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Sportsman’s Warehouse announced big changes in its top leadership this week. Chief Executive Officer John Schaefer resigned Wednesday as part of a transition plan years in the making at the outdoor retailer. Jon Barker, president and chief operating officer, will step into Schaefer’s leadership role just one year after Sportman’s Warehouse hired him.
“We recruited Jon Barker as President and COO last March with the expectation that he would not only apply his expertise in heading up our growing e-commerce platform, but would also be prepared in time to be our next CEO,” Schaefer said in a news release Wednesday. “The Board and I are all impressed by the significant contributions Jon has made over the last year. We are confident Jon is prepared to lead the company’s next phase of growth by expanding its national retail footprint and accelerating its e-commerce capabilities as a full-fledged omni-channel retailer.”
Under Schaefer’s direction, Sportsman’s Warehouse nearly quadrupled its footprint, growing from 25 locations to almost 90 in just nine years. He said “the time is right” to let the next generation of executives take over.
“Our Company is in excellent financial shape, our growth strategy is clear and I feel confident about our strong positioning in the outdoor sporting goods niche,” he said. “I am proud to have had the opportunity to lead this exceptional company.”
The retailer reported declining same store sales during its third financial quarter ending Oct. 28 — blaming double digit losses on guns and ammunition for dragging performance down. Schaefer famously vowed to reject his competitors’ “race to the bottom” on pricing during the so-called “Trump slump” of 2017 — a decision he stood behind while discussing slumping sales with investors in November.
“We again navigated a difficult operating environment but were pleased to deliver gross margin expansion … and make continued progress against our key strategic priorities as we focus on driving further market share gains,” he said.
Board Chairman Chris Eastman thanked Schaefer Wednesday for transforming the retailer during his tenure into its current leadership position within the industry.
“He has worked tirelessly from when we hired him almost nine years ago, achieving results significantly greater than we expected at the time,” he said. “John’s preparation over the last year for a smooth transition upon his planned retirement is just one example of his thoughtful leadership. We have equal confidence in Jon Barker and the rest of the executive team and expect Sportsman’s will continue to grow and evolve under their leadership in ways that will benefit our shareholders, our employees and our loyal customers.”
Barker served four years as a VP Global Officer for Walmart before joining Sportman’s Warehouse last year. He also headed Hayneedle.com for five years and spent 11 years managing lifestyle brands for companies including Frontgate, Ballard Designs, Garnet Hill, Grandin Road, and Improvements.
“It is a privilege to be appointed as the next CEO for Sportsman’s Warehouse,” he said. “I have enjoyed working directly with John over the past year and am grateful for his partnership, as well as the strong team he has built at the company. I am excited to work with the Board and our great team to lead the next chapter of growth for Sportsman’s Warehouse and tap the many opportunities we see ahead for the business.”
The retailer will release its fourth quarter results and full year earnings March 28.
One of the largest supermarket chains in the country is reportedly telling magazine distributors they will not carry a list of popular gun magazines moving forward.
Jim Shepherd with The Outdoor Wire reports that 57 specific publications are targeted for removal from Kroger’s racks with titles ranging from Guns & Ammo, and Firearm News, to Recoil and S.W.A.T. Shepherd points out that the move could be a nail in the coffin to already sluggish print sales for gun magazines.
“Simple answer: in many locations, grocery stores are essentially the only remaining newsstands of any size and comprehensive variety. They’re the single best link between publishers and their potential readers,” Shepherd said. “If your titles are removed, you lose the potential to reach those readers. Without those sites, your distribution universe is also diminished. Lower distribution means lower revenues and already-tight numbers become even more constricting.”
In recent years, several once-thriving print publications and publishers catering to gun culture have moved to an all-digital format, rebranded, or closed their doors altogether. In 2016, Harris Publications folded, taking over 75 brands with it including several gun-centric names such as Ballistic and Combat Handguns which were later picked up by Athlon Media, and are now listed among those listed dropped by Kroger. The move comes just weeks after the retailer announced plans to halt gun and ammo sales at 43 subsidiary Fred Meyer stores to those under age 21.
The long-teased domestically produced version of Sig’s classic Swiss military service pistol is ready for the market and chock full of features.
