Outdoor Industry Brand Preference Survey Revealed

February 27, 2012

Southwick Associates releases its 2011 brand and market share results.

What "German Engineering" Means In Gun Trade

February 14, 2012

“German engineering” is a phrase we’ve come to associate with high-performance automobiles like BMW and Mercedes-Benz, but the concept applies to firearms every bit as much, if not more. This was brought home to me recently as I took a long look at the guns of Heym and Blaser.

John Rigby Gunmakers Acquire Historic Records

February 08, 2012

Famed English gunmaker John Rigby & Co. has weathered a driving storm of controversy the past few years, tossed from one owner to the next amid lawsuits, a bankruptcy and even a second “John Rigby” firm claiming to be the original, but it’s all in the past now that a Dallas-based pair of investors have bought the storied brand.

Big Game Hunts Sell Big Time At SCI Show

February 06, 2012

Checkbooks were flying and pens were racing at the biggest gathering of hunters in the world this past weekend at the Safari Club International’s 40th annual convention where every exhibitor visited by the Insider reported land-office sales.

Para USA Bought By Freedom Group

January 31, 2012

Rumors of the Freedom Group looking to buy a handgun maker have been bantered about by industry insiders ever since the holding company (owned by Cerberus Capital) began gobbling up gun and ammunition companies several years ago. The buzz centered on European handgun makers, specifically GLOCK or HK, however, the card has finally dropped and Freedom Group now owns Canadian-owned, but U.S.-based Para USA Inc.

SHOT Show Sets Record Attendance, Upbeat Mood

January 23, 2012

From the exotic to the innovative, new guns came aplenty.

SHOT Show Coincides With NSSF's 50th Anniversary

January 12, 2012

The shooting industry’s annual trade show begins next Tuesday in Las Vegas. The Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show is always a spectacular event, but this year is special because it marks the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the SHOT Show’s owner and sponsor, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF).

Last Minute Christmas Gift: Glock The Book

December 20, 2011

Even if you don’t need a last minute gift, buy this book because it’s a must-read for anyone with an interest in the inside story of the most fascinating firearm since Eugene Stoner invented the AR180, which became the AR15/M16 family. What gun could as dramatic in its impact as the M16? What else? The Glock.

The Insider's Christmas List For Santa

December 12, 2011

The Insider just placed a call to the North Pole and, after assuring Santa that he does not intend to hunt caribou anytime soon, was formerly pronounced “nice.” Accordingly, I put together the Insider’s Christmas Wish List and submitted it to Santa:

Black Friday Not Usually A Factor In Gun Sales

December 05, 2011

Black is beautiful. I stopped in Spurlock’s Gun Shop in Henderson, Nev., on Black Friday to find a crowd of customers besieging Rance and Pat Spurlock, the husband-wife owners. Black Friday is so named for the widespread belief that retailers only go from “being in the red” to becoming profitable on the Friday following Thanksgiving. Such is not the case at Spurlock’s Gun Shop, even though Black Friday was a huge day for the shop.