Vista Outdoor Inc. (VSTO) ("Vista Outdoor") (NYSE: VSTO) announced yesterday that it has completed the sale of the legal entity operating its Savage Arms and Stevens firearms brands to a financial buyer for a total purchase price of $170 million, comprised of $158 million paid at closing and $12 million to be paid upon maturity of a five-year seller note issued by the buyer to Vista Outdoor in connection with the transaction.
The employees of “Team Savage” have released a letter to “Our Savage Family” regarding the completed sale of Savage Arms from the Vista Outdoor portfolio. The letter thanks Vista for six years of support, including investing in the company as well as helping begin the “transformation of our brand”.
The fourth stage of the Hyundai Archery World Cup concluded over the weekend in Berlin, Germany, with Elite Archery’s Alexis Ruiz taking gold and stealing the show for Team USA.

Held July 12-14, 2019 at Lee S. Jones Park in Eddyville, Kentucky, this year will mark the 20th anniversary of the Muzzy Classic bowfishing tournament, and comes with some huge payouts for the, Big 20, Numbers and Big Fish categories.
For a fun competition set in a family-friendly atmosphere, test your shooting skills at Platte River State Park’s Steel Plate Challenge on Aug. 10.
Each year the Daisy National BB Gun Championship Match features teams of youth from across the nation competing in this 5-meter, 4-position National Championship match, and this year the Pierre Junior Shooters from Pierre, South Dakota, edged the team out of Walton County, Georgia, to take home the Gold Medal and traveling trophy.
RISE Armament, a premier manufacturer and supplier of AR triggers, components, and firearms, is proud to announce that several members of its competitive shooting team tallied impressive finishes in recent events.

The President’s Outdoor Scholars Program at the University of Montevallo has begun its second season of “Outdoor Scholars TV”. Episode one follows students as they chase Alabama turkeys with Michael Waddell, Eddie Salter and Bob Walker during a special hunt.
Plano is excited to honor Kevin VanDam at ICAST 2019 with the release of his Special Edition Signature Series Stowaways. Fish like the pros with the storage layouts they prefer.
Mammoth Coolers will unveil and showcase their latest products at this years ICAST Show July 10th thru 12th in Orlando, FL, Booth # 4546.
Featuring a patented 4-Way stretch fabric and UV50+ protection, this year Gill added two great product advancements to their Expedition Shorts: zippered side pockets (upgraded from Velcro) and a reinforced pliers pocket so your fishing tools are always close at hand.

Clenzoil will be attending the annual ICAST Show in Orlando, Florida, Booth # 2934. This year, Capt. Mike Anderson of Reel Animals TV and Radio Show and Capt. Jeremy Heimes of Day Away Charters will be making guest appearances at the Clenzoil Booth.
For a touch of holiday cheer at a beautiful park, bring the family to Indian Cave State Park on July 26-27 for the 6th Annual Campfire Christmas in July.
Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. announced the Ruger Custom Shop SR1911 Competition pistol chambered in .45 Auto. The Custom Shop SR1911 is assembled with the Koenig Shooting Sports low-mass hammer and competition sear, flat-faced match trigger shoe, precision-machined Cylinder & Slide disconnector, forged slide stop, integral plunger tube and hand-tuned sear spring.
SIG SAUER, Inc.announces the introduction of the P365 XL pistol, which combines the capacity, control, and shootability of a full-size pistol, with the concealability of a micro-compact.

Throughout June 2019, competitive shooters using Walther pistols have earned over $17,000 and 20 1st place finishes at various IDPA and USPSA matches across the United States.
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Birchwood-Casey has developed a full line of gun care products to make firearm maintenance easy and effective for shooters and hunters.They have a broad line of cleaning rods, jags, brushes, mops, bore guides, muzzle protectors, patches, cloths, picks, and other cleaning essentials to assist in the task.
Funding proposals for 2019 now are being accepted through the Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program, with an anticipated $3.6 million available to applicants.
Arizona State Parks and Trails is announcing grant funding opportunities from the State Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Fund for motorized trail projects. Applications must be submitted by September 1, 2019 at 5 p.m.

Montana's waterfowl and webless migratory bird regulations are complete for the 2019-20 hunting seasons. The regulations are online, and hard copies will be available soon at license providers.
Celerant Technology will be demoing its eCommerce platform, Cumulus eCommerce at the upcoming iCAST Show in booth 3011. It offers a pre-populated database of fishing related-products and accessories, and the ability to order distributor’s products from in-store kiosks.
Mammoth Coolers will unveil the very first of its kind Live Bait Bucket Cooler, the Mammoth Mr. Crappie® Live Bait Bucket Cooler, at this year’s ICAST Show in Orlando, FL July 10th through July 12th at Booth # 4546.
If you are planning to head to the 2019 ICAST Show in Orlando, Florida, you’ll want to put the Lure Lock Booth (#822) on your list of places to stop by. Not only will you be able to check out the exciting new and innovative products from Lure Lock, but members of their national pro staff will be in the booth to talk fishing.