Designed as the Swiss Army’s Pistole 49 just after WWII, the 210 has been a hot commodity in Europe for generations and has more recently been embraced on this side of the pond — though supply was far less than demand.
The new P210 Target, made here is the states, has made quiet appearances at trade shows for the past couple of years but Sig says the gun is now shipping. Best yet, the new offering has updated ergonomics via custom walnut grips and an adjustable lightweight target trigger while keeping the styling and tolerances of the M/49 intact.
Single action only with a 3.5-pound trigger pull, the 9mm runs a nice 7.7-inch sight radius in large part due to its five-inch barrel. The all-steel gun tips the scales at 36.9-ounces.
Shipping with two eight-round mags, the 210 Target has fully-adjustable sights. MSRP is $1,699, which may sound high if you are a stranger to 210s, but is a bargain compared to past offerings.
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NEWTOWN, Conn. – The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industries, praised today’s passage of H.R. 4909, the STOP School Violence Act of 2018, introduced by U.S. Rep. John Rutherford (R-Fla.). The legislation passed the U.S. House of Representatives in an overwhelming bipartisan majority. Identically-titled […]
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Northern New York authorities said they agree with the man who claimed he shot and killed a dog in self-defense.
Donald McGrann told local reporters that the dog, Apollo, a rottweiler, tried to attack him and his dog while they were going for a walk Sunday night.
“He lunged at me twice really hard, then he rears back and comes up and when he went back the last time, I made a conscious decision that I had to end this now. Broke my heart,” he said.
McGrann said he was trying to protect his dog, Casey, by yelling and kicking at Apollo. And he opened fire when Apollo turned aggressive.
Apollo’s owner, Deshawn Fey, said his dog had gotten loose because of a broken collar, but he was not an aggressive dog.
“My dog’s never attacked anybody. He’s the nicest thing, he’ll lick you to death, he’ll lay up on you. He’s a big dog. He’s a 110 pound rottweiler but he’s never attacked anybody,” Fey said.
But authorities investigating the matter agreed with McGrann, saying he had acted in self-defense.
[ WWNYTV ]
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The Second Amendment community has been desperate for clarity, and President Trump just gave us some, for better or for worse.
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Canik’s suppressor ready take on the TP9-Series pistol, the TP9SFT, is out the door and on its way to consumers, distributor Century Arms announced this week.
The TP9SFT, chambered in 9mm, is a purpose-built pistol designed to function alongside suppressors. The pistol comes equipped with a threaded 13.5x1mm left-hand twist, match grade barrel paired with Warren Tactical, suppressor-friendly sights and fiber optic front sight. The pistol also boasts a loaded chamber indicator and striker status indicator in addition to a reversible mag release.
“The TP9SFT is a natural evolution for the Canik TP-Series with the increased interest we’ve seen relating to suppressor ready platforms,” Jason Karvois, Century Arms Director of Sales said in a press release. “We listen to our customer base and are focused on offering the variants that they are looking for.”
Century Arms says the pistol’s threaded barrel and suppressor height sights will soon be available for consumers who already own a TP9SF but want to kick it up a notch with the addition of a can.
The TP9SFT ships with one 18-round mag, a 20-round mag, polymer holster with a paddle and belt attachment, two interchangeable backstraps, cleaning rod, brush, mag loader and carrying case. MSRP is $519.
While students across the country are staging walkouts at their schools Wednesday, some to protest for tougher gun laws, others probably just to skip class for a while, many young adults are silently joining gun rights organizations.
B&T launches a new enhancement for the Sig Sauer P320 and US Amy M17 service pistol, introducing the Universal Service Weapon Upgrade Chassis.
The USW-320 tips scales at 6.63-ounces with its foldable, ambidextrous design. B&T says installation takes just a couple of minutes. Users remove the serialized trigger group from the P320 and drop it into the USW-320 chassis. No further modifications are needed. The P320 slide and magazine are then reinstalled.
The chassis doesn’t come with any special restrictions, according to B&T, who said the firearm’s serial number is located on the trigger group and therefore the USW-320 itself is not considered a serialized firearm.
