ICYMI: Industry News From
June 21–25, 2021

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Davidson’s Announces Trio of Pietta Exclusives

Davidson’s has teamed with Pietta, Italy, to create three exclusive offerings.

Following on the success of Davidson’s Exclusive single-action 1873 revolvers made available in June 2020, Davidson’s now offers two more variants of the 1873 Western. These new Davidson’s Exclusives are convertible models in that each come with two cylinders — one chambered in .45 Colt and one in .45 ACP. Offered in a 4.75″ and a 5.5″ barrel, they both feature a deep blued finish on the frame, cylinder and barrel. The triggerguard, front strap and back strap are a high-polished brass.

The sights are the open fixed type with a notch at rear and a bladed front. These 1873 models feature the traditional four-click hammer.

The companion piece to these new single-actions is the 1878 Double Barrel Deluxe Coach side-by-side shotgun. Chambered in 12 GA, it features 20″ barrels, walnut stock, 2.75″ chamber, color case-hardened receiver, fixed cylinder choke, bead sight, double trigger and double working external hammers.

“I’m really excited to see the first shipment of our new Exclusives from Pietta have arrived,” said Marshall King, Davidson’s buyer. “I’m always impressed when a manufacturer can ‘wow’ you with fit, finish and attention to detail and our partners at Pietta hit it out of the park with these new Exclusives.”
For more info: davidsonsinc.com.

Daniel Defense Launches Foundation

Daniel Defense EVP Cindy Daniel announced the formation of The Double D Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c) 3 whose sole purpose is to advocate for and protect the Second Amendment.

The mission of The Double D Foundation is to protect the Second Amendment by growing the number of Americans involved in shooting sports, who understand the fundamentals of firearm safety and who share the core belief “the Second Amendment Defends the Rest.”

“Today there’s a tremendous opportunity to make an impact on young people and the greater shooting sports community. It’s for this reason I’ve created The Double D Foundation, a nonprofit aimed at defending the Second Amendment through education and growing the number of Americans involved in shooting sports,” said Founder Cindy Daniel. “As the founder of The Double D Foundation, and as a mother, hunter, business owner, 2A advocate and someone who just loves to shoot, I’m excited about the opportunities that lie ahead.”

Funds raised by The Double D Foundation, from Founders Club Members, sponsor donations and events, will go back into shooting sports initiatives through grants, events and more.

This summer, the Foundation plans to announce its inaugural banquet, which will be held later this year.

For more info: theDoubleDFoundation.org.

Brownells To Donate Portion Of Sales To Firearms Policy Foundation

Brownells will take a stand for freedom and declare support for the Second Amendment by donating 2% of sales on American-made products from June 22 through July 4, 2021, to the Firearms Policy Foundation.

The Firearms Policy Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization that supports the charitable legal, research, and education programs of the Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) and FPC Law, the nation’s first and largest public interest legal team focused on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

“FPF and FPC have been effective partners in the defense of freedom,” said Brownells Chairman of the Board Pete Brownell. “Freedom is never free, and over these 13 days, your purchase helps defend our gun rights.”

“We’re honored to have the Brownell family and Brownells team standing with us in this incredibly important and pivotal time,” said FPF Chairman and FPC President Brandon Combs. “Their generous support of our work to defend the rights of the People and expand liberty evidences their resolute commitment to the fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms and will allow us to apply critical resources to issues that affect millions of law-abiding people.”

The FPF is a key contributor to many important pro-rights efforts, including a Second Amendment challenge to California’s ban on so-called “assault weapons” (Miller v. Bonta) as well as recently filed challenges to Nevada’s new confiscatory ban on home-built firearms (Palmer v. Sisolak) and Illinois’ ban on handgun carry by law-abiding adults under the age of 21 (Meyer v. Raoul).

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

Wiley X Breaks Ground At New HQ In Frisco, Texas

Wiley X broke ground in Frisco, Texas, where its global headquarters, manufacturing and distribution site is set to be located in the Star Business Park by 2022. Wiley X is relocating to the Lone Star State from Livermore, Calif.

“Wiley X is committed to piloting smart and sustained growth for many years to come and a central location like Texas is a prime place to call home for our brand,” said Dan Freeman, Wiley X co-owner.

“Frisco is a perfect fit for Wiley X and as a veteran-founded, family-owned company, we’re excited to call Texas home as we begin to grow and contribute to the area while supporting the community,” added Myles Freeman, Jr., Wiley X co-owner.

Freeman and Freeman, Jr., were on-site with shovels in hand and hard hats on to commemorate this milestone. They were joined by a consortium of local officials, including Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney, Councilman John Keating, Councilman Bill Woodward and Councilman Brian Livingston. Other attendees included Gary Garley, Jason Dudley and Rick Fletcher of the Frisco EDC Board of Directors, as well as Fire Chief Mark Piland and Assistant Chief Greg Ward of the Frisco Police Department.

Breaking ground and the move to Frisco will inspire the fabrication of a state-of-the-art building to elevate brand operations and will include a flagship retail store for Wiley X fans and local customers to enjoy.

Federal Awarded 3-Year DOTC Contract

Federal Ammunition has been awarded a 3-year contract to partner with the Defense Ordnance Technology Consortium (DOTC) to design, develop and demonstrate technological superiority in ammunition to enhance the Warfighter’s combat effectiveness.

“This is a tremendous honor,” said Jason Vanderbrink, Federal Ammunition president. “When called upon, Federal wants to provide our industry-leading expertise to work alongside our military partners to build only the best ammunition for our servicemen and women whose lives depend on only the best ammunition while defending Americans and our way of life.”

Vista Outdoor VP of Government Sales David Leis says with this partnership, Federal will collaborate on programs to improve small-caliber ammunition performance through advanced research and development.

“By supporting combat operations with precision products designed for long-range fire on select targets, our objective is to increase a soldier’s lethality and survivability with advanced ammunition capabilities,” he said.

For more info: federalpremium.com.

American Tactical Inc. Imports Shotgun Ammunition

American Tactical Inc. has added a full lineup of shotgun ammunition to complement its variety of firearms and outdoors products. All ATI shotgun ammo is imported from a renowned Italian manufacturer with over 60 years of experience producing high-quality shotgun shells.

Initial offerings are: .410 small-gauge, 12 GA and 20 GA target loads and 12 GA and 20 GA game loads in numerous configurations.

American Tactical shotgun ammo is available in 25-round boxes or 250-round cases.

“We’re excited to offer high-quality shotgun ammunition to our customers,” said Joe Calabro, American Tactical marketing manager. “We’re always looking to provide the products that our customers want most, and to give them the best quality options available.”

For more info: americantactical.us.