Gillz Performance Fishing Apparel joins Ridge Road Outdoor Media’s innovative Power Sharing Network to significantly expand targeted consumer engagement.
Weicks Media today announced that it has been named agency of record across multiple marketing service disciplines for the premium hunting blind and ice fishing house manufacturer, Ambush Outdoor Products, based in Elkhart, Indiana.
Pelican Products, Inc. is pleased to announce Michael Bubica has recently been promoted to Director of Supply Chain and Inventory Performance.


Citing a “significant increase over the past eight months in both product and custom model rifles,” Kauger Arms has increased its production by 110% to meet demand.

HSM Ammunition, of Stevensville, Montana, has contracted with Alliance Sports Group, LLC to represent the company in the 21 easternmost states, from Maine to Florida.
The new EDGE is built on the familiar Plano 3600 and 3700 Stowaway footprints. Four EDGE boxes are built for general storage in either standard, thin, or deep box configurations.
FLIR Systems (NASDAQ: FLIR) announced today Fishidy™ Sync for Raymarine Axiom® multifunction displays (MFDs), a powerful new feature for Axiom owners who also use the Fishidy mobile app.
New for 2019, Nockturnal adds high-visibility pink to its current lineup of FIT™ Nock lighted nocks. The vibrant hue is easily detected in daylight and low-light situations, making arrow recovery effortless in the field.

Rocky Mountain introduces its new cut-on-contact crossbow broadhead for 2019; the Rocky Mountain First Cut-X. The First Cut-X gives the performance of a high-end crossbow broadhead with the satisfying price of just $19.99 per 3-pack.
Featuring Aqua-Vu’s expandable, modular XD™ Camera Housing, all new 1080p HD optics show even greater underwater details. “The new 1080p camera enhances details and image sharpness under varying light conditions,” says Aqua-Vu vice president, Tom Maschhoff.
Garmin International, Inc. today introduced the Xero™ S1 Trapshooting Trainer, the first near real-time shotgun trainer that provides immediate feedback and detailed analytics for every shot taken.

In 2019, Norma is proud to deliver their same standard of quality and reliability to even more shooters with the release of its new Tactical line, which debuts with the highly anticipated 223 Norma Tactical.


For 2019, Rage® unleashes the new Hypodermic NC (No Collar). This hard-hitting broadhead delivers a lethal dose of metal medicine in a simple—yet sophisticated—design.
Keeping broadheads secure and sharp once they come out of the retail package is always a challenge. SEVR tackled this dilemma with the new zippered case designed to keep SEVR heads and components organized and ready for use in the field.
With a non-slip, non-marking razor cut outer sole and quick-dry polyester lining, the new Gill Short Cruising Boot will keep your feet dry all day long.
Galco is excited to introduce the QuickTuk Cloud. An innovative combination of Kydex, ballistic nylon and Galco’s new Comfort Cloth, the QuickTuk Cloud combines comfortable carry with superior concealment.
Mossy Oak GO is now streaming "BLUE: BONEFISH," the first episode of the series, "BLUE," available only on Mossy Oak GO.
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will host a meeting of its Standing, Reef Fish, Mackerel, and Socioeconomic Scientific and Statistical Committees on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 and adjourn by 5:00 PM on Wednesday, July 31, 2019.
Benjamin J. Cassidy has been named Safari Club International's Director of Government Affairs, overseeing SCI's Government Relations, Legal Advocacy and International Affairs Departments.
Chip Hunnicutt has been named Safari Club International's Director of Marketing and Communications.
Hi Mountain Seasonings is kicking off July with a special that combines its three Smokehouse Cans—Alder Orange Peel, Hickory Lemon Basil and Mesquite Coffee Bean—with three of the most popular grilling seasonings—Steak, Trail Dust and Gourmet Fish Western Style Seasonings—at a 20 percent savings through the end of the month.
Aguila Ammunition is proud to announce its participation as the official shotshell in the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title attempt of the most clay shooting targets broken in 12 hours (team).
Several communities throughout Michigan are gaining new conservation officers from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The officers graduated in December from the DNR’s 23-week Conservation Officer Recruit School #9 in Lansing.
The Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC) has been charged with the management of forested 16th Section School Trust Land, and associated lieu lands, in 67 counties across the state.
At its June 19 meeting, the Montana Fish and Wildlife Commission proposed to adopt an administrative rule pertaining to two-way communication while hunting, an administrative rule pertaining to animal kill site verification, and proposed to repeal administrative rule 12.6.301 pertaining to tagging of carcasses.
A total of 210 boats were decontaminated at stations in the Lake Powell area and Kanab from Saturday to Sunday. During those decontaminations, mussels were discovered on 157 of the boats. Seventeen people were cited for either not stopping for inspections or transporting their boat with the plug still in.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has been made aware of several websites that improperly charge customers extra fees for online fishing and hunting license purchases and collect sensitive personal information as part of their unauthorized transactions.
Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel and World Fishing Network is excited to announce the winners of the 19thAnnual Outdoor Sportsman Fishing Awards.
Outdoor Channel and Sportsman Channel fishing programs are delivering growth and success among Men 25-54. Returning fishing programs continue to build their loyal audiences, year-after-year, and are experiencing greater growth compared to one year ago.
The adrenaline rush of hunting hogs at night takes pig hunting to a whole new level. Chad and Scott explain how to properly light up a setup for night hunting as well as discuss what to avoid and how to maximize success while hunting after dark.
Heliconia, producers of Kayak Bassin’ presented by Bonafide Kayaks and Knot Right Kayak Fishing presented by FishUSA, proudly announce the airing of the 2019 Kayak Bass Fishing (KBF) National Championships - a one-hour special premiering on Sportsman Channel, Saturday, July 13th at 7pm EST.
This week on Guns & Gear, check out the history of Springfield Armory's M1A line, including the newest variation, the SOCOM 16 CQB. Plus, Ammo Inc.'s non-incendiary Streak visual ammunition for the range, Ruger's Wrangler revolver and more.
With less than a handful of days before the 2019 Muzzy Classic at Eddyville, Kentucky, now is the time to register, if you haven’t already done so.
Monday, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) launched a campaign to educate the public and conserve Florida’s coral reefs. Anyone can join the Florida Coral Crew to help support healthy, beautiful ecosystems and restore corals affected by disease.
Center for Sportfishing Policy members joined several cabinet members and Senators as well as conservationists, business owners and sportsmen, including Center for Sportfishing Policy leaders for President Trump’s remarks on America’s environmental leadership where he spoke to the importance of good stewardship of our nation’s bountiful natural resources.
Women landowners and natural resource professionals interested in learning more about management and conservation of private lands are invited to attend one of three ForestHer NC workshops, which will be held across the state in August.