“SIG’s P320 striker-fired pistol is unique in that it gives the user complete modularity by allowing him or her to change frame size, fit and even caliber by simply swapping out the serialized trigger group,” Jon Scott, VP of Sales at B&T USA, said in press release. “The USW-320 builds on this modularity by providing a chassis that adds the stability of a folding stock along with ambi controls and an integrated Picatinny/NAR accessory rail.”
The USW-320 is set to appear in April 2018 though no word has been given on what price point the USW-320 is destined for.
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Rough Cut Creations crafted a wall mounted gun cage in their shop and, besides gathering some ideas for your own build, the soundtrack isn’t that bad either.
The cage looks simple in the time-lapse, covering just eight minutes between fabrication, fitting, welding and finishing with an overlay by Led Zeppelin, the Stones, Chemical Brothers, the Doors and Snoop Dog, among others. RCC says it’s an idea they have been kicking around for a while.
“It’s not very practical but it looks cool,” they say. “I didn’t put a lock on it to keep it clean looking, but it wouldn’t be hard. It’s also possible to lag bolt it to the wall through the back expanded metal and then put the peg board on (that way it’d be a lot tougher to rip off the wall.)”
If you dig it, RCC also made a secret gun compartment dresser a while back.
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U.S. District Court Denies Mass. A. G. Healey’s Motion to Dismiss Suit against Overreaching ‘Enforcement Notice’
NEWTOWN, Conn. – A U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts judge has denied state Attorney General Maura Healey’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit brought by four federally-licensed Massachusetts firearms retailers and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry, challenging the overreaching “Enforcement Notice” issued by […]
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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy’s first budget would see a big hike in taxes to pay for social programs and developments — some funded by gun owners.
In announcing his budget this week to lawmakers, the newly installed Democrat pledged to be a different type of governor before he worked in details of $1.6 billion in new taxes to jump start everything from tuition-free community colleges to mass transit improvements. Murphy, who ran on a platform that included promising to sign every gun control bill that Republican Chris Christie ever vetoed, also worked gun politics into his address.
“The day before Parkland, I attended a roundtable on gun violence in Cherry Hill with Majority Leader (Lou) Greenwald,” said Murphy, in reference to an event that included only gun control advocates and none from Second Amendment groups. “Lou, I look forward to working with you, and with everyone in this chamber, to pass and enact long-overdue gun safety bills – including “red flag” legislation, reducing magazine ammunition capacity, and requiring background checks for private gun sales.”
Included in Murphy’s proposed budget is a $2 million outlay that will establish the Center on Gun Violence Research “to provide deeply needed research on this public health problem.” The concept, putting gun accidents, crime and suicides under a tax payer-funded microscope as a health care crisis, has been advanced in the legislature several times with gun rights groups painting such a move as an “attempt to create an anti-gun think tank cloaked in the legitimacy of academia.
The Giffords organization welcomed the news of the proposed research center funding. “The epidemic of gun violence is a major public health problem that continues to impact the lives of Garden State families and communities,” said Nico Bocour, the state’s legislative director for Giffords. “Governor Murphy recognizes that there is more that New Jersey can do to continue to be a leader in finding and funding life-saving solutions to gun violence.
Also of interest to gun owners is a proposed tax on firearm sales, which Murphy’s budget forecasts to bring an additional $6.6 million to the state’s coffers. Upping the sales tax on guns was touted by Murphy on the campaign trail last summer as an answer to gun violence. In addition to the targeted tax on guns themselves, all New Jerseyans would see a jump in retail sales tax across the board, proposed to increase from the current 6.625 percent to 7 percent. The Democrat said it was a mistake to drop from that level in past years.
“Let’s be honest, the impact of the three-eighths of one percent sales tax decrease has been nearly imperceptible to the average family, but has directly impacted our ability to provide better services to, and greater future investment in, that family,” Murphy said.
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Want to hear a 20mm ricochet? Cause this is how you get a 20mm to ricochet.
Edwin Sarkissian– with some assistance from Royal Nonesuch and one of Mark Serbu’s custom 20x110mm Hispano-Suiza single shots– attempts to penetrate a big slab of circular cast iron that is one surplus sewer lid. The first shot (listen at the 1:09 mark for the zing of a healthy ricochet), they move on to a red-tipped sabot tungsten penetrator to see what that will do.
There is also some bonus MP5 footage thrown in, because who doesn’t like an MP5, amirite?
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