ICYMI: Industry News
From April 1–5, 2024


Winchester To Begin Construction On New NGSW-A Facility

Winchester has been awarded a contract for the construction of the Next Generation Squad Weapon – Ammunition (NGSW-A) manufacturing facility at Lake City Army Ammunition Plant (LCAAP). The project will be the first new manufacturing facility built at LCAAP in decades.

The new manufacturing facility will provide safe, reliable and advanced NGSW-A to the Joint Warfighter. Winchester will manage all aspects of the construction process, which is projected to start in the second quarter of 2024.

“A dedicated team of Winchester experts have been working on this project in collaboration with the U.S. Government and other industry stakeholders to design a state-of-the-art, small caliber ammunition manufacturing facility,” said Brett Flaugher, president of Winchester Ammunition. “This new facility will ultimately employ hundreds and utilize innovative and transformational small caliber ammunition manufacturing and safety processes.”

Winchester continues to partner with the U.S. Army to bring transformational technology and capabilities to LCAAP, as the NGSW-A manufacturing facility award comes on the heels of the recent award from the U.S. Army to stand up manufacturing capabilities for .50 Caliber Saboted Light Armor Penetrator (SLAP), which will be ready for production in 2024.

Winchester is the largest supplier of small caliber ammunition to the U.S. military. The Winchester legacy in support of the U.S. military runs deep, dating back to early 1900s.

For more info: winchester.com.

The Range St. Louis West Earns NSSF Five-Star Range Rating

NSSF has awarded The Range St. Louis West its Five-Star rating for range excellence. Five stars is the highest rating in NSSF’s star-rating system, which evaluates shooting facilities based on appearance, management, shooting sports development and amenities.

The Range St. Louis West is located in Ballwin, Mo., a western suburb of St. Louis. In addition to receiving NSSF’s coveted Five-Star rating, The Range has been voted Best Range in Missouri for 2024, an honor it has captured four of the last seven years.

It was the dream of John Henderson, The Range’s managing partner, to have a top-notch target-shooting range and retail store in West County. It took Henderson almost two years to find the best site for the range, but he finally did and, with the assistance of his financial partners, the St. Louis Shooting Range opened in late 2015, later to become The Range St. Louis West.

“We couldn’t be prouder to have earned the NSSF’s Five-Star Rating. It’s confirmation of our vision and commitment to provide the training, equipment and experiences our customers expect and deserve,” Henderson said.

The Range St. Louis West holds the title of being the area’s largest combined indoor shooting range, retail store and training center. The facility has 20 shooting lanes, comprised of two general purpose bays, one tactical bay and a training simulator. All lanes are 25 yards long and rated for rifle.

The Range’s list of training classes is staggering and includes classes in handgun, defensive pistol, low-light shooting, holster draw and more. There are rifle and shotgun courses, law enforcement and security training, women’s situational awareness training and medical courses. The Range hosts private and corporate events, and one of its most popular offerings is called “Girls Just Wanna Have Guns,” a girlfriends evening out to learn firearm safety.

Membership packages are available to suit just about every need, including for individuals, families, first responders and military. In addition to unlimited free shooting and rentals, members receive offers of discounted pricing on products and training. The “walk-in-and-shoot” policy for non-members is appreciated by many with a $20 lane rate valid for the entire day.

For more info: therangestl.com, nssf.org.

Brownells Donates Proceeds From 2A Day To Support SAF

The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) has received a generous donation from Brownells as part of its ongoing commitment to upholding Second Amendment freedoms. The donation was made in conjunction with Brownells’ successful 2A Day promotion, which aims to raise awareness and support of the fundamental right to keep and bear arms.

“As a company, we have always supported those who work hard to help Americans keep their Second Amendment rights,” said Bryan Stuntebeck, Brownells chief revenue officer. “The Second Amendment Foundation has been doing just that for 50 years. It is our honor to support them with a donation from the sales during our 2A week campaign.”

Now in its third year, Brownells’ 2A Day promotion was a resounding success, and their continued support allows organizations like SAF to champion the rights of peaceable citizens and ensures the Second Amendment remains a cornerstone of American liberty.

“We are incredibly grateful to Brownells for the donation and their unwavering commitment to SAF,” said SAF Senior Vice President and VP of Development Lauren Hill. “Their continued support demonstrates their dedication to preserving the Second Amendment rights we all hold dear. It’s because of support from companies like Brownells that SAF can continue to defend, secure and restore the freedoms our Founding Fathers enshrined in the Constitution,” said Lauren Hill, SAF SVP and VP of development.

For more info: saf.org, brownells.com.

Primary Arms Government Secures PCA Contract

Primary Arms Government has announced its recent award of the Purchasing Cooperative of America (PCA) Contract OD-402-24, encompassing Tactical Equipment, Technology and Related Products for Law Enforcement Outfitting. This one-year agreement recognizes Primary Arms Government’s commitment to delivering advanced solutions that meet the critical needs of law enforcement agencies across the nation.

The Purchasing Cooperative of America (PCA) is a national purchasing cooperative that serves members in all 50 states, U.S. Territories and beyond. PCA is dedicated to providing its members with the best value contracts and upholding the highest ethical standards in public procurement. Its mission is to save time and money for all PCA Members and Awarded Contractors, especially during critical times such as natural disasters when swift action is necessary.

As a PCA partner vendor, Primary Arms Government supports PCA members, including public sector entities and law enforcement agencies, with access a curated selection of tactical equipment and technology designed to enhance their operational capabilities. This partnership underscores the shared commitment of Primary Arms Government and PCA to support the law enforcement community with high-quality, cost-effective solutions.

“This contract with PCA is a testament to our relentless pursuit of excellence and dedication to serving those who protect our communities,” says Jasmine Johnson, Primary Arms Government acquisition manager. “We’re honored to be recognized as a trusted provider and are committed to offering the innovative, reliable solutions that PCA members require to perform their duties effectively and safely.”

For more info: primaryarms.com/government.