Editor’s Note: The following Op-Ed was written by Laurie Aronson, the chairwoman of the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers in response to our feature of June 20.

As the shooting sports industry hits our normal summer slowdown, it’s a great time to reflect on the interesting year we are experiencing. As our recent monthly report from NASGW’s SCOPE™ program shows, it’s not all doom and gloom. Yes, firearm sales are slower than previous years but as we dig a little deeper, we continue to see strong handgun sales as well as ammunition. In year three of the Trump administration, the politically fueled gun grab is in the rearview but there is another election year on the horizon. Will our industry see a similar scenario that we saw in 2016? We shall see.

In looking beyond the sales, what has made this year especially interesting are the challenges many businesses are facing as well as some of the major organizations in our industry. The most public of these organizations being the NRA and even our fellow wholesaler, United Sporting Companies. But to paint all of these challenges in broad brush strokes would do a disservice to many of the other businesses and organizations across the industry who have remained stable. It’s hard to evaluate an industry based on the struggles of a few. Over the past 25 years our industry has weathered many storms and we will do so with this one too.

In the shooting sports industry, wholesalers in many ways, provide a safe harbor for both manufacturers and retailers. Distributors, because they’re equipped, trained and prepared by decades of experience to do it, are able to assume significant risk by purchasing large amounts of product from manufacturer partners. We then hold those products in inventory until retailers are ready. Finally, as a collective group, NASGW distributors provide millions of dollars in credit to retailers every day, so we can keep the products moving and the channel healthy.

We are the steady bridge connecting the sales distribution channel and keeps product flowing smoothly. Most wholesale members of NASGW are built on solid foundations and have seen these challenges before. Most of us are family owned or management owned companies who’ve been around for a long, long time. We’ve learned to appreciate the strong years and prepare for the slower years. Unfortunately businesses sometimes face unforeseen challenges, and it’s never easy to watch. But despite some of the current negatives, there are plenty of positive things happening in the industry. Here are just a few examples:

  • Many NASGW members have recently completed major warehouse expansions.
  • Multiple distributors are now expanding into international markets such as Canada and Europe.
  • Most NASGW members have already enhanced or are in the process of upgrading warehouse and logistics technology to make ordering easier, faster and considerably more streamlined.
  • Same day or next day shipping of virtually any product you can think of is now an industry standard.
  • A variety of distributors were privileged to take part in the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting ceremony for Weatherby in Sheridan, Wyoming just a few weeks ago and Aguila also recently opened its new U.S. manufacturing facility in Texas.

Collectively, these good news stories are resulting in tremendous benefits for retailers and manufacturers alike. It also means the distribution channel continues to grow stronger and more efficient.

So as we head into the second half of the year, take the time to reflect on your own business. What lessons can be learned from 2019? Are the partnerships around you helping you thrive? Are you leveraging business intelligence resources, like data, to help you evaluate your position in the market? How can you insulate yourself from the turbulent political environment? What building blocks are you putting in place now to help you maximize sales in the future?

We encourage you to reach out to your wholesaler partners and if you aren’t working with any distribution partners, seek them out. These challenging times won’t last, but they were surely come again.

— Laurie Aronson

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