefense.com or follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/HonorDefense/.

Velocity Outdoor Announces Acquisition of Ravin Crossbows

Velocity Outdoor, Inc. (parent company for leading brands such as Crosman and Benjamin Airguns, CenterPoint Archery and Optics, LaserMax, and GameFace Airsoft), today announces the acquisition of Ravin Crossbows, the most revolutionary crossbow company in the outdoor industry.

Headquartered in Superior, WI, Ravin Crossbows is a leading designer, manufacturer and innovator of crossbows and accessories. Ravin primarily focuses on the higher-end segment of the crossbow market and has developed significant intellectual property related to the advancement of crossbow technology, quickly establishing a reputation as a manufacturer of the industry’s most dependable, durable, accurate and technologically-advanced line of crossbows.

Robert Beckwith, CEO of Velocity, commented, “Ravin Crossbows are hands-down the most innovative and exciting products in the archery space right now. We are thrilled to be adding Ravin’s high quality, premium performance and intellectual property to the company as a complement to our well established, market- leading CenterPoint archery business.” Ravin joins the Velocity Outdoor portfolio of leading brands including Crosman and Benjamin Airguns, CenterPoint Archery and Optics, LaserMax, Copperhead, and GameFace Airsoft.

About Velocity Outdoor
Velocity Outdoor features a diverse product lineup in the outdoor sporting goods industry with legendary brands including Crosman and Benjamin airguns, Ravin Crossbows, CenterPoint Archery and Optics, LaserMax laser aiming devices, and GameFace Airsoft. Velocity Outdoor is a subsidiary of Compass Group Diversified Holdings, LLC (NYSE: CODI). 

Sportsmen and Sportswomen Pump More than $93 Billion into US Economy

NSSF reports and others detail economic impact of spending on hunting, target shooting and sportfishing in America

New economic reports reveal that more than 53 million Americans consider themselves sportsmen, spending more than $93.5 billion in 2016 on gear, licenses, travel, clothing, gas and more in connection with their hunting, target shooting and sportfishing activities.

A series of reports released today by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, American Sportfishing Association and the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation show expenditures made for hunting, target shooting and sportfishing gear and services in 2016 supported 1.6 million jobs and provided $72 billion in salaries and wages. These monies also generated nearly $20 billion in local, state and federal taxes, much of which benefits vital conservation and educational programs that improve areas for everyone who enjoys the outdoors.

“With plenty of great land and waters to hunt and fish on, and thousands of shooting ranges to visit, people in every state are enjoying these pastimes. Their spending has profound, positive effects on many segments of the American economy,” said Jim Curcuruto, Director Research and Market Development at NSSF, the trade association for the firearms industry.

“If hunting, fishing and target shooting were a corporation, it would rank #25 on the Fortune 500, ahead of Microsoft,” says Rob Southwick, President of Southwick Associates. “While time spent outside may come across as something to do after the real work day is done, in reality, hunting, fishing and target shooting is a critical industry, generating jobs and income for thousands of communities across the country.”

Key highlights of the reports include:

  • Nearly 600 million combined days at the range or afield were spent by millions of hunters and target shooters in 2016.
  • Each year, 35.8 million people 16 years and older take to America’s waters to fish.
  • The number of people who participate in sportfishing, hunting and target shooting represents 16.5 percent of the total U.S. population.
  • When factoring in multiplier effects, spending by sportsmen created economic activity in excess of $220 billion.
  • Hunting, fishing and target shooting add $119 billion of overall value to our nation’s gross domestic product and generate $17.6 billion in federal taxes and $12.2 billion in state and local taxes.

Four separate reports are available:

  • Sportfishing from the American Sportfishing Association
  • Hunting from the National Shooting Sports Foundation
  • Target Shooting from the National Shooting Sports Foundation
  • A report with all activities combined from the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation.

To download copies of the hunting and target shooting reports, visit www.nssf.org or www.southwickassociates.com.

SIG SAUER Academy to Host Instructional Handgun and Rifle Courses in Texas at Reveille Peak Ranch in October

SIG SAUER Academy, the leading provider of the highest quality firearms instruction and tactical training in the world, is pleased to announce a series of foundational handgun and rifle course offerings at Reveille Peak Ranch in Burnet, Texas for October 2018.

The Reveille Peak Ranch courses will be taught by the elite SIG SAUER Academy Instructors that have years of experience in firearms instruction, training, and defensive tactics gained from military, law enforcement, and government agencies.

The Handgun series will run from October 10th – 14th:

  • Handgun 101: A foundational, entry-level course focusing on gun safety for gun owners seeking familiarity and comfort with handguns.
  • Handgun 102: Learn to shoot in Step 2 of the SIG SAUER Academy foundational handgun series.
  • Handgun 103: An intensive course that will build upon and refine the skillsets established in Handgun 101 and 102.
  • Handgun 104: A fast-paced course with one common objective: surviving a deadly force encounter armed with a handgun.

The Rifle series will run from October 25th – 28th:

  • Rifle 101: An entry-level course geared toward the popular modern semi-automatic rifle or carbine.
  • Rifle 102: A rifle tune-up course designed to review and/or gain the basics of foundational semi-automatic rifle training prior to advanced rifle training.
  • Defensive Rifle: Learn to use a semi-automatic rifle or carbine for self-defense from near or far.

To register or learn more about the SIG SAUER Academy course series visit sigsaueracademy.com.

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